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Title: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 25, 2014, 08:29:16 PM
Hi.

Here is the official thread for 2015 predictions. Feel free to say yours. Here are mine:

HO:
Stepney
Oliver
Toad
Troublesome Truck #5 (Should be a salt wagon)

Large:

Edward
Henrietta
Troublesome Truck #3


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: seanrail on February 27, 2014, 04:41:35 AM
I have already put up in a post that I would do 2015 later this year.

I said that for the Thomas & Friends in 2015 since it will be the 70th anniversary, the wish list can include locomotives from both the TV and Railway series, new sets, rolling stock, vehicles, figures, buildings and re-releases.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 27, 2014, 09:58:37 PM
I have already put up in a post that I would do 2015 later this year.

I said that for the Thomas & Friends in 2015 since it will be the 70th anniversary, the wish list can include locomotives from both the TV and Railway series, new sets, rolling stock, vehicles, figures, buildings and re-releases.

Sorry. I didn't realize that I jumped the gun on someone.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: seanrail on February 28, 2014, 10:33:40 AM
I have already put up in a post that I would do 2015 later this year.

I said that for the Thomas & Friends in 2015 since it will be the 70th anniversary, the wish list can include locomotives from both the TV and Railway series, new sets, rolling stock, vehicles, figures, buildings and re-releases.

Sorry. I didn't realize that I jumped the gun on someone.
its all right. As stated above, you can add your predictions for re-releasing discontinued items on the new 2015 poll. any recommended re-releases?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: thomasj219 on February 28, 2014, 02:11:56 PM
There's really no "jumping the gun" anyone can create whatever thread they want, and in a wish list you could always post whatever you wanted. I don't know why all of a sudden it's seems you need permission.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on February 28, 2014, 05:09:49 PM
I completely agree with thomasj219.  The forum doesn't need to run on a schedule or has to be organized in such a specific way such as who gets to post what.  As long as it is on the subject of the Bachmann Thomas and Friends HO and large scale line either in it's current, previous, or future state, it's not doing any harm to anyone.  

Plus as I've said before, no one should ever judge someone else on this forum for posting what they want Bachmann to make.  Everyone has done it and will continue to do so since it allows for productive discussion, and not one member here is an exception of that.  Especially ones who continually make polls and petitions over re-released items.  ::)

I'm probably not going to share my thoughts on next year until a little later, but I am interested in seeing what fans will ask for rolling stock wise since we just got the highest demanded rolling stock finally announced.  Besides, Toad of course.  


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 28, 2014, 05:52:02 PM
Alright. Now let's get back on topic.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: lgbmarklintrein on March 02, 2014, 03:56:35 AM
I am happy with the G scale models that come out, yesterday I Toby
been in my possession.  ::)

Eugene
http://lgbmarklintrein.wordpress.com/thomas-the-tank-engine/


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: ho thomas collector king on March 05, 2014, 12:25:27 PM
Trainfan relax troublesome truck, 4 is not out yet nd your talking about a number 5 take it easy and look on youtube and search bachmann thomas rolling stock 2013-2015


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: thomasj219 on March 16, 2014, 06:35:16 PM
For 2015 I have high hopes for the Thomas range, the things older fans of the show want the most are usually the same, and it's getting to be a smaller and smaller list since BACHMANN is making them  ;D

So here is my first early prediction.

HO

Oliver: Same reasons as always, most wanted, popular character, last missing engine in the lineup.

Stepney: This would be a great looking BACHMANN model. If he's reintroduced to the show I feel he would be a cert.

OFF-RAIL

Trevor

Rolling Stock

Toad

Resin

Dryaw Station: If they have access to HORNBY's tooling this one is for sure.
Sodor Shipping Building
Signal Box 2 Probably HORNBY'S second tooling style.
Then BACHAMNN will probably surprise us with something else. That's the way I see it for a while two previously released buildings and two new style ones.

G

Edward or Mavis

Rolling Stock
Mail Van
Henrietta


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: seanrail on March 17, 2014, 04:19:54 AM
Re-releases:

Gordon's Express Coaches:If Bachmann was to re-release anything back into their Thomas & Friends line, Gordon's Express Coaches are the most mandatory candidate, as Spencer's Special Coach is the only Express Coach type for Gordon to pull.

Tar Tanker:The Tar Tanker is another re-release of interest; most iconic rolling stock in the classics series.

Well Wagon and Flatbed: this range could do with some more bogied wagons.

Revisions:
I expect the Milk and Fuel Tankers are to be CGI'ed next year. Henrietta might also be revised with her CGI face , not that i am wishing for it, but Henrietta's facelift is possible since her CGI promo.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on March 22, 2014, 05:56:58 PM
Which of these engine(s) do you think is the most likely to be made in LARGE scale next year?:

Edward
Diesel
Mavis
Bill & Ben


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: chris123678 on March 24, 2014, 10:09:38 PM
I'm pretty sure Edward will be the next large scale model. He's essentially the same size as James if not a tiny bit smaller.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Metal on March 26, 2014, 03:07:54 PM
Character Ideas:

Oliver-It's very obvious, he has the highest demand.

Boco- He's an enjoyable character and quite popular.

Rosie- She's a very popular character, and at least she wasn't forgotten like most of the Season 9-12 characters. Another female engine to the Bachmann range would be great.

Stanley-He is a resourceful character and very likable, plus it's nice that he was brought forth into CGI.

Whiff- Yes, he was a controversial character at first, because of his basis. But his personality is likable, in CGI he became better-developed. Out of all the characters in "MIR," he was the best one, he was a character you would of never thought to be the hero.  And yes, I also like his glasses, they remind me of "TUGS." ;D

Hiro- He's "Number 1" on my list. Read my post in another thread.
Everyone wants Oliver, but to be honest I wouldn't be hyped up about it if he was announced.
I have my eyes set on the "Japanese Steam Giant."  Bachmann Hiro would be extraordinary.
When the TV Series had the CGI switchover, I was topsy-turvy at first, but "HOTR" was a good way to open up the CGI Thomas World. I've quite enjoyed the movie.
Hiro has impressed me beyond words and I don't remember the last time a character has done that. Both his character and basis are very exquisite. He's a well-developed character with potential, and he's very popular with both older and younger fans.
He would be Bachmann's highest seller, possibility. Japan has a huge liking for "Thomas," and imports of the Hiro model would be high.

I might be the only one that doesn't have high hopes for Oliver, but that doesn't mean I won't buy him.
The "Master of the Railway" is without doubt the "Number 1" on my list.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on March 26, 2014, 04:35:10 PM

First off I will say this;
Stepney would be so pointless at this time, since alot of online retailers still have the Hornby one in stock.

