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Title: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on August 13, 2019, 12:12:34 AM
It looks like that the moderators have recently deleted the old everything Thomas thread, probably due to the fact that the thread was exceeding over 200 pages and taking up a lot of space as a result.  I figured I would start up a new thread for everyone, feel free to continue to carry-on any previous discussions you had on the older thread or anything Thomas related in this thread as per usual. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on August 17, 2019, 10:32:15 PM
Hello all, itís been a while since Iíve posted here.

I have a question regarding storage of models. In a few days I am moving out of state for graduate school and will be away from my models and layout at least until Thanksgiving.

Does anyone have any recommendations for properly storing models for long periods of time as well what to do with the layout? (Upkeep, perhaps cover with tarp?, etc).

Thank you very much and thank you Chaz for starting a new thread!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on August 18, 2019, 07:29:34 AM
Please just keep us updated Chaz! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 18, 2019, 03:18:28 PM
Hello all, itís been a while since Iíve posted here.

I have a question regarding storage of models. In a few days I am moving out of state for graduate school and will be away from my models and layout at least until Thanksgiving.

Does anyone have any recommendations for properly storing models for long periods of time as well what to do with the layout? (Upkeep, perhaps cover with tarp?, etc).

Thank you very much and thank you Chaz for starting a new thread!
The room where my layout is tends to get damp, so I store all my locos in individual plastic zip-lock bags. I then line them up in plastic storage drawers. I tend to store the rolling stock in the same plastic drawers but without the bags. I'm not sure if this method is "kosher," but it does the job lol!

I hope this helps,
Christian


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on August 18, 2019, 05:48:39 PM
I tend to place my models back into their boxes or blister packs and place them in a large cardboard box. Soon I'm hoping to replace that with a clear or colored container.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 20, 2019, 07:22:34 PM
I regret what I said about the episode panicky Percy and the only thing I have to say is that Percy was way too panicky MATTEL ANOTHER THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on August 21, 2019, 07:32:40 AM
Yeah. They should have just had a flashback from Percy runs away! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainCollector on August 22, 2019, 05:47:39 AM
Hey guys I have a question. Does anyone know when Bachmann Percy and Rusty will be in stock? My local train store has them both on order but the distributor says they arenít in stock. Any updates please let me know thanx.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 23, 2019, 07:48:09 PM
Yeah. They should have just had a flashback from Percy runs away! :)
at this rate MATTEL  >:( would not do that but it would be my dream,but have you seen Percy https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Jq5N9Z4BV6k/maxresdefault.jpg


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 23, 2019, 08:38:40 PM
He MATTEL I've got a question for you in the new season 23 why do the engines have rivets handrails exc when your toy are so plan.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 24, 2019, 04:06:16 PM
Does anyone think that whoever that was going to make this movie is still going to make it ???
 
https://ttte.fandom.com/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Thomas_(planned_film)

here is the link.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on August 24, 2019, 06:13:57 PM
I totally forgot about that movie. With 3 different release dates it's probably got canned since its been 5 years with no activity.

The movie doesn't seemed interesting and probably a failure like the Magic Railroad.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 24, 2019, 07:15:42 PM
https://ttte.fandom.com/wiki/File:WWIIMoviepromo.jpg
This picture just looks inviting and it looks like a Hornby Thomas
(cuz its NWR style :P)
I had never hear of this movie till one month ago and I kinda want to see it now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on August 28, 2019, 08:37:04 AM
It was probably just canned.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on August 28, 2019, 09:37:56 AM
Itís a movie that Brenden Reid has been working on for a couple years. Itís a fan made film.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 28, 2019, 12:50:16 PM
Hey guys I have a question. Does anyone know when Bachmann Percy and Rusty will be in stock? My local train store has them both on order but the distributor says they arenít in stock. Any updates please let me know thanx.

