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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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer on September 03, 2019, 04:31:44 PM
yay  :) can't wait. ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Kemptown Branch 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Sodor Engineer 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: Kemptown Branch 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.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 07, 2019, 12:40:15 AM
Well it looks like preorders for the HO Thomas models are up in some UK shops with their first batch of characters:

https://www.modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk/bachmann-thomas-friends-thomas-friends-oo/

And they revealed the new retail prices for said products in 2020 too which again have increased due to our buddies at Mattelís poor marketing choices.  Perfect example of this is how Gordon (listed as $155 as of 2019) has a listed retail price of £125 confirmed through this shop which is the equivalent of $165...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on December 07, 2019, 06:04:14 PM
Well it looks like preorders for the HO Thomas models are up in some UK shops with their first batch of characters:

https://www.modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk/bachmann-thomas-friends-thomas-friends-oo/

And they revealed the new retail prices for said products in 2020 too which again have increased due to our buddies at Mattelís poor marketing choices.  Perfect example of this is how Gordon (listed as $155 as of 2019) has a listed retail price of £125 confirmed through this shop which is the equivalent of $165...

This is a decent assortment of products to start with for the UK, all things considered. Hopefully they can add more to the selections overtime, whether it'd be in batches or individual additions. Edward and Henry coming next would be convenient for completing the set of Series/Season 1 engines.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 08, 2019, 05:10:06 PM
Iím sure as time goes on Bachmann UK will gradually add the rest of the range before keeping up with some of the newer and current releases. They probably wanted to start off small so they wouldnít overflow the market.  

The track expander pack is an interesting choice since thatís not an actual Thomas product but they probably included that just so fans could have more access to EZ track while starting with this new range.  Unfortunately I could also see this being one of the 2020 announcements at Toy Fair and it will basically be this pack just repackaged as ďThomas and FriendsĒ just to get Thomas fans buying more EZ track. :P  

Toad was also an interesting choice too, I guess they wanted to go with him to give fans a brake van for fans to start collecting since the original brake van Bachmann made got discontinued.  Personally I would have gone with the spiteful brake van instead since it looks a lot more like a regular brake van used in the show but thatís just me.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on December 08, 2019, 05:33:06 PM
Sort of surprised they're not introducing anything NG to start off, given it's been a major market for years already now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on December 08, 2019, 06:51:04 PM
I agree that it makes sense to start with a small batch for the UK instead of starting with the complete line all at once. Regarding the track expander pack, I could definitely see it getting announced in February for UK fans too. In my opinion, I don't think that it is a bad idea as it is a nice simple way to have young fans in the UK, who purchase the Thomas with Annie & Clarabel Starter Set, expand the set to a decent size using the same track system.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on December 08, 2019, 07:30:17 PM
Tbf, I can see it both selling and not selling, cause technically the normal non-beded Bachmann and Hornby are compatible, but on the other hand people may just want matching track for their kids?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: mulfred-100 on December 09, 2019, 07:32:13 AM
It will be interesting to see what other UK retailers get in stock and when they get it. Sadly those prices are very much on the steap side so in the online market I can't see them selling that great when there's other UK seller (Sawyer models) who sell them cheaper. However in store they might sell alright. I know I'll be ordering Gordon in the New Year but I will not be paying £125 from there. It would probably work out cheaper ordering from trainworld.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on December 09, 2019, 11:32:46 AM
Yeah I doubt that, pretty sure Trainworld has $40 minimum for shipping international.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 09, 2019, 12:12:33 PM
I wonder if the track pack image is a placeholder until they announce a track pack for the Thomas and Friends line next year, and then they'll replace the image with an image of the actual pack's box?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: mulfred-100 on December 09, 2019, 12:23:34 PM
Yeah I doubt that, pretty sure Trainworld has $40 minimum for shipping international.
Even if it's $40 plus the $99.99 trainworld charge for Gordon when you convert to GBP it's around £107 which is cheaper then listed price of £125 even in their sale you still are cheaper getting it from trainworld once you take shipping into account.  ::) basic math  ;D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: really called Thomas on December 09, 2019, 12:52:48 PM
Yeah I doubt that, pretty sure Trainworld has $40 minimum for shipping international.
Even if it's $40 plus the $99.99 trainworld charge for Gordon when you convert to GBP it's around £107 which is cheaper then listed price of £125 even in their sale you still are cheaper getting it from trainworld once you take shipping into account.  ::) basic math  ;D

Dont forget 20% import on that at a lousy exchange rate takes it to approx. £128 (calculator: https://www.simplyduty.com/import-calculator/)

Then you have £8 Royal Mail charge for clearing customs. So overall it will be £136 or so if you are lucky! Its £16 clearance with UPS!

Meanwhile, you can buy Gordon for £95 (plus £4 P&P) from tootallythomas.co.uk who are based in Northants and whom I bought the majority of my Thomas locos and rolling stock from.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: mulfred-100 on December 09, 2019, 01:05:23 PM
Well I'll not go into tootally Thomas but I get your point. However i have ordered items off eBay from international sellers and it's not charged me customs all depends on the way it's sent.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on December 11, 2019, 03:01:05 PM
Does anyone think that Bachmann will release the final production picture of daisy and Peter Sam around when the new announcements are announced in February?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Sodor Engineer on December 11, 2019, 03:19:13 PM
I don't think it's likely seeing that Daisy will have moving eyes and the narrow gauge take a while to make but i could be wrong. ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 12, 2019, 01:18:01 PM
I don't think it's likely seeing that Daisy will have moving eyes and the narrow gauge take a while to make but i could be wrong. ;)
It could depend on when production actually started. The process could've started not very long after Toy Fair last year.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: sean1994rail on December 14, 2019, 07:41:38 PM
For the Bachmann Daisy, they would probably make two seperate gearboxes: the front one with the moving eye mechanism will be screwed down, with a dummy front bogie with free rolling wheels below it and the rear one being part of the main drive bogie.

As for Peter Sam, they might have started production of him right after releasing Rusty, so at the very least, we might get an unpainted engineering sample of Peter Sam shown at the 2020 toy fair and image of it on the 2020 catalog.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 15, 2019, 01:47:35 AM
I expect Daisy's image to be revealed in the 2020 catalog at the earliest.

As for Peter Sam, he may have been in production as soon as Rusty was finished, like you said. It's possible his image could also get revealed in the 2020 catalog, but given the track record of Narrow Gauge models, I wouldn't bet on it.

Since the 75th Anniversary is coming up, the announcements in a few months shouldn't be mediocre, but at the same time, I'll try not to have expectations too high.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: mulfred-100 on December 25, 2019, 11:33:57 AM
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you all have a good holiday period

(https://i.gyazo.com/abac8e65eafd7679af2391d806993169.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 25, 2019, 04:29:07 PM
(https://i.gyazo.com/b0fe2e01fa8f2b143beb20d2877345b2.jpg)

(https://i.gyazo.com/b13946d024f95f93938a583d035de98f.jpg)

Two of my pictures have been shared through Bachmannís social media, and I figured I would share them here.  Merry Christmas!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on December 25, 2019, 06:00:09 PM
So everyone keeps saying that Toby got an updated paint job, whatís different?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Zekeism on December 26, 2019, 09:09:36 AM
So everyone keeps saying that Toby got an updated paint job, whatís different?

Apparently he is a darker brown.

I think they are repainting a model every year?
2017: James
2018: Thomas
2019: Toby


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: thomasj219 on December 30, 2019, 12:48:11 PM
Anyone Care For A 6 Pack?

https://www.target.com/p/bachmann-trains-ho-thomas-friends-emily-sterling-single-engine-model-6-pack/-/A-79333673?ref=tgt_soc_pd&AFID=fb&CPNG=Always+On_AlwaysOn_Hardlines_Toys%7Ctoy+vehicles_Mobile_Link+click&Adgroup=6136193013760&FNDSRC=tgtao


 ::)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 30, 2019, 04:28:12 PM
So everyone keeps saying that Toby got an updated paint job, whatís different?

Apparently he is a darker brown.

I think they are repainting a model every year?
2017: James
2018: Thomas
2019: Toby
Wait, what did Bachmann change about Thomas' color scheme?

Anyone Care For A 6 Pack?

https://www.target.com/p/bachmann-trains-ho-thomas-friends-emily-sterling-single-engine-model-6-pack/-/A-79333673?ref=tgt_soc_pd&AFID=fb&CPNG=Always+On_AlwaysOn_Hardlines_Toys%7Ctoy+vehicles_Mobile_Link+click&Adgroup=6136193013760&FNDSRC=tgtao


 ::)
  ??? ??? ??? ?!?!?!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Ronniethe14xxx on December 30, 2019, 06:51:44 PM
I think they just added the black couplings, maybe some other minor touch ups


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 30, 2019, 07:09:30 PM
Anyone Care For A 6 Pack?

https://www.target.com/p/bachmann-trains-ho-thomas-friends-emily-sterling-single-engine-model-6-pack/-/A-79333673?ref=tgt_soc_pd&AFID=fb&CPNG=Always+On_AlwaysOn_Hardlines_Toys%7Ctoy+vehicles_Mobile_Link+click&Adgroup=6136193013760&FNDSRC=tgtao


 ::)


The sad truth is, $60 for Emily is one of the more reasonable prices Iíve seen for her, (or any Bachmann model for that matter), but the fact that Target of all places has her only available as a six pack with just Emily models is really bizarre.  I guess that might be one way local hobby shops can buy models of her to resell at a higher price if they so wished. :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 30, 2019, 07:24:58 PM
Anyone Care For A 6 Pack?

https://www.target.com/p/bachmann-trains-ho-thomas-friends-emily-sterling-single-engine-model-6-pack/-/A-79333673?ref=tgt_soc_pd&AFID=fb&CPNG=Always+On_AlwaysOn_Hardlines_Toys%7Ctoy+vehicles_Mobile_Link+click&Adgroup=6136193013760&FNDSRC=tgtao


 ::)


The sad truth is, $60 for Emily is one of the more reasonable prices Iíve seen for her, (or any Bachmann model for that matter), but the fact that Target of all places has her only available as a six pack with just Emily models is really bizarre.  I guess that might be one way local hobby shops can buy models of her to resell at a higher price if they so wished. :P
Where do you see them listed as $60? When I go to the link, it shows the listing for $381.99.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 30, 2019, 07:58:09 PM
Where do you see them listed as $60? When I go to the link, it shows the listing for $381.99.

If you buy the 6-pack you would be buying each of the Emily models for a little over $60 ($63.67 to be exact) each, but again you wouldnít be buying just one Emily model individually for that price as you can only purchase her at Target with the six pack being the only option.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on January 17, 2020, 10:11:03 AM
Not sure if anyone noticed but Walthers has daisy to be expected 1/31/20, the flatcars due 1/31/20 and the tanker due 1/31/20. Also they have the prices for the N scale items, $125 for Thomas, $125 for Percy, $26 each troublesome truck and $29 for Annie and $29 for clarabel. Iím sooooo excited for them to come out along with Peter Sam.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Zekeism on January 17, 2020, 04:04:16 PM
Not sure if anyone noticed but Walthers has daisy to be expected 1/31/20, the flatcars due 1/31/20 and the tanker due 1/31/20. Also they have the prices for the N scale items, $125 for Thomas, $125 for Percy, $26 each troublesome truck and $29 for Annie and $29 for clarabel. Iím sooooo excited for them to come out along with Peter Sam.

