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Thomas & Friends merchandise has been produced to capitalize on the success of the television series Thomas & Friends (formerly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends ). Whilst merchandise was produced alongside due to the popularity of the first of The Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry since , and the original broadcast of the television series in in the United Kingdom, large numbers of manufacturers have sought to produce Thomas-branded items after the television series was broadcast in America and Japan.

The most popular and wide-ranging merchandise are the models of the characters, some including accompanying railway systems. Other popular products include videos, books and magazines, computer games, audiobooks, annuals, colouring and activity books, jigsaws, board games, stationery, clothing, cutlery, household items such as curtains, duvet covers and lampshades, and soft drinks.

Thomas & Friends ranked number one in the preschool toys category in the U.S. and made the top 10 for the entire U.S. toy industry in In January , Thomas & Friends ranked as the number-one preschool toy property in the U.K. for the 11th year in a row. Thomas is also a top-selling toy property in Australia, Germany, Japan, and Korea. While the total traditional toy industry in the United States increased per cent in , overall Thomas & Friends toy sales increased over per cent.[1]

In , a version of the Nabi SE Android tablet themed after the series received FCC certification and was to be released alongside the American Girl, Barbie and Hot Wheels tablets,[2] but as of October no mention of such a device was made on Nabi or the series' official website. In , Mattel made Thomas & Friends Minis to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Thomas. In , the brand was so popular it was a permanent merchandise line .

Companies[edit]

Pre-Cut Model Engine Book[edit]

The first commercial models released alongside The Railway Series, in , were 'Pre-cut Model Engine Books'. These were full-colour printed cardboard kits whose pieces could be pressed out, folded, and glued together to make fairly realistic models. They were produced through the s. Four titles were published:

  • "Thomas, with Annie the Coach"
  • "Percy, with Clarabel the Coach"
  • "Gordon the Big Engine and his Tender"
  • "James the Red Engine and his Tender"

The advertisements[3] on the back of the Railway Series books promised, "Other models are being prepared", although, even if ever prepared, they were never published.

A page Thomas the Tank Engine Press-out Model Book (ISBN&#;) by the Rev. W. Awdry and Ken Stott, was released in September [4]

In , a new range of press-out models was released, this time drawn by Ken Stott instead of C. Reginald Dalby. Each book came with accessories, a track and a station. The range comprised the following characters: Thomas, Percy, James, Toby, Annie, Clarabel, Bertie the Bus, Harold the Helicopter.

Meccano[edit]

In , Meccano Ltd released a train set featuring a clockwork model of Percy the Small Engine with some trucks — a yellow open wagon and a red closed van — and a circle of blue track. The model of Percy was a fair likeness of the pictures in the books and was about the size of an O gauge engine. The box featured special artwork by Peter Edwards and included the title, "Percy the Small Engine, brought to life by Meccano".

The plastic track was advertised as: "Gauge O track that clicks together and includes Brake Rail for automatic braking. Rails specially designed to make it easy to put the train on the track." In practice, although it was advertised as 'Gauge O', this only indicated the size of the model, since the track design was not compatible with anything else (the models were effectively 'flangeless').

Adverts for the set, which showed the model train 'emerging' from the book Percy the Small Engine, appeared in Meccano Magazine and on the back of the dust-covers for several of The Railway Series books in print at the time.

The train set was only produced in , and is now extremely rare. It is notable as the last O Gauge train to be made at Meccano's famous Binns Road factory in Liverpool, where the Hornby tinplate trains were made.

Photographs of the set and the adverts may be found here[5] and a close-up of Percy may be found here.[6]

Ertl Company[edit]

Ertl was the first company to manufacture Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends characters and sets from in the UK and from in the US. Production ceased for the US market in , and for the UK market in after RC2 Corporation acquired Ertl and discontinued the ranges to avoid conflict with the then existing Thomas license held by Learning Curve Brands, which produced the similar Take Along Thomas & Friends system.

Die-cast range[edit]

The most notable of the Ertl Company's Thomas ranges was a line of die-cast models and playsets. The range was very popular in the UK, and the nature of the subject matter encouraged collecting.

Thomas, Henry, and James were the first models to be released. The original Thomas featured a decal sticker sheet which allowed him to have different expressions. Percy, Toby, Annie and Clarabel, and Bertie followed in late , with updated versions of Thomas, Henry, and James with red buffer beams to replace the older white ones. Edward and Gordon came out in In , characters were updated with fixed plastic faces as the "sticker-face" models were prone to losing their faces. New vehicles were produced on a near-yearly basis, such as recently introduced characters to tie-in with their Television series appearance, as well as characters who had only appeared in The Railway Series books. In later years, special vehicles were created, such as metallic variants of engines, a Gold Thomas to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Railway Series, and a Millennium Silver Thomas in

The vehicles first used pin hook couplings to couple up and create trains. Locomotives had a moulded coupling 'eye' at each end, while rolling stock had one 'hook' coupling and one 'eye' coupling on the other end. In , the vehicles were updated to use U-hook couplings, with less 'give', but they were more prone to breakage. The majority of locomotive models and some road vehicles had a diecast metal body with a moulded plastic chassis and plastic wheels. The bodies were fully painted and lined. They were free-wheeling although the chassis was rigid (locomotives were not fitted with separate bogies), and a steam locomotive's tender was part of the same moulding as its body. Models of coaches and trucks were assembled from self-coloured plastic mouldings, with some surface detail (such as coach sides) being applied using self-adhesive labels.

