Chugga! Chugga! Whoo! Whoo! All aboard
Thomas the Tank Engine
as he steams along with Learning Curve Brands. The company, known for its wooden and battery-powered train sets, also offers other toys: a line of Caring Corners dolls and accessories and John Deere-branded farm theme toys. Its Lamaze Infant Development System and The First Years (acquired in 2004) lines amuse children from birth to three years, and the PlayTown toys target older children. The company, which focuses on nonviolent, creative play toys, does not advertise to children. Learning Curve was founded in 1993 by its president, John Lee. In 2003 RC2 purchased the company and made it a subsidiary.