The Fat Controller Stops at Hamleys Toy Shop in London, Tracks4Thomas


The Fat Controller is taking some time off from his duties on Sodor to visit Hamleys, The Finest Toy Shop in the World and on Sunday 10th November we got to meet him in person!

“The Reverend W. Awdry originally created Thomas the Tank Engineto cheer up his son when he was sick. In the same spirit, Thomas & Friends are celebrating Christmas this year by undertaking an epic journey to help The Fat Controller deliver presents to children in hospitals across the UK and Ireland. To show your support you can log in at via Facebook or Twitter and add a piece of virtual track to Thomas & Friends’ Christmas journey.”

Join Thomas & Friends on this very special Christmas Journey and Listen to The Fat Controller tell the tales of the fun and exciting Island of Sodor, where Thomas & Friends learn the value of friendship, fair play and team work, watch some balloon modelling, get your face painted, join in on some colouring activities and more, this event is perfect for Thomas & Friends™ fans of all ages, and the whole family is invited to join the booming-voiced Fat Controller in a celebration of everything Thomas.

We had such a brilliant time at Hamleys in London and for such a fabulous cause.

joseph hamleys
Photo taken from website
joseph thomas mask
photo taken from tracks4thomas


The boys really enjoyed the day and really loved meeting The Fat Controller, Dusty and Rusty



Although Oliver is a huge Thomas fan he was n’t too sure on getting too close but he did enjoy watching the trains go round the track



And he posed for a little picture with his Thomas & Friends flag



And he enjoyed listening to the story from The Fat Controller



Joseph’s favourite [part of the day was getting his face painted, he chose a silver dog to match his silver trousers and dicky bow



After The Fat Controller spent his time at Hamleys spreading the word he popped into Evelinas children’s hospital with a sack full of presents for the children to cheer them up just like The Reverand W Awdry did with his son.



For more information and the chance to win prizes, visit Share on Facebook and Twitter for the chance to win some fabulous prizes and also the stocking filler of the week.

Shoppers can also meet The Fat Controller at Hamleys Cardiff (17th November), Glasgow (24th November) and Dublin (1st December).

We was invited along to Hamleys to help spread the word of a brilliant cause, no payment has been received for this post.


Top Secret Tickety Toc Event at Hamleys

Last Sunday the boys and I boarded the underground train to make our way to Hamleys Toy Store for a very special event for Tickety Toc, the Toy store was to be closed to public and only open to invited guests only and guess what, we was VIP’s.

We was greeted at the door by Hamleys staff and given our very special VIP badges and also a token to receive one free milkshake. We made our way to the top floor where the boys had some fun dancing away along with the Milkshake presenters Kemi and Olivia and then they were joined by the one and only Tommy and Talulah from Tickety Toc.


After tiring themselves out with all the dancing we went downstairs for story time, the boys got comfortable and grabbed a copy of the story ‘Mystery Time’ so they could read along with the storyteller, Jak even got called up to help out and read out Talulah’s part in the story.


The boys and I had so much fun trying out the new range of Tickety Toc toys, making headbands, listening to stories and meeting Tommy and Talulah. It wasn’t easy pulling Oliver away from the toys especially the Chime Time playset.


It was thirsty work all the dancing and playing so we ordered a nice refreshing milkshake each, Joseph and Oliver had a strawberry one, Jak had a chocolate one and I opted for a vanilla one, I must admit they were very tasty and certainly hit the spot.


A fun day was had by all, we laughed, danced, sang songs, listened to stories, made crafts, played with lots of toys and met some lovely people. The boys came away with a goodie bag which had their very own Tommy character in it, Which Oliver now sleeps with and kisses all o the time. He has also learnt a new word and walks around saying ‘Toc Toc’ .


If your little one is as mad about Tickety Toc as my boys are then why not look at the new range of toys availanle. Preschool fans of the animated TV programme, Tickety Toc – currently showing on Nick Jr and Channel 5’s Milkshake – can now play with their favourite characters from the show, thanks to a brand new range of toys and games launching in the UK.

Suitable for 18months+, the range includes talking soft toys of the show’s main characters, Tommy and Tallulah, a musical Pufferty Train, plus a Clockhouse Playset. Available from 27 July at Argos, The Entertainer, Smyths, Amazon & all good toy shops.

Based in the town of Tickety, the series revolves around twins Tommy and Tallulah as they race against time to keep the Tickety Toc Clock ticking. Through their madcap adventures they explore concepts of teamwork, social responsibility and problem solving along with their friends, including Hopparoo, McCoggins and Pufferty.

The New Ticket Toc Toy Range comprises:

1. Have fun with the twins at home with Talking Tommy and Talking Tallulah (RRP £14.99 each), which see our favourite Tickety Toc twins immortalized in 10 inch talking soft toys, just perfect for cuddle time with little Tick Tocketeers! Each character includes seven recognisable phrases from the TV programme including “Easy peazy, lemon squeezy!”

2. Kids will love the Musical Pufferty Train (RRP £22.99). Press his funnel to play the Tickety Toc theme tune and push him along to see Tommy and Tallulah play on their see-saw, and watch Tooteroo spin on his perch. Don’t forget to make sure the twins back in time for Chime Time!

3. Tick, tock, it’s all about the clock – with the Clockhouse Playset (RRP £29.99). This set represents the heart of Tickety Town. Complete with train track and push along Pufferty train to take the Tommy and Tallulah figures back for Chime Time, this set has everything a Tickety fan needs to recreate the magic of Tickety Toc at home. Turn the key to open the kitchen door and rotate the cog to open the Chime Time doors for the Twins.


4. Take the twins wherever you go with the Tickety Toc Soft Toys (RRP £6.99 each). Collect Tommy and Tallulah and take on the road with you on your own Chime Time adventures; perfect for Tickety Toc fun around the clock!


The Tickety Toc range is available from Argos, The Entertainer, Smyths, Amazon and all good toy shops/online.

Thank you for reading about our amazing day with Tickety Toc