“ Brand: Tomy / Train Type: Engines „
Before moving house a few months ago I decided to do a big clean out, paying particular attention to my children's bedroom. I ended up throwing quite a few old broken toys out and gave a few bits to my local charity shop too. Whilst cleaning out my ten year old daughters cupboard I found a large bin bag full of her old toys, many of which we had completely forgotten about. A large majority of these were in excellent condition so my four year old daughter claimed some of these toys for herself, one of which was this Tomy radio controlled steam and sound Thomas which I am reviewing today.
My eldest daughter was massively into Thomas the tank engine when she was a toddler, obviously she is far to old for it now. Since its recent discovery the Thomas train has been played with on a regular basis by my youngest daughter, I don't think she is a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan although I am sure she has watched a few episodes on TV over the years, so she is aware of the programme and characters etc.
Thomas himself is rather large in size and is a little on the heavy side, Amazon give the following dimensions: 3.5.6 x 27.6 x 15.2 cm. Weight: 1.2kg. It is a brilliant representation of the Thomas character, looking just as he should in bright blue with a happy smiling circular face. There is a switch on the back of Thomas with three settings, the middle setting is simply "off". The first setting allows the child to push the train along without the need of the remote control, the Thomas theme is played whilst the child pushes the train and stops when he stops. This is a great option for particularly young children who are perhaps too young to use the remote control, but not one my daughter uses. The last setting is to control Thomas with the remote control.
The remote control is nice and chunky but still small enough to fit comfortably in a child's hands. The remote is bright blue with "Thomas & friends" written in bold red lettering inside a white steam cloud. There is a black infra red on the top which needs to be pointed at the Thomas train for the toy to work. There are three big bright yellow buttons evenly spaced on the front of the remote control, each with a different icon on. The first has a white arrow pointed upwards which makes the train go forward, a steam button which makes the train emit "steam" and a circular arrow which turns Thomas around clockwise. The buttons are really easy to press and we have never had any problems with them getting stuck.
If memory serves me correctly the train originally came complete with a plastic pipette which could be filled with water and squeezed into the small hole located on top of Thomas, this water then turns into vapour which looks like steam when the "steam" button is pressed on the remote control. The said pipette has long been lost but I was able to use a plastic measuring jug with a thin spout instead, although great care must be taken. My daughter thought the "steam" was amazing and she was absolutly fascinated by it. It is worth noting that the vapour emitted is neither hot or in any way dangerous.
My daughter absolutely loves playing with this Thomas and it has become a firm favourite since its recent rediscovery. It isn't really a toy I wouldn't have specifically bought for her as she is rather girlie, she does tend to play with dolls and anything princess or Peppa Pig related really. My eldest daughter on the other hand loved anything like this when she was a tot, she couldnt get enough of trains and cars! Unfortunately the toy manufactures choose to advertise this toy with pictures of boys playing with it which is a bit of a shame really, clearly even little girls love playing with trains too.
The remote works well at controlling Thomas, occasionally it stops working if Thomas gets out of range but this is easily rectified by simply taking a few steps nearer to him. Like similar toys, the train moves best on hard flooring, he chugs along at a nice slow place on our laminate flooring but really struggles on the thick carpet upstairs.
Personally I find the theme a little inane and after an hour or so it gets pretty irritating, there is no volume control or option to turn the theme off altogether during play. My daughter on the other hand never seems to tire if the tune. The train also makes a few other noises such as break and piston sounds.
Both the train and remote control take batteries. The remote takes 2 AAA and the train takes 3 AA. Whilst I wouldn't say the toy particularly eats batteries I would still recommend using high quality rechargeables to keep costs down.
Tomy give the age recommendation if 3 +, to be honest I cant see why a child of around two wouldn't love this toy and have fun pushing it around, although I would recommend adult supervision for under threes. Personally I think this toy would be most suited to those between 2-6.
Quality wise, its hard to fault this toy. It has to be a good eight years old yet it is still in an excellent working condition. Its taken countless tumbles and falls over the years but there isnt a scratch to show for it.
A quick look online shows that this particular Thomas train is no longer available in the toy shops, however it can still be found on eBay and private sellers on Amazon, prices vary. I did find a very similar looking product called " Thomas and Friends remote control Thomas", perhaps this is the latest reincarnation of the toy we have.
