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Capsule Plarail (Japanese: カプセルプラレール) is a wind-up train system sold in Gacha machines which uses elements of Plarail by Tomy. The first Thomas range was released in Japan in 2000, with a new series released every few months. In 2013, the fiftieth series of the Capsule Plarail Thomas range was released.

In 2006 or 2007, some characters were released in other countries in blister packaging, but these were discontinued in 2009. The range was later released in Australia in 2010.

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(One asterisk (*) denotes items formerly available in wind-ups.)

Steam Engines

Diesel Engines

Other Engines

Narrow Gauge Engines

Minimum Gauge Engines

Rolling Stock

Standard Gauge

Narrow Gauge

Non-Rail Vehicles

Road Vehicles

Sodor Construction Company




Humans and Animals



Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go


Rolling Stock



  • The re-release of 'Treasure of the Pirates' is the only re-release part of the main numbering system.
  • James' wheels were red on his red livery models, when they should be black. This was fixed in 2023, starting with 'The Super Heroes edition'.
  • Stefano, Flying Scotsman and Beresford were all released in multiple sections rather than as one piece. This is because they are too large to fit into a single gashapon capsule.
    • Stephen and Yong bao were also sometimes sold seperately from their tenders due to there being an extra item sold with them.
  • The Chocolate Factory's models use the exact same model as the Ice Cream Factory, making it look inaccurate to its true television series appearance.
  • Splatter, Dodge, Den, Dart and the Arlesdale Railway engines have only been released as push alongs. Diesel used to be released as a push along until November 2020 when 'Jobs at the Dieselworks Edition' was released.
  • When 'Bertie, Terence and Cranky Edition' was first released, Bill and Ben had yellow wheels. When the wave was re-released they gained siderods, which were soon removed when 'Buzz Buzz James edition' was released.
  • A few engines released before 'Emily and Windmill edition' did not gain siderods in future releases. This includes: Duck, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Bill, Ben, Stepney, Harvey, Diesel, Splatter, Dodge, Salty, Den and Frankie. Though Bill and Ben had siderods in the re-release of 'Bertie, Terence, and Cranky' edition, Oliver had prototypes depicting him with siderods. Donald, Douglas and Oliver would later gain such in the 'Friends of Tidmouth Sheds edition', and Bill and Ben would get siderods and red wheels on their normal toys, and blue wheels on their blue variants in 'Bill and Ben's Mischief! edition'. Gina, Luke, Mighty Mac, Bert, Rex, Mike, Sidney and Paxton were also new releases after 'Emily and Windmill edition' but did not include siderods.
  • The Passenger Cars and the original Post Freight Car are repainted JNR Coaches from the mainstream Capsule Plarail range.
  • Clarabel and the Narrow Gauge Coaches are repainted from Annie.
  • The models for Edward, James and Duke have their tenders moulded with the cab, similar to Motorized Railway, Railway Pals and Minis.
  • Duke's models incorrectly depict him with buffers.
  • Belle's wheels are blue on all of her models, instead of red.
  • From July 2007 to March 2008, all waves released had joint rail track adapters to connect the new track design to the old design. 'Jobs At the Airfield' was one of these waves that got a re-release; said re-release did not contain the joint rails.
  • Stafford and Den have only been released with shocked faces, and Dart has only been released with a sad face.
  • All engines previously with silver side rods (With the exception of Bill and Ben, whose siderods were removed before then) gained white siderods after November 2012 starting with 'Welcome Stafford Edition'.
  • Jack's straining toy's radiator has a bigger circumference than all of his other toys in the range.
    • Jack's second smiling toy reuses his straining model, therefore his face is smaller than his radiator.
  • Alfie and Max used to be pullback vehicles like Jack, but when Alfie was re-released in the 'Stefano The Big Amphibious Vehicle Edition' and Max in 'Chao! It's a Discovery!! Edition' they were free wheeling.
  • Ffarquhar station can play the Thomas and Friends Theme Song.
  • Gordon's happy face model was never released with blue wheels with siderods, though his gold plated, rainbow, shooting star and 2010 plated variants depict him with a happy face and siderods. Gordon's wind-up toy also has a happy face and blue wheels with siderods.
  • The Barrel car, Funny funnel Thomas, Mr. Bubbles and advertising car, the windmill with fences, and the walking bridge, were the last toys introduced before the change to white siderods.
  • Before 'Shiny Favourites Edition', waves would often have plated or clear chase variants.
  • Oliver had prototypes depicting him with siderods, but he was never released with them until 'Friends of Tidmouth Sheds' edition.
  • The twin engines often have their eyes looking in opposite directions.
  • Gator is depicted as a Co-Bo instead of a Co-Co.
  • Mike and Rex are repaints of Bert, but with their own faces.
  • The Sodor Zoo Gate and Sodor Animal Park Station with Background can connect to each other.
  • The Sodor Animal Park version of the Station with Background comes with a station sign and a bench that can be switched around.
  • Blue Bill and Ben's words were incorrectly written as "Brendam Ray" instead of "Brendam Bay" in their initial release; this was fixed in their next release.
  • Bulstrode's nameplate is incorrectly written as "Blustrode".
  • From the encyclopedia series onwards, the designs of multiple characters were tweaked to be more accurate to their television series designs, such as correct wheel colours (Harvey, James, Whiff, etc), updated face moulds (Emily, Edward, Diesel, etc), and other small details (Oliver and Duncan's footplates, the narrow gauge engines gain tail-lamps, Donald, Douglas and Oliver gaining siderods, etc).

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