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'''Departing Now''' (Japanese: しゅっぱつしんこうシリーズ) is a range made by [[Bandai]]. The range had battery-powered engines, some that could be controlled with hovering a wand over their cabs. The engines also had changeable facial expressions.
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{{Infobox merchandise
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|title1=Departing Now<br/>Puradera
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|image1=File:ThomasDepartingNowLogo.jpg
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|manufacturer=[[Bandai]]
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|main_material = Plastic
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|released=
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*1991 {{Note|Departing Now}}
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*1995 {{Note|Thomas Rail Series}}
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*1991 &1995 {{Note|Puradera/push-along ver}}
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|discontinued=
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*1994 {{Note|Departing Now}}
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*1997 {{Note|Thomas Rail Series}}
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*1992 &1996 {{Note|Puradera/push-along ver}}
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}}
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'''Departing Now''' (Japanese: しゅっぱつしんこうシリーズ) is a range made by [[Bandai]]. The range had push-along, remote control, and battery-powered engines that could be controlled by hovering a wand over their cabs. Originally, the engines faces were permanently attached to their bodies, but as the line progressed they were given interchangeable and removable face masks.
   
 
==Engines==
 
==Engines==
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* [[Bill and Ben|Bill]]
 
* [[Bill and Ben|Bill]]
 
* [[Bill and Ben|Ben]]
 
* [[Bill and Ben|Ben]]
* [[Skarloey]]
 
* [[Rheneas]]
 
* [[Sir Handel]]
 
* [[Peter Sam]]
 
* [[Duncan]]
 
* [[Duke]]
 
   
 
==Rolling stock==
 
==Rolling stock==
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* [[Henrietta]]
 
* [[Henrietta]]
 
* [[Troublesome Trucks]]
 
* [[Troublesome Trucks]]
* [[Express Coaches]] (red or green stripes)
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* Troublesome Vans
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* [[Express Coaches]] {{Note|red or green stripes}}
 
* [[The Breakdown Train|The Breakdown Crane]]
 
* [[The Breakdown Train|The Breakdown Crane]]
* [[Narrow Gauge Coaches]] (blue and red)
 
   
 
==Vehicles==
 
==Vehicles==
*[[Terence]]
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* [[Terence]]
*[[Bertie]]
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* [[Bertie]]
*[[Harold]]
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* [[Harold]]
   
 
==People==
 
==People==
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* The [[Stationmaster]]
 
* The [[Stationmaster]]
 
* The [[Stationmaster]]'s Wife
 
* The [[Stationmaster]]'s Wife
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* [[Farmer Finney]]
   
 
==Sets==
 
==Sets==
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* Accessory Set
 
* Accessory Set
 
* Thomas Battery Powered Set
 
* Thomas Battery Powered Set
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* Thomas and Annie and Clarabel Set
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* Thomas and James Set
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* Percy and Coaches Set
 
* Track Expansion Pack
 
* Track Expansion Pack
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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* The push-along versions of these series, called '''Puradera''' (プラデラ), were released in 1991 and 1995.
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* This series was replaced in 1995 with a cost-cut version, '''Thomas Rail Series''' (トーマスレールシリーズ).
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*This series marks the first of several things:
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**The first ''[[Thomas & Friends|Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends]]'' merchandise released as series toy by [[Bandai]].
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**The first ''Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends'' merchandise released as battery-powered rail system in Japan.<ref>“[[Kikansha Thomas Kanzen Catalog 2001]]” (p.60). 20 March 2001.</ref>
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* The side-rods on the engines influenced the [[Plarail]] released by [[Tomy]] in 1992.
 
* Henrietta and the breakdown train's liveries are darker than usual.
 
* Henrietta and the breakdown train's liveries are darker than usual.
* Most of the engines are missing their lamp irons, and have over sized funnels.
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* Most of the engines are missing their lamp irons and have over sized funnels.
 
* Besides the powered ones, Bandai also released the same exact models as unpowered push alongs. All engines except Donald, Douglas, Edward, Bill and Ben are known to exist as unpowered.
 
* Besides the powered ones, Bandai also released the same exact models as unpowered push alongs. All engines except Donald, Douglas, Edward, Bill and Ben are known to exist as unpowered.
* The Skarloey engines were never released as a powered form, they were always a push along version released in 1995.
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* Twin engines, such as Donald and Douglas or Bill and Ben, contained one motorised engine and one push along. Each twin had the same exact model, the only difference being the shell that protected the battery (boiler) has a nameplate stating who they were. This could also be swapped with the other twin. This was most likely intended to not limit children to only having one motorised character.
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* The Skarloey engines were never released in a powered form. They were available only as a push along version released in 1995.
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* The Skarloey engines were often sold together in groups of twos.
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* Despite having made every other Skarloey engine including Duke, Rusty was never made for the line.
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* A majority of engines would be sold with a nameboard, spare face masks, and sometimes even people.
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* Some tank engines in the range have sliding cab doors which allows for a person to be put inside.
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* Only Thomas, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy were ever made with interchangeable faces. Each engine had a happy, a sad and an angry face.
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* The Troublesome Van had the same roof as Annie and Clarabel.
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* The Breakdown Train has a hollow cab, the crane's arm raises via a lever, and it has a working winch, with chain instead of the typical string.
   
