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Stafford is an electric engine who runs on batteries instead of coal. He is very helpful and has a great sense of humour. Stafford can connect to other Wooden Railway engines and vehicles with magnet connectors. Perfect for Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway sets!
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Thomas & Friends - Wooden Railway - Stafford is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Stafford - Simple, but ElegantI purchased this item about a year ago, to add to my collection of wooden Thomas & Friends items. I had recently seen the character on television, and was very keen to add the wooden version of the character to my team as I felt Stafford had some unique features - Sodor's only electric engine at the time, his unique looks and character being distinctive and making him a standout. As Stafford has not changed at all since then this review is still relevant today. As a brief aside, it's interesting there is currently not any battery-operated version of him on the market; I would think it would be a no-brainer for this character in particular... The wooden model itself is a very nicely-rendered model; unlike a lot of Thomas wooden characters, which use an abundance of plastic in their construction, Stafford is made almost entirely of wood. The face, magnets and wheels are the only non-wooden items on this model; a welcome change from other items in the range and one that harks back to the classic Thomas Wooden Railway of yesteryear, where a wooden train was made of wood. Edges are, for the most part, rounded off on this model, as per Fisher Price's design stratagem on all wooden trains, to make the toy safer for children and to make paint adhere longer (no sharp edges for paint to chip from first). The face is very accurate to that seen on screen, and the paintwork is applied very well - bufferbeams front and rear, side panelling and handrails all adding to the character's appearance. It's little touches like this that make the Thomas brand stand out and makes Stafford in particular a nice-looking model and toy. However, there are a few downsides to this model - as a basic locomotive model, Stafford can be seen by some as no different to other small engines in the range, like Charlie or Percy. There are no extra features to make him stand out on his own, and his design is somewhat more basic in shape and look than other characters. Extra paint details, like the distinctive headlamps on either side of his face, would have made this a standout and given him more personality. There's also the fact that Stafford has not appeared on television as much as other characters - with only two episodes to his name at this point, and a few minor roles and cameos, Stafford may not be as prominent to parents and children as other characters. Overall Stafford is a bit of a mixed bag - for collectors and nostalgics, Stafford is a quality product that is well worth the premium price commanded by the Thomas brand. For parents and fans of the show, Stafford can provide a unique twist to the railway and to playtime, but only if one learns about his character and has seen him in the show. Otherwise he runs the risk of being 'just another Rosie or Percy or Diesel' to add to playtime - and such characters usually don't have the same lasting appeal for children as they grow and play.