Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

Tomy (stylised as TOMY; known as Takara Tomy in Japan) is a Japanese toy manufacturer. In 2011, the company acquired Learning Curve and all the product ranges distributed by them. Tomy has produced the following Thomas & Friends products:

(in association with Roadshow Entertainment and The Warehouse for a promotional offer)

Famous products

  • Plarail (released in 1959; known as Tomica World outside Japan), a battery powered plastic train system which became Motor Road and Rail in the UK and US. After Fisher-Price bought the TrackMaster range, TOMY began to produce the Plarail items outside Japan from 2010 in a range called Tomica. The range was discontinued in 2013.
  • Tomica (released in 1970; not to be confused with the re-released Plarail range outside Japan), a series of die-cast cars which are compatible with Plarail.
  • Motorised construction sets that involve characters dumping and loading small spheres and transporting them.



  • The company made a pragmatic decision of which name to use after the merger with Takara, deciding to use Tomy in international subsidiaries and Takara Tomy in Japan. They came to this decision because;
    • Tomy has built considerable brand recognition internationally (particularly in the area of infant and preschool products, where brand trust is very important).
  • A Big Loader Percy appeared in many episodes of the CBS show Everybody loves Raymond.
  • A Thomas' Bath Island could be seen in the episode 'Closing Time' of the BBC show 'Doctor Who'.
  • A Tomy Toy Thomas with a Original Push n Go James and Percy and a Powermotor Car from the Big Loader sets appeared in the BBC "Numberjacks" episode called "Out for the Count".



1995 Tokyo Toy Show

James, Percy and Sir Topham Hatt models were exhibited at Tomy's booth during the 1995 Tokyo Toy Show held at Makuhari Messe on 1-4 June 1995.

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