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16  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 16, 2018, 06:35:18 PM
Okay, time for my thoughts on this year's announcements. While stating my thoughts, I will start with the negatives and then lead into the positives.

Let's start with Large Scale. I really feel that large scale ended up with the short end of the stick since they got three tankers that no large scale collector asked for. I have a feeling that these tankers are not going to do very well and will eventually be discontinued. As Chaz said, this probably due to Mattel's poor recommendations.

Next, Grumpy Diesel is not something that anyone expected. I like the idea since there were many people complaining about how Diesel looked too friendly. However, I have feeling that this one is not going to do amazing with sales. As stated already, most people are just going to buy the face plate off of the Bachmann online parts store.
 
Lastly, I am a little bit disappointed that Daisy or new resin buildings were not announced since my main request was to see at least one of the two. However, I am still going to remain optimistic in that there will be at least one resin building announced next year. The reason is that in February 2015, when the four new resin buildings were announced, they came out in the summer of that same year. So, perhaps Bachmann likes to plan ahead with the resin buildings. And, as for Daisy, the demand for her is too great. As a result, I am sure that if we keep on showing Bachmann how much we all want Daisy, she may have a very good chance for 2019.

Now for the positives.

To start, the rolling stock selection for the HO range is not bad at all. I'm very happy for those who will now be able to get Gordon's express coaches. These will do very well in terms of sales. No doubt about that. The Spiteful Brake Van is the other highlight. I myself will definitely consider picking this one up. Although, I could not see its face in the catalog due to blurriness. Was anyone able to see if he had the correct Season 2 face? As for the tankers, just like large scale, I don't think that these will do amazing, particularly the Sodor Diesel Co one. However, the water tanker may do well as fans will remember seeing Oliver pull them along with Toad in the episode "Toad and the Whale".

But without a doubt, the best part about this year's announcements is the narrow gauge coaches. I have a feeling that the red coach will be based of of the CGI Series, and the blue coach will be based off of the classic series. Moreover, I am sure that Bachmann will use two different toolings, which would satisfy fans even more. These will do amazing in the market and I will definitely consider picking up some. That Season 4 pic of the blue narrow gauge coach in the sunset in the 2018 catalog does it all  Cool.

Overall, these announcements are not terrible. However, they were not amazing either. Even so, if we continue to show Bachmann what we all want in an appropriate manner, then we may be in for a nice treat next year *cough HO Daisy cough*.
17  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: February 15, 2018, 11:37:01 PM
Since Plow Bender brought up items that may be discontinued, I thought that I should also mention that I think that the HO Switch Tower will be discontinued as well. The first reason is that it is not in the top 10 best-sellers list in the Accessories subcategory. The second reason is that it is $49.00, which is even more expensive than the resin Signal Box, which is $45.00. And, I am sure that we can all agree that the resin Signal Box is much better quality than the plastic Switch Tower.

Speaking of resin buildings, let's not forget the possibility of a new addition or two in tomorrow's announcements either  Smiley.
18  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: February 15, 2018, 05:23:31 PM
TOMORROW will be the moment we've all been waiting for!

Since 'Arry and Bert were announced, the demand for Oliver was higher than ever, and we eventually got him.

Now, the exact same case is with Daisy. When Paxton was announced, demand for Daisy has really grown. Only one more day before we find out whether or not it will be her year. If she doesn't get announced, her demand will be higher than ever. If she does, there will be so much hype, it's unreal. Even if it takes two years to release Daisy, it will be more than worth the wait, like Oliver.

Daisy would be the biggest engine they'd make since Donald and Douglas, but her tooling is much more simple, and she doesn't have siderods. She would be the first large diesel in the Bachmann Thomas range. Even if she's expensive, she will still sell like hot cakes. The price didn't stop the Narrow Gauge models.

My money's on Daisy for tomorrow. If we get someone else, I won't be that disappointed, as long as it's a likeable character.

Fingers crossed
Daisy gets announced.

Amen.
19  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Skarloey availability on: February 15, 2018, 05:21:13 PM
Thank you so much for letting us know! I am so happy that other Thomas modelers will now not have to pay a ridiculous price on eBay for Skarloey!
20  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: February 15, 2018, 12:16:33 AM
With only two more days before the announcements, I guess Paxton's image will be revealed in the 2018 catalog.

And an illustration that is similar to this will hopefully be right by it  Wink.



Also, I thought that it would be appropriate to share this link again  Smiley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_VG5i27tKM
21  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: February 12, 2018, 12:07:47 AM
I think that the reason why Paxton is more expensive than Diesel, Arry, and Bert is the alteration of the moving eye mechanism. When looking at Diesel and Paxton from the front, it is clear that Paxton has a narrower face. However, another thing that I noticed is that Paxton's eyes are closer together. Because of this, I am quite curious to see how much the interior eye mechanism differs from Diesel's.

