Recently Mattel got in touch to see if Frankie would be interested in reviewing the Thomas & Friends Cranky at the Docks playset. He basically thinks Mattel is Santa, well, in fact, they kind of are. Fisher Price is a brand I’ve always trusted, sure we still have toys I played with as a kid floating about our playroom.

fisher price thomas & friends cranky at the docks review

With a little direction, he was able to put the whole set together himself. The instructions are on point and the set itself is very sturdy and the train tracks clipped together firmly. It comes with a die-cast metal Thomas the Tank Engine, boat, cargo and of course Cranky himself. You can raise Cranky’s arm and he spins around 360 degrees. The red drawbridge raises to allow boats to leave the dock with its cargo.

fisher price thomas & friends cranky at the docks review

I asked him what his favourite part of the Thomas & Friends Cranky at the Docks set and he told me it was in fact Cranky. He loves spinning it around and using Cranky’s ‘pointy thing’ to load and unload ‘the post’. Cranky’s arm raises and lowers using a knob just on the side so children can move the cargo from their boat to Thomas. There are lots of little things to do with the cargo from bringing it on a ride with Thomas, on a boat trip and it even drops through the roof of the shipping house with the help of Cranky.

fisher price thomas & friends cranky at the docks review


  • Batteries are not required
  • The set connects with other Thomas & Friends Adventures playsets.
  • It’s very easy to set up, take apart and you can store it in its original box too if needs be.


  • If I want to be really picky the track comes loose where the drawbridge raises and lowers so pulls apart when not in use BUT it does not seem to bother him one bit.

fisher price thomas & friends cranky at the docks review

fisher price thomas & friends cranky at the docks review

There was honestly no point asking him how he rated it on a scale of one to ten as he hasn’t grasped the concept of numbers but put it this way its been a permanent fixture on our kitchen table since its arrival and he brings Cranky and Thomas to school every other day. There’s nothing else to say other than he loves it. Frankie is one of those kids who will happily play in the corner on his own once nobody bothers him and for me, it’s a great way to see his imagination come to life.

fisher price thomas & friends cranky at the docks review

This Thomas & Friends Cranky at the Docks playset is available in Smyth Stores in Ireland currently on sale for €39.99 and UK for £34.99. I’d recommend it for kids aged 3-5 if construction, Thomas and trains are their thing.

We received Thomas & Friends Adventures Cranky at the Docks playset for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always (and on this occasion Frankie’s too). Thank you for supporting my blog and the brands that support it too. Also, the reason my floors are shiny clean is that I baby wiped that exact spot in the playroom seconds before I took these photo’s and the floor is in fact still wet. 

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