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My sons have got a large selection of diecast trains from the Chuggington range. We have never really done the Thomas the tank engine toys, so when my children became interested in the TV programme of Chuggington a couple of years back my Mum went a bit mad that Christmas buying up different engines.
This particular set is a an accessory set to accompany one particular engine, Frostini, the ice cream truck. He is a popular character with my children, as what little boy does not love ice cream? These are pretty bright and cheerful looking carriages. The RRP on these two carriages is £7.99. Currently this is available on amazon for around £6.50. I think that is fairly good value as a lot of these engines sell for between 4 and 5 pounds.
This set looks really unusual in my eyes. Firstly, these are a little smaller than the diecast engines, with only 6 wheels on the base instead of 8. These are the same width as the other engines and have the same coupling system as all of these engines have, which is like a ball and socket and is a very strong connection. My children can walk round with a few of these connected together and they don't fall apart, and they enjoy coupling together about 20 trains and making the front one pull the rest. I think this is quite good and the boys enjoy it. These trains run on the specific chuggington track, but we also run them on ikea and thomas track and it works absolutely fine.
The front car is really colourful, and features an ice cream cone where the funnel would be at the front, a chimney, and then some musical instruments at the back. As you push the train carriage along, the musical instruments bob up and down a little. The shape to this one is also quite unusual with quite contoured sides.
The rear truck is then meant to be a freezer to carry the ice cream in. This is a lovely looking pale green and yellow. Both sides look as though they have doors. On one side, the door slides across to the left, revealing a sticker which shows the inside of the carriage and lots of tubs of ice cream. This sticker is really high quality and has shown no signs of peeling in 2 years of play.
My only criticism of this set, same as the rest of the range really, is that the paintwork on these engines does chop when the children are playing with them, and this does spoil the look a little. This is not really an essential toy to own if you are setting up your own chuggington collection, but it is a really charming little extra that the kids seem to love.