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My little boy has the Thomas the Tank engine wooden train set starter set which is a great way to start off with a train set but a bit basic. The set contains just 10 pieces of wooden track and one engine, Thomas of course. Even though he is only a few weeks old and can't appreciate it yet my little two year old loves it and happily with with it, showing him the trains and zooming them around the track. The starter set only came with one train, Thomas so we decided to get another one to make it a bit more exciting and get Thomas a train and we settled upon the Light and Sounds Percy. To begin with I though it was just a regular train like Thomas but it has a few cool extra bits to it which make it a fun, interactive engine.
For those of you who do not know, Percy is the green engine with a number 6 on its side. I wanted to get this one as he was a contrast to the blue Thomas the tank engine that came with my little boys starter set. Percy is a fun engine in that he can travel at night as he has a yellow headlamp on the front bumper. It's just a small light and just stays on when you press the button, it does not flash or anything but then a headlamp is not really meant to flash so that is fine by me. The light is only small and doesn't really give out much light but it is a nice addition to the train.
Percy the engine also makes sounds, just like a real train would so I like that this adds a bit of authenticity to the train and makes playing the the track a bit more fun even though you can make choo choo noises yourself. When Percy rolls along he makes a chugging sounds, chug chug, chug, chug, and then he gets faster as he starts moving faster. It's fun to move him along the track faster and faster and my little girl laughs at this part.
If you press the button Percy will also make a beep beep noise like he is pulling his horn. It's fun to do this as he comes into the station to let the passengers know he is on his way.
Percy takes two button cell batteries which came with the train and so far we have not had to replace them so hopefully they last for a while to come. Percy cost us £10 if I remember rightly which is quite a bit for a toy train but with the added extras I think he was worth it.
Ages 1 -10
I love wooden trains and so do my sons. They provide hours and hours of imaginative play. Since both my sons favourite Thomas story is Percy and the Dragon, we had to give Percy a try. Percy is a cheerful little engine who features in many of the stories.
Percy is one of the smaller engines. He is painted a bright green with very small red stripes and has a happy smile on his face. As seen in the picture, Percy's number is 6. We have had our wooden percy for over 3 years now and it has been well loved and played with. In spite of all the use, and several train crashes, Percy shows no signs of wear or chips to his paint. I have also noticed that the better brand trains like this have better wheels and roll along better than some of the cheaper ones. Percy will fit with all of the wooden Thomas range, as well as Brio, ELC, Tesco, Ikea, Big Jigs, and Asda track, and most other wooden railways. My sons have always loved him and he gets more play than Thomas even.
Just pushing the train along the track is meant to help small children develop fine motor skills. But, because these trains all have magnets, we have come up with another way to drive them. You just get a powerful wand magnet and use magnetic repulsion to push them along the tracks and even have races.
Percy is a really brilliant addition to almost any wooden railway. Percy was not included in the recall of Wooden Thomas a few years back, so you need have no worries about his safety.
Made from North American Hard Maple, featuring magnetic coupling with character name on chassis. Includes character card.