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hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:19 pm
by daleks04
hi,

recently noticed all shops take off listings for hornby percy and toby, even hornby!

whats happening? :?

d04

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:45 pm
by Phipps
Maybe they're planning on relaunching them as DCC-Fitted only?
Haven't a clue to be honest,but I don't rate the Toby very much-seems too big to me :roll:

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:31 am
by son of triangman
Sadly the Hornby Toby is way overscale, it can be made fairly decent with a lot of butchery though. They would have been better going for a scale sized non-super detail model and just adding a pack of extra detailing for a main range model.

I'm not bashing Hornby, they had a reason at the time for making the model so overscale no doubt.

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:45 pm
by Phipps
Hornby's Toby was the reason why I opted for the Bachmann version,which seems nearer to scale,even though it's HO....
It's the only TTTE by Bachmann that I have.
One thing I have noticed recently is that their "Spencer" A4 character seems not to have been re-stocked anywhere(he's Alfie's favourite).
Spoke to Mick at DToS & he's got a rep guy hunting a few down,but not had much luck :?

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:02 pm
by steviesparx
Phipps wrote:One thing I have noticed recently is that their "Spencer" A4 character seems not to have been re-stocked anywhere(he's Alfie's favourite).
Spoke to Mick at DToS & he's got a rep guy hunting a few down,but not had much luck :?


This one Phipps ?....

http://www.trainsontime.co.uk/58749-bac ... p-580.html

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:46 pm
by locoworks
perhaps it's the 'end of the line' for them?? :roll:

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:07 pm
by rocketman
http://www.trainsontime.co.uk/thomas-friends-thomas-bachmann-c-51_59.html
had some stock at the weekend when I looked, as well as several digitally fitted small locos which could have faces fitted
rocketman

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:18 pm
by rocketman
Blackmarlin, Do you know of any Caley smokebox doors available in Aberdeen for when Douglas and Donald are launched?
rocketman

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:44 pm
by Phipps
steviesparx wrote:
Phipps wrote:One thing I have noticed recently is that their "Spencer" A4 character seems not to have been re-stocked anywhere(he's Alfie's favourite).
Spoke to Mick at DToS & he's got a rep guy hunting a few down,but not had much luck :?


This one Phipps ?....

http://www.trainsontime.co.uk/58749-bac ... p-580.html

No mate,it was the Hornby version they were looking for.Hattons didn't get many in & they went very quickly(I suppose A4s do)....

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:34 pm
by Phipps
By the way folks,thought I would post this up,which is Alfie's Spencer A4 engine (courtesy of Steviesparx).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zE0VCHHIrY
Runs as smoothly as you'd like & I'm beginning to think it'll be difficult to let go of it once Alfie's old enough to use it himself.

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:24 pm
by daleks04
mmmn.............

hornby recently told me percy will be back in stock now, and toby at the end of august, could he have possibly gone for soem work done to him or a re-model?? :D

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:05 pm
by hobby boy
daleks04 wrote:and toby at the end of august, could he have possibly gone for soem work done to him or a re-model?? :D

Lets just hope this time they've got the scale right.

Andrew

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:07 pm
by rocketman
The Bachmann stuff is not HO
all of it, including the Hornby, is fictional
can we please all absorb this fact?
Even the author used what was available to make his own models (what's new?)
rocketman

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:06 pm
by D2850
daleks04 wrote:mmmn.............

hornby recently told me percy will be back in stock now, and toby at the end of august, could he have possibly gone for soem work done to him or a re-model?? :D


Probably not. It's most likely that the models of the last batch sold out before the next ones were ready. Model railway items are not (in most cases) produced in enough quantities to have them continually rolling of the manufacturing lines. Rather, they'll produce one large batch of models, even if the item is not officially a 'limited edition', and the models then sold. In the case of items like Toby and Percy, where there will be enough further demand and a lack of an alternative name/number, they will produce further batches, but these still have to made, packaged and distributed, which takes time, during which the stocks of the last lot can run out.

And Rocketman, not everything in the ranges is fictional. Most of the rolling stock for both companies is formed of older models from the main ranges (in Bachmann's case they use old mainline toolings), and several of Hornby's engines (Thomas, Henry, Duck, Oliver, Stepney, D7101, Spencer) are of the right class for the character, using older Hornby toolings.
Not sure what the scale of the Bachmann stuff has to do with anything mentioned - the only reference to scale was I believe the over-scale nature of Hornby's Toby.

Re: hornby percy and toby dying?

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:03 am
by poliss
According to the HIT Entertainment website it's the 65th birthday of "Thomas & Friends". Hornby may be planning a revamp of the range. It's also possible that Hornby have lost the license as I can't find Hornby mentioned on the Thomas news section of the HIT website. http://www.hitnewsonline.com/releases/d ... _65_years/