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31  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2017 THOMAS & FRIENDS NEW PRODUCTS ANNOUNCEMENT! on: February 21, 2017, 10:51:01 PM
Overall, the announcements for this year look great. As everyone has been saying, quality over quantity is the moral for this year. The only real disappointment is that there is no new rolling stock for the narrow gauge line. However, that does not make the overall announcement poor. After looking at the catalog that just came out, the item that I am the most excited for is McColl's Cattle Wagon. When I first read the list of new items, I thought that McColl's Cattle Wagon was just going to be another typical repaint, but no. According to the illustration, Bachmann is using a brand new tooling from the Bachmann Branchline. That will definitely be on my Christmas list for this year Wink.

Now, since Bachmann is making Paxton, which would be the fourth Class 08 in the range, and the seventh "small loco" since Donald and Douglas, I think that there is some serious discussing to do for a possible 2018 loco. I know that it is still pretty early for 2018 predictions, however, this is one that I wanted to put out immediately since it could be yet another great investment for Bachmann. Diesel 10 Diesel 10 would probably be one of Bachmann's best selling locos. Here's why. He would be the first "large diesel" in the range with a unique livery and a fascinating persona. His claw, "Pinchy", is also mind-boggling (in a good way for the consumer). Just imagine yourself walking into a hobby store or train show with all of the Bachmann locos hanged up. Diesel 10 would surely stand out. Daisy would be the other great choice, but in terms of overall sales, I think that Diesel 10 would be better.

Lastly, for anyone who is interested in 3D printed faces from the classic era including the Spiteful Brake Van face, I would recommend that you check this out:
32  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Troublesome Trucks on: January 02, 2017, 10:35:05 PM
Thank you so much for posting your ideas guys! It really means a lot. Every single suggestion sounds great! I don't think that any of us are expecting another troublesome truck in the HO range for 2017 (unless a miracle happens  Wink) However, let's hope that we may get Troublesome Truck #3 in the large scale range. As Plow Bender mentioned, it would make sense in terms of production costs.
33  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: NEW HO THOMAS & FRIENDS ROLLING STOCK IS HERE! on: December 28, 2016, 11:16:35 PM
Troublesome Truck #5 seems to be doing extremely well in terms of sales. I also got one for Christmas and was not disappointed one bit. Thank you Chaz for your very thorough review on it. I couldn't agree with you more. I started a Troublesome Trucks thread a few months ago. If any of you have any future ideas, please drop off a comment Smiley.
34  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Troublesome Trucks on: December 28, 2016, 11:09:25 PM
Hi sean1994rail!

I'm extremely sorry for the late reply, but your ideas sound terrific. Do you by any chance have an idea for what cross and surprised face you prefer?
35  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017 on: August 04, 2016, 09:11:52 PM
Hey Chaz and HLC Railroad!

Thanks for commenting! You guys are absolutely right. Now that I am really thinking about it, Hector would probably not seem likely. He is too tall and may not sell as well as I think since he is not in high demand. Maybe Paxton or another Troublesome Truck would be a better option Wink.
36  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Troublesome Trucks on: July 23, 2016, 10:34:09 PM
Hey guys!

A few months ago, I went to a hobby shop that sells Bachmann Thomas items. I asked the guy behind the counter which products sell best. He told me that the troublesome trucks sell very well. As we all know, Bachmann is currently in the process of making Troublesome Truck #5. I'm sure that we can all agree that he looks magnificent! I mean, he has a classic face! Anyways, the point of this new subject is to come up with other troublesome trucks Bachmann could make in the future. This is could include the kind of truck and the face. Anyways, here are links to the two trucks that I would love to see in the future:

    (Any of the tankers)
    (This surprised face using the Ice Cream Wagon or Ventilated Van tooling painted in a nice brown color)

I can't wait to hear what you guys think.  Smiley
37  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017 on: July 23, 2016, 10:12:56 PM
Hi guys!

I'm new to the Bachmann Forum and am excited to give you my predictions for the Thomas range in 2017.

HO Scale:
Redesigned James (with moving eyes)

Narrow Gauge:
Narrow Gauge Sir Handel
Narrow Gauge Coach (Red)
Narrow Gauge Brake Van (Red)
Narrow Gauge Brake Van (Light Brown)

Resin Buildings:
Ffarquar Station
Sodor Cottage

Sodor Scenery:
Coal Hopper

Large Scale:
As I do not collect the large scale range, I'll leave that to the large scale people Wink

Redesigned James:
I believe that this is a new product that has already been confirmed and will definitely look terrific.
I think that Hector would be a great choice for multiple reasons. First, he is a coal hopper which unlike any other piece of rolling stock made by Bachmann. Second, he has a face. Honestly, all children love the Thomas products with faces. As a result, I can see him selling extremely well. Lastly, he would go great with the Redesigned James and Rosie since Rosie played a significant role in the episode "Hector the Horrid" and James played a major role in "James Works it Out". If Bachmann can make a character such as Jeremy, then they can certainly make Hector as well.  Smiley
Narrow Gauge Sir Handel:
He's #3. That's all I have to say  Wink
Narrow Gauge Coach & Narrow Gauge Brake Van (Red):
I really think that red coaches and brake van would go very nicely with Sir Handel. He has been seen many times with them and have really played major roles in many of the episodes such as "Four Little Engines" and "A Smooth Ride".
Narrow Gauge Brake Van (Light Brown):
This piece of rolling stock has been seen all the time throughout the television series. Also, we need it so that the box vans, open wagons, and slate wagons can be delivered safely.
Ffarquar Station:
This station is in extremely high demand and is probably the most significant station on Thomas' branch line.
Sodor Cottage:
Here's a link to the cottage I am talking about:
This is one of my personal favorites. It has been seen many times throughout the television series including behind Maithwaite Station which Bachmann has already made. It would also look great on any layout. I can see it selling very well. It really would be nice if we got at least one resin building next year as we did not get any for this year.
Coal Hopper:
The Coal Hopper would be another home run. It would go great with Hector and can be made out of the nice black plastic that Bachmann made the Round Water Tank out of.

Thanks again for reading my predictions and I cannot wait to hear what you guys think.  Smiley

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