Thomas the Tank Engine - Picking out the Right Engine

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The list author says: "This guide will hopefully help you make decisions about which engines to add to your set or help you find a gift for your favorite Thomas fan.

Most children now are more familiar with the following, more recent characters.

The more recent animated series (2004 onward) "main" cast:
-Edward (older, nice)
-Gordon (snooty) "Oh the indignity!"
-Henry (older, nice)
-Thomas (young, spunky, fun, friendly, gets in trouble)
-James (vain)
-Percy (Thomas' best friend, young, sweet)
-Emily (a bit of a smarty-pants)
-Toby (a boxy "steam tram", simple, shy)
-Sir Topham Hatt - person, runs the railroad

Added with "The Great Discovery" (2008):
- Stanley (strong, brave, eager to help)

Added with "Hero of the Rails" (2009):
-Hiro (wise, old, thoughtful)
-Victor (friendly, helpful) *crash* "Keeeevin!"
-Kevin (bumbling mobile crane) "Sorry boss!"

Added with Misty Island Rescue (2010):
-Bash (silly)
-Dash (silly, hard to tell him apart from Bash)
-Ferdinand (silly) "That's right"
-Boat: Captain

Others:
-Whiff (nerdy, and dirty & smelly as he runs the dump)
-Diesel (troublemaker)
-Salty (like an old sailor)
-Rocky (train mounted crane, nice and helpful)
-Cranky (crane at Brendam docks)
-Spencer (snooty!)
-Harold (helicopter, friendly and helpful)
-Rosie (girly, fun and friendly)
-Mavis (from the quarry, businesslike, diesel)
-Charlie (incites others to do things they shouldn't)
-Annie and Clarabell, Thomas' coaches
-Bertie the bus"
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Thomas the Tank Engine
1.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Thomas the Tank Engine by Learning Curve
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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking James
2.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking James by Learning Curve
The list author says:
  "This is "Talking James" - part of the wooden railway sets that has a button on talk that activates different comments from James. "Watch my paintwork!"

Not to be confused with Talking Railway James."
$22.95   Used & New from: $7.92
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Percy The Small Engine
3.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Percy The Small Engine by Learning Curve
$13.48   Used & New from: $7.60
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Edward
4.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Edward by Learning Curve
$11.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Henry the Green Engine
5.  Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Henry the Green Engine by Thomas & Friends
$14.44   Used & New from: $7.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Toby
6.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Toby by Learning Curve
$23.99   Used & New from: $19.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Gordon the Big Express Engine
7.  Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Gordon the Big Express Engine by Thomas & Friends
$18.00   Used & New from: $9.89
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Emily
8.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Emily by Learning Curve
$15.99   Used & New from: $10.96
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Sir Topham Hatt's Car
9.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Sir Topham Hatt's Car by Learning Curve
$19.99   Used & New from: $13.95
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery
10.  Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery DVD ~ Pierce Brosnan
The list author says:
  "Feels dated now!"
$9.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Stanley
11.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Stanley by Learning Curve
The list author says:
  "Introduced in "The Great Discovery""
$14.50   Used & New from: $6.77
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Hero Of The Rails DVD
12.  Hero Of The Rails DVD by Learning Curve
The list author says:
  "The feature that came out prior to "Misty Island Rescue".  Added Hiro as well as Victor and Kevin from the Steamworks."
Out of stock

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Hiro
13.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Hiro by Learning Curve
The list author says:
  "Hiro is a kind, wise older engine (think: Japanese) that Thomas helps restore. Introduced in "Hero of the Rails.""
$22.01   Used & New from: $12.95
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Victor
14.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Victor by Learning Curve
$14.00   Used & New from: $7.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Kevin Mobile Crane
15.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Kevin Mobile Crane by Learning Curve
$18.96   Used & New from: $12.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue
16.  Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue DVD ~ Michael Angelis
The list author says:
  "The newest Thomas movie. Very nice production values but story and music aren't as good. Added Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand, the "logging locos" as well as the Sodor Search and Rescue site."
$9.40   Used & New from: $0.73
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Bash
17.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Bash by Learning Curve
$14.99   Used & New from: $8.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Dash
18.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Dash by Learning Curve
$11.21   Used & New from: $6.77
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Learning Curve Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Ferdinand
19.  Learning Curve Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Ferdinand by Learning Curve
$19.99   Used & New from: $11.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Cranky the Crane
20.  Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Cranky the Crane by Learning Curve
The list author says:
  "Note that the non-Talking Railway Cranky is a lot less expensive, but obviously doesn't talk and interact with engines by name."
$99.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Mavis
21.  Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Mavis by Learning Curve
$24.99   Used & New from: $3.99
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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Charlie
22.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Charlie by Learning Curve
$13.95   Used & New from: $8.99
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Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Diesel
23.  Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Diesel by Learning Curve
$19.81   Used & New from: $4.99
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Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Rocky
24.  Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Rocky by Thomas & Friends
$38.99   Used & New from: $25.25
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Whiff
25.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Whiff by Learning Curve
$16.99   Used & New from: $16.71
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Bertie The Bus
26.  Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Bertie The Bus by Learning Curve
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Learning Curve Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Rosie
27.  Learning Curve Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Rosie by Learning Curve
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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Salty
28.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Salty by Learning Curve
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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Annie And Clarabel
29.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Annie And Clarabel by Learning Curve
$20.21   Used & New from: $10.00
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