My nephew is a big fan of cars, trains, and planes; therefore I decided to purchase a Tomy Radio Control Steam & Sound Thomas as I new my nephew would love it, and it would make a nice change from his many toy cars he has scattered around the house.
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I purchased this from Toys R Us for around £20, but I t can also be purchased from eBay at a slightly lower price. Personally I find Toys R Us quite expensive and I am sure there are cheaper prices if you shop around. Tesco and Amazon are both currently out of stock, so maybe they will restock the item at a later date. I was already shopping at Toys R Us with a friend and didn't have any intention of buying anything, but when I saw it I couldn't seem to resist buying as I could just imagine how much joy it would bring my nephew.
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The Thomas train looks very similar to the Thomas tank engine that we all know and love, it is blue in colour and is made from plastic material. It has also has black, yellow and red colours to highlight the trains features and all in all looks very colourful and eye catching which is great for any little one. The train is a good size, and would describe it as being around 12 cm is height and 10 cm in length. It is made for children aged 3 years and over, however my nephew who at the time was two years old really enjoyed playing with this toy without any problems.
The toy train also comes with a remote control, the remote control is made from plastic and also has a blue colour finish. Both the Train and the remote control are battery operated. The train requires 3 AA batteries while the remote control requires 2 AAA batteries. The batteries are easy to install and just require removing the battery cover and simply popping the batteries into the compartment, no issues there.
The train requires a small strain to be inserted into the train which is done so by using a key to unlock the strain compartment. Then you add some water into a pipe, which then allow it to produce steam, and is a very clever idea if I do say so myself. I found that the steam effect works quite well, and makes a good amount of steam. It has a red light that lights up inside the train chimney and make the inside of the chimney look burning hot (which of course it is not really) and makes it look very realistic. All in all the process requires minimal effort and is very easy to do.
Once done it is ready for use, and I must say that my nephew really does enjoy watching the train move around while steam is coming out of the chimney. When he first saw the steam he was said 'Whoaaa' and by that I knew he was very much impressed! The remote control is very lightweight and therefore my nephew found it very easy to grip onto and hold. It has buttons to enable the child to control the movement of the train such as forward, backwards, turning. It also has a button to activate the steam function. The steam itself is cold vapour and is nothing dangerous or anything to worry about. The controls are very easy to use and makes navigating the train that much more fun for the child. My nephew picked up the controls fairly quickly, and was able to control the way he wanted.
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I would happily recommend this to any child that loves trains, boys or girls. My nephew loves it and so does his little cousin who is a girl. It helps build motor skills and brings hours of fun and joy for the little ones. Therefore it gets a high 5/5 rating from me!
Manufacturers recommended age 3 years +
As usual I expect the recommended age is simply to avoid any possible lawsuit in the event of a part being broken off and eaten. With proper supervision, I think this toy is brilliant for much younger children. My son was 16 months old when i found this in a boot sale ( as new for £2) and was able to operate the controls with no problems. He absolutely loved this toy and still does eight months later, as does his older brother.
The toy itself is smaller than it looks in this picture, I would guess about 10" long. It is well made and has survived a number of bumps and minor falls. The control is small and easy to use with three buttons. One button makes the train go forward, another makes it turn and the third makes steam and sounds. The steam itself is a cool mist, so quite safe. It also has a soft red light that shines through the steam.
As mentioned, we have owned this for some time, and it has yet to go into the toy box, it is always set on a low shelf where my youngest can easily reach it. Although it was bought with the youngest in mind, both children have really enjoyed this. They love the steam function and even the youngest would carry it up and ask for water whenever it ran dry. It does require an adult to fill the reservoir, but it is fairly easy. We just poke a drink straw in the hole, hold the other end under the tap and let the water run for a few minutes.
This toy requires 3 AAA batteries and 2AA batteries. In eight months with very frequent use the AA's have been changed once, the AAA's are still going.
This toy fits all my requirements for a good toy
1. The children love it
2. It is not overly expensive to run, it does require batteries but they last a long time.
3. It is well made and does not break easily. My absolute most hated problem with toys is when they fall apart easily leaving heartbroken children.