Sets and destinations were produced for the vehicles. The original playsets composed of playmats with illustrations of scenery and rails and moulded destinations. Later sets consisted of a grey connectable track system, with additional add-on destinations and pieces of track included with engines. The track system was updated in with detailed rail stickers and a green border.

The Ertl die-cast range was discontinued in the United States in and other parts of the world in It was effectively replaced by Learning Curve's Take-Along range.

Thomas Mini World[edit]

Miniatures was a Thomas line released in It featured main characters with sticker faces which were previously used in the die-cast range. Included with the character was a connectable block base in the form of a destination, such as a turntable, windmill, level crossing, or viaduct, made from plastic components to insert into the base, and an indented track section which requires adhesive stickers to be placed. The destinations can be connected to form a playset. Characters were sold in multi-packs of three. The range was discontinued in The engines were later re-released as Keyrings.

In , the line was re-released as Thomas Mini World. The characters were updated with moulded faces, and the bases were updated to a style similar to LEGO where the track pieces and buildings can be placed in different positions.

Gold Rail Series[edit]

Gold Rail Series was a Thomas line released in The products were from the Thomas Engine Collection Series made in Japan by Bandai only with coupling rods being removed. The vehicles have magnetic couplings which can connect to other vehicles using a connected switch. The playsets have a moulded section for track with self-adhesive labels for detail, have ramps on the edges for the engines to exit the destination, and feature detailed trackside accessories.

Large versions[edit]

Large Motorized versions of Thomas and Percy were released in These used the same designs as the die-cast versions, and can move when pulled back. A Remote Control Thomas and a Personalized Money Box was also released in , similar in design to the Motorized version. They were discontinued shortly after.

Wind-Up versions[edit]

A range called Pull Back and Go! featuring pullback versions of Thomas, Percy, Toby, and Bertie were released under Shining Time Station. A large wind-up Sir Topham Hatt was also produced, and later a Wind-Up series with Thomas, Percy, James, Henry, Bill, Ben, and Bertie.

Collector Cards[edit]

Sets containing eight collector cards of vehicles were made from to , similar to the existing cards on the packaging design from those corresponding years which could be cut out.

Merit[edit]

Merit produced several push-along toys to tie-in with the TV series. These included a sit-on Thomas built for toddlers which had a black handle on the rear which enabled it to be pushed along by the parent, large push along versions using hook couplings of Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel and Percy with Troublesome Trucks, a small push along version of Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel using stronger pivot couplings, a Thomas toy with shaped holes and a set of blocks which could be inserted into the correct holes on the Thomas, and some larger scale battery-operated toys.

Hornby Railways[edit]

In , Hornby Railways produced a series of 00 gauge model engines, track, accessories, and sets, based on Thomas & Friends, designed to be compatible with other Hornby trains, thus allowing an easy migration to more prototypical modelling. The range mainly utilised modified versions of existing Hornby engines, rolling stock and lineside accessories. Over the following years, the range expanded to include some of the main characters and rolling stock as well as train sets. During the s, very few new products were made, and some vehicles discontinued. Some characters were gradually reintroduced towards the end of the decade, and more new items including major and minor characters were released from New sets were also made using a themed radio control operating system and a Trak-Mat system that sets in Hornby's existing lines used, were customers are encouraged to buy additional track packs, scenery packs, and other scenic materials to create the full printed layout. In , the range revamped due to the 60th Anniversary of The Railway Series and two characters only seen in the book series were introduced, Flying Scotsman and Bear. Several pieces of rolling stock, most seen in Season 8 were also introduced, including a circus series with a total of twelve wagons, as well as three tents and stalls. The sets were redesigned using the regular analogue controllers, and a range of resin buildings seen in the television series designed for adult collectors were introduced. New items were introduced during the next three years to tie in with recent seasons of the television series and the special, The Great Discovery. In and , new sets were made with the updated Midi-Mat system, replacing the Trak-Mat. From , more items were again discontinuing due to their poor sales. The range was retired in , but was relaunched in December , albeit with only Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, and Percy as locos, and limited rolling stock consisting of Troublesome Trucks, Annie and Clarabel, freight wagons, and James and Gordon's coaches. The other parts of the range were not reintroduced due to declining sales.[7]

The models are designed for somewhat older children than most Thomas toys, as placing them correctly on the rails requires a certain degree of dexterity, and the plastic-bodied rolling stock may break if dropped. However, the level of detail is more basic than the 'real' models produced by the company, with the result that the trains can be handled safely by inexperienced hands without fear of damaging delicate parts.

