Thomas the Tank Engine has some new friends on the island of Sodor.
The new engines include a range of international characters such as “proud” Carlos from Mexico, friendly Ashima from India, “driven” Yong Bao of China, and “feisty” Raul from Brazil. There will even be Shane from Australia!
In all, a total of 14 new characters have been announced by Mattel, and are set to appear in the upcoming Olympic Games-themed movie “The Great Race,” which will be released later this autumn.
Thomas the Tank Engine first appeared in a British children’s book in 1946, and came to life in 1979 when the stories became a hit TV show. Since then, the franchise has expanded to a $1 billion dollar brand.