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Friday, 26 April 2013

'Muddy Matters' UK DVD content cleared by the bbfc

The content due to feature on the British version of the Muddy Matters DVD has been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification.

The release is the second for the UK to contain episodes from the Sixteenth Series after March's Go Go Thomas!.

As with its US counterpart, Muddy Matters, Thomas and the Rubbish Train, Don't Bother Victor!, Whiff's Wish and Thomas Toots the Crows headline the release.

Watch with Mr. Perkins! returns in between stories while Down at the Station: Evening and two Guess Who?'s fill the extras.

In addition, adverts for the relaunched Day Out with Thomas events and an Action Tracks playset start off the DVD.

Muddy Matters from Hit Entertainment hits UK DVD shelves on May 27th 2013.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Official website explores Sodor and teases 'King' movie

The Thomas & Friends website has received an update for 2013 and King of the Railway's launch.

Keeping the same layout, the official site has given users the chance to navigate through Sodor's locations such as Knapford Station and Tidmouth Sheds.

Along the way, treats concerning activities, read-alongs, videos and more await. When certain tasks are completed, badges are awarded, leading to more of Sodor's places becoming accessible as time goes by.

One of the features is the Keep Looking Thomas! short storybook, first available at UK Day Out with Thomas events.

The activity offers two stills from the King of the Railway movie, one depicting Thomas approaching Ulfstead Castle and the other showing Sir Robert Norramby on board a passenger train.

Toy World announced the update to the press alongside many other developments in their magazine in January.

Monday, 22 April 2013

'King of the Railway' stars in new packs by TrackMaster

Fisher Price and Mattel are to release three TrackMaster products in the lead-up to King of the Railway's debut.

Its stars, Stephen the Rocket and Connor and Caitlin the Mainland Engines have been entitled to their own packs for launch later this year.
A beaming Stephen is coupled up to a blue flatbed holding a golden statue of a medieval horse.

Connor and Caitlin meanwhile each have a single celebratory coach in their respective colour schemes.

TrackMaster Stephen, Connor and Caitlin hit UK and US toy shelves this Autumn.


Thanks to SteamTeam for the alert.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Egmont issues important product recall on Thomas mag

Egmont have sent out a public caution concerning a free gift available in a Thomas & Friends Magazine.

The gift in question titled Thomas Spring Set is attached to the 661th issue of the UK's magazine series released on April 3rd.

Taking to the Thomas & Friends website, Egmont have declared a statement to prevent a possible hazard from developing.

It has come to the publisher's attention that there is a safety issue with the hay bale attached to the Spring Farm set on Thomas & Friends Magazine issue #661, on sale 3rd April.

When unravelled, the hay bale is not cut into individual pieces and is considered to be a strangulation hazard. They have therefore decided to immediately recall the product.

Customers are asked to please ensure that children stop playing with the hay bale immediately and to return the gift along with this issue to your retailer for a refund.

Egmont has since apologised and are pledging for all retailers to remove the issue from sale and to return them to the wholesaler.


Thanks to Hawk01 for the alert.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

New narrator Mark Moraghan leads new series changes

Season Seventeen is reported to herald a number of changes within its creative team.

Railway Mischief, the first glimpse of new episodes, was released today on DVD in Walmart stores across America. Fans have since ramped up information on the changes made to the show.

After being involved with Thomas & Friends from Season Six to Season Twelve, Paul Larson has returned to pen a number of episodes including Steamie Stafford with his longtime collaborator Laura Beaumont.

Gordon and Spencer writer Lee Pressman is also back who is been responsible for writing three of the newest stories, Kevin's Cranky Friend, Scruff's Makeover and Wayward Winston.

Assisting Hit Entertainment and producer Ian McCue is Halim Jabbour, who has revealed on his Linked in profile that the new series was made in 2 years within a budget of $6 million (£3.9 million).

The co-producer has also noted that the episode count has reverted back to its original quantity of 26. Sam Wilkinson serves as railway consultant.

With chief creative officer of Arc Productions Kallan Kagan producing the animation, Rob Silvestri has seemingly dropped out of the directing chair. David Baas has been named as his replacement.

But perhaps the most significant change is the departures of the longest running US storyteller Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis, whose impressive 21 year stint as UK narrator has come to an end.

Replacing them in English speaking territories and keeping in line with its Liverpudlian roots is Mark Moraghan.

The actor and singer is best known to UK viewers for playing Barry, one of the iconic scousers present in the comedy Harry Enfield and Chums.

He has had roles in major UK dramas including Brookside, London's Burning, Casualty, Holby City and Heartbeat.
More recently, he starred in CBBC's Rocket's Island, formally known as The Knot. The 50 year old is perhaps known to US viewers as Judge Monroe in the 1995 Sylvester Stallone starred film, Judge Dredd.

Mark's commitment to Thomas was first confirmed in November 2012 when The Vocal Booth posted a picture with him and voice director Mike Moran.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends airs this Autumn.

Railway Mischief from Lionsgate Entertainment is out now to buy on US DVD in Walmart.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

SiF auctions off series crew shirts on ebay for charity

SiF are currently auctioning off special items from Thomas & Friends' past on auction site ebay.

From the filming of the Twelfth Series, fans can bid on crew shirts which were made for CGI collaborators Nitrogen Studios in 2008.
Using a target system that was able to implement characters faces in animated form, the target symbol is printed on the shirts with the tagline, Thomas 1200.

The first piece of clothing is up on ebay for another few days before another two auctions will add the same memorabillia.

All proceeds are to go to the YoungMinds charity while winning bidders' items are enabled for worldwide postage.