Model makers Hornby have announced their 2013 range but have missed out a certain brand from the list.
In a U-turn and for the first time since 2010, new stock of Thomas & Friends are not part of Hornby's releases for the new year. In 2011, Murdoch's model resulted in acclaimed receptions from reviewers.
Earlier this year, Hornby insisted to Roll Along Thomas that the Thomas range was not over; We are not aware of any plans to stop or discontinue the Thomas and Friends range.
While the releases for the 2013 range will be announced at the end of this year, we are confident the Thomas and Friends range will continue.
In November, BBC News revealed a fall in sales in relation to their London Olympics merchandise. A reason that is thought to have attributed to Thomas' rejection was a 15% decline in general UK purchases.