Part of the amazing deal I have of being Learning Curve’s Cyber Mummy 2011 representative is that I very fortunately get to test loads and loads of toys from Learning Curve themselves, the latest being the battery operated Figure of 8 set from the Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway range.
Despite having been appropriately named, Thomas the Tank Engine has never been a big hit with my oldest son (apart from the Accidents Happen video and song). Jacob however does enjoy watching a bit of Thomas and has a few Thomas toys, but not much. So I think he was really excited to see this new Thomas wooden railway set when the postman delivered it, as it was something all for him that his brother was not going to fight him over.
The set is 26 pieces, so small and compact and a perfect starter set for younger Thomas fans. It’s really easy to set up, you get simple instructions but you could probably do it just from copying the picture on the box. The pieces are chunky and easy for Jacob to handle, so he enjoys building the track with me before he starts playing, it’s all part of the game to him. One thing that did confuse me about the instructions is that all the pieces have the CT, ST and AT letters written on them like the Chuggington sets, but there are no letters printed on the actual track so that stumped me a little.
Apart from having the fun of Thomas chuffing along as if by magic, Jacob loves the special Stop N Go Fat Controller feature. When you turn the Fat Controller figure he will stop Thomas in his tracks, and then let him depart again when the coast is clear. This is fun for little ones to do, and me and Jacob did have a laugh when Thomas was having a go and didn’t realise how Jacob kept stopping his train.
I would say this is a perfect first Thomas the Tank Engine train set, and being part of the wooden railway range then when your little one is ready for some more involved Thomas adventures, you can add this track to your new purchases meaning that it can grow up with your child.