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ERTL Thomas and Friends: Sir Handel

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Manufacturer: ETRL / Type: Engines

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      27.07.2010 12:36
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      A nice little die-cast train

      Amongst our rather large collection of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends die-cast toys we have a rather sweet looking little train called Sir Handel. He is one of the many lively little trains that live and work on the fictional island of Sodar.

      All the little trains on the island spend their days working hard delivering goods back and forth and getting into lots of scrapes along the way.
      Sir Handel is made by the Ertl toy company and comprises of a die-cast metal body which is very well modelled, with plastic wheels, bumpers and under body.

      He is a lovely addition to the Ertl Thomas range of toys and I am pleased to say that now he and many of his friends have been accepted as DooYoo product suggestions I can tell you all about him.

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      Sir Handel is an interesting little chap, with a sometimes aloof personality, he would never get into trouble deliberately, but he is sometimes a bit off hand and rude to some of the trucks he has to pull. He can be a bit pompous at times and has sometimes thought that having to pull silly old trucks around and deliver things is rather below him, after all he is SIR Handel!

      I feel this side of Sir Handel gives an interesting aspect that can be used by children to create situations for him during play. Children can perhaps learn through play, that being awkward and aloof are not the best traits to have and that in the end if you want to get along with your fellows, you need to learn to compromise sometimes.


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      Sir Handel is one of the smaller sized engines that were made by Ertl, but is meant to be a small wee chap. He is much smaller than some of the larger Sodar engines, but still has plenty to offer. He has a well detailed body which is made of die-cast metal and then coated in a long lasting purple/blue shaded paint.

      Our Sir Handel has so far not received any bumps or scratches to his paint work which is fantastic, considering the amount of times he has been enthusiastically played with. I feel this shows he is made of quality materials which have been made with thought and care. For such a little fellow he feels reasonably heavy when you hold him, but not too heavy to push or pull him easily along a track or play mat.

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      The wheels of this little train are made of sturdy plastic, they are attached with very slim metal wires, which do look a little flimsy, but even after all the time we have had him, these have not bent or buckled at all.

      The bumpers at the front and back of Sir Handel have remained intact and seem very well attached to the main body of the train, even though they are made of red plastic and not metal. I feel that the fact that they are plastic makes Sir Handel more child friendly.

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      Sir Handel comes in the usual clear plastic pack, which is attached to a cardboard liner. The pack clearly shows Sir Handel is one of the Thomas the Tank Engine range of toys. The packs hold the toys in safely and are easy enough to open without too much bother. There is a picture of him to the top of the pack which shows him smiling, which he does sometimes as he has a nicely modelled plastic face on the front of his engine body.

      When we bough our Sir Handel he was priced at £3.50 or so. Which was very good value for a toy that has lasted so well. I see that he is listed as being £8.99 on Amazon now, but would suggest that you look around as he can be found for a little less and £5 to £6 would be a fair price to pay for him.

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      Sir Handel is a fine little die-cast model train, that can be pushed or pulled along many standard plastic or wooden tracks. He is well made and nicely modelled and I see no reason why he is worth any less than a full 5 star rating.

      NB: Its worth noting that due to small parts and die-cast metal, he may not be suitable for younger children under the age of 4 years old,

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