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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: November 15, 2017, 04:29:35 PM
Paxton might be Bachmann's first model to have painted siderods. There's also a chance they may make them plastic. I'd rather have them painted.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: November 13, 2017, 05:32:37 PM
Stanley has had very minimal speaking roles, and his sales would be very minimal compared to Daisy, but he is a tank engine.

I can't really say anything else about Daisy without rehashing what I've already said before.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Future of Bachmann Thomas on: November 06, 2017, 12:53:20 AM
I highly doubt HO Scale Edward and Henry will get discontinued, since their sales are still strong. Bachmann discontinues products that don't sell, like Salty.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: November 04, 2017, 07:08:41 PM
Out of the three original models, Percy needs it the most, since his tooling has a lot of problems. The fact that James and Percy haven't been in stock for ages does sound suspicious, but remember, in order for Bachmann to update a product, it has to be approved by Mattel. I still wouldn't expect it happening, since Thomas' HO model was quite unchanged, but we'll have to wait and see. Revisions to products happen unannounced. For example: Oil Tanker and Mail Car, but those were rolling stock. It's still unlikely redesigns would ever happen, since fans have wanted them for many years, and they still never happened. Maybe Mattel will allow it, but I don't know. It's really uncertain. Don't get your hopes up.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: November 04, 2017, 06:42:23 PM
On the topic of HO Daisy, I wouldn't say she's inevitable, but she still has a very high chance. I don't know what else new I could say about her, since I've already said many times regarding her high demand, and how popular demand got Bachmann into making Duck and Oliver. The same is possible with Daisy, and I said that many times too. None of Bachmann's competitors have made Daisy, so Bachmann will be the first, which will also greatly increase sales.

As for Sidney, he's better off being saved for at least 2019.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 02, 2017, 08:05:23 PM
Since these two pieces of rolling stock are getting released soon, they're finally listed on the website.

I guess Paxton, Rusty, McColl's Cattle Car, and Large Scale Diesel won't be listed on the website until their images are posted.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 02, 2017, 04:46:07 PM
Finally! An update on a few products that were announced this year. Don't know if we should expect the rolling stock to be out be Christmas. Maybe they will. Paxton and Rusty will be released next year for sure.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 30, 2017, 05:56:49 PM
When you said 'inkling' I thought you were talking about the characters from Splatoon. Wink Aside from that, I don't really know if there's going to be a redesign for either Percy or James. That's up to Mattel, not Bachmann. We'll have to wait and see.

There's a very good chance Daisy would have her couplers attached to her bogies, so she and the milk tankers she's pulling can turn tighter. The tender engines have their front couplers attached to their leading wheels. Daisy would have that on both ends. Should work perfectly, since her CGI render has much higher bufferbeams.

As a character, Daisy wouldn't pull, but her Bachmann model would.

For non-rail characters, I think Bulgy has a better chance than Trevor, since he has a more simple shape.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 29, 2017, 02:32:01 PM
Of course, Bachmann's not allowed to reveal information on new products early, so all we can do is be patient, and wait 3 1/2 more months to see if Daisy gets announced. Daisy is guaranteed to be a huge success for Bachmann in HO Scale. She may even outsell Oliver.

As I've said a few times before, popular demand got Bachmann into making Duck and Oliver. The same can happen with Daisy. Announcing Sidney immediately after Paxton would not be a wise decision, since that would lead to poor sales, especially with Sidney being less popular than Paxton. Announcing an engine with a new tooling (like Daisy) is a much wiser decision, since that would lead to much stronger sales. Classic characters (like Duck and Oliver) have been proven to be very successful sellers. Daisy will certainly be well worth the wait once she's announced. Oliver was worth the wait. Good things come to those who wait.

Our forum posts have made an impact before. It can happen again. Daisy may be bigger than a tank engine or a diesel shunter, but she's really a box in shape, so her tooling would be easier to make. She's definitely not the biggest diesel in the series. She will be the first bogied diesel in the Bachmann Thomas range itself.

Literally the only thing that's holding Bachmann back from making BoCo is the fact that he still has yet to return. His last appearance still remains Season 5, so kids of this generation wouldn't be familiar with him. Sad, but true. At least Daisy is in the CGI series, so both kids and adults would be familiar with her.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 29, 2017, 01:36:25 AM
Yeah, I think it's a better idea to announce Sidney a little later than 2018, because having two engines of the same tooling released back-to-back could lead to poor sales. Daisy is far more popular. I'd be willing to wait two years for Daisy like I did with Oliver.

It took Bachmann two years to get Oliver out there, but I was patient, since I knew he was coming sooner or later. Oliver turned out to be a huge success for Bachmann, and he even outsold Duck! Daisy will certainly do the same. She will be one of the best models Bachmann would ever make. She's a classic character in the CGI series, with more starring roles than any other returnee character. She will be popular by both kids and adults alike.

