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

  40. October 24, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    This looks like such a fun set. My three year old is Thomas-crazy, I think he’d love it.

  41. Danielle Sedgebeer
    October 25, 2018 / 10:25 am

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

  42. janine atkin
    October 25, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    my nephew would go crazy for this

  43. Anthony Harrington
    October 26, 2018 / 5:28 am

    lovely set, perfect for my Grandson

  44. Pam Francis Gregory
    October 26, 2018 / 6:29 pm

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

  45. Ashleigh Allan
    October 26, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Looks a fantastic set

  46. Lydia Joy
    October 27, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    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!

  47. mel betteridge
    October 28, 2018 / 5:12 am

    my little lad would love this

  48. Angela Sharp
    October 29, 2018 / 11:18 am

    My 4 year old son is a big Thomas the tank fan

    October 29, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    My 3 year old grandson would be over the moon with this

  50. Shelley Jessup
    October 29, 2018 / 4:49 pm

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

  51. Sophie Ade
    October 31, 2018 / 7:00 am

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

  52. Karen Von kriegsheim
    November 1, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    My youngest would love this- great prize! Xx

  53. Ron Goodwin
    November 2, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Little grandson mad about trains, thank you.

  54. stacy sorrell
    November 2, 2018 / 11:28 am

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

    November 3, 2018 / 12:01 am

    My sons love Thomas, its the grandchildrens turn now

  56. Anthea Holloway
    November 4, 2018 / 4:44 pm

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

  57. Sheri Darby
    November 4, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    This is brilliant. We love Thomas

  58. greig spencer
    November 5, 2018 / 7:18 am

    My NEPHEW would really love this

  59. Rebecca Mercer
    November 5, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Great giveaway my son would love this

  60. Susan B
    November 5, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    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.

  61. Phillipa Hunt
    November 5, 2018 / 9:28 pm

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

  62. betsy ferguson
    November 6, 2018 / 8:33 am

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

  63. Caroline Shepherd
    November 6, 2018 / 11:51 am

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

  64. Fiona Johnstone
    November 6, 2018 / 12:14 pm

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

  65. November 6, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    My little man loves Thomas – he’d be over the moon if I won this for him!

  66. Danielle Sedgebeer
    November 6, 2018 / 7:53 pm

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

  67. Lucy Carter
    November 6, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    My nephew would love this

  68. Laura Wheatley
    November 6, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    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!

  69. barbara snaith
    November 6, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    I would love this for my grand twins.

  70. Sylvia Paul
    November 6, 2018 / 9:57 pm

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

  71. Andi Gurney
    November 6, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    My nephew would love this

  72. paula cheadle
    November 6, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    my grandson would love this

  73. Nikki Phipps
    November 7, 2018 / 12:54 am

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

  74. Natalie Crossan
    November 7, 2018 / 2:11 am

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

  75. Sharon Hirst
    November 7, 2018 / 7:32 am

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

  76. Kirsteen Mackay
    November 7, 2018 / 8:19 am

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

  77. Danielle Pooley
    November 7, 2018 / 9:34 am

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

  78. November 7, 2018 / 9:46 am

    This is fantastic, my boy loves Thomas the Tank so much x

  79. debbie jayne Davies
    November 7, 2018 / 10:30 am

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

  80. Dawn Samples
    November 7, 2018 / 10:54 am

    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

  81. Leanne Perrett
    November 7, 2018 / 10:55 am

    my nephew would love this he loves trains 🙂

  82. Rebecca Whatmore
    November 7, 2018 / 11:14 am

    Would love to win for my friend’s little boy

  83. Maria Jane Knight
    November 7, 2018 / 11:45 am

    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

  84. Samantha Butler
    November 7, 2018 / 12:03 pm

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

  85. Abi Birch
    November 7, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    This looks like such fun! My boys love Thomas 😍

  86. Shelly Ford
    November 7, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    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!

  87. Catherine Bullas
    November 7, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    2 of my sons would love this.

  88. Kim Neville
    November 7, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Cool playset with lots of fun to be had

  89. Harriet Leonard
    November 7, 2018 / 4:53 pm

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

  90. Katie Walker
    November 7, 2018 / 7:04 pm

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

  91. Hayley Elvin
    November 7, 2018 / 7:21 pm

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

  92. Diane Crafter
    November 7, 2018 / 7:52 pm

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

  93. Amy Lambert
    November 7, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Would love to win for my nephew looks a fantastic set!

  94. Jeanette Leighton
    November 7, 2018 / 8:49 pm

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

  95. Tammy Neal
    November 7, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    My nephew would love this x

  96. Mrs W
    November 7, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    This would be perfect for my daughter

  97. Jodie W
    November 7, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    we love Thomas in our house, this set looks like lots of fun

  98. laura stewart
    November 7, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    yes please fantastic giveaway x

  99. Linda McGarrigle
    November 7, 2018 / 10:01 pm

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

  100. alison clark
    November 7, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    My nephew loves Sodor ! he would love this at christmas.

  101. Natalie Gillham
    November 7, 2018 / 10:31 pm

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

  102. Alison Clifford
    November 7, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    Would love to win this for my nephew for Christmas

  103. Lorna Wils
    November 7, 2018 / 11:49 pm

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

  104. Kerry H
    November 7, 2018 / 11:57 pm

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

  105. Tracy B
    December 4, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    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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