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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 24, 2018, 01:33:02 PM
I didn't know Tomix is also available in the US.

So, in that case, Bachmann may not get the license for N Scale Thomas anytime soon.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 05:29:34 PM
Now that Hornby has officially called quits on their Thomas line, this is Bachmann's chance to FINALLY start selling their Thomas models in the UK. Once the HO and Narrow Gauge Thomas models start selling in the UK, it will increase sales immensely. Bachmann started selling their Thomas models in Australia just last year. Now, the license is available for the UK.

In terms of Thomas models, Lionel is now Bachmann's only competition left. Once Lionel calls quits on their Thomas license, Bachmann can eventually make O Scale Thomas models as well.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: March 07, 2018, 03:23:10 PM
I really think Stepney is a GREAT candidate for 2019. As much as I really want Daisy like everyone else, I can understand that there are certain factors going against her, and Bachmann seems hesitant to make a large diesel for the Thomas range.

Stepney may not be in full CGI yet, but he will be more than a welcome addition to the HO range. People have wanted him for some time now, even before Daisy returned in CGI, especially since Hornby Stepney is discontinued, and eBay prices are really high. When Bachmann eventually made Oliver, it was a huge deal, meaning you wouldn't have to get the discontinued Hornby model off of eBay for a ridiculous price anymore. Unlike Daisy, Stepney is another tank engine, and Bachmann can EASILY make him. He certainly has more demand than a long shot like Norman. For an engine with a new tooling, Daisy or Stepney would be welcomed with open arms, but I can definitely see Stepney being made by the fact that he's a tank engine, and he's also a classic character who would sell like hot cakes. When Bachmann made Duck and Oliver, they both sold like hot cakes, and Stepney would do the same. If Bachmann announces either Stepney or Daisy next year, they would definitely redeem themselves after this year's pitiful announcements, which did raise questions.

Since Grumpy Diesel's image is already posted, it's possible that we could get a recolor (Sidney) announced as well as a new tooling (Stepney or Daisy). If both a new tooling and a recolor get announced, that would be even better, with the recolor (Sidney) working as an added bonus, given how great Paxton's final model looks. I'd welcome Sidney with open arms too, as long as we get an engine with a new tooling before him, or with him. In 2014, no engine was announced, but in 2015, Bachmann announced Oliver, and a recolor nobody cared about (Celebration Thomas). This idea does sound realistic.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: March 03, 2018, 07:19:36 PM
The paint drum flatbed could also return with oil drums.

The most disappointing thing about #4 was the fact that it was green, just to appeal to kids. Paint is an easy fix.

For #6, I can definitely tell a tanker has the most demand. Like others have said, bringing back the tar tanker with an added face is a possibility, but discontinuing the faceless oil tanker, and replacing it with an oil tanker with a CGI face is the most likely.

A ventilated van also has demand, especially one with an angry face.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 28, 2018, 12:52:36 PM
I can imagine if Bachmann UK were to make Talyllyn and Dolgoch models using the Skarloey and Rheneas toolings respectively. They're doing that with rolling stock, specifically the slate wagons; using toolings from the Thomas line.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 27, 2018, 11:20:03 PM
Just like how Daisy has the most demand for HO Scale, Peter Sam has the most demand for HOn30 Scale. Hopefully, both get announced in 2019, along with Narrow Gauge Brake Vans.

Hopefully, they'll have at least a limited number of Rusty models for Christmas. His image may not get revealed until at least summer.

Peter Sam definitely has a lot of potential for the HOn30 range. He will have amazing sales, just like Skarloey and Rheneas. Also hoping Sir Haydn's overhaul gets finished before 2020, so Bachmann can eventually get to Sir Handel. If not, they could make Luke. There's a very good chance Duncan would be based on his awful CGI render.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 22, 2018, 06:51:55 PM
Paxton's final model certainly made my day. Now, I'm REALLY looking forward to buying him. He's bound to sell better than 'Arry and Bert.

Sidney will look just as amazing when Bachmann eventually gets to him. He has hazard stripes below his face, and he'll use those same painted siderods.

