As a big fan of Milkshake on Channel 5 every morning, my daughter has grown quite attached to many of the characters featured on their shows. Hence at the moment she is in love with all things Peppa Pig, besotted by Fifi And The Flower Tots and captivated by everything that has anything to do with Thomas And His Friends.
Knowing this, her Grandparents recently bought her this Thomas The Tank Engine playset just in time for xmas and, it's fair to say, this has rapidly become one of her most treasured toys. Comprising of six pieces of assorted track, one Die-cast metal Thomas and a working railway crossing signal , the playset is priced anywhere in the region of fifteen to twenty pounds depending where you look ~ though no doubt you could get it cheaper on Ebay.
The track is made of lightweight plastic, very simple to fit together and can be extended with extra pieces of track that can be purchased seperately. Likewise, other character engines from the show are available to fill out the set and are priced very reasonably at around £5 each. All of these are also metal and have little magnets so that they can all be linked together. These can be stored in the playset itself as it has five sheds at the front and, once the turntable at the front is pushed in, these sheds are quite secure meaning that none of the engines can be lost accidentally in transport. However any surplus track that is bought will need to be stored elsewhere as there is only enough room in the roof compartent for the track included in this set and even that can be tricky to fit in despite the (kind of) helpful instructions marked on the inside of the lid.
If I had any niggles, this would be it as seems to be the case with other reviewers also. Other than that, this is a nice little set that is easily transportable, lightweight and requires no batteries and can be added to at a later stage giving it longevity. Apparently, you can buy other playsets that can be linked to this with extra track and are available in stores such as Toys R Us but I have not seen any yet. What I do know is that my daughter loves this playset and it is easy to take with us if we visit friends!
I think I will be writting a few reviews on Thomas the Tank engine as both my sons are totally Thomas mad.
My eldest started off with a few videos then it led to clothes push along toys and now the Tracks.
He has most of the track ranges including this one.
I think we paid roughly £19.99 for this particular set and it is really good as with most of the sets it can be added to if you want to pay out for the extra pieces of track.
This one also comes with a great Thomas shed which you can carry trains in.
My son always chooses this toy to take out in the car as he can usually take all his favourite trains with him aswell.
The good thing about The Thomas Range track sets is that most if not all of them can be added to even if its just with an extra train but with the tracks they can be endless my son loves to change his tracks making oval and figure of eights and so on he has not got tired of playing with this yet and I dont think he will any time soon.
This Engine Playset from the Take Along Thomas range is one of our grandson's favourite toys at the moment. My daughter only paid £14.99 for this though it is usually £19.99 which is still a good price for this set I think.
Inside the shed there are six chunky pieces of train track which come out to click together and form a train track for Thomas and his friends to chug along on. You get a Thomas included in the set but you can buy more of the Take Along Thomas trains and store up to eight trains inside this play engine set if you want to. The grandson has Percy and James (the green and red ones) in his and we picked them up on sale in Tesco for £2.49 each though surprisingly you can expect to pay around £4.99 each for additional trains which is where the expense really comes from!
Also included in this set is a little turn table and a barrier on a crossing bit which makes the set a bit more interesting than if it was just a plain circuit. This is all quite easy to set up once you've tried a few times though I do recommend helping little ones out until they've got the hang of it. What my grandson especially likes about this set is that when it's tidy up time he can just chuck it all in the engine shed carry box and he's good to go.
I think this is a really great Thomas playset that's good value for money and fun for little Thomas fans to use. I like how convenient it is to store it all together too.
Calling all engines....... These are great and a must for any Thomas fan, my son has a fair few now, and these set are great as you can add them to other sets. There about £10 - £40 for the sets which may seam a lot but you do get your moneys worth, most sets come with a train or two. The trains prices vary from £4 - £10 where you get them and what sort. Most shops now sell these even supermarkets, but get ours from mother care or toys r us.
They have little magnets on the front and back of the train, carriage, tender, so once connected you can pull more than one. This is far the best and easiest for young kids. Only problem we have with them is if they get dropped or battered the paint chips off them but doesn't stop my boys from playing with them.
The engine shed is great because if you was visiting a friend or relative the word take along mean your little one can take it along, you can store you trains in the engine shed and the track goes in roof, it only stores the track that came with it but that should be enough to keep a child happy if not there's loads of other set they can take too!
