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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 22, 2018, 02:51:14 PM
Yeah, because it doesn't also take hundreds of dollars to make a big video game like SSBU. Plus it's the same mold they were making before so... Angry

The way how video game production is compared to model trains is literally so different from each other itís not even worth comparing the two.

But on the much bigger picture, the Spiteful brake van was a requested addition for a long time now, and before it was even announced in large scale a few people wanted the HO brake van to be updated in the same livery as the large scale one since the HO one had what looked like an incomplete paintjob.  The fact that the Spiteful brake van basically kills two birds with one stone for most Thomas fans by being in that livery is a smart marketing decision.  Some people will buy more than one for that reason alone.  Iím even ordering a few extras as Christmas presents for some friends. 

If you absolutely want the older brake van that doesnít have a face on it, I would encourage you to check online at different hobby stores or eBay, or maybe local shows.  You would be surprised how often old/discontinued products show up.

Another option would be to order some of the Bachmann UK brake vans.  Might cost a little extra for shipping, but I say they are well worth it if you want something a little more realistic.

2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 21, 2018, 05:48:29 PM
At this point I wonít even be mad if Stepney or Daisy arenít announced considering the pricing for tooling costs that Bachmann is going through.  Narrow gauge at least has made some new toolings in the last couple of years and I truly believe that if they announce Peter Sam next year, it will help give the range the sales that it needs since both his CG render and his basis would make for strong sales for modelers like how Skarloey was. 

Either way Iím pretty much just going to hope for the best but sadly expect the minimum for next yearís announcements for the other two ranges.  Sadly if they havenít made more resin buildings because of lack of sales then that doesnít entirely surprise me.  Never hurts though to throw in more suggestions since if the demand and sales are high enough then maybe that might shed some light on the range.

Also, Jack Lynch = Yardmaster. Wink
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: October 20, 2018, 04:36:41 PM
Funnily enough, Bradford and the orange CG brake van's basis is already made in Bachmann's branchline range so I could definitely see them using that, given that they used a branchline tooling for Toad.  

I could possibly see Hannah happening in large scale (and eventually HO) and that would only depend if Henrietta is also made in large scale and if Bachmann is willing to invest in an entirely new tooling for that range.  
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: October 20, 2018, 03:40:14 PM
I'm surprised no one else brought up the possibility of the toffee tanker and chocolate syrup tanker being made in HO, but at this point I think it is almost a given.  

I think the only range that will get any new rolling stock toolings would be the narrow gauge range which I expect to either be brake vans or tippers.  The best I can see happening rolling stock wise for the other two ranges would be Troublesome Truck #6 (with a classic design) for HO and the red coaches in large scale.  
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 20, 2018, 03:32:05 PM
Pictures of the HO Spiteful brake van and tankers are all in the online store if you haven't seen those already.  I'm sure Gordon's coaches were not on the display due to the size and how much space they would take on the display. 

No idea about the green mail car, but to my knowledge that one was never a popular one amongst fans so I wouldn't be entirely surprised if that got dropped in the future.

The spiteful brake van's release date said October before, but it looks like it is pushed back to December.  It's a little expected at this point since they always try to get new products out in time for Christmas. 

The HO brake van is discontinued, not sure why that's on display.  Maybe it was just a spare piece of rolling stock they had on hand for the display?
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 19, 2018, 12:30:23 PM
Well the show has started.

The only unreleased products that are up are the HO and large scale stock.  Sadly Rusty isnít on display but hopefully if there will be a video posted where we can have a better look at the model.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 18, 2018, 12:19:55 AM
Letís try to keep discussion/criticism of other ranges out of this forum since this is a Bachmann Trains forum and it wouldnít be fair to criticize the other ranges since they are not on this forum to speak on their behalf on this forum.

On a much more relevant note, the TCA fall show is this week!  Hopefully there will be a video posted talking about the status of upcoming products (Rusty in particular).
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: October 14, 2018, 11:02:15 PM
Grandpuff, I am amazed on how incredible your Peter Sam model looks.  He is my most-wanted engine for next yearís announcements and itís great seeing the model represented like how he would in the model era.  The last photo of all the engines is especially impressive too.

Good work!
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: October 14, 2018, 10:56:05 PM
Well, funny you should ask that, I did actually do a Facebook poll not too long ago asking fans in a modeling group if they would be interested in an N scale range from Bachmann, and the results were different from what I expected.

