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Thomas
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2017 Prototype Thomas

Introduced:

1992

Item Number:

  • LC99001 (1992-2012)
  • Y4083 (2012-Present)
Thomas (released as Thomas the Tank Engine until 2000) is a small blue tank engine.

Models

Learning Curve

  • 1992-1993 pre-production models: all versions had staples, flat magnets, undated wheels
    • Versions:
      • (skinny flat topped funnel, smokebox not connected to front bufferbeam)
      • (shorter flat topped funnel, smokebox not connected to front bufferbeam)
      • (shorter flat topped funnel, smokebox connected to front bufferbeam)
      • (beveled funnel, smokebox connected to front bufferbeam)
      • (beveled funnel, smokebox connected to front bufferbeam, speckled coal instead of solid)
  • 1994-1995 first models made in China: all versions had no staples
    • Versions:
      • (beveled magnets, undated wheels)
      • (beveled magnets, 1994 wheels)
      • (rounded magnets, 1994 wheels)
  • 1996 (smaller round magnets this year only, new face, rounded funnel)
  • 1997-1998 (all versions gained thicker wheels)
  • early 1999 (rounded plastic funnel with wooden smokebox)
  • late 1999 (plastic funnels and smokeboxes, smaller font on wheel dates)
  • early 2000 (2000 wheels)
  • late 2000 (name added to chassis)
  • 2001 (larger font on wheels)
  • 2002-2010 (all versions gained new faces, larger smokeboxes and boilers, added details, removed back ledge)
    • Versions:
      • 2003-2004 (no stripes on boiler, permanent 2003 wheels)
      • 2004-2010 (striped boiler)

Tomy

  • 2011-2012 (new CGI style face)

Fisher-Price

  • 2012-2016 (new face, curved edges, longer magnet guards, other minor details, permanent 2012 wheels)
  • 2017 (redesigned smaller face)
  • 2018 (No paint on chassis and various other spots, larger cab, smaller coal bunker)

Other Models

1998

1999

2000

2003

2005

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

2015

2016

Trivia

  • Thomas, being the title character, is sold in more sets and special variants than any other vehicle.

Gallery

Special Models Gallery

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