Monday, February 18, 2013

Arriving on DVD, February 19th -- Thomas and Friends: Full Steam Ahead (Review and Giveaway)

All Aboard For A Very Special Thomas DVD Collection Including A Bonus Toy!
Available On DVD February 19, 2013 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment 
Thomas & Friends: Full Steam Ahead
 Pre-Order from Amazon for only $19.96.


"Thomas and his engine friends have the inside track on adventure with the all-new Thomas & Friends®: Full Steam Ahead 3-DVD & Bonus Toy Gift Set, available on February 19, 2013 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Featuring three action-packed DVDs (Team Up With Thomas, Wobbly Wheels & Whistles and Railway Friends), a collectible bonus toy engine and bonus features, this gift set is sure to please fans everywhere with hours of fun all for a suggested retail price of $24.98.

The award-winning Thomas & Friends teaches timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation, inviting children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. 

Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas Synopsis

Everyone’s favorite true blue engine, Thomas, is back with friends old and new in four fun adventures on the Island of Sodor in Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas.  This DVD is enhanced with CG animation and a live-action host, Mr. Arkwright, who welcomes viewers with a smile and a fun project for Lady Hatt’s grandchildren. Thomas, Edward, Toby, James and the rest of the engines introduce young engineers to Hank, a big, strong, new engine and Flora, a lovely new lady steam engine.  Together, they take us along on their tasks around the island.  Be careful: trouble may lie around the next bend.  But one thing’s for certain – you’ll always come home with a brand new friend!

DVD Bonus Features

·        Spot the Difference Game

·        Sir Topham Hatt’s Helping Hands Game

Thomas & Friends: Wobbly Wheels & Whistles Synopsis

Travel along with Thomas for a wonderfully wobbly and wheel-spinning good time!  The No. 1 blue engine has bridges to cross and tracks to uncover in these exciting adventures. When Victor gets overloaded with too many tasks, can Thomas help him let out steam?  And while trying to get Scruff as clean as a whistle, will Thomas have to get his own wheels dirty?   Just when things seem to be rolling along, will Ol’ Wheezy make a wobbly mess of Thomas’ special delivery?  Hold on for exciting surprises waiting to be delivered just for you!

DVD Bonus Features
  • Steam Team Puzzles
Thomas & Friends: Railway Friends Synopsis

All aboard for six all new adventures with Thomas and his engine friends in Thomas & Friends:  Railway Friends.  Meet Thomas’ best friend Percy, attend a festive winter party at the wharf, take a wrong turn on a mistaken shortcut and see Thomas worry about his squeaky brakes and strive to become a ‘Really Useful Engine.’  Filled with charming characters and heroic displays of loyalty, responsibility and friendship, this DVD will be a treasured addition to any home entertainment library. "

DVD Bonus Features

·        Laying Down the Track Puzzle

·        Name That Train Game


My Thoughts:

Both my daughters love Thomas and Friends, so when they saw me taking this new 3-DVD set out of the package the other day, they went crazy, yelling "Thomas," as they danced around the living room.  And, like a previous review of the new Chuggington DVD, this new release also comes with a limited edition toy engine. So, this time, Arabella got to keep the engine, while Savannah is waiting for another to come in the mail for her.  But, unlike the other release and train engine set, this train engine has sound and music -- which got my girls excited.  

If you have Thomas and Friends fans in your house, or have sat down to watch this popular series over the years, then you know about all the fun Thomas and his friends have as they complete tasks given to them from Sir Topham Hatt.  Even though there are usually bumps along the way, it is through teamwork, friendship and loyalty that Thomas and his friends are able to complete these tasks.  We especially love when new friends are made along the way, as well as when old friends come back to visit.

This 3-DVD set has been keeping the girls entertained this past week, especially the "Wobbly Wheels and Whistles" disc.  And, when the girls are watching the fun-filled episodes that make up this new 3-DVD set, they are enjoying the bonus features, which include puzzles, games and interactive activities.  

If you have a Thomas and Friends fan in your house, this new release would make for a great Easter basket gift idea -- or, to have on hand for any remaining snow days that we may encounter this winter.  With the recent snow here in the Northeast, these DVDs have come in handy in entertaining the girls when they didn't want to go out, or were stuck inside with the head cold we have been fighting off. 


One lucky reader will win a copy of this new 3-DVD set, which includes a collector's train engine, thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Hit Entertainment.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. 

For the 11th consecutive year, Thomas & Friends® was the number one license in the preschool toys category in the United States, according to The NPD Group, Inc. Thomas & Friends also holds the #1 spot for overall top preschool property in the US, and it was a top 10 property in the entire toy industry for 2011.  The unrivaled popularity of the global brand continues with Thomas ranking as the top toy property in the UK for the past 12 years, and also holds the number one preschool toy license in the UK, Germany and Australia. 

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mien alone.

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