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Thomas: not to be found in Toys R Us

They’re not. In my research during a recent Godforsaken Christmas shopping trip this weekend I went to three Toys R Us stores – one in Brent Cross, one in Watford and the other in Central London – in order to secure a Duplo Police Boat for a three-year-old.

Could I find one? Of course I couldn’t.

Then I went to look for the Nintendo DS Littlest Pet Shop (Friends version). Could I find one? No I couldn’t. Then I went to look for a Thomas the Tank Engine model. Could I find one?…

That, for me is enough evidence to tell me that Toys, most definitely, aren’t Us.