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Mattel injecting diversity into Thomas & Friends franchise

Thomas is getting 14 new friends, including 4 female trains and many from countries such as India, Brazil, China and Mexico

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Mattel has been eager to capitalise on its investment by finding ways to make the franchise more popular in fast-growing markets around the world.

New York

THOMAS'S friends are finally getting a little more diverse.

With more than US$1 billion in annual retail sales, Thomas the Tank Engine and his locomotive pals constitute one of the world's largest preschool toy and television franchises. Created in 1946 by a British

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