Wooden Thomas & Friends: Cranky the Crane
- 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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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Richard Coward
Great quality and already much loved by my nephew - even withstands some abuse from yanking on the string instead of using the handle!Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by Cat
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 on 6 Sept. 2013 by r geldenhuys
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 on 16 Feb. 2013 by donwales
My Nephew wanted this and loved it. This was a great Christmas present especial as it does all it says on the box.Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by Blossom
He's lovely and fits nicely at the side of the train track the magnet is just strong enough to pick upPublished on 7 Dec. 2012 by Mrs. P. L. Clements
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 on 9 Nov. 2012 by Fab