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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: July 21, 2018, 09:41:19 PM
I think it's safe to say that James would be the third engine, regardless of the demand.  But maybe announcing Gordon alongside could work if they wanted to get him out sooner knowing that there is a market for an N scale Gordon, amongst other characters like Toby, Edward, Duck, etc.

Personally I could see it going like this if it really came down to it:

Year 1: Thomas and Percy
Year 2: James
Year 3: Gordon and Henry (since they share the same chassis and finding a Tomix Henry is pretty hard to come by, (I would know since I'm looking for another one)).
Year 4: Emily
Year 5: Toby

I think any other characters like Edward or Diesel would really depend on how the range would do at that point.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: LARGE SCALE DCC SOUND-EQUIPPED THOMAS & FRIENDS LOCOS ARE HERE! on: July 21, 2018, 03:09:11 AM
Well, although not a video made by the earlier poster, someone finally uploaded a video showcasing the sound from James Toby and Emily.

Honestly, I am blown away by the sound quality that is offered to these engines, it's a shame that they are not available with DCC and sound already installed.

An added bonus is that Toby has his model era bell included as opposed to his bell that came in the CG era that was originally Flora's bell.  Little details like this are always nice and welcomed.

It's a shame that we do not have sound available for all the other engines besides Thomas in HO, or DCC in the HO range as a whole.  Personally, I would welcome it with loving arms if we get decent sound quality such as this.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Spiteful Brake Van has rolled in! on: July 18, 2018, 03:47:12 PM
Great news, hopefully the HO model will be out soon too!
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: July 18, 2018, 12:15:20 PM
I've mentioned the idea of Bachmann acquiring the license for N scale Thomas models before, and I personally think it would be a wonderful idea, especially when Tomix is only selling their new range in Japan.

I think the range will more likely than not reach "Tomix size" as you mentioned earlier and it would be a good way to get the engines and stock from both ranges to at least be in the same size as each other. 

The range would in no doubt start with Thomas, Percy, and James.  I can easily see the range doing more characters from there as you mentioned before, but with some of the recent choices made by both Bachmann, or even Tomix's new range it does make me wonder what they will produce.  One of the biggest reasons I was for an N scale range was that size would not be an issue, unlike large scale, so Gordon and Henry would be a lot more possible, especially considering that Tomix made Henry in their old range and Gordon was announced too.  However, the new Tomix range only has Thomas, Percy and James so far and it seems like that, especially in the case of James, the models have been given new fly-wheel motors so they can navigate tight radiuses.  This isn't too much of a bad thing but it does make me wonder if the range is going to bother to bring back any of their larger additions like Henry or the mail car.  I personally hope that if Bachmann makes an N scale range themselves that they realize that demand for larger engines in N scale is definitely there, especially since Gordon still never got made by Tomix. 

I think the number of ranges Bachmann has for Thomas really should not be all that much of an issue, especially when considering that large scale, and even more recently the HO range has relied more on recolors for their lineups so it probably shouldn't be much, if any issue, with the other ranges. 

Personally I think an N scale range from Bachmann has a lot of potential and it would be a great way for Bachmann to increase their overall sales and encourage more people to get in the hobby of model trains.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Fred Phaly and Rickety might have actually been released to the ublic! on: July 17, 2018, 12:01:45 AM
Definitely interesting to see this topic brought up again, especially after how we found out this year that McColl's cattle wagon and the large scale Diesel got cancelled.

Luckily though in the case of Fred and Rickety, these would be easy projects to make yourself if you are really bothered.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 14, 2018, 01:53:31 PM
The Bachmann water tanker is actually based off a Trackmaster version of said product with the exact same decals shown here:

Which is interesting because we have seen water tankers in Toad and the Whale with the only major difference being that there are no decals on the tankers.  Bachmann didn't seem to take the easy way out on that one by leaving the tankers blank like the CG render so read into that one however you will.

The lettering does bring in some nostalgia, but admittedly not really enough to make me want to buy the water tanker. 

Regarding the tar and milk tanker, I can definitely see the tar tanker coming back as a new product for Troublesome Truck #6, which really would not be that much more different than the case of Troublesome Truck #5 being a salt wagon with a different colored roof and a face.

