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A fantastic value set
Thomas & Friends Mega Value Playset
Member Name: xmum2threex
Thomas & Friends Mega Value Playset
Advantages: Lots to do
Disadvantages: Hard to find now
With this set you receive 5 engines, Bertie the bus, Harold the helicopter, the fat controller and the thin controller, 2 signal polls and a buffer. There are different variations of the set although Thomas James and Percy always seem to appear the other 2 engines seem to swap and change we went for the Spencer and Rosie version as these were well known to my son.
The engines -Three of the engines are main characters in the TV show and while the other 2 are well known it is nice to have something a little different to every other set you get. The engines are made of thick plastic which means they can take a good deal of bashing without coming out any worse which is perfect for a toy designed at younger children as they do not tend to look after their toys well and them exploring often means they get a lot of rough play.
Each engine and piece of this set is painted bright in colour and every detail is perfect meaning they are easily recognisable to little one from first look and with the details such as the engine number.
The wheels move on the engines and although they do not make noises or move by them self they are nice and chunky a good size for little one to hold in their hand and push along to provide hours of fun. Although the wheels move round they are set firmly in place and in the 3 years we have had this set there has never been a case of them coming loose.
The sizes vary and it is great that they remain true to the TV show Spencer and James are a little longer than the rest of the engines as they are on the show and my son certainly noticed this and thought it was great calling all the other engines little when pretending to be James.
Bertie the bus - again made of durable plastic this bus has movable wheels and scoots along the floor when little one pushes him. Bright red pain and his smiley face all make sure he is just as lovable as the character from the TV program.
The fat controller and station master- These are simply 2 plastic figures that stand well on flat surfaces they have no moving parts and are set in one position but my son loves sitting them at the side of the set to make sure the engines are being really useful.
Signal polls and buffer- Again made of plastic these are great props for setting the scene for the engines to play they have took a lot of bashings from engines that have lost control and are very well loved.
Harold- designed to look exactly on the engine from the show he has propellers that move and is often flying in over many of my son's toys.
Well we have had this set since my oldest son was 1 and he is now nearly 5 and not 1 piece of the set has any scratches or has been defaced in any way and considering it has had all that use from toddlers I think this is fantastic. As all the set is plastic it can just be wiped clean so always looks as good as new.
This set is great as you do not need a track to play with it so little one can use it on normal flooring and have lots of fun. The wheels are all movable and more freely on both wood and carpet flooring and the blades on Harold can be pushed around also.
There is no need for worrying about pieces falling off as they are made of 1 large piece of plastic apart from the wheels and these have not loosened even a small bit in the years we have had them.
Although they are chunky and a great size for smaller hands they are also very light meaning they can be moved around very easily. They can be used together as a set or individually and the signals, buffers and the controllers often get used at the side of my sons track master sets.
Another fantastic thing about this set is the age range it can be used for it is recommended from 1 year plus which is when we first brought this for our oldest son and he still plays with it now and he is nearly 5. Our nephew is 7 and this is one of the first toys he reaches for when he comes to stay so they really do last for years and have appeal to a big age range.
This is a fantastic set and the only negative I can see is it is hard to come by now it used to retail at around £30 but was always on special offer and we actually paid under £10 for it. You seem to be able to purchase them on eBay still and Argos outlet on eBay always have great prices for them I would definitely recommend them for this price it is a steal.
Summary: A fantastic set of toys at the right price
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