10 Best Thomas the Train Toys

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One of the must-have toys this season. Thomas and Friends are some fiery little train engines with lots of attitude and your kids love them. Thomas has lots of friends including those that are classics like Annie and Harold. Luke and Spencer, Diesel, Dash, and Percy are all there for your kids to play with. There are a number of different Thomas the train sets on the market. There are also soft toys tracks, stations and more.

We have researched all the different Thomas and Friends train sets. We have compiled a list of the top ten Thomas toys that will make your children squeal with delight. We consider the type of toy, how they operate and the recommended ages of the different options.

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  • Includes 20 engines
  • Includes classic engines
  • All new themes and styles
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  • 35 feet of tracks
  • Multi-level play
  • Loads of accessories
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  • Easy to clean
  • Supportive
  • 100% polyester microfiber

We make it easy for you to select the perfect Thomas toy for your kids. Every child will love to get a Thomas and Friends train set as a gift. Let’s have a look at the top ten toys on the market today.

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1. Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends MINIS

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends MINIS

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Why only get your baby one Thomas and Friends when you can get them this pack of twenty MINIS engines. The MINIS include all the old classics and new favorites. Not only will your kids love playing with them, but they can also collect them and trade them too. The Island of Sodor will never be the same again.

With all new themes such as monsters, animals, and construction. This Thomas and Friends toys introduce your kids to the wonderful world of Thomas the Tank Engine. The No. 1 blue engine will delight your child as he tries to be the most useful engine on the yard.

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Why We Like It

  • Includes 20 engines
  • Includes classic engines
  • All new themes and styles

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
1.6 x 12 x 11 Inches
Our Verdict

Fisher-Price gives you a great way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of Thomas the Train. With twenty different friends to play with. The pack includes classic engines such as Diesel and Dash. It also includes versions of Edward, James, and Ben. A great gift for any child who loves Thomas and his friends.

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2. Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Super Station

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Super Station

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What better place to play with your Thomas the Tank toys. The Fisher-Price superstation has a number of different layouts. These can be used in almost any spaces, even small ones. It is large enough to hold up to 100 engines with more than 35 feet or ten meters of railway track. It includes two racetracks and track adapters.

These connect the Superstation to other Thomas & Friends playsets. Visit locations on Sodor islands such as Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks and more. Three different levels of play including floor play. One of the best, most versatile Thomas toys on the market and guaranteed to give your kids hours of playing fun.

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Why We Like It

  • 35 feet of tracks
  • Multi-level play
  • Loads of accessories

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
52 x 45 x 36 Inches
Our Verdict

A great new Thomas the Train toys around. It is extremely versatile and allows for three levels of play. Holding up to 100 engines at the same time your kids and their friends can spend hours playing with their Thomas and Friends.

Includes classic engines, iconic Sodor locations and even Cranky the Crane and turntable with a stop-track lever. Also includes cargo pieces and adaptor pieces.

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3. Thomas & Friends Pillow Buddy

Thomas & Friends Pillow Buddy

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Your baby loves to watch Thomas and his buddies on TV. He will love this supportive, extremely soft pillow that is made from 100% polyester microfiber. Safe for all kids to sleep with, it is plush and great to cuddle. Use it in the car on those long road trips. Take it with when visiting friends or family. Will look great on your little one's bed.

A great play toy for the younger Thomas fans to enjoy and perfect for naptime at school. Easy to clean and care for. Measuring 15" x 8" x 6" it is easy to take along and will become a firm favorite of your toddler.

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Why We Like It

  • Easy to clean
  • Supportive
  • 100% polyester microfiber

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
1 x 1 x 1 Inches
Our Verdict

Comfortable soft and supportive, this is a great addition to any child’s Thomas the Train collection. A Thomas toy that is suitable for children of any age. It is small enough to take with on any trip and perfect for those nap time cuddles. A great Thomas the Train toy for school, home or car.

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4. Fisher-Price TrackMaster Boat & Sea Set

Fisher-Price TrackMaster Boat & Sea Set

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Delight and entertain your kids for hours. This motorized Thomas toy from Fisher-Price allows them to create all new adventures. Thomas can travel the world and meet new friends. It includes a Thomas the Train, rolling boat and both water tracks and standard train tracks. Thomas can push the boat around from one dock to another.

