Thomas & Friends™ Big Loader Sodor Delivery Set Review: If you are regular readers of Mudpie Fridays then you will know that the boys are big fans of Thomas The Tank Engine. In fact they have been fortunate enough to try out a number of the Thomas & Friends play sets, including Thomas & Friends™ Twisting Tornado SetThomas & Friends™ Super Station and Thomas & Friends™ Adventures Shark Escape. So when we were asked by TOMY to review the Thomas & Friends™ Big Loader I said yes. This is very different to any of the play sets we have tried out before because its designed to operate on its own. Transporting cargo around the track with three characters – Thomas, Percy and Terrance.

I did wonder if this would mean that the boys would get bored of it. But I need not have worried they love it and are constantly requesting to play with it. Aimed at 3+ Kipper is technically too young for it because of the small parts that the set includes. However under supervision I have no problems with him playing with it. In fact its nice for them to be able to play with a toy together.

In the box you get a number of different parts which you need to assemble. These include, Terrance, Thomas and Percy with a motorised chassis. Plus coal balls, a coal slope, loading trough, coal table, transfer ramp, switch track and a hopper. There are three reverse buttons, some stickers and instructions. Although when putting it together its easier to look at the picture on the box. It probably took about ten minutes to assemble and then a further five to add the stickers. The motorised chassis requires one AA battery which is not included. Then the fun starts!

There are some little metal pegs on the bottom of the chassis which you need to make sure are pointing downwards to keep it on the track. The characters balance above the track and move as the chassis goes under them. It starts with Percy collecting the coal balls from the hopper before delivering them to the coal slope. The chassis then goes back and picks up Thomas to leave him by the loading dock. Before collecting Terrance to collect the coal balls up and deliver them to Thomas. Once collected Thomas then delivers the cargo back to the hopper via the ramp. After which it all starts over again. The boys couldn’t help but get involved with helping out the cargo at various points on the journey. Plus Monkey thought it was very funny to send Thomas in the other direction by pressing the little levers on the side of the track

Things we love about the Thomas & Friends™ Big Loader Sodor Delivery Set:

  • I like the fact that the only battery which is needed goes in the chassis. Everything else operated by levers or gravity.
  • The fact that it has three characters in it is nice. Normally we would need to purchase these separately with some of the other kits we have.
  • Its chunky which makes it perfect for little hands. Kipper has no problem manoeuvring Thomas or Percy. Playing win the coal balls also gives the opportunity for some fine motor play.
  • 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 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.
  • Despite its built size it fits neatly back into the box for storage.

Both boys really enjoying playing with the Thomas & Friends™ Big Loader Sodor Delivery Set which costs £29.99 and is available from all good high street toy shops and online including Smyths. I can see us getting a lot of use out of it over the coming months. But don’t just take my word for it the lovely people at TOMY 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™ Big Loader Sodor Delivery 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™ Big Loader Sodor Delivery Set
  • The giveaway will close on the 7th November 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 Reply

    My 2 year old granddaughter loves Thomas the Tank Engine on TV and would love this

  2. Tracey Mitchell Reply

    My grandson is just starting to be a big fan of Thomas so would love this.

  3. how lovely! It would be ideal for my nephew, who is loving any vehicle at the moment

  4. Hayley Colburn Reply

    I always loved Thomas when I was a kid and was a little dissappointed that my older son and daughter never got into it. My youngest though Mia, absolutely loves Thomas as much as I did so I know she’d absolutely love this

  5. The lovely colours of the Thomas books and toys seem to always apeal to children across the generation!

  6. Laura Pritchard Reply

    My nephew would go crazy for this, as would my daughter!

  7. Victoria Sparrow Reply

    Love this. I just passed on some Thomas toys to our grandson and he loved them.

  8. Sue McCarthy Reply

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

  9. andrea tinkler Reply

    We love Thomas. He is timeless and my grand daughter loves him just as much as my sons did

  10. Laura Turner Reply

    Thomas just never gets old. So glad the next generation are enjoying him as much as the last.

  11. Ruth Harwood Reply

    My youngest loves Thomas, it’s one of those I cna put on and read a book for a short while with her snuggling me contentedly!

  12. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    My great grandson, Arlo, loves Thomas and would have great fun with this

  13. MARIA ROGERS Reply

    my hubby builds , from scratch not kits, garden steam trains, so needless to say we have lots of train related toys in our house for grandkids, BUT not this one!!!! more for hubby than kids me thinks!!!