Other products made by Hornby apart from the OO scale range was a range of clockwork 'Playtrains'. The range first featured Thomas and Percy in sets using 00 track. A new range was then released featuring Thomas, Percy, Toby, Bill and Ben, Annie and Clarabel, and Troublesome Trucks, which ran on red track. The track system also used a playmat similar to a Trak-Mat where additional track and buildings could be placed on the mat illustrations. A battery-powered set featuring Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and Bertie the Bus was also released, which allowed a story recreation of Thomas and Bertie's race. Thomas was unpowered, being pushed along by a motor in Annie.

Fisher-Price[edit]

Thomas & Friends Wood[edit]

Thomas & Friends Wood, formerly called Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway is a wooden railway system designed and created by Learning Curve. It is one of two Wooden Railway lines that feature the characters from Thomas & Friends. The other is BRIO. However, this is the only line to feature characters from The Railway Series.

In , Learning Curve created the line with the help of Roy Wilson.[8] In February , the line was first released during American International Toy Fair. One of the first sets for the line was the 22 piece starter set.[9] This set and many of the earlier sets had generic track until , which is the year that Learning Curve patented the "Clicketyclack" track design.[10]

The models at this time were made from painted wood, with plastic being added for the wheels and faces. Metal was used for the magnets and axles. These models got upgraded. The wooden smokeboxes were replaced with plastic smokeboxes. These also include more realistic funnels. These models would not last long, because they got revamped again in These models had more detailed, newer faces.

The battery-powered line of characters were first released in the s.[11] The second version of these models got released in the s.[11] Learning Curve created new track in the s, due to a lawsuit and so that this line of characters could use the track.[12]

Like many other brands, Learning Curve faced a recall around the time of the economic downturn. The models involved in this recall had red or yellow paint, and were sold between January and June Tests with these models indicated there was the presence of lead. Hence, there was a risk of lead poisoning.[13]

Learning Curve was also responsible for the creation of the Talking Railway Series in This series of engines and destinations could interact with each other through gold magnets found on the engines.

In , this line was affected by the takeover of the Thomas franchise by Mattel's preschool division Fisher-Price. Now, this line was creating the new characters from the CGI series, and re-releases of the originals with CGI faces. Learning Curve (RC2) got acquired by Tomy, who continued making the line until they gave up the rights to Fisher-Price.

In , Fisher Price acquired the Thomas Wooden Railway line from TOMY. The models from TOMY would continue to be made although over time these models began to evolve. They introduced rounder corners to the models, so that children would not injure themselves.[citation needed]

In , the line went through a complete overhaul under the name Thomas & Friends: Wood. The engines were made smaller to cut production costs, and the track system was rendered incompatible with the standard wooden track design. For a brief time the toys were half-painted, leaving exposed wood in many sections, again to cut production costs. Fisher-Price resumed fully painting the engines in

On June 27, , it was announced that Thomas & Friends Wood will be discontinued, as Mattel had lost money from the line, following the show's cancellation and the 2D series being a standalone series. It would be replaced by a new series of models with more accurate designs and better durability. It will be a revival of Wooden Railway.[14]

Take-n-Play Thomas & Friends[edit]

Take-n-Play Thomas & Friends (formerly Take Along Thomas & Friends) is a series of die-cast 'Thomas' models made by Learning Curve and designed for preschool children. The models have superseded the Ertl die-cast models range, which has now been discontinued. The two ranges are incompatible as the new models use special 'two-way' magnets instead of the hook-and-loop couplers provided on the Ertl models.

First released at the start of , the models are generally much chunkier, and considerably less accurate, than the Ertl range. Many items in the Ertl range were passable as 'scale' models of the TV Series characters, but the Take Along products are much more obviously toys.

The range includes all the major and minor characters from the TV series and Movies, plus Mike, Culdee, and D from The Railway Series. The rolling stock models include many of the 'special' (non-speaking) trucks that have featured in single episodes, and the vehicles include the members of The Pack. As well as the individual characters, a number of play-sets have been produced, either containing two or more characters, or a single engine with play scene and DVD. Some specials have been produced with a metallic finish, and a few models are fitted with sound chips and lights.

In , two playsets called Train Yard Set and Working Hard Set were introduced. These were much bigger than other playsets, being more than 1×1 meters. Original sets were less than 30×30 centimeters.

In , Take-Along was bought by Mattel and became a Fisher-Price line, and renamed Take-n-Play. New characters were released and the old models were re-released with upgraded paints and faces.

In , the production of the Take-n-Play models was relocated to Thailand (whereas all prior models were manufactured in China, as were the Ertl range models). Coinciding with the move, further changes were made to the models, including redesigned wheels, updated faces that more closely resemble those of the CGI series rather than the model series, and other additional changes.