Hornby making models has never stopped Bachmann from producing the same character at a different time.  Bachmann even made Spencer before Hornby did, so it's hard to compare those two companies in that department (it's like comparing apples to oranges).  So Stepney wouldn't be a "pointless" addition at all. :)

Just curious, what rolling stock and other additions are you interested in besides locomotives?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Metal on March 26, 2014, 05:04:45 PM

First off I will say this;
Stepney would be so pointless at this time, since alot of online retailers still have the Hornby one in stock.

Hornby making models has never stopped Bachmann from producing the same character at a different time.  Bachmann even made Spencer before Hornby did, so it's hard to compare those two companies in that department (it's like comparing apples to oranges).  So Stepney wouldn't be a "pointless" addition at all. :)

Just curious, what rolling stock and other additions are you interested in besides locomotives?

I'm not saying Bachmann shouldn't make Stepney, I just don't think now wouldn't be the best time. Hornby Stepney is relatively easy to find online, right now for the time being. 


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on March 26, 2014, 07:11:05 PM
I dunno about most people, but I'm not going to pay $90-120* for a Thomas engine.


*source is current eBay listings for Stepney.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Edward2 on March 27, 2014, 07:35:40 AM
Molly and Rosie


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on April 25, 2014, 09:29:07 PM
I'd love to see a Large Scale Edward. He seems to be the most likely engine to be next in the Large Scale line. Though, if they were to make a Large Scale Mavis, she would use Toby's chassis.

As for rolling stock, I'm pretty sure a Large Scale Henrietta would have that new face she has.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: PaulGWR on May 03, 2014, 01:54:01 PM
How about the china clay cars in season 2 that are similar to the ones in "TUGS"


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: seanrail on May 28, 2014, 05:15:50 PM
Sign this petition for Gordon's coaches and, hopefully, we will get them back in 2015.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/doug-blaine-to-bring-back-gordon-s-express-coaches (http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/doug-blaine-to-bring-back-gordon-s-express-coaches)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: thomasj219 on May 29, 2014, 10:15:19 AM
This again? If you're going through all the trouble of making a petition you should include more than just the wish that they'll return. Set a reasonable price point so they'll actually have a chance of staying on the market because Gordon doesn't have his coaches is simply not a good enough reason to keep them there.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: seanrail on May 29, 2014, 11:40:56 AM
The h company has taken their Thomas products of the market, their express coaches are no exception. That is another reason, along with the fact they appear more than Spencer's coach.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on May 29, 2014, 12:47:20 PM
If you're going to do another petition on Gordon's coaches coming back, the very least you could do is to refrain from posting something about it every day in different threads. 

Plus, I'm sure Bachmann reps got the message on what people want at this point and are doing their best to satisfy their loyal fans.  It's honestly why I find polls or petitions for stuff to come out unnecessary, (this includes both new and re-released items). 


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 29, 2014, 01:43:51 PM
It's honestly why I find polls or petitions for stuff to come out unnecessary, (this includes both new and re-released items). 

I agree, as I don't think they really work. However, I think at least polls give a good insight into what consumers are demanding at the moment, and thus it adds suggestions for future products.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: seanrail on May 29, 2014, 01:46:16 PM
fine!


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: thomasj219 on May 29, 2014, 11:23:57 PM
Look there's nothing wrong with the idea but like I said above offer more than just that. A suggested price that kind of thing. But in the end we may just have to accept that they may not be returning in the near future (but I wouldn't rule it out down the line" and that the demand, although I understand how strongly you feel on this, is just not there right now. At least at the former price.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on July 02, 2014, 11:44:35 PM
I saw on Walther's that the red coaches price is up, with the brake coach being 34 dollars at retail.  

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/160-76039

With the fact that pricing and manufacturing has gotten more expensive in recent years and the fact that production has been slow, I recently compressed my "prediction" list to just Oliver, Stepney, Toad, and the coal loader in HO and Mavis and Henrietta for large scale.  I'm hoping that the future is bright for the Thomas range regardless, as there is potential for popular additions as mentioned on most of our posts, but I think a long list of characters with minimal contributions to the show and "re-releases" are out of the question.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on July 04, 2014, 09:50:09 PM
What just makes you think that re-releases are out of the question?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Metal on July 05, 2014, 11:04:19 PM
I saw on Walther's that the red coaches price is up, with the brake coach being 34 dollars at retail.  

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/160-76039

With the fact that pricing and manufacturing has gotten more expensive in recent years and the fact that production has been slow, I recently compressed my "prediction" list to just Oliver, Stepney, Toad, and the coal loader in HO and Mavis and Henrietta for large scale.  I'm hoping that the future is bright for the Thomas range regardless, as there is potential for popular additions as mentioned on most of our posts, but I think a long list of characters with minimal contributions to the show and "re-releases" are out of the question.

Watching Oliver in CGI made me realize how unique of a character he is. I would like a Bachmann Oliver. Even so, they should make characters like Rosie and Stanley since they've popular characters as well.

Hiro would make a fantastic seller, he's a very iconic character and he also has depth to his personality. He is very popular with older and younger fans.  Heck, even Japan has recently built a life-sized replica of him for their DOWT events.

I know there's some unpopular characters like Charlie and the Logging Locos,  you and I would agree that we wouldn't want to see them made.

I'm a fan of the classic series, but when it comes to CGI characters. Hiro is a definite yes.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on July 11, 2014, 04:18:30 PM
Oliver I am not worried about, especially since he's been in demand for so long and he is now in CGI, I think it will only be a matter of time before we see him in the near future.  Hiro I would put on the "maybe" category since the potential is there but the size and details of the model could make the model expensive to sell as well as to produce.  Regardless, I think he's the most likely canidate for a character past season 7 with a new tooling, I know I would be interested in seeing a model of him.  The other characters you mentioned I don't think will happen just because I don't think they will be that popular for very long if Bachmann produced models of them, and it costs a lot of money to Bachmann to produce a model and eventually sell it, whereas Oliver and Hiro models would be popular for a long time. 

What just makes you think that re-releases are out of the question?

It costs a lot of money to bring products into the range, why would they bring back products that have little demand going for them?  Products become discontinued due to high prices as well as an overall lack of interest.  It would be best for Bachmann to focus on the new products that have not been made yet, rather than go a few steps back and spend the extra money on something that doesn't have that much of a strong demand.  Even if anything were to come back like Gordon's coaches they would be around 60 dollars each (given from the current price of Spencer's coach) which is a lot of money considering you can get Thomas or Percy models at different shops online for that kind of price.   


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: astrotrain4472 on August 30, 2014, 12:00:10 PM
HO locos: Paxton,Oliver,BoCo,Daisy.
HO rolling stock: china clay trucks,toad,faceless gray truck,and truck 5 as a vent van, slip coaches.
non-rail: bullstrode,bulgy,tiger-moth.
G locos: Mavis
G stock: red truck
buildings: Dryaw, Ffarquar, small air hanger
humans: lady hat, the duke and duchess.
sets: Percy with mail truck and brake van, James with oil tanker, coal car,and salt van.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on August 30, 2014, 03:33:24 PM
G stock: red truck

The red wagon was already announced this year, it should be out sometime this year. 

