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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96 Comments

  1. Nicola Marshall Reply

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

  2. Sue McCarthy Reply

    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.

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

  4. Laura Walker Reply

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

  5. paula cheadle Reply

    youngest grandson would love this, he is Thomas Tank mad

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

  7. 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.

  8. Jacqui Graham Reply

    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,

  9. Georgina Prince was davies Reply

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

  10. Lorna Ledger Reply

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

  11. Samantha Mann Reply

    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

  12. Carrie-Anne Brown Reply

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

  13. Kelly Hirst Reply

    Fabulous giveaway! I think my nephew would love this set

  14. Yolanda Davis Reply

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

  15. Katy Malkin Reply

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

  16. Samantha Butler Reply

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

  17. ema j lowe Reply

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

  18. Clare Hubbard Reply

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

  19. Lyndsey Cooksey Reply

    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!

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

  21. Oli Marshall Reply

    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!

  22. katrina walsh Reply

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

  23. Victoria Prince Reply

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

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

  25. JULIE WARD Reply

    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)

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

  27. Linda Bird Reply

    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.

  28. Laura Corrall Reply

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

  29. Anthea Holloway Reply

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

  30. Jenny Rogers Reply

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

  31. Sharon Saunders Reply

    My little boy would absolutely love this! Amazing prize.

  32. natalee gosiewski Reply

    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?

  33. Carl Peacock Reply

    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 ?

  34. DENISE WILDEN Reply

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

  35. amanda greensmith Reply

    my grandson thinks his grandad is the fat controller

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

  37. Dawn Samples Reply

    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

  38. martha chisholm Reply

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

  39. Adrian Bold Reply

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

  40. Jemima Chapman Reply

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

  41. Jeanette Leighton Reply

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

  42. becci cleary Reply

    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.

  43. jackie curran Reply

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

  44. Karla Gold Reply

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

  45. Deborah Clarke Reply

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

  46. laura lawrie Reply

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

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

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