Chuggington is a childrens TV series shown in the UK on the cbeebies channel and BBC2. The series is about the fictional town of Chuggington which is mainly populated by the trains who do all the jobs around the town. Similar to Thomas the Tank Engine, the show features engines who all have names and distinct looks and personalities, and all the engines have a unique role in the town.
In the first series there were 3 trainee characters, 2 males - Brewster and Wilson, and the female character Koko. In later series they were joined by twins Hoot and Toot, and Piper. My boys are particularly fond of the three trainees from the first series. They are voiced by children in the show and all have adventurous personalities.
Wilson is a lovely looking bright red engine based upon the electromotive diesel F-unit. If you look on the wikipedia page for this type of engine, then you will see the striking resemblance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-unit.
His personality is that he jumps straight in and doesn't always pay close attention so there are frequent mishaps involving him not having listened properly. He comes across as a lot of fun, and his heart is in the right place as he always is sorry if things don't turn out quite right.
I love the face on Wilson. He has a very prominent front end looking like a nose and jaw, with one central headlight which looks like his nose. There is gold detailing around his eyes like some of the other engines like Old Puffer Pete, but here his look is more wide eyed than world wise. Somehow the manufacturers have got across this is a young and joyous character with the big smile on his face.
Wilson is similar in size to all the other engines in the range in length, width and height. He is on an 8 wheel plastic base. The wheels all turn round when you push the engine along floor or track, and has the same unique coupling system that the other engines in the series have. This is like a ball and socket which is easy to link and unlink two items or more together, even for a 2 year old child. But its also very strong and won't come apart unless you pull two engines apart deliberately. You can hold one engine in the air and leave another unsupported, and it won't break the connection.
I think Wilson is very ergonomically designed. There are no rough edges and it is really comfortable to hold him in your hand or push him around. There is lovely detail on his painted diecast body to show funnels and fans, and doors and windows. Unfortunately as we have a lot of these engines, even though we own a special storage container for them we have more than fits in the container so some are always knocking about loose. Therefore we have experienced chipping on most of our engines paintwork. Wilson has the same problem on the rear edge at the top as it protrudes slightly. This is after two years of ownership and lots of play.
These engines run well on Chuggington track, but we play with our set more on a cheap wooden set I bought in ikea about 8 years ago. It also works on Thomas track that we own. Its made by learning curve who also make a few Thomas toys, so the engines are obviously similar in size.
My children have greatly enjoyed owning Wilson. They have seen him in a lot of episodes on the telly, and therefore they have great fun recreating some of the adventures they have seen on the telly, and as they have got older, they now are able to create new stories themselves. We are probably coming to the end of our time with the Chuggington range. My youngest son is 4 and a half, and he is still fond of them, but my eldest son has definitely moved on already to more grown up toys. (He will have a little play still now and again.)
At a cost of between £3.50 and £5, these engines are not cheap to collect, but they are definitely great quality and long lasting toys which will delight small children who are fans of the show. We highly recommend the three trainee engines. The rest of the set are nice but without the three main characters I think our set would be incomplete. 5 stars from us for quality, longevity and promoting imaginative role play.
My little 2 year old niece just found Koko in her Christmas stocking this year, and immediately said to her Mum, "Where's Wilson?" The three main characters are definitely associated with being together. I think this suits children from about two and a half to 6ish who are fans of the characters.
My son is fascinated with vehicles of any description, especially trains and buses. On a long train journey, I had kept my active toddler entertained by singing, reading and playing games, but as my energy started to wane my son still wanted something to do, so I turned to my trusty laptop to find something to keep him seated. I clicked on the Cbeebies website, we hadn't really watched any Cbeebies programmes before so I wasn't familiar with any of the listings. However, I noticed a screen with trains on, and thought that would be something he would like. Just as expected, my son was engrossed and his interest was born.
When we got home we searched for the Chuggington series so my son would be able to watch it in the future. My son and his Daddy both sat entranced watching the show, and on our next shopping excursion my partner had managed to spy the collection of die cast Chugginton trains. I knew that he must have liked the show enough to be familiar with the trains. He excitedly passed me one whilst telling our son; I raised my eyebrow and had a look. I thought they were good quality and well made, so decided we could get one. However, that one soon turned into a mammoth collection over the coming months. There are quite a few different trains featured in the show, so there are plenty to collect.