I highly doubt they will be coming that soon.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Ronniethe14xxx on January 17, 2020, 10:49:02 PM
Although it's unlikely....maybe it will come out that soon. Since we have to wait till July for the new catalog and that we seemingly have more stuff coming out or at least being announced for the anniversary for July, Daisy or at least the rolling stock could be released very on this year.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on January 18, 2020, 03:07:22 PM
I saw on Walthers too when I purchased my narrow gauge coaches and I doubted we'll get them.

Wasn't there going to be more information on them in February?.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on January 18, 2020, 03:21:04 PM
Since we have to wait till July for the new catalog
The new catalog should still come out in February. Even if there are no new Thomas announcements, Bachmann has all of their regular lines and scales that they could announce stuff for.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Ronniethe14xxx on January 18, 2020, 03:33:02 PM
Since we have to wait till July for the new catalog
The new catalog should still come out in February. Even if there are no new Thomas announcements, Bachmann has all of their regular lines and scales that they could announce stuff for.
Oh yeah. Sorry should've made that more clear. The catalog will still happen, just no new Thomas stuff. Granted we could still get pictures of Daisy in that but I guess we'll just have to see.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on January 18, 2020, 03:38:27 PM
Doug confirmed with me earlier that they will be getting new Thomas announcements this year at Toy Fair and I mentioned this in another thread last night so I donít know why you guys are still talking about that rumor.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Ronniethe14xxx on January 18, 2020, 03:47:13 PM
Doug confirmed with me earlier that they will be getting new Thomas announcements this year at Toy Fair and I mentioned this in another thread last night so I donít know why you guys are still talking about that rumor.
sorry I didn't see your other post. that's my bad. Thanks for clearing things up Chaz


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on January 20, 2020, 12:29:53 AM
Hey, can anyone tell me what Edward's wheel diameter (without flanges) is in mm? If not, could you say if the wheels are bigger or smaller than Thomas'?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on January 22, 2020, 02:12:55 PM
https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/news/bachmann-launches-its-thomas-the-tank-range

A nice look at some updates of the new UK Bachmann Thomas with some interesting revisions such as thicker buffers, coupler, lampirons and different eyebrows.  Nice to see Percy too.  Hopefully we get a better look at the other UK models soon.

And to add icing to the cake, DCC sockets too!  Though admittedly thatís really the only thing that Iím actually interested in with these new revisions, do I canít say Iím really won over by the other revisions on the models too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on January 22, 2020, 06:55:56 PM
I hope the DCC upgrade will be applied to the US versions too and hopefully will be announced at Toy Fair.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on January 23, 2020, 02:52:12 AM
(https://i.gyazo.com/d8b1a66e03d699b8e02d240369572008.jpg)

First look at the box for the Thomas starter set coming out in the UK.  Check Bachmannís UK website if you want to see this as well as the rest of the ranges future offerings for the fall 2020. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Griffin (TheBlueSnowplow) on January 28, 2020, 04:58:06 PM
Can I just say I LOVE this box design- so crisp and clean. Someone in Bachmann's graphic design department deserves a raise.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on January 30, 2020, 12:28:00 AM
N Scale Thomas & Percy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGg7k3egXhM

Just skip to 1:11.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Streak on January 30, 2020, 01:34:39 AM
https://twitter.com/jd41796/status/1222750682371055616?s=21 (https://twitter.com/jd41796/status/1222750682371055616?s=21)

Hereís a link to a tweet with images of N Scale Thomas, Percy and the T. Trucks.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 30, 2020, 01:43:25 PM
Maybe Bachmanns design department could have a go at Thomasí face then. Still appalling on the HO gauge version.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on February 07, 2020, 01:07:19 AM
Take a look at what Mr. O'Donnell uploaded to YouTube, just in time for the 75th Anniversary :).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neKGtR__51c

Make sure to also check out the recreations of other classic Thomas themes:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqzslvDyXX1GlEwfCBla2Q

Although these memorable Thomas themes are unfortunately not present in the show anymore, it really is a pleasure that Mike O'Donnell has uploaded them to YouTube. I'm sure that more will be on the way as well!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on February 07, 2020, 03:28:37 PM
Bachmann is going on tour tomorrow with the Worlds Greatest Hobby. Will there be announcements tomorrow or will we have to wait till the 22?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Griffin (TheBlueSnowplow) on February 08, 2020, 03:03:11 PM
Bachmann stated on Twitter that the announcements will most likely be at the Toy Fair from February 22-25.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on February 20, 2020, 12:02:47 PM
Well Bachmann announced that knapford Station and Tidmouth sheds are now discontinued. Not sure why but now if you didnít ever get them Iíd recommend getting them now before the prices sky rocket.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on February 20, 2020, 10:58:23 PM
Quick random thought: With the new N Scale line, anyone who has the skills can replace the chassis on the Narrow Gauge Box Vans and repaint them and make the old vans from the episode "Fish" and the truck with a face in Edward's train from "A Close Shave For Duck" for the N Scale line since that won't get made as a Standard Gauge truck because it breaches NMRA standards.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on February 23, 2020, 09:11:14 PM
(https://i.gyazo.com/e8eca7e399c8753842b141627fb5bd26.jpg)

Looks like Bachmann added the white lining at the back of the LBSC Thomas!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 24, 2020, 12:53:52 AM
So far, there's been no sign of Daisy, Peter Sam, or any other product announced at last year's NMRA. They must not be ready to be shown yet, especially since none of them even have prices yet. We may not see them until later this year. Possibly this summer, we should get images of at least some of the products announced at last year's NMRA, especially the rolling stock. Don't know about Daisy or Peter Sam.

Bachmann might as well list LBSC Thomas and Busy Bee James to their web store, as well as the Narrow Gauge Brake Vans, N Scale James and the tankers, and Large Scale Diesel.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on February 24, 2020, 11:26:37 AM
Well LBSC Thomas and BB James are already ready and made, so I would assume theyíll be in stock in the next couple months. The other items I doubt weíll see for  another year, maybe LS Diesel assuming they made a good chunk of progress before they canceled it last time it was announced. Otherwise, all most certainly going to be a year at least before we see the newly announced N scale stock and the NG brakevans, bar the newly announced N scale set which will almost certainly be part of the range when it launches sometime this year.
As for Daisy and Peter Sam, I figure we may see Daisy this July, Peter Sam is more up in the air given the time it takes for the NG engines.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on February 24, 2020, 02:03:21 PM
So why didn't Bachmann post a thread for the new announcements this year? I know that magazine revealed them already, but Bachmann always posts a thread for all the new announcements.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on February 24, 2020, 02:55:58 PM
So far, there's been no sign of Daisy, Peter Sam, or any other product announced at last year's NMRA. They must not be ready to be shown yet, especially since none of them even have prices yet. We may not see them until later this year. Possibly this summer, we should get images of at least some of the products announced at last year's NMRA, especially the rolling stock. Don't know about Daisy or Peter Sam.

Bachmann might as well list LBSC Thomas and Busy Bee James to their web store, as well as the Narrow Gauge Brake Vans, N Scale James and the tankers, and Large Scale Diesel.
Daisy and Peter Sam are probably being held back by issues in China. The Coronavirus has been causing manufacturing issues across multiple industries, and I doubt model trains are going to be an exception. Thomas & James are probably getting by easier since their toolings already exist.

So why didn't Bachmann post a thread for the new announcements this year? I know that magazine revealed them already, but Bachmann always posts a thread for all the new announcements.
Probably because the fans beat them to it for once...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on February 25, 2020, 10:30:56 AM
So far, there's been no sign of Daisy, Peter Sam, or any other product announced at last year's NMRA. They must not be ready to be shown yet, especially since none of them even have prices yet. We may not see them until later this year. Possibly this summer, we should get images of at least some of the products announced at last year's NMRA, especially the rolling stock. Don't know about Daisy or Peter Sam.

Bachmann might as well list LBSC Thomas and Busy Bee James to their web store, as well as the Narrow Gauge Brake Vans, N Scale James and the tankers, and Large Scale Diesel.
Daisy and Peter Sam are probably being held back by issues in China. The Coronavirus has been causing manufacturing issues across multiple industries, and I doubt model trains are going to be an exception. Thomas & James are probably getting by easier since their toolings already exist.

So why didn't Bachmann post a thread for the new announcements this year? I know that magazine revealed them already, but Bachmann always posts a thread for all the new announcements.
Probably because the fans beat them to it for once...
That's not a reason to not post them, though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on March 13, 2020, 04:05:16 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byhs2PTqisI

Better look at the Toy Fair display, interestingly the faces on Thomas and Percy were not swapped back yet, but I have a feeling this will be fixed in final production.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on March 13, 2020, 08:20:04 PM
I was just wondering about the show thomas and friends. I have a potential idea, which is why donít they have more than one of the same character, not just as a recolour, but having more than one of the same character (I.e. more than one thomas or Percy) show up in the same episode to make things more enlightening. Or would this just confuse viewers?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on March 15, 2020, 12:53:04 AM
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Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on March 16, 2020, 02:19:02 PM
With everything being shut down due to the COVID-19, Iím guessing that everything will be delayed such as Daisy and Peter Sam.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on March 19, 2020, 07:52:55 PM
Yeah. That wouldnít surprise me whatsoever. On another note, has anybody here just updated their tidmouth milk tankers and sodor fuel tankers to their CGI counterparts yet? If yes, how was it done? The reason I ask is because I am looking into doing it myself.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on March 25, 2020, 10:04:44 AM
First official image of the N scale Thomas set, and Thomas has his proper face fitted!


https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/bachmann/bachmann-n-scale/bachmann-train-sets-1/bachmann-24028-thomas-with-annie-and-clarabel-train-set/


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Titanic5972 on March 27, 2020, 01:27:47 PM
Now letís hope they fix the OO gauge face!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on April 05, 2020, 02:46:39 PM
Here's a link to a picture that shows the scaling of the N Scale models pretty well:
http://fav.me/ddjduxc

The picture is from Merritt Trainboy on deviantart. I believe the models are on Bachmann's standard 5 inch pieces of track, so if anyone has that type of track and the Tomix models, it could prove an interesting comparison. The interesting thing is that it seems that only Annie and Clarabel seem to follow CGI scaling, since Thomas appears to be quite large compared to the trucks, like his Model Series and Bachmann HO and Large counterparts.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on April 09, 2020, 12:38:24 AM
Not sure who is currently updating Bachmannís website but if you guys to take a look at Bachmannís webstore, youíll notice that Bachmann took the time to update the bios for most of the engines, rolling stock and other accessories, including Peter Sam (Daisy doesnít have one yet).  Itís the little things like this that show that Bachmann was still trying, and the fact they included some references like Farmer Finney being Terenceís driver and Rustyís RWS appearance were very nice touches.  Definitely worth checking out if anyone is interested.


