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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: October 09, 2018, 03:23:46 PM
So that's the end of my ramble. On the topic of Stepney, many peoples argument for him is that he was made by Hornby. That got me thinking. What character that Hornby has made (other than Stepney) would you like to see Bachmann make? Here's the list: Murdoch, Dart, Flying Scotsman, D261, Bear, and Old Slow Coach. Comment down below your pick and also post who you would want more: Daisy or Stepney? That's all from me. Peace.

I would prefer Stepney slightly more, but would be happy with Daisy too. As long as one of the two or a new set of resin buildings gets announced, Iím happy  Smiley.
2  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: How About 'Plasticville Sodor'?? on: October 05, 2018, 12:12:21 PM
Limited run basically means it is a resin casting that does not involve creating expensive steel molds thus it is only available for a short period of time. If the buildings sell well we produce more - if they don't well......

Thank you very much for the response. I am very happy to see that there is still a chance that more resin buildings will be announced and hope that some of the buildings that I and other Thomas fans suggested in the "Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range" can be taken into consideration.

Then maybe Bachmann could do something along the lines of what Scale Scenes does, and offer downloadable files in the eStore for printing and building cardstock models of Sodor specific buildings, like those on Farmer McColl's farm, cottages, Neptune's Refreshments, the Vicorage, etc., etc.

Once the design work was done, and files created, no more production costs except the web space to sell them on.

Len
 

That's an interesting idea, but I am personally not a fan of cardstock models as they lack that realistic, sharp look that the resin buildings have.
3  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: How About 'Plasticville Sodor'?? on: October 02, 2018, 02:14:05 PM
Does limited run mean that there will be no more new resin buildings for the range? I, as well as many other Thomas fans, have put in a lot of time and effort into making detailed suggestions for the resin building range through the following thread:

https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,34707.0.html

Please let us know, so that fans do not continue to waste time and space on the forum by making suggestions for the resin building line. Thank you.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: September 29, 2018, 10:14:33 PM
You're absolutely right, Streak. It's the simple and charming look of these buildings that make them so likable.

As for Farmer McColl's Farm, I like the idea, but I could actually see Bachmann just announcing Toby's Shed, which could be used as the barn. Plus, I personally think that the corrugated hut and storage shed are already two strong items that would be necessary to model a Bachmann Farmer McColl's Farm.

However, bringing up the house in the background reminded me of one more resin building suggestion that I had in mind: a cottage. Although cottages are generic, they have been seen throughout the entirety of the show, look great on any layout, and of course, add contrast to the resin building range.



The one that I would like to see is shown above.





This particular cottage has been seen since season 4 and is still seen on the show to this day, most notably behind Maithwaite Station.



It blends in with other buildings as well.



I could also see them going with this cottage, which was most commonly seen on the narrow gauge railway, and played a major role in "Bulldog".



Here's a shot of it at Lakeside.

This just goes to show that there are so many possibilities for the resin building range, and with this thread active once more, hopefully Bachmann will be able to announce at least one new resin building next year  Smiley.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: September 28, 2018, 10:40:22 PM
I knew that you would have some great ideas up your sleeve, Streak Wink. I especially like the idea of a Sodor Buildings Pack, which could consist of the Stationmaster's House, Sodor Manor, and maybe even Neptune Refreshments.

Also, after seeing your suggestions, I thought that it might be a good idea to discontinue some of the resin buildings and replace them with new ones, just case Bachmann does not want the resin building range to get too massive. Some examples would be to replace the Engine Shed with Toby's Shed, Maithwaite Station with Ffarquhar Station, and the Signal Box with a Signal Box with a different design. After all, the resin building range has remained stagnant since 2015, so discontinuing some of the buildings and replacing them with others would make things much more interesting.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 26, 2018, 07:42:41 PM
Youíre welcome! Although I may not have the same viewpoint as you regarding BWBA and Season 22, I definitely enjoy reading your posts. You come up with many good points, which is why I would love to see what you think in regards to resin buildings.

Regarding your HO ideas, I concur with everything that you suggested, but I am personally not a fan of Phillip, Nia, and Rebecca. And even though I would still like to see Stepney or Daisy announced next, other engines I would love to see in the future are Stanley, Boco, and Arthur (if Boco and Arthur return to the show).

Lastly, I would love it if Bachmann made Trevor. His tooling would be complicated to make, but as you said, he would complete the four original nonrail characters in the Bachmann line.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 26, 2018, 06:45:25 PM
Thatís exactly what I had in mind. If Stepney and/or Daisy are announced next year, then I would be absolutely fine with an LBSC Thomas and Black James for 2020, since the cost for new toolings has gone up immensely.

On a different note, Iím curious to know if you have any resin building ideas/thoughts? In fact, I started a separate thread months ago just for that specific area of the Thomas line:
https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,34707.0.html
I would love to see what you have in mind regarding that.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 26, 2018, 06:10:19 PM
I certainly hope that Oliver, Duncan, and Bulgy are getting redone. I would love a Bachmann Duncan and Bulgy, but only if their CGI renders are fixed first.

