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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The United Kingdom and Ireland Welcome Bachmannís HO Thomas & Friendsô on: April 17, 2019, 09:51:30 PM
Absolutely unexpected, but spells good fortune for the condition of the brand!

Now, one thing I wonder though, is that the resin buildings were discontinued because they didn't sell well. In the US, detailed resin buildings generally aren't as popular of a seller than say plastic buildings. In the UK however, both Bachmann UK and Hornby have their own lines of resin buildings. I wonder if Bachmann could test the waters of a limited run of the Thomas resin buildings in the UK, and see if they have a second chance. I think with a whole new market, it's worth a shot, and by starting with a limited run, would make risk minimal.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: April 15, 2019, 12:20:53 PM
Right I see your point but Silver Spencer canít be that much of a stretch. I mean that would sell pretty good
I didn't include Silver Spencer because I feel like that's a different category. That should be less of a limited edition, and more just an update to his normal model, in a similar way they fixed up James. It all depends however, on how big of a seller Spencer currently is.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: April 14, 2019, 07:58:32 PM
I've said it before, but they can do as many gimmicky items or repaints as they want, as long as we get an actual new engine every so-often. Repaints and gimmick items are easy to do, this is true, but the market is also limited. Not many people are going to pay $80.00-$120.00 for, say... A James with bees on him, a Percy covered in chocolate, or a Thomas in Indian decorations (just random examples). I reckon repaints like those will sell about as well as the Celebration Thomas did, which from what I can tell, seems to be a peg-warmer.

Just because an item is easy to do, doesn't mean the markets there.

That said, I think Bachmanns best bet for a repaint engine or two in the near future would be the LBSC Thomas and Black James. Anything else, I feel, would be a stretch.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: April 01, 2019, 12:43:44 PM
The intention is good, the result is misguided and from a design standpoint looks bad. They're taking designs that have already been refined and cleaned over the years, and just adding Deviantart fan-art tier clutter to their designs. The rivets are much too large, and some of the handrails don't match other handrails the engines already have.

Design suggestions like this are usually conducted by Sam Wilkinson, whose infamous for giving misdirection and clutter to the franchise. His 2014 redesign of the Sodor Map is bloated and tries to appease too many divisions of the fan base (due to including excess lines, switching previously established locations, throwing in the one-off HiT locations and Magic Railroad locations, general misspellings, etc.) instead of refining it to be more comprehensive, and then his mandate of giving -every- engine headlamps was pointless, as 95% of them are the incorrect lamp code anyway. He also got Thomas his red lining back on his bunker, which was at least a welcome addition, but other times he... Definitely misses the mark.

Nobody was really wanting or rooting for these additions, and the rivets in particular have been ridiculed on Twitter. The handrails are a more welcome addition however, from what I've seen.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: March 31, 2019, 01:45:31 PM
I'm gonna guess no; Bachmann already has the Thomas CG references, and these little changes would not translate easily into N scale.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Sir Topham Hatt and other scaled figurines on: March 29, 2019, 06:15:16 PM
It's more likely something Thomas' parent company, Mattel, mandates.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 24, 2019, 05:45:17 PM
Mattel, from what I heard, does have a mandate somewhere along those lines. At the same time I believe that if there is enough fan demand for a character, Mattel could be convinced by Bachmann to make an exception (especially since unlike the other toy ranges where I heard this mandate comes from such as Wood and Trackmaster, Bachmann is a nostalgia driven range). In the long run, Stepneys demand is very much up to the fans, and persistence is key here.

You want Stepney? Keep asking for him, logics be darned.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: March 23, 2019, 07:50:09 PM
Granpuff your work is absolutely stellar! You should be very proud of the work you make; it's consistently high quality, and admirably so. That has to be one of the best Peter Sam customs I've ever seen, and can't say that I've seen a Millie custom before, either.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcement on: March 22, 2019, 06:24:02 PM
Is anybody going to acknowledge the fact the scrap car has coal in it, that doesn't seem right.