The majority said yes, which I naturally would agree with, but not by much compared to the second most popular answer which was no.  Obviously this isnít even the majority of the fandom so it is a little hard to tell but maybe they are already content with the HO/009 (or for some large scale) collections that they most likely have so far and donít want to invest in/canít afford another scale?  Maybe they donít want to invest in something a lot smaller than what they are used to?  Either way, I would be interested in seeing what a larger majority of the fandom would say beyond just Facebook.

Not that far behind, was that they would buy the engines Tomix never made.  This makes perfect sense, especially when Tomix only produced only four engines, with Henry not even being brought to the new range yet.  Either way, I think if Bachmann acquires the license for N scale models, they would possibly see the best sales in the range come from models beyond Thomas, Percy and James.

The rest of the votes ranged from maybe to not right away.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: October 12, 2018, 04:28:56 PM
He didnít say that he wants the range canceled, but more along the lines of if one of the three were to be dropped, large scale would probably be the one.  Personally I agree with him considering their recent overall track record after Toby got made hasnít been too great.  That doesnít mean I want it cancelled, honestly if I ever had the money or in this case, the space I would probably have picked up a few models from that range too.

As for engines they would do after Thomas, Percy or James, I think Toby and Emily would certainly be likely since they were both popular in HO and large scale.  Beyond them, Edward, Gordon, Henry, and Diesel, it would really depend on how well the sales for the new range would do from there.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: October 11, 2018, 04:47:36 PM
There is no market for miniature gauge modeling and Bachmann Trains does not supply any Z scale track, there is really no point in them investing in an incredibly niche market for the small railway.

I also think we should stay on topic since the purpose of this thread is discussing a matter of if Bachmann acquires the license to sell and produce N scale models instead of getting mad at people for disagreeing with you on the idea of the small railway engines.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: October 08, 2018, 02:04:34 AM
Iíd be lying if I told you that I ever wanted Bachmann to make any of the characters that are exclusive to Hornby, besides Stepney.

If I absolutely HAD to pick one of them it would probably be Murdoch, (since Scotsmanís CG render would be a deal breaker for me) since his Hornby model is incredibly hard to come by and probably the most expensive Thomas model out there period.  However, his price, being a large engine, would rule him completely.  Though, I would personally be a lot happier with a model of Arthur, and I could see him happening before Murdoch if Bachmann decides to make other characters who havenít been given the CGI treatment yet like Stepney.

Dart would be the only engine Hornby already did that Bachman would probably go for (besides Stepney), but both him and Den donít really strike me as popular enough to warrant Bachmann models of them.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: October 02, 2018, 01:29:11 AM
The paint always makes a nice difference. Glad you were able to locate the Brendam warehouse, that is easily one of Bachmannís best resin buildings!
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 30, 2018, 04:50:12 PM
Itís always nice seeing somebody take the time to go through the remaining choices of the narrow gauge range in depth.

As Iím sure many others would agree, I think Peter Sam and Sir Handel should be considered before any of the other narrow gauge engines.  If one of them gets announced next year, then the demand for the other would skyrocket.  Personally I really think Peter Sam should be announced before Sir Handel and Sir Handel should get announced the following year.

I think after seeing the picture of Rusty, I think everybody can agree that Duncan should be skipped entirely, because of his poor render. If they ever upgrade the render, then I would be more than happy to see him. But despite being an original character, I think he should be skipped for now and Peter Sam and Sir Handel should be made before Duncan ever gets considered.

Definitely agree with you on the stance of the new were narrow gauge characters. I agree that Luke is the most probable out of the three, and Millie and Victor would stick out in the range like sore thumbs if they were ever announced.  Seeing as how long it took Bachmann to make newer engines like Rosie and Paxton, compared to all the classic characters, I could see the same with narrow gauge and saving them until they do Sir Handel and Peter Sam first (and maybe Duncan if we are lucky enough to get an upgraded render).

Brake vans for the narrow gauge range I think are inevitable, but I donít see them going for anymore different coaches after they releases the red and blue ones that are due this year.  I could see them going for slate trucks with faces if they are on a tight budget for the range, though I would prefer seeing the faces shown in season 4 over the CGI ones.

Recolored narrow gauge engines would seem futile when enough people are doing conversions with the Skarloey range as it is.  Going by the track record of the narrow gauge range so far though, I donít think Bachmann will go that route with them.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: September 27, 2018, 02:29:01 PM
I definetely with a lot of your other ideas and I mentioned a few in particular that you mentioned that I would also like to see too.  The shipping company would probably be a little big, as someone mentioned to me before, and I think it would honestly work better as a kit like Knapford station.

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