on 30 April 2014
A recent introduction to the railways on the Island of Sodor and a surprisingly heavy weight model, with a lot more metal content than many recent releases. I reasoned that the increase in the use of plastic was to keep moulding costs down, but Porter wrong foots me on that assumption. Like Connor and Caitlin, who arrived with the last Thomas cinema release, the origins of this engine design lay in North America, perhaps to garner further interest in that market. The problem is that the films and DVDs often only feature a character once, or they feature characters who are no longer available to buy new in the Take and Play and other ranges, such as Rocky the breakdown crane and Daisy the diesel railcar. Mattel need to get a bit more joined up with their various license holders to make films about characters that can be bought and vice versa. More a steam powered marketing concept than a rocket powered one, surely? That is obviously my view, while the important small person in all of this who actually plays with it all has come round to making Porter something of a favourite after a bit of a slow start. Let's hope Porter continues to be in the TV lineup to maintain this interest. And Mr Mattel, if you are listening, well reading this, bring back Rocky and Daisy!