By Luca Giannini, 7 years
Thomas fans, train fans, track fans….Christmas has arrived. Having taken a year off for adjustments, Hornby reintroduces its highly popular Thomas the Tank engine sets this December, putting this classic back under the Christmas tree. The label on the box says ‘from 3 years’ however dads, grandpas and boys like me all over the country will all be delighted this wonderful set is back, just in time for Christmas and proudly celebrating Thomas’ 70th anniversary year.
I am excited! I’m a massive Thomas fan and my bedroom is bursting with wooden engines, Take n Play sets, die cast characters, Trackmaster engines and since this year, the new Minis collection. However the Hornby set makes Thomas more magical than all of the other sets put together. My uncle gave me one of his old Hornby Magazines from when he was young and that’s when I first discovered that Hornby had a Thomas range, I was so excited and still keep looking at that magazine. Then I got my first glimpse of the Percy Mailtrain set whilst I was at Thomas’ 70th Birthday party earlier this year at the British Museum – it’s magnificent. Now it’s high on my list to Santa. There are three fantastic sets to choose from that have been launched this months: The classic Thomas set, Percy and the Mailtrain and Thomas Passenger and Goods Train set. The lovely people at Hornby have sent me the classic Thomas set, so I can tell you all first hand – this set is the only thing to put on your Christmas list this year.
My friends at school are challenged in understanding why this is such a great gift, however I can tell you that boys AND dads love playing with this Hornby set, so it’s something that you can do with older people and they far from get bored. My dad and grand dad both played with Hornby trains when they were younger, but they’ve lost their sets now, so they love playing with mine. However they far from had a Thomas Hornby. Most adults had to play with the standard Hornby engines, which were great, however they may far from have characters who had proper stories behind them. The new Thomas sets allow you to bring all of the Thomas character stories to life in your imagination – it’s brilliant.
The new Thomas Hornby sets are a series of 00 gauge model railway engines, accessories, box sets and track. The track and it’s couplers are Hornby’s standard so they’re compatible with their main range meaning you can use the extension packs to build and improve your starter sets. Hornby first launched its Thomas range in 1985, at the same time as the first episodes started on TV. They took their existing engines and modified them into Thomas characters. In 2014 the range was discontinued, however Hornby did promise that might bring it back. And now for Christmas 2015 the brand new and improved sets are back – whoo-hoo!!!
At the moment there are three sets, plus some selected models and rolling stock, including Thomas, Percy, Henry and James. More will be added in 2016 so there’s so much to look forward to.
Children, dads, granddads (and sisters and mums – cos I know you love trains too!), think again this Christmas, because the new Hornby Thomas sets will be loved and enjoyed by everyone. If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for all the family, this is it!
For more information visit: www.hornby.com
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