Glad to know I'm not the only one who could see Mavis being the next engine in large scale!


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on September 22, 2014, 06:28:58 AM
HO scale:

1. Oliver
2. Paxton
3. Stepney
4. Sidney
5. Toad
6. Hiro

Large scale:

1. Henrietta
2. Edward
3. Mavis
4. Gordon
5. Henry

Do you think Bachmann will literally make a large scale Henry and Gordon?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JD417 on October 15, 2014, 10:33:35 AM
Haven't posted in quite some time, and I just wanted to share the information that someone from a group on Facebook, that I'm also a part of, talked to a Bachmann rep. and recorded it, and has some details about the range for the future;

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=799019826806379&set=o.104207442957716&type=2&theater

I was very disappointed about the whole Oliver situation in that video. But like I commented on that video, I'll repeat here in a little more detail. When I went to a train show about a year ago, there were Bachmann reps and Me and and my friend asked them a few questions, two of which were;

"What do you strive to produce every year [for the HO scale Thomas and Friends range]?"
Their answer was: "At least one engine and one rolling stock piece."

My follow up question was led from that, and it was:

 "With that being said, are we going to get our other 2 Great Western Friends, Oliver, and Toad, whom of which would be one engine and one rolling stock piece, to go along with Duck?"
Their answer was: "I can't say anything for sure, but they have been in demand for quite some time, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were to be announced in april, next year." and then one of the guys winked at me.

But after watching that video and hearing that Oliver is not going to be made, It makes me question if all of the Bachmann workers are on the same page.

So I wouldn't take that video too seriously, as much as I'd like to, seeing as the whole 'sets' talk really made sense.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 15, 2014, 05:00:34 PM
Too bad we won't get Oliver yet, but other engines are possible, maybe some CGI characters. They could probably make Sidney, Paxton, Norman, Timothy, or Porter. Sidney and Paxton would be easy for obvious reasons.

As for Large Scale, they could make Edward, Mavis, Diesel, or Bill and Ben. Large Scale Bill and Ben would of course have red wheels.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on October 15, 2014, 07:10:40 PM
At least they did not say Oliver would never be made! :)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on October 15, 2014, 09:35:08 PM
This is pretty much what I was talking about as far as Bachmann making new toolings for Thomas products goes.  It costs a lot of money for Bachmann to produce and manufacture the models hence, why I've shown doubt for a lot of the other engines mentioned earlier.  Evidence of this too is shown that they have made nothing but pairs of twins or engines that they can reuse bodies to make other engines, with the exception of Duck.  With this year only introducing the red coaches and resin buildings in HO along with repainted stock in large scale furthers my point even more.

I know that people are upset that the rep mentioned that there are no plans for Oliver, but if he won't be announced next year we could always be in for a good surprise.  Though this whole "CGI face" rage from fans has to stop.  At this point if we do get Oliver in the future, or any other character with a new tooling, I think people should be extremely grateful for what they get rather than minor preferences like that.  

Honestly, the only thing I do expect from Bachmann next year are repainted rolling stock or repainted engines like Paxton along with possibly more buildings.  However, Bachmann could always surprise us during moments of doubt, so at this point it's really just a matter for expecting a little but hoping for more.  Plus, if one rep from Bachmann mentioned that they have with plans to revise James (which if they are, I think they deserve some serious praise), then I don't think all hope should be completely lost.  


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on October 15, 2014, 10:26:56 PM
A repaint the fans will be pleased with? But of course, how did I not think of it before!

(http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100727132134/ttte/images/d/db/TheGreenController8.png)

Though in all seriousness, since James' paintwork is getting tweaked in the next production line (most likely fixing the errors the video brought up), could this mean other products will be receiving tweaks here and there too?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: theriddell888 on October 17, 2014, 10:19:19 PM
Well, very interesting video. I'm excited for an overhaul of James. I also hope Thomas and Percy will be fixed as well. (Ex: better paint, face, and motor) I understand why thomas is usually in a set, and not many others, as most consumers usually want classic thomas with Annie and Clarabel as a starter set, and not anything else. I have no preference if an engine has a CGI face or not,(with a few exceptions) but it is important for bachmann keep up with standards. Oliver will sadly have to wait another day it seems, but I'm much happier seeing bachmann fixing their older models.  :)

For some reason, I kinda wish for bachmann to make a TT#5, for some more variety in the trucks, mainly the faces, as there are a lot of different faces out their. Does anyone agree?

One more thing, could someone give me some advice on fixing my controller? My problem is one the everything Thomas thread.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: BassTbone on October 22, 2014, 12:12:42 PM
No offense, but I feel like a majority are biting the hand that feeds them... 

Its always MORE MORE MORE when it comes to new stuff.  We've got engines #1-10 with James receiving new paint next year...  I don't understand it...  Be thankful for what you've got.   They are being smart about production tactics by making twins. 

I am sure the video had the best intentions, but I felt it was a tad aggressive... especially at the James question. 


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: PaulGWR on October 23, 2014, 04:11:12 PM
No offense, but I feel like a majority are biting the hand that feeds them...  

Its always MORE MORE MORE when it comes to new stuff.  We've got engines #1-10 with James receiving new paint next year...  I don't understand it...  Be thankful for what you've got.   They are being smart about production tactics by making twins.  

I agree, we should be glad with what we got, and it could be worse, they could start discontinueing models, and I think that the new james will be great, the face doesn't need improving ( it's fine as it is), and we're probably gonna get more new buildings for the next few seasons,

And...

HO
Stepney or Paxton ( if any engines at all
Truck 5
Wellsworth, Ffarquarr

G
Edward or Mavis
Cattle truck/TT3


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on October 26, 2014, 12:30:24 AM
I think it is only a matter of time before we start seeing engines getting discontinued.  Jeremy probably won't last long either since his reaction from the fans was generally negative and so far not many people have bought him.  I haven't seen a single video of him on YouTube yet either.

I agree with BassTbone regarding Bachmann being smart with production tactics by making twins, and more importantly, being happy with what we already have in the range.  The engines that are in the range currently are all classic characters as well as some of the most memorable characters to date, hence why they made Duck despite only making twins/retooled engines... because let's be honest, who DIDN'T want Bachmann to make Duck? ;)

On a completely different note, in the video when the rep mentioned that fans would be "pleased and surprised" with next year's announcements, I think that should at least be a sign of something we can look forward to when the time comes.  If it's not going to be Oliver, it really makes you wonder what they have up their sleeves for us!  Guess it is best to wait until February to find that one out.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 26, 2014, 02:08:18 PM
I doubt that the new James would have an open cab, since that would require a new tooling, but at least he may no longer have a red smokebox, black stripe at the back of the tender, and gray wheels. I don't know for sure if they'll fix his face to look CGI, but I hope they do give him stronger paint that's harder to SCRATCH off. Though, I do wonder if a front coupler would require a new tooling, or they can just put one on easily.

