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Mattel stalks Thomas the Tank Engine owner Wednesday, 10th August 2011
Hit Entertainment, owner of Thomas the Tank Engine, may soon be snapped up by Mattel.
Sources have suggested that the entertainment monoliths could be keen to secure a deal within weeks.
Chinese, Japanese and American companies have also expressed an interest in buying Hit so one of these may emerge as the winner of the auction.
Mattel already has a licensing deal with Hit for Thomas & Friends-branded products through the American company's Fisher-Price unit.