The boat is designed to make rocking motions as Thomas pushes it. It realistically mimics being on the water. Let Thomas sail away from Sodor and make all new friends in faraway lands. All new adventures await such as those in the Big World! Big Adventures! Movie. A great addition to any Thomas & Friends toy collection.

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Why We Like It

  • Motorised Thomas train
  • Water and standard tracks
  • Two docks

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
2 AA Batteries Required
Dimensions
27.6 x 34.6 x 65 Inches
Our Verdict

Thomas is no longer restricted to the island of Sodor with this great Fisher-Price Thomas and Friends toy set. With both TrackMaster train tracks as well as water tracks for the ship he can go where he wants to. Also includes two docks and more.

A motorized Thomas playset that will give your kids hours of fun and entertainment.

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5. Fisher-Price My FirstRailway Pals

Fisher-Price My FirstRailway Pals

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A Thomas and friends set that includes Thomas' great pal, Percy. The set includes a more than 40 track pieces and 9 activation points. The Tidmouth Sheds light up. Go to Knapford or McColl’s farm and discover new friends and great adventures. Includes a trackside cargo bin and crossing gate. It also includes a turntable, as well as a cargo car and 2 cargo pieces.

Your kids will love playing with Railway Pals Percy the train. Percy’s bumper not only lights up but also makes sounds. It also plays music and adds a number of phrases so your kid can learn and play at the same time. With more than 50 songs, phrases and sounds your child will be entertained for hours.

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Why We Like It

  • More than 50 sounds, songs, and phrases
  • Over 40 track pieces
  • 9 activation points

Recommended Age
1 years and up
Battery Operated
2 AA Batteries Included
Dimensions
5 x 24 x 15 Inches
Our Verdict

Travel to Tidmouth Sheds or Knapford or even McColl's farm and take part in exciting adventures with Railway Pal Percy. More than 50 phrases, sounds, and songs will not only entertain your child but also help improve language, vocabulary and other skills.

With more than 40 pieces of track and 9 activation points your kid with love this Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends playset. One of the best Thomas the Train educational toys your kids will love to play with.

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6. Fisher-Price Thomas & Percy’s Railway Race Set

Fisher-Price Thomas & Percy's Railway Race Set

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Your kids love to watch the Thomas & Friends movie the Great Race and they will love playing with this Thomas and Friends Railway Race Set. A racing themed Thomas and Percy take each other on along a 6-foot track layout. Both engines are motorized and are ready for the races to start. As they head for the finish, they make a full loop on two separate tracks.

A checkered flag indicates the end of the race and sets off the fireworks to celebrate victory from the gantry. Sleek racing Thomas and beautifully racing styled Percy will delight your kids as they race to the finish.

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Why We Like It

  • More than 6 foot of tracks
  • Two separate tracks for racing
  • Checkered flag and fireworks at the finish

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
4 AAA Batteries Required
Dimensions
18 x 4 x 13 Inches
Our Verdict

Exciting motorized racing for your kids to enjoy. This is one of the most popular Thomas Trains toys with a racing theme. More than 6 foot of track and allowing for head-to-head racing your kids will love this Thomas toy.

Start your engines and watch as Thomas and Percy race each other to the finish line. A checkered flag and fireworks from the gantry await the winner.

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7. Fisher-Price 3 TrackMaster Around the World Set

Fisher-Price 3 TrackMaster Around the World Set

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A fantastic educational Thomas the Train toy set. It lets your kids go an adventure after adventure with their favorite train. Thomas will experience all-new adventures. With a beautiful globe design, Thomas and friends explore strange new worlds. Meet new friends such as Nia and Yong Boa as Thomas leaves the island of Sodor behind and set off on new adventures. Based on the Big World!

Big Adventures! DVD. Kids can let their imagination go wild as Thomas and his friends set forth of their big train adventures. Three motorized trains are compatible with TrackMaster tracks and include detachable cargo car.