Here are five links to Rusty but I have no idea about Percy I will look around for him.

https://www.hobbytown.com/bachmann-thomas-amp-friends-rusty-bac58603/p739582

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=bachmann+rusty&_sacat=0

https://smile.amazon.com/Bachmann-Trains-Thomas-Friends-Construction/dp/B0734DSK67/ref=sr_1_47?crid=19GTOZQ61TKVW&keywords=bachmann+thomas+and+friends&qid=1567010559&s=gateway&sprefix=bachmann+thomas+%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-47

https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/bachmann/bachmann-n-scale/thomas-and-friends/bachmann-58603-thomas-and-friends-narrow-gauge-rusty/

https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_975&products_id=6771&zenid=qh7uamuvmg7r684qnkol7pdaa2
Hope this is helpful. :)

thomas fan


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on August 28, 2019, 07:01:14 PM
Oh, okay.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 30, 2019, 09:22:32 AM
Hay MATTEL have you ever herd the saying three strikes and your out.
(http://images.mymovies.net/images/film/cin/350x522/fid16309.jpg)
(https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/e/e1/JourneyBeyondSodorPoster2.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/350?cb=20170512074746)
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/soundeffects/images/e/e0/Thomas_and_Friends_Big_World_Big_Adventures_Poster.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20171020225058)



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on August 30, 2019, 08:03:18 PM
Iím sure that Mattel just know about the whole three strikes formula, but I donít think that they care whatsoever.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 30, 2019, 08:11:30 PM
I would have to agree with you on that.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on August 31, 2019, 11:31:02 AM
I didn't mind the great race.

 Journey beyond sodor was okay but I didn't like kidnapping hostage of thomas. The story isn't really kid friendly.

I haven't seen big adventures but I have seen YouTube reviews on it. I seems pretty bad, since I can't watch it free online. Like previous thomas movies.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on August 31, 2019, 03:07:50 PM
Angelob6660
  I agree with you on the great race but it was not the way Thomas and friends is meant to go.

But if you want to see big world big adventures here is a link(I really did not like but that is just what I thick of).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_zoY1pVNQo


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: steakandcake on August 31, 2019, 07:39:16 PM
Quick question. Does anyone know when James for HO scale will be restocked?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 03, 2019, 01:53:50 PM
Hey guys I have a question. Does anyone know when Bachmann Percy and Rusty will be in stock? My local train store has them both on order but the distributor says they arenít in stock. Any updates please let me know thanx.

Here are five links to Rusty but I have no idea about Percy I will look around for him.

https://www.hobbytown.com/bachmann-thomas-amp-friends-rusty-bac58603/p739582

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=bachmann+rusty&_sacat=0

https://smile.amazon.com/Bachmann-Trains-Thomas-Friends-Construction/dp/B0734DSK67/ref=sr_1_47?crid=19GTOZQ61TKVW&keywords=bachmann+thomas+and+friends&qid=1567010559&s=gateway&sprefix=bachmann+thomas+%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-47

https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/bachmann/bachmann-n-scale/thomas-and-friends/bachmann-58603-thomas-and-friends-narrow-gauge-rusty/

https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_975&products_id=6771&zenid=qh7uamuvmg7r684qnkol7pdaa2
Hope this is helpful. :)

thomas fan

I found a Percy
   https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bachmann-HO-Percy-6/113874818111?hash=item1a8377d43f:g:NjUAAOSwGfZdbdNs


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 03, 2019, 01:55:31 PM
Quick question. Does anyone know when James for HO scale will be restocked?

Sorry have not found him yet.
  Still looking ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 03, 2019, 02:09:53 PM
Quick question. Does anyone know when James for HO scale will be restocked?

Sorry have not found him yet.
  Still looking ;)

Found one James but it also comes with Percy.
  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Thomas-The-Tank-Engines-Cars-track-buildings-power-suplies-HO-and-lot-more/153623810795


