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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 16, 2018, 01:35:32 PM
IIRC, Oliver took a long time to come out, and we still had Rosie announced the next year. I feel like we've had similar instances in the past with engine announcements. Paxton was announced in 2017, and on average, it does take about a year at best, and two years at worst for an engine to come out. This isn't really anything new to the Thomas range.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 15, 2018, 05:52:06 PM
At this point, Sidney is the engine everyone expects, but nobody wants.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 15, 2018, 12:52:10 AM
I'm gonna guess it's because the CGI Troublesome Trucks have a less varied facial expression range. Their smiling face doesn't look very different from their angry and shocked faces, which could risk making the trucks look less unique, and thus less of an incentive to buy them.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 14, 2018, 03:25:58 PM
Bachmann used that face for the Spiteful Brake van because the original Spiteful Brake van face is probably no longer among HiT/Mattels assets for Thomas & Friends. As a result, Bachmann would have just looked at Troublesome Truck faces that would fit the bill, probably not even thinking to check the Thomas Wikia.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: January 14, 2018, 02:00:48 PM
We'll most likely find out at Toy Fair next month.

Dunno if it's just me, but I feel like it has been taking longer for prototypes of the newest engines to surface than it has in past years. As long as the products turn out accurate, the wait tends to be worth it.

Course in some cases like Toad, it never hurts to do some research beyond "it looks like the CGI model in the show", since the animation team themselves have made some glaring issues with the returning characters models (and they have stated awareness of this on Twitter), but I digress. The only other characters in the near future this could be an issue for are Sir Handel and Duncan (especially Duncan).
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large scale Thomas trains on: January 12, 2018, 06:33:23 PM
Bachmann Thomas' 2018 announcements will be at Toy Fair, which is a little over a month from now.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas large scale upgrade to DCC on: January 08, 2018, 12:57:37 PM
Unless Iím very much mistaken....this is the Thomas Forum.  Roll Eyes
The thread was moved by the moderators.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 24, 2017, 07:56:36 PM
Bachmann can't make Splatter and Dodge, due to their lack of relevance; being obscure characters.

The mainland diesels (like Ulli) in the CGI series have no merchandise whatsoever. No promotion, or marketing.
Hence why I didn't even mention them
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 24, 2017, 01:15:46 AM
I think as long as fans continue to consistently show support and demand for Daisy, her being made is a possibility. It's how we got engines like Duck, Donald, Douglas, and Oliver after all.

I somewhat imagine Bachmann would be wise and save Sidney for a later year. If the economy goes bad again, or they need to cut back on resources, Sidney is a good fail-safe engine to announce. If they made Sidney so soon, that'd be it for re-using the class 08 tooling (as they would be out of other class 08 characters to recycle the tooling for).
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 22, 2017, 12:56:02 AM
Imagine if we got a curveball out of the left field and Bachmann made Hurricane.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 19, 2017, 11:01:19 PM
That's easy enough for kitbashers, but for Bachmann, that's not really how making a Thomas product works. The Bachmann Thomas range make the engines and rolling stock based off of photo references that they get from Mattel/HiT Entertainment internally, so they would base Diesel 10 off the CGI photo references.

Bachmann would make their own claw as well, as they are more than capable of doing, and Bandai does not even make the TECS Diesel 10 anymore. This however raises the issue of having a complicated toy-like ornament on a locomotive. A crane is one thing, but an engine is another.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 19, 2017, 10:38:01 PM
Daisys marketability is an interesting topic, but take note that Mattels marketing for a lot of characters in general is very strange. A lot of characters in The Great Race have barely or no toys at all, such as Carlos and Shane, and the Small Engines didn't have the full trio represented in several toy ranges. Characters that have also been great toy sellers in the pre-Mattel era such as D199 have also not resurfaced in a long time.

In general, the way Thomas characters and their toys are handled has gone downhill since Mattel took over.

With the way BWBA is looking, how Mattel is treating the Wood range, and the reports of Mattels sales for many brands including Thomas going down the last few years, I don't think it's an unjustified claim to say that Mattel isn't quite sure how to properly market Thomas, despite being industry veterans. I feel like the tank engine has been a curve-ball for Mattel and we're starting to see some desperation from the company.

I also feel like the Bachmann Thomas range is very different from ranges such as Wood, Trackmaster, etc. for obvious reasons. Fans of the Bachmann Thomas range don't necessarily look for the hottest new characters on the market, but seek the most popular, iconic and well-received characters. This is a rank I would definitely put Daisy on. To add to that, Paxton was the first CGI character that was so unanimously well-received by older and younger fans alike, so it's no surprise he's the first full-CGI character coming to the Thomas range. Hiro came pretty close, but I feel like Paxton was a home-run hit with the fans.

So in short, I'm not too phased by Mattel just yet (we will have to wait and see what the 2018 range brings us), and still have what I feel are reasonable hopes and expectations to see Daisy.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ships for Brendam Docks on: December 18, 2017, 01:23:23 AM
Endorsed by the Bach-Man himself, can't go wrong with that!
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 14, 2017, 01:47:30 PM
It's likely the 8 episodes will end up in the second half of Season 22.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 13, 2017, 07:55:20 PM
Here's hoping we don't get Nia or Rebecca.  Roll Eyes

It's a fear Mattel will push Bachmann to do them, but who would be the audience? They may be girl engines and a unique color, but nobody in the Thomas fandom (both young fans who are the shows target audience, fans of the classic show like us, and older folks who know Thomas because their children and grandchildren are into it) has any emotional connection to these new characters, and thus no incentive to buy them.
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