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ERTL Thomas and Friends: Skarloey

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      29.07.2010 00:39
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      Amongst the many interesting characters that were created by Rev W Audry there are many little fictional train engines all with personalities of their own. One such little engine is Skarloey once a naughty little engine, who was the number 1 engine on the Skarloey train line.

      Skarloey has been on the fictional island of Sodor for a very long time and was in quite a few episodes of the Thomas and Friends tv series and the later videos that were produced.

      It goes without saying that Ertl decided to create a die-cast version of him when they brought out their Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends range. The little engine that was created by Ertl is a fine addtion to our collection of die-cast trains.

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      Skarleoy came in a plastic fronted pack which had the Thomas and Friends logo on it There is a small picture of the little train at the top of the pack and the actual die-cast model is set in the middle of the pack. He looks as though he is running along the train tracks because of the way the artwork has been produced to look like a set of tracks.

      We paid £3.50 for our little Skarloey engine, which I feel was very good value for him. Skarloey can still be purchased online and in some collectables shops. He has gone up just a little in price and you should expect to pay between £5.99 to £7.99 for him on his own. He can also be purchased as part of a set which includes a carriage, this sells for a little more.

      Skarloey looks every inch the busy little steam engine from the tip of his black funnel to the ends of his red plastic bumpers. He has a nice little face which is made out of a rather pale looking grey plastic. His features are nice and clear to see and he looks like a friendly little chap.

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      The main body of the little train is made from die-cast metal which is then coated with a paint effect. Skarloey is a nice red toned engine, he has a few black and white highlights and his number 1 is printed in a warm yellow shade. His wheels are made from black plastic and turn easily, so that he can be pushed or pulled along without too much effort.

      The underbody of Skarloey is made from black moulded plastic. Skarloey is well made and can stand up to some enthusiastic play. Our little train has not suffered and chips or knocks, which shows he is made of good quality materials. You can use this toy on any of the standard sized wooden or plastic tracks which makes him ideal for mix and match train setups.

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      One thing that I really like about the range of Thomas and Friends toys is the varied personalities that the characters all have. Skarleoy was a little bit difficult to work with at first, refusing to do the work he was allocated and being a naughty little engine. He soon learned his lesson and settled into a routine, but did work himself too hard and had to learn to pace himself more.

      This aspect of Skarleoys character can be used when playing with him, to encourage lots of roll play. Skarloey needs to learn to get on with his fellow engines and this can teach children the importance of getting along with those close to you. It can also help them learn how to be part of a larger group who all need to work together.

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      I summary Skarloey is a fine example of the type of die-cast models that Ertl made for the Thomas and Friends series. He would make a really nice addition to a childs collection of Thomas the Tank Engine trains.

      He has lasted really well and nothing has chipped or broken which is pleasing to note. He isn't suitable for children aged 4 years or under due to small plastic and metal parts. Skarloeys wheels still run as well as they did when new and he has proved well worth the money spent on him, so he gets a 5 star rating.

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