Well, I purchased a Limited Edition Silver model of Thomas and a model of Edward a couple of weeks ago from Myer Melbourne. I might purchase some trucks when I get the money, and then Henry, and then Gordon...
I know how you feel bobwinkle. I Dont like them either, and the only reason why I bought Jack & Alfie from that range was because I couldnt get my hands on the ERTL models.
These toys are not accurate, their wheel configuration is sometimes wrong, the magnets have a possibility of being too dangerous (they are REAL magnets, so putting them next to the computer is dangerous), and there are less characters in that range. Plus most of its rolling stock doesnt match what there is in the series (Coal hopper for example)
ERTL on the other hand made very accurate models, there were more characters in it, and they were very collectable.
I dont see why they did it, I was looking forward to seeing Mike, Rex and Bert in ERTL form, but they never got made, its so unfair!
Also, little statement if I may, DO NOT ask me for Thomas episodes by MSN please!
I like them quite frankly, due to the fact that i'm not an accuracy freak. The lineup is small though....But it is 3 years old. Besides, Take-Along is like a reincarnation of ERTL.....It's distributed by the same company. It isin't really that much diffrent for me, anyway. *Bricked*
Are they going to make Molly, Mighty Mac, Neville, and Dennis?
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I'd dispute the claim that Diesel was first made popular by 'Steamies Versus Diesels'...
This range has actually grown on me quite a bit. I know it's not as accurate as the Ertl range, but that was far from perfect. Look at the Ertl Gordon objectively- his boiler's too small, his tender's too small, his cab is too tall, the windows are too large... The characters Flying Scotsman, Bluebell, the Fat Controller's Car, the Slate Wagons, George, D199, D10, D7101, Arthur, Spencer and many others had similar compromises, and that's before we've even started on the issue of scale.
PercyFan1998: I think for me the issue is one of inconsistency. They took down the restored versions that have the highest quality image but will leave the lower-quality uploads all over the place.
May 7, 2021 0:37:55 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Except that if you put it that way, it is consistent: They're specifically targeting the higher-picture-quality restored versions. Because gee, what's up on the streaming services and for sale on new-pressed disks? The restored versions
May 7, 2021 1:07:23 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: They're trying to force you to head to the paid options if you want to get the good picture quality.
May 7, 2021 1:09:31 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Of course, in some ways the joke's on them because a lot of those restorations have worse editing and/or use inferior takes compared to the broadcast/VHS versions.
May 7, 2021 1:10:48 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: IMO Mattel would profit a lot more if they slashed the merch licensing fees. They were damagingly high even by the time of buyout, and have gotten worse since. And the bloated price tags have been definitely hurting sales from what I've seen.
May 7, 2021 1:16:28 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Sales of a lot of the Bachmann Thomas rolling stock seemed to plummet as the prices jacked up based on the discontinuations (And I suspect the same hit the Hornby range even worse). And the Wooden Railway range had vanished from non-TRU bigbox stores (tbc)
May 7, 2021 1:21:53 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: in my area by 2015, and its shelf presence had been shrinking leading up to then. Thomas' shelf presence in general seems to have diminished a fair bit, and I imagine this is the cause. HiT and Mattel failing at distribution of the show can't have helped
May 7, 2021 1:24:55 GMT
toadthegwrbrakevan: HiT actually distributed the show very well in my opinion, good merchandise, Thomas was definitely more popular and well-to-do during the Miller era than during BWBA or today. But I agree for everything else, I'm curious about what you say about TWR,
May 7, 2021 2:53:36 GMT
toadthegwrbrakevan: growing up, the bigbox store never sold TWR, I could only get it at Barnes & Noble or Toys'R'Us, it was too expensive for Walmart or Target, that was Trackmaster territory.
May 7, 2021 2:54:29 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: For a while, Target and Mall Wart actually did stock it and decently. At least where I am. But that was in decline. Probably didn't help that Thomas-size engines were around $15
May 7, 2021 4:35:16 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: And I mean that HiT did a poor job distributing the show itself - the actual episodes. They got complacent about seeking alternatives to PBSKids even as viewing there (and govt. support) slipped into decline - and Mattel continued this complacency.
May 7, 2021 4:43:59 GMT
LNERandBR: Well, personally I think it's time to draw a line under all that and concentrate on better things. Speaking of, we have a new ERS volume for you all Check out who's returning: sodorislandforums.com/post/388698/thread
May 7, 2021 11:04:07 GMT
harperman: I Have read up to i think 133 out of 376 volumes
May 7, 2021 11:58:46 GMT
alexander876: Hey, Harperman, what did you think of Last of the Crewe Engines?
May 7, 2021 15:39:19 GMT
harperman: I Thought it a very good ERS Volume
May 7, 2021 15:45:56 GMT
harperman: I Am reading the entire ERS Library to gain a better understanding of it and its universe before attempting to try my hand at becoming an ERS Writer myself : D
May 7, 2021 15:50:52 GMT