are a range of Thomas & Friends toys produced by Mattel-Fisher-Price. It was introduced in 2015 as part of the 70th anniversary of Thomas & Friends.
The range features small four-wheeled vehicles made in a variety of themes.
Thomas MINIS are individually sold in blind bags which can be specifically identified by numbered codes printed on them. Each blind bag series is split into four periodical releases.
From 2016, each release is more easily defined. The vehicles have couplings to join to each other.
History of Thomas MINIS
Mattel released a new range of Thomas trains in 2015 called MINIS in celebrations of the In 2015, Mattel released a brand new Thomas and Friends toy range called MINIS, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Thomas & Friends.
This new range features numerous characters in a variety of different themes. MINIS are small sized, each acquiring a 4-wheeled chassis configuration and a hook and loop coupling system. Tender engines have their tenders moulded onto the overall unit, behind their cabs and boilers. The two primary methods of distribution for the MINIS are blind bags and visible packs. The blind bags have individual codes to identify and distinguish which bag contains which Mini. The blind bag releases in 2015 were split into 4 separate waves, released gradually throughout the year, each with its own unique set of MINIS. Play-sets with exclusive MINIS and various multi-packs were also released in parts of the world, gradually becoming available internationally during the end of 2015 and early 2016.
The themes released in 2015 were: Classics, Robo, Dino, Chillin', Racers, Old School, Neon, Spooky and Metallic, with Christmas and Warriors joining the line-up during the end of the year, as exclusive MINIS to 2 multi-packs. Mattel also released a cross-over theme, DC Super Friends, that included multiple characters dressed up as various Superheroes and Supervillains from the DC Comics range. The Thomas and Friends MINIS have been one of the most successful toy ranges for Mattel and statistics show, within the first 10 months of 2015, in Walmart Stores alone, they sold more than 5 million MINIS. Internationally, the MINIS have also achieved astounding sales.