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My children are fans of the TV show Chuggington, and as a result we have quite a collection of diecast engines from the series which we have owned for two years. The series is about three trainee engines who are learning all the skills they need to work in the town of Chuggington. Koko is one of the three trainees. She is a lovely looking green and purple electric bullet train in the show, known for her speed and her friendliness. She is a very enthusiastic character on the show, and my boys really enjoy this little engine.
Firstly, although she is a female character, I am pleased that she has not been given a really feminine colour. The purple, white and green paintwork makes her look quite pretty without looking too girly for being a part of the gang with the boys. Unlike some of the engines from the show, there are no moving parts on this engine, though there are some lovely highlighted features, such as the three silver horns on the roof, two fans, or the grilled window area. The lovely paintwork manages to make this engine look unique from the other characters in the show.
The top part of the engine is diecast metal. The base is made from a tough plastic. The 8 wheels all move round freely, so these engines can be moved along the floor or a table, as well as along a track. The engines can run on the Chuggington track you can buy, but we also have an Ikea train set, and a thomas set, and they run as well on both of these sets. These engines have a really well thought out coupling system with a ball at the front of the engine, and a socket at the rear. My children have great fun making a great long convoy of trains, and the linking system is strong enough to pull about 20 trains without any breaking away. It can derail though if they are pushing it fast round the track. This system is also strong enough to take some weight if the child carries it round in their hands, which is reassuring as these are quite heavy and you don't really want them to drop on your toe.
The only problem we have had with these engines are the paintwork does chip when they are played with a lot. This one doesn't look too bad though with it having the dark purple and green round the edges that get the most hammer from bumps. The only bit that looks a bit bad is Koko's nose is a much lighter green, and this has one bad chip on it.
The series is enjoyable to watch, and the engines that we own really do capture some of the characters personalities. My children really do enjoy playing with these engines and recreating the things they have seen in the show. I highly recommend these diecast engines for children who are fans of the show.
Koko is another of the Chuggington trains my daughter owns and is the train you can see above.
Before I start, Chuggington is a TV series about trains which called Chuggers who are learning how to be good trains and useful. There is a huge group of the trains. My daughter loves the TV series and is always watching it intently when it is on TV. It is an educational programme as well as having a social aspect.
Koko is actually a girl train although I do find her very masculine as a train. I don't think she looks at all girly which is a shame. I guess they have gone for the more tomboy look for her.
The train is diecast and is coloured in green, purple and white just like Koko is on the show. The train shows very good attention to detail in the little lines at the side of the train and the attention to detail of her eyes. Like the other trains in the Chuggington series, there is 2 little plastic blue connectors so you can connect other trains to it.
The train goes along nicely on the floor. The wheels move along with ease. and makes a good play toy if you have some of the other Chuggington trains.
Koko costs £5.99 like the others do. I do find it a little expensive but I think the Thomas the Tank Engine ones of the same size are only £1 cheaper than these.
I definately recommend these if your child is a Chuggington fan or just a train fan. Beware though if your child wants to collect them all you are in for a very expensive hobby!
Koko here is another diecast train from the newly released range of Chuggington toys. The characters all come from a popular CBeebies television series about a group of young chuggers (trains) who are learning the ropes of how to grow up and be useful. The cartoon series is fun, colourful and educational in a social way which appeals to tots between about 2 and 5yrs.
This little chugger is available from Toys R Us as part of a 3 for 2 offer at present, with the full retail price being £5.99. That is expensive for a single train I know, but most of these trains have been well made and well designed so I don't think that's too much to pay. You pay the same for the little Take Along Thomas trains.
Koko here is attractively designed, but not as like her character as she perhaps could be. Personally, I don't think this train looks a lot like a girl! And Koko is supposed to be just that. Aside from the slightly masculine facial features, the details on the bulk of the train are accurate and very like the cartoon character.
This is a well built die cast train, with good strong couplings and free flowing wheels that move easily. I'm not convinced they did the best job possible with the features, and the lack of interactive or moveable features is a bit of a disappointment too. It's probably not quite worth the £6 price tag, but if you pay £4 as part of the 3 for 2 offer then it's a nice little toy for a Chuggington fan.