Saturday, 18 February 2012

"Bachmann Thomas 60 Second Review!"

In response to feedback over the last year, I will be revisiting many of the models I reviewed last year, with succinct and to the point 60 second reviews. I intend to do one or two a week, focusing mainly on the Bachmann Thomas & Friends range, in anticipation of the Duck The Great Western Engine release later this year.

All feedback on this first video in the 60 Second Review series will be much appreciated.

Until next time!

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Oh look:

Bachmann Duck with moving eyes

So for those of you who doubted mine and my source's credibility, I only have one thing to say...



Looking forward to revealing more as it arrives in the Hero of the Scales office.



Sunday, 12 February 2012

"Duck-ing for Cover"

It's not often I get a bit of amusement from the Bachmann Trains Forum, but seeing the comment below this evening really did make me laugh:

Hey, hey, hey. What if Duck wasn't announced this year? You gotta think, it was Simon who brought the news. If it's false, then you can say goodbye to him. That will practically destroy his reputation to fans everywhere.

First and foremost, my contact - a very good one who has been on the ball for nearly four years of knowing him, hasn't been wrong before. The unfortunate thing is that I've never reported in four years any of his tips previous to Bachmann making their own announcement.

Out of respect for his privileged position and his confidence, no, I won't be revealing my source. Anyone who thinks I should needs a reality check. You don't reveal sources if it puts someone's job on the line. It would be a disgraceful thing to do. Disgusting at that, and more than likely despicable, too!

Secondly, over at the Sodor Island Forums, we had confirmation from a completely separate source, that Duck was on the cards from Bachmann. Their source had different dates of release to mine, but the overall information remained the same. My source said late 2012, theirs said late 2012 probably early 2013.

Ryan and I decided to make a bit of a thing about it last week because, purely and simply, we want people to support the Duck model when it comes out, and we want people to support the excellent Bachmann range. No ifs, ands, or buts.

If you support the quality products, you get more quality products. That's why the Bachmann Diesel popped out of nowhere last year, when people were clearly buying into the superb Bill & Ben models of the year before.

Credibility isn't about getting it right all of the time - it's facing up to when you've got it wrong and putting your hands up and saying "we're wrong". In this case I don't think we are wrong, at all, particularly with the very credible and very separate sources we have..

HOWEVER - if by some way we've got it wrong here, then I'd go back to my source, Ryan to his, discuss what's happened, and then we'd come back with an explanation and an apology. That would be the right thing to do, and we would be sincere about it.

On the flip side, there is always one user somewhere who wants to blow things out of proportion anyway. I think we've found that particular one for this month!

In any event, I'd like to think my "reputation" with this fanbase would be based on more than just a single bit of product news...!

Until next time - night all!

Monday, 6 February 2012

"I'm Great Western and..."

Yes, it's the news you've been waiting for - Duck the Great Western Engine will be made by Bachmann USA in 2012. This is not so surprising really, given the character's continuing popularity, despite his absence in the current incarnation of Thomas & Friends.

More on this news and hopefully some discussion on the pre-production samples, when it breaks.

Until next time!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

"Incoming news on the Bachmann Range"

Within the next week or so, there will be some news on the 2012 Bachmann T&F range - at least one group of fans is going to be very happy I'll wager. After last year's Donald & Douglas models kicking about quite happily here, there and everywhere, this year's model announcement is sure to delight a great many.

Until next time!