Product: Bigjigs Toys Overhead Gantry Crane
Age Range: 3+
Manufacturer’s Description: This Overhead Gantry Crane would be a superb addition to either a Roadway or Rail set or both! The brightly coloured crane has a magnetic connection which allows it to pick up items from the road or rail and transports them. A great Road and Rail Link Item.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: Georgie has a growing collection of Bigjigs Rail toys and this Overhead Gantry Crane is the perfect accompaniment to the goods train & container shipping set that her Uncle Mike bought her.
Our first official mission of this year’s new #PlayPatrol scheme, and both girls are now agents, and they have caps as well as their t-shirts! They had to be tried on immediately, of course.
The new Bigjigs Rail packaging is bright and attractive, with loads of pictures of the product, the key information clearly displayed, and a clear window so you can see through to what’s inside. On the underside of the box there is one of their new “Cut & Play” extras, which I cut out & stuck together to make a fun little cardboard container.
Inside the box you get the crane piece which connects to both road and rail, one piece of straight road track & one piece of rail track, two road ends, and a little wooden site office.
It’s a shame that it doesn’t come with a carriage with a container or anything like that, as it means this product can’t be bought as a stand alone addition to the track, unless you also buy some vehicles with goods/containers, or have some in your collection already as we did. Georgie’s Container Shipping Yard came with a boat, carriage & lorry, plus two containers, and it cost around the same.
Challenged to play somewhere unusual, we took the crane to the local park, along with a couple of bagfuls of our Bigjigs road and rail toys. It was actually lovely to have so much space to lay out the track, even if we did look like complete nutters.
Our set up included lots of rail and road items, with the shipping containers in our collection being moved around the road and railway via lorry and train. Georgie used her special Play Patrol paper to map out the little transportation network… well, she said it was a map anyway.
Georgie got the hang of the overhead crane quite quickly although she was more bothered about using it to wind stuff up than letting it lower back down properly! She definitely enjoyed the whole process of moving the containers and goods from lorry to carriage and back again.
One of the great things about wooden railways is the way that a new addition to your set revitalises the whole thing; Georgie’s enthusiasm for her container transporters was reawakened and she was having a whale of a time “brum-brum-brum”-ing the lorry around the roads.
Operating the magnet to lift the carriage from one place to the other helps Georgie to improve her dexterity and puzzle solving skills, and she was really enjoying the role-play side of things with lots of sound effects and chatter about what was going on in her little world.
The crane itself is brightly coloured and attractive, and the high quality I have come to expect from Bigjigs Rail items. I think it is well priced at £15.99.
Here’s a little video of our morning at the park…
Although Georgie and I both enjoyed the crane set, the lack of an included container train carriage or road vehicle is knocking a star off this one, and so we are giving it 4 stars.
Other Bigjigs Rail products pictured in this post include: