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Quite often an opportunity for Aidan to review a fancy new toy arrives in my inbox and I hover over the reply button, trying to decide whether or not I should. Will it help Aidan learn anything through play? Will it suck up too many batteries? Does he really need it? As soon as I got the email about the Thomas Steam ‘n Speed I said yes with absolutely no hesitation.
Aidan’s not a Thomas fanatic but he loves his TrackMaster Train Set that he reviewed a few months ago but with this toy he could still play trains without me having to set up the entire thing. It was even big enough for his dinosaurs to ride (thanks to blu-tac) if he wanted them to, unfortunately it’s not big enough for Charlie.
Thomas would be great for kids aged 18 months and up. He is solid, has no flimsy little removable parts which I like and Thomas looks rather handsome. The remote is the same, simple and sturdy with only three control options: straight ahead, reverse curve and “special moves” which has a pre-programmed routine. The remote takes 3x AAA and Thomas takes 4x AA batteries so if you do think about surprising your little one this Christmas don’t forget to buy some.
It didn’t take too long to get Thomas out of the box, chuck in some batteries and get him going. Aidan was pretty impressed and mastered the controls straight away. Thomas says cute phrases, you can hear his chugging engine and his little toot toot but the best part took Aidan totally by surprise…
… Thomas puffs out steam!!!
Before you freak out, the steam is completely cool to touch. See that little plastic pouch? Well that’s a dropper and you pull it out, fill it with 10ml of distilled water (tap water can leave mineral deposits which can cause Thomas not to work) and you put it into a little hole in the top.
Thanks to Fisher Price and Thomas & Friends I have a $100 Toys R Us giftcard to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter all you have to do is answer this question:
What was the coolest toy you owned when you were little?
Please note that the prize will not arrive prior to Christmas, refer to the competition Terms & Conditions prior to entering.