Based on a series of children's books, "Thomas & Friends" features Thomas the Tank Engine going on adventures with his fellow locomotives on the island of Sodor.
Thomas is apt to get into trouble by trying too hard to be, in his words, a "really useful engine," attempting to do things that are best left to bigger engines. Other members of Sir Topham Hatt's railway include junior engine Percy, Thomas' best friend, who is always willing to help, and big engine Gordon -- the fastest and most powerful member of the team -- who uses his superior strength to help the smaller engines get out of trouble.
Before the airing of the first episode of Thomas & Friends in 1984, previous attempts had been made to adapt Awdry's stories for television, but not all attempts were successful. The first was in 1953, when the editor of the Railway Series books, Eric Marriott, was approached by the BBC, who wished to use live-action model trains to re-create two stories from Awdry's first book.
Some of the Best Thomas and Friends Toys are:
1. Thomas and Friends Sodar search & rescue set, Blue
Send Flynn on a resuce mission from the sodor search and rescue center Set unfolds and features a full loop track Flynn can zoom in from the roof to put out the fire fast Great for take and play fun Batteries A fire breaks out on the tracks. Thomas zooms by and the flames go out. Have Harold lift the water tanker and swirl him around so he can help, too.
2. Thomas and Friends Motorized Railway Day at the Docks Deluxe Set, Multi Color
Massive track layout featuring multiple activation points, cargo play, motorized thomas.
3. Mattel Thomas & Friends 5 R/c Thomas U.K Train
Features brightly colored Thomas engine\nEasy-to-hold remote control is perfect for small hands\nIdeal as the first hands-on, remote control experience\nProvides hours of role play fun\nRemote control moves Thomas forward and backwards.
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