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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 29, 2017, 07:02:59 AM


See if you can spot the difference on the tender...surely Mattel/FP wouldn't have allowed Bachmann to make this minor change, yet leave the rest of James' flaws untouched, right? Indicates to me that maybe Bachmann just didn't feel any changes were necessary. Sadly, this re-release is far from what I and I assume many others were hoping for.
Okay. I admit it is not the perfect re-design for James, but it is better than previous IMO, with the black wheels and tender axles, and the black coupling hooks are a bonus. thank you bachmann.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OLIVER HAS ARRIVED! on: November 22, 2017, 01:47:01 PM
My Review of Bachmann Oliver


Head Lamp more accurate to the TV Series than on HO Thomas, Percy and James, and the tail lamp is an added bonus!

Taller than Bachmann Toad, as he should be and buffer beam, lining up with most of the rolling stock. kudos for you Bachmann for overcoming the CGI render size problem on Oliver.


Nitpick: Lack of front tank handrail, but can be fixed with a bit of fuse wire.

Final Rating: 11/10! Well worth the two year and one month wait! Well done Bachmann.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: ROSIE IS HERE! on: November 22, 2017, 01:41:35 PM
my review on the Bachmann Rosie:


Very accurate tooling to the TV Series.

Open cab, first for a HO/OO tank engine in the range.

Bright Lavender Livery. I know some people hoped to have her in her new red cherry livery, but they might re-paint her in cherry livery or do a separate release in cherry red in the future.

High pulling power.

Missing Brake Pipes.

Final Rating 9.37/10
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March on: November 22, 2017, 01:35:58 PM
lovely model. got it on pre-order.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: November 22, 2017, 01:34:37 PM
Since it is nearing the end of the year, here are my predictions for 2018.


Sidney:Sidney has appeared more often in Season 21 and being a re-tool of Diesel, he would be easy for Bachmann to make.

Troublsome Truck #6: Maybe re-using the ventlated van as with the GWR and Fruit and Vegetable Vans.

Express Coaches re-release: Following the return of the salt van, and it re-use for Trobulesome Truck#5, and given the demand for them, the re-lease of the Express Coaches is inevitable.

Flat Bed re-release

Henrietta (Updated with Face): Of all the revisions, odds are on upgrading Henrietta with a face, as children who sees the recent episodes and buy a Bachmann Henrietta now will whine that it doesn't have her face.

HO Narrow Gauge:

Duncan: I too would hope for Sir Handel and/or Peter Sam to be made next, but Duncan has more potential with his grumpy personality and his frequent appearances, especially in Season 18.
NG Coaches
NG Brake Van
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Images of NEW Ventilated Vans on: November 22, 2017, 01:13:08 PM
Lovely Vans! Thanks Bachmann.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: James is coming soon! on: November 22, 2017, 01:12:13 PM
The black wheels and axleboxes look pretty cool. His smokebox still needs an update, but outside of that, I love the model's looks.  Smiley

Percy could use an update as well, though I don't think he'd have any chance of happening.
I'm sure they will fix the smokebox sides with it's correct black colour before it's re-release.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Troublesome Truck Faces on: August 04, 2017, 12:18:24 PM
Time to wrap up the link then!

But perhaps it may have been better to act as a "prospective customer" and ask if it anyone had tried the faces while posting a link Wink  . Or bump an existing Troublesome Truck thread.
To give you some condolence, I thought your trucks faces look nice.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / NMRA 2017 Brochure on: August 04, 2017, 12:15:35 PM
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Why is Bachmann Thomas, Percy, and James out of stock? on: July 29, 2017, 11:53:33 AM
Only time will tell, or an image change on the web store for that matter.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: ROSIE IS HERE! on: July 29, 2017, 11:51:12 AM
Hope to get mine soon as well. my Oliver is on the way now.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Journey Beyond Sodor thread on: July 29, 2017, 11:50:07 AM
I think the rocking animation suits the troublesome trucks very well IMO, especially in the song 'Who's Thomas?'.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: July 29, 2017, 11:49:04 AM
I think many have just come to the realization that Henrietta isnít going to happen.  Itís been 3 years since Toby came out, and as Chaz said, if Henrietta was going to happen sheíd have been announced by now.  I myself had hopes for Henrietta being brought into the range, but itís pretty clear with what Iíve seen and heard that itís just not going to happen.  Last year I actually made quite an extensive post about Henrietta for large scale, and Iíll leave a link to that below if you want to check it out.,31790.msg237983.html#msg237983

