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steakandcake

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« Reply #165 on: August 31, 2019, 07:51:46 PM »

Well here are my predictions for Feb. 2020.

HO Scale
Stepney (with moving eyes)
Dynamite Van (Ice Cream Van repaint)
Chocolate Syrup Tanker
Toffee Tanker

Narrow Gauge
Sir Handel
Brown Brake Van
Blue Brake Van

N Scale
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Starter Set
Percy and the Troublesome Trucks Starter Set
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Falcon the 2nd


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« Reply #166 on: September 01, 2019, 12:50:40 PM »

I may as well join in on the fun and share what I'd like for Feb. 2020! Not setting expectations too high considering the announcements we've gotten this summer, but I still want to lend some support in the ideas that currently matter most.

HO Scale
Stepney (with moving eyes)
Tar Tanker reintroduction

Narrow Gauge
Sir Handel
Blue Brake Van
Red Brake Van

N Scale
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Starter Set

Large Scale (mainly wishful thinking)
Mavis (with moving eyes)

It is common among us fans that Stepney needs to be announced in time for the 75th anniversary, and for all the right reasons. Though I don't have particularly strong hopes for rolling stock and I will take whatever comes our way, it'd be nice if we saw the Tar Tanker reintroduced in vein of Gordon's Express Coaches. It helps that tankers are on the smaller end of options and have been recolored numerous times.

Even if Peter Sam has not yet been manufactured, I'm open to the possibility of Sir Handel being announced as he is my favorite among the Narrow Gauge cast. Like many others, I would appreciate the addition of brake vans; blue and red should be made at the very least since those are the only colors existing vans currently use.

I've already bought a good amount of N Scale track, but I still think a starter set with Thomas would be smart to make from a marketing standpoint. Not every family that buys model trains can enter a new scale easily.

The topic of Large Scale is a rather debatable one since announcements for it have not been exciting over the last five years. If the line were to have any shot of redemption going into the new decade, announcing a new engine would be its best case scenario. Bachmann was able to defy fans' expectations by giving Daisy moving eyes, so anything could happen announcement-wise in this field. As discussed elsewhere in the past, Mavis would be the absolute best choice for a new engine since she can re-use Toby's chassis and is an iconic, smaller character to make. Though I am not going to hold my breath over the idea, announcing Mavis at the very least would be a joy to see and it can make up for years of disappointment in the Large Scale market.
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Wishlists:
HO Scale - Stepney, Tar Tanker
N Scale - Edward, Mavis, Henrietta, Milk Tanker, Brake Van
DucktheGWREngine08


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« Reply #167 on: September 01, 2019, 01:27:04 PM »

Even ghough Stepeney is popular, Mattel won't let Bachmann release a model of Stepney since he is not part of the current seasons, and Ryan would be released next, especially since he works with Daisy on the Harwick branch in the new seasons.
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Cheeky_ULP


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« Reply #168 on: September 01, 2019, 01:29:49 PM »

Even ghough Stepeney is popular, Mattel won't let Bachmann release a model of Stepney since he is not part of the current seasons, and Ryan would be released next, especially since he works with Daisy on the Harwick branch in the new seasons.
What says that? They released the Spiteful Brakevan not long ago.
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thomasj219

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« Reply #169 on: September 01, 2019, 04:12:25 PM »

 I donít agree with that either. BACHMANN has proven over years that they know WE are their main market. They have done certain things that Mattel has wanted but itís obvious they fight for us. Yes they canít make soley  model era characters anymore,  but you saying that Stepney has no chance with the anniversary on the horizon and  overwhelming fan demand (Duck) is just silly.  It may not happen but the chances are definitely better than theyíve ever been.

 We need to just be vocal about what we want. Because we are the ones who buy.

My dreams would be

HO
Stepney
BoCo
Arthur
Harvey
Murdoch
Fergus

Long shots I know but
Diesel 10
Lady

 If they made those few models with the exception of engines like the diesel and Derek, We would have the entire classic cast of characters.

Think about that.  When engines like Emily were coming out we never wouldíve dreamed the range would be where it is today.  We even got a narrow gauge which was considered a dream by so many for so long. Guilford Guys turning in his forum grave.  Roll Eyes The OG Hater.


 So yes Bachmann cares about us. Keep posting your thoughts boys.  

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All I want is, Stepney, Boco, Harvey.
Chaz


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« Reply #170 on: September 01, 2019, 05:42:07 PM »

Even ghough Stepeney is popular, Mattel won't let Bachmann release a model of Stepney since he is not part of the current seasons, and Ryan would be released next, especially since he works with Daisy on the Harwick branch in the new seasons.

Iím honestly surprised that youíre still arguing this with us despite what everyone on here has said in the past about why Stepney should be made.

People actually want Stepney because he isnít in the CGI series because fans prefer the classic designs and considering Arc/Jam-filledís track record, itís understandable why fans donít want to see Stepney in CGI (especially with the bouncing and the horrendous details that were added to some of the characters).  So if anything, the sooner they announce him the better.
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« Reply #171 on: September 01, 2019, 06:03:45 PM »

Fine, I won't argue as to why anymore, even though non of what I said makes me not wish he gets made.