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Why We Like It

  • Three pack of Trains
  • Compatible with TrackMaster tracks
  • Includes detachable cargo car

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
6 AA batteries Required
Dimensions
2.2 x 16 x 13 Inches
Our Verdict

Inspire the imagination and let your kids explore strange new worlds. Create all new great adventures with this Around the World Set of Thomas and Friends toys. Travel to new destinations and team up with Nia and Yong Boa for new and exciting adventures.

Colorful and entertaining. Your kids will love to make up new stories and new adventures for Thomas and his friends.

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8. Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Minis Raceway

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Minis Raceway

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A Thomas and Friends Train set that includes both the Thomas and the James MINI engines. Your kids will love to watch as Thomas takes on the challenge of the 360-degree loop track and the curve track defying gravity. The track is long enough for multiple engines to ride on simultaneously. Some tracks lead to free falls and some lead nowhere.

Race them, make up new and exciting adventures and get your kids' imagination running wild with the Fisher-Price Thomas toys. Motorized engines that will take your kid on a great adventure.

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Why We Like It

  • 360-degree loop track
  • Curve track
  • Thomas and James engines

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
3 AA Batteries Required
Dimensions
16 x 3.5 x 12.5 Inches
Our Verdict

Featuring exciting options such as a curve track that defies gravity, a free fall, and 360-degree loop. One of the best Thomas the Train play sets for kids from aged three and up. These MINIS will race around the track and ignite the imagination of any child. The track is compatible with other MINIS for even more fun.

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9. TrackMaster Thomas’ Sky-High Bridge Jump

TrackMaster Thomas' Sky-High Bridge Jump

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Your kids will be thrilled to watch Thomas perform one of his greatest stunts as he takes on the Sky-High Bridge Jump. Watch Thomas as he goes under the bridge. Watch as Harold the helicopter lifts him up to the very top of the ramp. Thomas then sails down the ramp and into the air landing safely on the other side.

Thomas flies through the air in an awe-inspiring ride. Thomas will take on his greatest adventure yet. Set includes a cargo hopper, barrel cargo piece, and a waving flag. A new Thomas the Train toy that is one of the best yet. Motorized action at its best and inspired by the Thomas & Friends DVD.

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Why We Like It

  • Includes Harold the helicopter
  • Great stunts
  • Motorised Thomas engine

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
4 C Batteries Required
Dimensions
32 x 8 x 15 Inches
Our Verdict

Thomas and Friends Sky-High bridge jump is one of the most exciting, adventurous and inspiring. With Harold the helicopter standing by to help Thomas to the top of the ramp. Thomas also has a cargo hopper, waving flags and a barrel cargo piece to go with the great set of Thomas and Friends train set. Perfect gift for any child who loves Thomas.

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10. Fisher-Price TrackMaster Fiery Flynn

Fisher-Price TrackMaster Fiery Flynn

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Motorized Fiery Flynn is compatible with almost all TrackMater tracks. This Fisher-Price Thomas and Friends toy will give your child hours of fun and entertainment. Comes with a cargo car and is ready for any adventure your kid can dream up for it. Flynn might be a road car but he too can ride the tracks helping out where needed.

The fire-fighting cargo car is perfect to help him rescue his friends in times of danger. A great Thomas the Train and Friends toy that is a must have to complete your Thomas and Friends sets and get the whole gang together.

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Why We Like It

  • Motorized train toy
  • Includes fire-fighting cargo car
  • Compatible with TrackMaster tracks and train sets

Recommended Age
3 years and up
Battery Operated
2 AAA Batteries Required
Dimensions
10 x 2 x 6 Inches
Our Verdict

Fight fires, save Thomas and his friends that is Fiery Flynn’s main task. Although he can ride the tracks he is also able to go by road. Compatible with almost all TrackMaster tracks and train sets. One of the best Thomas and Friends sets on the market and one that will stimulate your child’s imagination as he dreams up great adventures.

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Buyer’s Guide

The Railway Series of books were a hit even before the first broadcast in the UK of Thomas the Train on TV. But when the first broadcast in the UK took place in 1984 his popularity has soared. Since then even more, kids have come to love great spunky and adventurous train engine. Not only Thomas is adored but his friends too. Thomas and Friends live on the Islands of Sodor. This is where Thomas and Friends have their adventures. They can also travel around the world with various friends. Fans of Thomas may also enjoy Peppa Pig toys.