Admittedly I don't see the same happening with the milk tanker since it is still in production and if they were to change it anytime soon, more likely than not, they would go with the cow logo used in the CGI series, just like the large scale model.

Regarding the narrow gauge coaches, I'm fairly certain that like other products in the range did in the past these are probably still being planned out or in early production, hence the lack of prices.  I think it's best to give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt since these will probably be in production for a while and will probably be the only new products that got announced last year to be pushed back to 2019.  If they will be anything like the slate wagons turned out, I think they can take as much time as they need.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 13, 2018, 12:39:25 PM
Happy with how it turned out, glad to the same consistency from the large scale model carried to the HO model.  Looking forward to getting mine soon. Smiley
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: July 11, 2018, 01:20:46 AM
I think most of the ideas that you listed are pretty solid choices. I don't think we will get more than one narrow gauge engine though. Probably just one a year considering their track record.  Same with rolling stock quantity.  In terms of HO, I can definitely see the flat car and a new load (which I mentioned earlier too).  I'm surprised a utility van hasn't been considered yet, especially since they would most likely paint the mail car brown.

The resin building suggestions all sound pretty likely, but I don't think they will do separate buildings for different ranges, rather than just announce new additions for the resin line as a whole.  One addition or two for narrow gauge definitely could find its way in the lineup though like the Trackside Station.

Probably the only thing I don't see happening is a new engine in large scale. I know that sounds pessimistic, but considering that Diesel got canceled for that range, I am really not sure if we will get a new engine at all anytime soon.   It wouldn't surprise me if Toby turned out to be the last engine to join the range.  At best I can see the rest of the engines coming out with DCC and sound, and maybe bring in a Thomas sound set.  Aside from that, as well as some rolling stock, I really don't see much else going for large scale at this point.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 07, 2018, 04:28:52 PM

It's still listed.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: June 16, 2018, 10:24:04 PM
Yep the green towers are what I am mainly referring to.

Those I think would make nice small resin buildings too.  And again, they are also kid-friendly and also have nostalgia.  I could actually see these look really nice on your layout in particular, actually!
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: June 15, 2018, 12:12:13 AM
Now that summer break has started I figured I would share my thoughts on what might happen next year in list form.  Seeing as how it's been a while since the 2018 announcements and I feel like the summer time in particular is a good time to get thoughts out.


Stepney - If we get an engine next year in HO, Stepney in my eyes is the best choice.  He may not be in full CGI yet, but with a number of recent additions tying in nicely with Stepney, including Rusty, Stepney feels like a very natural addition to the range.  Because he is a small tank engine with a color contrast I can also see Mattel being on board with this as well, and he would be a very popular seller as the Hornby model has proved both during its release and re-release.  He's honestly the only tank engine Bachmann could make that would sell really well too, moreso than Stanley, Charlie, and especially Nia.  See my post on Stepney.

My actual expectation for an HO engine though at this point is either no new engine in HO and instead just announcing rolling stock and possibly some resin buildings.   Or maybe getting engines with DCC and sound in HO too.

Troublesome Truck #6 - Hoping it's the single vent van (ice cream wagon) tooling with another classic facial expression.  Though I wouldn't mind if they went with a tanker either.  Just as long as it's not the one from Journey Beyond Sodor...

But if Bachmann wants to throw a curveball for a new troublesome truck...

Honestly if we got the Spiteful brake van of all things I really don't see what's stopping Bachmann from stopping them from doing a season 1 troublesome truck?  All Bachmann has to do is repaint a truck and make eyes and mouth decals for a face as opposed to making a faceplate.  It's cost effective, nostalgic, and guaranteed to be a strong seller. 

The Chinese Dragon - Personally, I think the the flat car itself would be a welcome addition back to the range but I would prefer that they change the load.  I feel like the Chinese Dragon in particular would work since it's a bright and colorful kid-friendly load that younger fans would like while older fans would appreciate the nostalgia behind it.  I could see both Bachmann and Mattel giving it the green flag.

I also think Bachmann needs to tone it down with the futile rolling stock recolors.  Even though they are suggestions from Mattel, no one is buying them and I feel like they only take up space if no one is buying them.  Quality not Quantity.

