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Young lad is happy but has a major design flaw that even kids notice
on May 25, 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.