A new series can't be a series without a new character to join the merchandising clan. Today's episode introduce us not another steam engine nor another diesel engine. This is an electric engine! And today's episode, I would like to say:
Written by Sharon Miller
Directed by Greg Tirenan
Produced by Nicole Stinn
There's a buzz of excitement on Sodor today. Stafford, the new shunting engine, is in the Steamworks! He's electric and runs on batteries, so everyone wants to meet him.
THESE ARE SOLEY UNDER MY OWN OPINIONS AND NOT FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FANBASE
THESE MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
- Spencer got a lead role and thankfully not Thomas, when it comes to new engines
- It seems that Sharon Miller actually did some research on 'Stafford's' basis, you can see it right here
- I like how the animation made Stafford's basis
- Typical three strikes, again!
- Thomas' 15 seconds of fame is really unesscesary, they could at least have Spencer just going to the Steamworks after his introduction.
- How can Stafford run out of battries so quick? And how can Spencer run out of coal so quick? Sure long distances', but battries can last throughout the day and so would coal?
- When Spencer says 'I know about battries', you know something bad is going to happen.
- If Stafford is running out of battries, it would be easy for Spencer to couple him up and pull him along.
This episode is... OK, despite my list of cons. Stafford may as well not be introduce probarly, but their hasn't been a shunting engine for quite sometime anywhere on Sodor. I do love how Nitrogen made Stafford's basis, by the way, his basis is this:
His number was '1917', the year his basis was made and even though that this engine has no name
in real life, he is called Stafford because of the name on its sides.
So well done Sharon for some good research. But anyway, I think later on this year or the next, you'll be seeing, a Wooden, Take-N-Play, possibly a Bachmann model or Trackmaster toys everywhere in shops of this character, like all the other characters.