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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
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking James
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking James
"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."
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Percy The Small Engine
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Percy The Small Engine
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Edward
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Edward
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Henry the Green Engine
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Henry the Green Engine
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Toby
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Toby
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Gordon the Big Express Engine
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Gordon the Big Express Engine
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Emily
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Emily
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Sir Topham Hatt's Car
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Sir Topham Hatt's Car
Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery
Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery
"Feels dated now!"
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Stanley
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Stanley
"Introduced in "The Great Discovery""
Hero Of The Rails DVD
Hero Of The Rails DVD
"The feature that came out prior to "Misty Island Rescue".  Added Hiro as well as Victor and Kevin from the Steamworks."
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Hiro
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Hiro
"Hiro is a kind, wise older engine (think: Japanese) that Thomas helps restore. Introduced in "Hero of the Rails.""
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Victor
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Victor
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Kevin Mobile Crane
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Kevin Mobile Crane
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue
"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."
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Bash
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Bash
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Dash
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Dash
Learning Curve Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Ferdinand
Learning Curve Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Ferdinand
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Cranky the Crane
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Cranky the Crane
"Note that the non-Talking Railway Cranky is a lot less expensive, but obviously doesn't talk and interact with engines by name."
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Mavis
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Mavis
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Charlie
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Charlie
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Diesel
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Diesel
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Rocky
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Rocky
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Whiff
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Whiff
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Bertie The Bus
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Bertie The Bus
Learning Curve Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Rosie
Learning Curve Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Rosie
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Salty
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Salty
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Annie And Clarabel
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Annie And Clarabel