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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2011
Added this to the ever growing collection of my son's thomas trains and tracks, as its the only toy that has lasted (with damages!) specially due to the metal construction. Rockey was purchased so that the train rescues could be carried out, but while the young lad (nearing 3 years) was happy to see rocky, he himself pointed out that its missing a magnet, and so was my conclusion.

The character comes with the crane, plus two little units that is supposed to help the crane be kept flat (needed in real life i guess, but the toy Rocky can manage without them). They all combine with the usual magnet connectors, but though the picture of the toy shows as if the crane magnet end will be connected to the yellow magnet like pieces in the last little unit with yellow pieces, the yellow pieces in the little unit are not magnets. What this means is that the crane goes all over when rocky and its units get towed around, and this was very irritating for the young lad, and i find this a major design flaw that even a kid just barely 3 years can understand.

What makes it sad is that, the wooden railway Rocky has a magnet to hold the train, so the new generation designer seems to have made a mess of the newer version, sad as this character is someone kids would love but in reality becomes a nuisance for the kid to use, and also causes parents a problem as the young fellow is always worried over the lack of this magnet to hold the crane unit.
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on December 21, 2011
Rocky is one of the 6 member Sodor Search & Rescue Center (SSRC) in the Take-n-Play line. He's a "rolling stock" character (meaning one who - in the "real" world! - can't move unassisted by another vehicle), a large red crane with yellow hazard stripes, the "gentle giant" of Sodor - so large that he needs two train beds to rest his large crane arm on! The TnP model has a cab that rotates 360 degrees on its base, his crane arm is on hinges so it moves up and down, and the yellow tip of the arm contains a magnet that can actually lift metal objects! It's practically impossible to keep Rocky's arm on the beds while moving him down the track, so my grandson would only employ them when Rocky was "taking a nap". There are protruding magnetic connectors on both ends of each piece of this 3-piece diecast. Rocky was always stationed at our grandson's Sodor Search & Rescue Center playset (although the playset wasn't nearly as elaborate as what it is on the DVDs or TV show), with the other members of the team consisting of Butch (a breakdown truck), Harold (a helicopter), Flynn (a fire engine), Harold (a helicopter) and Belle (a large engine with water cannons).

We purchased our grandson's Rocky in 2010 for $13.41, but despite this listing having the same model number ours had (R9468), the photo has some differences, one of which is that the yellow magnet on our Rocky is firmly attached to his arm, while the one in the photo is on a hinge. There's only one other option with Rocky in the Take-n-Play line, which was his inclusion in a 2011 4-pack called Rocky's Search & Rescue (keep in mind that THREE of those four pieces was Rocky himself!)

I'd thought that all of the non-train models had been spared the cost cutting/quality reducing measures Fisher-Price began inflicting on the Take-n-Play line in 2013 (leading us to stop collecting at the end of that year), which have only gotten more severe - and VERY noticeable! - with the passage of time. I knew they'd come out with a few more non-train characters in 2014 that definitely weren't as high quality as the others - Toad (a brakevan) and a couple of other cheap Troublesome Trucks. But as I started going through and updating my reviews, I began noticing that despite having the same model numbers of the ones we purchased for our grandson on the listings, so many of the photos looked different from ours, so obviously Fisher-Price was quietly taking the budget-axe to some of these great old high quality diecast characters as well. It's been very disheartening to watch the decline of the line, because we sure would've liked to keep our collection going for the younger grandkids. Unfortunately, when it comes to Take-n-Play, "it ain't what it used to be".

The many non-train TnP characters we've collected had always been great favorites of our oldest grandson. Although our middle grandson (almost 3) hasn't yet shown the keen interest the oldest had in the trains themselves (other than the ones that talk!), he LOVES the non-train guys/gals! We made our purchases from 2010 through the end of 2013, and they were all super cute, with the superb detailing we'd come to expect and depend on. Whether it was Annie & Clarabel (Thomas' coaches), or members of "The Pack" - Alfie (excavator), Kelly (crane truck), Byron (bulldozer), Isobella (vintage flatbed lorry), Jack (front loader), or the Sodor Search & Rescue Center (SSRC) team, or the many others - Kevin (crane), Bertie (bus), Sir Topham Hatt's (blue) car, Elizabeth (vintage steam lorry), Madge (large flatbed truck), Mr. Percival's (red) car, Winston (Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle), Hector (coal hopper) or the black/grey version of Troublesome Truck with his funny expression, we've loved them all and they've got a ton of mileage on them between our two grandsons (with another 6 month old grandson waiting in the wings for his turn with them!)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
This is exactly what my son wanted for Christmas. Couldn't find it anywhere but Amazon of course had it. My son Loves Rocky and the take alongs are so handy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
As all the Take'n play toys, it's great, fun and durable. My sun is collecting them all and i love his eyes each time he receives one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2011
My daughter aged 3years wanted rockey for her birthday.Shes mad about trains. Couldnt get rockey take-n-play from any toy shop that sold thomas toys.Even asked our local toy shop if they could order but was at a loss.Have never ordered from amazon before but decided to try.Was very pleased, ordering was easy and it was delivered when they said it would come. Only downside can only order one item when ordering from USA, Would have ordered more trains.Well worth it as her face was all smiles when she opened it on her 4th birthday. Would order through amazon again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2011
My 4 year old daughter loves Thomas. My 15 month old son loves to eat Thomas. I purchased "Rocky" for her because he was so different than the other characters. My son loves how "Rocky" tastes. He has actually removed paint from "Rocky" with his teeth. Not great.

So, good to play with. Terrible to chew on.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
Very good product, just ask my 3 year old. If you like Thomas the train gear, this beats wandering stores aimlessly hoping they have what you are looking for.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2011
My daughter loves her trains, this is one she received this Christmas and she's been playing with them almost daily since. Good toy, shipped fast.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
IT IS A NICE TOY AND MY SON LOVES TO PLAY WITH IT IT ARIVED ON TIME YES I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2015
Was not what we expected but we kept it
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