If some of the sets or over priced there's always a bargain to be had on eBay?? I have known to get a few trains of there and my kids have always been happy. There is lots and lots to collect so make sure you have plenty of boxes to store them all in
this is a must for thomas the tank fans and is 10 times better than the plastic sets. it is easy to put together and easy to store away and the trains you get with it make it really good value for money. the downside to the the trains you get with it and with all the take along sets is that you always get the same engines so youend up with 17 thomas's and 12 percy's and 7 gordans. having said this if you look at he wide range of engines to go on this set then its unreal you can get metallic versions and speacial edition ones(these are better kept in boxes). they dont chug along on there own or puff out steam but they are good qaulity hard wearing toys and lets be honest if it doesnt need batteries its a bonus!! i would recomend this range and if you buy from a toy store in the run up to christmas then you could get a really good deal on othet thomas the tank stuff
My son is Thomas the Tank Engine mad and wanted more or less every Thomas thing he could find for Christmas. You name it, he wanted it! So I knew he would be happy with what ever we decided to get him. We considered the various Thomas sets, as all that he had up to now was the my first Thomas vehicles, which he had grown out of.
When we came across the Engine Work and Play Shed, I thought it was ideal. My son, Bradley, has loads of toys and not the biggest bedroom in the world to keep them all in, so storage is an issue. We have to consider that anything we buy him has to be kept somewhere. That meant that the road and rail collection were out of the question, much to his Dad's disappointment! This particular toy is part of the take along collection. This means that all the toys do exactly what they say on the tin, they can be taken along with your child anywhere they go, like if they want to take them to Mammas for example. The Engine Work and Play Shed costs around £21.99 (Toys R Us).
The Work and Play Shed is a robust plastic carry case with a handle just right for little hands to carry around. There is a section which slides out from underneath the carrycase to make a track for the trains to come out of the sheds and onto the railway. This includes a turn table so that the trains can drive out and then be turned around to get onto the main track. The lid of the carrycase is storage for 8 pieces of take along track. These consist of 4 bends, 2 long straights and 2 short straights. Also included is a rail crossing sign which pushes into a hole on the side of the track. It also comes with a take along Thomas vehicle. All the engines in the take along range are diecast metal and so will be very long lasting. The four doors open and provide storage for up to 8 take along engines (or 4 with trailers), so all your little boy would have to take out is this one case and he will have everything he needs in it. The shed measures 11" long and is suitable for ages 3+.
Now, if the set is put together as it is shown in the picture, you are left with either 2 short sections of track or 1 long section which is then completely useless. I know that it will come in handy when we decide to extend the collection but in the meantime I think it is a complete waste including it in this set. There is no other way that you can put the track together with the pieces provided to make a complete circuit. When you pack it all back up in the case, there are patterns on the inside of the lidded section, showing you where to put the pieces but it is still difficult to fit all the bits in there, its quite a tight fit and my 3 (almost 4) year old certainly cant do it. The section that pulls out from under the case is also hard to push back in. You have to have it exactly right or it will not go back. The corners get stuck and you have to pull it back out and try again. It can be a bit of a pain if you've packed it up ready to take somewhere and you're in a rush!
After saying all that, I have to add that the problems with packing it away would not have put me off buying it if I would've known about them earlier. The set is a brilliant start to what I am hoping will be a fantastic Thomas take along collection. My son plays with it often, so it tends to just get packed away at the end of the day and if he is going somewhere and has been playing with it, he knows that we have to get it all organised in advance. We also have a large Thomas shaped carrycase which holds up to 14 engines (£16.99) which is particularly useful if he wants to take lots of extra engines out with him too!
There is lots to buy in this collection, including loads of different die cast engines, which I have even seen in Wilkos priced around £3.99 each or £5.99 for the engines with trailers. Each engine has the name printed on the bottom so is ideal for Mum and Dad to learn all the names! They have magnets to the front and rear of most engines (Just the rear of certain ones) so that they can all be joined together. You can also buy other play sets in the take along range to build your collection including a train yard set, wash and works playset and engine works playset. I found the biggest range at Toys R Us who also stock a box full of the track pieces but there is also a limited amount in the Argos catalogue.
Playset includes: Thomas engine, 6 track pieces and moving railroad crossing. There are four storage areas that are capable of holding up to 8 engines. 3 Years