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Review // My First Thomas Activity Plush

Who can remember a time without Thomas the Tank Engine? I adored watching the show as a child and listening to Ringo Starr’s voice always brings back fond childhood memories. I want to pass on these memories to my own son, so when we were given the opportunity to review a new Thomas toy: My First Thomas Activity Plush, I was over the moon.




First Impressions

As soon as I got the toy out of the box it was packaged in, Dexter’s eyes lit up and a big smile formed on his face. It certainly is eye catching with its light blue colour but I suspect his love for Thomas has already begun after me reading several Thomas books to him.

Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.

Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.

Thomas’ face detaches revealing a shiny mirror beneath and reattaches with a small Velcro tab while the face itself crinkles as you touch it. Hidden in a pocket on the side is a red teething toy shaped like a train which baby can pull out but remains attached by a red ribbon. The toy is very soft and cuddly; I love the plush aspect of it meaning it can be placed in the cot to be cuddled before a nap.

Impression of the Activities

At ten months old, Dex doesn’t quite have the dexterity to pull out the teething toy from its pocket, but once it is out, he enjoys pulling on it and putting it in his mouth. He is teething like a monster at the moment, so it really is welcome relief for him. It has a rubbery texture and must feel very soothing on his gums which is a bonus for one exasperated Mum who is at the end of her tether with the screams of pain.

The hidden mirror behind is a decent size taking up the whole of Thomas’ face. I don’t know about other babies but Dex is obsessed with mirrors so this is a winner in my book.

Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.

The toy has a little jingle bell placed inside of it which makes a cute sound as you shake the toy gently. This is great for grabbing baby’s attention, especially when he is in the middle of one of his aforementioned screaming meltdowns!

The crinkle that Thomas’ face makes when touched is an extra dimension which adds to the sensory aspects, along with the soft velvety touch of  the upper body of the train. The roof of the driver’s cabin is ridged adding another sensory element.

Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond. Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.

Thomas makes three sounds when you squeeze his chimney. (I must admit here that took me a long time and research on the Internet to finally understand how Thomas made these sounds.) The first is the sound of a train’s horn tooting, second is the sound of a steam train running across the tracks and the third is Thomas saying, ‘I’m the number one blue engine’. Dexter is unable to press the button to make the sounds himself, but as soon as I press it, he beams with absolute joy. I adore the sounds that Thomas makes. It really drives home to baby that trains make a ‘choo choo’ sound which helps with their auditory development.

Overall Impression

The toy comes with a battery already attached but unfortunately if it runs out, the instructions recommend that you cut open the toy. Not great if you are rubbish at sewing like I am. Perhaps a Velcro tab could have been better.

The toy retails £22.99 which for me is a tad on the expensive side when you consider the price of other toys in the same category, however everybody has different opinions on value for money and to others this price could be very reasonable.

Our review of the 'My First Thomas Activity Plush', a gorgeous toy which has plenty to see and do for babies from 0 months and beyond.

Despite this, I do love this My First Thomas Activity Plush which would make a beautiful gift for a baby of any age, especially those who already love Thomas. It’s soft and cuddly and captures baby’s attention with its bright attractive colour and interesting sounds. The sensory elements will definitely help baby learn more about the world around him.

You can purchase My First Thomas Activity Plush from Tesco for £22.99.

Disclaimer: I was sent the My First Thomas Activity Toy for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are my own and were in no way swayed by the receipt of this product.




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19 Comments

  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug

    I need to buy a present for a one year old and this looks perfect. Thank you!

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    28th March 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Lucy | Real Mum Reviews

    Ah this looks lovely. I grew up with Thomas and it’s so lovely to see little ones playing with him 30 years on! (god that makes me sound old!!)
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    28th March 2017 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Vicki @ tippytupps

    This is great! I know Henry would absolutely love one. In fact Darcie would too seeing as she loves the original series.
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    28th March 2017 at 9:04 am
  • Reply kris

    Max is Thomas mad and although this is prob a bit young for him would love it because it’s thomas.
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    28th March 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Looks adorable apart from cutting open to replace the battery! #TriedTested

    28th March 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Kate Fever

    I love the little mirror behind the train face. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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    28th March 2017 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Kim Carberry

    Aww! That is just adorable. Perfect for any little Thomas fan!
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    28th March 2017 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Laura

    I love this! If my boy was younger I would definitely be getting one – he loves Thomas!
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    28th March 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply OddHogg

    We’re just getting into Thomas in our house – my nephews love it and it’s starting to rub off on Piglet. The little mirror is a cute addition!
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    28th March 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Sian - The Mama Story

    I love that the face becomes a mirror! Shame about the battery thing sounds like that hasn’t been thought through. Must say that so many toys that needed batteries never got their batteries replaced for my younger daughter and it didn’t seem to hamper her enjoyment!
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    28th March 2017 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Eps

    My boys love Thomas and couldn’t get enough of it. That would make a perfect present for little one. #triedtested

    28th March 2017 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply five little doves

    I think Thomas toys are expensive in general, I know compared to my sons other toys, his trains cost a fortune! It does look like fun though! xx
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    28th March 2017 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Jenna Newell

    I loved Thomas!! You can’t beat the classics! May have to try and convert the little one lol xx

    28th March 2017 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Devon Mama

    Looks so good, I love the mirror on the front and all the different sensory elements! If you’ve got a Thomas fan in the house then this looks like the PERFECT gift!

    29th March 2017 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Emma

    I think that this would make an excellent gift for a little one. With all of the sensory bits this is a present that would last a while too. Also think that the price of the plush is fantastic value. Going to try and get one for my nephew. Thanks for sharing this!

    31st March 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    I loved Thomas as a child too and my son has definitely inherited that love! He would have loved that mirror on the front when he was that age, and the bright colours are so attractive to babies. What a shame about the battery though – I can’t sew to save my life, I’d have to ask my Mum very nicely! (Although if it was for her grandson I’m sure she’d oblige!)
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    31st March 2017 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Katy (What Katy Said)

    This is so cute! I was a Thomas fan as a child and I can’t wait to introduce him to Wills!
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    3rd April 2017 at 7:14 am
  • Reply Colette

    Cutting open the toy to replace the battery is mental – surely that’s not going to be safe aftwards?!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    3rd April 2017 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    We have one of these as well and Kipper loves to pull his around by the teething toy. There is something about the little blue engine that all kids love! Kipper likes the sounds too, although I must admit I hadn’t given the battery much thought, assuming we wouldn’t replace it. I think you are right with all the features it will keep baby entertained for some time, I love all the different textures.
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    3rd April 2017 at 11:39 pm
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