Going back to Stepney though, one final point that I would like to make as to why I think that Stepney should be announced next year is that he would most likely get released in 2020, which is Thomasí 75th Anniversary, given that it usually takes a year and a half to make an HO loco.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 26, 2018, 05:31:30 PM
If Bachmann ever states that they would only make one more HO Engine for the Thomas line, Stepney is the one that I would pick. He has an extremely strong fan base, likeable persona, nostalgic design, and would blend in wonderfully with the rest of the range, even with the two engines who were introduced in the newer series: Rosie and Paxton. This is because Stepney appeared in one of the only episodes that Rosie had a leading role: Rosieís Carnival Special, and Paxton could be used as one of the scrap diesels from Rusty to the Rescue.

Please Bachmann! Make Stepney! I will literally cry out of joy if he is announced next year.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: September 22, 2018, 11:33:56 AM


I thought that it would be fun to bring back this thread by discussing one of my favorite buildings in the television series: Neptune Refreshments.



As I was browsing on the Thomas Wikia last night, I clicked on the Neptune Refreshments page and noticed that quite a few changes have been made since the last time I checked. The main thing that caught my eye was that the Neptune Refreshments building is present in the CGI series as well.



It's amazing to see that buildings like Neptune Refreshments have passed the test of time: Classic Model Series to Late Model Series to CGI Series.



Unfortunately, at this point, I do not have a strong feeling that Bachmann will announce more resin buildings, but if they ever do, Neptune Refreshments is one that I would love to see.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: September 19, 2018, 12:20:52 AM
Grumpy Diesel was made because some fans have complained about Diesel's original face, calling it too innocent or cheery, and it was of course inexpensive to make.

However, considering that there have been two consecutive years of announcements with no new HO loco tooling, let's hope that Stepney or Daisy are in the books for 2019, both of which would cost much less to make than the majority of newer characters and be extremely hot sellers, as polls have proven  Smiley.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 16, 2018, 05:54:53 PM
The Circus Train is another good idea for a repaint, but I feel that something celebratory like that should be announced in 2020 instead of 2019 along with the LBSC Thomas and Black James. To be honest, I would fine if those were the only HO Announcements in 2020 as long as Stepney or Daisy are announced next year along with rolling stock like the flat cars and Troublesome Truck #6. To me, doing it like this would make the most sense. A greater level of enchantment would be brought back to the range and there would only be one new tooling for the HO line in the next two years, so cost should not be a problem.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 15, 2018, 12:04:15 PM
Shoot! I apologize for that little misread, but yes. I completely concur. The model faces have much more depth and shape from the cheekbones to the indentations around the eyes. With the Spiteful Brake Van having its season 2 face, you never know what Bachmann may have in mind.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 15, 2018, 09:48:30 AM
I feel like the boat has long since passed for Bachmann to invest in the novelty of change-able faces for Thomas engines. The newer CGI faces aren't nearly as expressive as the model era faces, and aren't as iconic of the stop motion/live action model train medium.

Course, I would like the idea of Bachmann experimenting with "Limited Run" models of characters and rolling stock that would be under a "Classic" or "Nostalgia" label, and deliberately be made to look like the model series content, or even freight cars from the Railway Series illustrations (such as Sodor China Clay and Ffarquhuar Quarry Company).

I see your point, but what makes the model era faces more expensive to make? As for "Limited Run" models of classic products, that would be fascinating. Maybe a 2-car pack consisting of Thomas with his season 1 face and a season 1 troublesome truck would be doable.

I would honestly bet on Bachmann sooner releasing Rosie in her red livery before doing another engine with a different facial expression.

Though if Bachmann wants to do a limited recolor done right I would vouch for a green Thomas and black James as shown in the Advenure Begins:





Seeing as how they only appeared in one special, they would probably have to do a limited run in order for them to be profitable.  The good news though, if they do this, is that not only would these be recolors and therefore not expensive to make, but The Adventure Begins is popular with both the older and newer generation of Thomas fans, thus would make these all the more appealing.  Even I would buy them both!

I've thought about a LBSC Thomas and Black James, but I feel like those would be better to announce for 2020, Thomas' 75th Anniversary, and a limited run would definitely make sense. This makes me wonder why Celebration Thomas was not a limited run.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 15, 2018, 12:37:51 AM
I agree with HLC Railroad. The sales would just not be there, especially as it is something from Big World! Big Adventures!

Although I already made a post regarding what most fans would like to see in a nutshell for 2019 just a week ago, I thought that it would interesting to post different paths from a broader perspective that I could see Bachmann take for the HO engine, largely because of the unpopular announcement of Grumpy Diesel this year and the disappointment I and many others are feeling with the season 22 episodes.

Path A: Classic Characters
With two different polls showing that Stepney and Daisy are the most sought after, there's no doubt that they would have the strongest sales and truly wow fans.

Path B: Newer Characters
The only two newer characters that I could see Bachmann making with decent sales are Ryan and Stanley. Both consist of unique color schemes and designs. I would not mind seeing either one get made.

Path C: Existing Engine with Unique Facial Expression
If it really comes down to this, I could Bachmann announcing Thomas, Percy, or Toby with a new facial expression.



The face that I would be interested in is a Tired Percy, but only if it matches the one from the model series as shown above.

The ultimate questions we always have to ask ourselves are:
1. Is there a high demand for the suggested product?
2. If so, would the cost of the new tooling of the suggested product be reasonable?


As long as the answers to those two questions are yes, then well... Wink.
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