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: InsideTrack on September 03, 2019, 02:39:16 PM
HO James will be back in stock in about another two weeks or so. :D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 03, 2019, 04:31:44 PM
yay  :) can't wait. ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 04, 2019, 04:37:45 PM
I have found another James!
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Thomas-The-Train-And-Friends-Red-Train-4-Car-Bundle-NEW/273992583826?_trkparms=aid%3D888008%26algo%3DDISC.CARDS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131227121020%26meid%3D5c271f1381a0447b97f34d59fd053c95%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26sd%3D283603540023%26itm%3D273992583826%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on September 04, 2019, 09:23:19 PM
We still have no idea when Red Rosie will be in stock.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 05, 2019, 07:43:47 AM
On TRAINWORLD it says 9/28/2019
  https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/bachmann/bachmann-ho-scale/bachmann-thomas-friends-1/bachmann-58819-thomas-friends-rosie-red-with-moving-eyes-/


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: InsideTrack on September 05, 2019, 01:06:41 PM
HO James, Percy, and Emily are back in stock! :) :) :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on September 05, 2019, 01:59:11 PM
Great news! As a loyal Bachmann Thomas fan, Iím very happy to see how well Bachmann is doing with the Thomas line. Seeing engines constantly out of stock and then coming right back in stock, as well as the surprise announcement of Daisy, Peter Sam, and Troublesome Truck #6 back in July are perfect examples. Canít wait to see what February 2020 has in store too! Almost everyone is hoping to see an HO Stepney announced to celebrate the 75th Anniversary! Hopefully, it will work out :).


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainMan2001 on September 05, 2019, 04:43:59 PM
Yes, this project is still alive! I have just been really busy over the past few months, but I am finally making progress. I put more milliput on the rest of the places that needed it and I began to sand everything down.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9RsjG2Q2/20190902-205051.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9RsjG2Q2)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yD7ChvsD/20190902-205043.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yD7ChvsD)
I was also able to put the model in it's first coat of primer so that it would be easier to see if there are any other areas that needed to be sanded more. The top of the boiler still needs some, from where the raised stripes used to be, and there are a couple of places that need actual filler before I finish painting the model.

(https://i.postimg.cc/TySss9Mq/20190902-211849.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TySss9Mq)
I have also decided that I would rather finish Thomas off as he appeared in Season 1 rather than 3, so I'll have to get new brake pipes. I am also going to try to get actual cosmetic British couplings and I am going to build more "fine-scale" stepladders. I hope to do a better face as well, because the first one I tried ended up with a few problems along the way. I am excited though, because the primer makes the model look as though it is further along than it did before!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 10, 2019, 03:51:22 PM
   
Quote
Thomas launches its 12th feature film, Thomas & Friendsô: Journey Beyond Sodor,where Thomas travels off the Island of Sodor for the first time!
Did anyone else see this,
    Does The Great Race come into mind
    Misty Island Rescue...

    ...Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
   


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on September 10, 2019, 07:50:43 PM
Yes I do.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 10, 2019, 08:39:05 PM
If anyone was wondering were the quote was from it was from the Thomas and friends website
 
https://www.thomasandfriends.com/en-us/about/when


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on September 11, 2019, 08:38:01 PM
   
Quote
Thomas launches its 12th feature film, Thomas & Friendsô: Journey Beyond Sodor,where Thomas travels off the Island of Sodor for the first time!
Did anyone else see this,
    Does The Great Race come into mind
    Misty Island Rescue...

    ...Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
   

Or Thomas and The Special Letter, the actual first time he left the island.

Yes, this project is still alive! I have just been really busy over the past few months, but I am finally making progress. I put more milliput on the rest of the places that needed it and I began to sand everything down.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9RsjG2Q2/20190902-205051.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9RsjG2Q2)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yD7ChvsD/20190902-205043.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yD7ChvsD)
I was also able to put the model in it's first coat of primer so that it would be easier to see if there are any other areas that needed to be sanded more. The top of the boiler still needs some, from where the raised stripes used to be, and there are a couple of places that need actual filler before I finish painting the model.

