If you have a Thomas and Friends fan in your house, then you should know about a couple of new toys available now from American Greetings and HIT Entertainment.
The first toy that I think looks like a lot of fun is the Take-n-PlayTM Rumbling Gold Mine Run (Fisher-Price)
Age: 3+ SRP: $39.99
Take Thomas on exciting adventure with the Rumbling Gold Mine Run Playset. Pressing the water tower start the action, and as the gold starts to rumble around the inside of the cave, Thomas continues to move through the collapsing mine. Thomas rolls out of the tunnel doors and down the ramp escaping danger! While rolling past the abandoned mine, he sets off another explosion of rock, and gold nuggets fly out from the top. This playset unfolds out to over two-feet deep and can be connected to other playsets or track packs in the line (sold separately). For easy clean up and portability, the set folds up completely and can be carried away with the classic red Take-n-Play handle. Includes a die cast Thomas engine.
The other Thomas and Friends toy that I think looks great is the Thomas & Friends™ TrackMasterTM Cranky & Flynn Save the Day! (Fisher-Price)
Age: 3+ SRP: $69.99
In the new DVD movie Day of the Diesels, Cranky makes a special delivery to the Island of Sodor, a brand new fire engine Flynn – just in time to save the day! Re-enact the excitement with a talking remote-control Cranky the Crane that’s over two-feet tall. Use the remote control to move Cranky for 360 degrees of loading and unloading play. Cranky also comes with a cargo car, cargo, loading platform, complete loop of track, and hay bale with pop-up flames. Help Cranky deliver Flynn in his special “launching” crate, and when the crate touches down on the track, Flynn launches out and puts out the "fire." Includes motorized Flynn engine. Cranky requires 7 AA batteries and Flynn requires 1 AA battery, not included.I hope this helps give you some ideas for holiday gifts. Happy shopping!
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