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Cranky the crane works at the docks on the Isle of Sodor. Lost? If I mention Thomas the tank engine that may help. Cranky is part of the ever growing Thomas and friends collection. He makes sure the cargo is unloaded and loaded from the trains onto the ships.
I let my son buy this with some Christmas money he had received from a relative. I was stood in the shop at the time saying no that's too much money but then realised that it was his money and he could buy what he wanted with it. The price was about £18.99. His version isn't all wood as the shown one is but also plastic in the dark and light grey colour.
What Cranky does in the toy version is also load and unload the trains. There is a small red handle that rotates which allows a string with a magnet on the end to go up and down. The magnet can pick up certain containers that come with Cranky and allow him to move them about. The top part of the crane swings around so a child can pick up the cargo with the magnet raise it up then move it around and lower to another train. The only thing is there is no release button to drop the cargo so you have to take it off the magnet. I think it would be slightly more fun if it could drop the cargo on its own but hey my son still has hours of fun playing with Cranky and his trains.
I suppose really for the money it wasn't a bad investment on his part as you do get Cranky, 2 pieces of cargo and a train trailer to fit the cargo into along with 2 small pieces of plastic track to sit the trains on.
On the whole would I recommend this Cranky? Yes I would if it's their money but if you are on a tight budget I would only get it as a present and not just a treat.
We live near some docks and when my son sees the cranes he will say there's Cranky mum lol bless them hey, It's all real in their worlds.
Being ever so slightly sexist, as I am a girl and a mum of two (girls), I never thought I would write a review about a train set, especially not about a crane! But ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls, this is not any crane we are talking about, this is Cranky the Crane (CC). I have a two and three quarter year old girl who adores Thomas et al and to my shame and to her pain does not have a CC. However her bestest friend in the whole world has one so hopefully that qualifies me to review him (it).
CC as the description states has a fully functioning crane mechanism which you (i mean your child.. he he!) can control using two cranks on the side, they are fairly easy to use, not too stiff. Now for the best bit.. at the end of the string (technical term) is a magnet which is attracted and will lift the block from the tender when lined up. Its a simple movement but if any of you reading this have children you can appreciate they love repeating tasks over and over and this is one of them. He is also great if more than one child is playing with the set as one can be in-charge of the CC and the other can drive the train and tender.
CC really adds to any train set, as either the key feature if you only have a simple set but also stands his own in a bigger set. He really has character and is a huge hit with all the kids i know. There i did it, my first wooden train companion review, hope it reads ok?
This Cranky the Crane stands at a height of 28 cm, with a wooden main body and stand. Cranky's real magic comes from his fully functioning crane mechanism. The first of two separate red levers easily enable little railway engineers to rotate Cranky around 360 degrees. The second lever then lowers Cranky's hoist up and down to load and unload the cargo. The loading itself all happens courtesy of an exceptionally strong magnet, the power of which means that Cranky doesn't have to be perfectly positioned beside his cargo for your little engineer to gain job satisfaction. Naturally Cranky the Crane comes complete with his own cargo goods train with magnetic cargo.