They even mention Douglas smashing the spiteful brake van, so better not share that with the normies...! 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on May 31, 2020, 07:32:47 AM
Good point.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on May 31, 2020, 03:46:42 PM
I just heard that Michael Angelis, the UK narrator for Seasons 3-16, has passed away.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on May 31, 2020, 09:02:33 PM
Thatís quite true. So sad! :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on June 17, 2020, 02:31:31 PM
https://twitter.com/US_trainmodeler/status/1253491613256597504

Dang, I didn't realize how small the N Scale line was really going to be.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on June 17, 2020, 11:02:29 PM
Oh yeah I forgot I tweeted that lol


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on June 18, 2020, 07:25:51 PM
I'm surprised that Thomas wasn't compared to a normal N Scale locomotive.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on June 20, 2020, 04:26:52 PM
Any day now, the N Scale models should arrive in stock, or at least have their images on the webstore. Either their images will be posted about a few months before arriving in stock, or the images will be posted at the time of release, like Toad was. I'm pretty sure they would arrive earlier than fall.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on June 20, 2020, 06:14:53 PM
Expect information and new announcements on the 13th online for the Virtual show.  I think itíll be on Facebook. Hopefully theyíll have some news on Daisy and Peter Sam. I emailed them to confirm they would have news then and they said, ď We still plan on doing our normal product announcements in July.Ē So hopefully there will be some news.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on June 21, 2020, 01:28:07 PM
We probably won't have anything exciting happen until the middle of July, when the announcements are made.

Hopefully, we'll have some news on the upcoming N Scale models, and the products announced at last year's NMRA. Like everyone else, I'm anxious for Daisy's reveal. It's been almost a year since she was announced.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on June 21, 2020, 07:24:57 PM
Hoping for at least an update on PS, but looking forward to hopefully an update on the N scale range's release. Looking forward to seeing how good the Percy chassis is.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on July 04, 2020, 01:34:28 AM
So earlier (out of complete boredom) I did some research and I took a look at all the Bachmann products listed in the 2020 catalog for HO and decided to look up whatís been released in the newer packaging with the CG Thomas promo.  In the process of this I made a list of everything that hasnít been released in the new packaging yet so far, and when I finished the list completely fascinated me.  So, I figured I would share my findings on here so far.  If anyone has seen these in the newer packaging feel free to share that as well.  The list of whatís not in the newer packaging yet is as follows:

Missing HO rolling stock:
Green mail car
Cream tanker
Raspberry syrup tanker
Cargo car
Fuel tank (that one is coming to the UK range so I expect new packaging for that one really soon)

Missing narrow gauge stock:
Slate wagon
Slate wagon 101
Slate wagon 164
Open wagon
Blue van
Red van

Missing accessories:
Terence
Farmer McColl
Switch tower
Tidmouth expansion pack
Water tower
Square water tower
Windmill
Lighthouse
All resin buildings

The number of accessories that have been released in the newer packaging so far is a number I can show with one hand: Bertie, Harold, Cranky, Jeremy and the conductor figure (yes the conductor figure has been released in the newer packaging sooner than Sir Topham Hatt).

Either way I hope this list helps give people an idea of which products are still holding the test of time.  The normal coal wagon with load is still being made and same with the red open wagon which really surprised me.  As I said earlier there are some I kind of expect to see in the newer packaging soon like the sound Thomas, the fuel and oil tankers, and Sir Topham Hatt, but at the same time I could see a good number of these being discontinued at some point in the future like the cargo car and the cream and raspberry syrup tankers.

Either way let me know your thoughts on this so far.  The source for where I found pictures of all the other products with the newer packaging are all on eBay or can be found on google images.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 04, 2020, 11:47:52 AM
I think I saw a Sir Topham Hatt in the new box style at a train show in January. I didn't take a picture, though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on July 04, 2020, 07:32:49 PM
Now I need to check Mavis and the green mail car since I have those.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on July 24, 2020, 10:55:22 AM
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDB001_Hdlf/?igshid=yyohf87g7vuq


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on July 24, 2020, 06:43:39 PM
They'd better give us more info, including the release timing of the first wave of N Scale Thomas models, along with the 75th Anniversary HO Scale set. Origin James is said to be available this December. We might also get the release timing of both LBSC Thomas and Busy Bee James.

Busy Bee James will most likely not sell very well, while Origin James is going to sell a lot better. Having two James recolors for HO Scale in the same year had very mixed reactions.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 25, 2020, 11:22:36 AM
Found on basstonemusic's twitter
(https://i.gyazo.com/3e1f2f7375a6573caeb718dae85ff50b.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 25, 2020, 12:11:58 PM
Nice to finally see official pictures of Thomas and Percy! I'm excited for the new line's release!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: US_thomasmodeler on July 25, 2020, 12:52:58 PM
Is it just me or is Thomasí whistle blue?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 25, 2020, 03:08:33 PM
Is it just me or is Thomasí whistle blue?
It does kind of look like it, but I wouldn't worry too much. The Large Scale Percy photo, for example, shows a green bunker, but the actual product has the correct black bunker.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 25, 2020, 03:13:59 PM
One thing I would like to add. Just looked on trainworld's website and Annie, Clarabel and the Truck's are all showing (add to cart) where as Thomas and Percy are (Taking Back orders) so maybe they are out now? My brains not working 100% today so someone please tell me if I am wrong


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on July 25, 2020, 03:28:46 PM
There we have it. The release timing of the first wave of the N Scale line. Still don't know the exact month they'll arrive in stock. Most likely September or October.

Maybe later this year, we'll get an unpainted sneak peek of N Scale James and the tankers.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 25, 2020, 03:55:55 PM
One thing I would like to add. Just looked on trainworld's website and Annie, Clarabel and the Truck's are all showing (add to cart) where as Thomas and Percy are (Taking Back orders) so maybe they are out now? My brains not working 100% today so someone please tell me if I am wrong
That's interesting, it's showing the same for me, too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Runnersign1999 on July 26, 2020, 11:30:47 AM
With Bachmann discontinuing building releases like Tidmouth Sheds and Maithwaite what will you release next? I recommend the Shipping Company warehouse, the Watermill, Mccoll's Barn and Mr. Jolly's Chocolate factory. I worried about the discontinue aspect.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 27, 2020, 02:08:52 PM
Tomorrow 6pm EDT live stream with Bachmann and Trainworld. Theres even a part of the stream dedicated just to Thomas
(https://i.gyazo.com/401b19a1397149e505f4c92a67107441.jpg)
  :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on July 27, 2020, 03:37:10 PM
That's cool. Unfortunately I don't have Facebook account. I'll look forward for details.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: little railway on July 28, 2020, 02:22:29 PM
Found on basstonemusic's twitter
(https://i.gyazo.com/3e1f2f7375a6573caeb718dae85ff50b.jpg)


I'm happy to finally see some pictures. Anyone knows when they'll arrive in stock?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 28, 2020, 02:45:56 PM
It appears that trainworld are currently stocking the rolling stock so its only a matter of time before both Thomas and Percy become available. Their site says they are due to arrive 30th September but thats just a rough guide. Don't forget the stream tonight on Facebook and YouTube. Bachmann and trainworld have been teasing us with these.
(https://i.gyazo.com/893162bb2e51bc01e9794023fc1d8f64.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/0a7b1da14a5297a77bc8b65043d7e147.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on July 28, 2020, 06:39:04 PM
The video Doug Blaine did was fantastic, and it really made a lot of people happy again after the disappointing response.  So as usual here are my thoughts:

Origin James looks great, and as I said earlier I am happy that both him and the LBSC Thomas are will be on the way later this year.  Iím surprised the Busy Bee James did not get mentioned but I donít think too many people are complaining about that.

The N scale Annie Clarabel and the troublesome trucks are out now?  Surprised they didnít wait until launch but they were probably cheaper to release.   The tankers also look amazing as well and Iím also surprised they will be out by the end of the year too.  No update on the N scale James but I think itís safe to assume he will be out in 2021 along with Daisy and Peter Sam.

The conflats with crates look pretty good as well.  I can see these selling better than the wagons that got announced earlier last year.  The crates actually look nice for what they are and appreciate the variety.  Iím surprised Troublesome Truck #6 was not shown though.

And lastly large scale Diesel with some paint on him looks great so far too.  Canít wait to see him fully completed as well.  It was nice seeing a full 360 look at him too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 28, 2020, 06:44:21 PM
This was pretty awesome! Like everyone else, I'm super happy to see the updates to everything, but I'm especially glad to see the new N Scale Tankers! They look great!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on July 28, 2020, 06:57:49 PM
Tuned into the TrainWorld stream. I, too, enjoyed Doug's video quite a bit! It served as a good recovery to the previous stream since more content was mentioned and I hope something like it can be done again in a future stream.

I wasn't expecting the N Scale Annie, Clarabel and both troublesome trucks to be available so soon, but they are still welcomed ahead of Thomas and Percy. Same goes for the now-colored tankers. It figures that rolling stock is easy enough to produce.

Large Scale Diesel's showcase was certainly the icing on the cake. Worth noting that his siderods are currently metallic in case any discussion is necessary.

So just to recap, we'll be seeing these for the remainder of 2020:
 - HO Scale LBSC Thomas
 - HO Scale Origins James
 - HO Scale Busy Bee James
 - All three HO Scale 1-Plank Wagons
 - N Scale Thomas
 - N Scale Percy
 - N Scale Thomas starter set
 - All three N Scale Tankers (Oil, Fuel, Water)
 - Both Narrow Gauge Brake Vans (could be delayed)
And these for 2021:
 - HO Scale Daisy
 - Narrow Gauge Peter Sam
 - N Scale James
 - Large Scale Diesel

I could be forgetting some items, but this should be most of Bachmann's products to come. A pretty solid lineup, all things considered. It's been quite a while since I personally last saw Bachmann have this many items on the books by the end of a year and next year is already shaping up to be a treat.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on July 28, 2020, 07:00:49 PM
Daisy and Peter Sam are not arriving until 2021. Oh well, at least they won't be rushed, and Bachmann is taking their time to make those models as good as possible. It takes time to make a good quality product. We don't want something rushed. HO Scale products that will be available by the end of this year are LBSC Thomas, Origin and Busy Bee James (the latter which wasn't shown for some reason), along with the 75th Anniversary set, and the 1-Plank wagons, which now got a first look.

