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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: Today at 08:31:28 PM
I'm sure Diesel will be out in 2018, though I'm surprised we still don't have an official photo of the spiteful brake van yet. 

That being said, production has been a lot slower for Bachmann than usual this year and I'm sure this has made an impact for large scale too.  I'm not expecting a lot for large scale in 2018 besides 'Arry and Bert.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: November 14, 2017, 11:46:06 PM
Stanley has had very minimal speaking roles, and his sales would be very minimal compared to Daisy, but he is a tank engine.

I can't really say anything else about Daisy without rehashing what I've already said before.
Rosie also had very little to no speaking roles until JBS. The she had an episode basically dedicated to her repaint. And unless you've been living under a rock, she got a bachmann model herself.

The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor was a lot more of a James episode.

Now, I really apologize for taking up so much space on this thread due to the countless times I have elaborated on Daisy. I'm going to try to make sure that this is the last time I do it.

As long as it's productive discussion and realistic I don't see anything wrong with it.  Might be redundant but admittedly so are a number of other requests on here, so it's not a bad thing since it does give Bachmann an idea of what to make next.  It's a lot better to hear about Daisy rather than paint revisions on the James model. Roll Eyes
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 07, 2017, 02:23:50 PM
It actually is the Branchline tooling, the smaller couplers and brakepipes on the illustration in the catalog give that away.

4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 06, 2017, 02:21:37 PM
The only reason why I could think that the cattle car doesn't have a photo yet is because it is based off the a Bachmann branchline tooling like Toad and could be out early next year.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: November 05, 2017, 11:51:05 PM
Even though just Peter Sam and a brake van wouldn't be a large lineup of announcements, I would be pretty content with getting just those two next year.  Better than just one engine like this year.

The more I think about it in regards to HO, the more I would like to see them do another lineup of resin buildings.  Another I personally would be fond of is Toby's shed for HO.  A standard small shape, but should be fairly easy for Bachmann to make compared to some of the other buildings in the range:

6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Future of Bachmann Thomas on: November 05, 2017, 11:43:13 PM
If you ask me, Bachmann should just discontinue their TTTE Large Scale range.

I agree. Bachmann should just discontinue their thomas and friends large scale range before it is too late.

Yes, the large scale market is struggling, but to discontinue the entire range is a bit of a drastic move.  The worst I could see in the range is not announcing anything new but continue to make the same products since they are still making profit in the range.  I have a feeling when the Diesel model will released it will receive a lot of attention from large scale collectors like how Emily and Toby did.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Future of Bachmann Thomas on: November 04, 2017, 07:31:14 PM
I just hope they get the rest of the original six NG engines done, which for all we know could be 2025 at this rate.

Bachmann typically announces one engine a year, but there have been occasions where they have skipped engines one year just to catch up on delayed models and would only announce rolling stock and buildings.  Fortunately we are halfway through the original six narrow gauge engines so I would give them at least another four years or so to get them out.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: November 04, 2017, 07:27:07 PM
So I recently picked up a few things from my local hobby shop, the first is the water tower:

Might do an in-depth review on this later, but I was debating on getting this or the square water tower.  Upon closer inspection (for once the blister packaging was helpful) and I noticed that the square water tower looked way to small in comparison to an engine.  Therefore I went with the round one, since it was cheaper, better details, and looked much better in size.

Only modification I made to the water tower was a simple one... just added water!

I also picked up some logs to replace my old ones.  They were made by a local company in my state, Oregon, and I picked up about three packs for 5 dollars each.

The result was far more satisfying than my older logs since I got those for free.  These logs, while I had to pay for them, have much better details carved into them and I am really happy to have log cars on my set up... no need to buy Bachmann log cars if they were ever announced.