(https://i.postimg.cc/TySss9Mq/20190902-211849.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TySss9Mq)
I have also decided that I would rather finish Thomas off as he appeared in Season 1 rather than 3, so I'll have to get new brake pipes. I am also going to try to get actual cosmetic British couplings and I am going to build more "fine-scale" stepladders. I hope to do a better face as well, because the first one I tried ended up with a few problems along the way. I am excited though, because the primer makes the model look as though it is further along than it did before!
You could get a lot of ideas from this guy: https://twitter.com/SodorRyModeler


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainMan2001 on September 11, 2019, 10:31:24 PM
 You could get a lot of ideas from this guy: https://twitter.com/SodorRyModeler
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Thank you! I have seen some of his work, and he definitely does excellent stuff with his models.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 12, 2019, 08:15:20 AM
Oh I just forgot about that film,thanks for the reminder


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Thomas fan on September 12, 2019, 07:13:01 PM
Does any know what the next Thomas and friends film is going to be ??? any info would be nice cuz the only movie or what ever it is is Digs and Discoveries but I don't think it is a movie,
 thanks for reading. :)
     thomas fan


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on September 12, 2019, 07:25:30 PM
Thomasfan (and a few others), You don't need to post every time someone posts and/or double/triple post. It gets really annoying when this happens, plus when the same thing is said over and over by the same few people. It just gets really repetitive. It is probably the main reason the original topic had to get deleted since it was taking up so much space. Like I always say when I say this, I am not a Mod and am not trying to be one. I know a lot of people agree with me. However, I am not trying to push you guys away from this forum. Please stay and have fun. But don't clog up the forum with the same discussion or talking points again and again and again.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on September 20, 2019, 02:00:16 PM
Prices for the N scale range have been confirmed at Walthers.com.

https://www.walthers.com/search/scale/n-scale/manufacturer-name/bachmann-industries/show/20?match=AND&q=Thomas

Thomas and Percy are both $125 each, Annie and Clarabel are both $29 each, and troublesome trucks #1 and #2 are $26 each.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on September 22, 2019, 10:58:48 AM
Thatís ridiculous! They better be worth the price!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on September 22, 2019, 10:59:26 AM
Does anyone on here know how to install a dcc decoder into some engines?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on September 23, 2019, 12:37:46 AM
Thatís ridiculous! They better be worth the price!

They might be Bachmann's catalogue/shop pricing. Most retailers sell Thomas products at prices that are about 30% lower than official listings, though Walthers is an exception since a majority their prices have been accurate to first-party options.

If Rusty's similar pricing is anything to go by, we might see them just barely make it under $100, but only time will tell as always.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on September 23, 2019, 04:30:44 PM
Honestly I was expecting the prices to be even higher considering how much Mattel has been inflating the prices of Bachmann products as of late.  Of course how the final products turn out will really tell if the new N scale models will be worth the price.  The only major deal-breaker would be if Thomas and Percy have the rivets and handrails added to them, which I highly doubt they would bother with those.  Just as long as they look like the G scale models scaled down to n scale then I think they will be worth the wait.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on September 23, 2019, 06:24:17 PM
Just as long as they look like the G scale models scaled down to n scale then I think they will be worth the wait.

That's what I am pretty much hoping for. Both characters looked just about flawless in Large Scale and utilizing the same looks in N Scale would help their sales a lot in the long run.

As discussed before, an N Scale Thomas range has lots of potential to succeed and it is a given that Bachmann currently has much hopeful expectations to live up to.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on September 24, 2019, 03:37:39 PM
https://www.licensing.biz/2019/09/24/mattel-readies-for-thomas-friends-75th-with-new-partner-line-up/

Found this online, and I thought that I should share it with the forum, especially since it involves the Bachmann Team. After reading this, it is nice to see that the licencor is thinking about the 75th Anniversary and has some special things planned for us fans :). The last paragraph excites me the most: "Our goal this coming special 75th anniversary year is to introduce new highly accessible and memorable consumer products through our increased partnership activity. A number of specialized product and retail executions will be launched to help give added meaning to the experience Thomas & Friends delivers to the consumer in its celebratory year". Really hoping that this means that nostalgic characters will get made (a Bachmann HO Scale Stepney in particular ;)). Can't wait to see what everyone else's thoughts are!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on September 24, 2019, 05:30:10 PM
Today is just 35 years since Thomas and Gordon first aired! Happy 35th anniversary Thomas and Friends! ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Ronniethe14xxx on September 24, 2019, 07:18:25 PM
Today is just 35 years since Thomas and Gordon first aired! Happy 35th anniversary Thomas and Friends! ;)
I thought it wasn't until October 9th?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainMan2001 on September 24, 2019, 09:47:43 PM
https://www.licensing.biz/2019/09/24/mattel-readies-for-thomas-friends-75th-with-new-partner-line-up/