For N Scale, Annie, Clarabel, and the first two Troublesome Trucks are already available, but there are still no engines to pull them yet. Thomas and Percy should be available soon. The tankers are also going to be available later this year. The Water Tanker is based on the dark blue HO Scale model, while the Fuel Tanker is based on the Large Scale model with the CGI series design like the Oil Tanker. For 2021, they must announce the Milk Tanker. Still no sign of N Scale James yet. Other welcome rolling stock additions would be the Mail Car, S.C. Ruffey, Red Open Wagon, Red Coaches, Henrietta if we get Toby, and of course, a Brake Van.

Large Scale Diesel now got another look, but still not fully painted yet. Looks great so far, but still won't be available until 2021. Maybe they'll make Paxton for Large Scale next, which might be a safer bet than 'Arry and Bert.

HO Scale Daisy, HOn30 Scale Peter Sam, N Scale James, and Large Scale Diesel should all definitely be on display at the Toy Fair next year. Maybe the Narrow Gauge Brake Vans as well.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on July 28, 2020, 08:05:12 PM
Upon watching TrainWorldís stream today, I must state that I am very grateful that Doug Blaine took the time to make an exclusive Thomas portion for us. A great amount of new information and product reveals were presented, which was the number one thing that I was hoping for.

The reveal of the three flat cars with crates was definitely the nicest surprise, as the crates look stunning. I will definitely be purchasing all three of them. The other new reveal, that was very surprising to see, was the N scale tankers, as those were just announced in February and utilized a new N scale tanker tooling. Additionally, while Daisy and Peter Sam have been delayed to 2021, I am glad that Doug Blaine still mentioned them in the stream, as that definitely cleared up many uncertainties regarding them. Finally, I really appreciate that Large Scale Diesel was shown with a 360 turnaround, as multiple Thomas fans have stated that they would like to see Diesel from more angles. Overall, this portion of the stream proved that Bachmann reads all of our forum posts with great care, and thus, it definitely made up for the disappointment in regards to the Thomas line from July 16th.

As for the Troublesome Tanker (Troublesome Truck #6), Bachmann may still be trying to decide which face to use out of all the troublesome tanker faces from Toad Stands By: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXvJpnwaTFc

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/b/b1/ToadStandsBy11.png/revision/latest?cb=20150331000644)

Once again, thank you very much for a very satisfying Thomas portion in todayís TrainWorld stream, and I look forward to seeing more updates on the new products in the coming months.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: GordonPacific04 on July 28, 2020, 08:35:56 PM
Overall, I think the presentation was fine. I was happy to see the new rolling stock models, (both HO and N) and diesel's large scale model looks great. I'm glad they dedicated a portion of the stream to Thomas after last weeks disappointment.

However, I'm very disappointed that we Daisy and Peter Sam have been delayed.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on July 28, 2020, 08:53:26 PM
The fact that Troublesome Truck #6 wasn't shown yet must mean that Bachmann is still working on it.

If it's based on one of those tankers from the Season 4 episode "Toad Stands By", it will have really good sales, but if it's based on the African tanker from the illustration, the sales could be very minimal. If based on the oil tankers with faces that first appeared in Journey Beyond Sodor, the sales could be slightly better, but still not as good as the Season 4 one. If they just slap a face on the HO Scale Oil Tanker, then they might as well discontinue the faceless one.

If Bachmann wants the best sales out of Troublesome Truck #6, it must be based on the Troublesome Tankers from Toad Stands By (Season 4) because the classic (model) series is the best choice for Troublesome Trucks in general. They just don't have the same charm in the CGI series.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Hilux5972 on July 28, 2020, 10:38:18 PM
Very glad to see the section dedicated to Thomas in the live video. A bit disappointing to hear that Daisy will not be released until 2021 now but that means she will be even more anticipated and hopefully even better. Great to see a better view of Black James as well.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on July 29, 2020, 12:38:31 AM
I hope Daisyís delay is from Bachmann maybe trying to convince Mattel to approve a Model Series accurate design.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on July 29, 2020, 01:00:00 AM
I wouldn't bet on Daisy being based on her model series incarnation, but if that was to happen, Bachmann can use the same rear bogie to make BoCo. At least Daisy's CGI render is actually good, unlike Duncan's.

Looking forward to N Scale Thomas and Percy finally becoming available, along with the Thomas starter set. The N Scale line already has a lot of great potential. We should definitely see James no later than the Toy Fair in February 2021. HO Scale Daisy and Peter Sam should also be ready by then.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 29, 2020, 03:36:36 AM
Firstly thank you Bachmann for the stream and Doug for taking that time to do that. I think most of us appreciate these little updates especially since trainshows are a no go right now. The three 1 plank wagons with creates look amazing. I can see they will be a hit with fans. I was very impressed with those and even the fact of the different colour variations which is a very nice touch. Origin James looks splendid too as we all expected him to. The N scale tankers again look amazing as do Thomas, Percy and the rolling stock already announced. Looking forward to seeing these in videos and reviews soon. Large Scale Diesel is again something that really impressed me. I will definitely be buying him in the future and I can see how much potential his model has to be reused for Paxton and other 08s. So nice to see a 360 of him. As for the items not shown firstly Daisy and Peter Sam. Its nice to know they are still being worked on and will be released next year hopefully in time for February's announcements if not at least having product images. I'm glad Bachmann are taking their time on these to really get them right. Let's not forget Daisy is the first big bogie diesel in the Thkmas line so she's bound to take a bit longer then your stanard tank engine or 08 shunter. I fully expect her to be based off her CGI roles (given thats the image they used to promote her upon her announcement). Her windows will likely be blacked out. I'm pretty sure of that, hopefully painted black not silver but thats another discussion. Peter Sam again I imagine he is more challenging given his special funnel but the two year window lines up Rusty released in 2019 and Rheneas in 2017. Now for the items not shown Busy Bee James I'm sure that he is still on his way even though I know not many people care. Troublesome truck 6 I think will be a 2020 release. Bachmann knows what they are doing and its a pretty easy repaint with a face. As for the Narrow Guage breakvans I am optimistic they will be a 2020 release maybe around Christmas but at the same time if they are a 2021 release I would rather Bachmann take their time and unlike the coaches these are 1 tooling so once one is made then they both are its just a case of adding the blue or red paint to them. Lastly N Scale James, he will definitely be a hit for 2021 and I wouldn't be surprised if we see some prototype images of him similar to how we saw Thomas and Percy last year. All in all I think everything announced should have product images by February and hopefully will be out by summer 2021 at the latest then bachmann can work on their next endeavours. Great presentation. Thank you once again Bachmann and Doug for the time you took making this and talking to us all about the line.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on July 29, 2020, 12:40:52 PM
I missed the Thomas and Friends presentation part. Does anyone have screencaps from that part of the new products?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 29, 2020, 01:23:14 PM
I missed the Thomas and Friends presentation part. Does anyone have screencaps from that part of the new products?
If you go to YouTube and search Trainworldtv, you should be able to find the presentation. The Thomas & Friends part starts around 18 minutes in.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Toad139 on July 29, 2020, 01:29:41 PM
The fact that Troublesome Truck #6 wasn't shown yet must mean that Bachmann is still working on it.

If it's based on one of those tankers from the Season 4 episode "Toad Stands By", it will have really good sales, but if it's based on the African tanker from the illustration, the sales could be very minimal. If based on the oil tankers with faces that first appeared in Journey Beyond Sodor, the sales could be slightly better, but still not as good as the Season 4 one. If they just slap a face on the HO Scale Oil Tanker, then they might as well discontinue the faceless one.

If Bachmann wants the best sales out of Troublesome Truck #6, it must be based on the Troublesome Tankers from Toad Stands By (Season 4) because the classic (model) series is the best choice for Troublesome Trucks in general. They just don't have the same charm in the CGI series.

I always felt as though a Troublesome Tanker would work best as a TAR Wagon. Troublesome Truck #5 was based on a specific wagon from the show, and it reintroduced a discontinued item. They could have did the same thing with truck #6. Plus, basing it on a wagon from a classic episode would most likely help sales. To me, it just feels like a missed opportunity.

I think the design we can most realistically expect for truck #6 will probably be a regular CG Oil Tank. I doubt they will go with the African tank used in the promo, mainly because it is just purple, and pretty much every wagon they release nowadays has some logo or lettering on the side. Chaz bringing up that the Oil tank hasnít been released in new packaging also makes me believe this more. I wouldnít be surprised to see the regular Oil Tank be replaced by one with a face, just like they did with the Brake Van.

As for the face, I could see it going both ways. The Spiteful Brake Van shows they are willing combine elements from different sources into one model. Even if it has a CG livery, the face may be taken from the model era because they know how much of a selling point it would be. The face is definitely the most important aspect to me, and a classic face would make it a must have.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 29, 2020, 02:09:35 PM
I'm sorry but to me expecting it too look any different to the promo image shown is just going to lead to disappointment and people getting angry further down the line. Bachmann has always been a what you see is what you get kind of company. Yes they listen to us all and fix flaws like how Paxton had the white boarder around his face when his model was first shown and then later fixed to match his livery and such but they are usually pretty set once something is shown its made that way. Purple African tanker, CGI face, Troublesome Truck 6. Do I want that no but I've accepted thats what we are getting i mean I'm not trying to start fights but I do recall a time bachmann has released an image of a product in the Thomas line and the final product hasn't looked exactly like their original concept. If I'm wrong by all means I will say I am. As I say I would rather have a series 4 tanker like everyone else but to me that's not what they have shown us they are making so...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Toad139 on July 29, 2020, 02:58:59 PM
All reasonable points Mulfred. The only time I can remember where they gave us promos that didnít represent the final models were with the slate wagons. Accurate Talyllyn Railway slate trucks did appear in the CGI series, so they definitely could have chosen a better picture to represent them. You are definitely right though, I could be over thinking it and we may just get exactly what we see in the promo. Although, its still strange they specifically state that it is an ďOil TankerĒ in the name if itís just gonna be purple.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on July 29, 2020, 04:04:23 PM
Yes but the same can be said say its an oil tanker and show us the purple tanker. To me what was shown is what we will get until I actually see different from Bachmann in the form of Product shots. Theres only two tankers shown with faces in the CGI era with faces so far that I can find. The purple African tanker (which I don't recall them saying in the Big World movie they appeared in what they were carry inside the tanker. It could be oil) and the sodor oil tankers.
(https://i.gyazo.com/091a93d13409d18db66ea3e6a5cdfa13.jpg)
Like i say I'm not trying to prove anyone right or wrong all I'm saying is for me personally if they showed us the purple tanker from Africa thats likely what we will get. Maybe mattel told Bachmann it was an oil tanker? Maybe Bachmann put out the wring photo or where sent the wrong photo? I really do not know. We will all find out soon enough  ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on July 29, 2020, 07:40:34 PM
I missed the Thomas and Friends presentation part. Does anyone have screencaps from that part of the new products?
If you go to YouTube and search Trainworldtv, you should be able to find the presentation. The Thomas & Friends part starts around 18 minutes in.
Thanks.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on July 29, 2020, 08:21:32 PM
They used the photo of the African tanker because at the time it was literally the first photo of the troublesome tankers you'd see on the Wiki. I doubt they even realized what the source was.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on July 29, 2020, 09:22:23 PM
If Lionel ever drops their Thomas license like Hornby did, not only would Bachmann finally get to make Thomas products for O Scale, but they'd also finally get to make Thomas models for every scale. When Hornby dropped their Thomas license, Bachmann finally gets to sell their HO/OO Scale Thomas models in the UK. As for Lionel, as long as their O Scale Thomas products continue to sell well, they may not drop their license anytime soon. I have nothing against Lionel, but their Thomas line is so underwhelming compared to Bachmann's. Lionel once had a short-lived G Scale range, while Bachmann's Large/G Scale models look so much better in comparison. Does Lionel still even make new O Scale Thomas models?

