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ERTL Thomas & Friends: Caroline

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Manufacturer: ERTL / Type: Cars

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      07.08.2010 14:12
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      A reasonable toy that is built to last

      Caroline the little vintage car is one of the Ertl die cast toys within the Thomas the Tank Engine range. She is quite a small compact little car and so smaller than many of the other die cast model toys in the range.

      We bought our little Caroline car for just £3.25 and she came in a simple blue and red toned cardboard backed pack. The pack had a clear see through plastic front. These packs were most often hung on special display stands at the time and I always thought that having them laid out liked that gave young children a good chance to look at what was on offer within the range.

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      Caroline is modelled on a vintage style car and looks smart enough in a shade of deep red as her main body colour. The majority of the car is made from a die cast metal and then painted in a powder coated looking fashion. The paint has been really very durable and has not chipped or cracked at all.

      However Caroline has not always been at the heart of the action during role play and so she has remained fairly pristine. This may in part be due to her not having been used as much as some of the main characters that we have amongst the Ertl die casts we own. Even so, as the other die cast Ertl toys have faired very well over time, I feel there is no reason why Caroline should not prove just as long lasting if played with more vigorously.

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      In terms of quality, Caroline seems well made and has a good little set of small plastic wheels that move her easily along with just a light pressure. She is best suited to being used on flatter surfaces rather than deep pile rugs. We used her on slim carpet style childrens play mats and she seemed to run over those well enough without getting caught at all.

      Carolines face is not as well modelled as some of the other Ertl die cast toys. But in their favour, I must say that they didn't really have much to work with in the first place. Carolines character has her eyes set into her headlights, so what is left to make up the remainder of her face is just a nondescript nose and mouth. I do feel this gives Caroline a not all that friendly looking expression.

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      When I compare this little car to some of the other Ertl die cast models, I feel that she is somewhat lacking in terms of style and panache. This is in part due to the fact that as a character her expression and appearance is a little boring and staid.

      This makes Caroline not as attractive to the eye as many of the other Ertl model toys. In this case I don't feel the end result is a fault with Ertls design and interpretation, its more to do with Caroline as a character from the Thomas the Tank Engine series.

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      With all that in mind, I feel that a rating of 3 stars is about right for Caroline. She is well made and built to last, but a little on the small side and rather lack lustre, so not as nice as other Ertl Thomas toys we have.

      NB: These small toys are not best suited to children under 4 years due to small parts and die cast metal construction.

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