It's actually the other way round - Wilbert did his own version of Christmas Party (although the landslide from the RS Christmas Party is referenced to.). Christopher did the same with Christmas Adventure.
I just got a copy of Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree to complete my trio. I'd say it's the best of the three. There are some funny parts, such as when Henry and Gordon are discussing where Thomas might have got too. Gordon suggests he may be stuck in a tunnel. Henry, offended says that he's more likely to have been turned onto a branch line. Then Donald shuts them both up by suggesting that he could have run into a cow! Then there's the apearance of Father Christmas, emerging from Harold, a nice touch. Then you see him talking to the engines. That's just sureal! But I think this book was aimed at TV audiences, mainly because of the engines who are there and are not there. Boco, as well as Bill and Ben are all there though Oliver, Bear abd Mavis are not. Plus the fact that Donald and Douglass are in their origianl black livery, instead of their proper blue.
We are sorry to announce, that the 10.22 service to Tidmouth has been cancelled. This is due to an engine refusing to come out of a tunnel.
I have Thomas and the Evil Diesel. Some of the drawings are peculiar like how Thomas managed to get passed Daisy when there is only a single track line! I also have the Island of Sodor: People, History and Railways. An excellent book. I would reccommend anyone to get hold of it if they can. It is the most treasured pocession of Thomas memorbilia that I own. I also have Sodor: Reading Between the Lines which is a good accompany to the Island of Sodor.
I think it's pretty awesome how they tied in the Learning Curve model to fit an actual story in a book. When the LC model of Stepney with the museum cars was released years ago *I* had no idea what provoked such a release.
I guess those who made the purchase can now appreciate the product better, knowing that it serves a purpose.
Ahh, memories.. I used to have the Please Read to Me TV series books, plus Catch me, Catch Me! Happy Birthday Thomas! Counting with Thomas, Thomas' Big Blue Treasury, Tell Time With Thomas, Thomas and the School Trip, and New Tracks for Thomas.. unfortunately, my mom made me get rid of them.
I read Thomas-saurus Rex not too long ago at Border's. It had an interesting little side story from when the Fat Controller was still a little kid and Stepney was brand new engine. Glad to see they gave the fat man a bit of a past with an old engine
I've seen this set in bookstores before now, and Jake's more or less spot on with the titles. They're all from Series 8, however, so I think Thomas' Dusty Day is either Thomas To the Rescue or Spic and Span
I was in the bookstore yesterday and saw a book titled "May the Best Engine Win" featuring Thomas and Emily. The two are given jobs and compete to see who can complete theirs the fastest. I just flipped through it though, didn't read it. I noticed in one illustration, Emily goes to the quarry to get her trucks loaded with rock. In the background you can see Alfie and Ned, and either Max or Monty in the foreground (the number wasn't showing). And Ned was made of steel, had a window on his side and no writing, and his bucket had teeth. o.o
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