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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: October 22, 2018, 07:35:12 PM
Comparing model making to video game development is like comparing apples to oranges. Maybe even more different than that.

Anyways, I'll see if I can get the Spiteful Brake Van once he's available.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 27, 2018, 06:29:30 PM
I don't know anyone who'd rave for Bachmann to make Nia, Rebecca, or Philip. The vast majority, including myself, dread the idea.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: September 26, 2018, 08:16:18 AM
After seeing nearly every episode this season, I can honestly say that Big World Big Adventures really didn't deserve the backlash it got.

You're certainly in the minority here. You're the only person I've seen who actually LIKES the changes. I respect your opinion, though.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 17, 2018, 06:11:19 PM
I think another HO Rolling Stock possibility is Hannah. Bachmann has her tooling.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 16, 2018, 04:08:18 PM
New toolings like Stepney or Daisy should definitely have higher priority over recolors, but if a new tooling isn't in the budget, Red Rosie, LBSC Thomas, or Black James should get made. Any of those three recolors would sell better than Paxton and Sidney combined. The biggest problem with Sidney is that Bachmann would be doing a Class 08 three years in a row. He's not even as popular as Paxton.

Because many people complained about Rosie being made in her old lavender livery, we might get Red Rosie eventually.

If we get another engine recolor, it should definitely be possible to announce a new engine tooling alongside it, considering Oliver and Celebration Thomas were both announced the same year.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 14, 2018, 05:21:56 PM
All Mattel really did with this series revamp is fix what isn't broken.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 11, 2018, 09:53:28 PM
At least the Bachmann Thomas range is safe.

The fact that Mattel is axing more Thomas merchandise lines is proof they're admitting that they can't make good quality Thomas toys. Wood was such a flop, it died off in less than a year. Now, they're axing Adventures. The reason why Thomas toys have been having pitiful sales is because Mattel can't make good quality Thomas toys that are actually worth the price. Even the target audience (toddlers) hated Wood.

Bachmann has pretty much the only good Thomas merchandise left. Bachmann models are QUALITY over quantity, and take a lot of effort to make. They can't just make new models overnight. They actually have effort and quality, which is something the toy lines haven't had recently. I'm glad the Bachmann Thomas line is safe.

With how lackluster the recent special, and the current season have been, I'm concerned about the show getting cancelled. When Thomas and the Magic Railroad came, it was a box office bomb, then the show started to go downhill, with Sharon Miller taking over with the most horrible writing you can think of, until 2013 when Andrew Brenner became head writer, then Thomas was actually watchable again, while still having some serious flaws. The Great Race, in my opinion, was when the show started going back downhill, then Journey Beyond Sodor introduced "bouncing". Now, we have Edward and Henry controversially removed from the Steam Team in favor of Nia and Rebecca, shorter episodes, unnecessary fantasies, and no more third-person narrative. 8 episodes were cut from Season 21 because of these changes.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: September 08, 2018, 06:43:53 PM
My 2019 predictions:

HO Scale

Stepney
Explosives Van
Troublesome Truck #6 (tanker)
Red Express Coaches (re-introduction)

Narrow Gauge

Peter Sam

Large Scale
Red Branch Line Coaches

As much as I'd want her, I don't think we'll get HO Daisy anytime soon, given her size, Mattel's marketing standards, and how many recolors we've been getting lately, and very rarely do we get a new tooling for HO Scale. If any new tooling is possible, Stepney should definitely get made, since he's a simple tank engine. HO Stepney would be a hugely successful model, since there is clearly a market for him.

Bachmann must NOT make Nia or Rebecca, given the controversy and reception Big World Big Adventures and Season 22 have had.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Rusty illustration on: August 22, 2018, 08:40:37 PM
I'm okay with Rusty in his CGI design, since his render is FAR better than Duncan's. If Bachmann makes Duncan solely based on his awful CGI render, I think I'll pass too. They MUST do Peter Sam next.

Bachmann Oliver was still successful, but he would've been even more successful if he was based on his model series design, but nope, Arc Productions just HAD to give Oliver a really bad and blatantly undersized CGI render, so we can't blame Bachmann. Blame Arc Productions (now Jam Filled) and Mattel. I still enjoyed Bachmann Oliver though.

