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ERTL Die-Cast Thomas & Friends: Tar & Milk Wagons

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Manufacturer: ERTL / Type: Freight Wagon

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      14.08.2010 13:09
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      A good little Ertl duo

      The little duo set of Thomas the Tank Engine Milk and Tar Trucks form part of the range of complimentary items that you can use along with your main Ertl die cast trains. They are simple in design and look authentic when compared to the types of truck pulled by the fictional engines on the island of Sodor.

      Our little set came in a simple plastic fronted pack which had the Thomas the Tank Engine and Ertl branding on it. The trucks were easy to see through the clear plastic and looked attractive enough to give as a gift. The rear of the pack was made of the usual slim printed cardboard.

      At the time of purchase we paid £3.99 for the two trucks, which we didn't mind as we were getting not one but two models. They look like the complete opposite of each other, like the night and day of the transporting world. After all one little truck is a simple jet black and the other a stark icy white.

      The trucks can be used along side the Ertl die cast trains from the range and can be attached easily to them, so that they can be pulled about by the busy little engines delivering milk and tar where ever they go. The body of both trucks is well made and sturdy and is designed in a way that clearly shows which truck carries which product.

      They are much lighter than the majority of the train engines as they are made of lighter materials. This has not effected their durability in any way and our little trucks still have all their wheels and buffers firmly in place even though they have delivered their little socks off.

      The wheels of both trucks are made from plastic and have a slim wire connecting them to the wheel on the other side of the truck body. There is a plastic panel underneath the trucks which keeps the wheels in place and protects the underneath from bumps and scrapes.

      The writing on the milk truck declares that it is carrying Tidmouth Milk, the little tar truck is carrying tar from an undisclosed source. The details on the little trucks is simple yet effective.

      Mostly its made as part of the main moulded sections of the trucks, but if you look closely along the buffers and bottom of the trucks, they are not left plain and do look authentically decorated. The trucks can easily be pushed along on a flat floor surface, but due to their small wheels they do not cope well with thick pile carpets.

      I do feel that its rather nice to have a selection of varied trucks for your little Ertl die cast trains to work with. This makes the role play and games played by children seem even more authentic and realistic.

      Due to the fact that these little trucks are a bit different and that you also get 2 in the set, I feel they offer good value if you can pick them up cheaply. Having checked out recent prices I can see that they are selling for between £6 and £8 per set of two.

      When I think about how long we have owned our set I feel this is a reasonable price to pay. In terms of rating the trucks, I fell that a 4 star rating is where they belong, as they are a nice little du that work really well with the Ertl die cast trains.

      NB: Due to small parts these are not suitable for children under 4 years old.


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