Chuggington is a children's TV show about trains that work in the town of Chuggington. Two christmasses ago my Mum was looking for ideas about what to buy my children for Christmas, and I suggested that she got my boys some of the diecast trains. She got them a good selection of the trains as well as the roundhouse and storage case.
Frostini is a small character in the TV sho who is only in some specific shows, but my children were familiar with the character when they received the present. He is the ice-cream train, and he is an Italian character who speaks with a strong accent on the show.
Frostini is a lovely looking train. He has bright and cheerful looking yellow paint. His roof is brown and blue, and on both sides there are two lovely pictures of strawberry ice cream cones. The left side of the train has a hinged side which opens to reveal a sticker which shows the ice cream machine and the menu.
I think this little train has the most character for me out of all the trains. I prefer the ones that have unusual features like this one has rather than the ones that have a plain sides. All the trains have the same base. They have 8 wheels, held on a plastic base, and the tops are made of metal. There is a coupling section where there is a ball on the front of each train, and a cup on the back of the train so that the trains can all link together, and they run on the chuggington track but also run on ikea and thomas track that we own.
I feel that this particular train is well made. There has been no problem with the wheels or the hinge. However, because it is all lighter colours, there has been quite a bit of chipping to the paintwork on this engine in two years of play. This is mainly on the ridges on the roof, and the corners of the flap. I don't feel it looks really old and tatty though.
This train would cost you around £5 to buy, as do all the trains in this set. I feel that this price is worth it for a fan of the show, as they are a really nice thing for a child to play with, and my children have really enjoyed this set.
Chuggington is a CBeebies television program all about bright, colourful, trains. The young chuggers are learning all about how to be useful when they grow up, and the older chuggers are on hand to show them how. The chuggers all have different roles and different personalities, and have been quite a big hit with lots of youngsters. The show only recently bought out a range of toys to accompany the show though, and this is one of the range of diecast trains on offer.
The retail price is £5.99, though Toys R Us are doing an introductory offer where you can get three of these for the price of two. Not a huge saving but a reasonable one. These are quite pricy considering how small they are, but in fairness they're well made and only the same price as you pay for the little Take Along Thomas Trains.
Frostini here, in case you hadn't guessed, is an ice cream truck. He doesn't just transport ice cream, but in the TV show he actually makes it himself. Just to be totally politically incorrect, Frostini is of course Italian complete with a dodgy accent!
The model they've produced doesn't totally fit in with how he appears on the television show, but it's close enough that the grandson knew right away who he was supposed to be. Unlike a lot of the Chuggington diecast trains, this one has an interactive part on it which adds to the play appeal. The door on the side of him opens up to reveal a sticker showing his ice-creamy insides. This is only a small detail, but it really does add to the play appeal as the grandson can open him up to pretend to serve ice creams out of the back of him.
This is a well made little diecast train that's sturdy, has easily flowing wheels and strong couplings. He's not totally accurate in his appearance but he's close enough, and we like that his side opens to reveal some ice cream fun. There are one or two better trains in the range, but there are also several which don't quite measure up - so I think four stars is a fair rating for this little chap. I definitely recommend him to little fans of the show.