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While checking out a hobby shop yesterday (see other post), I got to talking with a clerk about the new Thomas in large scale. We thumbed through the new catalog, and I was surprised to see that not only is Bachmann making a Thomas set, but separate sale Thomas, Annie, and Claribel. I was shocked, however, that they are also making Percy and the troublesome trucks as a set and separate sale items as well! This is excellent news!! I don't need the bmann track or transformer, but those locos and cars will definetly be welcome additions!!

Having had several young guys over, Percy seems to be the second favorite, after Thomas, of course..
 

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I received my Bachmann catalog today and as Mark said these items will be avalable but it doesnt say when. it also said that these sets have a lifetime warranty? thats something new. the sets are 385.00 each, or the engines are 200.00 each or 70.00 for the cars and thats retail so price should be reasonalbe for street prices lets just hope they run well for the kids...
 

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The Thomas sets will arrive around the third quarter so I would say toward the end of the summer. I have some photos of the pre-production pieces and they look very nice indeed! I will post them as soon as I have clearance to do so.

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Jack,

That's great news! Any chance there's more of that sort of information coming, on maybe some more prototype related Large Scale items? The Bach Board has been a little dried up of late.

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Thanks Jack, looking forward to the photos when you are allowd to post them.

I am still wondering if Percy could be"Dethomasized" and made into a conventional UK outline loco?
 

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Hi Garrett,
When producing items in the Thomas line you are at the mercy of the licensor. You can design it any way you want but then it has to be submitted for approval and it most likely would have to be redesigned to be more faithful to the licensed concept. In other words Thomas and Percy will be very faithfull to the TV versions

Hi Richard,
I will certainly monitor the forums and provide info when possible. The Narrow Gauge long caboose and the Thomas items are this years large scale releases. I'm sure there will be more to come in the future!
 

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Posted By Bucksco on 03/28/2009 7:30 AM
Hi Garrett,
When producing items in the Thomas line you are at the mercy of the licensor. You can design it any way you want but then it has to be submitted for approval and it most likely would have to be redesigned to be more faithful to the licensed concept. In other words Thomas and Percy will be very faithfull to the TV versions

Hi Richard,
I will certainly monitor the forums and provide info when possible. The Narrow Gauge long caboose and the Thomas items are this years large scale releases. I'm sure there will be more to come in the future!

Glad to hear that some effort will be put into getting the proportions right - as opposed to the Lionel production of a few years ago.

Out of curiosity, Bucksco - do you have permission to mention the scale that the models are being produced in at this time? I'm hoping (but not holding my breath for) 1:32 G-1.

-Kurt
 

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Bucksco, is there any chance that Bachmann might make some figures to go with the Thomas and Friends equipment? Like Sir Topham Hat?
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Posted By SandyR on 03/28/2009 5:51 PM
Bucksco, is there any chance that Bachmann might make some figures to go with the Thomas and Friends equipment? Like Sir Topham Hat?
SandyR


Quite a few of the TFC's presently offered for the smaller scales is oversize to the point where they may be suitably scaled to match 1:32 (or even larger, though oversize LGB stuff might be a stretch) equipment.

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The Topham hat figure that Bachmann currently produces fits very nicely into the cab of both locos. I'm campaigning for more figures for the sets.
As far as scale is concerned these pieces are in line with the rest of Bachmann's large scale items.

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Posted By Spule 4 on 03/27/2009 9:10 PM
Thanks Jack, looking forward to the photos when you are allowd to post them.

I am still wondering if Percy could be"Dethomasized" and made into a conventional UK outline loco?


Bachmann already make seven Gauge 1 locomotives, two of which are 0-6-0 steam outline models.

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Posted By tacfoley on 03/29/2009 4:04 PM
Posted By Spule 4 on 03/27/2009 9:10 PM
Thanks Jack, looking forward to the photos when you are allowd to post them.

I am still wondering if Percy could be"Dethomasized" and made into a conventional UK outline loco?


Bachmann already make seven Gauge 1 locomotives, two of which are 0-6-0 steam outline models.

tac
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But are they in plastic and under $200?
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Posted By tacfoley on 03/29/2009 4:04 PM
Posted By Spule 4 on 03/27/2009 9:10 PM
Thanks Jack, looking forward to the photos when you are allowd to post them.

I am still wondering if Percy could be"Dethomasized" and made into a conventional UK outline loco?


Bachmann already make seven Gauge 1 locomotives, two of which are 0-6-0 steam outline models.

tac
http://www.ovgrs.org/



Very true, but as you point out 1:32/standard gauge. A few of the diecast Ertl models were bash fodder for some narrow gauge outline stuff with some interesting results.
 

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Posted By Bucksco on 03/28/2009 7:30 AM

Hi Richard,
I will certainly monitor the forums and provide info when possible. The Narrow Gauge long caboose and the Thomas items are this years large scale releases. I'm sure there will be more to come in the future!




Jack,

I am really pleased to see a Bachmann official taking part in the forum here. That has been needed for some time.
On the other hand, the long caboose was really a last year announcement, originally to have arrived either right before or right after christmas and then apparently pushed back to this year for whatever reason. Certainly things happen but that means if I am understanding you right that the only new large scale from Bachman this year is the various thomas things. That would mean the earliest a new Spectrum 1:20.3 announcement would be made would be next year, and with the usual schedule of announcement and delivery that would mean that the earliest anything new would arrive would be early spring of 2011! Has Bachmann decided to move away from 1:20.3? I think there are several here who would be disappointed to say the least if they had.

I apologize for putting you on the spot but I'd rather hear the straight skinny from you than be browbeaten by the new self appointed enthusiastic spokesman on the Bachmann board.

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Richard,

There is a lot going on at Bachmann. Everything for 2009 has been announced. We've just released the 2-6-6-2 and the long caboose is coming. We have not abandoned the 1:20.3 line. There are things in the pipeline but even large manufacturers need to exercise a bit of prudence in an economy such as we are experiencing at the moment. Remeber we do many scales -N, HO, On30, 1:20.3 . We need to spread things out so nobody feels "abandoned".
Bachmann has always been very consistent with all of our product lines and will continue to be so into the future.

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Posted By tacfoley on 03/29/2009 4:04 PM
Posted By Spule 4 on 03/27/2009 9:10 PM
Thanks Jack, looking forward to the photos when you are allowd to post them.

I am still wondering if Percy could be"Dethomasized" and made into a conventional UK outline loco?


Bachmann already make seven Gauge 1 locomotives, two of which are 0-6-0 steam outline models.

tac
www.ovgrs.org


But they are not marketed primarily as a child's toy to get inevitably kicked around, as most of them - unfortunately - will.


It's not as if they're making this:




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Dear Mr 4 - the Thomas characters in Rev Audrey's books are standard gauge, not narrow gauge. If you want to make a 'conventional UK outline loco', would you really want to start with a caricature?

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