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This article is about the Golden Bear range. You may be looking for the book range or the Fisher Price range.

My First Thomas and Friends was a range of chunky plastic toys for young infants based on Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. They were produced by Golden Bear Toys for the UK since 1996, and were distributed by Tomy in the US and Japan. The vehicles use chunky, simplistic designs, and the track system first consisted of coloured plastic pieces. The track was later replaced by playmats with illustrations. The range was discontinued in 2010.

Regular range


Rolling Stock


Vehicle Playsets

  • Thomas Playset
  • Percy Playset
  • Thomas and Henry Playset
  • Thomas and Friends Mega Value Playset


Track Sets

  • Thomas Track Set
  • Thomas Track and Station Set
  • Thomas Deluxe Set

Playmat Playsets

  • Thomas and Friends Playmat Playset
  • Tour of Sodor Playmat
  • Thomas and Rosie Playset

Drive-away Talking Engines

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • James
  • Spencer
  • Stanley

Talking/Interactive characters

The talking versions of the "My First" models were first released in 2000. The models were more complex than the basic ones; They had moving eyes and spoke familiar phrases from the original stock narrations of Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis. Eleven of the models have never been released in the normal range. The interactive versions had the ability to talk to each other when facing each other.



  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Edward
  • James
  • Bertie
  • Harold
  • Lady
  • Mavis
  • Peter Sam


  • The sound test function that can be activated (when holding down the button, putting one battery back in the engine, and then letting go of the button) on the original engines from 2000 included the names of characters that were not released in the talking range (like Toby, Bill, Ben, Diesel, Terence, Henry, Gordon, etc), nor regular range (Sir Handel, Duncan).
  • Lady is the only talking engine from the interactive range to not be rereleased in the later non-interactive talking range.
  • The original and rereleased Percy's/Edward's/Thomas'/Harold's/James'/Bertie's/Peter Sam's phrases are different.
  • Cranky is painted blue.
  • Duck and Oliver are missing their GWR lettering.
  • Bulstrode is yellow and blue.
  • Henry and Gordon were first released with separate tenders. They were later re-released with connected tenders.
  • The prototype Victor uses a modified Oliver face.
  • Thomas and Percy share the same tooling.
  • James and Edward share the same tooling.
  • Henry and Gordon share the same tooling.
  • Lorry 1 is painted brown.
  • Peter Sam has his old funnel.
  • Some of the models are portrayed in the book A Noisy Surprise.
  • All the engines are missing their paint lines.
  • Models of either James, Edward, Bill or Ben would be used in a gold mine game. One of these appeared on the American CBS show Criminal Minds, in the 2007 episode "Seven Seconds".
  • Whiff is the only engine to use their actual whistle sound.
  • Victor is the only character from the CGI Series to have been made.


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