My son chose this himself a few months ago when I took him to the toy shop to spend his birthday money. I was actually pleasantly surprised with his choice, when I realised that you could get a R/C toy for a toddler for just £20! I thought it was really cool idea (shame I didn't realise it plays a tune!)
A fairly large Thomas toy with a chunky r/c controller. It has two functions, forwards and reverse (which also turns the toy around, ie it reverses to the left so you can change direction) and on/off switches on the toy and controller.
- Easy to handle controller with 2 large buttons for small hands.
- The thomas itself is pretty big so won't get stuck under sofas etc.
- My son loves it, as does his older brother, their Dad, Grandad...
- It makes a noise to let you know it's switched on still if left unattended for a while.
- Both Toy and Controller take AA batteries so only one type needed.
- There is an on/off button on both the Thomas and the controller, which you have to remember to turn off.
- It makes a noise! A tune plays as the toy goes along and this can get really annoying!
- My son loses the controller on a daily basis, but this is not really a design fault, just beware it's a two part toy.
- As there are only two controls it does not prepare them for moving on to more difficult r/c toys which work differently.
- Not really a share-able toy...
- Although advertised as suitable for 18 months and upwards, my 2 year old still has not got the hang of which button does what, but he still has a lot of fun with it!
My son had this for his second birthday in january 09. Until i saw this product i cant recall anything similar already on the market. (obviously there are remote control toys out there but not many designed for smaller hands).
The manufacturers being tomy you know instantley that it is a brand you can trust.
The train has two settings remote control and push along, which you can vary depending on how your child would rather play with it (my son had a phobia of remote control cars thats why i chose this product, to get him used to it!)
The remote is lovely, bright colours and chunky. It is simple to use.
the train its self also blows 'steam' when a button is pressed on the remote (and at intermittent intervals when pushed along). I say steam, it is perfectly safe as it is only a very light spray of water. It is easy to fill with water (through the funnel) as the set comes with a handy pipet. it also has a filter and comes with a replacement (though i have cleaned and dried mine out and its been ok, but you could probably get away with this only a couple of times.
This really is a useful toy!
the only down side i would say is although it will keep your child entertained for a while, the tune does get a bit much!! Plus i would advise getting good batteries (ie duracell).
This has to be my sons current favourite toy, he adores it, the sounds are realistic and fun and the steam is brilliant he gets very excited by playing with it.
Its the usual good standard you have come to expect from Tomy.
The large remote control is easily handled with little hands and having just two buttons little ones soon suss out how to use it.
You get a little pippette and easily fill up the water hole that creates the steam the water hole is located at the top of the train and it only takes around 8 drops of water to create a load of steam.
The steam is cold to the touch even though you would think its going to be hot to the touch its perfectly safe for little ones and the steam comes out the funnel with a red light it is really really realistic and a great idea.
I have only had to change the batteries twice since christmas so its pretty long lasting on the batteries too which is a bonus!
The one button sends the train forward while it plays the thomas theme and steam blows out every now and then and you get a loud whistle which is great, the other button turns the train in circles so you can turn it round.
This really is a must for all thomas fans my son adores his and i would definatly buy it again xxx
The toy I will review now is my son's and my husbands new favourite, my father in law and brother in law are avid train spotters so when my son feigned the slightest interest in Thomas the tank engine, they nearly passed out with excitement! So much so, that most of the Thomas merchandise is bought by them for various birthdays and christmasses.
The toy I will now review is - "Steam and sounds Thomas".
For some reason there are a few variations on this particular model of toy, they all come looking the same, identical size and a lot of the time with hand held remote controls, this of course is slightly different.
Before starting you must put the batteries in. The train itself takes quite small batteries considering the size of the train, with it being around the size of a toaster! The train takes 3 x AA batteries, with the remote control taking 2 x AAA batteries.
Once this has been done you must insert the filter, this is a tiny little piece of cylindrical sponge mounted on a plastic tube that fits inside the base of the trains funnel. The purpose of this is to make the water that is going to be propelled out of the funnel turn into the finest of vapour, giving the impression of steam.
You get a plastic key attachment to undo a panel just underneath the funnel so you push the filter in, this is a very easy task to perform and one necessary to give the best final effect.
Once this has been done the final thing to do before finally getting to play with the..... Urm I mean before your child gets to play, is adding the water.
You get a small plastic pipette with which you put the water into a tiny hole at the front of the funnel, once done away you go!
