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16  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: August 13, 2018, 11:03:07 PM
This past weekend, I went to the Greenberg Train Show in Edison, New Jersey and picked up two new products from the Star Hobby vendor: Paxton and the Square Water Tower. Considering how impressed I am with these two models, I thought that I should spend the time to share my thoughts.

Starting off with Paxton, one of my favorite aspects of the model is the bronze side rods. They really blend in nicely with the shades of green and yellow that were used, which are spot on as well. What's more, I certainly agree with those who have stated that the model shines much more after seeing it in person. That goes for the face too. It is not perfect, but Bachmann still captured key parts such as the stubby nose. As a result, from working around the eye mechanism from an existing tooling, Bachmann did a good job.

Honestly, after seeing the Bachmann Paxton as well as seeing what characters will be getting leading roles in Season 22, I am actually more inclined to see Bachmann tackle Sidney at some point. His forgetful persona is an interesting one, and he would be the first loco with a dark blue color scheme. Moreover, I could see classic Thomas fans using him as a background diesel for scrap yards. However, even though the idea of a Bachmann Sidney has grown on me, I do still think that it would be best to keep Stepney and Daisy as the priorities, especially after seeing what others have posted on the forum and additional sources of social media). But perhaps we could keep Sidney as a possible plan C, just in case Bachmann chooses to invest in more new toolings in other areas such as narrow gauge, large scale, or even the resin building range.

As for the Square Water Tower, the first thing that grasped my attention was its price. I bought the model for just $15, which is very a generous price in my opinion. Aesthetically, the model is extremely accurate to the television series in size, shape, and proportions. And, I absolutely love the rivets and swiveling water spout. Would highly recommend this model to anyone!
17  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: August 10, 2018, 12:00:30 PM

The announcements are posted! Thank goodness for the narrow gauge carriages! Still really hoping that the correct tooling will be used for each.
18  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Flat Car With Paint Drums on: July 31, 2018, 01:08:29 PM
I concur with everything stated above as well. However, the one concern that I have is regarding the Chinese Dragon. Would its height breach the NMRA standards?

Reintroducing the flat car along with any of these loads along with Stepney and Troublesome Truck #6 would make a very exciting and praiseworthy set of HO announcements for 2019.
19  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: July 29, 2018, 07:07:32 PM
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.

The same can be said for this guy Smiley. I apologize for sounding like a broken record, but the prices that the Hornby model are going for on eBay are astounding, as are the amount of people who are desperate to see Bachmann make him. Letís hope that Mattel wonít stop Bachmann from making a new HO loco that will wow all Thomas fans and be an outstanding seller, just as Duck and Oliver were.

Regarding narrow gauge, I have a feeling that Peter Sam will be the next loco. Yet, even if Duncan is next, I am confident that his model will be in proportion to Douglas (Duncanís basis).

In fact, the reason why Bachmann has taken so long to reveal Rusty may be that the prototype was based off the redesigned Midlander design, and was therefore given a red flag by Mattel, considering how different the shape of the model is from the television series model (the biggest notable difference being that the real life model presents the bottom half of the front protruding outward, making it impossible to incorporate the larger CGI face). I am not certain about this, but this may be a possible reason.

Going back to Duncan though, I firmly believe that the differences between Duncanís basis and his awful CGI render would not be as noticeable as Rustyís to Mattel (to avid fans like us, it would). Therefore, as long as the measurements of Douglas (Duncanís basis) were taken during the Talyllyn Railway visit, I am sure that we will be in luck when it comes to Duncan. 

However, as long as the narrow gauge range keeps on expanding with more locos, I really feel that Bachmann should consider making a narrow gauge engine shed for the resin building range.
20  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 14, 2018, 08:44:27 AM
I completely agree with you guys. After seeing the large scale Spiteful Brakevan, I hoped that Bachmann would craft a face that was just as accurate to the television series for the HO model, and that's exactly what they did. Thank you very much, Bachmann! The Spiteful Brakevan will definitely be going on my Christmas list for this year.

Following up on Spark's post, another thing that I'd like to point out with the HO tar tanker is that when looking at it beside the large scale tar tanker, I noticed that the size of the lettering in proportion to the tanker itself is different. From looking at pics from the television series, it is shown that the large scale tar tanker is slightly more accurate in this regard; so, as Spark's stated, I wonder if Bachmann could re-release the tar tanker with lines cutting off part of the text, and with lettering at a smaller font (maybe through Troublesome Truck #6  Smiley). Since this would just be a change of color scheme and not tooling, I think that it would be doable. It's a small change, but it would make a big difference.

Lastly, I asked Bachmann why the red and blue narrow gauge carriages are not posted on the website yet, but I did not receive a response. I just hope that the narrow gauge carriages will not get cancelled, considering the demand for them.
21  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: June 16, 2018, 10:59:54 AM
As usual, I enjoyed reading your post very much Chaz, and it's especially nice to see some new resin building ideas.

I find the fuel depot especially unique, as it would give Bachmann more of a purpose for announcing Diesel Co. Fuel Tanker this year. Is it the two green towers that you are referring to?

Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory is another distinctive idea. The only thing that I could see stopping Bachmann from making it is its large size.