In , Mattel retooled the line into Thomas Adventures. There are characters from Journey Beyond Sodor: The Movie and other recent Thomas movies in this line as well as the models recycled from Take-n-Play. Some of these are just the Collectable Railway models repackaged. All of these models have hook couplings similar to Mattel's own trains that they made for Hot Wheels[15] and Matchbox.[16] The line was discontinued in December and was retooled to work with the TrackMaster range.

Thomas TrackMaster[edit]

In , HIT Entertainment's subsidiary HiT Toy Company picked up the license to produce the Thomas Motor Road and Rail range. The TrackMaster engines were compatible with Tomy's Motor Road and Rail merchandise. TrackMaster's light brown colored track was easily connected to the previous blue track from TOMY by track adapters, which were included in every set until new releases after An innovation in this range was special editions of certain engines, including remote-controlled and face-changing variations. In , the rights were put under the ownership of Fisher Price.

In , Mattel decided to take TrackMaster and completely reinvent it. The trains from this range would now be faster and be able to go up tall hills. This range also saw the track made more realistic. The coaches and rolling stock didn't receive that treatment - they were made smaller so that the engines could go up hills without struggling because of big rolling stock.

Thomas Motorized[edit]

Motorized is a battery-operated toy system manufactured by Fisher-Price, Mattel in the US and was launched in It is a rebrand of the TrackMaster line and is virtually identical to it, although with new products being released alongside re-released older ones and an aim to be more simplistic with packaging and sets similar to the previous line before it.

Capsule Plarail[edit]

In , Tomy made a range of wind-up models that 'have an action when you wind them up'. The range was small and included only a few of the 'major' characters.

In , another range was introduced. More characters were modeled than previously, and some had moving side rods. Additional models from the range were released in Japan.

Tomix[edit]

From onwards, a significant range from Tomix has been introduced providing an electric N gauge Thomas system which was still unique in and which then included 4 locomotives: Thomas, Percy, James and Henry. Some of the rolling stock looked similar to Graham Farish items.

Golden Bear[edit]

My First Thomas & Friends[edit]

My First Thomas & Friends is a range of chunky plastic toys, produced by British toy company: Golden Bear Toys.

The range started in and was advertised for young infants who enjoyed the series. The models were safe for younger children to play with.

The range started with only a dozen or so models, and has now grown to around 40–45, the range was (for a short-lived amount of time) available in America, under the company Tomy. The toys are still available in many good retail toy shops all around the UK, and despite speculation that perhaps the range has discontinued, after the absence of three years without new products; brand new models have started to appear on Amazon.

The range included most of the major and minor characters from the TV Series.

Talking My First Thomas & Friends

The talking versions of the My First models were first released in the year The models are more complex than the basic ones, their eyes move, and they speak familiar phrases from the original stock narrations of Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis.

Bandai[edit]

Thomas Engine Collection Series[edit]

A large number of die-cast vehicles released resembled the "Gold Rail" models made by Ertl. However, this series had more characters, although none from The Railway Series. Most characters from Seasons 1–5 were made. The last new model, to date, is Jack the Frontloader. There have been 4 sets made for this range. Other than this Bandai had made small plastic toys (as big as an index finger) labeled "Pocket Thomas." There is another series where plastic models (as big as the die-casts) are sold mostly at convenience stores along with candy such as mints and feature more minor characters such as the Mailvan.

Bachmann Industries[edit]

In , Bachmann USA made their own HO-scale electric Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends range for the US and Canada markets.[17] The models are made with new body tools, to resemble the characters in the TV series. So far over two dozen models have been produced, along with character-themed train sets. Unlike Hornby's products, Bachmann's models have moving eyes.

In January , Bachmann announced that, in an agreement with HiT Entertainment, a line of large scale Thomas electric trains will be produced, under the title "Large Scale Thomas & Friends".

In , Bachmann announced a line of Narrow Gauge HOn30 Scale trains.

In February , Bachmann announced that, they will introduce a brand new N Scale Thomas & Friends range, similar to the Tomix N Scale Thomas & Friends already sold in Japan.

Marklin[edit]

Märklin, a German model train maker, released a limited range of Thomas & Friends merchandise in HO scale. Because of copyright reasons (using Hornby's toolings), they were only available in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but they did leak out to other countries. They are designed for young children as they have metal frames and plastic shells. They are compatible with the rest of the Märklin range, but are extremely basic and have no extra features. They were only released in

LEGO[edit]

In , LEGO introduced the first sets in their Duplo 'Thomas' series. Four sets were made, featuring: James the Red Engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, a Troublesome Truck, Toby the Tram Engine, and Percy the Small Engine. Subsequently, in line with usual Lego practice, new sets had been released each year, featuring different scenes and characters, until Mega Bloks picked up the license in and have produced Thomas sets of their own.

Duplo is designed for very young children, so the sets have relatively few pieces (between 7 and 62) to assemble.

