Thomas and Friends Take-n-Play Duke
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- Each character is a durable diecast Engine
- Each character has a unique personality and job on Sodor
- Includes magnets to attach other cars and vehicles
- Realistic details
- Vehicles aid in developing fine motor skills, colour identification and counting skills
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Take-n-Play Duke is a durable diecast engine that features "Smart Magnets" that connect either way, and allow you to connect other engines or tender at either the front or the back. It works with Fisher-Price Take-n-Play portable playsets. Duke is the oldest of the narrow gauge engines and the most experienced. He enjoys teaching others the proper way to do things. He often talks about the "Good ol' Days" when rules and regulations were obeyed. Despite his "head teacher" attitude, Duke is gentle and kind to younger engines, but maintains his authority at all times.
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We've added two more grandsons since then and had fully planned to keep our collection going. Unfortunately, we'd seen some distressing signs of a quality downturn beginning in 2013 that led us to stop collecting at the end of the year. Production was moved from China to Thailand that year, and many of the models were reissued with alterations (mostly to their faces and wheels.) In 2014, things continued on a downhill slide... windows were blacked out on once open cabs, the cabs and domes got shorter, the tender engines ALL went to only four wheels on their tenders (prior to that, most of them had six... Emily, Molly, Duke and Ferdinand were the only ones that always had four - and Hiro, Connor and Caitlin had eight!), most of the models lost their painted buffers/cylinders - it was really a sad decline to watch. Unfortunately late 2014 into 2015 has proven even worse, with unbelievably plasticized models of what used to be the highest quality diecast line of trains you could wish for. We weren't able to afford the wooden trains, and these fit our budget. We're glad we invested, but also glad we got out when we did! If you plan to purchase Take-n-Play, we hope you're able to get some of the older, high quality models before they're all replaced. (And just so you're aware, Take-n-Play products are not compatible with wooden tracks.)
Fisher-Price includes a yearly "Collector Checklist" with some (not all) Take-n-Play items, though it was never a comprehensive list and now just uses it as a sales pitch for the most recent stuff. I'm going back through all of my train reviews to provide a complete list of train characters that have been introduced into the line since 2010 (in order), not just for "serious" collectors, but also for those who'd just like to know what their other options are as far as Thomas' "co-workers" goes (and the farther back you go, the better the quality... IF, that is, you get the ORIGINAL models!) So here ya go: Thomas, Percy, Salty, Diesel 10, James, Emily, Gordon, Henry, Hiro, Molly, Charlie, Diesel, Rosie, Edward, Hank, Victor, Spencer, Mavis, Stanley, Toby, Flora, Mighty Mac, Sir Handel, Arthur, Duke, Ferdinand, Murdoch, Whiff, Bill, Ben, Dash, Bash, Scruff, Skarloey, Donald, Douglas, D199, Belle, Rheneas, Den, Dart, Peter Sam, Rusty, Neville, Fearless Freddie, Dennis, Paxton, Norman, Sidney, Iron 'Arry, Luke, Iron Bert, Stafford, Stephen, Harvey, Millie, Connor, Duck, Caitlin, Porter, Gator, Timothy, Culdee, Big City Engine, Class 40, Stepney, Marion, Duncan, and Samson. (And that doesn't even include the NON-train characters!)