Since you mentioned kid-friendly locations, two other ideas that I could Mattel approving are some carnival stalls...

as well as the bandstand. I could see these going wonderfully with the Chinese Dragon too.
22  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: June 05, 2018, 10:29:40 AM
As always, a pleasure to read your thoughts Chaz! This is a model that I will definitely pick up at some point. However, I'm still on same page as the majority of people who have stated that Bachmann should go for Stepney or Daisy next, rather than making yet another diesel with the same tooling.
23  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: May 06, 2018, 12:18:39 AM
The subject of rolling stock is an interesting one, as it certainly clear that Bachmann's choices of rolling stock have changed drastically in the recent years. My thoughts are basically as follows:

If Bachmann is thinking of using existing toolings, then the most successful options would be Troublesome Truck #6 (specific ideas are posted here:,34526.45.html), the Explosives Van, and reintroducing the Flat Car with Paint Drums (as well as the same flat car with other loads).

However, if Bachmann is thinking of going the extra mile with a new tooling, then I think that the Breakdown Train and Works Unit Coach would be the smartest investments. Both are unique pieces that the rolling stock range is missing. Moreover, both toolings could be used more than once (Judy and Jerome utilizing the same Breakdown Train tooling, and the Orange-Brown Works Unit Coach, and Dark Green Works Unit Coach utilizing the same tooling).

What's more, while looking carefully at this pic, it's fascinating to see the way in which the engines and rolling stock are set up, considering that Bachmann has made Thomas, Percy, Toby, and all of the rolling stock that is behind the three of them; but has not made Stepney or the rolling stock that is behind him, which turns out to be the Breakdown Train and Works Unit Coach. Perhaps Stepney, the Breakdown Train, and the Works Unit Coach are Bachmann's missing puzzle pieces  Wink.
24  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: April 30, 2018, 06:19:43 PM
Just thought I would follow through with this post that the HO spiteful brake van is now listed in the Bachmann webstore. Smiley

I'm very glad to see it on the webstore now! I hope that the narrow gauge carriages will get listed soon as well.   
25  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 04:14:27 PM
Frankly, I saw this coming from miles away. After Hornby's relaunch in 2015, many fans including myself were expecting new products such as Molly, Neville, Den, and Ryan (since Hornby had the basis of those locos). However, Hornby missed out on those opportunities entirely.

If Bachmann does bring the Thomas range to the UK, the sales would be breathtaking. No doubt about that. I also think that the resin building line would be much more popular, considering that most of the buildings from the Thomas show are based off English designs; the resin buildings appear to be much more popular in the UK as well.

Consequently, I'm disappointed to see Hornby's chapter on the Thomas line come to an end; but at the same time, I am content because it will give Bachmann the ability to do even better with the Thomas range  Smiley.
26  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: April 15, 2018, 12:14:37 AM
It looks like all of the new 2018 products are now listed on the Bachmann website, with the exception of the HO Spiteful Brake Van and Narrow Gauge Red and Blue Carriages. Does anyone know why that is?

Additionally, if I am not mistaken, the Bachmann TCA Open House for Spring 2018 is coming up! Hopefully, Jack Lynch will show us a close-up on Paxton and the Large Scale Spiteful Brake Van.
27  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: April 15, 2018, 12:05:27 AM

To help out, here are two pics showcasing the dimensions to Stepney's television series model  Smiley.
28  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: April 14, 2018, 12:04:03 AM
For sure Chaz. This reminds me of two questions that many people have asked me through YouTube comments and private messages: Where can I find a Hornby Stepney? Do you ever plan on selling your Hornby Stepney? While replying, I always feel bad stating that I do not plan on selling Stepney, and that eBay is your only real bet to get one. It's clear that fans want an HO Stepney; it is crystal clear.
29  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 29, 2018, 12:27:52 AM
Wonderful job on your post Griffin! Here are my thoughts:

Starting with Tidmouth Hault Station, I think that it is yet another great idea for the reasons that you stated. I especially like the fact that it is a station with a footbridge, which is unlike any of the other stations that are currently in the Bachmann Thomas line. The only problem that I see is that it consists of two station buildings, which means that a relatively great amount of money would have to go into it.

The Sodor Shipping Company is a building that I personally think is just too big to make, especially out of resin. Yet, considering that it is not a brick or stone building, I could see Bachmann making it as a plastic kit.

The Middle Station is a surprising choice, but an understandable one. It's a simple design, making it all the more likely to get made. Admittedly, I would prefer Rheneas Station, but I would not mind the Middle Station either.

While the Dieselworks Shed is not my favorite idea, I could see it selling very well, due to the amount of diesels there are in the range. Additionally, just like the Sodor Shipping Company, I could see it getting made as a plastic kit. Given that it is a roundhouse, it would be fascinating to see what Bachmann would do with it.

The Sodor Manor has to be my favorite of the five buildings that you suggested. It is indeed generic, but that's what makes it so appealing.

The house in Oliver's Find was a little bit different (as shown above).

However, the Sodor Manor was seen again in Season 5 in the episode Bye George! (as shown above).

As a result, buildings such as the Sodor Manor are simple, but extremely charming, as they are a significant part of the reason as to why the visuals of the model series were absolutely incredible.
30  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 25, 2018, 11:55:53 PM
That probably explains it! Hopefully, the same fate will happen with Stepney  Wink.


If Bachmann does make Dryaw Station, it would be intriguing to see it in CGI form. With the corrugated hut added into the picuture, Dryaw Station would look very much like the season 3 version considering that the Dryaw station building from the CGI series looks like the one from season 3 as well.
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