MV Sports[edit]

In , MV Sports made their own self-assembly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends engines and buildings. The range consists of the following models:

  • Thomas, Toby, and Mavis Three-Pack Set
  • Percy Track Set
  • James and Station Set
  • Edward and Engine Shed Set

Mega Bloks[edit]

In , Mega Bloks made buildable Thomas & Friends models such as Percy, Thomas and Diesel and sets too. This line was ended in

In , Mega Bloks made larger versions of Diesel, Thomas Percy, James and a few others in their attempt of "preschoolizing" the toys. They made new sets to go along with these.[18]

Video games[edit]

A number of different educational software packages and video games, all based on a 'Thomas' theme, have been released for a variety of different computer platforms.

  • Thomas the Tank Engine, or Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, is a video game published by Alternative Software for many computers. Players control Thomas the Tank Engine as he takes special trips he has to organize: Take children to the seaside, medicine to the hospital or deliver the mail. Hazards such as dead ends, level crossings, other trains and vehicles impede the player's route.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is a video game based on Shining Time Station and the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends television series released on August 2, in North America on Genesis, and September 30, in North America, and December 31, in Europe on Super NES. The game was developed by Software Creations and Malibu Interactive and published by THQ and was released for the Super NES and Genesis platforms. A version was planned for the original Nintendo Entertainment System but was canceled. A ROM image of the NES version has since been uploaded online.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Pinball is a pinball-based video game developed by Spidersoft and published by Alternative Software for the Amiga, Amiga CD32 and DOS operating systems. It was released in and it is based on the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends television series. The game has different boards based on the characters from the series which are Thomas, James, Percy and Toby. The complexity of the tables vary between the 3 skill levels of difficulty with ramps and bumpers. The game also includes a high score table to keep track of player records. Up to 8 players can take turns to play.
  • Thomas & Friends: The Great Festival Adventure is a educationalaction computer game developed by Mind's Eye Productions and published by Hasbro Interactive for Microsoft Windows.[19] It was released in and is based on the Thomas & Friends television series. The game features new voices provided by show narrator Michael Angelis in the UK releases and Robin Smith in the US version. It also features music tracks from the first and second series of the show. The game consists of seven mini-games around the island of Sodor that players can play in any order. Some of these minigames are "preparing the rides, sorting the goods coming in for the event, and much more."[20]Allgame gave the game out of 5 stars praising the visuals and the activities calling them well done. In the end, they called it an excellent game and one of the better games for young children available to date.[21]
  • Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks is a educational adventure game developed by Mind's Eye Productions and published by Hasbro Interactive for Windows based on the Thomas & Friends television series. The game features new voices provided by show narrator Michael Angelis in the UK dub and Robin Smith in the US dub. It also features music tracks from the first and second series of the show and some original tracks which Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell weren't involved in composing.[22] The game is similar to the previous one, Thomas & Friends: The Great Festival Adventure. The game consists of eight mini-games around the island of Sodor that the player can play in any order.[23]Allgame gave the game 3 out of 5 stars praising the sounds, background music and voice overs however stating the gameplay is short although that it would appeal more to younger players and fans.[24]
  • Thomas & Friends: Railway Adventures is a educational adventure game developed by Mind's Eye Productions and Infrogrames for Windows based on the Thomas & Friends television series. The game featured Michael Angelis, Stephen Donald, Simon Hepworth and 2 unknown people voicing various characters in the UK dub and Robin Smith voicing all the characters in the US dub. Like the previous two titles, the game featured tracks from the first and season series of the show including some original tracks in the game. The player controls Thomas in a 3D environment of the island using a special playset attached to the keyboard, where a Throttle can move Thomas forward or backward, a Green lever to change directions, a yellow lever to blow the whistle, and a Thomas button representing Thomas' face will make Thomas talk to the player. The player controls Thomas to do tasks around the Island of Sodor, like helping Bertie take their passengers to their destinations after a break-down, helping Percy deliver coal by repairing tracks from a landslide, search around the island for a lost Mailcar that Diesel has hidden on the island, and help Thomas do very important tasks given from their friends. The player can also explore around the island freely and do some side mini-games like racing with Bertie, pushing Troublesome Trucks, finding Toby in a sidings game, and collecting mailbags dropped from Diesel. There are signs on the side of the track known as a "surprise" according to Thomas where if the player blows the whistle while next to the sign, a clip is shown from the TV series that the player can watch. These clips include the episodes "Tenders and Turntables" "Thomas and Bertie's Great Race" "Put Upon Percy" and "Cranky Bugs".
  • Kikansha Thomas – Sodor-tou no Nakama-tachi is a action-adventure video game published by Tamsoft and released for the Game Boy Color. It was released in exclusively in Japan and based on the Thomas & Friends television series. The player controls Thomas as they explore the different parts of Sodor. Along riding the track, the player comes across empty spaces where they have to pick the right track piece which fits. As they further explore, the player will meet different characters who will talk with Thomas or might give him a task. The tasks range from a number of mini-games which once completed allow the player to further continue. If the player fails, they must restart the level. There are four levels to start off which are the farm, fields, docks and mountains which the player must complete each one in order. A final level which is the town is unlocked in the end. Other characters encountered are hidden which Thomas must use his whistle to reveal them. The player can unlock small biographies of each character that they encounter.
  • Thomas & Friends: Building the New Line is an adventure computer game developed by Stunt Puppy Entertainment, Inc. and published by Infogrames for Windows and Mac OS. It was released in and is based on the Thomas & Friends television series. The game features narration and voices by Michael Angelis in the UK & Robin Smith in the US as well features music tracks from the first and second series of the show. The player is the new engine driver who has been invited by The Fat Controller to help build the new lines for the railway to run smoothly on Sodor. The player has to create a new track route from one of three settings: farm, quarry or docks. There they can pick to have what sort of layout either a simple loop or figure eight. To start, the player can pick one of four characters available from the series which are Thomas, Edward, James and Percy. Items used to create and customize the track include trees, rocks and other assorted bits depending on the setting you've picked. Once created, the player can control their engine to where they can go. They can also interact with objects including factories and water towers where small tasks are asked to perform. Later, the player has to clean and repair their selected engine followed by decorating them for a photo to be taken which later can be printed off. Allgame reviewed the game.[25]
  • Thomas & Friends: Thomas Saves the Day is an adventure computer game developed by Stunt Puppy Entertainment, Inc. and published by Atari for the PC. It was released in and based on the Thomas & Friends television series.
  • Thomas & Friends: A Day at the Races is a PlayStation 2 game that was released in the European Union and Australia. This game was developed by Blast! Entertainment.[26] This game has a rare version of the theme song from the show.

