With the ride on toys, your child gets to experience Thomas as he was meant to be experienced and that is as something to ride on. After all he is a train.
On this post I'll give you some of Thomas's history, show you a couple of videos and of course we'll look at some of the most popular of his ride on toys.
Of course if you would rather skip all of that fun and just check out the toys, here's the link for that.
A Kid Enjoying His Ride Video
Pick You Child's Thomas The Train Ride On Toy
A Little History About Thomas
But, what you might not know is that Thomas was not in the first book of the series. No, he didn't show up until the second book and the year was 1947. Although he didn't appear until the second book, Thomas became the most popular character in the series.
The books were created and written by a Reverend named Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher. A British writer and producer name Britt Allcroft discovered the books In 1979 and brokered a deal to bring the stories TV.
In Britain the show was called “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends”, but was later changed to “Thomas & Friends”. When it came to the US it was called “Shining Time Station”. It became an award-winning hit around the world.
Now here is a bit of trivia that I found interesting. In the first series, which premiered on September of 1984 in the UK, Ringo Starr was the storyteller and Mr. Conductor in the first two seasons. George Carlin replaced him as both from 1991 to 1993 in the US, and narrated the series until 1995. From 1991 to 2012 Michael Angelis narrated the stories in the UK, while Michael Brandon narrated the stories in the US from 2004 to 2012.
I just found it interesting that Ringo Starr and George Carlin were involved in the TV series.
Thomas's personality has gone through some changes over the years, but he still retains his popularity.
An Episode Of Thomas & Friends
I did a post yesterday on another very popular ride on toy, the John Deere tractor. You might want to check that post out to see if maybe that would be something your child would like. Click here to take a look at that post.
As I always do I want to ask you to leave a comment in the box below and tell me your thoughts on this subject. You can ask questions, tell me what you liked or what you didn't like. I'm always open to suggestions. So leave your comments