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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Rusty illustration on: June 14, 2018, 03:40:16 PM
I  don't think it's a joke, but I did get excited when I saw new posts in this thread.

Ah well, the Spiteful Brakevan looks great at least. For a piece of rolling stock that Bachmann could only go by Wikia references for, they did a very good job with the face.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: June 03, 2018, 03:09:37 AM
I think after how Paxton turned out, Bachmann might be better off on skipping further 08s for now.

If they made Sidney down the road, I don't think I'd be as interested in his outcome, since I don't hold a personal attachment to him.

Either way, if they wanted to milk other toolings, I could think of a handful of possibilities off the top of my head. At the same time I'd rather see Stepney or Daisy come out for the HO range, so I'd rather not give ideas that would hinder that. Roll Eyes
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: June 02, 2018, 01:48:36 AM
The fact that they went the easy route with the face is disappointing to me. The large amount of green plastic around his face, going all the way up to the piping around his face is very noticeable. I feel like this could've been a home run hit if they had taken the extra effort to change the eye mechanism to match his face better, but they didn't.

I feel like this is gonna have to be a model I'll end up getting when I'm in a good mood, but as of right now I'm definitely not feeling that face, and the "faceplate" method they went with it, especially when Arry and Bert have larger faces than their counterparts, but lack that jarring plastic. It's a shame since this is a model they definitely put a good effort into the paintjob, but my personal opinion is the facejob was an absolute dud.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: May 26, 2018, 01:02:26 PM
On Twitter, the user PeterSamsFunnel has brought up something interesting:

The newer Bachmann Thomas models have the body separated by a brass pickup. Older models were connected by a wire, making disassembly of them very difficult.

What this makes me wonder is, could it be possible for them to do an updated body in the near future, one that is more accurate to the CGI model? Basically, like the large scale model:

The main differences/improvements are that it has an open cab, a smooth boiler (rather than having the red stripes protrude out), a space between the splasher and the side tanks, and a CGI face. They wouldn't even need to do a new chassis or footplate if they can make the bottom ends of the body fit (though Olivers lamp would be a nice addition).

The only hurdles I could see is that for easy manufacturing, the screw mounts would need to be in the same place on the new molding, and the gears/eye mechanism inside the body still line up in this (hypothetical) new body.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: May 18, 2018, 11:43:33 AM
People on Twitter have pointed out there's a good chance that Wood might be discontinued. I imagine if the Wood range flopped, then Mattel might be better off letting Bachmann just do what Bachmann does best, rather than try to intervene and risk trying to break something else that doesn't need fixing.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: May 18, 2018, 11:41:04 AM
As long as it's not cancelled, I don't mind if they take their time with it.

Fingers cross it's closer to Midlander than it is CGI Rusty though.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: May 15, 2018, 12:33:03 PM
Its been about a month since the discussion ignited, but I think more or less the sentiment is the same. Stepney is just as hard as ever to get, consistently selling on eBay every time one emerges. I really think there's a nice "nostalgia" market for Bachmann to tap into. Duck and Oliver have already proven it, as has the Hornby Stepney.

But Duck and Oliver are also in the CGI seasons, Stepney HAS NOT. Bachmann are only doing characters that reappeared in the CGI seasons so you guys can rule out: Stepney, Boco, Bertram, Duke, Mighty-Mac, Molly, Neville, Murdoch, and Fearless Freddie as they never appeared when the ahow went full CGI.
It's like you didn't read anything we've discussed.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: May 14, 2018, 09:56:06 PM
Its been about a month since the discussion ignited, but I think more or less the sentiment is the same. Stepney is just as hard as ever to get, consistently selling on eBay every time one emerges. I really think there's a nice "nostalgia" market for Bachmann to tap into. Duck and Oliver have already proven it, as has the Hornby Stepney.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: April 26, 2018, 02:17:56 PM
Iv'e seen people saying it's local pick up only, but the only information I see on the page about shipping is:
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Shipping:
The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller.

Additional shipping details from the seller:
All shipments are shipped by UPS within US borders. Orders outside the US are shipped by the US Postal Service. Actual shipping charges plus the cost of the packing and materials are added to the invoices. Please be patient, we ship thousands of items and it does take some time to properly pack your new purchase. We want it to arrive safely!
Which doesn't mention anything about local pick up only, unless there's another page of information.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 11:12:27 PM
Tomix Gordon was brought up awhile back, and it wasn't really a rumor; it was a translation in one of Tomix's catalogues which listed a "Gordon." Whether it was a mis-translation of something else, or Gordon being announced but never shown or released is up for debate.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 10:13:34 AM
For years, Hornby has always been the opposing competitor for OO Thomas range. Many internet debates and videos have been solely dedicated to comparing Bachmann and Hornbys products. Today however, it looks like this is the closing chapter on the Hornby Thomas range:
https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/news/thomas-and-friends-news-april18
The range I feel like, had already been long past its peak, but it's sad to see the popular "rival" of Bachmanns Thomas range to formally end. I felt like it would be worthy of a thread, at the least.

Now the question is, does Bachmann have plans with Mattel to expand their range to the UK? Bachmann already did hit the Australian market not too long ago, and British stores regularly import the Bachmann range in whatever odd way they can. Perhaps 2019 will be the beginning of a new future in a new market?
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: April 16, 2018, 03:25:41 PM
While not a full post in itself (I'll get to narrow gauge engines later), but if Bachmann is considering making Sir Handel any time soon and Bachmann needs to do measurements for said Sir Handel, the real Sir Haydn is very close to completing its restoration:
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: April 09, 2018, 07:18:26 PM
I've been looking around on eBay at Hornby Stepneys lately, and I have to say, Bachmann is definitely missing out if they aren't planning on announcing Stepney next year. His collectors vale from Hornby is over 300 dollars right now. If I could snag a Hornby Stepney at a fair price, I still would though, but not for 300+.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: April 04, 2018, 12:22:26 AM
Digging through some old websites, it's funny to think that a lot of the ideas mentioned on my old blog at http://sodorblog.blogspot.com/ ended up being made into the Bachmann range.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 27, 2018, 07:21:17 PM
It would be simple and efficient to make, but I'm unsure if it would be popular. It's not a location I've heard many people rooting for.
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