Image and video hosting by TinyPic A life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine arrived at NYC’s Brooklyn Bridge Park, on a barge last week, to celebrate the HIT Entertainment’s DVD release of the Thomas & Friends Misty Island Rescue and to introduce the newest Thomas toys from Fisher-Price.

Thomas was tugged by The Pegasus, a historic tugboat that participated in both World Wars, and play station activities were hosted aboard the Lehigh Valley #79, a restored 94 year old wooden covered barge.   Showcased were the latest Thomas & Friends toys from Fisher-Price including the Zip, Zoom & Logging Adventures Playset, Thomas & Friends Shake Shake Bridge, Return from Misty Island Playset and Follow Me Thomas. Children got to experience the new toys and to watch a sneak preview screening of the movie before the DVD officially debuts next month. My kids, pictured below, attended the event and had a wonderful time. Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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In Misty Island Rescue, Thomas leaves the Island of Sodor for the very first time. Misty Island is full of new  characters and new placess, and is a place where nothing quite works as it should! Misty Island Rescue The Movie will be released on DVD on September 7, 2010, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The four new toys were introduced. The Zip, Zoom & Logging Adventures ($60) is part of the TrackMaster Line,  feature including a zip line and motorized logging mill. Suitable for ages 3 and up.

Thomas & Friends Shake Shake Bridge ($25), also in the TrackMaster Line, enables kids to play out Thomas’ encounter with Shake Shake Bridge  in Misty Island Rescue. They can send a motorized Thomas  around the Misty Island track as he teeters and totters over fallen logs on bumpy track. While Thomas wobbles across the bridge, the rails collapse! Suitable for ages 3 and up.

From the Take-n-Play collection is the Rescue from Misty Island Playset ($40). It features two destinations – Misty Island on one side and the Island of Sodor on the other side.   Kids can take Thomas through the two-leveled play on Misty Island and then send him wobbling over the Shake Shake Bridge to return to the Island of Sodor. All of the Take-n-Play products connect together (which is a terrific feature!). For ages 3 and up.

Follow Me Thomas ($45) was also featured — a chunky Thomas engine and easy-to-use lantern remote. Your child can point and move the light and Thomas will follow along. As he moves, he says interactive phrases and sound effects. When you press any of the buttons on the lantern, Thomas will do one of three programmed moves including, figure 8’s, circles, and zig zags. Now you can have your friend Thomas with you wherever you go.  Using infrared technology, the Thomas engine reacts to the light of the lantern and follows along for endless fun. For extra play, boys can press one of three large buttons on the side of the lantern to activate pre-programmed moves including zigzags, figure eights and circles. For ages 2 and up.

Thank you to Hit Entertainment and Fisher-Price for providing a gift bag that contained the DVD of Misty Island Rescue, some small Thomas items and one of the new toys from Fisher-Price.

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