Sunday, 20 January 2013

Thomas and Friends Trackmaster Cranky set

Cranky the crane is a popular character in the Thomas and Friends adventures who features regularly in the Thomas and Friends TV series.
There have been several Trackmaster models of Cranky released over the years although at the moment finding a version in the shops is difficult, in fact finding any Trackmaster expansion sets is difficult as there seems to be a commercial focus on selling complete sets.
Fortunately eBay is a great place to find Trackmaster sets and often at a very low price, and we were able to purchase a Cranky set for less then £10.
The Cranky we purchased was an old style Tomy set which runs on a different style of track to the current range of Trackmaster toys, fortunately the expansion kit that we had previously purchased includes adapters to connect old and new style tracks, and everything linked together well.
The Cranky set represents a dock yard and splits into two tracks with Cranky sat next to one of the tracks. As a train passes Cranky it is held in place by a lever and the battery powered Crane jumps into action, rotating backwards and forwards as if moving stock from a ship on to train, after 3 cycles the train is released on its way.
As the video below shows the Cranky set is a nice addition to our Trackmaster track and certainly adds character.

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