Found this online, and I thought that I should share it with the forum, especially since it involves the Bachmann Team. After reading this, it is nice to see that the licencor is thinking about the 75th Anniversary and has some special things planned for us fans :). The last paragraph excites me the most: "Our goal this coming special 75th anniversary year is to introduce new highly accessible and memorable consumer products through our increased partnership activity. A number of specialized product and retail executions will be launched to help give added meaning to the experience Thomas & Friends delivers to the consumer in its celebratory year". Really hoping that this means that nostalgic characters will get made (a Bachmann HO Scale Stepney in particular ;)). Can't wait to see what everyone else's thoughts are!

The thing that caught my attention the most is that it said Bachmann and Mattel have a 2 year contract with each other from mid-2020 onwards. If that's true, that means Bachmann can hopefully announce and make new items at least for the duration of my mission. I had no idea if that was going to happen or not, but it definitely makes me more excited to see what Bachmann has in mind, especially for narrow gauge.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on September 24, 2019, 10:29:10 PM
I'm gonna expect this will just be the same toolings marketed under a new packaging. They might go so far as to change the face toolings, but we can only hope and pray that it isn't based off the new "quirky" faces that have been in the Thomas & Friends style guides handed to manufacturers for the last few years...  ::)

(http://puu.sh/El36G/32149062d0.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on September 25, 2019, 12:22:37 AM
Iíve been thinking a lot about this, and I think what this really means at the end of the day, is that itís just their way of saying Bachmann will be producing more products for the next two years and nothing more or less than that.  They probably will not be updating the toolingís anytime soon either considering how much higher the prices are getting in production.  Plus why make entirely new toolings of the same characters at this point?  If it would cost so much money to do so they would be much better off making a new engine altogether, and Iím sure Bachmann knows that.

Regarding the faces though, if they do update some of the faces to CGI style faces, I honestly wouldnít have had an issue with that since I would argue thatís long overdue... if not for the most recent track record of Mattel pushing for ďmeme/emojiĒ faces in their senseless promotions and advertisements.  They arenít necessary, donít add any value to the sales and most of all... they are just creepy looking.  They wouldnít flatter the models at all and if anything might be a turn off to people, even parents with young kids.  So not only would Bachmann would be wasting any money for updating the faceplates into that style in the first place, but they would also lose money in the process if people wonít buy these, especially with the yearly price increase from China and especially Mattel.  So if anything I say Bachmann should dodge the bullet while they have the chance.  Even if it means sticking with the same Thomas Percy and James faces from 2002, I will gladly take the faces that are on the models now rather than these ďmeme/emojiĒ style faces by Mattel.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on September 25, 2019, 07:07:07 AM
Not sure if anyone else saw this but someone tweeted an article today so I read through it and found this. Not sure what they mean by a two year deal to bring Thomasí adventures to life. They said they would provide Thomas fans with a recreation of thomasí adventures. Maybe the recent announcement was part of an early start? Hopefully this will bring many new cool items.

I canít upload the photo. So Iíll quote it.

Mattel has secured a raft of new partnership deals spanning toys, publishing, and retail as the team charges full steam ahead to celebrate Thomas & Friendsí 75th anniversary next year.

Created by the Reverend. W. Awdry for his son in 1945, publishing remains a strong part of the Thomas brand heritage and franchise with over 100 titles and 2 million books sold each year. Licensing partner Egmont will continue to tell these stories with a Ďspecial edition compilation of the original Railway Seriesí to commemorate the anniversary.

In April next year, the brand will launch its partnership with the London department store Harrods as it celebrates the heritage of the brand with several activations throughout the store, and limited edition branded merchandise sold in store.

