H-Bear loves trains, so naturally he loves Thomas & Friends. We watch the TV series frequently. He has a Thomas & Friends duvet cover, which he loves so much that his bed has been renamed ‘Thomas Bed’. And Nick’s old Thomas toys have been reclaimed by H-Bear.
A few weeks ago, he was sent the rather epic Thomas & Friends Playset to review and he has not stopped playing with it since!
The Thomas & Friends Playset comes with 40 track pieces, as well as some of Sodor’s most popular landmarks, which simply clip into place. It is aimed for ages 12 months + and even Busby (at almost 5) has enjoyed playing with it… much to H-Bear’s dismay!
The set comes with Percy and trailer; other trains can be purchased separately. Percy has a light up bumper and buttons on the bottom of the train, which make him sing and talk when he rolls over an activation point.
The track has 9 activation points in total, and each one produces a different song/phrase/sound from Percy when he rolls over them. Some of these songs/phrases/sounds teach letters, numbers and colours.
H-Bear has thoroughly enjoyed whizzing Percy down the hill part of the track – making him stop at the barrier, proclaiming “Dead end!” with joy.
He’s also enjoyed collecting coal and hay bales from the different areas of the track, and adding his own toys to the trailer.
I think the Thomas & Friends Playset is great. The track has been fantastic for H-Bear’s independent imagination play, and has kept him enthralled for ages. Being plastic, some of the parts can be a little flimsy – especially the higher parts of the track, which has been frustrating for H-Bear when structures have fallen over.
I also wish the playset had come with an extra train – or Thomas instead of Percy. H-Bear kept searching inside the box for Thomas because he was in the picture on the front of the box.
The playset requires 2 x AA batteries for Tidmouth Sheds, which light up when the images are rolled. Percy’s 2 x AAA batteries are included.
The Thomas & Friends Playset has been a huge hit with H-Bear and it would make a fantastic Christmas or birthday present for any Thomas fan! The playset retails at £44.99.