For now, we at least have the new N Scale range to look forward to. Could we live to see the day when Bachmann finally gets to make Thomas products for all scales?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Kemptown Branch on July 30, 2020, 11:43:17 AM
I don't know if any of you have heard this, but there's a guy on YouTube called InstrumentManiac and he's been doing instrumental covers of the classic Thomas & Friends themes recently. I highly reccomend checking out his channel. I would post a link, but I can't seem to get one using my phone and I don't have access to a computer right now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: RailwayRoundhouse on July 31, 2020, 12:34:45 PM
I don't know if any of you have heard this, but there's a guy on YouTube called InstrumentManiac and he's been doing instrumental covers of the classic Thomas & Friends themes recently. I highly reccomend checking out his channel. I would post a link, but I can't seem to get one using my phone and I don't have access to a computer right now.

I have to agree, his covers are fantastic! My personal favourite is his cover of Edward's theme.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on July 31, 2020, 10:57:12 PM
They should just make Thomas products for every scale. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Zekeism on August 01, 2020, 05:14:03 PM
Imagine they made a limited edition classic funnel Peter Sam lol?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on August 02, 2020, 09:12:44 AM
Yeah!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Mulfred100 on August 02, 2020, 12:22:39 PM
Imagine they made a limited edition classic funnel Peter Sam lol?
Imagine how fast Peter Sam will sell out once released when everyone wants to make all his different forms (classic old funnel, classic special funnel, classic rws, updated rws, Stuart, Edward Thomas) thats without a post accident pre special funnel version and drain pipe funnel


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on August 03, 2020, 10:48:03 PM
A higher quality image of the Origin James in case anyone wants a better look at it:

(https://www.trainworld.com/upload/iblock/5c5/58822.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: US_thomasmodeler on August 22, 2020, 05:51:20 PM
If only Bachmann would also produce Gauge One Replicaís like CoolProps is doing. Iíve just ordered the CoolProps thomas and itís expected to come in around December or January 2021. Itís great to see new companies produce wonderful Thomas Merchandise. Still canít wait for Bachmann to release Daisy, Peter Sam, and the n scale items!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on September 05, 2020, 02:21:49 AM
I think I saw a Sir Topham Hatt in the new box style at a train show in January. I didn't take a picture, though.

I updated my list as I recently found an image of STH in the newer style packaging along with the sound Thomas (who was in the older package but had a new label/sticker in the packaging showing he was in production), as well as the lobster van and oil tanker.  The list has been updated thanks again for pointing that out.  Apart from the fuel tank which is coming to the UK range, I think the rest of the HO rolling stock that hasnít had the new packaging yet I could see getting discontinued sometime next year or the year after. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on September 11, 2020, 08:55:03 PM
Imagine they made a limited edition classic funnel Peter Sam lol?

I wouldn't mind a special edition Peter Sam with his original funnel. During the past several years I thought it would be nice if Peter Sam got original funnel back.  Since the locomotive he's based on had the same funnel. Later on it got his original funnel back.

Something different.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on October 08, 2020, 11:46:40 AM
Happy 36th anniversary to the tv show Thomas and friends! Today is just 36 years since thomas and Gordon first aired on British tv! ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on November 04, 2020, 02:50:03 PM
Looks like the official images of the three 1 plank wagons with crates have been posted on the Bachmann website. I like that three images were posted for each one. Very thoughtful!

https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_775&products_id=7199

https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_775&products_id=7198

https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_775&products_id=7200


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on November 05, 2020, 12:26:08 PM
More shipment windows have been estimated through Bachmann's Twitter. The N Scale Tankers and the HO Scale LBSC Thomas, Busy Bee James & Plank Wagons should be shipping early on in December. The Narrow Gauge Brake Vans and N Scale James are looking to be 2021 items by this time. Currently no word on the HO Scale Origins James.

Original posts:
https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1324053028400488448

https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1324376491854073856

https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1324052324122243075


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on November 05, 2020, 02:05:13 PM
Hoping to at least get an update on those brakevans during that upcoming livestream. Origins James I see for either December or early 2021.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 05, 2020, 10:27:32 PM
It's possible Origin James will be released at the same time as LBSC Thomas and Busy Bee James, since Origin James was said to be shipping in December in the NMRA catalog, but that could be subject to change.

I think it's safe to say that Troublesome Truck #6 is now a 2021 item, since they still haven't said anything about that one. Hopefully, it will be revealed at the Toy Fair this February. We knew it was already confirmed that both Daisy and Peter Sam are 2021 items. Large Scale Diesel was also confirmed to be a 2021 item, but should be revealed fully painted soon. If Daisy's image isn't posted by the Toy Fair, we can hope that her image will be in the 2021 catalog.

Still no word on the 75th Anniversary HO Scale set.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on November 16, 2020, 12:32:38 PM
Considering how Bachmann Oliver is based more on his CGI Series proportions, I almost wonder if he, or more specifically his chassis, has ended up being HO (1:87) scale, instead of OO (1:76) scale?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on November 16, 2020, 01:28:19 PM
I totally forgot about the narrow gauge brake vans. I was more focused on Black James than anything else.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on December 08, 2020, 03:05:48 PM
Things have been looking pretty dry in the Thomas forums as of late, but now we have some news on upcoming products!

LBSC Thomas and all three of the one-plank wagons are now available. Item numbers are 58739 for Thomas and 77402 to 77404 for the wagons. Announcements below:
https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1336311835394510854
https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1336385570965254146


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 08, 2020, 08:06:57 PM
Really happy the LBSC Thomas is out in time for Christmas!  I probably wonít share my thoughts on that until then.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: thomasj219 on December 09, 2020, 09:08:43 AM
Anyone ever come across a decent model of the Sodor Shipping Co. building?

Shapeways, custom etc.?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on December 09, 2020, 03:00:38 PM
https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_775&products_id=7197

Looks like the image for Troublesome Truck #6 has been revealed too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 09, 2020, 03:14:11 PM
I figured they were going to use the BWBA tanker as a reference so Iím not entirely surprised.  Itís not something I ever had a particular interest in since it got announced (or even had high hopes for), but I can easily understand why some people may not be on board with this.

Itís nice seeing all these updates/releases around Christmas though.  Hopefully the Origin James will be out soon too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 09, 2020, 04:03:07 PM
I had a feeling they would stick with the African tanker design all along. I would've rather have had the regular oil tanker with a face on it (from Journey Beyond Sodor), but I guess Mattel pushed for the African tanker because it's a nice purple color, just like how both Troublesome Trucks #3 and #4 were green. They decided to go with a troublesome tanker that's not even from Sodor.

It's also the first Troublesome Truck in Bachmann's range to be explicitly based on the CGI series. Did they botch it by going with the African tanker? Should they make another version called "Sodor Oil Tanker Troublesome Truck #6"? It would be another version of the same truck, but with the Sodor design, also from the CGI series. It might replace the faceless version, in other words, get the faceless oil tanker discontinued.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on December 09, 2020, 04:15:02 PM
That's not a bad rendition of that tanker. Nice to see it in a fully sculpted and painted phase after waiting quite a while.

Keeping the flow of new info going for the holidays, Busy Bee James (58821) has also been released:
https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1336761931764477953

Pretty good progress being made as far as scheduled releases are concerned. All we have left are the three N Scale tankers and (to an extent) Origins James before the end of this year.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Toad139 on December 09, 2020, 05:02:31 PM
Troublesome Truck #6 is quite disappointing to me. It seems as though they took the first picture off the wiki, without putting any further research into what they were making. Considering how well truck #5 sold, you would think they would make another classic series truck, and even if they had to make a CG wagon, a standard oil design would have been much better than what they chose. It just seems like a huge missed opportunity. Iím sure there will be people who enjoy it, but I probably wonít pick it up. Hopefully one day we will get a proper troublesome tanker, that isnít based on BWBA.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on December 09, 2020, 10:40:01 PM
Hey guys I'm new to this forum thing, and model trains in general. When do you think we will get the 2021 catalog? I saw that some people said January or February but someone else said July. I'm just curious. Also TT#6 doesn't look half bad and I'll probably get it when I get TT's 3, 4 and 5.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on December 10, 2020, 12:10:08 AM
https://twitter.com/TerencetheT525/status/1336743400817778689?s=20

I posted the image of Troublesome Truck #6 on Twitter earlier today, and Thomas fans have been commenting and retweeting their thoughts all day. The overall reaction seems to be mixed.

For me, I would have also been happier if Bachmann based it on one of the troublesome tankers from Toad Stands By. However, I would not go as far as stating that it looks terrible either. The main thing that I would have done differently is the paint scheme, as the purple is a little too bright for my liking.

Hey guys I'm new to this forum thing, and model trains in general. When do you think we will get the 2021 catalog? I saw that some people said January or February but someone else said July. I'm just curious. Also TT#6 doesn't look half bad and I'll probably get it when I get TT's 3, 4 and 5.

Welcome to the Bachmann Forum! As long as the catalog does not get released early, as it did this year, it should be released at some point in February.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 10, 2020, 12:47:37 AM
I knew people would be disappointed that they went with the African tanker, just like in the illustration, and the purple color is just another example of brightly-colored rolling stock pushed by Mattel. Maybe in response to the criticism, should Bachmann make another version of the truck called "Oil Tanker Troublesome Truck #6 - Sodor"? They can just easily take the oil tanker they already make, and put a face on it, then discontinue the faceless oil tanker. It would be just like when the Spiteful Brake Van was announced for Large Scale, it was announced for HO Scale one year later. It took years of popular demand to bring back the Express Coaches. It's possible Bachmann could make a Sodor version of Troublesome Truck #6 if there's popular demand for it.

Regarding other announcements, it's only a matter of time before Large Scale Diesel gets revealed fully painted. We probably won't see HO Scale Daisy, HOn30 Scale Peter Sam, or N Scale James until the Toy Fair, or close to it. Really hoping for Daisy to get revealed soon, as it's only a matter of time.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: MrNormalDraws on December 10, 2020, 02:51:49 PM
Well, at least I know why the previous image for Troublesome Truck 6 was in red.

Anyway, despite it being based on the African Tanker from BWBA (I'm not against that era), I'm actually pleased how it turns out and unlike the other even numbered Troublesome Trucks, at least it's based on the show (#2 was based on a random clipart and #4 I think looks the worse, as it doesn't seem to be based on anything. Plus the color they choose for #4 looks very weird, even though I'm a fan of the color green).