My son would go straight to the Chuggington toys when we would visit the toy shop, and he would happily inspect and play with them. On the shelf were three large Wilson trains placed between other toys, which I had to have a closer look at. I wondered why they featured a carry handle, but as I lifted the train I could see the clasp on the side. On opening I was surprised to see that it was a carry case to store the die cast Chuggington trains. I thought this was a neat idea; however, I wasn't willing to pay the £13 price tag at the time, as I had other expenses to pay out.
I decided to look on Amazon for the Wilson storage case to see if there would be a difference in price, and to see if they stocked it so I could add it to my wish list. To my delight it was on Amazon, so I duly added it to my wish list, and once the price dropped I quickly ordered one. When the package arrived it was sealed inside a plastic bag in the box to keep it clean. The storage case has no fiddly packaging to remove, just the swing tag which is on the handle. It is ready to use immediately, and it looks like a good durable piece of equipment.
The storage case is constructed from a tough thick red plastic, and it is of a high quality. It is a good size measuring in at 27.9 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm. It is exactly detailed as the Wilson train from the series. The front and back wheels are free-rolling, and the handle on top is embossed with Chuggington and it features three finger indents for comfort. The wheels roll along when it is pushed, which gives this innovative storage box an extra purpose of being a toy.
The large clasp between the wheels easily opens, and the side fully opens to make it easy to see and assess inside. There are three shelves with dividers to comfortably fit seventeen Chuggington trains. The trains easily slot in, and look neat being stored together. They are easy to take out by pulling on the protruding connecting bumper. The side is securely shut, so there is no worry of any trains falling out if it is swung about. It is quite heavy once full. Having a storage case makes it handy for keeping them tidy, as well as keeping them protected.
My son looked over which a huge smile when he noticed the Wilson storage case, he bounced up and down with excitement as I removed the tag. I passed it to him, and he excitedly rushed off to go and inspect it. He was elated to have his very own storage case come toy all of his own. Initially, he used the storage case to push along the floor, and he took pleasure in sitting straddled over the top of it. The train is robust and could easily take his weight. I left him to enjoy playing with it, and after a while I showed him that the clasp opened and the side lifts to reveal the inside space for storing his Chuggington trains. This fascinated him no end. He loves to be able to take things in and out of a space.
There are seventeen spaces inside to hold the Chuggington trains. I am unsure of how many different trains can be purchased, although there are more than this available, as some of the trains have extra features, such as mud splattered up the side. My son has one too many, however, this doesn't present a problem. The storage case is a fantastic idea, as it makes it easy to keep the trains together ready for play. The compact size is also favourable, and the design makes it a fun toy as well as a functional storage case.
My son has had no end of fun with this storage case come toy, he happily loads it up with his trains which encourages him to tidy away. He also knows where his trains are when he wants to play with them, instead of having to look around for them all. The fact that the trains have their own separate space keeps them from getting scratched, as well as making it easy to find the train that is wanted. Whilst it is heavy when full, this doesn't present a problem to my son who happily carries it about. He actually has just as much fun playing with the storage case, and is often found rolling it across the floor, or he will be sat on top of it whilst playing with the trains from within.
I think the price tag for this toy is actually good, as it represents excellent value for money. We have had this storage case for a few months now, and it gets a high amount of use as a toy, and his trains are always stored away at the end of play, which keeps his room neat and tidy. He has a couple of double carriages which don't fit into the case, however, the main collection fits in nicely and looks good. The storage case is still in great condition, with just some of the white body work being a little worn, which doesn't detract from the overall look. The storage case is robust and has been knocked about a lot and it has stood up to all the bumps and knocks it has been subject to.
For Chuggington fans this makes a wonderful gift, as it doubles up as a toy. The quality is fantastic, and the price is reasonable. The single die-cast trains are around £5 and up, so it is nice to be able to store them to prevent them from being misplaced or scratched from being stored with other toys. This clever storage case come toy is great fun, as well as being a good way to encourage children to tidy away once they've finished playing.
My daughter loves little trains and she really likes Chuggington too so we got her a couple of the diecast trains from the series. The trains are made by Learning Curve and retail for £5.99 each and come packaged in a blister pack.
One of the trains she got was Wilson who is a bright red train. The train is the absolute replica of the train on the show. He is made out of a hard wearing plastic and has a pretty cute face. Wilson is one of many trains which are available in the Chuggington range. Strangely, Wilson is supposedly only suitable for children of 3 years and upwards which is fine for my daughter but seeing as there are no pieces that could come off I do wonder why the age limit is quite so high.
