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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: September 27, 2018, 09:16:48 AM
I think you are literally the first person ever to suggest on the Bachmann Trains forum to make a request of a model of Boulder.
Can I say that I honestly don't think it's a bad idea?  Tongue
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: August 10, 2018, 06:28:44 PM
I couldn't care less about the PDF. I'm just talking generally. Prompted by the PDF though.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: August 10, 2018, 02:49:07 PM
The lack of information given to customers regarding new products such as Rusty is seriously lacking. Here's hoping Bachmann fixes that issue one day. It's not like the staff don't have a way to communicate with us.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: August 08, 2018, 09:01:41 PM
I honestly can't understand why Diesel wouldn't have been profitable. Plus, don't they gauge the risk v. return before announcing the product to the public? That's why the last items we ever saw canceled from Bachmann were Fred and Rickety many years ago when the line was first starting. Seems weird that with all they know they didn't see it coming before making the announcement.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: August 06, 2018, 04:50:57 PM
Any idea if we're ever going to see the HO Express Coaches reintroduced? Since their announcement there's been nothing released about them. Wouldn't surprise me at all if Bachmann failed to release them, too. They've proven recently with LS Diesel they aren't afraid to pull profitable items off the shelf before they're even in stock,
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Flat Car With Paint Drums on: July 31, 2018, 05:20:58 PM
I wanna second Trainshockey, Bachmann: listen up! This product would be a HUGE moneymaker and you already have the tooling/packaging mold/everything! Don't be stupid!
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: July 28, 2018, 10:40:56 AM
All I'm going to say is- don't get your hopes up for 2019. We'll be lucky to get anything other than recolors.

That being said, Bachmann should look seriously at the prices that their discontinued flatcar is going for on eBay. They have a huge untapped market there similar to the express coaches.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Fred Phaly and Rickety might have actually been released to the ublic! on: July 16, 2018, 07:13:05 PM
I thought it was fairly common knowledge that the blue truck and cargo truck were the remains of those products.
Plus if you just put Troublesome Truck 1 and 2's faces on those color cargo cars...well...you get the idea.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 09, 2018, 05:20:46 PM
If someone could provide me with HQ side views of Bachmann Percy and James that would be awesome. Thanks
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 09, 2018, 05:05:13 PM
James's update was hardly what we needed to be very frank.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 08, 2018, 04:44:27 PM
It's been a while, but I think we need to return to the "Everything Wrong with Bachmann Thomas" discussion, because the more I research it and examine it, the more I realize it's kind of a cosmetically-awful model.



Here we see a behind-the-scenes image of Thomas circa season 9 (I think) compared to a Bachmann Thomas. While many have pointed out the obvious glaring issues, there are many others that I have found. Feel free to comment others that you notice. The ones in red are ones I believe that Bachmann could and should feasibly be able to rectify with minimal effort, if they ever cared enough to do so. The rest could be achieved with a little more effort, therefore they are more far-fetched in my mind. I've compared the Bachmann Thomas to a model from the show rather than a CGI render, and I'm sure that more and different issues arise when one does compare it to CGI (which I plan to do), but if it were up to me I'd go for an update that reflects classic Thomas. Furthermore, I want to also say that I wanted to compare Bachmann Thomas to the show model from S3, but couldn't find a high-res side view photo. On that note, have a look.

- The front and back of the Bachmann chassis are lacking structural detail that the TV model contains.

- The Bachmann funnel is too tall, wide, and lacking the smooth transition to the smokebox that the TV model has.

- The Bachmann dome is the incorrect shape, and the red boiler stripes protrude from the boiler rather than being flush.

- The Bachmann cab windows are the wrong shape and size.

- The side rods are the wrong shape and size.

- The Bachmann bunker is missing the lip on the rear and is overall the wrong shape.

- Bachmann has a space between the cab door and the running board.

- The Bachmann cab door is too thin.

- The space between the Bachmann splasher and the side tanks are filled in.

- The steam pipes (not sure of correct name) on Bachmann Thomas's front do not reach all the way forward to his smokebox.

- The Bachmann smokebox is too vertically large.

- The Bachmann water caps protrude too far vertically from the side tanks.

- The Bachmann running board is far too thin and misshapen.

- The Bachmann cab steps are the wrong size and positioned wrong on the Bachmann footplate.

- The Bachmann whistle is the incorrect color and shape.

- The Bachmann face is horribly awkward (but we knew that)

- The Bachmann blue wheel rims are too thin, as are the silver wheel rims and counterweights.

- The splasher is incorrectly sized.

- The buffers are incorrectly sized and placed on the bufferbeam.