Now sadly when you look at announcements for large scale in the past few years, itís been mostly recolors.  The big problem with Henrietta is that if she were to be made, her tooling could only be used for her.  This has been an ongoing discussion ever since the 2015 announcements were made.  The fact is that Bachmann wants to announce rolling stock (or even engines) they can make from recolors such as a troublesome truck, a van, Arry/Bert, the red coaches, Spiteful Brakevan, etc.  Sadly Henriettaís tooling canít be used for anything but herself.

Iíll admit that last year and the year before, I had hopes for Henrietta to be brought into the range, but I also said (and Iíll say it again) if Bachmann doesn't announce Henrietta in 2017, I feel a loss of hope for the large scale Thomas range.  I still stick by that statement, as itís pretty clear large scale is slowly going downhill.  Large scale has announced only 2 or 3 items per year compared to previous years, and once again most new items for the range are only recolors.  Iím hoping Bachmann may considering making Mavis to go along with Toby instead, but thatís a topic Iíll venture into at another time.

Not exactly, since the new character Hannah will resemble her, but at this moment, we have no image of her to visually prove it. I will refer back to my quote when an image of Hannah comes out.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: June 03, 2017, 05:16:04 PM
I myself would totally buy the Spiteful Breakvan in HO scale. I have a lot of custom troublesome trucks with different faces and I think that this would finish that train off perfectly. I did make a custom breakvan with some modifications. I started with a Henrietta and a standard breakvan. I took the top of Henrietta off and used the top of the breakvan shell and placed it on top. With some cutting of the plastic on the base I was able to fit the shell on perfectly. I will post pictures soon. A different style of breakvan would be a nice addition.

I may be in the minority here, but I do see Bachmann taking a year off to revamp part of the HO range, meaning new drive units and updated CGI faces on the engines. I know a lot of people want the classic season faces, but with the many years of production models, I am sure that people would still be able to find the old ones with no problem. In all honesty, the only ones I see them changing the faces on are the main 7. The reason I say this is because every other range has been changed to show CGI faces, aside from A&C and TT's keeping the original faces. Now you could argue that it is easier for Wooden Railway or Take Along/Adventures to make this change with all of their line up, and I would agree with that. But with the Bachmann models, all that would really have to be done is for new face molds to be made to fit the existing eye mechanism. I have seen many people do this with the Wooden Railway faces but you loose the moving eyes, and I have seen some Shapeways 3D printed faces but they still need to be painted and drill the eyes out.

I also can see upgraded drive units, or as I should say, what happened to Thomas about 2 years ago. Make them easier to assemble, have less wiring to the motor and perhaps improve pulling power.

I see this happening sooner, rather than later. Either next year or even the year after that. With the rumored James repaint still not officially announced, I can see them doing this slight upgrade to all of the engines that still have gray parts that should be black and/or paint changes. They did it with the latest Thomas models so I don't see how big of an issue that would be. I know someone is gonna say "You can paint it yourself", but the little upgrades that would just mean replacing the gray paint with black, or the gray plastic mold with black at the factory seems easy. It has been proven with the Sound Thomas, looks like the same exact mold with a different inside and black parts. The same black upgrades that are needed on the main 7 excluding Edward. Only addition to the tender engine would be the wheels on the tenders.
what do you mean by A&C and TT's?
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: June 03, 2017, 03:45:01 PM
I would get the spiteful brakevan in HO.
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