Approximate measurements are 7"x 3". This train has a stamp dating 1972 right on the bottom part of the train. See photo Thomas is made out of metal and wheels are hard plastic. Thomas & Friends merchandise has been produced to capitalize on the success of the television series Thomas & Friends (formerly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends).
Whilst merchandise was produced alongside due to the popularity of the first of The Railway Series books by the Rev. Awdry since 1945, and the original broadcast of the television series in 1984 in the United Kingdom, large numbers of manufacturers have sought to produce Thomas-branded items after the television series was broadcast in Americaand Japan. The most popular and wide-ranging items of merchandise are the models of the characters, which have been produced in many different ranges, some including accompanying railway systems.
Awdry created the original toy model of Thomas the Tank Engine, which inspired the character, soon after the first book of stories was complete. In 1927, while still at school, he built Annie, and in 1948, he built Clarabel. Other popular products include videos, books and magazines, and computer games.
Thomas' merchandise has also included such diverse items as: audiobooks, annuals, colouring and activity books, jigsaws, board games, stationery, clothing, cutlery, household items such as curtains, duvet covers and lampshades, and soft drinks and spaghetti shapes. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. The item "1985 Rare First Issue Thomas The Tank Engine LARGE Metal Thomas ERTL CO. 7× 3" is in sale since Friday, November 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\TV & Movie Character Toys".
The seller is "itsyourworldbyzurie" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.