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Wooden Thomas & Friends: Cranky the Crane

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Thomas & Friends wooden railway is a comprehensive and 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, buildings, bridges, play tables and track. Everything is branded Thomas
  • Every vehicle has its character name printed on the chassis

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Technical Details
Item Weight630 g
Product Dimensions16.5 x 16.5 x 30 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:3 years and up
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 148,040 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight816 g
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Date First Available1 Jan. 2004
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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Cranky was built by the Brendam Docks Company and has worked the quaysides all of his life. Like all the cranes he has a high and mighty attitude which often annoys the Engines. The Engines have ways of getting back at him but he enjoys teasing them as he says it makes for good working relationships. One handle turns Cranky's head left and right while the other raises and lowers the magnetic cargo. Includes one piece of cargo.

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


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By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2003
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2003
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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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. The magnet mechanism works well + the cargo can be lowered and lifted endlessly.
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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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My Grandson is Thomes & Friends mad and loves the Cranky Toy he got got his fourth birthday. Toy is Very durable, and has given hours of fun it is educational and was delivered with speed and no hassle. Would definitly recommend.Wooden Thomas & Friends: Cranky the Crane
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