Looking for the perfect gift for young children? The Thomas and Friends Super Station provides hours and hours of entertainment for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine!
We’ve been huge fans of Thomas the Tank Engine (and all of his friends) for many years here at Casa Pura Vida. It was one of the very first shows I introduced to the girls when they were little because I just loved the slow pace and the character values that it promotes. Plus, I have this theory that trains are not just for boys! We even went to meet Thomas when he came to Denver and I have to admit it was so cool that I shed a few tears.
So when the opportunity arose to review Thomas and Friends Super Station train set, I was so excited. The Super Station combines three levels of track and fun along with different sizes of engines and Harold and Cranky- and I couldn’t wait to see what type of fun we could get into as a family with this toy.
Purchasing and Assembling Thomas and Friends Super Station
You can find the Thomas and Friends Super Station at Walmart, or even have it delivered to your home fro Walmart.com. The box is big- and when it first arrived I’ll admit that I was a bit worried the setup would take forever. More on that in a second.
We surprised the girls with the play set on a Sunday night for family play time, and they knew what it was right away from all the pictures on the box. I loved that the box showcases all of the things that the Super Station can do (like combine with other engines and tracks in the Thomas and Friends family) by using words and pictures- so even my pre-reader could get ideas for how she wanted to construct the track.
We set everything up- it looked super intimidating to me to get the whole thing running, but honestly we probably did 20 minutes of setup. Each piece is clearly labeled so it made it easy.
The girls were so excited during the setup because there were new engines they could play with (a new Thomas, a tiny James, Harold, and Percy). Setup reminded me of Christmas morning and the anticipation of my parents setting up the toys while we waited excitedly.
Thomas and Friends Super Station Features
Once playtime started- well, it was ON! The bottom line is that since we have had the new train set, the girls haven’t asked for screen time even once. The most adorable thing was when my five year old put the engines to bed the first night- she put each engine into the roundabout of Tidmouth sheds and then covered it with a blanket so they could sleep. First thing in the morning, they were up playing again!
We have several types of trains, engines and track in our playroom, (my girls are especially fond of the mini engines) and the Super Station can handle them all- engines of all scales and different types of tracks. When we first opened the box, the girls ran downstairs to grab their other Thomas collectibles- and everything fits thanks to the different track adaptors included. My older daughter is obsessed with the way you can store the min trains all over the set- it holds over 100 engines!
I love that the track has two sides which is perfect for siblings. One girl wants to make Thomas crash into the end of the line? Fine, she has a side. One girl wants to make a figure 8? She has a side too. Cranky’s fully functioning crane is also a huge hit.
The Bottom Line
Thomas and Friends Super Station is a huge hit at Cara Pura Vida! It is a big set- so be prepared to have it in an area that allows lots of room for play. We just put it right in the living room by the front door, and it’s ready for playdates right when the kids arrive! The set is providing hours and hours of fun, and I’m so thankful that we had a chance to try it out!
Disclosure: We were provided this train set and compensation in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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