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Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
April 24, 2024, 08:49:16 PM
On the topic of Sir Topham Hatt's car, what are everyone's thoughts of Bachmann doing more road vehicles? I'm very much looking forward to Bulgy, and I hope they'll continue doing more non-rail characters.
Personally I'd really like to see:

-Jack (the Bandai version is a nice substitute, but I prefer his CGI design).


-Oliver the Excavator

-Max and Monty (two uses out of one new tooling).


-Kevin (absolutely necessary for when Bachmann get around to doing Victor).

Also, speaking of more than one use for a new tooling, hopefully Bachmann won't shy away from giving us a yellow version of Victor if/when they decide to do him (that would be THREE yellow engines in the NG line).
Gator is high on my wishlist of characters that I think Bachmann should consider making. I'd say he's probably had the same amount of screen time as Stanley (if not more). All around a great character, and a great design. If Bachmann can produce Stanley, then why not Gator?
Unfortunately I'd say it's very unlikely- even though I would absolutely love if they did. Bachmann refuse to update the faces on their earlier models even though fans have been crying out for an upgrade for years. Henrietta in HO is already checked off Bachmann's list, and I don't see them investing precious tooling dollars into an update.

But Bachmann, please prove me wrong.
Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
March 06, 2024, 05:43:45 PM
I was pleasantly surprised to hear Doug say that the 3D design work on Stanley was finished. That's relatively very quick in comparison to other newly tooled locomotives. Hope to see an unpainted sample before too long.

Doug also mentioned they have a sample of Beau in packaging. He said it had already been shown in package, but I don't think it has yet. Hopefully they realize they haven't shown it off yet and do so soon.
Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas
January 27, 2024, 04:55:38 PM
Quote from: Kemptown Branch on January 27, 2024, 04:30:20 PMHere's a link to a Facebook post with more pictures of Gordon and Emily:

It also confirms that Henrietta will have a face!

Any possible way you could post the pics here? Deleted Facebook years ago, and the pics are in a private group.
It's great to finally see a painted sample of N scale Emily (and her coaches).

I saw a few pics of Bachmann's booth at the show, and once again Salty is nowhere to be seen. Doug said in November's Thomas Tuesday stream that Salty is on "indefinite hold." I remember seeing elsewhere that they were having issues with Salty's drivetrain, but it just doesn't make sense to me since it's a rerelease of an already existing tooling.

Just a bit concerning. Hope the rerelease is still on its way.
Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas
January 16, 2024, 04:40:38 PM
Quote from: Chaz on January 16, 2024, 03:48:13 PMThe N scale Henrietta sample has been teased on Bachmann's social media and it looks great so far! Can't wait to see it fully painted.

She does look really nice! It doesn't appear as though she'll have a face it seems. Unless the face is facing towards Toby. Guess we'll wait and see. Hoping for a face though 🤞
I'm very excited for the upcoming figure packs. Really hoping for more additions in the near future. Some ideas I've had:

"Sodor's Important People"
-Sir Robert Norramby
-The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
-Reverend Wilbert Awdry
-Reverend Teddy Boston
-Alicia Botti
-Mayor of Sodor

-A variety of different passengers that were seen in the CGI series.

"Sodor's Brass Band"
-Self explanatory.

"Sailor John and Skiff"
-A figure and vehicle combo. Just an added bonus to help sell a Skiff model.

"Captain Joe and Railboat Tours Skiff"
-A simple repaint to help a new tooling for Skiff go further. Would compliment Daisy and Ryan nicely!
(I REALLY want Skiff)

"Construction Workers"
-A variety of construction workers (building the branch line SLOTLT)

Hoping we can get at least some of these, but I'm really hoping for a Sailor John and Skiff!
I'm not expecting much (if anything) as far as newly tooled projects in the 2024 catalog. Bachmann certainly have their hands full with newly tooled items as it is already. So, this would be a perfect time to announce a reintroduction of Arry and Bert- seeing as their resale prices are insane. Different faces would be a good idea as well. This would also give a reason for those who already have the older versions to maybe pick up a rerelease.

I would absolutely love an LBSC Thomas and Origins James in large scale, and also N scale! These would be a great announcement for a 2025 release for the 80th anniversary!
Thomas & Friends / Re: Please Bring Back Arry & Bert
December 20, 2023, 12:17:58 PM
Just saw that a Bachmann Arry was just listed on eBay for $300...

Bachmann, please reconsider bringing Arry and Bert back into the line so the newer collectors have a chance of owning these characters. It would be greatly appreciated.
Thomas & Friends / Re: Please Bring Back Arry & Bert
December 18, 2023, 08:58:19 PM
A limited release for Arry and Bert would be ideal just to get these models back into circulation. An idea I've had was possibly making them exclusives- seeing as Bachmann and TrainWorld seem to have a strong relationship. The Thomas Tuesday streams would be a great way to advertise them, and keep fans in the loop on model updates. A great way to build hype.

Also, updating the faces would give modelers who already own the original Arry and Bert models a reason to go ahead and buy the rerelease.
Thomas & Friends / Please Bring Back Arry & Bert
December 16, 2023, 09:40:48 AM
I've been searching for a Bachmann Arry and Bert for awhile now without any luck. Recently, there's a Bachmann Bert listed on Mercari for $500. Again, that is ONLY Bert, not Arry and Bert. The scarcity of these models has shot through the roof making it nearly impossible for newer collectors to own them. Bachmann, please reconsider bringing these two models into the line. These would be the perfect reintroductions while newly tooled projects are being worked on. I'm sure many fans would be extremely grateful.
Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas
November 14, 2023, 07:03:49 PM
I recently got into the Large Scale Thomas range from Bachmann, and they are really stellar! Probably the best representations of the characters that are easily accessible to consumers.

With new releases in Large Scale slowing down, I can't help but feel Bachmann should introduce LBSC Thomas and Origins James into the lineup. These would be easy repaints of existing toolings, and I'm sure fans would go wild for them. I'd definitely preorder them immediately!
Just had a thought as I was heading home from work today:

Bachmann is *probably* never going to produce Diesel 10 in HO scale.

But the fact that he is more likely than a Bachmann Stepney- only due to the fact that Diesel 10 appeared in the CGI series is absolutely wild.

Bachmann, please figure out a way to give us this fan-favorite and highly requested little tank engine. It would be the smartest financial move for a newly-tooled loco, no question.
The Blue Open Carriage was certainly a surprise for a newly tooled piece of rolling stock. However, I am conflicted due to the fact that I already have four (?) of the Hornby version from their Stephenson's Rocket range. The Hornby version has the very annoying coupling system that only really works with other Hornby Era 1 stock, so with Bachmann doing this carriage in the Thomas range, at least it will have the hook and loop couplers so it can connect with the Thomas stock more easily. Also, extremely unlikely, but I would be over the moon if Bachmann were to make Stephen to go along with this carriage.

I have to agree that the Works Unit Coach would've been a better option. It is a highly requested item, and it is versatile unlike the open carriage. Not to mention it would easily have two color variations, making the tooling very cost effective. Here's hoping it'll be a reality in the future.

It's awesome they're bringing STH's car to the HO range. Hopefully this opens the door to more non-rail characters being produced (Trevor please).