  14. Kelly Knowles Reply

    My little boy Peter would love this, only boy in our house of girls, he loves tracks and hasn’t got any trains yet

  15. Wowzers! My nephew would absolutely love this set! He’s thomas mad!

  16. Katie Skeoch Reply

    My boys love Thomas, especially the new show! This would be a perfect toy

  17. Carrie-Anne Brown Reply

    I would love to win this set for my little boy, he would love it 🙂

  18. Danielle Sedgebeer Reply

    My daughter absolutely loves Thomas & friends so she’d be delighted if I won this😁

  19. Pam Francis Gregory Reply

    My nephew loves Thomas! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great set.

  20. My brother had one of these about 17 years ago. They’re amazing. I still remember all the parts of it! Love it and want one for my boys!

  21. Shelley Jessup Reply

    My best friends son would really like this so I am entering in hope to treat him to nice present. Thank You!

  22. Sophie Ade Reply

    My son is a big Thomas fan and I would love to win this for him. He is crazy about trains.

  23. stacy sorrell Reply

    My youngest loves Thomas, she has her big Sisters old Thomas toys, she would love a set of her own

  24. Anthea Holloway Reply

    This would be so nice for my little grandson who would play with it all day and every day!

  25. Transport related toys, especially beauties like this one, always make me smile as not only do the children all love them but dads and gramps always like to ‘help’ play too.

  26. Phillipa Hunt Reply

    Such a great prize – looks like your boys loved it too

  27. betsy ferguson Reply

    I would keep that at my house (Granny) for all the kids to share and enjoy x

  28. Caroline Shepherd Reply

    Looks so much fun! My youngest would absolutely love this!

  29. Fiona Johnstone Reply

    My granddaughter is a big Thomas fan. She would love this.

  30. Danielle Sedgebeer Reply

    My daughter absolutely loves Thomas & friends! Would be delighted to win this for her😁

  31. Laura Wheatley Reply

    My brother had the original version of this that wasn’t thomas, I loved it too! I loved thomas when I was little, I was a tomboy trains were brill!

  32. Sylvia Paul Reply

    My Nephew is mad about Thomas, this would be perfect for him for Christmas xx

  33. Nikki Phipps Reply

    . My son and nephew love Thomas! Would love to win this for them. Thank you xx

  34. Natalie Crossan Reply

    My best friends little boy would absolutely love this 🙂 THanks so much

  35. Sharon Hirst Reply

    Would be an ideal gift for my nephew, he’s train mad. Thank you

  36. Kirsteen Mackay Reply

    My son and nephew both love Thomas. This is a great prize.

  37. Danielle Pooley Reply

    This would be perfect for my little boy! He loves Thomas

  38. debbie jayne Davies Reply

    oh my grandson would be so happy with this! He has to be thomas the tank engines number 1 fan 🙂

  39. Dawn Samples Reply

    My son loves Thomas the tank engine and used to have a Thomas train track but some of the pieces have been lost so this would be perfect for him x

  40. Maria Jane Knight Reply

    I would love to surprise my cousins little boy with this…he is Thomas crazy! I would love to see his little face light up x

  41. Samantha Butler Reply

    I’d love to win and surprise my daughter Brooke she would be over the moon x

  42. Shelly Ford Reply

    My son and daughter are both massive Thomas fans and would LOVE this! They are 6 and 3 they each have their own favourite – Thomas figures are the few things they’ll play with together without arguing!

  43. Harriet Leonard Reply

    My little boy loves Thomas. This would be perfect for Christmas.

  44. Katie Walker Reply

    Love Thomas the Tank Engine, a character that will never die im the hearts of children everywere

  45. Hayley Elvin Reply

    My son is a Thomas superfan, he would be thrilled to win this set. Thank you for the chance

  46. Diane Crafter Reply

    Wow a great prize, my little girl would love this. She is train and car mad and loves Thomas

  47. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    My boy Charlie 2 would love this would make a great Christmas present

  48. Linda McGarrigle Reply

    Thomas has been a favourite in our house for a number of years x

  49. Natalie Gillham Reply

    My nieces would love this, thanks for the chance to win it for them x

  50. Lorna Wils Reply

    My sons love all the Thomas the tank engine & friends!!! Yes please!!

  51. My son is Thomas mad and this looks like hours of fun and keeping busy!

  52. Aww we love Thomas here. My eldest loved him and had every playset you could think of, then my middle child carried on the Thomas tradition. Nowadays it’s my nephew with a fondness for Thomas and his friends.

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