For HO Scale, I'd say Bachmann needs to make Stepney before CGI ruins him. He's a simple tank engine.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: June 05, 2018, 07:07:36 PM
Indeed! A Bachmann Sidney would be a waste of time, and his sales would be minimal compared to Paxton, since Paxton is clearly the more liked and fleshed out of the two. It would be a better idea to just save Sidney for another time, and Bachmann should announce either Stepney or Daisy next year, as those are engines the HO range has been needing for some time. Much higher priorities than another Class 08 recolor like Sidney. Not saying I never want Bachmann to make Sidney; just not for 2019. We already have Grumpy Diesel, which was a questionable announcement.

Paxton is the most expensive of the Class 08s. I need to save up. He's the first CGI character in the HO range, but he's a likeable one.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Ranking Bachmanns Next Engine on: June 03, 2018, 02:59:53 PM
I would MUCH rather have Stepney or Daisy over Sidney. The fact that there's Grumpy Diesel means that another Class 08 just wouldn't be interesting. Unlike Sidney, people actually have an attachment to Paxton.

Stepney and Daisy are two much higher priorities. Hopefully, one of them gets announced in 2019.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: June 02, 2018, 05:02:47 PM
I was right. Paxton started showing up on other sites before Bachmann officially announced his arrival. I'm not buying just yet, but I will sometime soon.

As for Sidney, it would be very difficult to get his face right, especially using the exact same eye mechanism. The top part is rounded, but Bachmann could just put a painted frame around it to cover the gaping hole behind the face. Of course, his face would also need to be stretched a little, like Paxton's was to fit the eye mechanism.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 24, 2018, 01:33:02 PM
I didn't know Tomix is also available in the US.

So, in that case, Bachmann may not get the license for N Scale Thomas anytime soon.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Hornby Discontinues Thomas Range on: April 23, 2018, 05:29:34 PM
Now that Hornby has officially called quits on their Thomas line, this is Bachmann's chance to FINALLY start selling their Thomas models in the UK. Once the HO and Narrow Gauge Thomas models start selling in the UK, it will increase sales immensely. Bachmann started selling their Thomas models in Australia just last year. Now, the license is available for the UK.

In terms of Thomas models, Lionel is now Bachmann's only competition left. Once Lionel calls quits on their Thomas license, Bachmann can eventually make O Scale Thomas models as well.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: March 07, 2018, 03:23:10 PM
I really think Stepney is a GREAT candidate for 2019. As much as I really want Daisy like everyone else, I can understand that there are certain factors going against her, and Bachmann seems hesitant to make a large diesel for the Thomas range.

Stepney may not be in full CGI yet, but he will be more than a welcome addition to the HO range. People have wanted him for some time now, even before Daisy returned in CGI, especially since Hornby Stepney is discontinued, and eBay prices are really high. When Bachmann eventually made Oliver, it was a huge deal, meaning you wouldn't have to get the discontinued Hornby model off of eBay for a ridiculous price anymore. Unlike Daisy, Stepney is another tank engine, and Bachmann can EASILY make him. He certainly has more demand than a long shot like Norman. For an engine with a new tooling, Daisy or Stepney would be welcomed with open arms, but I can definitely see Stepney being made by the fact that he's a tank engine, and he's also a classic character who would sell like hot cakes. When Bachmann made Duck and Oliver, they both sold like hot cakes, and Stepney would do the same. If Bachmann announces either Stepney or Daisy next year, they would definitely redeem themselves after this year's pitiful announcements, which did raise questions.

Since Grumpy Diesel's image is already posted, it's possible that we could get a recolor (Sidney) announced as well as a new tooling (Stepney or Daisy). If both a new tooling and a recolor get announced, that would be even better, with the recolor (Sidney) working as an added bonus, given how great Paxton's final model looks. I'd welcome Sidney with open arms too, as long as we get an engine with a new tooling before him, or with him. In 2014, no engine was announced, but in 2015, Bachmann announced Oliver, and a recolor nobody cared about (Celebration Thomas). This idea does sound realistic.
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