(Chesterfield, Mich.,) This year
Thomas and Friends are back in the fall with four new video/DVD releases and so is Lionel
with an O gauge Thomas the Tank Engine train set.
Available for the first time; and
featuring the new Lionel CW-80 (80-watt) Transformer and revolutionary FasTrack
snap-together train track system, Thomas the Tank Engine and his faithful coaches, Annie
and Clarabel, and Sir Topham Hat are ready for some O gauge railway adventures.
"We've added great play value to
this new train set," said Lionel Product Manager Eric Shreffler. "Depending on
Thomas' mood children can switch between three removable Thomas faces and watch his eyes
move from side-to-side as he travels around the 40"x 60" FasTrack oval, which
can settle evenly on most home surfaces, including the living room carpet."
The set also includes removable roofs on
Thomas, Annie and Clarabel along with three play figures (Sir Topham Hat and two Railway
Workers) so "little engineers" can load and unload their passengers, and pose
them for action adventures.
"This is only the beginning for our
Thomas the Tank product line" said Shreffler. "Stay tuned for a big announcement
from Thomas and Friends some time this spring."
Consumers can find the new ready to run
sets at their local Lionel Authorized Value Added Dealer, and you can find them on display
during the 101st Annual International New York Toy Fair at booth #5605 located at
Manhattan's Javits Center.
About Lionel L.L.C
Lionel L.L.C. is one of the world's leading marketers of model trains and
accessories. Established in 1900, the Lionel name is the most widely recognized brand in
the toy train industry and one of the most recognized brands in America. Lionel has been
at the center of every major innovation in toy train manufacturing and marketing since its