I have: Thomas christmas Party thomas and the missing christmas tree thomas and the evil diesel Thomas and the hurricane i love them all, but only realised when i got Thomas and the hurricane that clive spong did not illustrate it, some other guy which on close look, you can tell they are not as good. I love the pics in all of Clives works, but love the scene in TCP where Thomas and Toby are getting ready to rescue Mrs kinderly and you see a great view of Tidmouth station which Wilbert Awdry commented on that they were most accurate of the points and station
Post by FlyingScotsman on Aug 1, 2007 15:29:23 GMT
Don't even get me started on grammar and spelling. If I ever become Prime Minister (and I hope for all our sakes that doesn't happen), I'd actually make it illegal for any publisher or official body to make spelling, punctuation or grammar mistakes. The fact that this is in a publication for children is just ridiculous.
Sorry, I'll dismount from my high horse. It just bugs me.
Post by bluetraindude on Aug 11, 2007 16:10:57 GMT
I see it uses some of the original names. "Trouble For Thomas" and "Thomas and the Ghost Engine." Who publishes these and are they UK only? I'd like some of those, they remind me of the old Buzz books.
Quick answer to that one... yes I do, and no it doesn't! All the pictures are screen-shots from the actual episodes I'm afraid.
While I'm here, would this be the best place to discuss the pop-up books? I have three box sets each containing four books, the first two being Rev W stories, the third being 3 parts Christopher. Although his name isn't mentioned anywhere, all look to be illustrated by Clive Spong. I got them all off eBay on the cheap. Never saw them before.
Thomas and the missing christmas tree had some scenes that didn't appear in the episode. One had Gordon and Henry in the shed's being jelous of Thomas, another was the engines waiting for Thomas to come back with the tree. Gordon suggested he got stuck in a tunnel which angers henry who responds by saying he got switced onto another branch line then Donald suggests he could have ran into a cow. That would have been a funny scene. ;D
In regards to the Ladybird plus Buzz Book titles featuring actual screenshots from episodes, I can confirm they actually do not. All the pictures you see are in fact photos taken by the likes of Terry Permane and David Mitton. If you compare any book picture to an actual episode, you will clearly see they are not screenshots/captures at all.
As a matter of fact, I can't recall any episode books featuring captures ever.
I've got a number of Ladybird and Buzz books of Thomas and his friends. The only one I have of S2 Ladybird is the Duck and Diesel trilogy. My ladybird collection is:
* Percy Runs Away/Thomas & The Breakdown Train * Thomas and Bertie/ Thomas Down the Mine * Thomas goes Fishing/ Troublesome Trucks * Thomas, Terence and the Snow/James & the Tar Wagons * Edward, Gordon and Henry/ Gordon Off the Rails * Pop goes the Diesel/Dirty Work/ A close shave * Thomas & The Missing Christmas Tree
I'll post my Buzz book collection another time. I think that my S2 Christmas book came with an audio cassette as I have one of the same episode. To give a bigger clue Ringo's first lines of the tape can be seen in my signature.
"There's nothing interesting to see here so bog off the lot of you!"
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