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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 09, 2017, 07:57:59 PM
I never seen McColl's stock wagon in the series. I started rewatching it back within season 16 going back to season 13.

Well it have different paint or just another logo.
It's a freelance design Bachmann came up with.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 07, 2017, 02:25:26 PM
It will not be based on the Bachmann Branchline tooling, not will any of the Bachmann Thomas stuff. Branchline is OO Gauge, the Thomas stuff is HO. The only thing that is the same between them is the track gauge of 16.5mm between the rails. Nothing else is the same.
All the Thomas rolling stock is OO scale ex-Mainline toolings (barring custom rolling stock like Mail Cars and Flat Beds, which are still scaled to OO for consistency). The range being called HO is simply for marketing/familiarity purposes in the Americas.

The 2017 catalog for the McColl cattle wagon is based off Bachmann UKs GWR cattle wagon, the second time the range has used a UK range tooling, with the first being Toad.

The only time HO scaled equipment has been in the Thomas range has been the (now discontinued) Sodor buildings, which were repaints of Plasticville buildings.

Wait, hold on. I just explained this to you a few weeks ago. Why is this discussion being repeated?
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 02, 2017, 04:56:11 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.
It's safe to say that images of products come out when they're ready, and I'm sure there's different teams at Bachmann working on the products to get them ready at different speeds. It's probably not coordinated or determined specifically which one will come out/be revealed first in the long run, but they reveal/share updates as the development of the products goes on.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: October 26, 2017, 03:42:35 PM
The downside to his Skarloey models is mainly the scale; he uses Bandai TECS which looks huge next to HO/OO. They were pretty cool back in the day, but nowadays we have much more accurate models, and ways to make extra rolling stock that's also accurate.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Model railway plans, limited space on: October 25, 2017, 05:00:10 PM
Just start with a small, basic circle layout, especially if this is your first layout.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 24, 2017, 11:35:24 PM
I don't see why Daisy wouldn't have rear buffers or tail lamps.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 23, 2017, 04:59:58 PM
Interesting to note that I'm noticing fewer and fewer vendors have a Bachmann James in-stock. Even eBay seems to have less units ready to purchase than usual. As I'm writing this, some of my usual go-to websites in general seem to be low on Bachmann Thomas stock, such as The Favorite Spot.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Brendam Docks Cargo Ship on: October 22, 2017, 08:15:46 PM
The boat took 4 years to sail back, that's why
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 22, 2017, 02:59:44 AM
I really hope Bachmann has the foresight to choose the designs that may be best in the long run of sales for a model, rather than stick strictly to the CGI render designs.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 21, 2017, 12:35:51 PM
Realistically for buildings, I think the Ruins Castle mentioned above would be a great choice. In addition to my idea of the Signal Box Gantry, I think adding Ffarquhar for another station would make a great line-up for 2018 ranges. They would only need to do one platform anyway, as per Season 1-8, to save on resources, rather than doing both platforms.

Its been awhile since we've had some new resin buildings, so I'd say we're about due another set.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 21, 2017, 02:35:13 AM
I would like to see the Signal Gantry Junction personally:

In CGI, it has a four track and a three track variation. The difference is how many arches/poles it has:

Both versions appear in various scenes up to Season 21. Personally, I prefer the four track variation, where it only has two passage ways (as per the model picture), as it has been around in that form since the Classic Series. The 3 passage way version was introduced in Season 17.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 19, 2017, 03:09:59 PM
Donít forget all of Bachmann UKís Models are 1/76 OO Gauge, the US Thomas range is 1/87 HO Gauge. The diesel would be way too big.
The Thomas range is marketed as HO due to name familiarity in the US, but all of the rolling stock is OO. The only thing in the range that has ever been HO were the repainted Plasticville buildings.

All of the rolling stock is OO gauge, with most of it being former Mainline (Bachmann UK) equipment, with the Thomas locomotives being made to be in-scale and configure with said Mainline rolling stock. Even the new resin buildings are OO scale, proportionate to other UK brand buildings.

If Bachmann Thomas was HO scale, he'd look a lot smaller next to an American locomotive than the Bachmann model currently does.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Skarloey availability on: October 14, 2017, 04:06:23 PM
Skarloey already sold out once. Discontinuing him would seem foolish.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Future of Bachmann Thomas on: October 14, 2017, 03:04:37 PM
I forgot about the Large Scale range; I could see it being used a guinea pig to shove in newer characters and ideas that Mattel wants Bachmann to do, but doesn't want to do in the HO range. Especially since Large Scale is the range that appeals to a wider, less niche audience.

Also to note, this isn't necessarily a Bachmann 2018 range, didn't mean it to be that way. This is for discussing the direction the range as a whole goes in the future, and how we as the fans feel it should be handled. I do think it's important to address that if these specific classic characters are pushed out the door though, that the blow to moving to newer characters would definitely be softened and more well-received.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / The Future of Bachmann Thomas on: October 14, 2017, 01:42:27 PM'Thomas-&-Friends'-a-jolt-of-girl-power

So in case you haven't heard, Mattel is going to begin a drastic revamp of the Thomas and Friends brand. This raises the question of what's going to happen to the Bachmann Thomas range? Let's make one thing clear; it's probably not going to be cancelled, so we can rule that out. What I'm talking about however, is the direction that the Bachmann range will go:

Will Mattel force Bachmann to make newer products to appeal to this rebranding, or will Mattel allow Bachmann to be loyal to a fanbase that they already know will buy their products, and knows that said fanbase consists of older fans who want certain products?

Personally, I feel that Bachmann should "wrap up" any loose ends of classic characters before moving on to newer characters. Off the top of my head, I'm mainly thinking of engines like Daisy, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, and Duncan (all of whom are characters who are in CGI now). At this point, I wouldn't really count on or expect engines like Duke, Boco, or Stepney. If Bachmann could clear those classic characters out the way, I think the future of the ranges engines would be fairly open-game. The fans of the Bachmann Thomas range would also be much more tolerant of new engines being made if the classic characters are made first, I feel.

Another thing to consider is how well is this risky experiment Mattels doing going to be? Unlike Wood, Adventures and other toy ranges who can spit out any new character with relative ease, Bachmann has to carefully consider the long-term success of their Thomas engines, due to how complicated and how much resources it takes to make an engine.

On the note of rolling stock:

The future of rolling stock is harder to say, as it seems now we're getting much more creative ideas with the freight cars (Sodor Salt, Lobsters, Farmer McColls cattle car etc.). Toolings also seem to be more open-ended as Bachmann seems to be extending the library of wagons to the Branchlines range (Toad, McColls cattle car). There are a few select wagons I would like to see Bachmann make though, such as the Works Unit, the long bogied open wagons (seen mainly in Nitrogen episodes and the classic series like Henry's Forest), and a re-release of the Flatbed. Updating the Brake Van to resemble its Large Scale NW counterpart would be fun too. OO9 wise, I think most fans would be happy to see the blue/cream Skarloey Railway coaches be made.

We know the admins of the Bachmann Forum read our posts closely and consider seriously what we say, so I think this is a good time for the Bachmann fans to speak up at a time when the franchise is about to go through some serious changes.
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