The front and the back of the train has a little attachment so that you can attach carriages and other trains to him. Wilson is a simple push along train as he has wheels. He moves across both wooden flooring and short pile carpet with ease. The train is nice and sturdy and has been dropped of the table multiple times and has always come out of the fall okay.
My daughter loves playing with Wilson and has asked for a couple more for Christmas. I do find Chugginton a bit more pricey than the Thomas trains but if your child prefers one to the other there isn't much you can do!
Many hours of play with this toy though it will become pricey if you end up having to buy loads of them.
I received Wilson and a number of other characters from the hit show on cebeebies when I brought a play mat set at Argos currently selling at 19.99 which includes 5 trains. Although seperate i believe they sell for £5.99 each. They are recommended for ages 3+ but my son and daughter both enjoy playing him being 3 but she is just 18 months and there are no little parts so i do believe this age range could be lowered.
It is a very simple push along train with movable wheels at the bottom. My son and daughter uses it on the mat he received and has had many hours of fun re creating episodes he has seen on the tv.
In appearance this train is very like the TV show and books. They are compatable with various chuggington train sets and accessories.
It is bright red and made of plastic with well detailed expression on the front of the train. The front and back of train both have couplings so they can easily be attached to other trains in the range very easily.My children both find this very easy to do which is a very good thing as they often ask me for help with many of there other toys.
This train is very sturdy and has lasted well with my children playing with it. I believe that £5.99 is a bit expensive for each train when they do not actually do much but when brought with sets working out cheaper they are good value for money and will give chuggington fans hours of fun.
Ages: recommended for ages 3 and up, like most toys, but I think would be better appreciated by younger children, as long as they aren't prone to biting off bits. My son got his as a second birthday gift.
My son loves Chuggington - and anything else with trains, so I really thought these would be a big hit. The train itself is of solid die-cast metal, but the wheels are plastic and look rather flimsy. As far as rolling, they do not work as well as several other similar toys, but are adequate. The coupling mechanism is easy to work and very secure.
This model is of Wilson, who is one of the main characters in the series. Wilson is a likable young train, who while always very enthusiastic, often has trouble following directions - not unlike many children. He is a bright and cheerful red with a slightly smiling face.
I do wish these would fit on the wooden train tracks, unfortunately they do not, but I have read elsewhere that they do fit on the Take Along Thomas range.
Overall I find it a nice enough toy, not exceptional but nice enough. I was a bit disappointed though that my train mad sons did not seem terribly interested in these today, as my youngest got three of these and a Wilson carry case for his birthday. Perhaps it will generate more interest later, but I think in the future we will stick to the wooden trains, which get so much more use, and just have more character in my opinion. That said this might be much more fun if you had more of a set. But I'd rather put my money into the wooden train set we already have.
I thought it only fair to update this review, as within a few months my sons attitude towards these trains changed comletely. He ended up with a couple more, as well as some Chuggington books. He soon took to taking them in and out of the case, and these are currently among his favourite toys. He also enjoys hooking a large line of these togther. I also have to say that they have held up remarkabley well, having gone in the swimming pool on one occasion, and having several races down the garden slide. The paint is still perfect and nothing has broken. I had been concerned that the wheels would not hold up to heavy play, but I was mistaken, and everything on these trains is as good as new.
This diecast model is of a Chuggington character called Wilson. Wilson is part of the Chuggington CBeebies television series, and these models were very recently brought out for little fans of the show to play with. They retail at £5.99 each, though Toys R Us are presently selling them as part of a three for two offer which is why we came to own six of them!
Not all of the models in this range are as like their television counterparts as they could be. Wilson however, is very much like his. His details are accurate on his bodywork, his bright pillarbox red is the same as it appears to be in the cartoon, and his facial features and expression fit well with his cartoon counterpart as well.
Wilson is well made and has wheels which turn easily. He has strong couplings on the front and back so that he can be attached to the other trains from the series. For track, he runs on the carpet or floor, on the special Chuggington train track, or on the Take Along Thomas track as we've discovered.
There are no interactive features with this train, as there are with his friends Zephie and Frostini. I think that's a shame really as it's those kinds of little extras which really boost the play value up a bit. A little working light or sound effect or door that opens up would make this model even nicer than it is.
Still, I have to go with the full five stars anyway. This train is well built, reasonably priced, accurately detailed and feels durable. The grandson thinks he's great, and I'm sure he'll be a hit with lots of Chuggington fans even without any extras.