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I bought my son this Whistle and Go Thomas for his second birthday. He was not really in to too many characters but had shown a big interest in Thomas The Tank Engine so we thought it would be nice to get him a few bits for his birthday.
I bought this toy in Home Bargains for £11.99 - it currently sells on Amazon for £24.99. It is suitable for ages 2 years plus. It came in an open style cardboard box so you can see the toy. There are two parts to the toy - a Thomas engine which is quite a decent size for a toddler and a whistle. Our whistle is not the red one pictured above but a whistle in the shape of the fat controller, with a mouthpiece at his back. The engine requires two AA batteries, which are not supplied. It has three pairs of plastic wheels as pictured and can also be used as a simple push along toy as well as with the whistle function.
To operate with the whistle, you blow once to make Thomas move forward and then can blow twice to make him reverse (he turns slightly left when doing this too). The whistle is easy to operate and a nice big size for a toddler - no danger of it slipping in their mouth and a nice big size for them to hold too. The whistle is not particularly loud and my son needs to blow quite hard to get any sort of noise from it - let alone to get the train to respond to his whistle. My son actually finds this toy quite frustrating. Whilst he loves the engine and enjoys playing with it as a push along toy and making 'choo choo' noises, the whistle element (which is really why we bought the toy!) has been less of a hit. The train will not always respond to his whistles - this is very hit and miss - and when it does it moves very slowly, which is incredibly frustrating to a toddler who likes everything done at speed. I think this is made worse by the fact he owns a shake and go Thomas which moves at incredible speeds and really makes this one look a little mundane and boring!
The batteries in the toy do not seem to last long either and it feels like I am constantly replacing them - not sure why when it doesn't move terribly fast and is temperamental at best when it comes to actually working with the whistle! I have been left slightly disappointed with the toy, which promised to be much better and much more fun than it actually is. I am just glad that I paid the price I did in Home Bargains rather than the full price that Amazon is currently charging. Whilst the train itself is well made and nice in it's own right, you are really paying the money for the whistle function which does not always work and, when it does, does not hold the interest of a toddler for long. I think there are definitely better Thomas toys out there.
If you've read most of my reviews, you're probably thinking that our house must resemble Toys R Us. You would be right. It especially looks like the Thomas the Tank Engine aisle. When Logan was about a year old he took quite a shine to the theme tune from the Thomas programme (the new one shown on Milkshake, Chanel Five) and that was it, for Christmas our families went Thomas mad! My brother bought him this Whistle 'N Go Thomas made by Tomy.
The Thomas itself is quite large and a little bulky, it measures 15.5 cm in length by 9 cm tall by 6.5 cm wide. He has the usual six wheels one of the back ones has a white rubber band around it to provide the traction, although this toy also has an extra small wheel hidden on the base at toward the front to help it manouver. It moves really well accross our laminate flooring but struggles on the rug. It's made of quite hard wearing, coloured plastic. He is very recogisable as Thomas, but the attention to detail isn't the best I've ever seen. He needs two AA batteries, which are not supplied (that's one star lost!) I was quite pleased with how quiet he is, I half expected him to trundle along churning out the theme tune, but no, there is just a smooth whirring of the motor. To preserve the batteries when in the toy box, there is a little on/off switch on the back.
It comes with a red plastic whistle, which looks just like a normal pea whistle but about three times the size. To make Thomas move forward you just blow the whistle once and then again to stop him. To reverse you need to give two whistles in quick succession. When moving forward he goes straight, but when reversing he does it in a circular pattern. This does mean he sometimes ends up not quite where you expected, but that makes it a little bit more fun trying to get him back out again! Well, for me and hubby anyway, Logan gets fed up and just picks him up!
The age range is for two years plus, although I've had a good look and can't see any parts which are too small or loose. Logan was nineteen months when he received it and couldn't work out how to blow into the whistle, but it can also be used as a normal push along toy which he enjoyed. He was quite taken with watching it move all by itself though, so my hubby and I quite often had him jumping over us trying to forcefully shove the whistle into our faces. One evening when the kids were in bed and my hubby was out I heard a little shuffling noise. It didn't last long, but happened a couple of times and I was starting to get a bit worried that we might have a mouse, luckily before I rang my hubby to tell him to get home quick I gathered up a bit of courage and decided to search for this 'mouse'. Yep, you've guessed it, we hadn't turned Thomas off and the noise from the t.v. or sometimes just me walking accross the floor set him off! So now we know that he will work just by us clapping our hands which is easier for Logan and helpful when the whistle gets lost (which is very often!).