Bachmann made Duck and Oliver by popular demand. There's a very good chance they'll do the same for Daisy: Making her by popular demand. We just need to wait 3 1/2 more months to see if she gets announced. Bachmann is far better off announcing Daisy, and saving Sidney for another time.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Mavis de-confirmed? on: October 28, 2017, 05:06:40 PM
Sounds like Bill and Ben are starting to get a demand for Large Scale. I don't collect Large Scale, but I think having the tank engine twins would be a great idea. With Bill and Ben, Bachmann can easily get two engines out there with just one tooling, with both engines having the exact same livery, and faces. The only difference would be their nameplates.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Mavis de-confirmed? on: October 28, 2017, 03:40:30 PM
Did they say about possibly releasing Bill and Ben in Large Scale sometime in the near future?

They can't reveal info like that early.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 28, 2017, 03:30:26 PM
If HO Daisy gets de-confirmed, we may end up getting Ryan, or Sidney if Bachmann wants to reuse a tooling.

I remember when we thought Oliver was de-confirmed, yet they did manage to announce him. Bachmann's not allowed to reveal information early, but when they did announce Oliver in 2015, that was a huge surprise. Mattel hasn't made any merchandise of Daisy lately, but there's a whisper of her getting an Adventures model in the near future. Daisy should be marketable, since she's not a black engine, whose merchandise doesn't sell well according to Mattel, with exceptions being Diesel and Hiro. Daisy has the same green livery as Duck and Oliver. Both GWR engines were very popular sellers. Daisy would be the first bogied diesel in the Thomas range itself, and she's a diesel railcar. I wouldn't mind her having silver windows like all other diesels; an easy fix if bothered. Her eye mechanism can be a separate motor.

Even though Daisy would instantly be a huge seller from Bachmann, it's probably best to expect Sidney. Neither diesel is black, with Daisy being green, and Sidney being dark blue. Mattel has made a little bit of merchandise of Sidney in recent years, but he still has yet to get a TrackMaster model. Probably the better idea to keep expectations low, since Paxton is delayed, so Sidney seems to be the most likely candidate. Norman hasn't had any recent merchandise at all, and he rarely speaks. As for Norman, we can't count on him.

Bachmann does listen to fan suggestions on this forum, but what they announce has to be approved by Mattel. It was demand that got Bachmann into making Duck and Oliver. The same could happen for Daisy.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large scale Gordon on: October 27, 2017, 01:40:55 PM
Personally if Bachmann wants to reuse a tooling and have a model that sells, just forget about Arry and Bert and make Paxton instead.  Would make sense considering his HO model was announced this year.

-Rusty

I quite agree. If Bachmann wants to reuse a tooling for Large Scale, Paxton would be a much better decision than 'Arry and Bert. His HO model isn't out yet, but he will definitely sell better, especially since he's much more likeable as a character. Since 'Arry and Bert's HO models didn't sell well, producing them in Large Scale would just be suicide for the range. Paxton is the much safer decision.

If Bachmann wants to reuse a tooling for HO Scale, Sidney is the only good option left. He would also make a much better seller than 'Arry and Bert.

As for Splatter and Dodge (for either scale), their chances are very very slim. Even though their tooling already exists, they were one-off characters, plus they were complete idiots. Anything related to Magic Railroad is considered taboo. The only chance Splatter and Dodge have of being made in HO would be if the Directors Cut ever gets made. Even then, it's hard to imagine them being good sellers. Even though Bachmann has the tooling, they may never make Diesel 10's bumbling minions. Can't count on it. No chance in heck for Large Scale for sure. Kids of this generation wouldn't even know who they are. Unlike those bumbling idiots (Splodge), Sidney actually has relevance, and he's a CGI character. He's also likeable.

A Mainland Diesel (like Ulli) has the same extremely low chance as Splodge. Even though they're in the CGI series, they have no promotion or marketing towards them. No merchandise whatsoever.

What to actually expect for Large Scale (for existing toolings) include Paxton (recommended), or 'Arry and Bert. Sidney for HO Scale. That is it.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large scale Gordon on: October 26, 2017, 05:51:49 PM
Mavis, or Bill and Ben would make much better sellers than 'Arry and Bert, even though they do require new toolings.

Mavis can just use Toby's chassis. For Bill and Ben, Bachmann can easily get two engines out there with just one tooling, and both engines having the exact same livery, with the only differences being their nameplates. They don't really need to make different faces for the twins.

But, like you said, 'Arry and Bert seem inevitable, because of their tooling already existing.
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