Product Type: Tomy Toy Train
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Member Name: Whizz11
Tomy Thomas & Friends - Tomy Thomas The Tank Engine
Advantages: Great little engine
I recently read an article about just how good Thomas the Tank engine was for a child's development. I wish I would have kept it to quote it here in this review as it was a really interesting article, I'm pretty sure it was a marketing advertisement from Tomy but still, a lot of what hey said makes sense and was something that I definitely agree with. Thomas and his friends have been a favourite with a little boys and girls for decades now and the article said things like Thomas promotes colour and number recognition as well as hand eye coordination and also promotes fun role play from driving the train, picking up goods and taking turns at being the fat controller.
According to an article I read, TOMY (known as Takara Tomy in Japan) is a Japanese manufacturer and in 2011 they company acquired learning curve and all the product ranges distributed by them, Thomas included.
We all know Thomas as the blue engine with the number 1 on his side so I would definitely say this is a great way of learning numbers and colours by playing with this engine. We got this Thomas as part of a small starter set when my little boy was first born. It included the engine, a baggage cart and a small round wooden track. Thomas works well as just an engine on his own though and I don't think you need to own a track to get the most out of this engine. My little boy pulls the wooden track apart as soon as I put it together so mostly at the moment we use this train on its own just wheeling it across the floor saying choo choo. He is only 1 so right now for him this is fun but I'm sure by the time he gets a bit older he will be using this train with the track as well.
Thomas the engine is very well made and looks exactly like the photo that Dooyoo have provided here. I have numerous photos of my boy playing with this train if you have any questions about the train. Thomas is a little wooden train with six blue plastic wheels, three on either side. The wheels are made so that they fit into the grooves of the wooden track and when you play with this train and the track it scoots around the track quite well although it is not motorised or anything, you have to push it yourself.
As we all know, Thomas is a blue engine and this train has been painted true to colour. The wood is painted and so after about a year or so there are a few chips, mainly on the top of Thomas at the edges but apart from that the paint has lasted well. THomas has a little round plastic face and his familiar welcoming smile. The train is not very big, its just a small one and fits perfectly in my little boys hand. In fact, he often carries this train around with him and I will find it in the car, his cot, etc where he has picked it up and wanted it to come with him, its definitely one of his favourites. On the underneath of this train is written the word THOMAS in capital letters so you know which train it is if you were in any doubt. THe number 1 is written on the side and I think this is great number recognition for kids to always see this when they are playing with their favourite toy.
Thomas also has a round magnet on the front and back of him. This is so you can link him up with the baggage cart or other trains etc that you can buy for this set. THe magnets hold well and do not come apart when you are scooting the trains around the track and I like this. This is a great starter train in my opinion to get your boy or girl interested in the world of Thomas and one we have enjoyed playing with.
Summary: Thomas the tank engine
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