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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: February 17, 2020, 03:05:00 PM
I guess resurfacing the old Large Scale thread is less a hassle than making a new one.

Diesel's return most definitely sparks up a whole lot of possibility for new products. My picks for a long-term wishlist is mainly similar to other users', though I think some reasoning for choices would be necessary to share.

ENGINES:
Mavis - Personally, I think this is the best new character to announce after the Bachmann team is through with Diesel's production cycle. She is an iconic classic character and serves as a possibly cost-effective option (I.E. Toby's chassis). She also happened to appear in one of Strasburg's Day Out With Thomas events for the first time last fall, so she continues to hold some relevance despite her ongoing absence in the show.
Edward - Another beloved longtimer and one that can hold in high value among fans if he were made. Since he and James are somewhat similar in structure, I also see Edward as a solid option for a new character in the near future.
Oliver - I've often been torn between him and Duck given the choice of just one, but Oliver comes out in my favor. He is smaller in size, complementary to the existing S.C. Ruffey and would become an option if Toad is announced. Duck would also be welcomed if he comes first, but Oliver is just a bit more ideal to me.
Glynn - This one's a bit of a long shot, but I'm still including it as I like the character. I think his shape feels more suited to Large Scale than HO and he would also probably sell better than Winston. The only piece of merchandise Glynn has so far is Trackmaster, so he could use something new by now.
Paxton - An obvious choice after Diesel. Hopefully, they can pay closer attention to his facial proportions if he is considered.

ROLLING STOCK:
Red Coaches
- Perhaps the best options for new pieces of rolling stock. They sold rather well in HO Scale and they're similar in shape to Annie and Clarabel, meaning they could be cheap to produce.
Henrietta - Toby's been without his signature coach in the line for a long time. It'd be safe to assume that if she is announced, they would incorporate her new face.
Troublesome Van - A frequent suggestion among fans. Though I can't say too much about this option, I'd certainly respect it as a new product.
Toad - As said earlier, announcing Toad would make Oliver a possible engine. He would also serve a good second option for a brake van character after Spiteful Brakevan.
Mail Van - Another long shot. Percy could use a special change of freight at some point! Tongue

A new starter set is also necessary, either a reintroduction of the currently discontinued Thomas, Annie and Clarabel set or a new one with Toby and Henrietta. I can't say for sure if a James starter set would be a good idea.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Large Scale Thomas (New Thread) on: February 15, 2020, 11:33:23 AM
In light of Diesel being brought back into the Large Scale side of the Thomas range, I thought Iíd begin a new thread about Large Scale after many months of inactivity for the old one.

Please note that this thread is for Large Scale Thomas only! Any other topics should be handled in other threads.

Similar to the last thread, questions will kick off this one:
-What are your thoughts on Dieselís re-confirmation in the line?
-Have you begun a Large Scale collection or are considering beginning? If so, what items do you own or want to own?
-What new Large Scale products would you want to see made in the future?
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends July 2020 NMRA Predictions on: February 14, 2020, 01:16:35 PM
1. Yes, I would also buy a Black James.
2. It's not to write off Busy Bee James as a model, but I don't see what stopped Bachmann from painting him completely black.
3. That particular variant of the character is heavily complementary to the existing LBSC Thomas, so the sooner they assess it, the better. Either once they're through with Stepney or if they cannot announce him.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends July 2020 NMRA Predictions on: February 13, 2020, 12:21:14 PM
Not expecting too much of NMRA since Bachmann already has a lot on their plate right now, but there are still a few things I anticipate so far.

HO Scale:
Stepney
Red Express Coaches reintroduction
Tar Tanker reintroduciton

N Scale:
Milk Tanker
Brake Van

Large Scale:
Red Coaches
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: February 10, 2020, 12:46:32 AM
This is actually the first time I myself have witnessed a full lineup of Bachmann items get shared early. And boy are they (mainly) knocking it out of the park with this variety! Smiley

LBSC Thomas, N Scale James and the Narrow Gauge Brake Vans all felt like the most reasonable announcements to expect. I still plan on picking up N Scale James and I anticipate more info on him in the future. The brake vans are also strong considerations for adopting Narrow Gauge products. I may pick up LBSC Thomas depending on my household's financial situation.

I will agree that Busy Bee James is a bit of a strange pick, as the aesthetic was only seen for about a minute or so in one episode to my memory, but it's still welcome as a unique announcement nonetheless. The only James model I own is a little worse for wear, so a recolor like this could serve as a reasonable upgrading option even if I'm mainly aiming for his recent repaint.

Large Scale Diesel returning is perhaps the single announcement that makes me the most happy. As someone who's among the many people that have expressed concerns about Large Scale's future through the years and has also been on the edge of adopting said scale for a long time because of its uncertain future, this is a pretty gratifying confirmation to bear witness to. It serves a likely indicator that he wasn't as expensive to sell, let alone manufacture, as we initially thought he was for quite a while and that ideas for engines that require new toolings are back on the table. Large Scale deserved at least a little something special this year and this was more than enough to satisfy.

Diesel will almost definitely be one of the first engines I buy in Large Scale and I'm certain the longer wait will have been worth it for a greater product. And if he is successful enough, I hope more engines are considered after him. I'll continue standing by that Mavis is the next best pick for being a beloved longtimer and the cost-effective chance of sharing Toby's chassis.

Between this assortment, the UK expansion, the launch of N Scale and last year's NMRA announcements, 2020 is almost definitely one of the best years for this line and it'd be fair to assume that it will only get better going forth to this summer's NMRA batch.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: February 06, 2020, 08:26:56 PM
I see that the starter set we've been predicting for months has been confirmed ahead of Toy Fair! I will admit I'm way ahead on owning N Scale track as I already bought a couple of packs in anticipation of owning a Narrow Gauge engine.