I never said I didn't want Sidney. It's just that Daisy is a much higher priority than him. That's all.

EDIT (to avoid double-posting):
Diesel is the first character in the Thomas range who ISN'T Thomas to get a variation. Since Grumpy Diesel's image is already posted, could it be possible that both Daisy AND Sidney could get announced in 2019? In 2014, no engines were announced, but in 2015, Oliver was announced along with Celebration Thomas, which was a recolor nobody cared about. Once Paxton, Grumpy Diesel, and Rusty get released, we'll have no other engine to anticipate until the 2019 announcements. If all rolling stock gets released as well, we'll have literally nothing to anticipate until the 2019 announcements.

If it's possible for both Daisy and Sidney to get announced in 2019, not only would it make up for the lack of engines announced this year, but it will instantly restore people's faith in Bachmann. Even just Daisy alone would restore faith, since she is the most requested engine. Like I said, no engines were announced in 2014, but in 2015, they announced a new tooling, and a recolor.

We still have yet to get the Explosives Van in HO Scale. I think another idea for a new ventilated van is a Fish Van, which would be great for Henry's train: The Flying Kipper.

For Troublesome Truck #6, I'd like to see a tanker, ventilated van, or a utility wagon (mail car). I think a Troublesome Tanker has the most demand.

I have a feeling that Paxton and Grumpy Diesel will both be released at the same time.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: February 22, 2018, 06:08:10 PM
Straight into my collection he goes... once he's in stock!

He might show up on other sites before Bachmann officially announces his arrival.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 22, 2018, 03:11:42 PM
Thank goodness!!

Now, Bachmann Paxton's sales have been saved! People will actually want to buy him! Now we don't have to worry about that ridiculous gray border anymore.

When Bachmann eventually makes Sidney, he will also have that fixed.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 22, 2018, 11:23:16 AM
With Grumpy Diesel's image already posted, Daisy is definitely possible for 2019. If Daisy gets announced for real, she will restore people's faith in Bachmann. Since this year's announcements did raise questions, Bachmann should hopefully learn from all the negative feedback, and make the 2019 announcements good. Until then, it will be a long 12 months.

As for Nia, Bachmann doesn't usually make new characters right away. The new show doesn't even air until late in the year.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 21, 2018, 06:46:34 PM
My dread list (the opposite of a wishlist):

Charlie
Philip
Nia
Rebecca

What I listed above are models I DON'T want.

If we get another recolor, what's your favorite idea?:

Sidney (another Class 08, but he's a separate character)
LBSC Thomas
Black James
Silver Spencer

For new toolings, I'd be happy with any of these engines:

Daisy (top demand)
Ryan
Stanley
Porter
Norman (long shot)
BoCo (long shot)

Don't know how they'd get Diesel 10's claw to work without breeching the NMRA standards.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 21, 2018, 04:09:01 PM
Hopefully, the Paxton model is just a prototype.

Duck had a paint error that got fixed on the final model (the running board). The same can happen for Paxton. If the border around his face gets painted dark green on the final model, it will REALLY improve his sales. Spencer's prototype had no buffers.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 21, 2018, 01:35:48 PM
Duck was originally going to have a black running board, but then it became white on the final model.

Please, Bachmann. The gray border around Paxton's face is going to hurt his sales. People are gonna say "You can just paint it yourself" I shouldn't have to. I don't have a steady hand. Please paint the face border before it's too late.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 21, 2018, 01:20:50 PM
Is that Paxton's final model? Is it too late to paint the border around his face?

Grumpy Diesel still has silver siderods.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 21, 2018, 12:51:29 PM
Silver Spencer is an interesting idea for a recolor. Since we're getting Grumpy Diesel, giving Spencer a CGI face is also possible.

Spencer is a big engine, and the most expensive Thomas model in HO Scale, but I do remember seeing him on the bestsellers list prior to Oliver's release. An updated model of Spencer with a metallic silver paint scheme would be much better received than Grumpy Diesel. Maybe even give Spencer a CGI face. Don't know if they'd give him a faster motor though.

Silver Spencer would be a recolor, but unlike Sidney, he's not another Class 08.
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