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Wooden Thomas & Friends: Cranky the Crane

by Learning Curve
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway is a comprehensive, open-ended play system
  • Helps develop physical, social and cognitive skills, as well as foster a sense of accomplishment
  • A representation of the World of Thomas" embracing all facets of wooden train play
  • All the playsets, rolling stock, builidings, bridges, play tables and track...Everything is branded Thomas
  • Every vehicle has its character name printed on the chassis
  • Each vehicle comes with it's own unique collector car
  • Made from North American hard maple
  • Manufacturers recommended age 2 years + (vehicles) and 3 years + (playsets and accessories)
  • By Learning Curve
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight630 g
Product Dimensions16.5 x 16.5 x 30 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:36 months - 8 years
Item model numberLC99327
Manufacturer's Suggested Maximum Weight43.5 kilograms
Educational Objective(s)Play
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Radio Control SuitabilityIndoor
  
Additional Information
ASINB00000JICT
Best Sellers Rank 54,477 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
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Date First Available1 Jan 2004
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Children love Cranky, the slightly testy tempered railway crane, yet too often he's neglected in Thomas toy ranges. So it's wonderful to see Cranky given a starring role as a core accessory for the Thomas the Tank Wooden Railway Set.

This Cranky the Crane stands at a height of 28 cm, with a wooden main body and stand. Cranky's real magic comes from his fully functioning crane mechanism. The first of two separate red levers easily enable little railway engineers to rotate Cranky around 360 degrees. The second lever then lowers Cranky's hoist up and down to load and unload the cargo. The loading itself all happens courtesy of an exceptionally strong magnet, the power of which means that Cranky doesn't have to be perfectly positioned beside his cargo for your little engineer to gain job satisfaction. Naturally Cranky the Crane comes complete with his own cargo goods train with magnetic cargo.

All of this good clean pulley, lever and magnet fun does of course mean that as well as being a delightful toy, Cranky is a wonderful introduction to the world of early science and working machines.

Cranky's body detaches from the crane tower. Beware that to re-install correctly it is important that the two flat-edged grooves of crane tower and body are aligned. This is very easy to do but also easy to overlook and incorrect assembly will stop Cranky functioning properly.

A particularly good accessory to any wooden train set, Cranky the Crane combines fun, education and a lovable character to boot. Ideal for children aged 3 to 6 years old. --Victoria Mackenzie

Product Description

Cranky has worked at the quaysides all his life and his high and mighty attitude often annoys the engines. He especially enjoys teasing the younger engines who are always devising ways to get back at him. Measuring 28cm in height and built from wood, Cranky features a fully functioning crane mechanism with 2 red levers. The first lever can be used to spin Cranky's head, and the crane, 360 degrees while the second raises and lowers the crane. The hoist utilises a strong magnet which allows Cranky to pick up and move cargo or even engines! Cranky the Crane comes with a goods cargo carriage and his own magnetic cargo for him to move. Cranky and his cargo are compatible with the Thomas Wooden Railway. Encourage imaginative play with the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Cranky the Crane, a great toy for fans of Thomas and Friends.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mum of a Thomas fanatic 17 Nov 2003
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Quite expensive but dont be put off by the price as it is well worth the money. Our 2 year old spent hours playing with cranky rotating and lifting cargo on and off the trains. Very robust and took a great deal of battering and still in great condition. A must have to a childs expanding wooden Thomas train collection
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but parental patience required 4 Jan 2007
By Sv2
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Every kid loves this toy. The crane head rotates in a complete circle (and then back again, not around and around), and the magnet on the rope goes up and down with another crank. Ours has been in use for several years now, and I'm pleased and surprised to report that the string has not broken despite heavy use.

There is one problem with this toy (other than the hefty price). The crane head comes off very easily, and putting it back on is too fiddley for a young child. It's got a round peg which slots into a round hole, but with one slightly flattened edge so it must be lined up just so to work. The adults on hand are called over several times during each play session to reafix the head so play can resume.

Our Cranky has seen a lot of use for magnetics experiments, totally apart from his day job in wooden Sodor. Worth the cost for the years of play, as long as everyone is prepared to deal with the frequent assembly crises.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but one big flaw 22 Jun 2011
Durability: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
My 4 year old Thomas fanatic loves this cranky, and he is good - he does all the swivelling and lifting you'd expect, but... having to put the head back on every 5 minutes is really frustrating both for child and parent. It is really too tricky for a child to attach. It is really basic design fault that I would think given the price, they could have sorted. I've tried various glues to keep it there but they don't last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cranky the Crane 27 Oct 2009
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This purchase was a gift, received gratefully by a huge Thomas fan. Lots of fun with the swivel head and pulley system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cranky the crane 17 Nov 2003
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Quite expensive but dont be put off by the price as it is well worth the money. Our 2 year old spent hours playing with cranky rotating and lifting cargo on and off the trains. Very robust and took a great deal of battering and still in great condition. A must have to a childs expanding wooden thomas train collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 10 Feb 2011
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My son, Thomas, loves this toy and plays with it loads. The truck that goes with it is compatible with brio track and is just the right size to go with the brio engines and track too. Thomas loves lowering and raising the magnet to pick up the crate. He also tries to pick up engines and trucks with it too, but it isn't strong enough. He just returns to the crate after a while. I would definitely recommend it.
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I am not really qualified to review this item (a bit too intellectual for me!). However, from the reaction of the recipients, namely my step grandchildren, the product seems to be excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift for a 4 year old 18 Jan 2014
By Cat
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Great quality and already much loved by my nephew - even withstands some abuse from yanking on the string instead of using the handle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best toy ever for my lad age 3
Published 12 days ago by Hotshot
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for any train enthusiast
Ideal for little ones who are in a train phase. I bought a few of these, to give as gifts too. my own son loved his so much he slept with it!
Published 10 months ago by r geldenhuys
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, safe toy for 3-year-old
Our grandson loves this and it fits in with the rest of his Thomas collection. Would buy this again as a present for a 3-year-old.
Published 17 months ago by donwales
4.0 out of 5 stars Cranky Crane
My Nephew wanted this and loved it. This was a great Christmas present especial as it does all it says on the box.
Published 19 months ago by Blossom
5.0 out of 5 stars cranky the crane
He's lovely and fits nicely at the side of the train track the magnet is just strong enough to pick up
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. P. L. Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Down at the docks
This has been a definate hit with my 3 + 4 year old boys. They can play with it for very long periods. It is very sturdy. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JulesB
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Kelly
My son loved it !! Well made goes very well with with his big jigs track. It's bigger then we thought but very pleased.
Published 20 months ago by Fab
4.0 out of 5 stars wooden tomas and friends cranky the train
Lovely solid well made toy 2.5 year old has had endless fun and it has added greatly to his wooden tomas train set. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great toy for a Thomas fan!
This wooden cranky is fab, it comes with a truck and some cargo. It is well made and is a good addition to any train set.
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Mrs P
5.0 out of 5 stars great kids love it
They both play thomas all the time and love cranky they fight over who's turn it is to lift the block up.
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by holly
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