The Thomas & Friends latest cinema movie release premiered just a fortnight ago and saw over 400 fans and guest star Peter Andre along with celebrity guests attend. The premiere screening the new 80-minute CG-animated special, will show at 400 VUE cinemas throughout the UK from 20 July 2018 before it then hits screens around the world.
The new movie features Peter Andre, who is the latest celebrity to voice a character in Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures. Peter brings to life the central character of Ace, a bright yellow and very cheeky Australian rally car who inspires Thomas to leave his home of Sodor and travel around the world with him. This cheeky character is available to trade at Baby Brands Direct in the Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Thomas & Ace set and also as part of the adventures large engines, both of which have Thomas and Ace in them and likely to be in popular demand – so be sure to list it.
Also part of the cast is multi-talented Kenyan actress and voiceover artist, Yvonne Grundy, who voices protagonist Nia, the first African tank engine to join Thomas & Friends. Nia has been specially developed with the help of the UN and experts from the Royal African Society, and is a tank engine just like Thomas who will then go on to join the TV show as part of the famous Steam Team. This wonderful character is available wholesale at Baby Brands Direct as a Nia die cast small engine and also as part of trackmaster in the Nia and Elephant set, for retailers to make available to fans of all ages.
The new movie is the thirteenth feature-length film to be produced by the world-famous franchise and the first to hit screens following a major refresh to its content which will see a new series of the same name, Thomas and Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! (26 x 11’ episodes) launch in September. This makes the movie the most ambitious and anticipated Thomas & Friends release to date, as the brand continues to evolve to ensure it remains relevant for the next generation of parents and children around the world.
The action-packed adventure sees Thomas on his heroic quest across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before! For the real avid fan, a new track set supporting the movie is the very exciting Thomas & Friends Turbo Jungle Set, that features a motorised Thomas train that can travel up to 2.5 times faster than normal TrackMaster engines so kids can recreate scenes from the movie. For hours of engagements for both kids and parents the SRP of £44.99 seems to be reasonable for the technology, size and accessories it includes. Watch the product clip here:
As a distributor of the licenced toys, Baby Brands Direct is particularly excited about the potential impact of the latest movie and pending T.V. series for Thomas and Friends on retailer sales. Retailers can rest assured access to Mattel’s trade price, an easy ordering system with no minimum quantity units on these lines and a quick dispatch service.