Additionally, if Daisy gets announced, it would be interesting to see what Bachmann would retail her for. Even if it is an expensive price, I am sure that fans would not complain as she is in such high demand. After all, she is the final standard gauge locomotive mentioned in the Original Thomas Anthem  Wink.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_VG5i27tKM
22  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 03, 2018, 08:08:59 PM
I fully agree with Chaz and TrainFan97. It's one thing if someone started a 2019 predictions thread right after the official 2018 announcements are posted. However, any moment before that just doesn't seem right to me. Consequently, I think that this thread should be deleted as soon as possible because I have feeling that there are going to be many more people questioning why this thread is up, which will only take up more space on the forum and defeats the initial purpose of this thread. Lastly, if this thread gets deleted, I think that the new thread should be titled "Thomas & Friends in 2019" just to keep the consistency, but that's just me.
23  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 28, 2018, 10:03:01 PM
I was recently thinking about troublesome trucks again. Chaz brought up a good point in that all of the recent troublesome trucks utilize different toolings. However, I think that there are two more toolings that could eventually be used for troublesome trucks in addition to the two ventilated vans and tanker, which are the the mail car (utility wagon), and McColl's Cattle Wagon. All five of those plus the five that are currently in the range would add up to 10 troublesome trucks, which I personally think is an extremely appreciable number to go up to. I know it is pretty crazy to think up to Troublesome Truck #10. However, it is a point that I thought would be appropriate to share, especially since the troublesome trucks sell very well. If this actually happens, it would be interesting to discuss livery and facial expressions another time as well.

On a different note, I too am extremely excited for February 16th, which is when we will see the new announcements as well as possibly see the final images of products announced last year. We are less than three weeks away! As I have stated countless times, I am really hoping for Daisy and/or some new resin buildings; and I am overwhelmingly happy to see that many other people are on the same page as me regarding that  Smiley.
24  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 25, 2018, 12:22:45 AM
thomasj219: Ah yes. The watermill from Season 2. I don't know if this version has much of a chance. However, attaching the bridge to the watermill may make the chances of the bridge getting made more likely, but more expensive as well. Combining both the watermill and bridge into one piece would also make one extremely large resin building. Even so, we can never really predict what Bachmann is planning  Wink. What are your thoughts on the narrow gauge watermill?

TrainCollector: With taking one from each category into consideration, most of your suggestions look possible. The only three that I cannot see having a chance in the 2018 announcements are Diesel 10, Stephen, and Norman. As others have stated, Diesel 10 would breach the NMRA standards, and Stephen as well as Norman are not in high demand. However, once again, I could be wrong. Regarding Troublesome Truck #6, that is a product that may not be in the 2018 announcements since Bachmann seems to announce a new troublesome truck every three years. Nevertheless, I think that it will be a tanker. By any chance, do you have any resin building ideas?

Also, I was thinking again about what Chaz mentioned regarding how nicely the narrow gauge double engine shed would go with the narrow gauge watermill. Because of this, I thought that the station house to Rheneas Station, which is yet another small building that would go very nicely with the shed and watermill, could be an additional option for the resin building range.

Some modelers would buy two of them in order to recreate Rheneas Station.



Others would use it as a small building that could blend in with any town.



When looking at these photos, it is clear that the building was reused. What do you guys think?

Here is a link to Rheneas Station on the Thomas Wikia:

http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Rheneas_(station)/Gallery

Lastly, here is a link to the episode Four Little Engines:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5QYxq9bUmM

I pasted this because the first 30 seconds or so show some beautiful shots of the watermill, Rheneas Station, and the narrow gauge double engine shed in the background. The Trackside Station makes an appearance as well. It is an episode that I am sure that all fans remember. Maybe even some of the moderators of the Bachmann Forum  Wink.
25  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 23, 2018, 12:01:08 AM

Moving back on the appropriate subject though, the Watermill from season 4 wouldn't be a bad idea either.  Personally I would be on board with that for an alternative for the larger one.  Having that announced with those sheds announced earlier would make a pretty great combination.

That's a good point. I am no expert when it comes to making new resin buildings, but announcing the double narrow gauge engine shed along with the narrow gauge watermill may be another possible option in terms cost since they would both utilize the same stone exterior (For anyone who does not know which shed we are referring to, it is the one that Peter Sam is in, which is in the pic on page 22 of this thread). The same could pertain to the Trackside Station and Toby's Shed.

To conclude, I think that both watermills that were mentioned are alluring in their own ways, and either would be a wonderful addition to the resin building range.
26  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 21, 2018, 10:19:47 PM
I thought about it, and the last time we had a plastic operational building in the range was the windmill, which was announced in 2011.  I feel like at this point if they do the watermill they would have the building be resin to go along with the recent resin building additions.  Plus the way how it's designed and made out of stone it gives off more of a resin building vibe to me rather than all plastic.  If they were to make it operational like the windmill and lighthouse, then they would have to go with plastic since if they go with a motor and a resin casting it would be way too expensive.  Admittedly I don't see them making a bridge for that particular building since a general consumer would have to find a way to elevate the rail line above the standing height of the waterwheel and mill themselves. It would essentially be two pieces combined into one and a lot of consumers aren't going to want to pay that extra price, especially since most of the people buying Bachmann's Thomas-range buildings for their kids are only doing so for tracks that are level, not elevated.

