Tomica Big City Set
We loved the fact it could be extended with more track, increasing the play value of a toy that already offers a lot.
Buy online: ToyHub
Initial thoughts: Tomy’s Tomica range and our family are old friends. We have bought the odd Thomas the Tank Engine bits in the past and the Tomy trains. However, they appear to have revamped it and we were introduced to the Hypercity range that would surely gladden the heart of any transport-mad child. The Big City set contained a pick-up truck, train, person, as well as a garage, station, track and road.
We liked: This range is a bit of a step up from the Thomas ones we have known and loved, although the track seems to be the same. If you have a train mad child who is outgrowing Thomas, this may be just the thing. It is well built, although plastic, but not so garish that it hurts your eyes every time you walk into the room. It was also easy to put together, which is a plus in my book. We also loved the fact the layout was interesting thanks to pillars raising the track.
We weren’t keen on: When I saw how much joy this brought my four-year-old son it’s hard to think of any negatives. I would say that it doesn’t appear to be as lovely to look at as wooden train sets but that’s just me being a plastic snob. It does require some space to set up and store and you will need a supply of batteries for the train. Having said that, my son was equally happy to play with the train without.
Overall: This is more than just a train set, it incorporates other forms of transport, which makes me think my son will be playing this for longer than the 4-7 year age range it’s aimed at. We loved the fact it could be extended with more track or accessories, increasing the play value of a toy that already offers a lot. Different variations of track can be built, making this a wonderfully open-ended, imaginative toy.
Deb [Carrots and Kids]