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

  33. Carrie-Anne Brown
    March 26, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    my little one loves Thomas! he always goes choo choo! when he sees anything to do with Thomas or trains 🙂

  34. Ruth Harwood
    March 27, 2018 / 10:21 am

    they look like they’re having heaps of fun xx

  35. Kelly Hirst
    March 30, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Fabulous giveaway! I think my nephew would love this set

  36. Yolanda Davis
    March 30, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I’d love to win this for my nephew who is Thomas mad.

  37. Ross Downing
    March 30, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    My 2 year old would love this!

  38. Rachel Craig
    March 31, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Great prize. As the children love Thomas & Friends.

  39. Katy Malkin
    March 31, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    A great extension and big enough for siblings to play together too

  40. Samantha Butler
    April 1, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    This would be amazing for my girls such a lovely giveaway xx

  41. ema j lowe
    April 1, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    tv adverts have been showing this over the weekend, son loves watching the advert, it looks good.

  42. Clare Hubbard
    April 2, 2018 / 7:02 am

    Fantastic review, my son is Thomas mad at the minute!

  43. Lyndsey Cooksey
    April 2, 2018 / 10:12 am

    How lovely! I like to keep cool games at home for when mu neices and nephews come to visit and they wouldn’t be disappointed playing with these!

  44. Stevie
    April 2, 2018 / 11:23 am

    The set looks loads of fun and not too hard to assemble.

  45. Susan B
    April 2, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    It is not surprising that Thomas is such an enduring brand. The children love him and they also love anything related to transport.

  46. leanne weir
    April 2, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Fantastic giveaway

  47. April 4, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    six grand children to keep occupied i think this would be perfect so much fun to be had LOVE IT

  48. Rich Tyler
    April 5, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    My little 1 loves Thomas!!!!

  49. Oli Marshall
    April 5, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    My little boy is THE biggest Thomas & Friends fan. My two favourite features of this set are the sound effects and the fact that the set is compatible with other TrackMaster sets. BRILLIANT!

  50. katrina walsh
    April 5, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    Looks like so much fun! Would love to win for my nephew

  51. Andi Gurney
    April 6, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Amazing prize

  52. Victoria Prince
    April 7, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I have a big Thomas fan in this house so this would go down a treat!

  53. Jodie W
    April 7, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    My son has a couple of little thomas sets which he loves. I like that they can link together.

  54. C Parkin
    April 8, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    big Thomas fans in our house

  55. sandy ralph
    April 8, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    oh my grandson loves thomas the tank engine

    April 8, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Youngest grandson would love this, eldest grandson used to have a Thomas track and he had hours of fun (we also bought another train to go with it)

  57. astrid c
    April 9, 2018 / 6:29 am

    oh my daysmy son would adore this he is thomas crazy xx

  58. Lynn Neal
    April 11, 2018 / 6:46 am

    My grandson loves Thomas and would enjoy this playset!

  59. Faye Reed
    April 11, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    My little girls, Ella and Autumn really enjoy watching Thomas the Tank Engine, they would love this.

  60. Linda Bird
    April 11, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Another great Thomas and Friends track which looks lots of fun. You can’t go wrong with Thomas, all my girls loved Thomas and now my grandsons do. Just wish this sort of thing was around when I was a child.

  61. Laura Corrall
    April 11, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    My youngest daughter is 3 and she loves Thomas. More so now because one of her nursery buddies is called Thomas too.

  62. April 11, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    My grandson would be thrilled with this 🙂

  63. Karen hutchinson
    April 11, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Love Thomas the tank engine

  64. Anthea Holloway
    April 11, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I would love to win this super set for my little grandson who loves trains.

  65. sheri Darby
    April 11, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    This looks brilliant fun

  66. Kerryn Johnson
    April 12, 2018 / 7:47 am

    My granddaughter would love this amazing giveaway

  67. Jenny Rogers
    April 12, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    This looks great! Ticks all the boxes for an excellent toy.

  68. Sharon Saunders
    April 12, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    My little boy would absolutely love this! Amazing prize.

  69. natalee gosiewski
    April 12, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    was it easy to set up i mean did you need to help or was the track easy for lil ones to do on own?

  70. Sarah Mcknight
    April 12, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    This looks fab, my son would love this

  71. Carl Peacock
    April 12, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    This looks awesome my kids always watch toy reviews and they have seen Trackmasters and always requested them but we have yet to fulfill the request ?

    April 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Lovely prize my grandson would love this set of looks lots of fun

  73. amanda greensmith
    April 12, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    my grandson thinks his grandad is the fat controller

  74. Dean T
    April 12, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    This looks amazing, the tornados are a fab little addition. Wish i had one of these when I was a wee kiddo

  75. Dawn Samples
    April 13, 2018 / 5:20 am

    This looks like a good size track, my son has a Thomas Lego train track but the track is quite small so he would love this one x

  76. Danielle Graves
    April 13, 2018 / 9:04 am

    we love Thomas, my sons a big fan z

  77. martha chisholm
    April 13, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I love these giveaway opportunities…..your blog always seems to mirror just exactly what my grandson loves at any particular time.

  78. Adrian Bold
    April 13, 2018 / 11:44 am

    I would love to win this for my nephew. Thanks for the competition!

  79. Jemima Chapman
    April 13, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    My little boy and his cousins would have lots of fun playing with this!

  80. Laura Avery
    April 13, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Looks great fun, it would keep my youngest amused!

  81. Jeanette Leighton
    April 13, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I think my daughter Sheriah 5 and baby Charlie who is almost 2 would love this

  82. Nathan Davies
    April 13, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    looks ok

  83. becci cleary
    April 13, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    I have loved Thomas The Tank since a child, I can remember Thomas the Tank wallpaper in my bedroom and I must have only been about 2. I can also remember lying in bed in the afternoon with my Grandad watching the Racing on Channel 4 and then after the Racing finished…Thomas the Tank would come on. I love the fact my girls love Thomas aswell…the older ones with the original theme tune.

  84. Amanda Norwood
    April 13, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    My nephews would love this!

  85. Andrea Lloyd
    April 13, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    My nephew loves Thomas the tank fingers crossed

  86. janine atkin
    April 13, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    my nephew would go crazy for this

  87. jackie curran
    April 13, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    This looks great fun , my nephew would love to have this

  88. Diana
    April 13, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    What a great giveaway 🙂

  89. Karla Gold
    April 13, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    AMAZING giveaway! My twin boys are Thomas obsessed they would absolutely love this. Keeping fingers and toes crossed

  90. Tammy Neal
    April 13, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Fantastic giveaway xx

  91. Deborah Clarke
    April 13, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    My lil grandsons would adore this and would certainly keep them busy when im on babysitting duty lol. Thanks for the chance

  92. laura lawrie
    April 13, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    This would be fab for my son, he keeps on saying he wants this

  93. amanda walsh
    April 13, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Fab giveaway,thanks for the chance

  94. jade rice
    April 13, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Id love ro win for my kiddies to share thomas such classic and can be ejoyed by girls and bous xx

  95. Natalie Crossan
    April 13, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    my daughter is such a thomas fan 🙂 x

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