I don't think they can fix Percy, since his problems are tooling. Still excited for James.

Since it's easier for Bachmann to make characters out of existing tooling, I guess they could use Diesel's tooling to make Paxton or Sidney next year, and that would be their first CGI era character(s).


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Metal on November 10, 2014, 12:44:33 AM
Why still complain over the CGI Series? After all, Oliver has returned to the series still in his original personality. Besides his CGI face isn't really much different from his model face. Same with Rosie, if they happen her. I mean her model and CGI face are very similar.

We got most of the classic characters with very few left; Oliver, Boco, and Daisy. Along with many  CGI characters with potential for the future lineup like Hiro, Paxton, the S17-18 characters.
Sure, there are no new engines this year, but can't you admire the buildings from this year's lineup? Also, aren't you happy that the Red Branchline Coaches are announced?

I honestly wouldn't mind if they rehash Diesel into Paxton. Given that he is a likable character.  

I agree with BassTbone, complaining about Bachmann not making Oliver isn't gonna release him any sooner.    


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on December 19, 2014, 06:09:03 AM
So far, Bachmann has announced the following for 2015

HO

James the Red Engine (Redesigned with black wheels, black tenderaxles and black smokebox sides)

Red Branchline Coaches

Re-tooled Water Tower

any other ideas that would be good for 2015 range?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on December 19, 2014, 05:56:11 PM
Why still complain over the CGI Series? After all, Oliver has returned to the series still in his original personality. Besides his CGI face isn't really much different from his model face. Same with Rosie, if they happen her. I mean her model and CGI face are very similar.

We got most of the classic characters with very few left; Oliver, Boco, and Daisy. Along with many  CGI characters with potential for the future lineup like Hiro, Paxton, the S17-18 characters.
Sure, there are no new engines this year, but can't you admire the buildings from this year's lineup? Also, aren't you happy that the Red Branchline Coaches are announced?

I honestly wouldn't mind if they rehash Diesel into Paxton. Given that he is a likable character.  

I agree with BassTbone, complaining about Bachmann not making Oliver isn't gonna release him any sooner.    
I am happy for the resin buildings and red branchline coaches. it is just the waiting for their model images which is surprisingly taking a while considering that they are using Annie and Clarabel's tooling. However its the different tooling for the brake coach and the roofs must be the main reason.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on December 26, 2014, 04:30:08 AM
I deleted my old post as seeing as how the 2015 announcements are coming up soon, I figured I would update my thoughts on what I think could come out next year for Thomas and Friends.  I am only sharing my thoughts on engines and rolling stock for both ranges, and not really bringing up the subject of buildings, sets, or anything else.

For HO, I think it is more or less of a matter of if we get any engines.  Last year we got 'Arry and Bert which were repaints of Diesel, and this year there were no new engines.  I feel like if we get any new engines next year I feel like a repaint would make the most sense from Bachmann which is why I think Paxton is the most likely candidate to be the next engine in HO.  However his design alone isn't the only reason why I think he's a likely candidate as Paxton has appeared regularly throughout the series since Blue Mountain Mystery.  He's also proven to be liked by older and newer fans which is also why I think he's a good possibility.  I won't rule out Sidney altogether either, because his body is the same as Diesel/Paxton.  However, I think the small number of appearances aren't really enough to make him a popular seller from Bachmann just yet.

If there are any other engines I could see coming out in HO, I feel like the only other engine I do see happening anytime soon would be Oliver.  I know people may flip out because of the video that was posted on Facebook, but no offense to anyone, I can't take a video like that seriously.  Especially with how the questions and statements were made throughout the video.  But more importantly, when it comes to engines with a new tooling Bachmann hasn't done it's hard for me to imagine the engine not being Oliver, mainly for two reasons.  One of them is that he is back in CGI and has already made a handful of appearances in the most recent season.  The other is that he would be the most logical addition to follow up on the sales of Duck, as Duck as proven to be one of the most popular models in the range.  If Bachmann wanted to make an addition to follow up on this model that could potentially sell just as well as Duck, then I think Oliver would make the most sense. 

As for rolling stock, the only piece of rolling stock I can see happening is Toad, to go along with Oliver.  But apart from that, I honestly do not know what to expect from them.  Part of me thinks we could always get a Troublesome Truck #5 or a repainted piece of rolling stock that no one would really expect.  At the same time though, I wouldn't put it past Bachmann to not produce any new pieces of rolling stock due to the red coaches not being released yet, or having any photos revealed. 

For large scale, my thoughts have remained the same as I think Mavis would be the most likely candidate to be the next engine to be introduced in large scale, due to sharing the same chassis as Toby.  At the same time, I feel like if they were to do an engine with a new tooling then I could see Diesel happening at some point too.  Not only because he is the main antagonist in the series, but Diesel's body and chassis could also be reused to make other characters on the show, much like how he has so far with the HO line.  But apart from these two, as well as Henrietta, I do not know what else to expect from the large scale line.  Apart from Toby they have only introduced repainted pieces of rolling stock, which admittedly is a little concerning, but hopefully things will pick up by next year. 


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on December 26, 2014, 05:19:58 AM
I deleted my old post as seeing as how the 2015 announcements are coming up soon, I figured I would update my thoughts on what I think could come out next year for Thomas and Friends.  I am only sharing my thoughts on engines and rolling stock for both ranges, and not really bringing up the subject of buildings, sets, or anything else.

For HO, I think it is more or less of a matter of if we get any engines.  Last year we got 'Arry and Bert which were repaints of Diesel, and this year there were no new engines.  I feel like if we get any new engines next year I feel like a repaint would make the most sense from Bachmann which is why I think Paxton is the most likely candidate to be the next engine in HO.  However his design alone isn't the only reason why I think he's a likely candidate as Paxton has appeared regularly throughout the series since Blue Mountain Mystery.  He's also proven to be liked by older and newer fans which is also why I think he's a good possibility.  I won't rule out Sidney altogether either, because his body is the same as Diesel/Paxton.  However, I think the small number of appearances aren't really enough to make him a popular seller from Bachmann just yet.

If there are any other engines I could see coming out in HO, I feel like the only other engine I do see happening anytime soon would be Oliver.  I know people may flip out because of the video that was posted on Facebook, but no offense to anyone, I can't take a video like that seriously.  Especially with how the questions and statements were made throughout the video.  But more importantly, when it comes to engines with a new tooling Bachmann hasn't done it's hard for me to imagine the engine not being Oliver, mainly for two reasons.  One of them is that he is back in CGI and has already made a handful of appearances in the most recent season.  The other is that he would be the most logical addition to follow up on the sales of Duck, as Duck as proven to be one of the most popular models in the range.  If Bachmann wanted to make an addition to follow up on this model that could potentially sell just as well as Duck, then I think Oliver would make the most sense. 