Plus this is also the range that made a Brendam warehouse but not the Sodor Shipping Company building, so if they were to do other buildings besides the Watermill they would probably look into other options like what we've mentioned in the past for some variety that fans can choose from.  

I agree with you Chaz. The resin gives the watermill a much more realistic look than plastic, especially with the stone. Regarding the bridge, I also concur with you. I'm sure that the problems with the watermill bridge would apply to all bridges, with the exception of footbridges (if Bachmann were to make stations such as Wellsworth). Even so, I'm sure that none of us are going to want to jump to conclusions since the resin building range really is targeted to an older audience, just like the narrow gauge range. Although, when looking carefully at the watermill again, I noticed that it is actually a very massive building.

Because of this, another idea that I thought of is the watermill seen at Rheneas Station on the narrow gauge railway.



While observing the size of the narrow gauge watermill next to Peter Sam, it is clear that it is a smaller watermill that would not be as expensive to make as the standard gauge one.



Ultimately, it is a structure that all avid Thomas fans will remember. What do you guys think?

27  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 21, 2018, 09:52:38 AM

I'll update my thoughts on resin buildings in my old post, forgot to add them.  

Thanks Chaz! I find it interesting that you put the watermill on your list, as there has been barely any discussion regarding it. Would you prefer for it to be an operating watermill? If so, I think that Bachmann will choose to make the model out of plastic, just like the windmill. However, if the model is non-operating, then I could see Bachmann choosing resin. What do you think?



Moreover, if the watermill gets announced, do you think that Bachmann would make the stone bridge behind the watermill that the engines cross? I'm going to guess no for two reasons. The first reason is that I'm not certain on how well it would do in the market. Would Bachmann call it "Watermill Bridge"? I think that this logic can also apply to the small buildings around windmill.



The second reason is that the people who purchase it would need to build off of the bridge professionally, meaning that it would require skilled modelling such as working with plaster cloth in order to keep the track at that height of the bridge when building off of the sides. In fact, I remember seeing someone suggest Bulgy's Bridge in another thread, and this reasoning would definitely apply to that as well. However, considering the resin building range is aimed towards a more mature audience (ages 14 and above), I could be wrong, and quite frankly hope that I am wrong. Thoughts?

Iím really hoping for some new Resin buildings this year.


I'm right with you  Wink.
28  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 17, 2018, 11:10:53 PM
I think that the flat cars that Metal mentioned (found at the bottom of the previous page of this thread) is a fantastic idea. I could imagine them doing very well in the market, especially since there is such a demand for the discontinued flat car with paint drums. Iron girders and steel pipes would be great examples of loads. Timber is another load that I thought of.



This goes to show that there is so much that can be done with the flat car.

In addition, if I am not mistaken, the announcements are now less than one month away. Becasue of this, I thought that now would be a good time to make my lists of what I think Bachmann will announce and what I truthfully hope that Bachmann announces, just as JD417 and Chaz did.

What I think Bachmann will announce:

HO:
Ryan
Ventilated Van - Explosives
Spiteful Brake Van

Narrow Gauge:
Peter Sam or Duncan
Brake Van (Light Brown)

Resin Buildings:
Ffarquhar Station
Narrow Gauge Double Engine Shed

Large Scale:
Paxton
Red Coach
Red Brake Coach

What I hope Bachmann will announce:

HO:
Daisy
Flat Car (2-3 with different loads)
Spiteful Brake Van

Narrow Gauge:
Peter Sam or Duncan
Brake Van (Light Brown)

Resin Buildings: (In priority order as I do not expect Bachmann to make all of them in one year Wink)
Narrow Gauge Double Engine Shed


Neptune Refreshments


Castle Ruins (Season 7)


Ffarquhar Station


Large Scale:
Edward
Red Coach
Red Brake Coach
Lady Hatt

All in all, as long as Daisy and/or at least one new resin building is in the 2018 announcements, that's all that I will need to feel content.  
29  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 15, 2018, 07:47:29 PM
Great thoughts, but what about the resin buildings? We did put a lot of effort into thinking about them after all.
30  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 11, 2018, 11:39:12 AM
Wow! Good observation Chaz. I find it amazing that Bachmann chose that particular late-model era face of all faces. I also concur with you on that if Bachmann does announce the spiteful brake van in HO, it should have the original face that was actually used in the episode. Nothing will beat that hilarious drowsy expression that the spiteful brake van had in the episode.

In addition, I wonder what livery the HO spiteful brake van would be as I do think that it would be rather peculiar if Bachmann used the same cream livery that was used for the original HO brake van. I personally would love to see it in a mix of grey and brown, as that is the livery the spiteful brake van was in the television series.

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