Thomas & Friends™ Twisting Tornado Set Review

Thomas & Friends™ Twisting Tornado Set Review: Monkey has long been a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine having reviewed the Super Station last year. He was super excited when he saw the box knowing what to expect. I also like the fact that as a track master set he will be able to play with both of them together.

What do you get in the  get in the box:


True to form like the other sets we have it was very easy to put together. So much so that Monkey managed to do it predominately himself in just a few steps. The only thing he needed help with was the fixing in the tornado. As it was a little stiff. I think this in part due to the very simple to follow pictorial instructions which are in colour. The good news is that this set is also very easy to take apart again which means that despite its size it will fit back in the box for storage.

Along with the tornado itself the set also comes with a short amount of track which makes a heart shape. Unsurprisingly it was a hit he really enjoyed playing with it  and even Kipper wanted to get in on the action. Which left me wishing that it came with more than one engine since Kipper has not learnt to share yet. The actual age on this set is 3 to 7 years. I suspect because some of the items are quite small. But when you have an older brother sometimes mummy has no choice but to let you play with the toys unless we want our own little tornado to happen!

Monkey was explaining exactly what Thomas was doing as he went around the track, going over the little bridge before reaching the turntable. He also made simulated noises of the tornado and swooshing sound as he went from one side to another.

Things we loved:

  • I like the fact that the only battery which is needed goes in Thomas. The Tornado itself is operated by a leaver which moves the turntable from one side to the other. At the same time the engine house blows down and the electricity pylons are sent flying.
  • The set is compatible with other TrackMaster sets which is a big plus as it means Monkey can build more track around the tornado element.
  • The set comes with Thomas who has been adapted to look like he’s been in the path of the tornado with leaves and scratches on his paintwork. I like the attention to detail. This Thomas is unique to this set so perfect if you have a little collector.
  • Thomas will run round the track on his own if you add in 2 x AAA batteries which do not come with the set. Motorised Thomas makes it a rush against time to reset the turntable before he reaches the other side!
  • For a plastic toy its good looking – the level of detail is great and the bright colours are really attractive. It does make you want to pick it up and play with it. The cow on the tornado also makes me giggle!
  • The quality is what I would expect from a brand like Thomas & Friends™ pieces go together easily and click into place. The track fits together well and Monkey can pull it apart and set it up again quite easily.

Due to its size its the perfect to take away. The Twisting Tornado Set costs £24.99 and is available from all good high street toy shops and online including Smyths. For Thomas friends everywhere you can keep up to date with your favourite train adventures over on the Thomas & Friends Youtube Channel. The lovely people at Fisher Price have very kindly offered one of my readers the chance to win one. To enter please use the gleam application below and please note the T&Cs.

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Twisting Tornado Set

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and will receive their own Thomas & Friends Twisting Tornado Set
  • The giveaway will close on the 13th April at midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

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  1. Ursula Hunt
    March 13, 2018 / 9:47 am

    My grandsons would love this

  2. john prendergast
    March 13, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Fantastic giveaway

  3. Emma C
    March 13, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Looks like fun!

  4. Danielle Moore
    March 13, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Fantastic giveaway thanks for the chance

  5. iain maciver
    March 13, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    amazing giveaway as ever

  6. Nicola Marshall
    March 13, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    My boy would love this he has the stacking towers which he plays with for hours.

  7. Solange
    March 14, 2018 / 3:39 am

    My son would love this

  8. Tracy K Nixon
    March 14, 2018 / 5:01 am

    My boys would love this!

  9. Sue McCarthy
    March 14, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Fab prize, thanks for the chance. I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  10. anthony harrington
    March 14, 2018 / 10:10 am

    My little grandson would love this

  11. Shaun Tutt
    March 14, 2018 / 10:18 am

    My nephew would love this

  12. Amandeep Sibia
    March 14, 2018 / 10:34 am

    Great prize, thank you!

  13. March 14, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Fab giveaway My grandson loves Thomas Thanks for the chance

  14. marie katelyn
    March 14, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    my nephews would love this thank you x

  15. maz johnson
    March 14, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    would love this for my nephew x

  16. Hayley webb
    March 15, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    My nephew would absolutely love this

  17. Margaret Gallagher
    March 15, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Boys would love this THANKS

  18. Clare S
    March 15, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    My little girl is Thomas mad – she gets it from her brother 🙂

  19. Laura Walker
    March 16, 2018 / 7:49 am

    We have a trackmaster set and it’s a favourite in our house this would be great

  20. paula cheadle
    March 16, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    youngest grandson would love this, he is Thomas Tank mad

  21. Sharon Hirst
    March 16, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Would love to win for my nephew

  22. Kelly B
    March 16, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Ahhh my son would love this! He is obsessed with Thomas and loves these train sets!

  23. Simon C
    March 17, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Trackmaster sets are awesome. I so wish I’d had one when I was a kid! We’ve got a small one here already, but you really do need two sets or more to be able to start getting really imaginative with the layout. You can also get a big bucket of track pieces, which I keep thinking would make a great birthday gift for a train-mad child.

  24. Laura Pritchard
    March 17, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    My kids would have so much fun with this!

  25. Jacqui Graham
    March 18, 2018 / 11:24 am

    My son is Thomas mad, we love the old ones more than the CG versions, we watch on milkshake and DVD’s he would love to play with this,

  26. Rachael Sexey
    March 18, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Wow my nephew would adore this 💘

  27. Sally Collingwood
    March 18, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Fab prize!

  28. Shaun Heathcote
    March 19, 2018 / 10:08 am

    fantastic giveaway

  29. Georgina Prince was davies
    March 19, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    my boys would love this, they’re obsessed with Thomas x

  30. Lorna Ledger
    March 19, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    So cool! Be really fun to play this! thanks for the chance

  31. Kirsty Ward
    March 20, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Aww this looks awesome! MY Niece would love this! x

  32. Samantha Mann
    March 22, 2018 / 10:54 am

    My son is thomas mad… we have most sets but we don’t have this one. It would be a great addition to his collection

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