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Thomas & Friends Mega Value Playset
Member Name: HonestBob
Thomas & Friends Mega Value Playset
Advantages: Lots of engines at a reasonable price
Disadvantages: Buffers and barrier are pointless
The Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Mega Value Playset is produced by Golden Bear Toys and consists of 12 pieces, 5 engines, 2 characters, a helicopter, a single decker bus, one buffer and two signals and retails at £14.99 from Argos.
Littlest HonestBob received this set for Christmas and loves it. The trains are made from plastic and chunky in design. Their wheels are rubber and whoosh at great speed over my laminate floor. Littlest HonestBob thinks this is great, I'm not so keen when my toes are their resting point. The trains don't actually 'do' anything. They have no sound effects, no battery operated parts, no flashing lights, educational songs or pull-back-and-go features. They are just chunky plastic models. Thomas is 6cm high, 12cm long and 6cm wide, James is 15cm long, Rosie, Percy and Spencer are of similar proportions. They are the perfect size for toddlers to cart around. None of the parts are removable, the wheels are firmly fixed in position (but do rotate on axels firmly located in the plastic engine body) and the engine body's are smooth to the touch, hence the guide age for this playset is 12+ months. An ideal starting age, and a toy that will last several years, yes, 9 year old son does play alongside 23 month old littlest son quite happily with these trains.
I have found that the engines are the most played with part of this set. Harold the helicopter gets an outing every now and then. The kids often use him with the elc whizzaround garage which has a helipad for him to 'land' on, and he's the perfect size for it. Bertie Bus is often added to games using cars and a road map mat that we have. The station porter figure and Fat Controller figure get brought into games occasionally, more so by the older children (aged 9 and 10), less so by littlest HonestBob. The buffer and signals are not used at all and have been consigned to the bottom of a toy box since Christmas day. They are a pointless addition to the playset since the set does not come with a track (the engine are all free-standing, no track to run on and no carriages to pull) and they fall over at the slightest knock.
We love the engines, helicopter and figures in this set. I use the engines to teach colours and words such as 'fast', 'slow', 'forwards' and 'backwards. Littlest HonestBob uses the engines to ram into each other and use words such as 'crash' and 'naughty engine'!!
Summary: A great way to introduce your little one to Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends.
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