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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 24, 2018, 01:56:50 PM
I didn't know Tomix is also available in the US.

So, in that case, Bachmann may not get the license for N Scale Thomas anytime soon.

They were available in the US at one point but stopped selling them here a long time ago, hence the old artwork on the packaging.  So the license should still be up for grabs since Tomix is only selling in Japan and hasn't brought anything to the US market in a long time.

O scale rights are owned by Lionel and they are still making products in their Thomas range, so therefore the odds of N scale rights being acquired would be far greater than O gauge.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 11:37:05 PM
Gordon was promoted on the packaging of some of the Tomix releases in Japan and even in the US.



Still bummed to this day it never happened.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 01:33:08 PM
Unlike the previous times the Hornby's range has been dropped, this is the first time the range has been really given a "formal" farewell announcing the license being dropped, so its highly unlikely the range will be brought back.

This is a great opportunity for Bachmann to acquire the rights for their HO and Narrow gauge ranges and potentially have stronger sales that could help Bachmann look into affording new toolings for the respective ranges.  The narrow gauge range especially would be popular once "officially" selling in the UK.  Plus the Bachmann range, in my eyes, is more "kid friendly" and would allow more fans to become invested in the hobby with models that actually look like the characters on the show allowing to be more more appealing than Hornby's range to both generations of Thomas fans. 

On a personal note, now that the Hornby Stepney clearly won't be making a third comeback now, now it's just as good of a time as any other for Bachmann to make the bluebell engine the HO range.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: April 20, 2018, 11:00:33 PM
The funny thing is I did model in N before going back to HO once the Thomas range first came out in 2002.  so apart from Percy and a mail car, I never really collected N scale since then.  A Bachmann N scale range would be a lot of fun, I could see it having better luck financially than the large scale range.

In other news, I found my old James and Thomas and while Thomas didn't look great, James looked pretty good and I was able to get his motor and wheels cleaned and he runs almost perfectly.  Planning on heading to the club next week to pick up their Thomas pack.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: April 20, 2018, 10:53:23 PM
Sorry I forgot to respond, don't know the make but if you want measurements of the portal I can send them to you in a personal message.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: April 20, 2018, 04:25:58 PM
On a side note, it really makes me wonder why they wouldn't have updated pictures of the express coaches if they do happen to be the same tooling. I also find it strange that they would still be on display with the bachmann layout at all the train shows since they were discontinued.

Well, since they are the same tooling, there really isn't much of a reason to take new pictures of them when the stock photos are already available. Now if these were new toolings or they had a paint revision, then I imagine they would update the photos to show everyone what they look like.

I also find it strange that they would still be on display with the bachmann layout at all the train shows since they were discontinued.

At the time when the Bachmann Sodor layout(s) were made, the express coaches were not discontinued.  I imagine that they probably wanted to keep them around for their show layouts while they were discontinued for consistency sake.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: April 19, 2018, 01:01:20 PM
Although I don't collect N scale anymore, I saw these at a local sale in an N scale club and I picked up everything you see here for 75 dollars.



Might start collecting N scale again soon.  Maybe one day Bachmann can look into having a license to make and sell N scale Thomas models for the US? Wink
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: April 19, 2018, 12:56:45 PM
I wonder if this confirms that Grumpy Diesel will be replacing the older Diesel model, which admittedly would be the only way that Grumpy Diesel would have decent sales.

Paxton looks great on display, will be buying him for sure.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: April 15, 2018, 02:08:34 AM
Had to remodel part of my section due to another member at the club adding a bridge on the dual gauge line above my 009 loop.  Fortunately progress has been coming along, hoping to have it finished next month.

10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: April 15, 2018, 02:04:36 AM
Strange how the HO spiteful brake van is not listed yet, but is on sites like Trainworld.  Even more strange that there is still no proper photo of the large scale spiteful brake van on the web store either.  I'm sure they will be updated soon though.

I imagine the narrow gauge coaches will probably be out next year since they will be a new tooling, unlike everything else that got announced this year.  I too would love to see a close-up of Paxton and the spiteful brake van myself, maybe Rusty too if we are lucky.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: April 14, 2018, 04:56:03 PM
Stepney has always been small on the show, but nowhere near as small as Oliver's CG render.  I imagine Bachmann would have the proportions of Stepney spot on as they have in the past since Stepney's size has never been an issue in the model era.

Now if he comes back into CGI anytime soon, his size and proportions are something I am concerned of Jam Filled getting wrong.  All the more of a reason for Bachmann to look into Stepney sooner rather than later.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: April 10, 2018, 11:59:12 PM
I have no doubt that a large scale Duck would be a popular seller in large scale too for the reasons you mentioned earlier, plus his given strong sales that would likely follow him.  His HO model is still a popular seller nearly five years since it was released.  It's just like I said the recent production choices from Bachmann are what make me feel unsure if Bachmann will make a new engine.  He would easily be a better seller than Diesel would have too.

Not a bad find you found either.  Would love to see photos of your club's layout and collection as well as an upcoming progress.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: April 10, 2018, 11:50:09 PM
I was on the same boat as you earlier but I decided to give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt for next year for Stepney.  If it doesn't work out, then I might buy a Terrier model and make my own model of Stepney from there since I don't see much of a reason to buy the Hornby model at that price.

Hopefully Bachmann is fully aware of this too, just like how they did their research on Gordon's express coaches being brought back, because as noted earlier there's clearly a market and strong sales for a Bachmann Stepney.  Certainly much higher sales than other candidates that were mentioned earlier.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: April 08, 2018, 02:51:46 PM
While I would be all for a large scale Duck personally, seeing as how Diesel got canceled, I'm not sure if the large scale range is going to get an engine anytime soon since the large scale market in the US is really not all that strong to warrant sales for new products.  I'm willing to bet we will see James, Toby, and Emily with DCC and sound already installed before we get a new engine again.

I'm still surprised Bachmann hasn't announced the red coaches in large scale yet since those would be recolors of Annie and Clarabel with new roofs and added compartments on the brake coach.  It would have been a much smarter move if Bachmann announced those instead of the tankers that got announced this year. 

Toad would be nice too, but it's a little hard to see him happening without Oliver.  I would imagine Henrietta or a mail car would happen before we get a large scale Toad.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Diesel on: April 08, 2018, 02:33:54 PM
The HO product in discussion was also something else that got cancelled so it's really not "off topic" if that was something else that got dropped but had no answer given either.
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