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!