Thomas the Tank’s new multicultural engines

Our first look at the new engines from India, Brazil, China and Mexico


Thomas the Tank Engine is getting 14 new friends – from all over the world.


Among the new characters are engines from India, Brazil, China and Mexico – and 4 are female trains.

The new characters will be introduced in a film called The Great Race that’s coming to cinemas in May.

Currently, there are around 100 characters inhabiting the isle of Sodor – most of them are male and white (as far as we can tell).

The move to make the cartoon more diverse reflects the show’s popularity around the world – and The Great Race takes inspiration from this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

“This story is a way to help him understand that there is a bigger world out there,” Vincent D’Allev, who oversees Thomas & Friends for Mattel, told The New York Times.

So let’s have a look at some of the new characters…

Raul of Brazil


Yong Bao of China


Ashima of India


Carlos of Mexico

Photos: Mattel

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