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Chuggington is a children's TV series to rival Thomas the Tank Engine. This modern show is screened on the childrens channel cbeebies, and features three trainee engines who are learning all the jobs that the adult engines do around the town of Chuggington. Brewster is one of the three trainees. He is a male character who is enthusiastic and doesn't always know his own strength. I believe this little engine with its leaf decoration is in nod to one of the episodes where it was a blustery day and he got covered in leaves while doing his jobs. This engine is the normal blue and yellow colour of this character, but it features a symmetrical leaf pattern down each side, and I think this just gives it a little bit more of a lively boy feel to it. The leaves are all autumnal golden brown, and you can distinctly spot that some are oak leaves and some are sycamore leaves. The engine is exactly the same size as the other engines in the range. They are all on an identical plastic base with the coupling system that allows you to connect any two engines from the range together. It is pretty strong and I have seen my sons holding a few trains in the air with this system and the connection does not break. The wheel spacing allows this engine to run on the chuggington track, but we have found it also runs on the Thomas and Ikea tracks that we own. The wheels also run freely on laminate flooring and tiles. The top is made from diecast metal. The yellow paintwork has sadly chipped quite badly around the 'nose' region of this engine, but he is still a lovely little engine that the children really do enjoy playing. I think that if you are a chuggington collector, it is pretty essential to own the three trainee characters. Brewster comes either as this leaf covered version, or a plain engine, and either of them would be pleasing to a child as they resemble what they see on screen. They both cost around £5 too. This little engine has encouraged many imaginative play sessions where my children recreate what they have seen on the show or come up with their own stories. My eldest son is probably now getting a bit old for this set at 6 years old, but my 4 year old is still very much a fan of the show and the toys. I feel this range is ideal for 2-6 year olds.