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 10, 2020, 08:59:54 PM
Ugh, Mattel just had to force an ugly design from that God-awful BWBA. This is a fail. Someone needs to force the idea into Mattelís head that everything they do with Thomas and Friends is wrong and ugly and an egregious slap in the face to what Thomas and Friends is supposed to be. They never do anything right, anyway. Itís part of why they lost a number of their DC Comics licenses.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on December 11, 2020, 11:52:21 AM
I was debating back and forth on buying this tank car. If it was going to be a good paint scheme I'll get it and remove the face.
I'm was never really a fan of the face tank cars in the 90s. Now that I saw the color being purple. It cemented the decision to not getting it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 11, 2020, 12:49:31 PM
It's clear that Bachmann is going to have to make a better version of Troublesome Truck #6. Already, several people have expressed disinterest in buying it. It's the first Troublesome Truck Bachmann has made that genuinely disappointed people. By actually going through with the African tanker, Bachmann did indeed botch it. Mattel must have pushed Bachmann to make the African tanker, and it's the first product in the Bachmann Thomas range to be based on the infamous BWBA era.

We may not see Large Scale Diesel fully painted until the Toy Fair. It would really be nice if Large Scale Edward ever does get made, but it will probably never happen, especially by the fact that Mattel seems to have an irrational disdain for Edward.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on December 11, 2020, 02:38:34 PM
Truth be told, I'm not quite interested in buying the new tanker either. As much as I like purple as a color, I don't want to buy anything that's connected to the notorious "Bwuhba" era. Hopefully it'll at least be the only thing they make of that era now that it's over. Most fans didn't like it and I'm certain they'd rather not see any more of its content made.

Part of me was wondering if favoritism would come into play in terms of future Large Scale engines. We already know how Mattel unfortunately feels about Edward. Though the surprising addition of Mavis in Strasburg's Day Out With Thomas events was well-received, I'm not sure if that would be enough for her to be made (besides the other reasons I've mentioned before). I still want to see through it to the end with Mavis on some level, though I know very well that there is some inherit doubt on whether or not Mattel would want her made.

To my understanding of the recent series media, Duck and Bill & Ben have generally been used more often than Edward and Mavis. Part of me wonders if they would be made before the latter two. The same can also be said with Paxton, but I'm not sure what the benefits would be in following up on Diesel immediately with a recolor of his tooling. I also feel it'd be best to let Bachmann take their time with perfecting the position of his face on a bigger scale model.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 12, 2020, 04:34:51 PM
As long as Mattel still owns Thomas, we may never get Large Scale Edward or Mavis, unless the demand creates a miracle. It's already a miracle that Large Scale Diesel was revived after getting cancelled two years before.

If we can't get Edward or Mavis because of Mattel's ways, then other great ideas for Large Scale engines would be Duck, or Bill and Ben. I'd rather see them get made than Paxton. Would it really be the best idea to introduce a recolor immediately after Diesel gets made? Both Duck, and the tank engine twins made recent appearances in the CGI series. Duck's longer chassis could be problematic, but I'd love to be proven wrong. Bill and Ben would be a great choice for Large Scale, since they're two engines that use only one tooling, and no one would want to buy one without the other.

List of new toolings for engines in Large Scale that would be best-received:

-Edward
-Mavis
-Duck
-Oliver
-Bill and Ben

Any of these choices would be appreciated by the fans. Diesel was the first engine to be made in Large Scale since Toby. If they're not ready to make another new tooling just yet, then I guess they'll have to make Paxton.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 16, 2020, 12:19:16 AM
(https://i.gyazo.com/933d966fb3458e271490982194b38c5a.jpg)

My LBSC Thomas arrived in the mail earlier!  Normally I would do one of my usual reviews on here sharing my thoughts on the model, but I decided against it since I wanted to wait on the Origin Jamesí release before giving my thoughts, since I feel it only makes sense to look at them together at the same time.  Especially since these two in particular were used in the same special.  Once the Origin James is out I will share my thoughts on them.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 16, 2020, 08:30:29 AM
I'm very pleased with how well Bachmann seemed to have turned out the livery on the LBSC Thomas. I can't say I like the minor update to the face (triangle eyebrows) though I do it is more accurate to the show, as Thomas's eyebrows have slowly become more triangular since Series 3 promotional images of the models, so I can't really complain too much there. Though I must say, I eagerly await the review, Chaz! ;)

Also, due to my...prolonged absence from posting, I must also give Bachmann a long, long overdue kudos for producing the Narrow Gauge Coaches with different toolings. I was dreading they'd have the same tooling since they were announced, and I don't think I ever publicly expressed my gratitude in seeing them produced with different toolings. So sincerely, thank you very much for that, Bachmann! I hope we can see the new brake vans soon too.

And to all those who've used the Red Coach to form your own set of Railway Series coaches (in some cases, complete with Beatrice), I just wanted to say, superb work there everyone! It's been very inspiring to see.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 16, 2020, 07:13:55 PM
(https://i.gyazo.com/933d966fb3458e271490982194b38c5a.jpg)

My LBSC Thomas arrived in the mail earlier!  Normally I would do one of my usual reviews on here sharing my thoughts on the model, but I decided against it since I wanted to wait on the Origin Jamesí release before giving my thoughts, since I feel it only makes sense to look at them together at the same time.  Especially since these two in particular were used in the same special.  Once the Origin James is out I will share my thoughts on them.  
Do I spy Optimus Prime in the background?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 17, 2020, 07:02:26 PM
(https://i.gyazo.com/933d966fb3458e271490982194b38c5a.jpg)

My LBSC Thomas arrived in the mail earlier!  Normally I would do one of my usual reviews on here sharing my thoughts on the model, but I decided against it since I wanted to wait on the Origin Jamesí release before giving my thoughts, since I feel it only makes sense to look at them together at the same time.  Especially since these two in particular were used in the same special.  Once the Origin James is out I will share my thoughts on them.  
Do I spy Optimus Prime in the background?

Good eye ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on December 17, 2020, 09:04:45 PM
(https://i.gyazo.com/933d966fb3458e271490982194b38c5a.jpg)

My LBSC Thomas arrived in the mail earlier!  Normally I would do one of my usual reviews on here sharing my thoughts on the model, but I decided against it since I wanted to wait on the Origin Jamesí release before giving my thoughts, since I feel it only makes sense to look at them together at the same time.  Especially since these two in particular were used in the same special.  Once the Origin James is out I will share my thoughts on them.  
Do I spy Optimus Prime in the background?

Good eye ;)
Eeeeeeyy. Is that Jada?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on December 19, 2020, 12:43:07 AM
Hey guys. I have Thomas, Percy, James, Gordon, Emily and Salty in HO scale, quite a bit of rolling stock and some track. I'm planning on making a layout of Sodor on a big table with trees, roads, buildings, etc. I'm also planning on making a similar one of somewhere in Britain or America. I just don't know which to do. I live in the States but I prefer British trains because of Thomas. They're very hard to get here in the US, and I'm worried that if I ordered one, something in the motor would probably break in the mail, and I'm not a mechanic. There's not many options either, because the only places I can find them (Bachman Branchline and Hornby) are on Amazon and eBay. American ones is that they're cheaper and easier to find, but they're not as special to me. I still love them, but they're just not as interesting. Also, I'm having a really tough time deciding what kind of engines to get. There's just too many options. Atlas, Athearn, Bachmann, Walthers, Kato, Lionel, etc. I was just wondering, do you guys just have Thomas layouts? Or do you also have separate layouts with real-life trains on them? Or do you just put them on the same one? I was also considering just getting all the British ones I can get my hands on and then going for Americans. Sorry, this isn't relevant to the current thread, but I'm really curious.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on December 19, 2020, 02:41:37 PM
For British model trains that ship to the US, your best bets are Rails of Sheffield and Hattons.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 20, 2020, 06:35:56 AM
For British model trains that ship to the US, your best bets are Rails of Sheffield and Hattons.
I agree with what Cheeky_ULP has to say. Your best bet is to find retailers who ship to the USA. As an Australian, I know the shipping can make prices a bit higher, but from some limited experience, and a few happy friends, Rails Of Sheffield and Hattons are generally good picks to my knowledge. Kernow Model Centre is also a good choice, in my experience, and they'll often offer some interesting bundle deals too. Ebay prices are normally quite inflated. AJM railways is an online retailer that also ships to North America, and from the accounts I've heard, does quite well. Just be careful, to my knowledge, default prices are usually in the Australian Dollar, not the American one. But on the homepage you can change the display to either US or Canadian currency.

Do you guys just have Thomas layouts? Or do you also have separate layouts with real-life trains on them? Or do you just put them on the same one? I was also considering just getting all the British ones I can get my hands on and then going for Americans. Sorry, this isn't relevant to the current thread, but I'm really curious.
As for layouts for "real" engines vs layouts for Thomas ones, in my experience, very few people have the money, space, or resources to create, build and maintain separate ones. Usually people will model something where both types of trains can "feel at home" to them, if they model both. Some people will build a layout to more closely resemble something from Thomas & Friends, others may aim for something a little more prototypical. It's honestly your choice as to what you do, don't feel pressured to please anyone else, this hobby is after all, a hobby, so pursue what you think will bring you the most happiness in it.

As a personal example, whenever I can get the space to (likely far off in the future), I want to create a "hybrid Tidmouth" using a version of Tidmouth Sheds similar to early seasons of the show. Plus my interpretation of Tidmouth Station from the Railway Series. If you're unfamiliar with the Tidmouth Station in the Railway Series, imagine Knapford Station in the TV Series, it's quite similar. I want to create something where my real life British Stock looks at home on, but where my Thomas stock also looks at home on. It's a delicate balancing act. Though granted, what I want from a layout changes roughly every 5 years or so. So maybe by the time I have the space, I'll want to model something else. I haven't had a layout of my own for a while, but if you have any questions about what sort of track and locomotives I use/used, along with what buildings I use/used, I'd be more than happy to talk more in PM's on the site.

Semi-related to layout building, and your other points, but US rolling stock is scaled to HO Gauge (1:87 Scale). Most Thomas and Friends stock scales with British OO Gauge (1:76 scale) - it says HO on Bachmann packaging as HO is the main gauge in the USA, and is clearer to the market there. So scale wise, Thomas and British stock can look odd and a touch oversized alongside other US stock. Building clearance compatibility usually isn't a problem at least, but since building design regarding architecture and other such buildings is quite different between the two nations, US stock may look a bit out of place on a British based layout, and vice-versa, if you do decide to collect what you like from both. Because if you want to run them alongside each other, no one can stop you, it is purely your choice. I myself may slip some Australian locos in when my collection of Thomas and British stock grows a bit, and when I have a bit more disposable income. Also, you may want to change over your British and/or Thomas stock to use Kadee (knuckle) couplers, to make them compatible with your US stock, if you decide to collect both, as Thomas and British rolling stock, uses a different coupling system to the US stock.