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Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends - Trust Thomas and Other Stories

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The Video Collection

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Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends - Trust Thomas and Other Storiesis a UK VHS release by The Video Collection on 11th November , and then it got re-released by The Video Collection on 25th May , and 22nd November

The Fat Controller's letter (post)

My Dear Friends,

When I heard the news that you wanted more stories about Thomas and all my engines, I could not believe my ears. It is most gratifying that our adventures here on the Island of Sodor provide so much enjoyment to you all.

I am sure that you will soon make friends with the engines you will meet in these new stories; Rusty the Diesel, Skarloey, Granpuff, and the others.

I hope you will go on enjoying all the Thomas stories. My engines still talk about the day the very important visitor came to the island (do you know that story?), and I am afraid James still gets teased about the time he got stung by a bee.

I must get back to my engines, so I will close by sending you my kindest regards.

Yours sincerely, Sir Topham Hatt

PS. And Thomas asked me to send you a cheery Peep Peep!

  • NOTE: The Fat Controller's letter acts as a description for some UK Thomas videos.

Episodes

  1. Henry's Forest - Henry's favourite place on the Island of Sodor is the forest. He is very sad when a storm damages the trees. Terence and Trevor come to the rescue.
  2. The Trouble with Mud - Gordon gets splashed with mud. He refuses to be cleaned and is ordered to pull trucks. "Having a good wash down is essential to every engine".
  3. No Joke for James - James plays a trick on Gordon, which gets him into trouble. He soon learns that an engine doesn't have to pull coaches to be useful.
  4. Thomas, Percy and the Post Train - Sometimes Thomas and Percy work right through the night pulling the post train. Harold thinks he can make a better job of it, but Thomas and Percy prove their worth.
  5. Trust Thomas - Bertie learns that he can trust an engine - especially if his name is Thomas. Though Gordon and James prove to be less trustworthy.
  6. Mavis - Here, we welcome Mavis, a young diesel engine who works at the Quarry. She causes Toby a lot of trouble, because she still has a lot to learn about trucks.
  7. Toby's Tightrope - Mavis' high spirits put Toby in terrible danger. She is sorry for her actions and decides she will always ask experienced engines for advice in the future.
  8. Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party - Edward and Trevor might be old, but they are Really Useful. Their contribution to the vicar's garden party makes everything a success.

Credits

Trivia

  • An early UK release included an early narration that was later re-recorded. This later&#;version was released with the caption "As Seen on ITV".
  • Clips from this video were featured in the advert for children's video titles by Video Collection International Ltd in
  • This video was advertised at the end of "Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure" on Children's ITV.

Opening (Original release) (Early Narration) (with no trailer)

  • The Video Collection Tracking control screen () (Normal)
  • The Video Collection Warning screen ()
  • The Video Collection logo ()
  • Trust Thomas and Other Stories Title Card
  • Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  • Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends intro
  • Start of Henry's Forest () (Early Narration)

Closing (Original release) (Early Narration) (with no trailer)

  • End of Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party () (Early Narration)/Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends closing credits/A Britt Allcroft Production in association with Fuji Television Network Inc.
  • Britt Allcroft Company logo (short version) (silent)
  • The Video Collection logo ()

Opening ( Re-release) (Later Narration) (with no trailer)

  • The Video Collection Tracking control screen () (Slow)
  • The Video Collection Warning screen ()
  • The Video Collection logo ()
  • Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  • Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends intro
  • Start of Henry's Forest () (Later Narration)