Plastic building:

Coal hopper - Just like how we got two new accurate water towers it would be nice if we got a new coal hopper for the very same reason.  It would be a very simple design too.  I can see them going for the design seen in the Adventure Begins onward, but if Bachmann wanted to go for a simple design, as well as one that people would buy more than one of, then the one used in seasons 2-3 would be a much wiser choice.

Resin buildings (if we get any):

Narrow gauge engine sheds - This would be the most ideal building choice for narrow gauge, especially to those who need them for their own layout.

Ffarquhar station - An iconic location in the series, especially since its return in the Adventure Begins.  Although, the CG design is more likely, I feel like the classic design would sell better and would be easier and cheaper for Bachmann to make.

The fuel depot - Such a simple and basic design and would go great for the diesel models Bachmann has made.  It would be a little abnormal, much like the black loch folly, but again it would be a really simple design to make.  Plus for those with industrial buildings on layouts already, these would make nice add-on additions to go with them (shown in the second image).  I could see it happening.

Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory - This is one I can easily see happening, thanks to our good friends at Mattel.  A kid-friendly location that was introduced in the classic series, seems like something they would do.

Narrow gauge:

Peter Sam - Unlike Duncan, or pretty much any other narrow gauge engine besides Sir Handel, I think Peter Sam has the most potential to be made next.  He also offers a nice color contrast and has one of the best designs both on the show and basis wise.  Hard to go wrong with him.  See my post on Peter Sam.

Brake vans (blue, red, and brown) - Brake vans are pretty much essential for the narrow gauge line and it's the only rolling stock in narrow gauge that has a real urgency regarding rolling stock demand.  Any other rolling stock choices for narrow gauge should be kept a lower priority.  See my post on narrow gauge brake vans.

Large scale:
DCC and sound James, Toby, and Emily - Honestly, this needs to happen.  I think Bachmann's safest bet would be to announce these last three engines to go along with the Thomas and Percy locomotives with DCC and sound.  Plus people I've talked to have mentioned issues they have had with the module and have had a difficult time either getting the module/decoder installed, or finding the right speaker for the models that isn't a ridiculously expensive price.

I honestly don't see them adding any rolling stock for large scale next year.  If you want Henrietta or any new rolling stock toolings, you might have to make your own at this point.  Same could also be said for making your own custom models of other engines, like Edward or Mavis.  At a push, I could see them doing the red coaches, but I think that's the best Bachmann can do with the large scale range.  They would definitely sell better than any of the rolling stock that Bachmann has announced in large scale in over five years, as the HO models have proved before.  It would also see passenger stock that isn't limited to just Thomas and Emily.

Here's hoping 2019 is the year Bachmann can turn things around.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Rusty illustration on: June 12, 2018, 09:54:45 PM
InsideTrack, there's an image of the Spiteful Brake van in the 2018 catalog, but it's very low resolution. Could you by chance upload the high resolution picture?


13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: June 05, 2018, 11:14:26 PM
Thanks for the responses guys!  Glad to hear that most of you will be looking into buying Paxton sooner or later.  Honestly in person, the model doesn't look that bad.  Pictures don't really do it all that much justice, including mine.  I think he's going to be a very popular model down the road.

Regarding Sidney, I agree it's best for Bachmann not to bother with him.  Even if they were in a situation where they can't make a new tooling in HO, they are in some ways better off adding more to the next lineup of narrow gauge announcements or possibly look into adding a new lineup of resin buildings instead than to bother with Sidney or any other character with that tooling (though besides Sidney I really don't see why they would make any of the other 08 characters). 
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: June 04, 2018, 08:40:24 PM
Quick question I always had for large scale modelers.  Have any of you guys considered making your own custom engines and rolling stock?  I haven't really seen too many custom projects aside from one or two things from Plow Bender.  I've always imagined in some cases you would have to make the bodies from scratch, like Mavis and using the motor and chassis from Toby but I've never seen it done before.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: June 03, 2018, 08:43:28 PM
Well Duncan's chassis has finally been fitted.  Still waiting on his nameplate and number to come in, but I'm pretty happy with progress so far.  I also tested the chassis this morning and it ran great.

And of course there are pictures:

Slowly but surely coming together.
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