Regarding what kind of layout you build, my personal opinion is to look to other layouts, and work out what you can realistically build and maintain, with the space, money, and resources you'll have at your disposal, and work out what you'd like to build. Model Railway Forums and magazines can have some amazing inspirations for layouts. Plus internet searches can provide some good content for inspiration too. We even have some layouts on the forum that can provide plenty of inspiration too. Model trains are expensive and take up a lot of space usually, so it's worth considering what you can make in the space you have, with the money you have. Always remember "rule #1", that is something akin to "this hobby is something you build for you, and yourself first, so run/make/build what makes you happy, first and foremost".

I really hope this helps,
-Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on December 21, 2020, 07:08:03 PM
Thank you so much! I think I'll just make one with about half Thomas-related items, half real life British stuff. I might end up getting a couple American engines too, but probably no more than two or three. I also have a couple more questions. Do you use Bachmann's EZ-track system that they use in the US and Thomas lines? Or the normal model train track that every other company uses? Also, how much is shipping on Rails of Sheffeild? Apparently you have to make an account to order on it, and I don't want to make one just to find out that shipping is like $50 an item and get spammed with emails from them for the rest of my life.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 21, 2020, 09:57:19 PM
No worries! I take something of a similar approach with my real-life vs Thomas items, only wanting a small handful of locos that don't fall under either of those categories. I'm unsure how much chipping from Rails Of Sheffield would be to the USA, the friends of mine that have tried it, haven't really discussed shipping with me. Since shipping is still occurring internationally, I imagine that - while not expensive - it would not be too cheap either. I wouldn't expect it to be as high as US$50 though. I also have generally found with sites like Rails Of Sheffield and Hattons, that if you have an account, you can set the Email settings, to prevent the chances of being spammed.

As for the type of track that I favour, I'll PM you about that. As I think discussing it openly, whilst not a direct violation of the codes of conduct, definitely rubs shoulders with almost violating them.

Stay safe out there all, especially those of you in hard-hit areas,
-Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on December 24, 2020, 06:14:18 AM
Looks like the Bachmann UK starter set is out now before the rest of the range.  It looks like the final box artwork has been updated too.

(https://i.gyazo.com/543d3c70d7626de8cbbf06e35eb0df9f.jpg)

(https://i.gyazo.com/105d7e9e6b6d628073807683dd44eb77.jpg)

Donít think anyone on here brought this up yet but it also looks like Bachmann UK updated paintwork on Annie and Clarabel too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on December 26, 2020, 01:36:57 PM
I'll get a Annie and Clarabel when my old ones needs to replaced. I don't think I took them out of the box in 5 years, because of my sister's dog.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on January 05, 2021, 10:59:06 PM
Do you think those Annie and Clarabels will be available in the US eventually? Also what do you mean you haven't taken them out of the box because of your sister's dog? Does it like to chew them up?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on January 06, 2021, 03:47:55 AM
I have noticed that the world of Thomas modelling blog is no longer around. Is anybody here in touch with Dan Snell who was the Thomas modeller?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on January 21, 2021, 11:57:09 PM
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BNIB-OO-Gauge-Bachmann-Thomas-Friends-76038BE-Red-Coach/203247692173?hash=item2f5281a98d:g:aOsAAOSw1tRgAFGU

Looks like Bachmann UK has released their Thomas range with a different insert for their blister packaging, which its just Mattel merch packaging that they use for their motorized push along toys, itís also disappointing that they are still blister packs instead of boxes.  Otherwise glad to see Bachmann UKís Thomas range is out.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on January 22, 2021, 10:41:41 AM
Do you think those Annie and Clarabels will be available in the US eventually? Also what do you mean you haven't taken them out of the box because of your sister's dog? Does it like to chew them up?

I haven't took out of their box because I stuff around there. In front of my dresser on the left side you will see a stack of railroad and model railroader magazines, behind that is N Scale Kato Amtrak train set. Finally is the Bachmann Thomas train set that covers the wall. Surrounded by six boxes of train rolling stock and the top. The right is covered a 20" wooden lighthouse. Making access to the set difficulty but not impossible.

Considering my sister's dog he is a black and white boxer who is very energetic and eats everything he sees. I lost track, stock car and other minerals that can easily be rebought. He's a goat with dogs fur.



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: thomasj219 on January 22, 2021, 12:50:54 PM
Lol ďgoat with dogs furĒ  :D

So itís been a while since I made Thomas content but I figured I would post this here and in some other Thomas groups.

Iíve always wanted to do my own narrations of the episodes, but when I was a kid instrumentals were a lot harder to come across than they are today. Finally I had the tools and the time to get these done. I did a US version and a UK version and they both premiere at 9 oíclock.

Please share them with anyone you think may enjoy them and please let me know what you think, if these prove popular Iíd love to continue doing things in this vein. 

Thanks,

Keep Your Steam Up!

https://youtu.be/m8dWbC_pU2o





Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on January 22, 2021, 07:22:50 PM
Do you guys think that Bachmann will recolor Skarleoy, Rheneas, Rusty, and Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Duncan when they come out, to Tallylyn, Dolgoch, Sir Haydn, Edward Thomas, Midlander and Douglas and release those under Bachmann Branchline? I'm honestly somewhat surprised they haven't at least done it with Tallylyn and Dolgoch, especially since they sell most of the NG items at the Tallylyn Railway Museum.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Runnersign1999 on January 23, 2021, 06:50:38 PM
Here's my list of possible products in the future.

HO Scale
Whiff (with moving eyes)
Breakdown Train
Rocky
Sidney (with moving eyes)
NER vans

Narrow Gauge
Duncan
Slab Wagons

N Scale
Edward
Toad
Tar Tanker
Sodor Fuel Tanker

Large Scale
Saxa van
CCT van

Scenery
The Chocolate Factory
Maron Station
The Railway Works
Dryaw Goods Station

Accessories
Sodor Inn
Neptune Refreshments
Knapford Bus Yard


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Hilux5972 on January 24, 2021, 09:55:14 PM
Agreed that the breakdown crane would be a good addition, but would most likely have the faces which Iím not a fan of. Sidney is an obvious choice since he doesnít require any new tooling. Whiff, hmm not sure, perhaps too limited screen time? Duncan for narrow gauge is a high possibility, as is Edward for N Gauge I think.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on January 25, 2021, 01:31:23 AM
It's really sad what's happening to Thomas.

Season 24 was the end of an era. Not only was it the end of the CGI series, but it was the end of all continuity established since Season 1. The show we knew and loved is dead. Season 25 will be a total reboot, but not a good one, as it throws realism completely out the window, and Thomas will be the main character of every episode (wasting all story potential) with atrocious character design. Mattel did the exact opposite of what the fans wanted. As if it wasn't already bad enough that Big World Big Adventures only fixed what wasn't broken.

Season 21 was the last season to be half-decent up until the episode "A Shed for Edward" which confirmed our worst fears. The show started going back downhill since then. Now, we're at a point where the show is going to make Season 15 and Misty Island Rescue look like masterpieces. Taking everything back of what was said about Sharon Miller.

All I can say about the upcoming reboot; it's going to flop hard. It's DOA. Mattel refused to listen too many times, and it will ultimately be their downfall. They've gotten way too conservative with the Thomas brand.

Hopefully, Bachmann will still keep giving us models based on the show we knew and loved, as the cartoony designs of the upcoming reboot can't possibly work as high quality model trains. Way too caricature-like and out-of-place. At least Bachmann cares, which is why Daisy is coming soon to HO Scale.

Most greedy corporations (like Mattel) pay absolutely no attention to this phrase: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on January 25, 2021, 06:49:38 PM
Thomas and the Magic Railroad killed the franchise for me. I tried watching season 5 after that and I give up on it.

Rejoined watching Thomas after joining the forum during season 15 I believe. A few things in the CGI I like and a lot I don't.

Mattel didn't release school supplies in Thomas and friends except for backpacks. When did the last time you saw pencils, pens, notebooks, folders in Thomas decoration? I haven't and I check every store before school starts. Plus most cake stores doesn't carry thomas anymore. One year I wanted a Thomas cake; was rejected because of the cake booklet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on January 25, 2021, 07:42:33 PM
But wasn't season 5 released before TATMRR? Maybe I'm remembering wrong, because I wasn't alive back then.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Angelob6660 on January 26, 2021, 12:31:25 AM
Yes although season 5 did come out in 1998. I didn't know about new episodes on VHS. The newest tape I have back then was 10 year Anniversary. I bought "Make Somebody Happy" and "Cranky Bugs" a few weeks after the movie. Since my covers read 1999 and 2000 cover art.

I thought watching the disaster of a movie, the tv show episodes will fix that and it ever really did. I went back to season 1 with Ringo Starr or George Carlin.

I was alive back then, I was 14 years old.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on January 27, 2021, 10:13:08 PM
I really think Mattel did this reboot purposely to devastate and insult the fans, even insulting the late Rev. Awdry himself. Why else would they be doing the exact opposite of what we want? It's proof that Mattel loves treating the fans like dirt, ignoring all backlash. The only time Mattel did listen to backlash was when they made Thomas Wood fully painted. Just imagine if Rev. Awdry were alive right now, or if we could somehow resurrect him.

The fact that they ended the show in its original form, and nothing before the reboot will matter anymore, is just so upsetting. It's so disheartening of Mattel. Such a disservice to the fans. No more drivers or firemen. No more narrator. Worst of all, no more realism whatsoever. Engines can now jump off the tracks. So many childhoods have died, thanks to corporate greed. We all knew this already infamous reboot would be DOA as soon as it was announced. It's going to flop so hard, it could lead to Mattel going bankrupt. They refused to listen for far too long, and now our beloved franchise has hit rock bottom.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on January 29, 2021, 05:49:44 AM
I agree. The new series just sucks!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: DinoNTrains on January 30, 2021, 02:55:46 AM
Season 24 was the end of an era.

I couldn't have said it better myself! I know that Thomas' Animal Friends was the final episode to air, but Thomas and the Royal Engine is a much better episode to serve as the series finale. And I know that, according to the TTTE Wiki, it was supposed to be the finale of Season 24, but it still serves as a great send off for the series proper.

Now I know that we're sad about the upcoming reboot. But at the same time, I will forever cherish the fond, wonderful memories from Thomas the Tank Engine. As they say, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Hilux5972 on January 30, 2021, 03:37:57 AM
Talking of the Royal Engine, a model of Duchess would be amazing. The Duchessís quite suit a grey livery. Not sure about the LNER tender though lol


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on February 03, 2021, 12:28:20 PM
So Bachmann posted on Twitter that theyíre aware of the demand for Stepney and will be looking into the possibility of producing him in the future.
https://mobile.twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1242860357036707840


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 03, 2021, 05:03:20 PM
Nice to see Bachmann actually acknowledge Stepney's demand. They're even talking about possibly making him in the near future. They should make him the next new tooling for HO Scale after Ryan. If we keep up the demand, Bachmann Stepney could soon become a reality. Once HO Scale Bachmann Stepney gets confirmed, no more having to pay a phenomenal price for his Hornby model off of eBay.