The coal wagon is also missing its coal load, so someone must have accidentally switched it. Just a simple mistake.
I didn't realize they were removable, are they?
Is the green coal wagon's load removable?
Yes it is. Safe to say this is the same case, as the new wagons use the same coal load mold that the original coal wagon did.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 21, 2019, 11:21:45 PM
To me, red Rosie was inevitable for this year for more than just because the tooling was already there, but I think it might also come down to the fact that maybe the sales for Rosie were so minimal compared to Oliver or Skarloey and Rheneas that maybe they felt they could justify her tooling cost a little more by creating an alternative model for those who preferred her modern livery?  Bachmann does like going for characters that they know are going to sell well and Rosie wasnít that much of a hit compared to other releases.  She clearly had her fans, but never made it on the bestsellers list when it was still around.  Iím sure that the lavender model will probably find its way out of the range in the same way Arry and Bert did once the new supply of Rosie models that just arrived will sell out in the next couple of years so the red one would be the only option left. 

Iím sure Mattel wanted Bachmann to update her in red too, and something tells me if they made her red in the first place and pushed Rosie back another year like they did with Oliver and Rusty then her sales would have been slightly better than what they made out of the lavender one. 

Either way if Rosie clearly didnít win that many people over, thatís definitely going to say something about how Nia and Rebecca models would do (no matter how much Mattel may push for them), which is one reason why I feel Bachmann are better off avoiding those two altogether if the sales arenít going to be there. 

I feel like people didn't buy Rosie because they were waiting for Red Rosie, and Nia and Rebecca wouldn't have that problem. Rebecca especially Rebecca as she is super popular with the fandom
What are we calling super popular? Largely indifference, followed by ridicule of her shoehorned insertion, and then a select few fans going "Rebecca is my wife for life" on Twitter? Nia and Rebecca are absolutely not "popular" in a strong good way, especially compared to classics like Oliver, Rosie or Paxton.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 21, 2019, 07:03:29 PM
I'm well aware of those customs, and I feel the fact that you are reiterating that only about.. 3 have been made, only supports my point more. It would have to be a -very- limited run, and then that run would have to cost enough to warrant the manufacturing costs, as well as a small tooling for a new faceplate.

It's also why I'm surprised we got Red Rosie so soon; there were customs going around in the fandom, but they were small in numbers. Either Bachmann has strong confidence in Red Rosie, or it was a Mattel mandate.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 21, 2019, 12:42:42 AM
Thatís fair. Yet, thatís why I also stated that they could maybe announce Smudger as a limited edition product. Specifically, a limited run of 1000 Smudgers may be possible, making it a product specifically for avid fans like us.
They'd be lucky if 50 people bought a Smudger. I feel like if there was a stronger demand for him, more people would be repainting their Rheneas models by now. Spiteful Brakevan on the other hand had a nice handful of customs being made prior to his announcement.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 20, 2019, 07:37:47 PM
I think a rolling stock character like the Spiteful Brakevan is easier to justify making into the range, when it's only a few small plastic parts. Rheneas on the other hand is mostly metal and some plastic parts, especially the chassis. It'd cost a lot more to manufacture, and they would have to be confident that there's a market for a repainted engine like that. The Spiteful Brakevan on the other hand is less of a liability due to its minimal resources.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 20, 2019, 05:05:19 PM
They can do 1000 recolored engines for all I care as long as they bring out actual new engines every now and again. Rosie was our last one and that was.. 2016? I'm sure the fans would gladly still clamor for Daisy or Stepney if they felt there was a margin of hope.

We got Paxton, who came out last year.
Is Paxton a new tooling? No. He's a repaint of the Diesel tooling.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: March 20, 2019, 04:31:26 PM
They can do 1000 recolored engines for all I care as long as they bring out actual new engines every now and again. Rosie was our last one and that was.. 2016? I'm sure the fans would gladly still clamor for Daisy or Stepney if they felt there was a margin of hope.
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