...or a magazine, or another person or group willing to take on the risk.
I would be very surprised if Bachmann were to do a new run of the original (Blue) Midland Pullman on their own.
Let's face it, those who dithered (like me) missed their chance..
I'm very surprised by this announcement and more than happy to eat my own words (above), written only less than a week ago.
Having stupidly dithered when there were loads of the original sets on sale all over Warley, a couple of years ago, I've kicked myself ever since on missing out.
So one happy bunny here, even if the price will be substantially higher.
.....the new Pullman has come as a big surprise although it is being marketed in a rather different way as a train pack 'with extras' rather than just as a Blue Pullman set. Clearly the most popular livery has been chosen but i still wonder just how much of a market there is going to be for it unless they can achieve some sort of unimaginably competitive price.
But Barwell obviously think there's a market and presumably they know they will sell ....
I strongly suspect the decision to re-run this model has not been a straightforward one.
Rather than just re-issue the model as produced in 2013, which would have come with a larger degree of commercial risk (especially in view of the higher production costs involved two years down the line); they've taken the sensible route (IMHO) of introducing "added value" in the form of special packaging and including the extra's.
Re-packaging of the product (added-value) may in itself be an attraction or inducement to buy for some who chose not to purchase it first time around.
Not to mention it being attractive collector fodder, coupled with the increased chance that this will be it; the final chance to get a Midland Pullman.
I suspect these factors would help, or be necessary in achieving the number of sales required to make the re-run viable, especially in view of the unknown size of the unsatisfied market and the inevitable large price increase?
I still can't see it being any more than a limited run though.
The pricing will no doubt be a calculated risk between what the market will stand and the increased production costs. The "added value" being a "sweetener".
Who cares, I'm having one regardless !!!!
Edited by Ron Ron Ron, 03 March 2015 - 10:21 .