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Slornie

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Well the Collector Club advert in February's Railway Modeller says "expected January 2019" so who knows when it'll actually turn up! Laughing

Slornie

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If the forthcoming v1.6 is a typo it's one that has already been propagated across multiple sources (that I've seen):

 

  • 2019 Catalogue
  • RMWeb announcements thread
  • Hornby Magazine
  • Railway Modeller

 

New features stated for 1.6 (beyond Railmaster connectivity) include CV programming (0-255) and complete track isolation in the event of a short.

 

One thing I do wonder is how this will affect current unsold and future Select stock.  After 1.6 is released will there be a new production run of Select's that have the new upgrade pre-installed?  And wIll that cause confusion for prospective customers if some controllers come with the hardware fix and others don't?  Would retailers (if they wished) be able to send their older unsold stock back to Hornby to have the upgrade installed before re-sale?

Slornie

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Oh,cool, a NR yellow shunter for club model?  I'm very happy with that, and it certainly makes a change from the usual 0-4-0 steam loco.

 

In fact it reminds me of my old R801 yellow class 06.  I've still got it somewhere but as I recall the body clips broke after experiencing more than one speed-related accident (usually involveing a sharp drop to the floor).  That thing was quite a rocket!

 

EDIT: Interesting that there's no mention in either catalogue or club magazine of any follow-ups to the H-class club-exclusive model, but I suppose that makes sense seeing as the latter hasn't arrived yet anyway. (wasn't it originally supposed to available last year sometime?)

Slornie

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I think Hogwarts Express probably has a better target audience for Hornby than Thomas did. 

 

As Hornby said when they announced they were relinquishing the Thomas license, their models aren't really suited for children (delicate moving parts, exposed electric current etc) and you have to admit they weren't at a price point that a lot of parents would consider either (especially compared to other Thomas products).

 

On the other hand Harry Potter as a franchise is still going strong with a huge cadre of dedicated fans who, having grown up with the novels and movies, now have the means to fulfill any collecting ambitions.  You only have to look at the merchandise around things like replica wands for all sorts of characters to see that.  Here in York the Shambles (the street which partly inspired Diagon Alley in the movies) now has at least three shops entirely dedicated to Harry Potter merchandise!

Slornie

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What I especially liked about this edition was the extensive lists of how many different variations and details have been designed into the new toolings.  Hopefully that will keep some of the more knowledgeable hobbyists satisfied that their particular favourites may turn up in a future year's range!

 

EDIT: It's similar in a way to the page in the new catalogue that shows a photograph of a dismantled Lord Kitchener which demostrates quite how much work goes into each and every model!

Slornie

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Lots of mine have been mentioned already, which is hardly unsurprising, but I recognise most of the others - even those which might be considered "before my time" (e.g. Andy Pandy and the Flower Pot Men from Watch with Mother).

 

My favourites:

 

Thomas the Tank Engine, TUGS (sister show to Thomas), Thunderbirds, Fireman Sam, Postman Pat, The Animals of Farthing Wood, and Around the World with Willy Fog*

 

*Despite featuring anthropormorphic animals I believe this is regarded as one of the most accurate adaptations of Verne's novel.  This one is also very international - Spanish cartoon based on a French novel, animated in Japan and then re-dubbed into English!

Slornie

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Received my copy from Hornby Magazine yesterday (took advantage of the discount via my magazine subscription) and it certainly is a weighty tome this year! Surprised

Slornie

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@GNR-Gordon-4

I think I did hear that actually and all I could think was Harry Potter, due to the fact previously when they had a license with Warner Bros., they reelased Harry Potter products. With this license what else could Hornby release that's train related?

 

I suppose it really depends on what is covered by the license!  Warner Bros. may have carved out specific franchises or product categories to different companies.  And of course it doesn't just have to be railway related - there's probably lots more scope for product in the Corgi, Airfix and Scalextric ranges. 

 

From a quick trawl through the WB website I've found a few possibilies (unsure whether these are all owned by WB or just distributed, and how that would affect who has licensing rights): 

 

  • Games Workshop have a Middle Earth/Lord of the Rings range licensed from WB which would probably precude Corgi from branching out into diecast character or structure models (not that I expect they have any desire to do so)
  • However the many, many incarnations of Batman and his car(s?) in the DC universe has plenty of potential for e.g. Scalextric and Airfix products
  • Or what about some die cast Mad Max vehicles from Corgi?
  • Maybe spaceship kits from Airfix from Bablyon 5 or 2001 A Space Odyssey? (Functioning HAL not included!)

 

In terms of railway products I'm struggling slightly:

 

  • The Polar Express (movie)

Slornie

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I went on the Saturday as normal and thought it was easier to get in/out/see around all the exhibits than I recall from previous years.  Part of that I think is down to the BBC Good Food Show not being on at the same time - because that really does make things busy!  This year and last it's been the following weekend.

 

In terms of Hall 5 itself I think Warley were making better use of the hall floor area than in the past (e.g. going all the way to the back wall), and mixing up the trading stalls and layouts more helps spread the crowds around.  They could have done with a few extra banks of seats for people to make use of though.

 

Hornby's own stand seemed somewhat sparse in comparison to their competitors - Bachmann's cube with display cabinets all around is a great use of space, and even Hattons seemed to have more product on display than Hornby (also note: Hattons presented themselves as a supplier rather than with a trade stand this year!).  It's also a sad state of affairs when the Hornby Collector Club model based on last year's stand centrepiece still hasn't come out, a whole year on from Warley 2017!

Slornie

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So along with GWR that's two of the "big four" names brought back.  Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what the next WCML franchise (+initial HS2) will be called? Tongue Out

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