As for rolling stock, the only piece of rolling stock I can see happening is Toad, to go along with Oliver.  But apart from that, I honestly do not know what to expect from them.  Part of me thinks we could always get a Troublesome Truck #5 or a repainted piece of rolling stock that no one would really expect.  At the same time though, I wouldn't put it past Bachmann to not produce any new pieces of rolling stock due to the red coaches not being released yet, or having any photos revealed. 

For large scale, my thoughts have remained the same as I think Mavis would be the most likely candidate to be the next engine to be introduced in large scale, due to sharing the same chassis as Toby.  At the same time, I feel like if they were to do an engine with a new tooling then I could see Diesel happening at some point too.  Not only because he is the main antagonist in the series, but Diesel's body and chassis could also be reused to make other characters on the show, much like how he has so far with the HO line.  But apart from these two, as well as Henrietta, I do not know what else to expect from the large scale line.  Apart from Toby they have only introduced repainted pieces of rolling stock, which admittedly is a little concerning, but hopefully things will pick up by next year. 
i would recommend bachmann using a van tooling for Troublesome Truck #5. they used three open wagons and a cattle van for their four troublesome trucks. They need to start using van toolings more.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: PaulGWR on December 29, 2014, 05:58:59 PM
personally, I think that the resin buildings will dominate the 2015 season, there are unlimited possibilities with this, they could even dare I say sell the sides of Knapford, but that would be a tad ambitious, Wellsworth could be a good Candidate, but that would require two buildings to be made, as for engines, I do agree about Paxton, he's popular with both kids and adults, and he would be the most economical, I think he would be a good addition, as for G, I dunno if they'll even do an engine this time, but if they did, I feel like they would do either Diesel, Mavis, or Edward.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 29, 2014, 11:29:44 PM
I wouldn't mind having Paxton.  :)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on December 30, 2014, 07:12:58 AM
personally, I think that the resin buildings will dominate the 2015 season, there are unlimited possibilities with this, they could even dare I say sell the sides of Knapford, but that would be a tad ambitious, Wellsworth could be a good Candidate, but that would require two buildings to be made, as for engines, I do agree about Paxton, he's popular with both kids and adults, and he would be the most economical, I think he would be a good addition, as for G, I dunno if they'll even do an engine this time, but if they did, I feel like they would do either Diesel, Mavis, or Edward.
Splatter and Dodge would be more economical too. my suggestions for resin buildings are Ffarquhar Station, the Town hall.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on December 30, 2014, 07:37:00 AM
They could also do Henry in his Old Shape. all they need to do is remove his neckholders and top feed and do a curved firebox in place of his square one. or even a Season 1 troublesome truck.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 30, 2014, 09:01:40 PM
If they did make Oliver, my only hope would be that he was made the right size (unlike his oddly small CGI counterpart). But other than that, Oliver would be wonderful for Bachmann :)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Cirkit:) on January 01, 2015, 06:47:29 PM
I don't see 'Old Shape Henry' or Splatter/Dodge happening any time soon. Not many younger fans will know why Henry is in a different shape, and some might assume it's a different character altogether, but with the same name. Think the two 'Olivers' on Sodor.
'Splodge' and the other TATMR characters seem unlikely too. The only one among them to still be in the series is Diesel 10, and I doubt he'd be included due to the small parts that would be used for his claw (more moving parts often means easier to break), and he doesn't seem as popular or as well-known as characters like Paxton, Oliver, Hiro, or even 'the background tank engines' Rosie and Stanley.
They do call the hobby 'modeling', I'm sure one could 'bash together their own OSH, or repaint a pair of Diesels into 'Splodge' as I've seen done very well in the past, if they wanted. Or even Daisy. I liked SodorOrient's Daisy a great deal.

I see Pax' making his way into the range in the future. After all, as it's been said, all that would be needed is a simple repaint and a new face, plus those red coupling rods.. !
Oliver and Toad will find their way in too, I imagine, for the reasons Chaz has gladly given us. I should like to see how they do with Ollie. Hopefully he won't have the handrails poking in his forehead, like the 'other brand's 'model, though I hope it lives up to the otherwise overall awesomeness that is our Ol' Ollie :)

I should expect he'd look good with those Red Coaches coming out soon..

I'd also expect a Troublesome Truck #5 to come along. What van it would be and what face it would sport I'm sure we can all debate upon.

Perhaps we'll see another figurine or a road character to come along too. I'd like to see Trevor, or perhaps.. George?

I agree with all thoughts on the Large Scale Range. Personally, I would like to see Diesel oil his way into the range.

Happy New Year all, I hope this year is a great one for the Bachmann Range, the people who work so hard to give us these models, and.. well.. everyone :p


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 02, 2015, 06:03:37 AM
For troublesome truck 5, it should be a salt van with a buck tooth face like in the worlds strongest engine.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Metal on January 04, 2015, 10:37:52 PM
Watching that interview again, I gotta say,  I felt that the interviewer was quite rude to the rep.

After thinking about it, selecting a new character or rolling stock is a matter of economics and which would have a wide appeal. The rep said that the company wouldn't produce something with limited appeal like they said about Old-Shape Henry, so they will not produce characters like Derek, Lady, Class 40, Old Slow Coach, and other one-offs or characters that had little or allotted screentime.

We should also realize that Bachmann is aiming it's appeal towards the younger audience. So I don't have high expectations with characters like Boco or Daisy, they wouldn't have the same appeal to the target audience as it would to us.  I also highly doubt that they would make Murdoch and Arthur, as well.  Characters like Donald/Douglas, Bill/Ben, Salty, and Duck, and the recently released buildings, especially the upcoming Red Branchline Coaches should be considered a blessing and that the range has 19 engines to choose from.

They would aim for characters that are currently in the show. They would probably rehash Diesel into Paxton, or aim for big icons like Hiro, he's an admired character not just by the Japanese, he's also favored by other fans outside of Japan, I've seen parents from the US and UK say that their kids favor Hiro, as well as they themselves say they that also find fondness in him. I also must include that we older fans too, enjoy Hiro as much as the younger ones. So I would expect that he would sell by bucketloads.

Or if they are trying to grasp the female audience they would go for Rosie since she's very recognizable and is still making appearances in the TV Series, and would have a better appeal to the female perspective of the aimed audience than Daisy or Molly.

If we are gonna see Flying Kipper Vans, they're most likely gonna be repaints, as with Paxton.  If they're gonna make new engine tooling, they would aim for prominent icons. The rep said they not making Oliver for the time being.  So I'm expecting rehashes and repaints in the upcoming future.

