Easily captured the attention of most testers, although our youngest testers found the elvator a bit challenging to manage. The heavier balls are well designed to roll smoothly down the track, and even pick up a bit of speed. But the with the weight of these balls, this may not be the best choice of toy for children still inclined to throwing things.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
F20m enjoyed the spiral station. She liked the elevator and rolling the balls down the track. Her interest in this toy was the same as similar toys which have balls. Occaisonally she would throw the balls so she would have to be re-directed.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
Fun, attractively colored, easy to assemble toy (no tools required). This toy delighted F2. She enjoyed watching the balls go down the curvy track. F4 and F6 enjoyed dropping the balls in other holes or using the elevator to bring the balls back up to the top of the track. F2 was not able to operate the elevator but would likely be able to do so with age. F2 occasionally would throw the balls which are very hard. F4 and F6 like Thomas and showed more variety of play than F2, but with time, the older children would likely lose interest in it. Well-designed with a few different options of where to place the balls. Fairly durable but F4 was quite rough with it. The top part needed reassembling at times but it was easy. No batteries required.
Neat concept, simple play and its Thomas!! Unfortunately was too advanced for my daughter 15m (who only played with the balls) and the play was too simple for my 4 year old (who loves Thomas). I believe a 2 year old would enjoy it to its fullest. Quick and easy assembly, with everything snapping together. The balls however are hard and heavy.
My son (18 mos) loves balls and all vehicles that move, so I was really excited about this toy. But it doesn't seem to hold his attention very well. He's happy to watch me as I send the balls rolling down the spiral slide, but all he wants to do is throw the balls--which are quite heavy--around the room. He did like the flags on the side of the track, but I wouldn't buy the toy for that.
This is a very popular toy in our house. Both kids, F3 and M20m, can play with the spiral station at the same time. After more than a month of play, they both play with it everyday and really like the spiral ramp and elevator. At first I was worried by the weight of the train balls, but at 20 months my son has learned not to throw everything, and the kids like how fast the balls go down the ramp, and they don't get stuck. This toy keeps both kids engaged, they can take turns and cooperate while playing with the spiral station, which is a huge bonus!
Evan (2) loves Thomas and was very excited to open it up. Assembly was easy and snapped together pretty quickly. The ramps were small but easy to use and the balls are heavier balls, which helps with speed down the ramp, but I'd be worried if Evan liked to throw things because of the weight! The elevator was a bit more tricky, and Evan had trouble with the balls getting stuck sometimes. Neither of the kids (M2, F5.5) played with it much after the first week. I think it would have been more fun if it was vehicles instead of balls - balls appeal more to younger toddlers.
What a hit with my 19 month old daughter! It makes her smile and she repeatedly puts the balls down the spiral track. My F5 and F7 enjoyed interacting with the toy with her too!
This toy was relatively easy to assemble and it captured my 2 year old's attention immediately. She enjoys putting the ball down the ramp and bringing it up the elevator. She needed her older brother to show her how to change the direction the ball goes at the end of the ramp, but she caught on quickly. It's an excellent toy for 2 year olds, but it might be a little complicated for a 12m old.
This is a very popular toy in our house. Both kids, F3 and M20m, can play with the spiral station at the same time. After more than a month of play, they both play with it everyday and really like the spiral ramp and elevator. At first I was worried by the weight of the train balls, but at 20 months my son has learned not to throw everything, and the kids like how fast the balls go down the ramp, and they don't get stuck. They also like to experiment with other playing balls and toys to see how fast they will go down the track. It's large enough, comes with two trains with several ways to play and places to send the balls that my two kids are actually very happy to play together. At first my daughter, 3.5 years would help out my son, then 19 months with the elevator if a ball stuck, but now he can do it himself. I like that it needs no batteries, was easy to assemble and when they are playing the house seems quiet! The hard balls dropping and rolling down the tracks make noise, but unlike most toys around our house it doesn't play any sounds or music. I love that my kids seem to cooperate, are very engaged and quietly busy while playing with this Thomas Spiral Station.
Toy Train Set for Toddlers with Ball-Shaped Thomas & Friends™ Characters. Experience Thomas & Friends™ like never before with the Rail Rollers™ Spiral Station! Featuring Fisher-Price’s original Thomas and Diesel Rail Rollers™ toys – uniquely stylized versions of your favorite Thomas & Friends™ characters – this playset delivers train play in a whole new way. Drop the Rail Rollers™ toys in the top and watch them speed down the track or plunge through the center tower. With a variety of interactive features, including a roundabout, engine lift, and multiple Thomas & Friends™ characters and locations, the Rail Rollers™ Spiral Station offers a truly unique spin on your favorite railway adventures. Toddlers ages 12M+.
Drop Thomas and Diesel on one side of Tidmouth Sheds and they’ll roll down the spiral track to the roundabout at the bottom