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ERTL Die-Cast Thomas & Friends: Neil

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Manufacturer: ERTL / Type: Engines

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      04.09.2010 21:48
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      A nice little Ertl model

      Neil the Engine is a die cast Thomas the Tank engine model that is one of the small Ertl model trains amongst our collection. He is yet another product suggestion from our model collection and we thought he would make a good review subject, as he has plenty of character and looks a little different from many of the other engines we have.

      Neil the engine is made from very durable die cast metal and has some plastic trims. He is a well loved and played with toy who has been out on numerous outings with the other engines and carriages we have. He is still looking nice and has just one small chip to the paint work on his funnel. Other than that he is looking very good indeed.

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      One thing about Neil that is rather nice is the fact that he looks very different to most of the other little Ertl die cast engines. His shape and over all appearance gives off a somewhat old fashioned look which makes him look all the more charming.

      Neil was packed in a simple clear fronted and cardboard backed pack, which clearly shows him to be one of the Ertl Thomas the Tank Engine models. The pack is well presented in a mostly blue and yellow theme and has a faux train track painted along the underneath of Neil. I feel the way the little engine is packed makes him a perfect gift for any Thomas fan, young or old.

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      The way that Neil has been modelled shows him to be in keeping with the tv character he portrays. He has a simple grey toned face made from plastic and his features can be clearly seen. He does seem to have a slightly surprised expression which we find rather comical, but this adds to his character.

      Neil only appeared in one episode of the Thomas series, which was called 'Very Old Engines' but in spite of this many children will want to have him in their collection. We found that sometimes the more obscure a character the more our child wanted to get hold of that certain model.

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      Neils design shows him in a very bright and fresh looking, almost minty emerald green. He has red buffers front and back and he can be connected to any of the carriages or trucks within the Ertl collection. He is modelled to closely resemble a Nielson 040 Box Tank Engine, which was a real life scottish built engine.

      The buffers are made from a sturdy plastic material and these have helped him avoid many knocks and bumps as he goes about his business during the course of his regular journeys around the carpet play mats we have. His wheels turn easily and are also made from plastic, they run along flat surfaces easily but can not work as well on thick pile carpets or bumpier terrain.

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      Neil is a friendly engine who has a good friend in Skarloey another engine from the island of Sodor. The fact that all the little engines in the range have varied personalities gives children the chance for plenty of role play and learning opportunities.

      We have found this little engine to be a nice addition to our collection and would recommend him as a nice gift. He does cost a bit more now than we bought him and can be found on specialist sites and also on Amazon UK. You can expect to pay between £5.99 and £8.99 for Neil and this seems reasonable for this hard to find engine.

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      As with all the Ertl model trains and toys of this type, Neil should be bought for children from the age of 3 to 4 years old and onwards. He isn't really suitable for younger children due to his metal construction and small parts.

      Neil the Ertl die cast engine gets a full 5 stars as he offers something very different from other small engines in the range.

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