Post by henrythegreen on Mar 1, 2014 18:32:25 GMT
I've seen some of those on some of the Japanese Bandai models I have.
I'd love to see a copy of that in English!
I’m quoting these four-year-old posts because I recently was lucky enough to acquire a copy of this book off ebay (see the cover: www.ebay.com/itm/390763531278?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649) and thought I would share some of my observations about it:
First and foremost, I was right about the artwork. For the majority of the characters/vehicles that were introduced in Series 1-3 the main illustration is the same as was used back in the 1990s (and in some cases late 1980s). Those in the U.S. will surely remember these depictions from the Ertl diecast model packaging. It’s fascinating that these decade-old drawings lasted into the start of the HiT era. I've never seen them reproduced in as large or as sharply as they are here.
As for the characters introduced from Series 4 onward, most all of them were also depicted in illustrations probably dating to the time of their introduction in the series. I remembered some (such as Peter Sam and Sir Handel) from their use on Ertl’s last STS collector cards (in 1996), but when I compared them, the book pictures looked slightly different as if Ertl had gone in and retouched some details and thickened the outlines. The illustration Ertl used for Rusty however, was totally different and (in my opinion) inferior to the one used for this book.
I retract what I said about the depictions of the Series 5-7 characters. They were actually very nice and wouldn’t have been out of place had Ertl continued using the STS-style packaging. Interestingly, whoever put this book together chose to use a new illustration for Mavis (which I’d never seen before) that seems closer to the style the Gullane characters are in than her 90s-era drawing.
In addition to the main 3/4 illustration of the characters, there were also very well detailed profiles of several engines. Indeed, Toby’s profile included his lamp holders that are missing from his 1990s era picture!
The section for Daisy has an illustration that is more detailed than the old Ertl card, but it includes the mistake of Daisy having Boco’s wheel arrangement (as seen in “Bulls Eyes”), both in profile and in main illustration.
Boco gets something of a raw deal. Everyone gets at least two pictures from the TV series and both of Boco’s (from “Edward’s Exploit” and “Double Teething Troubles”) show him looking cross!
The same illustration is used twice to depict ‘Arry and Bert.
The “Magic Railroad” characters stick out in stark contrast as they are shown in the post-2003 simplified style (as seen in the very last incarnation of the Ertl models, for instance) with very wonky perspective. It’s interesting to compare Splodge’s pictures with that of Diesel to see the amount of effort that went into drawing the characters in 1990 versus 2000.
And yes, I’m still scratching my head at the fact that Boulder gets his own page. The idea of trying to make a rock (!) a character remains for me one of the true “what were they thinking?” moments of the classic series.
In the back of the book there is a nifty episode guide of Series 1-7 (where that infamous night shot from the aborted “Missing Coach” episode was first seen). I did notice the shots for almost all of the Series 1 episodes were actually screengrabs instead of stills. Interesting.
Finally, there are several pictures of a DOWT event at the Mid-Hants Railway. Diesel, Thomas, Toad, Daisy and a green BR Standard (Henry?) are shown around Ropley Station. I wish I could have been around to see it in person as it looked very well done!
All in all a very fascinating book and one I'm glad I purchased.