Bootleg Thomas the Train toys

Photo of three Thomas the Train-like toys turned into a standing Voltron Transformer-like robot.

Thomas the Train is a brutal killing machine… in the world of cheap, illegal Chinese imports.This particular model is composed of three trains that break apart and fold into a Voltron-like robot.

Look upon Thomas the Transformer as a way to keep the magic alive long after your kid has outgrown Thomas the Train. has a report about the weird world of Asian knock-off Thomas toys. The photo above is from which has a few other excellent views of this particular toy.

If you are not revolted by the thought of peaceful, happy Thomas turning into a violent angst-ridden robot, you’ll be delighted to know he’s available on eBay (averaging $7 plus a sneaky $15 shipping charge).

To clarify for any geeks, yes, I’m aware Voltron and Transformers were two different cartoons.


6 Responses to “Bootleg Thomas the Train toys”

  1. Allison says:

    LOL, my son has taken a liking to Thomas and this just hilarious.

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:53 am

  2. Christine says:


    Where can I get one?

    February 24th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  3. MoJo says:

    My boys would LOVE to have this toy! To them, it would be robot-Thomas…what’s not to love?

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

  4. Julia says:

    My boyfriend has a shirt with almost the exact same thing on it. Its one of his favorite shirts. Check it out:

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

  5. Julia says:

    Oh, and when the 5 y.o. boy i baby-sit saw it, it stopped him in his tracks, speechless.

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  6. Jeremiah says:

    That is hilarious. Love the idea.

    The quality looks terrible, though. Here’s a video demo of the transformation:

    March 22nd, 2010 at 9:20 am

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