Closing ( Re-release) (Later Narration) (with no trailer)

  • End of Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party () (Later Narration)
  • Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends closing credits
  • A Britt Allcroft Production in association with Fuji Television Network Inc.
  • Britt Allcroft Company logo (long version) (silent)
  • The Video Collection logo ()

Opening ( Re-release)

  1. The Video Collection Children's Promo from with clips of "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends", "Rosie & Jim", "Tots TV" and "The Wind in the Willows". [announced by Sophie Aldred]
  2. The Video Collection Tracking control screen () (Slow)
  3. The Video Collection Warning screen ()
  4. The Video Collection logo ()
  5. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  6. Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends intro
  7. Start of Henry's Forest () (Later Narration)

Closing ( Re-release)

  1. End of Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party () (Later Narration)
  2. Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends closing credits
  3. A Britt Allcroft Production in association with Fuji Television Network Inc.
  4. Britt Allcroft Company logo (long version) (silent)
  5. The Video Collection logo ()

Trailers and info

re-release

The Video Collection children's trailer from with clips of "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends", "Rosie & Jim", "Tots TV" and "The Wind in the Willows".

Gallery

Video clips

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Thomas and Friends Watch and Play

Do you have a Thomas and Friends fan at home? You will love this app &#; Thomas and Friends Watch and Play. This is the first app that lets users watch full episodes of the TV shows on iPad, iPhone or iPod. In addition, kids can watch clips from the show, and play games.
Thomas and Friends Watch and Play App for Kids
When you open the app, you will see 4 parts in the apps: videos from the show, and 3 games.

The 3 games are all based on the show and involves engines.

Track Builder Game
Slide a finger on the screen to create a train track, and then decorate the scene with provided stickers of buildings, animals, characters. Kids can pick an engine they want to be in the scene, and watch their favorite engine drive along the track they created. The train will follow the track to travel around. If kids tap the train, it will switch to a different direction. When kids are happy with their creation of the scene, they can save a photo to the device photo stream. Its exploratory and open-ended play encouraging creativity and storytelling.

Track Repair
Track Repair focuses on problem solving and self-efficacy. Tap and drag the correct track piece to fix the train track. Watch the engine complete the track to make their deliveries.

Steam Team Snapshots
Steam Team Snapshots helps your child practice fine motor skills and encourages storytelling and social-emotional interactions such as helping a friend. Choose a scene from the Island of Sodor and pick a favorite engine to tell the story of Thomas and his friends. Tap and drag stickers onto the scene and watch them come to life. Kids can also save their scene to the device photo stream.

You do need Wi-Fi connection to get the full list of the videos. Once you are in the video section, you will see snap shots of the videos at the bottom of the screen. Each snapshot is linked to a video. I wish there is an easy way to tell which one is a full episode, and which one is just a short clip. At this time, you just have to tap on each one and figure out after the video starts to play.

Thomas and Friends Watch and Play is available on iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is $ on App Store.

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Thomas \u0026 Friends - Number One Engine - Kids Cartoon

New ‘Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go’ is Coming to Town

Based on the classic book series, the latest iteration of the popular ‘Thomas & Friends’ franchise features fast colorful 2D animation, more physical comedy, and expressive characters; coming this fall to Cartoon Network and Netflix.

By AWN Staff Editor | Tuesday, February 23, at pm

In 2D, Business, CG, Digital Media, Music and Sound, People, Television | ANIMATIONWorld, Headline News | Geographic Region: All

Mattel has announced their latest franchise, Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, based on the classic children’s book series by Rev. W. Awdy that first introduced the world to “Thomas the Tank Engine” 75 years ago. The new 2D animated series premieres this fall on Cartoon Network and Netflix.

The series, which is being developed in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio, will introduce a new creative approach to Thomas & Friends content. The show will feature new art direction, more physical comedy, and a greater range of character expressiveness. The fast and colorful show is crafted to appeal to contemporary audiences’ sensibilities while maintaining Thomas’ core brand ethos.

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go will feature the following creative elements:

  • Stories Told from Thomas’ Point of View – As the hero of his own adventure, Thomas will be center stage and audiences will see the world through his young eyes. More playful and relatable than ever before, his competitive spirit will be readily apparent as he strives to be the Number One Tank Engine through play, trial, and error, and just enjoying being a kid.
  • Purposeful, Playful Stories – Age-appropriate themes brought to life in a comedic and playful way have always been at the heart of our Thomas content. The series will continue to deliver meaningful life lessons - In the show’s first episode has young Thomas keeping a promise to Gordon, even if it means forfeiting a race with competitive Diesel. For Thomas, the “high road” is not always the easy choice, but it is making that choice that positions him as a role model for young viewers.
  • A Penchant for Physical Comedy – Making the most of 2D animation, the characters will be brought to life in ways never seen before. Engines can shake, move, and wiggle out of any wacky scenario, whether it is an avalanche or simply avoiding a family of ducks that suddenly appears up ahead. Audiences will see flips, flops, and sensational acrobatics on a regular basis in this new 2D world.
  • More Music Than Ever Before – Music has been a key element of Thomas & Friends and the tradition will continue, now with more songs than ever before. Frequent songs advance the stories and invite the audience to sing along.

