Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Age Range: 3 years & up
Manufacturer’s Description: A large Take-n-Play™ toy train set that lets kids play out adventures with Thomas on Dragon Island! Features include an “erupting” volcano, a zip-lining dragon and lights and sounds! Includes Die-Cast Thomas engine. Easily folds up for storage and portability.
Review: Georgie and Lydia are both Thomas fans, and love to add new playsets to their Take n Play collection. This new Dragon Drop set has been released to celebrate Thomas’s 70th year, and it’s a really fun one. The girls have been enjoying playing with it since it’s arrival, and love all the little details.
The set comes well packaged in a recyclable cardboard box, with clear instructions of what to put where. I found it quite easy to put together, with only one or two slightly fiddly bits. There are quite a lot of pieces to put together, but you don’t need any tools as they all just slot and click into place. The plastic track feels like good quality and the colours are attractive and true to the TV show.
The playset comes with a die-cast metal Thomas, and we were also sent Skiff to play with, who is a new character introduced in the recent Thomas film. I continue to be impressed with the Take n Play engines – they are really nice to hold and play with, the colours and bright and the detailing really good. Skiff is a really fun character and the girls are delighted to have one of their own to play with.
The Daring Dragon Drop set comes with a little plastic shield that clips onto Thomas’s front magnet and can be stored away in a treasure chest built into the set. You can lower the volcano and zip wire by pressing down hard on the top, and pushing a train past the base of it causes it to pop up again. You push your train up the ramp and into the zip wire bit, then tilt the top of the volcano back – this triggers a sound effect and releases the mechanism, sending Thomas flying down to the dragon. It’s a lot of fun and the girls think the way Thomas shoots out of the dragon’s mouth and around the bend is really funny.
The girls have been having a lot of fun with this. I do think it is a tiny bit pricey for what you get – but you are paying for that Fisher-Price quality and Thomas & Friends branding combination! 4 stars.