Update: Mighty Mac is one of the 10 Narrow Gauge Engines available in the Take-n-Play line as of summer 2013, along with Victor (the only Narrow Gauge Engine on Sir Topham Hatt's Railway), Skarloey (#1), Rheneas (#2), Sir Handel (#3), Peter Sam (#4), Rusty (#5), Fearless Freddie (#7), Luke (#22) and Duke (aka "Granpuff"). Mighty Mac is a double-ended Fairlie locomotive and is 2 characters in one engine - Mighty is the older one, with a small speck of hair on his forehead, while Mac is the younger, freckle-faced end. They have opposing personalities, which makes it interesting! Mighty Mac first appeared in TV Season 9 (2005) and on TnP's original (Spring 2010) Collector Checklist. He's dark blue with gold and red lining, a black cab roof, and 8 black wheels. We paid $6.29 for our grandson's - he really enjoys his "2 in 1 guy"! Fisher-Price's summer 2013 MSRP is $6.
A little of our own "Thomas" history... As first time grandparents, my husband and I wanted to start some type of collection for our grandson that he could possibly pass along to his own kids one day. Our grandson was 2 1/2 at the time, and had been talking a lot about a certain train named Thomas (a little fella whom - now seems hard to believe! - we'd never heard of.) After doing some research, it seemed the Take-n-Play line might be the perfect investment to engage and encourage his active imagination, as well as provide a fun way for us to interact with him. What a rewarding decision... we've had SO much fun together with this quality line of trains, vehicles and playsets! As he approaches 4, a large portion of our basement has become a wonderful Sodor land of make believe that we all enjoy visiting - and continues to hold his interest, which is quite a feat given the tendency at that age to move in and out of toy phases so quickly!