HO Scale Steam Locos
Stepney
Ryan
HO Scale Diesels
Den
Dart
HO Scale Rolling Stock
Slip Coaches
Bradford
Narrow Gauge
Sir Handel/Duncan
Red Brakevan
Brown Brakevan
Green Coaches
Crovens Gate Depot
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Zekeism

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« Reply #172 on: September 02, 2019, 07:53:32 AM »

I do feel Stepney is very unlikely, but I would like to proven wrong.
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TrainMan2001


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« Reply #173 on: September 02, 2019, 01:28:05 PM »

Here are my hopes for the 2020 announcements:
HO Scale:
Stepney (I wouldn't mind if it took them a couple of years after his announcement for him to be released, as long as they can make him)
Tar Tanker (I would love to see this reintroduced, especially since they returned in Season 23 with their Season 1 designs)
Red Express Coach
Red Express Brake Coach

Narrow Gauge:
Brown Brake Van
Blue Brake Van
(I could see them saving the red brake van for another year)

N Scale:
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Starter Set

Large Scale:
LBSC Thomas
Troublesome Van

I do hope that Large Scale could get better announcements than those listed, I just don't know what people would think is popular for that range. Other than that, I feel like everything else would restore faith in Bachmann more than the NMRA announcements and I believe everyone would buy these items in a heartbeat. Plus, Stepney is pretty muchgarunteed money and the other items are relevant to the series, which Mattel should have no problems with.
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« Reply #174 on: September 02, 2019, 02:41:47 PM »

Time to give you guys my ideas now I know that these may not be made by 2020 but I would love to see these things made soon.

  HO scale locomotives
  
  Stepney
  Stanley
  Sidney
  Ryan

  HO scale rolling stock

  Hector
  tar tanker
  explosives van
  troublesome truck #7(a van)
  red express coaches
  red express brake coach
  china clay trucks(green and red)

  HO scale train sets  (now I know that Bachmann don't really make any more train sets for the HO rang but they are still ideas)

  Mavis's clay run(it would come with Mavis and the china clay trucks if they make them)
  Diesels devious delivery(it would come with Diesel and troublesome truck #1 and #2)
  Ducks farm run(it would come with Duck GWR van GWR cattle wagon Tidmouth milk tanker Terence the tractor and farmer MacColl)

  narrow gauge

  Sir Handel
  Duncan
  blue brake van
  red brake van
  open wagon
  green coach
  narrow gauge train set
  N scale and ho scale crossing(it's just an idea not reality)

  non-rail
  Trevor

  resin buildings
  narrow guage engine shed

  N scale
  Thomas and friends starter set

  large scale
  red coach
  red brake coach
  Henrietta

Those are my ideas hope you all enjoy. Smiley
  

     thomas fan
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I like Stepney and would love to see him in ho scale.
TrainFan97


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« Reply #175 on: September 02, 2019, 04:53:49 PM »

My list may not be much different from anyone else's.

HO Scale:
Stepney and/or Sidney (hopefully Stepney)
Explosives Van (this one is long overdue)
Chocolate Syrup Tanker
Toffee Tanker
Tar Tanker
Red Express Coach
Red Express Brake Coach

I know not all the rolling stock I listed above would be announced at one time, but some of the options I listed should make it.

Narrow Gauge:
Sir Handel
Blue Brake Van
Brown Brake Van
Skarloey starter set

N Scale:
James (possibly)
Thomas starter set with Annie and Clarabel

Hopefully, at least SOME of these get announced at the 2020 Toy Fair.
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My wishlist for HO Scale: Stepney, BoCo, Sidney, Norman, Porter, Timothy, Samson, and Green Salty.
My wishlist for N Scale: Gordon, Henry, Edward, and Diesel.
JLK2707

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« Reply #176 on: September 03, 2019, 05:05:18 AM »

Yeah, but remember it is just going to be whatever Mattel orders them to make. Roll Eyes
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TrainFan97


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« Reply #177 on: September 03, 2019, 07:47:24 AM »

Yeah, but remember it is just whatever Mattel orders them to make. Roll Eyes

You think I don't know that?
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My wishlist for HO Scale: Stepney, BoCo, Sidney, Norman, Porter, Timothy, Samson, and Green Salty.
My wishlist for N Scale: Gordon, Henry, Edward, and Diesel.
Cheeky_ULP


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« Reply #178 on: September 03, 2019, 12:09:56 PM »

Yeah, but remember it is just whatever Mattel orders them to make. Roll Eyes
Considering the Thomas & Friends brand is still losing money as of Mattels second quarter reports a week or so ago, they better think wisely about what "orders" they make, brand-wide and not just Bachmann.

https://news.mattel.com/news/mattel-reports-second-quarter-2019-financial-results

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Infant, Toddler and Preschool category Gross Sales down 13% as reported, and down 11% in constant currency; Fisher-Priceģ and Thomas & Friendsģ Gross Sales down 6% as reported, and down 4% in constant currency.
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« Reply #179 on: September 03, 2019, 02:40:28 PM »

HO
Stepney (with moving eyes)
Stanley (with moving eyes)
Red express coaches
Red express brake coach

Narrow Gauge
Sir Handel
Duncan

N Scale
James
Gordon
Henry
Edward

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