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My children have amassed quite a large collection of diecast trains which are characters from the childrens BBC tv show, Chuggington. This collection is now two years old and has been well played with in that time.
Hodge is a littler engine than others featured in the show. He is a diesel engine who works with the mechanic Eddie on the show, and he's made from a hodge podge of bits. His appearance is therefore a bit more colourful than other engines, as various panels are in green and purple to show this characteristic. He has a little oil can on the side of the truck at the back. Hodge is on a 6 wheel base which is shorter than the other engines we own which have 8 wheel bases.
Hodge still features the unique ball and socket connection system which is used on this particular series of engines. It is the strongest connector system I have seen on any train toys we have owned.
Here, because Hodge is towing a popcorn cart his paintwork features stray pieces of popcorn on his roof, and this matches the fenders on the popcorn cart.
I think the idea of a popcorn cart comes from one episode where there was a fair or circus in town, and there was ice cream and popcorn for the children. The popcorn cart looks very traditional with its bright red and yellow paintwork. This is also on a 6 wheeled base so it is the same length as Hodge.
There is a really nice feature that you can see about ten pieces of popcorn within the glass of the cart, and as you pull the train along the popcorn jumps about inside and makes a sort of popping noise.
Both these trucks are sturdily made, and there has been minimal chipping on this set around the door area, which seems to happen when the paintwork is a lighter colour from my experience with this range.
This particular set is priced at a RRP of £9.99, though currently you can find this on amazon at £7.92. It's an unusual set, but hasn't been one of the most played with sets we have as it is relatively less interesting compared to the cranes with magents or the animal trucks from the safari. Also, Hodge is not quite as popular a character with my children as I don't feel he is as prominent in the TV series as some of the engines they are more fond of.
It's a nice set, but you wouldn't really miss it if it weren't in your collection.