This is a slightly new series of models. I got a wind up of Emily from the Ribble steam Railway. They're not bad. I latter went back and got one of Thomas. They're quite cheep, in the sence that you can buy them from 1.99- 2.49, in price. There's also a ring at the back, for attaching rolling stock. Since they have compatable models of Annie and Clarabel, there seems potential to release more rolling stock, making it a good range of toys. They also have moving side-rods, so that's another bonus. The only two flaws I note are
The Wheel Configuration (Though this one can't be helped)
Post by FlyingScotsman on Jun 18, 2006 12:35:27 GMT
I picked up some of these recently. I'm experimenting with a clockwork-powered model railway, and I wondered if these might be converted to run on 009 track. Short answer, no. But I think they're good little models anyway, and for a couple of quid each I'm not complaining about the value for money.
There are some odd omissions from the range. For instance, as Truro notes, there is no Henry. There is, however, a Murdoch and a Spencer. And the only road vehicle they make is Elizabeth - I would have thought Bertie would be a more logical choice. Edward and James are tank engines (or at least, their tenders are compressed into the back of their cabs) in this range.
Two items I'd really like to see them introduce are trucks and track.
I picked most of these up at a Day Out With Thomas event............ tried to buy the rack and all, actually.
The only ones they didn't have were Diesel 10, Thomas (wonder why) and Spencer. I have since aquired Diesel 10 elsewhere, although I'm still on the look out for the other two.
Regarding the capsules, I often see those outside of the Entertainer shops down here in the South West. I've yet to buy any yet, although I do have 4/5 of the other capsule set, which includes Thomas, Edward, Henry, James and Toby..... I can't get James in that range for some reason, and I do have the rest of them twice.
I got Percy and Skarloey last Sunday - I think these little wind-ups are adorable ^_^ My Aunt got them for me, she said she only saw them 'round Easter. I dunno, but I'd like to get more of them.
I think the Skarloey one is my favourite out of the two I have. I'd love to get Lady, Peter Sam (if avalible), Oliver (if avalible), and Rheneas ^_^ My Aunt told me that she found them at her local Wal-Mart, so I guess I'll start there!
...They're fun to watch, I like playing with them on my basement floor *is easily amused* ^___^
Japs've got: Henry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Flying Scotsman? (Remember, it is from the same website as the big city engine and the tomica one!) Splatter Dodge Thomas with snowplough Japanese locomotives Donald/Douglas Tankers Trevor Trucks Track Rusty Stepney Oliver Boco Bertie Terence Mavis Coaches Mail-Van More Trucks Container Flats
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