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Thomas & Friends Celebrates with Easter Retail Promotions

HIT Ent. is lining up its biggest retail promotion ever for THOMAS & FRIENDS this Easter.

THOMAS & FRIENDS has launched at Hamley's as part of the famous toy store's Cartoon Crazy promotion with themed in-store activity and a special THOMAS & FRIENDS-themed window. The promotion showcases new product lines from TOMY, Golden Bear and RC2 as well as in-store competitions to win tickets to Thomas Land as part of the U.K. theme park's first anniversary celebrations. The promotion runs until May 11 in Hamley's Regent Street and Dumfries, Ireland stores.

New and classic home entertainment releases for THOMAS & FRIENDS will also be showcased in special Easter promotions in and across HMV, Borders, ASDA, Sainsbury's U.K. stores throughout the month.

An all new THOMAS & FRIENDS promotion launches in ten Toys R Us stores across the U.K. over Easter. The Fat Controller Station Stops offers children a chance to meet the Fat Controller at Thomas-themed afternoons as well as in-store promotions throughout Easter.

Confectionary licensee Kinnerton has also released a new range of THOMAS & FRIENDS-themed Easter egg products in Tesco, Morrison's, Sainsbury, Asda, Coo, Aldi, and Waitrose at Easter this year. Kinnerton has been a THOMAS & FRIENDS licensee for the past 15 years and has grown the THOMAS & FRIENDS branded food products 20% year on year and is set for continued growth throughout 2009 with new concepts and retail partners.

THOMAS & FRIENDS is now broadcast in over 185 territories and in 35 languages and generates US$1.6 billion globally at retail each year. The THOMAS & FRIENDS website attracts more than 30 million visitors each month, 7 million in the U.K. alone.