Thomas’ new Adventures beyond the Island of Sodor @Sunway Pyramid

Friday, May 05, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

Mattel Southeast Asia (Mattel) today launched a new Thomas & Friends™ toy line in Malaysia, themed around Thomas’ new Adventures beyond the Island of Sodor.

For the first time ever, everyone’s favourite blue engine will journey to lands beyond the Island of Sodor, into the sea and in space. His exciting Adventures will be represented in a new line of toys which is now available for sale at major toy retailers, departmental stores and hypermarkets.

In conjunction with the launch, Mattel has teamed up with Sunway Pyramid to bring Thomas & Friends’ Adventures to life. From now till 14th May 2017, the Thomas & Friends™ Adventures event will be held at the Blue Concourse of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall. Children in Malaysia will be the first in Southeast Asia to experience the Adventures on land, sea and space with their favourite blue engine.

Ride on the Thomas train around Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall

Fun activities for children at the Thomas & Friends Adventures event at Blue Concourse, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
(From L-R) Joanne Teng, Senior Brand Manager, Mattel Southeast Asia; Audrey Ng, Assistant Brand Manager for Thomas & FriendsTM, Mattel Southeast Asia; Caryn Low, Marketing Manager of Sunway Pyramid

Thomas & Friends Storytelling Session

Thomas & Friends™ Factsheet
The Thomas & Friends™ Story
Thomas & Friends™ was first brought to life by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry when he sought to entertain his young son Christopher while he was recovering from the measles.

The Rev. W. Awdry had grown up listening to the puffing of nearby steam engines at Box Station and had imagined their conversations. Never doubting that engines had personalities, he used this inspiration to create stories to tell his son.

When his son pointed out that details in the stories were inconsistent and would allow no deviation, the Rev. W. Awdry wrote the stories down on scraps of paper. His companion illustrations included pictures of the engines with little faces on them, each with a distinguished look; one smiling, one stern, one cross, one sad.

The Rev. W. Awdry had never considered publishing his stories until Mrs. Awdry encouraged her husband to submit his work to a literary agent, and in 1945 the first series, “The Three Railway Engines” was published.

More books followed at yearly intervals and after writing and publishing 26 ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ books, The Rev. W. Awdry retired with “Tramway Engines.” Soon after, Christopher continued in his father’s tracks and began creating railway stories for his own young son, Richard and in 1983 published his first book, “Really Useful Engines.”

And so the story of Thomas & Friends™ began!