Review: Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Breakaway Bridge Set

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thomas the Tank Engine has always been a family favourite. For as long as I remember it has been on the television. Me and my brother watched it when we were younger and now my children also enjoy the new version. There is so much to buy merchandise wise and Zach has been lucky enough to receive a few new Thomas & Friends toys to review.

Zach was sent the Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Breakaway Bridge Set, a motorised railway set. The Breakaway Bridge set isn't your average train playset, it is much more adventurous. Part of the railway has broken away and Thomas must balance on a single rail to cross the crumbling bridge. It is actually really cool watching him ride on the one rail. If he isn't placed on the rail properly he plunges off the track, which Zach finds hilarious (note: mustn't encourage him to drive trains for a living). The set is aimed at children aged between 3 and 6 years. Zach is not 3 until later this year but he can play completely unaided with no problems as long as I set the track up for him beforehand.

As well as the Breakaway Bridge set Zach also received a second motorised train to use with the set. Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Samson Engine complete with cargo cars and dinosaur models. Amazingly Samson along with his carriages are also able to go across the broken bridge without falling every time. Once again this train is fantastic quality and I just wish I didn't need to reattach the dinosaurs every few minutes!

I have to say I was incredibly shocked at the price and in a good way. I wasn't sent a RRP with the product and my first guess was that it would be priced around £30 due to the quality and the fact that the Thomas train was motorised. In fact the Breakaway Bridge set is just £20 and worth every penny! The Thomas & Friends Samson Engine costs around £15.99 which I think is a fair price. 

Overall I think this is a fantastic product and guaranteed to bring hours of fun. The Breakaway Bridge set can be expanded by adding other compatible Trackmaster track and train sets. This means it would make a great gift that can be added to on Birthdays/Christmas etc. 

We were sent the items featured free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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