Going back to the earlier subject, would anyone like to hear my thoughts on the water tower(s)?
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 02, 2017, 01:28:22 PM
They look decent but admittedly something I was never hyperly interested in.  Would have been happier with a release date on Rheneas or a picture of Rusty or Paxton, but I'm just going to assume we will see those two next year at the Toy Fair.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: October 30, 2017, 02:09:09 AM
Nice work on the brake vans and gunpowder wagons!  Keep me updated on how you get the decals for the D Fusit wagons.  I'm looking into a brake van kit myself that I ordered but it still hasn't arrived yet.  Like you, as soon as Bachmann announces some I will be buying them. 
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 28, 2017, 02:45:11 PM
If Diesel takes longer than they expected to get out and they want to skip an engine for next year and make some rolling stock that would have decent sales, then the red coaches would easily be the way to go.  The scenario would be no different than HO and those turned out to be very popular sellers.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Mavis de-confirmed? on: October 28, 2017, 02:42:21 PM
The thing is Bachmann isn't allowed to reveal info on new products early.  I'm sure they are just now deciding what to announce in 2018 and probably don't want to confirm anything until the announcements are "officially" posted or when the catalog is up.  People have asked about Oliver before too and they have mentioned that there are no plans for him (and some people actually believed that from the "interview" posted a few years ago), then the following year Oliver and Toad were in the 2015 announcements.

You're not wrong on the complexity issue of Bachmann making products since there is a lot of communication between them and Hit/Mattel and what they believe what they should make and what would sell well and what won't.  There have been numerous times where requests from the forum have clearly made an impact on what gets announced, such as Duck, Bill and Ben, Donald and Douglas, and Oliver being introduced into the range.  Mattel having a final say on what gets announced could very well be a factor with why they haven't looked into Mavis in large scale since the pros seem to outweigh the cons (just like Daisy), but if Mattel doesn't see a character as marketable then chances are there won't be a lot of merchandise for said character.  Black trains, besides Diesel and Hiro, very rarely get merchandise nowadays for that reason alone which is a factor to why Mavis does not get any merchandise anymore, same with Donald and Douglas, thank goodness Bachmann made those three before Mattel stepped in...!

But on the whole, Bachmann does generally listen to fans input as proven by particular announcements and decisions in the past, even if a lot of the decisions do have to come from/be approved by Mattel.  I personally think Mavis in large scale is a missed opportunity and would have been easier to make than Diesel and would sell a lot better but since Diesel is the more iconic character who kids know so naturally that was who they went with and will probably pull off Arry and Bert next just like how Lionel did.  But if Bachmann could avoid taking the easy route and go the extra mile for better sales then Mavis is definitely the way to go.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 24, 2017, 11:44:02 PM
We haven't had a sound model in HO for a long time, which is shocking considering how the Thomas model is still selling so well.  Either way I would honestly bet on Percy happening next, I honestly don't see how his motor would be too small for a sound chip.

I don't see why Daisy wouldn't have rear buffers or tail lamps.

I second that.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 22, 2017, 03:27:37 AM

On a different note, I'm very glad that your're all for Neptune Refreshments  Smiley. Although, I actually do not fully understand what you mean by the multi-packs with the Tidmouth and Knapford kits. Is it possible if you could elaborate on that? I apologize for poor comprehension.

What I mean is having all three of those buildings together in one set, like a 3-in-1 type of deal since all of those buildings are fairly small, like this Walthers kit here as an example:

Could work either way as a kit or individual structures.  But I feel like if they were to do the buildings you mentioned earlier it might make more sense for them to be released together in one set.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 21, 2017, 10:37:08 PM
The Sodor Shipping company is a fairly big building but it's simple tooling that really wouldn't take as much time to put together.  I could see size being the only issue with it.

Neptunes refreshments doesn't sound like a bad idea, I think having that available with two other buildings in a multi-pack with kits like Tidmouth and Knapford wouldn't be a bad idea since I've seen various small buildings available in one kit before.  I'd be all for it.

I don't know if I would go as far to say that Peter Sam is "inevitable", but he is definitely the most promising choice left at the moment compared to Sir Handel and Duncan since Bachmann will likely make him based on his basis' proportions like Skarloey and Rheneas with his giesl funnel.  As soon as Sir Handel's basis Sir Haydn will be finished with its overhaul Bachmann can then make him based on Talyllyn proportions which would also make him a popular seller.  Meanwhile most likely like Rusty, I'm sure Duncan would be based on his CG render due to Mattel's marketing standards.
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