Thomas the Tank Engine has inspired the imagination of kids the world over. There have been many different types of merchandise manufactured over the years. Some of the most popular of those are the engines and tracks. The different characters embodied in the Thomas trains include Percy, James, Flynn, Harold the helicopter and more. There have also been a number of DVD’s,and books to further inspire kids.

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You get many different Thomas and Friends train sets and accessories. From the modern new Thomas the Train toys to the classic wooden railway collections. There are the MINIS and the oversized versions of the toy suitable for kids from toddlers and up. You can even get some great plush toys such as pillows and more which are perfect for the younger Thomas and Friends fans.

When considering which toy to buy your Thomas and Friends loving child you need to take a few things into consideration. These considerations include the size of the toy, whether it is motorized and will require batteries, and the recommended age for the toy. You should also consider the educational value of the toy for your child. Let’s have a look at some of the considerations you need to bear in mind.

Size

The size of the toy can make a big difference when selecting the right one for your child. If you only have a very small area for them to play in then having a toy that needs a lot of space to set up can be difficult. Consider the MINIS in this instance instead of the standard Thomas and Friends with their large tracks. Size will also play a part when considering if the Thomas you choose is age appropriate for your child.

Operation

Having a motorized Thomas the Train toy will really impress your child and their friends. However motorized battery operated toys are not always the best option. Sometimes it is better to have a toy that does not need batteries to operate. This is not only better for the younger children who like to push and pull their toys but also for your budget.

Having a toy that is battery operated could cost you a lot of money over the period your child plays with it. These toys can also get damaged, they have a shorter lifespan than your non-battery operated toys.

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Age

Consider the age of your child when selecting the perfect Thomas and Friends train toy. Very small Thomas engines could cause a choking hazard for young children and babies. If you want to buy them the Thomas they love then you need to consider the plush Thomas pillow or the larger Thomas the train engines. MINIS are not suitable for children of a very young age. Always check the labels on the products to ensure that you are buying an age-appropriate toy for your child.

Pretend Play

Pretend play is the perfect way to get your child’s imagination working. Children learn through play and Thomas and Friends provide a great way to play. From the Thomas and Friends wooden railway to the motorized ships, all of them provide your children with the ability to explore their imagination and get creative. They will at the same time improve their language skills and vocabulary as they make up their own unique stories and adventures for Thomas and his Friends to go on.

These great little train engines have inspired the imaginations of kids the world over. Your kids will create new adventures for the plucky engines or re-enact their favorite episodes from the TV series. Learning social skills, improving cognitive thinking and more as they play.

Skills

Playing with Thomas the train play sets will improve your child’s fine and gross motor skills. When grabbing and manipulating the Thomas and Friends trains they not only improve the dexterity of their fingers but also improves their hand-eye coordination. With Thomas, the Train kids not only are offered visual stimuli but also tactile stimulation as they hold and feel their toys while pushing or pulling them.

The MINIS, in particular, come in many different colors and textures helping kids to learn colors and shapes. Music is a great method of learning and there are a number of Thomas toys that offer music and sound. Some even offer different phrases. Help your children learn to count, spell and improve overall language skills as they play.

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Conclusion

Thomas the Train toys enthrall and entertain your kids. They are also great for multiplay with friends and siblings. Kids learn through play and Thomas and Friends provide great learning opportunities. Hours of entertainment await with a Thomas and Friends toy and great educational opportunities too. Touch and feel, sight and sound.

Thomas and Friends will stimulate all of these senses. Play with their wooden or motorized plastic Thomas and Friends train sets. Creating new adventures. Re-enacting favorite scenes from the TV series. Stimulate your child’s imagination and give them an outlet for their creativity.

Expert Tip

If you are going to buy a battery operated toy ensure you check the batteries regularly. This will prevent acid leakage which can be harmful to your child and damage your toy.

Did you know?

Thomas the Tank Engine TV series is based on The Railway Series of books written in the 1940’s. They were written by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and Christopher his son.