Deluxe Thomas & Friends Special
Deluxe Thomas & Friends Special
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What It Is
The Deluxe Thomas & Friends Special is a train set with an HO-scale electric Thomas train. The set features snap-fit E-Z Track pieces that are easy for kids to put together. There are 12 pieces of curved track, three straight track pieces, a plug-in terminal re-railer, a track power connector, and a power pack that plugs into a wall outlet. The train set comes with a Thomas train that has moving eyes, a Sir Topham Hatt figure, Harold the Helicopter, Bertie the Bus, and Clarabel Coach and Annie Coach. Kids control the train as it goes around the track with the speed controller with plug-in wiring, a power indicator light, and a direction switch (forward/reverse). It also comes with an illustrated instruction manual.
Why It’s Fun
This is a really well designed and easy-to-control train set for older Thomas & Friends fans and train enthusiasts. It comes with a variety of different characters from the show so that kids can recreate favorite scenes or create new railway adventures.
The high quality makes it a real hobbyist train, one of the first times that Thomas has been included in a toy that will have appeal to older kids who may have grown up with Thomas and are excited about model trains.
Who It’s For
The Deluxe Thomas & Friends Special set is for ages 8 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Because this train set is a 56-inch by 38-inch oval track, you'll need a large space for it either on the floor or a table. In addition to a large play area, you'll also need a flat play area. If the surface isn't flat, Thomas will fall off the track any time he hits a bump. Thomas will also fall off the track if the track pieces don't fit together tightly.
This is a serious, high-quality train set, and for kids or families who are either getting into the hobby or are established enthusiasts, it's worth the money.