Thomas & Friends\u2122 have been in the heart of Malaysians for a very long time. Kids and adults all around Malaysia have been watching this cartoon from when they were still a toddler. In conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of Thomas & Friends\u2122, Mattel, a leading global children\u2019s entertainment company is celebrating it with a series of global celebrations just in time for Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. Following the theme of Thomas & Friends\u2122\u2019 exciting adventures and discovering important life lessons on friendship and teamwork, they are hosting a series of edutainment activities for kids to enjoy from home. The values of these activities reflecting the theme for Independence Day and Malaysia Day which is \u201cMalaysia Cares\u201d.\u00a0 A Brief History about Thomas & Friends\u2122 Rev W. Awdry (Photo credit: Getty Images) It was first written by the writer, Rev W. Awdry, 75 years ago for his young son by the name Thomas the Tank Engine. Awdry was a British clergyman, then it grew to become an award-winning preschool entertainment franchise, enjoyed by families in more than 230 territories and over 60 languages across platforms which include TV, toys, books, apps, live attractions and more. Thomas & Friends\u2122 is now available on content platforms around the world. "This year, Thomas & Friends\u2122 is celebrating 75 years of friendship and teamwork in the most memorable way possible. We want to share this 75-year milestone with all Malaysians as the nation commemorates Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia," said Ivan Franco, General Manager, Mattel South Asia. He also added that Mattel hopes to provide a channel for parents and kids to create greater memories and understand the bigness of the world through the adventures of Thomas and his friends. They can discover more through this birthday carnival across videos, books, virtual activities and podcasts.\u00a0 More from the General Manager of Mattel South Asia, Ivan Franco: "We truly believe that we are more than just a toy brand! Known for its British heritage, Thomas & Friends\u2122 was thrilled to have Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex to introduce the Thomas & Friends\u2122 - The Royal Engine special episode." "Meanwhile, here in Malaysia, we are excited to announce that we have Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, who is looked upon for his parenting advocacy to be part of this celebration and share Thomas\u2019 adventures with fans from Malaysia. With his ever-evolving role as an icon to many Malaysians, this will be an exciting celebration and adventure for Mattel and Thomas & Friends\u2122. We hope that everyone will enjoy this special story reading by Dr Sheikh." Fun-Filled Online Carnival For The 75th Anniversary! Thomas & Friends 75th Anniversary \tAn exclusive story reading session by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar via Facebook Live every Thursday. \tThomas & Friends\u2122 family movie night with a special viewing on YouTube on selected Thomas & Friends\u2122 episodes.\u00a0 \tUnveils new episodes, specials, and short-form content, music, toys, books, exciting partnerships, and an all-new podcast for kids in this celebratory year. \tParents can also look out for exclusive 9.9 promotions for Thomas & Friends\u2122 TrackMaster\u00a0sets and merchandise on Fisher-Price Flagship store on Lazada & Shopee and in-store promotions in line with the anniversary celebration. Instagram: @drsheikhmuszaphar I\u2019ve always been a fan of the adventures of Thomas & his friends. I am very humbled and happy to be part of this celebration and share this special story reading with everyone. Congratulations on achieving this milestone! said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. Don't miss this chance and for the latest update on promotions, activities and special episodes, stay connected with Thomas & Friends\u2122 via Facebook and YouTube. To experience Thomas & Friends\u2122 playroom activities, visit Mattel\u2019s official website today.\u00a0 About Thomas & Friends\u2122 Thomas the Tank Engine\u2122 was created 75 years ago, by a British clergyman, the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his young son. That story grew to become an award-winning preschool entertainment franchise, enjoyed by families in more than 230 territories and over 60 languages across many touch-points including TV, toys, books, apps, live attractions and much more. Thomas & Friends\u2122 is available on content platforms around the world, including on Five\u2019s Milkshake! in the UK. On YouTube, Thomas & Friends\u2122 has reached over 2 billion views globally and counting. For the latest news, follow Thomas & Friends\u2122 on Facebook.