Whether or not, you like it if Bachmann happens to make CGI characters instead of finishing up the classic characters. People really need to let go of nostalgia and move on.  It's the least economical way of thinking that the company can do. Just be very grateful for S17/18.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on January 05, 2015, 12:53:58 AM
You are just spot on! People do need to be grateful for this! :)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on January 13, 2015, 03:01:34 AM
Honestly, I think if Bachmann wants a quick hot seller at minimal tooling costs, they could repaint the ice cream van, salt van or vent van:
(http://www.megahobby.com/productimages/bac/BAC77021.jpg)(http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/images/HO_Scale/77034.jpg)
(http://www.totallythomas.com/thomas-the-tank-engine-train/bachmann/images/ho77026.jpg)

and give it a "laughing van" face:
(http://images.wikia.com/ttte/images/d/de/ACloseShave9.png)

Even if it was a color like green, orange, or blue, I think it would still sell fairly well.


They could also repaint the brake van to match its large scale counterpart:
(http://www2.gpmd.com/imagel/b/lbacu6060.jpg)
From this, to this:
(http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b565/Garratt42/Large%20Scale/Thomas/Brake%20Van/SAM_1149_640_zps469c365f.jpg)


Duck is one of Bachmanns best selling engines, and that can be confirmed on Bachmanns Online store:
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_259

Quote
   Thomas the Tank Engine™ (with...
    Gordon the Big Express Engine...
    Percy the Small Engine (with...
    Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
    James the Red Engine (with moving...
    Duck (with moving eyes)
    Edward (with moving eyes)
    Deluxe Thomas & Friends™ Special
    Troublesome Truck #1
    Thomas' Fun with Freight Set

He ranks in at #6, beating engines such as Edward and Emily. I think Ducks sales are a testament that even though Oliver would be a whole new tooling, he would be a very good seller.
(http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110323202337/ttte/images/8/84/Oliver%27sFind22.png)

Of course, you can't have Oliver without Toad, who has a Mainline tooling already, so all they would need to do is put a face on him:
(http://cdn2.fast-serve.net/cdn/yesterdaystoys/Mainline-39-OO-39-Gauge-G-W-Shrewsbury-20-Ton-Brake-Van_700_600_5ESXD.jpg)

Speaking of Mainline toolings, they also made a hopper which could be brought into the Thomas range:
(https://hattonsimages.blob.core.windows.net/products/37408-LN_3096917_Qty1_1.jpg)

In case people are wondering, the Mainline range is an old range of UK locomotives and wagons that Bachmann bought the rights to ages ago, and most of their wagons have been reused in the Thomas range already. There's a few wagons not yet used in the Thomas range, such as the GWR Toad brake van and hopper wagon mentioned above, as well as some various open wagons, different brake van designs and tankers.
(http://thumbs2.picclick.com/d/l400/pict/321630981505_/OO-Gauge-Mainline-3-Plank-BR-Brown-37420.jpg)(http://cdn2.fast-serve.net/cdn/yesterdaystoys/Mainline-39-OO-39-Gauge-N-E-10-39-Brake-Van-No-37-140_700_600_1P256.jpg)
(http://www.vectis.co.uk/AuctionImages/369/4083_l.jpg)

Curiously, the Ice cream vans original tooling had a sliding door that could open and shut. This feature is not in the Thomas version of the tooling.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on January 13, 2015, 03:54:37 AM
Looking at Sparks' post, I think this is one of the recent posts on this thread I have to agree with the most.  

I agree with the idea that when it comes to new tooling, Oliver does make the most sense due to the success of Duck.  I think he would be a better addition to see in the future as opposed to newer characters like Rosie just because of his popularity and high demand, which are pretty remarkable and undeniable.  If Bachmann wanted to make a new tooling of a character, why spend the money on characters that are seen less often in the show nowadays or even on characters like Hiro that have larger designs with lots of small details?  I think the only other engine that has a decent shot at this point is Paxton, but aside from him, that's really it.

As for the rolling stock mentioned, the repainted stock he mentioned as potential candidates for Troublesome truck #5 would be almost ideal.  Troublesome Truck #4 itself was a disappointment, but if we had something similar to what was shown in Sparks' post I would consider that a serious improvement.  

A brake van revision is a must.  It's been a while since we have had rolling stock revisions, but if we are getting a James revision, I feel like a brake van revision would also be a nice treat.  

Ex-mainline tooling rolling stock such as Toad and the hopper would also make very good candidates for rolling stock.  Maybe even a simple goods van with the same tooling as the ventilated van and ice cream wagon would make a nice addition to the range too.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 13, 2015, 05:07:58 AM
Looking at Sparks' post, I think this is one of the recent posts on this thread I have to agree with the most.  

I agree with the idea that when it comes to new tooling, Oliver does make the most sense due to the success of Duck.  I think he would be a better addition to see in the future as opposed to newer characters like Rosie just because of his popularity and high demand, which are pretty remarkable and undeniable.  If Bachmann wanted to make a new tooling of a character, why spend the money on characters that are seen less often in the show nowadays or even on characters like Hiro that have larger designs with lots of small details?  I think the only other engine that has a decent shot at this point is Paxton, but aside from him, that's really it.

As for the rolling stock mentioned, the repainted stock he mentioned as potential candidates for Troublesome truck #5 would be almost ideal.  Troublesome Truck #4 itself was a disappointment, but if we had something similar to what was shown in Sparks' post I would consider that a serious improvement.  

A brake van revision is a must.  It's been a while since we have had rolling stock revisions, but if we are getting a James revision, I feel like a brake van revision would also be a nice treat.  

Ex-mainline tooling rolling stock such as Toad and the hopper would also make very good candidates for rolling stock.  Maybe even a simple goods van with the same tooling as the ventilated van and ice cream wagon would make a nice addition to the range too.
Rcommend the salt van or ventilated van for Troublesome Truck #5. the hopper wagon would make a great addition to the rolling stock range, especially if it comes with a load. the rolling revision i can also see coming is the addition of a face for Henrietta.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: PaulGWR on January 17, 2015, 04:58:19 PM
or they can try it on the flatcar! But in all seriousness, It would be nice to have one of those china clay trucks, but since they haven't been seen in ages, that would be unlikely, maybe it can be an open wagon with a CGI face


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 17, 2015, 05:11:23 PM
i think we already have enough open wagons in the line of troublesome trucks Bachmann already has.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on January 17, 2015, 06:25:39 PM
Bass Tbone made his own China Clay trucks recently from a PECO kit, and they sold for $100 on eBay, so there definitely is a demand to some degree for China Clay trucks.
 
