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Thomas the Train: TrackMaster James

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Your favorite friend from Thomas & Friends becomes a motorized engine
  • You can push James or flip a switch so he can chug along by himself
  • For extra play, engine comes with trailer car
  • Train track is compatible with all TrackMaster sets
  • Collect all your favorite friends from Thomas & Friends as motorized engines
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Product Description

Product Description

James playset from the Thomas and Friends TrackMaster range Compatible with the TrackMaster motorised railway and all TrackMaster sets Push along or flip the switch to watch him chug along by himself Requires 1 x C battery (not included)

From the Manufacturer

Play with your favorite friend from Thomas & Friends as a motorized engines for the TrackMaster motorized railway. Push James along or flip the switch to watch him chug along by himself. Engine comes with an added trailer car or tender for added play. Motorized train track play compatible with TrackMaster playsets.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2 x 1.6 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002S52VQ6
  • Item model number: R9216
  • Our recommended age: 36 months - 6 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 6 years
  • Batteries 1 C batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,772 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I love the Trackmaster toys as an alternative to wooden railways that are more expensive, less detailed and not as suitable for power. However, the design flaws and poor quality coming from Fisher Price need improvement. In the case of the tender locomotives, the battery is carried in the tender and the motor is in the locomotive. Only a thin plastic coupler holds them together and an electrical wire between the two will break when the coupler fails. It's short and difficult to splice. The result is a ruined toy simply because the child carries the locomotive around by holding one segment or the other. My boys have a cousin with virtually every Trackmaster locomotive. Most of the tender locs have broken couplers. Fisher Price needs to fix this so the battery is in the engine and the tender can decouple without breaking the toy.
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We love James and play with him every day. The battery compartment is unreliable, though. The battery must stay suspended in the slot, and any time its banged or dropped(with kids, it will be often) the battery dislodges and we have to open him up to fix it.
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The wires that lead from the coal car to the train broke after about one month of play. I had to take James to the "steam works" and solder in a new wire.
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This version is not the talking version, but it is lighter (and probably faster) as it only takes 1 AA battery. The linkage to the coal tender is also a standard linkage, so it means that the coal tender can be removed, and the train should also be less likely to break (there are no wires between the two parts of the train).
All in all, a nice train, which is one of my son's favorites, and capable of pulling many trucks.

Update: I have noticed that some reviewers complain about the wire in the coupling being broken. It seems that Amazon here is the problem. There is obviously more than one version available for sale. Which one you get seems to be pot luck! Our train has a single AA battery in the engine, and not in the tender. Ours is like the photo which shows the white switch on the engine not the tender!
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Had to return the first one sent; wouldn't shut off, but Amazon corrected the issue VERY quickly. My son is very happy with it now. Runs like the others I've purchased. These (two set) cars do not come apart though (Gordon is the same way). They are permanently connected; I don't recall reading that in the description. A lot of the others can actually be separated from each other. More train cars can be attached to it though. For the most part, good buy.
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My son had been looking for a "big James" since he already had him in the smaller wood version. It was tough to find, so we were really happy to find this. The plastic of course isn't as durable as the wood, but he loves that they are so much bigger and still fit on the same track system. I myself, don't mind the fact that they are more affordable.
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This was the second engine my daughter picked after Thomas, of course, and she adored it. He has definitely stood the test of lots of playtime and still runs well.
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There is nothing funnier than having your toddler say caboose... maybe it's just me...

Good quality, withstands toddler abuse.

It is battery operated! If you have multiple TrackMaster items I would suggest rechargeable batteries.
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