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My son is a huge Thomas the Tank engine fan, he received this Track Master train set which is made by Tomy as a christmas present last year.
~Whats in the Box?~
1 Thomas train
16 pieces of various track
2 bridge railings
2 bridge supports
1 Station House
You get various track pieces with this set though they are mostly curves and one very long straight piece, you also get a stop/go switch so you can stop the train.
Each piece of track is made out of a strong plastic, it is like a beige colour and what I love is the detail I have just noticed that on the side of the track are little spades, spanners and picks!
The shed comes in four pieces which you basically clip together but I have to say it is not easy to do so and my son gets very annoyed so we tend to let his dad build it!
I love the details on the shed which is a pale yellow whilst the windows, doors and roof are a dark green. The doors swing open so the train can easily go through and then they close again once the train has passed through.
One thing that my son is not impressed with is the bridge supports, he has always complained that they are too low and whenever he uses them he will try and make them bigger by adding things underneath!
No set is complete without Thomas who requires 1 AA battery, you basically remove the top half of the train to insert the battery. On top of the train is an On/Off switch which a young child can easily use, at the back of the train is a coupling so you can add trucks or trains.
**What do I think?**
My son loves trains so we knew that this was going to be a big hit last christmas when he received it as a gift. The first thing he did was to remove everything from the box apart from Thomas who had some silly plastic ties that his daddy had to cut.
He then put the whole train set together on his own, the only help he needed was the shed which I have to say is a real pain and I try and persuade my son not to take it apart when the rest of his train set gets put away.
This is a very small train set which is perfect as a first set or to add to an existing set, the quality of the set is very good and my son has been using it for 9 months now and it has no broken parts!
I love how he uses his imagination and often whilst he is playing I will spot one of his Peppa Pig or Postman Pat figures lying across the track and Fireman Sam has to quickly rescue them before there is some sort of a disaster with Thomas!
Recommended age is 3+ but my son has been playing with different Thomas the Tank sets since he was 2 with no problems.
Of course if the child is younger they will need help putting it together and you would need to watch out for small parts.
Requires 1 x AA battery.
For ages 3 years and over.
This Thomas Track Master train set is one of the best sets out there for youngsters who are after an electric train set but who aren't quite old enough to manage a Hornby set (or similar). The manufacturer's recommended age is three years plus, but I actually feel that a lot of bright two year olds would get on with this. This has an RRP of £22.99, but the Amazon sale has it for only £9.20 at the moment! Big bargain I think. Luckily, we got our set in the Woolies closing down sale just before Christmas so we only paid about £10 for ours else I'd be really annoyed at that sale price.
In this set there is lots of really thick, chunky track that's easy to put together. Obviously it's a little stiff the first few times you use it, but we found our grandson soon worked out how to wiggle it all into place. Putting the extra accessories in place takes a grown up to put them in the right places of course, but most kids are happy to put things wherever they feel like putting them which works just as well!
What's great about this Thomas for little ones is that he's batter powered with a really easy to use switch. You just need to flip the white switch on his back to make him go. You've only got two positions for the switch, on or off, which keeps it simple for little ones. This can be a bit tricky for youngsters who refuse to use both their hands at once though. You really need to use one hand to hold Thomas still while you flip the switch with the other else you just send Thomas flying (like the grandson kept doing when he first got this).
The play appeal of this is a bit limited I guess, as all Thomas can really do is go around the track. There are switch bits on two parts of the track that can be flipped to send Thomas back the other way, but it's still just basically Thomas going around and around! That seems enough for my grandson though. You can get extra carriages and things as well as other sets to add on as well if you want to, but this is one of those toys that my grandson seems happy to just play with as it is for a little while then put it away for a few days.
I don't think this is anything groundbreaking and it's not as lovely as the Take Along stuff is. It's an absolute bargain buy for a tenner though and a must have for any Thomas or train fan this half term while the offer is on.
A fun beginners set featuring Thomas with track and switches. Young engineers can help Thomas exit the shed, run over the bridge or pass by the signal house. Points, buffer and sign to a new Sodor destination help create a great start for your Track Master Thomas rail collection