I know all this seems extremely nit-picky, but where else have you seen a company that continues to sell a product created 10 years ago without any updates? These cosmetic oversights don't take into account the outdated mechanics of the Bachmann model, but I'll leave those comments to the electricians. Bachmann will only improve when they hear unified customer outcry. We saw it with Bachmann Paxton on Twitter (kind of...) and maybe one day, we'll be able to look back on this model of Thomas and be glad we were relentless. Maybe.

I plan to do this same comparison for the:

CGI render

front view of Thomas

Percy and James (model and CGI)
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: May 10, 2018, 07:36:31 AM
Len, that looks awesome! Keep up the photos, this looks like an amazingly fun project!
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 28, 2018, 10:31:07 AM
I added some commentary to my last post, would love to hear all your thoughts!
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 27, 2018, 11:41:03 AM
I have some pretty extreme beliefs when it comes to the Bachmann Thomas and Friends range, and the resin buildings are no exception. That being said, let's dive in.

First off, I think it's really strange that no new resin buildings have been announced since 2015. They are obviously extremely high detail and quality, and I own (and still make use of!) several of them even though I don't collect Bachmann Thomas anymore. I think it would be really interesting to find the statistics on how well they sold. Anyone know where I could find that?

Sadly, my guess is that the resin line was a bust, and that's why we haven't seen a continuation of the range. When you think about it, a product like the narrow gauge line was so successful because it filled a need that both Thomas fans and 009 modellers had and one that couldn't easily be replicated (No, the Bandai Skarloey engines with N scale chassis don't count); the resin buildings don't accomplish this same objective. There are plenty of other buildings and structures that Bachmann Thomas users can use from all other ranges including Trackmaster, Take n Play, etc. for their Thomas layouts. I mean, if you were modelling Ffarquhar Station, would you really pay a premium for a resin model when you can get a cheap TOMY alternative off eBay that serves an almost identical same purpose? Your answer might be "H-E-Double Hockey Sticks Yes I Would!" but a casual buyer probably wouldn't agree. Another factor I speculate had to do with the (assumed) low sales and therefore stunted growth of the resin line is the aspect that it took Bachmann so long to start the line in the first place. Bachmann Thomas modellers and fans attempting to replicate the Island of Sodor have had to find alternatives for structures since the beginning of the range, and beacuse of this the number of people who would buy a resin structure over another, cheaper alternative continues to diminish with each year that Bachmann fails to grow the range.

However, obviously the current buildings are still in stock and selling, so perhaps there is another factor at play. If you know what that could be, I'd be glad to hear. It's a very curious situation to me. We all know that, with the exception of perhaps Tidmouth Sheds and obviously the resin range, Bachmann hasn't had a particularly good track record with producing quality Thomas and Friends locations (Knapford Station, we're all looking at you, buddy.)

With all that being said, here are my wishes for what I'd like to see in the line. I'm going to post in-depth thoughts later, but for now here is just the list itself.

1. Tidmouth Halt


I think the biggest factor this one has going for it is the color diversity and size. Plus, it could be advertised as being an accessory to the lighthouse that came out a few years ago. A cute little station that would be a welcomed addition.


2. Sodor Shipping Company


To me, this one is a no-brainer. Following the Brendam warehouse, this seems such a logical choice for anyone attempting to build a Brendam Docks set, and the only thing that could be a deterrent for Bachmann would be the size. Other than that, though, it seems like an awesome. Added to the fact that there's really nothing like it on the market right now.

3. Middle Station


See: Trackside Station. Another simple narrow gauge location that could double as a background station. Not much to say about this one except it seems fairly simple and cheap to produce and would be welcomed by many.

4. Sodor Manor

(building in the background, on the right)

I compare this to the Corrugated Hut, in the vein that it is super generic and could really be put anywhere. Plus, the fact that it would be so generic means it might be attractive to 00 modellers looking for scale buildings. I also think it doubled as the house in Oliver's Find, but don't quote me on that.

5. Dieselworks Shed

(on the left)

Similar to the Sodor Shipping Co. building, the size might be a deterrent, but the influx of diesel engines being produced by Bachmann makes this one seem like a likely choice, if not the sheds specifically then maybe a Dieselworks Oil Derrek? I don't know what they might choose for sure, but I feel like the probability of getting a resin building labeled with the Dieselworks logo is highly probable.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: HO Scale Nia and Rebecca Release Speculation on: March 14, 2018, 05:49:05 PM
If the new show has a postive reception, they are both inevitable- it's as easy as that. Siderods configs and size will not matter- Mattel has way more control over Bachmann than I think any of us realize.
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