Later in 2020, model railroad manufacturers Bachmann will work with the brand on a two-year licensing deal to bring the world of Thomas to life. The traditional electric trains will encompass the adventure and discovery of Thomas & Friends, to provide fans of the brand, railway enthusiasts and collectors with a realistic re-creation of the adventures on the Island of Sodor.

Meanwhile, the popular party and fancy-dress company Smiffys has teamed with the brand to launch a dress-up range for baby and toddlers that support storytelling. The new range will launch in time for World Book Day in March.   

The UK will also see a partnership with Europeís number one publisher of licensed calendars, greetings cards, gift wrap and diaries, Danilo. The family-run company has operated for over 40 years, creating products to celebrate those important milestones in life. The collaboration is a new licensing partnership, launching in AW19, and will see a collection of Thomas & Friends branded greeting cards, wrapping paper and gift bags.

Finally, a new deal with licensee Pyramid International will see the launch of a range of Wall Art, including posters, prints and canvases, together with an accessories collection of badges, stickers, keychains, mugs and a comprehensive range of stationery.

Helen Genia, head of UK licensing and hardlines EMEA, Mattel, said: ďWe are thrilled to announce these new licensing deals for Thomas & Friends spanning publishing, apparel and retail that will delight and excite Thomas fans.

ďOur goal this coming special 75th anniversary year is to introduce new highly accessible and memorable consumer products through our increased partnership activity. A number of specialised product and retail executions will be launched to help give added meaning to the experience Thomas & Friends delivers to the consumer in its celebratory year.Ē


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on October 10, 2019, 03:51:42 AM
Happy belated anniversary for Thomas and Gordon yesterday! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on October 16, 2019, 06:48:01 PM
In case anyone else hasn't noticed or posted about it, Bachmann's official Twitter account announced that the coal cars and log flatbed announced earlier this year are now available.
https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1184480561211031554

So far, the only pre-NMRA announcements still yet to be released are the Narrow Gauge coaches announced back in 2018 and the new N Scale Thomas line also announced earlier this year.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 17, 2019, 01:37:01 PM
Looks like all the products that were announced in this year's Toy Fair are now available, except for the N Scale Thomas range, which will most likely start shipping in the spring of 2020. Soon, we should get a look at the N Scale models fully painted.

Most of this year's NMRA announcements (Daisy, 1-Plank Wagons and Troublesome Truck #6) will most likely start shipping in the summer of 2020, if not, then fall of 2020, with their first real images in the 2020 catalog. Peter Sam will most likely get released next fall, since narrow gauge engines take more time.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on October 20, 2019, 11:47:44 PM
Something I would like to comment on is how fast the sales of the new flat car with logs has been the moment it was releasedÖ Itís been sold out within just a few days and impossible to find on eBay.  Bachmann truly hit a home run with this one in terms of sales, and I am glad to see them sell as well as they are.  Even if logs should have been the load included in the first place, the new flat car really got a lot of people excited, and for a good reason.  I already have my flat cars with logs but I would be very curious to hear thoughts on it whenever someone on the forum picks them up.

The wagons on the other hand well... as expected these donít seem to be all that popular compared to the flat car and clearly arenít selling as fast as the flat car.  Theyíre overlooked because they donít really bring anything new to the table for Thomas fans since the coal wagon and other colored wagons are still being produced and shown in the catalog.  Even the conflats at the NMRA will likely do better than these wagons since the container wagon has been discontinued for a long time now, and fans who missed out on it can purchase one of the new ones with an additional crate load included.  

One last thing I want to comment on is the large scale range.  It seems that the standard large scale Thomas and the Thomas starter set is back in Bachmannís web store (with the set saying sold out as opposed to not being on there entirely), so itís nice to see the range still going despite no announcements this year.  Maybe they will get something in 2020, but only time will tell at that point.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on October 21, 2019, 06:01:51 PM
I don't get the new narrow gauge coaches or the flatcars. Hopefully the cars be in stock soon and maybe I'll pre-order Peter Sam and Daisy since I totally forgot them since their announcement.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 21, 2019, 07:04:57 PM
Even though Henry isn't a main character anymore, Bachmann would have to make him in N Scale if they get to Gordon. It would make sense for Bachmann to make N Scale Gordon and Henry at the same time because they would both share the same chassis, with Gordon having added trailing wheels. That's exactly what they did for their HO models. Bachmann shouldn't have too much trouble making the big engines in N Scale because the models are a lot smaller.

