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ERTL Thomas and Friends: Giggling Troublesome Trucks

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Manufacturer: ERTL / Type: Freight Wagon

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      27.07.2010 11:55
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      A wonderful truck duo that will enhance play time

      The Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends series of childrens tv programmes spawned the usual spin off childrens toys range and amongst that range Ertl the toy manufacturer created a wonderful collection of miniature die-cast and plastic bases toys which include the Troublesome Trucks.

      The Troublesome Trucks come from the island of Sodar where they and the rest of the Thomas train based characters spend many happy hours delivering goods back and forth across the island. The Troublesome Trucks are well, a bit troublesome, hence their name! They are the naughty boys of the Sodar island. Always hatching a plan to get someone into trouble and giggling their way through scrapes and exploits!

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      The Troublesome Trucks come in a plastic fronted sealed pack, which has a cardboard backing to it. As with the rest of the range, these were often hung up on stands to make it easier for children to pick the toy they wanted. The pack shows that these little trucks are part of the Ertl Thomas range.

      At the time when we bought our naughty Troublesome Trucks they cost around £3.50 for the two. I can see know that they can be bought for a little less than that though, which is amazing as we have had ours for some time now.

      I feel that 2 trucks for £3 or so is very good value, as they are both well made and have plenty of details added, that mean they will look authentic to a child who is an avid Thomas the Tank Engine fan. I feel the these toys may become very collectable in the future in a similar way to some of the older Corgi die-cast models. So if you have some of these that you child has out grown, put them away safely.

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      As with the majority of the Ertl Thomas range, these trucks are made of a combination of plastic and metal. They are made well and have lasted us a long time even with all the knocks and bumps they have had, they still haven't developed any chips to their paint work which is very pleasing to see.

      The Troublesome Trucks can be attached to the train engine of almost any of the trains in the range and can be pulled or pushed along by the child who is playing with them quite easily. They have plastic wheels that are attached underneath the body of the truck and these are held in place by slim metal wires and then have a black plastic sealing panel over the top of that.

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      The 2 little trucks are grumpy fellows and have faces on the front which reflect their naughty and conspiring nature! They will do anything they can to disrupt a hard days work for the other engines on the island and I feel that this aspect of their personality, gives children plenty of variety in terms of how they can play with the trucks.

      The fact that these 2 trucks are a bit devilish, means that they can be played with in a different way to many of the other characters in the range. Not every character created is a goody two shoes and so plenty of role play and expressive chat is the norm when children play with these naughty trucks.
      I feel it also teaches children that sometimes being a bit naughty can get you into trouble, which isn't a bad thing to become aware of.
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      The trucks are so much fun to own and one of them even makes a giggling sound when you press the button on the top of his coal pile. This really adds to the feel that these little trucks can and do get away with all sorts of naughtiness. As they can giggle and cackle as they hatch their next trouble making venture.

      The Troublesome Trucks are very well made, offer plenty of role playing fun and can be connected to most of the train type toys in the range. They can fit onto most standard track sizes or can be played on some of the carpet type play mats that you can buy.

      They are built to last and offer very good value at £3 or so per set of 2. My rating for them is a full 5 stars as they offer so much fun for so little money and will last a very long time.

      NB: Not suitable for younger children under 4 due to small parts and die-cast metal pieces.

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