My son loved Thomas the tank engine as a baby and this was one of his favorite play sets. It is an old pick up and play, but it is compatible with the new take and play sets. You can join them all together to build a large Island of Sodor or they can be used as a standalone toy.
This set is modeled on the Mine from the Island of sodor. It really does have the vow factor as it is a great size, and comes with three different take and play engines. It opens up to reveal a number of different play levels which twist and turn between the rocks. There are also light and sound effects for certain parts of the play set.
The thing we love about this is how durable it is. It has received lots of use from my son who used it from the age of three right up until 6. It has been bashed, stored and moved home without any deterioration at all and is much better quality than the newer take and play sets. It is still in perfect condition and we have now passed it on to another Thomas fan.
We have owned many take and play sets and this is the most durable. Rather than having to build the main set up it is contained in the mine, so it is ready to use instantly. There are 6 pieces of track to extend it a little, so your child does not fully miss out on building, but it great for younger children that maybe find it difficult to play with separating tracks.
My son adored this and I would have to say it is one of our favourite Thomas play sets.