Monkey may be 6 now but he is still a huge fan of Thomas & Friends and our various steam train excursions are always relived on his TrackMaster sets when we are back home. We’re gearing up here for the release of the new film The Great Race next month and you can too with lots of activities on the website and Facebook page. We are part of #TeamThomas and so can you be too, as we all help Thomas to get to The Great Race – as always its all about friendship and team work. To start our adventures, we’ve been having fun with the new TrackMaster Close Call Cliff playset from Fisher Price.
This new Thomas & Friends playset is aimed at children aged 3-6 years and comes complete with track, instructions and a Thomas train (you will need 2 x AAA batteries to operate it).
We have lots of the old style TrackMaster track and I can remember when we first received one of the new style sets, Monkey struggled to join the sections together. Not now. I was no longer needed for track construction!
It really did only take him a couple of minutes to put everything together. The instruction leaflet shows you how to put everything together and all of the track is numbered on the underside so it’s really easy to identify the correct parts.
The Thomas train that comes with this set is a little different from the norm as it has cogged type wheels at the back. This is specifically to help Thomas negotiate the 360 degree turn as he tries to avoid going over the edge of the cliffs!
There are 3 cliff sections to the set which pivot into place, make sure the cliffs are in place before Thomas starts his journey so you get the full impact of his adventure.
Then watch as our brave hero tries to avoid disaster at the cliff face. Wow that was a close call Thomas!
Monkey loved the effect of Thomas skidding and turning at the cliff face and this adventure has been repeated many times over since the TrackMaster Close Call Cliff playset has arrived. We have tried different TrackMaster trains on this set, the instructions do point out that not all trains are suited for this track, but most of ours have worked ok with it, but not all.
For added enjoyment this track can be joined up to other TrackMaster sets and you can buy adapters if you have the old style track too. We love this range, it’s well made and has withstood hours of play, so I see no reason why this new set should be any different. Normally priced at £19.99, Smyths currently have it on offer at £14.99 which is a bargain in my mind. It’s certainly been a hit here.
To find out more about The Great Race and #TeamThomas pop over to the Facebook page. In the run up to the release of The Great Race there will be lots of ways to help Thomas reach his destination and when he gets there, never before seen videos and amazing prizes will be unlocked for Thomas fans! Thomas & Friends instills some wonderful values with the idea of teamwork, determination and friendship running through all the books and films. I was a fan as a child, and I’m an even bigger fan as a parent.
Pop back later in the week as I have a new Thomas & Friends DVD to share with you all too!
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review