==Gallery==
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==References==
<gallery position="center" spacing="small" captionalign="center" bordersize="none">
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{{Reflist}}
File:DepartingNowThomas.png|Thomas
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{{Bandai}}
File:DepartingNowEdward.png|Edward
 
File:DepartingNowHenry.png|Henry
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowprototypeGordon.jpg|Prototype Gordon (with thanks for knap for sharing this with us)
 
File:DepartingNowGordon.png|Gordon
 
File:DepartingNowJames.png|James
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowprototypePercy,BreakdownTrain.jpg|Prototype Percy and Breakdown Train (with thanks for knap for sharing this with us)
 
File:DepartingNowPercy.png|Percy
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowprototypeToby,Henrietta.jpg|Prototype Toby and Henrietta. (with thanks for knap for sharing this with us)
 
File:DepartingNowToby.jpg|Toby
 
File:DepartingNowDonald.jpg|Donald
 
File:DepartingNowDouglas.jpg|Douglas
 
File:DepartingNowBill.jpg|Bill
 
File:DepartingNowBen.jpg|Ben
 
File:DepartingNowSkarloeyAndSirHandel.png|Skarloey and Sir Handel
 
File:DepartingNowRheneasAndDuncan.png|Rheneas and Duncan
 
File:DepartingNowPeterSam.jpg|Peter Sam
 
File:DepartingNowAnnie.jpg|Annie
 
File:DepartingNowClarabel.jpg|Clarabel
 
File:DepartingNowHenrietta.jpg|Henrietta
 
File:DepartingNowRedExpressCoach.jpg|Red Express Coach
 
File:DepartingNowGreenExpressCoach.jpg|Green Express Coach
 
File:DepartingNowTruck.jpg|Truck
 
File:DepartingNowVanTruck.jpg|VanTruck
 
File:DepartingNowBreakdownTrain.jpg|Breakdown Train
 
File:DepartingNowNGBlueCoaches.JPG|Blue Narrow Gauge Coaches
 
File:DepartingNowNGRedCoaches.JPG|Red Narrow Gauge Coaches
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowprototypeHarold,Bertie,Terence.jpg|Prototype Harold, Bertie and Terence (with thanks for knap for sharing this with us)
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowBertie.jpg|Bertie
 
File:DepartingNowTerence.jpg|Terence
 
File:DepartingNowHumanFigurines.jpg
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowTidmouthSheds.jpg|Tidmouth Sheds
 
File:DepartingNowKnapfordStation.jpg|Knapford Station
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowAccessorySet.jpg|Accessory Set
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowThomasBatteryPoweredSet.jpg|Thomas Battery Powered Set
 
File:BandaiDepartingNowTrackExpansionPack.jpg|Track Expansion Pack
 
</gallery>
 
 
[[Category:Merchandise]]
 
[[Category:Merchandise]]

Revision as of 10:08, March 27, 2020

Main Page

Departing Now (Japanese: しゅっぱつしんこうシリーズ) is a range made by Bandai. The range had push-along, remote control, and battery-powered engines that could be controlled by hovering a wand over their cabs. Originally, the engines faces were permanently attached to their bodies, but as the line progressed they were given interchangeable and removable face masks.

Engines

Rolling stock

Vehicles

People

Sets

  • Tidmouth Sheds
  • Knapford Station
  • Accessory Set
  • Thomas Battery Powered Set
  • Thomas and Annie and Clarabel Set
  • Thomas and James Set
  • Percy and Coaches Set
  • Track Expansion Pack

Trivia

  • The push-along versions of these series, called Puradera (プラデラ), were released in 1991 and 1995.
  • This series was replaced in 1995 with a cost-cut version, Thomas Rail Series (トーマスレールシリーズ).
  • This series marks the first of several things:
  • The side-rods on the engines influenced the Plarail released by Tomy in 1992.
  • Henrietta and the breakdown train's liveries are darker than usual.
  • Most of the engines are missing their lamp irons and have over sized funnels.
  • Besides the powered ones, Bandai also released the same exact models as unpowered push alongs. All engines except Donald, Douglas, Edward, Bill and Ben are known to exist as unpowered.
  • Twin engines, such as Donald and Douglas or Bill and Ben, contained one motorised engine and one push along. Each twin had the same exact model, the only difference being the shell that protected the battery (boiler) has a nameplate stating who they were. This could also be swapped with the other twin. This was most likely intended to not limit children to only having one motorised character.
  • The Skarloey engines were never released in a powered form. They were available only as a push along version released in 1995.
  • The Skarloey engines were often sold together in groups of twos.
  • Despite having made every other Skarloey engine including Duke, Rusty was never made for the line.
  • A majority of engines would be sold with a nameboard, spare face masks, and sometimes even people.
  • Some tank engines in the range have sliding cab doors which allows for a person to be put inside.
  • Only Thomas, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy were ever made with interchangeable faces. Each engine had a happy, a sad and an angry face.
  • The Troublesome Van had the same roof as Annie and Clarabel.
  • The Breakdown Train has a hollow cab, the crane's arm raises via a lever, and it has a working winch, with chain instead of the typical string.

References

  1. Kikansha Thomas Kanzen Catalog 2001” (p.60). 20 March 2001.


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