I doubt Bachmann would make N Scale Edward alongside James because they'd both use completely different chassis and molds. Many people hoped for Large Scale Edward, but it never happened. Hopefully, his recent removal from the main cast won't lower his chances of being made in N Scale sometime in the future. His HO model is still a great seller. Like Gordon and Henry, N Scale Edward also shouldn't be too out of the question. Before Bachmann gets to characters like Edward, Henry, Gordon, or even Diesel, the top priority for N Scale is James. The first female character in the N Scale range can be Emily, who was a stretch for Large Scale.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on October 21, 2019, 11:57:29 PM
I think after they announce James for the N scale range, the fourth engine could go one of three ways:

Either they announce Gordon and Henry since the market has been proven to be there in the past for both N scale as well as being part of Bachmannís top 5 sellers in HO with Gordon being number one.

Or they announce Emily as the first token female engine like in HO and large scale.

Or they announce Toby because he has such a simple tooling to work with and has also proven to be a major hit in both HO and large scale.

I feel like any other characters like Edward Diesel and other characters would likely be saved as a much later priority and we will most likely have these engines announced first making Edward the last of the ďoriginal steam teamĒ to be made like how he was in HO.  And hey while weíre at it, just like in HO, I hope Bachmann also avoids making Nia and Rebecca in N scale too.  Bachmann instead should just continue to focus on making characters that have proven to be popular in HO first and not even bother with those two. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 22, 2019, 03:40:07 PM
So, after Bachmann makes N Scale James, the fourth engine could go one of three ways, like you said.

Either they'll make Gordon and Henry, since they're both very popular sellers in HO Scale. Emily is also possible since she was the first female engine in both HO and Large Scales. You also mentioned Toby because of how simple his tooling would be, and he's popular in both HO and Large Scales, though he might get saved for later on. A while back, I did state the idea of Toby and Mavis sharing the same chassis, but I'm skeptical about whether or not Mavis would join the line because Mattel doesn't think she's marketable. Mavis rarely speaks anymore, and Mattel made almost no toy of her since their takeover.

Characters like Edward and Diesel would be considered as later priorities. Edward was the last of the original Steam Team to be made in HO Scale. Many people, including myself, have expressed disinterest in Bachmann making Nia and Rebecca for HO Scale because it's better for Bachmann to put their resources into characters people actually ask for, like Daisy, who was a very popular request that got announced recently. We're also hoping Nia and Rebecca don't get made in N Scale either, so we'd get characters us long-time fans actually care about. People expressed disinterest in Nia and Rebecca the same way they expressed disinterest in Bachmann making Duncan for Narrow Gauge. In Duncan's case, it's because of his bad CGI render.

Personally, I'll vouch for Gordon and Henry after James.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on October 23, 2019, 06:25:12 PM
Gordon and Henry announced after James sounds like a relatively decent move for the factors of the three engines commonly teaming up in the older shows and N Scale being more flexible with the former two's sizes. Other options are welcome, as long as they have some appeal to longtime fans.

A while back, I did state the idea of Toby and Mavis sharing the same chassis, but I'm skeptical about whether or not Mavis would join the line because Mattel doesn't think she's marketable. Mavis rarely speaks anymore, and Mattel made almost no toy of her since their takeover.
Mavis has become a difficult character to discuss in terms of new merchandise. It is sad but true that she's had a hard time being seen as a respectable member of the Thomas cast nowadays. Though if her Day Out With Thomas debut at Strasburg this weekend may be any indicator, Mavis still has a shot or two at holding some relevance. At the very least, an N Scale Mavis may seem more likely than Large Scale since it would cost much less to make, she can still share Toby's chassis and she was already a hit in HO Scale. It's currently too early to tell if either character will be made, so we can only be patient on the note of Mavis. For now, I'm hoping she can be considered as a future engine possibly after Toby.