Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Thomas is exploring the clay pits, in search of dinosaur fossil bones for the Sodor Museum exhibit! As you unfold the playset, the bridge drops and the mountain track tumbles to the ground. Send Thomas over the bridge, then lift it up to reveal the giant dinosaur fossil in the mountainside and hear the dino ROAR! Slide Thomas down to the lower lever so he can escape! As he travels along three bone fossils slide down the mountain face. Load the bones into Thomas’ cargo car, then turn the set around to deliver them to the museum! Plug the bones onto the dinosaur wall and the Megalosaurus exhibit is complete! Folds up for on-the-go play! Includes Die-Cast Metal Thomas. Connects to other Take-n-Play™ Portable Fold-Out Playsets (sold separately and subject to availability). Requires 2 AA batteries (included).
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: Fisher-Price offered us this toy to review, knowing that Georgie is a big Thomas fan, and enjoyed the new Tale of the Brave film. Part of the huge Take-n-Play range, the Roaring Dino Run features the Sodor quarry and museum, complete with a large dinosaur skeleton.
The toy is packed well, almost entirely using recyclable cardboard. There isn’t an awful lot to put together and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
It didn’t take long at all before we were up and running and the girls were happily playing away.
When you lift up the ramp, your train shoots down, and the dinosaur skeleton lifts up with a loud “Rawr!” – the girls LOVE this about this Thomas toy. Lydia in particular, our little dino fan, really enjoys playing with this part of the toy – and the high speed train shooting down the ramp is pretty cool too. The corner piece of track at the bottom of the ramp has a raised barrier on the edge to keep your train on the track.
Thomas comes with a cart to collect parts of the dinosaur skeleton from the mine side of the set, and pulls them to the museum side where you put the bones onto the skeleton. Georgie likes to do this, although the mechanism for holding the bones into place before Thomas drives into it and sends them falling to the ground is a little tricky to set up.
Overall we have been very pleased with this toy and the girls have had a lot of fun. It folds up neatly and we can easily store it down the side of the sofa. There is a carry handle on the top and Georgie is able to carry it about on her own, and she has also learnt to set it up herself.
The take n play range is huge and you can put together several sets to make a large railway, and also buy expansion packs of track to expand your mini Sodor. The girls both love to play with this, collecting up the bones and placing them into the skeleton, with an awful lot of racing down the ramp with accompanying roars.
I do think the price is a little expensive for what you get, so it’s 4 stars for this Thomas toy.