Nonetheless, I still look forward to buying the Thomas starter set. It serves a convent way to get a collection started and there's always room for backup track on my end.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: February 02, 2020, 08:44:02 PM
(Repost)
I'll mainly stick with options that seem cost-effective for my defined expectations this month.

HO Scale:
-LBSC Thomas
-Tar Tanker
-Red Express Coaches

Narrow Gauge:
-Brake Vans

N Scale:
-James
-Thomas starter set

Large Scale:
-James/Toby/Emily with DDC

Stepney and Sir Handel would be saved for this year's NMRA announcements since we still have a long way to go with the already anticipated Daisy and Peter Sam.

Upon seeing the recently posted footage/photos of Thomas and Percy's painted N Scale models, I can say that Bachmann is still mainly on the right track (pun kinda intended) with their new line. I'm still eager to buy both of them whenever it's in my capability and like most others, I would still love to see James confirmed at some point. It'll be fine if he doesn't show up this month and is also saved for NMRA, though a sooner confirmation would be convenient.

Large Scale has been in a pretty rough spot for countless years and even though it's a difficult line to discuss, it deserves at least a little something this year. No new engines or pieces of rolling stock have been financially viable, so equipping DCC to any/all of the three other existing engines is welcomed. If any new engine/R.S. were to be announced, LBSC Thomas and the Red Coaches are still among the more reasonable picks. Options like Mavis and Henrietta will continue to be held off for the long run until enough money is at hand for producing them.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 11, 2019, 08:27:03 PM
The narrow gauge couches our out for sale! Smiley
Just checked TrainWorld and it would appear they are now in stock at long last! I would love to get them after getting my first engine (leaning mainly toward Rheneas) and I think it helps that they are set at a reasonable price.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic on: December 07, 2019, 06:04:14 PM
Well it looks like preorders for the HO Thomas models are up in some UK shops with their first batch of characters:

https://www.modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk/bachmann-thomas-friends-thomas-friends-oo/

And they revealed the new retail prices for said products in 2020 too which again have increased due to our buddies at Mattelís poor marketing choices.  Perfect example of this is how Gordon (listed as $155 as of 2019) has a listed retail price of £125 confirmed through this shop which is the equivalent of $165...

This is a decent assortment of products to start with for the UK, all things considered. Hopefully they can add more to the selections overtime, whether it'd be in batches or individual additions. Edward and Henry coming next would be convenient for completing the set of Series/Season 1 engines.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Sneak Peek of Narrow Gauge Carriages on: December 06, 2019, 03:14:34 PM
I am still fairly confident that the narrow gauge carriages will be released by the end of the year. Let's remember that the HO Spiteful Brake Van did not arrive at the Bachmann Warehouse until the middle of December last year. Thus, considering that we are still in the beginning of the month, I could see the narrow gauge carriages arriving somewhere between the middle and end of the month as well.
Those are both fair points. We'll just have to wait through the rest of the month and see whether they end up surfacing.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Sneak Peek of Narrow Gauge Carriages on: December 05, 2019, 07:36:14 PM
Suspecting that may be accurate. And if it is, lord itís annoying
To my memory, Rheneas began arriving at retailers fairly early in December and I was figuring that'd be the same case with the coaches. One thing's for sure, it would've been convenient to have these remaining past announcements fulfilled before focusing on the N Scale line and NMRA announcements in 2020.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Sneak Peek of Narrow Gauge Carriages on: December 04, 2019, 12:47:25 PM
The end of 2019 is drawing near and we still haven't heard anything about these since July. I'm starting to wonder if they've been quietly delayed to 2020.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic on: October 23, 2019, 06:25:12 PM
Gordon and Henry announced after James sounds like a relatively decent move for the factors of the three engines commonly teaming up in the older shows and N Scale being more flexible with the former two's sizes. Other options are welcome, as long as they have some appeal to longtime fans.

A while back, I did state the idea of Toby and Mavis sharing the same chassis, but I'm skeptical about whether or not Mavis would join the line because Mattel doesn't think she's marketable. Mavis rarely speaks anymore, and Mattel made almost no toy of her since their takeover.
Mavis has become a difficult character to discuss in terms of new merchandise. It is sad but true that she's had a hard time being seen as a respectable member of the Thomas cast nowadays. Though if her Day Out With Thomas debut at Strasburg this weekend may be any indicator, Mavis still has a shot or two at holding some relevance. At the very least, an N Scale Mavis may seem more likely than Large Scale since it would cost much less to make, she can still share Toby's chassis and she was already a hit in HO Scale. It's currently too early to tell if either character will be made, so we can only be patient on the note of Mavis. For now, I'm hoping she can be considered as a future engine possibly after Toby.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic on: October 16, 2019, 06:48:01 PM
In case anyone else hasn't noticed or posted about it, Bachmann's official Twitter account announced that the coal cars and log flatbed announced earlier this year are now available.
https://twitter.com/bachmanntrains/status/1184480561211031554

So far, the only pre-NMRA announcements still yet to be released are the Narrow Gauge coaches announced back in 2018 and the new N Scale Thomas line also announced earlier this year.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Stepney or Ryan? on: October 16, 2019, 06:34:53 PM
In short, it'd be fair to say that just because a character hasn't been in the show for a long time doesn't mean they should be ruled out. Though I wasn't part of the community at the time the two pairs of twins were announced, I know for a fact that the news about Duck pleased a lot of fans back in 2012.

And not since Duck have we seen an engine announced that wasn't part of the current show, so on top of the other reasons everyone else has shared, Stepney would work wonders as a 75th anniversary engine.
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