Thomas & Friends™ Big Loader Sodor Delivery Set Review

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. Margaret Gallagher
    October 10, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Love this – my nephews would be thrilled

  2. Ursula Hunt
    October 10, 2018 / 9:15 am

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

  3. Alica
    October 10, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    My grandson would love this! Thank you for the chance x

  4. Tracy Nixon
    October 10, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Fabulous prize thank you!

  5. kelly wheelhouse
    October 10, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    this looks amazing! thanks for the chance 🙂

  6. iain maciver
    October 10, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    perfect for my nephews who love thomas

  7. Debbie smith
    October 10, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    looks amazing xx my son would love it hours of fun x

  8. Solange
    October 10, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    My son would love this.

    October 10, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    A lovely prize , Thank you

  10. Tracey Mitchell
    October 10, 2018 / 7:18 pm

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

  11. Katie
    October 10, 2018 / 8:15 pm

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

  12. john prendergast
    October 10, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    My niece would like this

    October 10, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    My daughter would absolutely love this.

  14. Hayley Colburn
    October 10, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    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

  15. Rachel Frances
    October 11, 2018 / 7:08 am

    My kid would love this

  16. Rachel Frances
    October 11, 2018 / 7:09 am

    My kid would really love this

  17. Lynn Neal
    October 11, 2018 / 7:37 am

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

  18. Laura Pritchard
    October 11, 2018 / 9:39 am

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

  19. Victoria Sparrow
    October 11, 2018 / 10:17 am

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

  20. Sue McCarthy
    October 11, 2018 / 10:25 am

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

  21. andrea tinkler
    October 11, 2018 / 11:02 am

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

  22. Laura Turner
    October 11, 2018 / 11:51 am

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

  23. Fay
    October 11, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I would love to win for my little nephew

  24. Corinne Wright
    October 11, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    My little boy loves trains, he’d love this 😊

  25. Sean eccles
    October 11, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    My son is obsessed with trains and would love this

  26. Ruth Harwood
    October 12, 2018 / 8:01 am

    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!

  27. Priscilla Stubbs
    October 12, 2018 / 8:55 am

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

  28. Kelly Hirst
    October 12, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Fab giveaway- I’d love to win this for my nephew

  29. Andrea Fletcher
    October 12, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    My grandson is a big Thomas fan so would love this.

    October 12, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    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!!!

  31. Sally Collingwood
    October 13, 2018 / 9:10 am

    My little grandson would be over the moon!

  32. Kelly Knowles
    October 13, 2018 / 1:41 pm

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

  33. Geri Gregg
    October 13, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Perfect prize for my son x x

  34. rebecca smith
    October 14, 2018 / 6:32 am

    O wow my son would absolutely love this!

  35. Jodi hill
    October 14, 2018 / 9:27 am

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

  36. Katie Skeoch
    October 14, 2018 / 10:17 am

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

  37. Rachel Butterworth
    October 15, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    My niece would love this prize. Fingers crossed.

  38. Carrie-Anne Brown
    October 15, 2018 / 8:44 pm

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

  39. Samantha O'D
    October 21, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    My nephews are obsessed with Thomas

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