A further attempt to broaden the appeal by Mattel i.e. sell more in the USA, with another American character after the likes of Flynn the fire engine who is a fun character, and Hank who seemed to sink without trace. Connor was introduced in the recent King Of The Railway film and DVD, and is based, albeit loosely, on a genuine original steam engine. Connor is bright and colourful and does not detract from the UK heritage. Now stamped made in Thailand, there is more plastic content than in previous engines, but not enough to make it less durable. Oh, and the little ones should be impressed as well!