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Thomas and Friends is Rising Up This Holiday Season

While wooden trains have been all the rage for young kids over the past few decades, there is one downside to them – they generally cannot be self-propelled and it’s hard to build them really high in a small space. And so enters the Thomas & Friends Trains and Cranes Super Tower, a self propelled train that climbs up and down a tower, with lots of play options for younger kids!


What’s in the Box

Everything you’ll need to build the tower is right in the box, packed tightly to avoid moving during transit. And when I say there are a lot of pieces in the box – there are a LOT of pieces in the box, and this definitely comes with the tag, “Some Assembly Required.” And when we say “some” we really mean tons. So if you are purchasing this for a young one this holiday season, be sure to get your screwdrivers out and be ready to get to work. This won’t snap together in minutes – there are screws, clips, stickers, batteries, and more, and it all takes just a bit of time.

Time to Play!

That being said, once you do put the set together, the fun can begin, and kids can play with Thomas, Percy, and more, as well as brining over trains from other sets. It’s a great set to play with others because of it’s size and included vehicles.

The train will not run on a continues loop up the tower and back down. Instead, it has two stopping points – the main “garage” at the bottom, and the crane unload station at the top. When your train arrives at the depot at the top, you can use the included cranes to remove the cargo from the train and drop it into the nifty cargo chute, which will actually guide the cargo all the way to the bottom of the tower where it can be reloaded onto the next available train.

And for the most part, this works really well – we might have preferred an actual rope on the crane, but the sturdy plastic will hold up better over time, and with young kids, is probably the preferred construction material here. My three year old had no issues utilizing the crane, and so from a design and mechanical standpoint, all is well on Thomas’ Tower.

The Thomas & Friends™ Trains & Cranes Super Tower from Fisher-Price® brings to life all the exciting racing, chasing, loading and unloading action from the Thomas & Friends™ show in one awesome playset. At over 2 ½ feet tall, this multi-level train and track set features favorite places and characters from the show, plus a spinning turntable, three cranes to load and unload cargo, and track for the engines to zoom around. Kids control all the exciting action, using handles and switches to decide where the engines go. Age: 3Y+ Available at:, TRU, Amazon, Canadian Tire

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