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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Where do you buy your engines? on: March 30, 2020, 05:35:50 PM
Trainworld is a good one, the largest online retailer of model trains in the US I believe. I would also recommend Mario's Trains https://www.mariostrains.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=435).

They have really quick shipping, I would order on Friday and my package would be on my doorstep by Monday, no sales tax, always having a sale and free shipping on orders over $50. They seem to have the entire Bachmann Thomas range in stock.

Hope this helps
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: July 20, 2019, 08:53:56 PM
If there's anything Bachmann should announce next Toy Fair, it's Narrow Gauge Brake Vans. I'm also hoping for an N Scale starter set with Thomas, or even a Narrow Gauge starter set with Skarloey. The Bachmann Skarloey line has been around for four years, and there's still no set for it. With a Skarloey set, people can finally have a more convenient way to start their Narrow Gauge collection.

That is really what I am hoping for, especially if they do a Skarloey set with passenger cars, I am all in @Bachmann
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: April 17, 2019, 09:11:52 AM
I have a feeling that as production goes on for the new N scale models, they will probably announce a Thomas starter set for 2020.  They donít even need to announce a Percy set, just a standard oval of track with Thomas with Annie and Clarabel should do the job by helping people collect the new range.

On that note, Iím still surprised Bachmann never announced a starter set for the narrow gauge range.  Maybe that will change if Bachmann has plans to announce more rolling stock for that range (like brake vans) and it would be as simple as having it be an oval of track with Skarloey, two wagons and a brake van.

That is what I am holding out for. I would really like to get some narrow gauge stuff, but it is not worth it needed to buy the track and trucks too.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: February 28, 2019, 07:41:48 PM
I honestly don't get why people were still posting in the 2019 thread, even a few weeks after this year's announcements already got posted.

Regarding HO recolors, I'm starting to think Sidney is overdue, but because of the 75th Anniversary, LBSC Thomas is a higher priority. Ever since Mattel's takeover, we've only gotten two new toolings in HO Scale, which were Oliver and Rosie. Hopefully, another company will buy the franchise; one that actually knows how to manage it properly, and Mattel is going down the toilet.

I don't know how many of you guys have seen this but, this is Bachmann last fall (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrkkJVVSqzE&t=398s). Basically, Bachmann is saying the market is not there to put out new toolings and mentions that Bachmann milks the Thomas and Friends line in order to help pay for its other projects. Don't be so quick to blame Mattel.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcements on: February 25, 2019, 09:25:47 PM
I just listened to an interview with Lionel's head of traditional scale product, which includes the Thomas and Friends line. Now although Lionel does more "toy-like" models than Bachmann's more realistic models, she claims that Mattel and they have a great relationship. She added that Mattel has given them suggestions on what to make but did not exactly tell them what to make. Last point here, they are also looking to expand the line past the four main characters now.

Don't assume that everything is Mattel's fault. There are more factors that go into producing Thomas and Friends models than just what Mattel says and its unfair to both Bachmann and Mattel to say such things.
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