Monday, 13 November 2017

Thomas & Friends MINIS Motorised raceway

thomas & friends minis motorised raceway

Last week Squidge came down with a virus, boo, yet another illness on his poorly streak. He stayed home from nursery on Friday and while we were at home we had an exciting delivery. The lovely people over at Fisher Price had kindly sent us the Thomas & Friends MINIS motorised raceway to review! Lucky Squidge!

setting the toy up

Being a bad blogger, I don't have any pictures of the box, I know, very bad blogger! I did however video the unboxing and first impressions which is now on YouTube (embedded below).

the instructions

The set comes with 2 x Thomas & Friends MINIS - Thomas and James. You need to make sure you have 3 x AA batteries and a small phillips screwdriver to be able to put this together. In the box was an assortment of parts, a couple stickers and a picture-led instruction sheet on assembling it.

the loop-the-loop

Once I put the video camera down, I managed to put it together in about 10 mins - it was really simple to follow the instructions, but I'd recommend a grown up putting it together if you have toddlers.

As soon as it was put together, Squidge instantly loved it. He kept saying to me 'such a cool toy mummy!' and even said at one point that it was his new favourite :) The toy/pieces felt really well made, very solid. You flip a switch at the bottom and the track starts moving to take the trains up the vertical slope. Then depending on which way you have the track-router set at the top, the trains will go down one of 3 routes - one turns them upside down, one loops the loop and one is an 's' shape. Squidge's favourite was the loop the loop (or, doop da doop as Squidge says).

close up of cranky

He played with this for hours and loved switching the track to send them off in different directions. He didn't get frustrated with it, just played happily. The only thing we didn't like about it was the loud clicking noise it was making - as time went on it happened less and less - I think something was getting jammed, it seems to have passed for the most part now anyway.

One of the really nice things about this if you're considering getting it as a Christmas present, is that the little trains (MINIS) in the Thomas & Friends MINIS advent calendar will all work with this. We've already bought that for Squidge, so I think by the time Christmas arrives, the motorised raceway is going to be very busy!

trains whizzing around the track

The RRP for this toy is £44.99 (although Smyths has it on offer for £24.99 at the moment!) and is suitable for children aged 3+.



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  1. This looks amazing and such good value if you buy it now. I loved the video too.

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