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ERTL Thomas and Friends: The Canal Boat

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Manufacturer: ETRL / Type: Boats

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      06.08.2010 16:52
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      A nice little Ertl die cast model

      We bought one of these little Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Canal Boats as an addition to an ever expanding range of Ertl die-cast toy trains, cars, figures etc that were made as a group of complimentary and matching items for children to play with and collect.

      The Canal Boat was made to the same high standards as the other die-cast models in the Ertl range and so its really nicely made and seems built to last. Our little Canal Boat came in the usual type of clear plastic fronted pack that had a slim cardboard backing to it. We paid £3.75 or so for the boat, which at the time was mid way between the pricing levels for the product.

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      The Canal Boat is one of the many characters from the tv series and can offer another level of play for a child who already has some of the trains and other models within the range.

      We used to have these all laid out for play time on a series of carpet style play mats, one which was city a road and rail theme, the other a country side road and rail theme with a small river running through.

      These proved very useful and the little Canal Boat could easily berth next to the train tracks, so that pretend freight from the Troublesome Trucks could be offloaded on to the boat and then sent off to place far, far away, on the other side of the playmat.

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      The main body of the Canal Boat is made of die-cast metal which has been modelled and made to look very close to the Thomas character. The boat has a nice light rusty brown top half and a deeper blue black hull.

      The little chimneys on top of the boat add to its quaintness and the details along the side of the boat make it look very effective and pleasing to the eye of a child.

      The under body of the boat has a very handy, small and effective set of wheels. This means that the little boat can glide along the playmat or a similar flat surface with ease. The wheels do not detract from the look of the boat at all, but do make it easier to plot a course with.

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      As with all of the other Ertl Thomas range of die-cast models, this one really does encourage lots of roll play and plenty of exciting adventures. Children are able to re create scenes from the tv and films to great effect, but can also more importantly use their own imaginations to think up new and interesting adventures for the Canal Boat.

      Price wise, you can expect to pay between £5 and £8 for the Canal Boat, which is not too much to pay for a long lasting, well made collectable toy. The colours used on the model we have are still as bright and vivacious as they were when we bought the model and everything works just as well as it did when new.

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      In terms of a rating, I feel that the model ought to get at least a 4 star rating as its built to last and looks just as it should. The addition of the wheels means the boat can be used on a variety of surfaces.

      NB: Due to small parts and die-cast metal construction, the toy is not suited to use by the under 4's.

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