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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: Today at 02:16:10 AM
I don't rely on Walthers.

At least Rheneas was released before Christmas.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 16, 2018, 12:13:44 PM
Just like you guys, for HO Scale, I would RATHER see Daisy, but at a realistic standpoint, we may or may not get an engine announced this year, considering Paxton's still not out yet. If we do, Sidney seems like the most possible choice, or for engines with new toolings, we could get Stanley or Ryan. Porter sounds like a long shot because of his scaling issues. Philip seems too small for HO.

For Narrow Gauge, I've got hopes to see Peter Sam get announced. Until the announcements, we've got only Rusty to anticipate. Hopefully, Sir Haydn will be out of overhaul by 2019, so we can eventually get Sir Handel.

For Large Scale, I'd rather see Bill and Ben, but at a realistic standpoint, we'll most likely get 'Arry and Bert (who did poorly in HO) or Paxton. If it has to be a Class 08, Paxton would be a much safer decision. Like we've said a while back, 'Arry and Bert would be suicide for the Large Scale range.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 05, 2018, 06:37:16 PM
Only one more month before we find out whether or not we even get an engine announced this year, considering Paxton is delayed to release possibly in summer. His image should be revealed soon.

The specific day of the announcements might be not long after Valentines day. Usually happens on a Friday.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: December 29, 2017, 06:24:24 PM
This thread needed a bump, since it is still relevant.

Paxton's image might get revealed in February, around the 2018 announcements. Rosie's image was revealed around this year's announcements.

Paxton's release will most likely be in summer, or at a stretch, spring.

Hopefully, he will have painted metal siderods. Plastic wouldn't be very strong.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 24, 2017, 02:02:21 AM
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.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 23, 2017, 06:51:03 PM
We didn't get a single update on Rosie until her image was revealed before this year's announcements.

Paxton's image will most likely get revealed around the 2018 announcements, and he may get released in summer, considering Bachmann's track record.

If we even get an engine announced for 2018, Sidney would be the most realistic option. I know releasing two Class 08 diesel shunters back-to-back wouldn't be the best idea, but we're trying to be realistic.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 22, 2017, 11:02:49 PM
Gee, well you've often the only one who's been screaming about her. Don't get me wrong, I like to see Daisy as much as every fan who loves the classic series. But yelling at the moderators as well the Bach-Man to try and get their attention over and over again, I doubt is going to increase the chances of her being announced. Give it a rest for awhile, it really won't make a difference.

Sorry. I didn't mean to spam about Daisy. I have been giving it a rest for a little bit. I don't do it all the time. I try very hard not to overdo it. I guess I've been overdoing it. If I overdo it, it could ruin it for all of us.

When was I "yelling at the mods and the Bach-Man"? Proof?

Anyways, I'll be quiet about Daisy now. I'm really sorry if I've been bugging anyone. I was just the most vocal about it. I wasn't the only one talking about her.

Guess I did get a little carried away.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 22, 2017, 05:21:15 PM
Mattel must allow Bachmann to make HO Daisy. She's been high in demand ever since her return in CGI.

Mattel may not think she's marketable, but if she gets made by Bachmann, she WILL have sales comparable to Oliver. Oliver hasn't even been out for a year yet, and he's very high on the bestsellers list.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 22, 2017, 12:39:16 AM
Daisy was never “confirmed” to begin with.

I never said she was confirmed. I was asking if anyone thinks she can't happen because of Mattel not seeing her as a marketable character.

Yes, I am fully aware the 2018 announcements are two months away. Whether or not Daisy gets announced, we won't know until then.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 20, 2017, 08:25:32 PM
Does anyone think Daisy is deconfirmed?
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 19, 2017, 08:35:24 PM
So, since Mattel doesn't find Daisy marketable, do you think she's deconfirmed?

Another great choice for HO Scale is Ryan. He's a tank engine, and he does require a new tooling. Like his branch line partner, Daisy, he also played significant roles in the show. Unlike Daisy, Ryan actually has plenty of merchandise.

As for Philip, I think he's too small for HO Scale, since he's smaller than Percy. He's much more suitable for Large Scale.

So, for HO Scale, the biggest possibilities for 2018 I think are Ryan or Sidney.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 19, 2017, 03:45:00 PM
It's a shame Norman barely did a thing since his debut in 2011. He barely had any merchandise AT ALL. He almost never speaks.

I was hoping to get a Norman episode, but because of the direction the show is going, the chance of that seems very slim. The reason I'm bringing him up is because he's a seriously underused character in the CGI series.

As for a Bachmann model of him, we can't count on it for reasons I said above. Because of those reasons, he is a long shot. It's not his design that's the problem, it's how he's treated by Mattel. If Norman ever gets a starring role, that would greatly increase the chances of a Bachmann model. Look at Sidney. He started making more appearances and speaking roles as of Season 20. Unlike Sidney, Norman would require a new tooling, but that's not the problem. The problem is his treatment by Mattel.

I fail to understand why Mattel never gives Norman light. He's not even a black engine. According to Mattel, black engines don't sell well, with the exceptions of Hiro and Diesel. That's apparently the reason why they haven't made any new merchandise of Mavis or Donald and Douglas in recent years. Thank goodness Bachmann made HO Mavis, Donald and Douglas before Mattel took over. Norman is primarily orange-red, so I don't see how he's not marketable.

Months ago, I narrowed down the HO possibilities to Sidney or Daisy.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 14, 2017, 06:04:14 PM
I can't believe this season had to be short-lived. It's even shorter than most Miller seasons. Was there not enough time to make more episodes? How pitiful.

Chances of Duke, Stepney, or BoCo joining the range aren't looking good. They may never return now, knowing the direction the show is going. If they don't return anytime soon, then those characters will be a distant memory.

At least we don't have to worry about HO Edward, Henry, or Toby getting discontinued, since their sales are still strong.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 14, 2017, 01:45:40 PM
Season 21 is sadly only 18 episodes long. 8 more were planned, but were cut to help with the development of... you know what.

I guess we can kiss the chances of BoCo or Stepney joining the range.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 13, 2017, 06:41:23 PM
The 2018 announcements are only two months away.

Will we get the sassy diesel railcar, or the forgetful dark blue Class 08? It could also be a long shot character. That question won't be answered until then. Just two more months. Suspense is building.

Daisy is definitely the most recommended for HO Scale. No need to rehash my reasons again. We know her sales will certainly be on par with Oliver's.

With Paxton coming soon, having Sidney, another Class 08 diesel shunter, wouldn't be a good idea for 2018 at least, especially since he's considerably less popular than Paxton, so his sales wouldn't be that strong. He is definitely inevitable for the near future.
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