A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Review: Follow Me Thomas!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Follow Me Thomas!!

I am so excited to bring you my first product review. I have been saying for some time now that I would love to do a few, but not if it weren't something that were of interest to me, or you, my readers. But what could be more of interest to me than THOMAS? If you've been following long, you already probably know that my little man is a Thomas fan (obsessed is more accurate), so I am super happy that Fisher Price allowed me to do this review for them.

Follow me Thomas is an adorable preschool toy that's sort of a unique type of remote control toy. Rather than the typical r/c, it instead comes with a lantern. All your child has to do is shine the light and Thomas will follow along. There are also preset patterns such as a circle, figure 5 and zigzags. Plus he says several popular Thomas phrases, that every child (or at least my child!) absolutely love. The estimated retail is about $45 and it is recommended for ages 2 and up.

To be entirely honest, this has been on my son's wish list for some time now, but I was a little skeptical about it. Would it really follow the light? Would it be easy to use? Would it leave my easily frustrated child angry because he couldn't get it to work correctly? Like I said, very skeptical. But I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised! I don't know how exactly this works, but Thomas truly does follow the light! Shaun, being easily excited was running in circles swinging the light in all directions. Poor Thomas ran into many walls in his excitement, but it seemed like so long as he was close enough for Thomas to 'see' the light he did his best to keep up, and even when he wasn't Shaun was perfectly satisfied. I was expecting that the light would have to be in front of Thomas at all times in order for this to work correctly, but it could be ahead, behind or off to the side a bit and he still somehow managed to find it! Pretty impressive, I must say. Of course, Shaun thought so as well and with a huge collection of various Thomas toys, I have to say it seems like this might have taken over as one of his favorites. I'm not going to lie, I had to give it a try myself (for review purposes, of course), and it really was a lot of fun. This would make a great gift for any child who loves Thomas, or trains in general. Shaun had fun for hours. For a child who prefers to lay on the floor and stare at train wheels forever, this was a great option because he has to be up and active with it! The only negative I saw was the he didn't like our rug much and seemed to get stuck there at times, and he certainly worked better on our hard floors than the carpet, as I think is typical of these types of toys. This mommy is overall very happy with this Thomas! At approximately $45 (FP's suggest retail, I've found it between $40-50 online), it's a bit pricier than some Thomas toys, but certainly worth the price, in my opinion.

You can purchase Follow Me Thomas HERE! (Cheapest price I found!)

**We received Follow Me Thomas free from Fisher Price in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own (and my son's too!)

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