The overall effect is truly wonderful. You get the remote control train which has a great range of movement, front, back and you can turn the entire train around to face the opposite direction, this comes with the added bonus of a safe but very real looking steamy stack!
The remote itself has the relevant buttons on to achieve afore mentioned functions, there is also a button to shoot steam out of the funnel, though when the train is moving does this function on a timer basis, usually every 10 seconds or so.
The steam itself is a very fine, almost mist of water, so therefore it is safe incase it comes into contact with skin, which of course it does as even I held my hand over the funnel, amazed at the effect!
The fact that as the steam shoots out a red light, lights up inside the funnel makes it look like a real fire is burning beneath, ingenious!
This is a lovely toy and has kept us all amused for hours, in fact probably me more than Connor! This toy is also very hardwearing, which is always a good thing as my little 'un is not known for his finesse!
This was a present so of course I don't now how much it cost, (£20.00 from Toy R Us!).
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Thanks for reading x
The evolution of children's toys will, I think, never cease to amaze me. However, there are some toys and characters that seem to be ingrained in every child's life and, for young boys, Thomas the Tank Engine and other trains seem never to lose their popularity.
Following a trip to a local miniature railway my son developed that familiar toddler fascination with steam trains and viewing of Thomas the Tank Engine only served to cement this love. It was therefore with interest that I happened upon a Thomas toy on the reduced shelf in Tesco. My son's birthday was approaching and so I took a look.
The remote control steam and sound Thomas has to be one of the best Thomas toys that I've come across. What appears, at first, to be a basic Thomas model is, in fact, so much more. Sound effects and "real" steam make for an exciting remote control toy.
Thomas is operated via a simple infra-red remote control. There are just two directional controls - forwards and turn. It didn't take my son long to figure out the forwards bit but he's not yet figured out that, to get the train to return to you you need to turn it round and then go forwards again. This isn't a huge issue as my son simply gets up, manually turns the train around, and then continues. I'm sure, in time, it will come.
As Thomas moves along the familiar (and slightly annoying) Thomas theme tune plays together with very realistic "chuff chuff" sounds.
For me, the exciting bit is the steam though. As Thomas chuffs, puffs of steam come out of Thomas' funnel and, as Thomas comes to a halt and the brakes go on, a huge plume of steam is ejected along with the sound of the brakes.
This effect is so cleverly achieved - the steam is, in fact, a very fine plume of cold water mist but it's incredibly realistic being lit from underneath to make it more visible. An additional "steam" button on the remote allows the child to eject extra steam as and when they desire - clearly the favoured button with my son.
For children who can't quite manage the remote control, Thomas can, via the sliding of a switch, change to a push along - the sound and steam effects will operate as the child pushes the toy along the floor.
There's much that I like about this toy.
Although it's a noisy toy the noise only operates when the toy is in motion. It can't be turned on and left running while the child walks away - it simply stops. There's also an auto-power off - if Thomas doesn't move for a minute or so you'll get a blast of steam and then it turns itself off.
The steam is really easy to achieve. A supplied pipette can be used to put a little water into a small hole in the top of Thomas. Such a small amount is used so there is no danger of spillage and one squirt of water will last for about 30 minutes play.
Although, in general, I like toys that a child can be creative with, this toy does allow a certain degree of creative play despite being automated. Thomas is already going through cardboard tunnels and under "chair" bridges. I'm sure, in time, as control refines, he'll be on bigger adventures.
Thomas runs well on solid and carpeted floors and battery life (3AA and 2AAA batteries in the remote and train respectively) is good for a toy such as this. The remote doesn't really need to be accurately controlled as long as there is a reasonable line of sight between the remote and the train.
There's not that much to dislike about the toy. If one was being critical one would say that you're likely to experience quite a bit of frustration from a younger child (probably below the recommended age) at first as they learn how it works. You might also get some frustration if the toy has "auto powered off" as you have to switch the switch off and on again if the train is in remote mode. Your child will soon work this out though!
I do wonder whether this is worth the RRP of around £30 - it's a little on the expensive side. Whether through luck or mistake I picked it up for just £7.49 - what a bargain!
Remote controlled Thomas & Friends train. Comes with easy to handle controller. Moves forwards and backwards and has cool engines sounds!