While it's nice that they're making Ryan to go with Daisy, but what the fans here REALLY want is Stepney. He would be the first engine based on the model series since Duck. They might save BoCo for after Stepney gets announced, who is another model series character with demand, but not as much as Stepney. After Stepney gets announced is when it will be time to really push for BoCo, since model series characters will be back on the table.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on February 03, 2021, 05:24:07 PM
Some people Iím talking to on Discord have been asking this question, so Iíll ask it here and maybe Bachmann or an admin can answer: If this reboot truly causes the cancellation of the show and basically the end of the franchise, would Bachmann quit making Thomas and Friends models or would they still be able to keep going?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 03, 2021, 05:58:04 PM
I'm sure that as long as the models continue to sell, Bachmann won't drop their Thomas line anytime soon. Their Chuggington line was short-lived, but those models may have never been popular.

I really hope Bachmann Thomas models can still go on, even if the show does get cancelled. It basically is cancelled already because Mattel thought it was a good idea to just kill off the original show altogether, and start a brand new show (which is already doomed to fail). The Thomas franchise desperately needs a more competent company to buy the rights from Mattel.

Though, I am still concerned about the future of Bachmann Thomas models. The future of the TV series looks bleak, and Mattel put the franchise in a toilet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: clrp5150 on February 03, 2021, 08:02:07 PM
Imagine if the new series flopped and Bachmann just bought all the rights to T&F


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 04, 2021, 04:03:36 AM
The only way the TV series can be saved is if somehow, the original show gets revived, and we get a real Season 25. One way would be to get Jam Filled back to animating the show, and we go back to the show we knew and loved. May not be Jam Filled, but at least make Thomas CGI again.

This is all wishful thinking, but still. They need to revive the original show, and get back to where we were before this reboot, or better yet, before the "Big World Big Adventures" era. All Engines Go is literally the Teen Titans Go of Thomas. Mattel most likely won't listen anyway, and just let the franchise die.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: JLK2707 on February 04, 2021, 05:17:30 AM
TrainFan97, what makes you say that it is just wishful thinking?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 04, 2021, 07:32:58 AM
TrainFan97, what makes you say that it is just wishful thinking?

Because Mattel most likely won't listen, and I don't know if the original show will get revived, but we probably shouldn't get our hopes up.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: metal4life on February 08, 2021, 01:34:29 AM
Yes, it's pretty sad- if not heartbreaking, to see the spirit of what made the show so unique and special completely discarded and replaced by directionless marketability. This is where we're at and I'm gonna share what I think is a worthwhile attitude to think about.

In actuality it's been seemingly long understood that the future of the spirit of the world of Thomas is really up to the fans now. Hasn't the official YT channel done like, those videos where fans submit their own scenes for "episodes"?
I know I've seen that before, so it's not like they don't know fans are super committed to taking the series in their own and faithful directions. It's almost like this is an acknowledgment, sort of. Mattel may recognize that fans, the hardcore fan base, knows the depth and complexity of storytelling that the world of Thomas is capable of and is leaving it up to them to keep the spirit alive in their way.

There's no way Mattel are oblivious to how much content the fanbase creates and pumps into the community. It's as if Mattel has made it clear that they're using the franchise how they want to- and want fans to use it how fans want to. If you think of it this way, it makes saying goodbye to the professionally produced and marketed face of Thomas not so difficult. It's nice to have writers and directors and animators/modelers pour their lives into a series for kids that countless adults also enjoy, but maybe this is where the two separate. Fans know the lore, the characters, the source material and all that- and fans are continually expanding upon that in the way they feel is most faithful.

Honestly, maybe it's better this way. The more quality and capable mediums like Train Simulators and model-making become, the bigger palette of creativity fans have to work with and continue the world how they see fit. It doesn't make it any less official or canon, if that's anyone's worry- which you could debate any which way. All in all, I think this is the point where the future of this series belongs to the fans. So let's see what happens.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: plas man on February 08, 2021, 07:09:18 AM
a new Thomas fan (UK)  , recent up grade to the 00/H0 layout - Thomas Percy James and Gordon - but Gordon derails his tender mostly on track joints (Peco track) and extra large radius curves - after 3 mods the only cure was deeper flange wheels (Trix 1970's vintage) so Bachmann please listen larger flange on Thomas range - this is a kids toy and they love going at full speed

after that they are better models than the Hornby range .   


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on February 18, 2021, 08:26:15 PM
Tuned into the evening's TrainWorld stream, where a few pieces of new information were shared.  For those who missed it, TrainWorld may likely upload it in its entirety on YouTube later.

Sculpting samples for N Scale James and HO Scale Daisy were finally shown off! I was coincidentally anticipating one of them to be present in the hours that preceded the stream. While Daisy's face was not shown off, both her basis alone and James' are shaping up to be quite promising. I cannot wait to see them both painted later on and I eagerly await getting my hands on them!

Ryan was also briefly mentioned - though the team is aiming to release him later in the year, there is a slight chance that he could be pushed back to 2022. It's too early to tell at the moment, so we'll just have to wait and see how that plan plays out.

It was a pleasant stream to watch as a whole and what they shared in it was quite pleasing. I would love to see them host another stream like this, whether it'd be after the NMRA announcements or next year's catalogue. ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Hilux5972 on February 18, 2021, 08:39:43 PM
Was great to see Daisy finally. Sheís looking ready. Next stop painted samples.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Chaz on February 18, 2021, 10:13:23 PM
The stream was terrific and Doug did a great job discussing all upcoming products in addition to revealing the engineering samples.  The N scale James looks like itís coming along really nicely so far and Iím excited about Daisy too.  Canít wait to see future updates on these two in addition to Peter Sam in the near future!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: STL on February 18, 2021, 10:22:16 PM
Stream was pretty good, nice to see the EPs for N scale James and Daisy. Was just a bit disappointed that there was nothing for Peter Sam, not even a real progress update or current rough release time. Still, nice seeing that the Narrow Gauge range as a whole was getting love from just about everyone, with calls for a bit more expansion for the range.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: TrainFan97 on February 19, 2021, 02:38:57 PM
It's about time we finally got to see unpainted prototypes of N Scale James, and HO Scale Daisy. We should see them fully painted within a few months, and in stock later this year. Hopefully, we also get an unpainted prototype of Ryan by the end of the year. Not certain, but possible.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on February 21, 2021, 01:06:00 PM
Has anyone besides me noticed that all three of the G/Large Scale Thomas starter sets have been stealthily discontinued? None of them are present in neither the 2021 catalog nor the G/Large Scale Thomas section on TrainWorld's website. This decision could be based on the chance that they probably weren't selling well, but it does concern me as someone who has been vying to get into the scale recently. Now there's not much of an ideal place to start other than buying a non-Thomas starter set, or accumulating track and rolling stock on separate terms.

With the range finally getting more new items, I would hope for starter sets to come back sometime soon - particularly Thomas and/or Percy's. As much as I would want one featuring Diesel to promote a new engine, I'm not sure if any sets with characters besides Thomas or Percy would sell well on any given scale nowadays.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Plow_Bender on February 22, 2021, 01:51:27 AM
Unfortunately this is another issue that goes back to cost.  Based on what I've heard from Bachmann themselves and the additional research I've done, the RRP of the starter sets was just becoming too expensive to keep them around.  I'd also assume based on that fact that people weren't buying the sets due to the high cost either.

When Bachmann first introduced the Thomas and Percy sets, they had RRP's of $385 each back in 2009.  Both sets remained in the catalogue until 2020, and had an RRP of $509 back in 2019.  You do the math and that's a $124 price increase within just a hair over a decade.  Whether that's reasonable or outrageous is up for debate, but I can honestly say the cost of model railroading in general has gotten completely out of control.  Interestingly the Thomas' Christmas Delivery set had an RRP of $525 when it was announced back in 2012.  I say that because the price was $60 more than the other 2 sets at that time, and then it dropped to $30 more back in 2017.  I don't know why there was such a significant price difference for a Christmas themed set, but it didn't last as long as the others, being discontinued in 2018.  I'm wondering if the extra cost and fact it was a Charismas themed set may have lead to it being dropped?

It does seem like Bachmann is getting away from starter sets in Large Scale, as they've only had around 4-5 options to choose from in the last 4 years.  As of 2021, there's only 2 Big Hauler sets still available, 1 a Christmas set and another a normal set which was announced this year.  I can remember that around 2010 there was close to a dozen starter sets in the catalogue, but the numbers have continued to decline over the years.  While Bachmann may feel the sets were getting too expensive, it's still cheaper for customers to go out and buy a starter set, rather than purchasing trains, track, and a power supply separately.

I can honestly say I purchased starter sets when I got into Large Scale back in 2010, however I did replace the steel alloy track and small power supplies in later years.  Still, the starter sets (as the name implies) helped me to get started in Large Scale with everything I needed, rather than starting from scratch and spending far more money than I had to.  I literally had over $1,000 worth of Large Scale model railroading equipment which only cost me $600 at the time from my favorite retailer, thanks to buying everything in starter sets.

I think it would be best if Bachmann were to at least bring back the Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel set so Thomas fans have an option to get started in the Large Scale line.  It's more convent for customers to buy these sets an add to them overtime, rather than trying to acquire everything separately before you can even get started.  In addition to that, starter sets are also intended to help younger modelers get into the hobby, but taking away these sets also takes away a foundation for the hobby as well.  Sadly this is only 1 of many problems Large Scale is facing at this time...

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Falcon the 2nd on February 22, 2021, 12:18:08 PM
Ah, I see exactly what you mean. I knew that prices have not gotten any better model railroading within the last twelve years, but I didn't figure that Large Scale sets were among the many areas affected until now.

Large Scale is a range inherently more expensive to produce for than any other scale, whether or not it's a Thomas product being produced, so careful and crucial decision-making must be made on what products to make or keep around. That being said, I can imagine that most previously-sold sets in the range haven't been worth the prices of admission, let alone the prices of manufacturing.

The future of Bachmann's Large Scale products as a whole has been a subject of debate for quite some time - though Diesel, Paxton and a handful of new non-Thomas locomotives are signs of hope on one hand, the gradual increases in price tags and depletion of starter sets are discouraging on the other. I just hope for now that the team is still able to make the most of each Large Scale range for a little longer.

I don't blame Bachmann for wanting to discontinue their Large Scale Thomas sets with unfortunate yearly inflation and declining sales in mind. As much as I would want the Thomas, Annie & Clarabel starter set to come back, I think I'd also be okay with buying a non-Thomas set and going from there.

Thanks for the insight, Rusty. Remembering changes made to the scale overtime should give us something to think about while discussing possible future products.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on March 03, 2021, 09:06:49 PM
I kind of want to see Bachmann make Hector the Horrid sometime soon.