New Adventurous Cast – In addition to Thomas, the show features four additional young engines who make up his tight circle of friends:

  • Nia has an adventurous spirit. She loves to try new things and visit new places. She hails from Kenya, has traveled more than any of our friends and often has valuable insight into places Thomas has never been.
  • Percy is Thomas’ best friend and quite a jokester. He has a lot of hidden courage (that not even he is aware of!) and will do anything to help his friends. 
  • Diesel is Thomas’ competitive friend, always trying to one-up Thomas and inadvertently causes trouble for everyone in his quest to be “the real Number One Tank Engine.”
  • Kana is an all-new electric high-speed rail train from Japan. She crackles with electric speed, lets out a sonic whistle and often causes the trees and telephone poles to bend in her wake.

Thomas & Friends is a brand with a deep content legacy that has resonated with families around the world for decades,” commented Mattel Television SVP and general manager, Fred Soulie. “The creative evolution of Thomas & Friends, coupled with the franchise’s iconic characters, has transcended generations and we look forward to working with broadcasters across the globe to bring Thomas’ latest stories to existing and new fans alike.” 

Source: Mattel Television

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Thomas & Friends: Adventures!

Play the new Thomas & Friends™: Adventures! game and learn new things as you travel the world.

Your favorite #1 tank engine and his friends are on an all-new adventure exploring the world, discovering new cultures and learning different languages in this game built specifically for kids! Inspire your little conductors’ creativity and let their imagination run wild with possibilities when creating their own train track sets. Figure out how to solve problems by helping Thomas and his friends with tasks only the toughest engines can accomplish. Listen to directions, play fun games and build the ultimate track in each country for all your favorite trains to enjoy!


FEATURES:

LEARN & ENGAGE
• Discover different cultures
• As you play, explore countries such as China, Australia, Sodor & more!
• Learn interesting facts about each country that Thomas visits

BUILD & CONSTRUCT
• Create tracks in different parts of the world for Thomas and his friends
• Unlock new items and add them to your collection
• Build and play with your very own track sets

RACE
• Meet Thomas' friends and race against them
• Have fun spotting new landmarks as you compete
• Train your conductor skills and win

Please Note: This app is free-to-play but some items can also be purchased for real money. You can disable in-app purchases through your device settings.

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© Gullane (Thomas) Limited. The Thomas name and character and the Thomas & Friends logo are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited and its affiliates and are registered in many jurisdictions throughout the world.

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Accidents will Happen - Thomas and Friends Compilation of our Favorite Clips/Scene Season Episodes

Blast Off! Here&#;s Your First Look at an Exclusive Clip from &#;Thomas &#; Friends: All Engines Go&#;

The beloved blue steam engine is rolling to a screen near you very soon! Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go premieres September 13 on Cartoonito, a new preschool block from Cartoon Network. And we have an exclusive new clip to get your kids even more excited. 

It&#;s rocket launch day and Thomas is ready to go! Of course, big days are a little more fun with friends involved. You&#;ll get a sneak peek at Percy, Nia, Diesel and Kana, plus the vibrant 2D animation, in this brand new clip.

 

The series follows the adventures of Thomas as he dreams of being the Number One Tank Engine. There&#;s plenty of trial, error and fun involved. Along the way, it showcases 26 social-emotional, cognitive and physical life lessons for young viewers. It&#;s produced by Mattel Television and reimagines the classic train franchise, with all the friends as kids, played by kid actors. 

“We can’t wait for the next generation of fans to meet Thomas and his friends. In Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, we aim for audiences to have fun as we expand the world of Sodor in new and exciting ways,&#; said Christopher Keenan, Senior Vice President, Global Content & Executive Producer, Mattel Television.

Gather the gang and get ready to watch next Monday, September 13! The Cartoonito preschool block runs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. After the season premiere, new episodes will come out every Monday. And if you&#;re looking for more fun ways to jump into the world of Thomas, check out the Thomas & Friends Storytime podcast, with 70 episodes available by the end of It can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and wherever else families listen to podcasts.

—Sarah Shebek

Featured image courtesy of Mattel

 

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Thomas & Friends Watch and Play will help foster your preschooler’s social and emotional growth, self-efficacy and problem solving skills.

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  • Watch full episodes & clips of Thomas & Friends through the eyes of your favorite train in a custom engine video player (wifi enabled).
  • Play the Track Builder game to build your own interactive train track for your favorite engine.
  • Play the Track Repair game to repair train tracks to help the engines make deliveries.
  • Play Steam Team Snapshots to create and photograph your own animated scene with Thomas & Friends on the Island of Sodor.

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