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TOMY Attempts to Set GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for World's Tallest Toy Train Track

  TOMY Attempts to Set GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for World's Tallest Toy
                                 Train Track

TOMY Master Builder will attempt to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for
Tallest Toy Train Track with innovative Chuggington StackTrack™ on Saturday,
May 11, 2013, at New York City's Grand Central Terminal

PR Newswire

OAK BROOK, Ill., May 1, 2013

OAK BROOK, Ill., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TOMY, the maker of the innovative
Chuggington StackTrack^TM Railway System, announces a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®
title attempt scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013. Chuggington StackTrack is
a durable die-cast railway system that enables kids to achieve elevation in
toy train play. The Company will be constructing a larger-than-life toy train
layout in an attempt to set the record for World's Tallest Toy Train Track.
The public is invited to join the excitement, which will be a featured part of
the Grand Centennial Parade of Trains in Vanderbilt Hall in New York City's
Grand Central Terminal. TOMY's Master Builder, Jason Moreno, will be on site
constructing the sky-high layout beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m.
world record attempt is officially completed.

In order to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for World's Tallest Toy Train
Track, Moreno and his helpers must construct a towering layout utilizing the
Chuggington StackTrack die-cast railway track that meets or exceeds 9 feet 8
inches in height, and a commercially available Chuggington StackTrack die-cast
railway train must then travel from the top of the track all the way down to
the bottom.

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator will be on site to authenticate the
record-setting event and, if the effort is successful, to present a
certificate that officially proclaims TOMY as the world record holder.
Families and kids of all ages are invited to participate in the event, which
is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Attendees may
also visit the Chuggington areas in the Kids Junction, which will feature fun
train activities, games, giveaways, and entertainment. Entertainment will
include Radio Disney AM 1560, part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens
and families, who'll be there from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. providing interactive
entertainment and prizes. 

"We're proud that our StackTrack sets enable kids to build their train sets
UP, not just out. We've taken train play to new heights, and setting a
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Tallest Toy Train Track makes it official,"
states Willie Wilkov, TOMY's VP of Marketing Communications and Branding.

TOMY Master Builder Jason Moreno adds, "I'm confident we can set the world
record. We designed Chuggington StackTrack to be really sturdy and easy to
assemble, which will help me get the build done in time." Since he only has a
few hours to attempt the record, Moreno has for the past several months been
constructing practice builds and timing his efforts. "Our team is honored to
have the opportunity to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title with our
Chuggington StackTrack."

Inspired by Chuggington's modern characters and fast-paced adventures, TOMY's
Chuggington StackTrack die-cast railway combines train and construction play
in a full line of toys. The line features playsets and high-performance
engines that allow budding engineers to build tall, spiraling toy train
layouts. Easy to connect and simple enough for preschoolers to build on their
own, the Chuggington StackTrack die-cast railway system is a durable and
sturdy solution for adding elevation to train sets and creating amazing
action.

About Grand Centennial Parade of Trains
An extraordinary assembly of historic train cars spanning the heyday of luxury
rail travel, as well as the latest in railroad technology, will be on display
together for the first time at the free and family-friendly "Grand Centennial
Parade of Trains" weekend, which is part of Grand Central Terminal's ongoing
Centennial celebration. The historic train cars, including an observation car
from the iconic 20th Century Limited – arguably the most famous train in the
world – will come from across the country to Grand Central Terminal.
Accompanying the private train cars will be a number of cars from Metro-North
Railroad's collection, including the newest in the Metro-North fleet, the M8
commuter car that was introduced in 2011, and cars from predecessor railroads
serving the New York region. In addition, an area of Vanderbilt Hall will be
transformed into "Kid Junction," which will be full of free activities for
children and families to enjoy, including an activity area and a modular train
display from the "Chuggington" animated train series and creative activities
led by New York Transit Museum staff and The New York Botanical Garden.
Metro-North employees will staff departmental demonstrations, where families
can learn how many functions support a smooth-running railroad. In conjunction
with the "Grand Centennial Parade of Trains," many of Grand Central Terminal's
retail tenants will offer special deals and promotions on May 11 and 12. An
updated list of specials will be posted on www.grandcentralterminal.com. These
offers are good while supplies last and are subject to change.

About Chuggington™
Chuggington is a contemporary, action based, energetic and vibrant CGI series
for children aged 2 – 5 years. The series follows the adventures of three
young trainees - Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the
rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and
determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong
community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills
empowering them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information
is available at www.chuggington.com.

About TOMY International
TOMY International (www.tomy.com) is a leading global designer, producer and
marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to
preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY®, Ertl®, Johnny Lightning® and
Tomica® brands as well as products for mothers, infants and toddlers marketed
under its The First Years®, Lamaze, JJ Cole® Collections and Boon® brands.
TOMY International also markets its products under popular and classic
licensed properties such as Chuggington, Pokémon, Dinosaur Train, John Deere,
Disney's Winnie the Pooh, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other
well-known properties. TOMY International's mission is to inspire and fulfill
the dreams of children and parents worldwide. TOMY International reaches its
target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more
than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and
Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY
Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867). © TOMY

SOURCE TOMY International

Website: http://www.tomy.com
Contact: Scott Goldberg or Nancy Davies, Salmon Borre Group, +1-847-582-1610,
scott@salmonborre.com; nancy@salmonborre.com, @TOMYNewsUS
 
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