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I do hope Bachmann will consider Hiro as an upcoming HO locomotive. It actually blows my mind how Rebecca was chosen to be the next big tender engine before him. Hiro's a very well established, fan-favorite character who also has global appeal.

 Not to mention Bachmann has the potential to produce two models from one tooling if they were to produce a "good as new" Hiro and then a "patchwork" Hiro- which I could see being just as popular (if not more) than a standard Hiro. Overall, I'd say Hiro would be a very wise new tooling investment for Bachmann.
It's so good to finally see some painted samples of the figures. Hopefully it won't be too long of a wait now. I am curious to see if these will be true OO Scale, or if they'll be slightly larger than a OO figure.

As for future figures, I'd love a pack of "Sodor's VIPs." This would include the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, Sir Robert Norramby, the Mayor, Reverend Awdry, and maybe Alicia Botti.

A pack of dock workers and a pack of quarry workers would be great too.

I'd really like a figure of Sailor John. I think a pack of with him and Skiff would be really neat. Bachmann could easily use the tooling for Skiff to repaint him in his "Railboat Tours" livery and pack him with a Sailor Joe figure later on.

It was said on Bachmann's New Model Monday stream the other week that if the fans have any suggestions for future models, they can email them to Bachmann directly.

I've sent an email last week, and in said email I expressed a want for an HO Scale Harvey and/or Diesel 10 from the fans.

They said on the stream that the more requests there are for a model, the more likely they are to produce it. So, if anyone else would like to add Harvey and/or Diesel 10 to their collection, then I'd highly recommend sending them an email.
Giving Diesel 10 a removable, but posable, claw would be ideal if it is an issue for NMRA standards. I just know how positively the community would react if he was announced, and he would absolutely be one of the best selling models Bachmann has ever produced. Bachmann, the money is on the table. I'm patiently standing by to pre-order. Diesel 10 would absolutely be a wise decision for a newly tooled locomotive.

As for Harvey, I agree it would be acceptable to omit the moving eye mechanism for a posable crane arm. I think Bachmann should get further away from the moving eye gimmick as it only complicates the mechanisms and puts more strain on the models. The same applies for Diesel 10.

Remember, the best way to  communicate to Bachmann about the items we want is to keep the conversation going!

Harvey is a highly requested engine that meets the CGI only mandate. He would undoubtedly do well if Bachmann were to produce him, as he appeals to classic and CGI era fans.

As for other items that Bachmann could do in the near future, I and many others would love Trevor. Another necessary non-rail vehicle. Although seeing how long Bulgy is taking with no updates as of yet, I don't know how likely this would be.

For repaints, I'd love to see the return of Celebration Thomas for the 80th anniversary.

Two more (controversial) repaints I really want to see are blue Bill and Ben, and Green Salty. I know these only appeared in one episode each, but so did Busy Bee James. I just think they'd be really neat and cost effective.
I had no idea Harvey's CGI model is smaller than his physical model. That would be a nice loophole to get him made. The idea of having a knob on the side to lower the hook is very cool! I would just hope it'd be much smaller and less distracting than the knobs on Cranky.

Do your thing, Bachmann!
Just putting this out there again. I'm fully aware there are some NMRA guidelines that may prohibit these suggestions, but Bachmann, you would be printing money if you figured out a way to produce Diesel 10 and/or Harvey. Fans are clamoring for these two to be made, and both meet the CGI character mandate.

If Diesel 10 were ever to be produced, I've already decided I would pre-order 10 immediately. Gotta support what you love!

Again, I'm fully aware these may not be possible, but just imagine the possibilities.
Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
April 24, 2024, 08:49:16 PM
On the topic of Sir Topham Hatt's car, what are everyone's thoughts of Bachmann doing more road vehicles? I'm very much looking forward to Bulgy, and I hope they'll continue doing more non-rail characters.
Personally I'd really like to see:

-Jack (the Bandai version is a nice substitute, but I prefer his CGI design).


-Oliver the Excavator

-Max and Monty (two uses out of one new tooling).


-Kevin (absolutely necessary for when Bachmann get around to doing Victor).

Also, speaking of more than one use for a new tooling, hopefully Bachmann won't shy away from giving us a yellow version of Victor if/when they decide to do him (that would be THREE yellow engines in the NG line).
Gator is high on my wishlist of characters that I think Bachmann should consider making. I'd say he's probably had the same amount of screen time as Stanley (if not more). All around a great character, and a great design. If Bachmann can produce Stanley, then why not Gator?
Unfortunately I'd say it's very unlikely- even though I would absolutely love if they did. Bachmann refuse to update the faces on their earlier models even though fans have been crying out for an upgrade for years. Henrietta in HO is already checked off Bachmann's list, and I don't see them investing precious tooling dollars into an update.

But Bachmann, please prove me wrong.
Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
March 06, 2024, 05:43:45 PM
I was pleasantly surprised to hear Doug say that the 3D design work on Stanley was finished. That's relatively very quick in comparison to other newly tooled locomotives. Hope to see an unpainted sample before too long.

Doug also mentioned they have a sample of Beau in packaging. He said it had already been shown in package, but I don't think it has yet. Hopefully they realize they haven't shown it off yet and do so soon.
Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas
January 27, 2024, 04:55:38 PM
Quote from: Kemptown Branch on January 27, 2024, 04:30:20 PMHere's a link to a Facebook post with more pictures of Gordon and Emily:

It also confirms that Henrietta will have a face!

Any possible way you could post the pics here? Deleted Facebook years ago, and the pics are in a private group.
It's great to finally see a painted sample of N scale Emily (and her coaches).

I saw a few pics of Bachmann's booth at the show, and once again Salty is nowhere to be seen. Doug said in November's Thomas Tuesday stream that Salty is on "indefinite hold." I remember seeing elsewhere that they were having issues with Salty's drivetrain, but it just doesn't make sense to me since it's a rerelease of an already existing tooling.

Just a bit concerning. Hope the rerelease is still on its way.
Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas
January 16, 2024, 04:40:38 PM
Quote from: Chaz on January 16, 2024, 03:48:13 PMThe N scale Henrietta sample has been teased on Bachmann's social media and it looks great so far! Can't wait to see it fully painted.

She does look really nice! It doesn't appear as though she'll have a face it seems. Unless the face is facing towards Toby. Guess we'll wait and see. Hoping for a face though 🤞
I'm very excited for the upcoming figure packs. Really hoping for more additions in the near future. Some ideas I've had:

"Sodor's Important People"
-Sir Robert Norramby
-The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
-Reverend Wilbert Awdry
-Reverend Teddy Boston
-Alicia Botti
-Mayor of Sodor

-A variety of different passengers that were seen in the CGI series.

"Sodor's Brass Band"
-Self explanatory.

"Sailor John and Skiff"
-A figure and vehicle combo. Just an added bonus to help sell a Skiff model.

"Captain Joe and Railboat Tours Skiff"
-A simple repaint to help a new tooling for Skiff go further. Would compliment Daisy and Ryan nicely!
(I REALLY want Skiff)

"Construction Workers"
-A variety of construction workers (building the branch line SLOTLT)

Hoping we can get at least some of these, but I'm really hoping for a Sailor John and Skiff!