What can we say about little boys and their trains? Although I don’t believe in ‘boy toys’ and ‘girl toys’, Judah and Ilan are the ones in our house who constantly ask for batteries for their birthdays and Christmas. Thomas the Tank Engine just doesn’t seem to go out of fashion. I remember my brother watching the show on TV when we were younger and the series is still going strong.

This Thomas the Tank Monkey Palace Set is based on an episode where Thomas visits India with his friends. As the train passes below the tree limb with a monkey in his cargo car, the cheerful chimp grabs onto the limb and swings back towards his friends. The monkeys can also hang from the palace and stand on the gantry which provides hours of interactive play. This TrackMaster train set includes motorized Thomas, full track layout, cargo car, palace, gantry, 2 monkey figures and platform with pivoting tree limb and the best part is that it is compatible with the train tracks we’ve already got at home. The boys didn’t want to go to school this morning because they were so busy building.

My boys give this train set a thumbs up! The Monkey Palace Set is available at all major toy stores as well as online for approximately R450. Scroll down for some pics and a video of the train set in action.

*This post is sponsored by Mattel.


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