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2cwl7c5.jpg)

Though this would require a new tooling since they have a unique design. Right now people wanting China Clay wagons would be better off getting the PECO kit:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OXk5jQvaL._SX300_.jpg)
PECO kits are plastic and very easy to assemble, a great beginner kit.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on January 17, 2015, 09:30:59 PM
I would be in favor of Bachmann making a China Clay truck.  It would require a new tooling, but the tooling itself is very basic and would sell very well for both old and new fans, just like the red coaches.  Especially since a couple of the China Clay trucks would look great behind the Bachmann Bill and Ben.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on January 18, 2015, 08:03:35 AM
The China Clay Trucks just look great!:)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 18, 2015, 08:15:25 AM
great idea to go with Bill and Ben.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on January 18, 2015, 04:33:36 PM
Yeah! :)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 18, 2015, 04:47:19 PM
And also the old close shave van for another troublesome truck tooling suggestion or for the flying kipper van.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: therailwayinspector on January 24, 2015, 10:52:45 AM
Bachmann's New Product for 2015:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thomas--friends-track-playtape-300022083.html (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thomas--friends-track-playtape-300022083.html)

Something a little different...


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Anthony P2 on January 24, 2015, 10:53:24 AM
this looks interesting. might come in handy while I redesign the layout. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thomas--friends-track-playtape-300022083.html

EDIT: darn it, therailwayinspector! you beat me to it! ;) what are the odds of us posting that at the same time


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 24, 2015, 12:42:09 PM
nice track layout idea. hope they do one with points.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on January 24, 2015, 01:37:46 PM
When is the Toy Fair?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 24, 2015, 01:40:55 PM
14th to 17th February.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on January 24, 2015, 03:59:19 PM
I found this last night too and I was thinking about posting something but what stopped me was just the unusual idea of this addition altogether.  Despite it coming from Bachmann, I am pretty sure this addition is made for toylike ranges like Wooden Railway or Trackmaster as it does say "lets little 3+ engineers instantly create their own railroad play area for their kid-powered toy trains."

Either way I must be honest, for the first product of 2015 it is an abnormal idea coming from Bachmann.  Hopefully pictures of the red coaches and other new products that will be announced will make up for this.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on January 25, 2015, 04:26:48 AM
But chaz, it can also be handy for planning track layouts for future model train sets.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Chaz on January 25, 2015, 07:41:41 PM
But chaz, it can also be handy for planning track layouts for future model train sets.

That's not what it's made for, if you read what it says on the website (or what I mentioned in the post for that matter).  I guess you could use it for that, but there are a lot better ways to make a track design for a layout rather than using something that was clearly made for younger children and their toy trains. 

Also keep in mind that I am allowed to agree or disagree with the idea of products in the range just like everyone else on the forum is.  So if I disagree with something that doesn't mean that the product itself is bad, it's just my opinion.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on January 27, 2015, 07:39:26 PM
I wonder why Bachmann would just be designing such a thing when it's completely irrelevant to what they would normally design. I get that it's intended for little kids, but I was expecting something that would be more suited towards electrically operated model trains in either ho scale or large scale, or both. What do you think?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Anthony P2 on January 27, 2015, 08:00:53 PM
well technically the PlayTape isn't manufactured by them. it's manufactured by a different company. Bachmann most likely has a deal with the other company that allows them to put their name on it to sell under the Thomas line.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: DoggySporty on February 10, 2015, 02:46:25 PM
I know Paxton would be easy to make, but I don't think he's the only option Bachmann is considering…  We got Bill and Ben and the Scottish twins because people requested them for years; they just happen to be twins as well.  That and Diesel didn't get the repainted/modified Arry and Bert till a few years after he came out--we got Duck before then.
I'm not sure what they will do next, or maybe there won't be any new engines for 2015 but there will in the years that follow.  In either case we have a much larger engine cast than I ever thought we'd end up with!
I'm more into the G scale range at the moment, and I completely agree with the possibility of Mavis (same chassis as Toby) or even Diesel.  Bill and Ben are the perfect size to be converted into G scale, but since they are twins they might not be economical (not many people would be quick to pay $150-200 for both).
Since all the HO open wagons and tankers have been converted to G scale, I'm hoping for troublesome truck #3 next, but I'm not holding my breath.  If the Red Coaches turn out to be modified Annie and Clarabel, I think we could see them in G scale before long!  The mail coach is another interesting possibility--it's iconic to the show and the HO model has always sold well according to Towerhobbies.  It also has bogies so it wouldn't have problems making tight curves despite it's long size.
Perhaps even Bertie will be in G scale as an accessory?!


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on February 10, 2015, 05:00:56 PM
I know Paxton would be easy to make, but I don't think he's the only option Bachmann is considering…  We got Bill and Ben and the Scottish twins because people requested them for years; they just happen to be twins as well.  That and Diesel didn't get the repainted/modified Arry and Bert till a few years after he came out--we got Duck before then.
I'm not sure what they will do next, or maybe there won't be any new engines for 2015 but there will in the years that follow.  In either case we have a much larger engine cast than I ever thought we'd end up with!
I'm more into the G scale range at the moment, and I completely agree with the possibility of Mavis (same chassis as Toby) or even Diesel.  Bill and Ben are the perfect size to be converted into G scale, but since they are twins they might not be economical (not many people would be quick to pay $150-200 for both).
Since all the HO open wagons and tankers have been converted to G scale, I'm hoping for troublesome truck #3 next, but I'm not holding my breath.  If the Red Coaches turn out to be modified Annie and Clarabel, I think we could see them in G scale before long!  The mail coach is another interesting possibility--it's iconic to the show and the HO model has always sold well according to Towerhobbies.  It also has bogies so it wouldn't have problems making tight curves despite it's long size.
Perhaps even Bertie will be in G scale as an accessory?!
Both the mail coach and Henrietta would go well for percy and Toby respectively as their Ho models were sell outs when released in 2008, sold out as fast as Edward and Mavis when they were released in 2008 as well.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: DoggySporty on February 10, 2015, 06:16:05 PM
Oh yeah I forgot Henrietta!  I'd be surprised if we went another year without her.  Especially since she has been completely revived in the show as a character… that and her model is super adaptable for customization.
I guess we'll find out this weekend.  I'll be checking my phone all day for updates…  :D


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Blackfive1994 on February 12, 2015, 10:46:44 AM
Oh yeah I forgot Henrietta!  I'd be surprised if we went another year without her.  Especially since she has been completely revived in the show as a character… that and her model is super adaptable for customization.
I guess we'll find out this weekend.  I'll be checking my phone all day for updates…  :D
the large scale model would also include a face, do not know if Bachmann are adding one to their next batch of Henrietta's HO model.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on February 13, 2015, 04:07:04 AM
You never know. Bachmann might just be considering adding a face to the new HO scale Henrietta models, but since they are considering Paxton, they might as well make Sidney as well for HO scale. We also should get a large scale Henrietta for Toby since they have run out of repaints for large scale rolling stock.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 13, 2015, 03:52:26 PM
Are they really considering on making Paxton?


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: DoggySporty on February 13, 2015, 03:58:34 PM
Are they really considering on making Paxton?

