My two year old son Owen, is a huge Thomas the Tank Engine Fan! Last year we started collecting the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway trains and have been thrilled with the selection, high quality, and durability. When my son saw the Hero of the Rails Thomas movie a bit ago introducing the train Hiro, we knew that this train would soon enter his growing collection.
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway – Fisher Price Battery-Operated Hiro has been much loved by my son. This train is the first battery operated in our collection and certainly wont be the last. It’s quite a strong engine easily with the magnet connectors connected to my son’s other wooden railroad Thomas trains. He often had 8-10 trains and carts linked up and were pulled across the floor with ease by Hiro!
We’ve been using chargeable double A batteries and note that the train does not include batteries so you’ll need to have at least one if you plan on giving this as a gift! And make sure to have a small screwdriver handy to remove the screw on the bottom of train to get to the battery compartment.The battery I use to keep the train running last a good 2-3 days before needing charged. Keep in mind this is with hours upon hours of play. I was quite impressed!
Now I will point out the train we received looks different from the one pictured on this listing. I posted a photo collage to show how the train looks. Basically, Hiro is made out of metal and his cart is wooden and not at all distressed in design. He has different wheels than pictured and note he won’t move like other non-battery operated engines because his wheels have rubber traction. On top of the train is a off/on button which can easily be switched by a child at play.
I have IKEA tracks for my son’s train and unfortunately Hiro doesn’t run on them. But from other reviewers I hear this engine works great on actual Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway set tracks. My son doesn’t seem to mind too much because Hiro runs very well off track whether on our laminate floor and even on the carpet.
Overall, the train is a winner in our home. My son often talks about Hiro and is one of the first engines he looks for when playing trains! Durability, consistency, fine detail, well thought out design, and decent price has us recommending this fun Thomas and Friends character to add to your train collection too!
You can purchase Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway – Battery-Operated Hiro for $22.66 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25 at Amazon.com!
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