Although Logan did like this toy, he had so many other Thomas toys that this has never really been that big a hit. He had other push along Thomas trains which are smaller and easier to handle with his little hands and although the movement to the whistle is a nice novelty it is one of those things where when you've seen it a couple of times, the novelty soon wears off, so playability is rather limited. I do though expect him to have a 'second wind' with it when he learns how to use the whistle himself, which will probably drive us insane.
Nearly four months later and it is still in a good condition, even though it has been kicked (accidentally) accross the room and spends a lot of time being knocked around in the toy box with other hard plastic toys. The only damage I can see is that a bit of black paint has wore off the roof. The batteries are still going strong even though we do forget to turn it off most of the time. I think it could be slightly improved if the whistle was to attach to Thomas, there is ample space on the back above the on/off switch. If I wasn't so lazy I'd stick a bit of velcro on them, it is a bit annoying trying to find the whistle.
Currently on Amazon £14.29 or on sale on the Tomy website for £11. http://www.tomy.co.uk/products/whistle-n-go-thomas/
I bought my daughter this Whistle and go Thomas at christmas, i bought it from argos as they had a toy offer 2 toys for £15.
I've got to admit with all the toys she got for christmas this toy did get passed by for a while. The packaging was secure like most toys with all the twisty things on that make it a task to even just get out the box!
There is a thomas the tank of a decent size and a big red whitle, the idea is you blow the whistle and thomas goes, then you blow it again and he stops.
The first thing i found a problem was although the whistle did set thomas wheels turning, he wouldn't budge on our quite wooly carpet, so it would be best placed on a smooth floor.
When placed on a smooth floor it works as it should, when the whistle sounds it goes and then again when blown it stops, although as my daughter has discovered it will also go and stop to loud noises, such as screaming at the top of your voice... i think my daughter enjoys this more than the whistle.
Its aged at 2+ but i personally think it could be from 18months+ my daughter is 2 and a half and i feel its a bit babyish for her.
One big problem i have had with this once, was that my daughter picked the thomas up whilst its wheels were turning and she some how managed to get her hair tangled all the way around one wheel as it was moving it just tangled the whole way up to her head, i just managed to get her hair free without cutting it. I guess this is just a one off?
Overall its ok for the price, but not fantastic, although i'm sure any big thomas lover with be more than happy with this.
Thomas the engine and it's friends are all very popular toy trains. My 22 month old son grew interested in these after watching their shows. He wouldn't ask for anything besides these trains. He also remembers all their names very well, Thomas being the foremost of them all.
I have collected a whole series of Thomas engines and Tomy whistle is one of those. Tomy whistle and Go Thomas is an amaziong toy because it works with just a whistle. You whistle once and it moves forward and you whistle twice to stop it and then to turn it around, you have to whistle once more. With just a whistle, manual or the other, you can make fun happen around home and entertain your child.
Mine came in for 12 pounds. It's a very good bargain for the great toy. It's a one in itself toy that can keep your child busy for hours together.
I would highly recommend this if you want to entertain your child in a healthy manner.
It was recently my youngest daughters 2nd birthday so her big sister chose this as a present to give her. We had been looking online for ages before coming across this on the Marshall Ward website and priced at £13 I thought this was pretty reasonable.
My youngest loves Thomas so this went down very well with her. It is a lot smaller than I had expected but I think this is just from looking at the picture on the website I had assumed it was bigger and never looked at the measurements - this of course doesn't cause a problem though. In the box you get Thomas and a red whistle which sounds just as a train whistle should!
This is advertised for the age of 2 upwards and I think this is perfect. My daughter can use it easily and her sister loves just to whistle herself and it moves. If you whistle once it begins moving forward and if you whistle again it stops, I have also found it reverses sometimes but it doesn't seem to do it when it should which is after two whistles, it does just seem to randomly start going round in circles.
Thomas can also be switched off and just used as a push along toy. So far I have found it pretty tough and that is even with my daughter throwing it across the kitchen floor.
The only bad points about Thomas is that the whistle is very easy to loose at the bottom of toy boxes and he doesn't work on carpets at all but this is the same with a lot of motorised toys.
Overall I would say this was a great buy for so much enjoyment.
Whistle 'n' Go Thomas is a great new way for little engine drivers to activate and control Thomas. Just blow the whistle to make Thomas move: whistle once and Thomas moves forward, whistle once again and Thomas stops, whistle twice and Thomas reverses left! Thomas can also be used as a push along toy. Now your little engineer can interact with Thomas in a new and exciting way.