No official sources have suggested they are.  A lot of people think it's a strong possibility because all they have to do is repaint Diesel (again) and I agree with that logic, but…  I'd rather have characters other than Paxton, honestly.  But we're getting Oliver so I can't complain!


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Pyromaildragon on February 13, 2015, 11:56:15 PM
You know, I remember once on Youtube predicting Oliver, Duck, and Toad would eventually get Bachmann Models.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: JLK2707 on February 14, 2015, 02:02:25 AM
Thanks for just correcting my error! :)


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Jacob Wilson on October 31, 2015, 11:58:01 AM
I can't wait to get:

Bachmann Thomas & Friends Locomotives:
58740 Celebration Thomas (With Moving Eyes)

Bachmann Thomas & Friends Freight Rolling Stock:
77018 Mail Car - Green

Bachmann Thomas & Friends Narrow Gauge:
58601 Narrow Gauge Skarloey (Die-Cast Construction)
77201 Narrow Gauge Open Wagon
77202 Narrow Gauge Box Van - Blue
77203 Narrow Gauge Box Van - Red

I will not be getting:

Bachmann Thomas & Friends Locomotives:
58815 Oliver (With Moving Eyes)

Bachmann Thomas & Friends Freight Rolling Stock:
77019 Toad


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: thomasj219 on November 09, 2015, 05:17:01 PM
You'll be waiting a while. I'm assuming this is a joke post.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 05:30:11 PM
You'll be waiting a while. I'm assuming this is a joke post.

I agree, and for some reason the same person sent me this as a Persosal Message which is very odd. I am pretty sure that is not true. I am pretty sure Bachmann would not release 20 new Thomas & Friends Locomotives in one year!


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 09, 2015, 05:42:14 PM
Like the Bach-man said in another thread, this isn't even April Fools day.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 05:51:00 PM
Like the Bach-man said in another thread, this isn't even April Fools day.

I agree. In fact, it isn't even April! This User has created a new one called November Fools Day, which is on the 9th November very year (According to this User that is)!


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Metal on November 09, 2015, 08:28:54 PM
Perhaps it's best to take this discussion over to the 2016 thread. This thread is outdated and served it's purpose.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on November 10, 2015, 05:21:33 AM
BACHMANN FOR 2015

Thomas and Friends in 2015

I can't wait to get:

HO Scale
 
Engines

Oliver (with Moving Eyes) 58814 - 2014
Charlie (with Moving Eyes) 58815 -2014
Stanley (with Moving Eyes) 58816 - 2015
Rosie (with Moving Eyes) 58817 - 2015
Harvey (with Moving Eyes) 58818 - 2015
Arthur (with Moving Eyes) 58819 - 2015
Murdoch (with Moving Eyes) 58820 - 2015
Samson (with Moving Eyes) 58821 - 2015
Billy (with Moving Eyes) 58822 - 2015
Porter (with Moving Eyes) 58823 - 2015
Molly (with Moving Eyes) 58824 - 2015
Dennis (with Moving Eyes) 58825 - 2015
Whiff (with Moving Eyes) 58826 - 2015
Scruff (with Moving Eyes) 58827 - 2015
Hank (with Moving Eyes) 58828 - 2015
Flora (with Moving Eyes) 58829 - 2015
Stafford (with Moving Eyes) 58830 - 2015
Neville (with Moving Eyes) 58831 - 2015
Logan (with Moving Eyes) 58832 - 2015
Sam (with Moving Eyes) 58833 - 2015
Derek (with Moving Eyes) 58834 - 2015

Rolling stock

Toad 77019 - 2015
Rocky 77020 - 2015
Hector 77021 - 2015
Orange Branch Coaches 76040 76041 76042 - 2015

Large Scale
 
Engines

Winston (with Moving Eyes) 91406 - 2015
Edward (with Moving Eyes) 91407 - 2015
Rosie (with Moving Eyes) 91408 - 2015
Charlie (with Moving Eyes) 91409 - 2015
Stanley (with Moving Eyes) 91410 - 2015
Harvey (with Moving Eyes) 91411 - 2015
Duck (with Moving Eyes) 91412 - 2015
Gordon (with Moving Eyes) 91413 - 2015

Rolling stock

Ice Cream Wagon 98015 - 2015
Rocky 98016 - 2015
Red Branch Coaches 98017 98018 - 2015
Gordon's Express Coach 98019 98020 - 2015

20 new called November thread 2015

Please stop this, you have said this 3 or 4 times in one topic. There is a wishlist thread if you would like to post them there.


Title: Re: Thomas and Friends in 2015
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 10, 2015, 08:30:05 AM
BACHMANN FOR 2015

Thomas and Friends in 2015

I can't wait to get:

HO Scale
 
Engines

Oliver (with Moving Eyes) 58814 - 2014
Charlie (with Moving Eyes) 58815 -2014
Stanley (with Moving Eyes) 58816 - 2015
Rosie (with Moving Eyes) 58817 - 2015
Harvey (with Moving Eyes) 58818 - 2015
Arthur (with Moving Eyes) 58819 - 2015
Murdoch (with Moving Eyes) 58820 - 2015
Samson (with Moving Eyes) 58821 - 2015
Billy (with Moving Eyes) 58822 - 2015
Porter (with Moving Eyes) 58823 - 2015
Molly (with Moving Eyes) 58824 - 2015
Dennis (with Moving Eyes) 58825 - 2015
Whiff (with Moving Eyes) 58826 - 2015
Scruff (with Moving Eyes) 58827 - 2015
Hank (with Moving Eyes) 58828 - 2015
Flora (with Moving Eyes) 58829 - 2015
Stafford (with Moving Eyes) 58830 - 2015
Neville (with Moving Eyes) 58831 - 2015
Logan (with Moving Eyes) 58832 - 2015
Sam (with Moving Eyes) 58833 - 2015
Derek (with Moving Eyes) 58834 - 2015

Rolling stock

Toad 77019 - 2015
Rocky 77020 - 2015
Hector 77021 - 2015
Orange Branch Coaches 76040 76041 76042 - 2015

Large Scale
 
Engines

Winston (with Moving Eyes) 91406 - 2015
Edward (with Moving Eyes) 91407 - 2015
Rosie (with Moving Eyes) 91408 - 2015
Charlie (with Moving Eyes) 91409 - 2015
Stanley (with Moving Eyes) 91410 - 2015
Harvey (with Moving Eyes) 91411 - 2015
Duck (with Moving Eyes) 91412 - 2015
Gordon (with Moving Eyes) 91413 - 2015

Rolling stock

Ice Cream Wagon 98015 - 2015
Rocky 98016 - 2015
Red Branch Coaches 98017 98018 - 2015
Gordon's Express Coach 98019 98020 - 2015

20 new called November thread 2015

Please stop this, you have said this 3 or 4 times in one topic. There is a wishlist thread if you would like to post them there.

I agree, plus I have been sent it twice as a Personal Message as well.