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Here in Poland, I went to a couple of toy stores and a carrefour and this is the result: No AEG merch, at all (the polish aeg dub is yet to be released). 
A strange thing too : some older merch has appeared. In carrefour, I found a TAKE N PLAY skiff even though take n play has been discontinued in 2016 (didn't buy it) and some early tm2 stuff such as a track pack from like 2014 have also been spotted. I also found a take n play (I think it was) set based on the great race from 2016. What is going on here
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Thanks for the info, guys. Nice to hear some have been spotted in stores. I just had figured this transition would have happened before Christmas given the new series has been available to stream for a little while so far. At this point I have my doubts there will be any AEG toys for my kiddo under the tree this year. :P

Also, interestingly here in Canada, I’ve noticed a similar confusing transition of toys in stores. My local toys r us’ Thomas section had nearly 50% take n play style toys in their section last time I was there. I had never really seen these sets before and found it very confusing since in my history of buying the toys they have been almost non-existent on shelves compared to the wooden, trackmaster and mini sections.
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I wouldn't lose hope for Christmas quite yet - I've seen some of these in the UK stores already, but the website says to expect a December 1st release, so maybe there's going to be a release for North America [including Canada] in time for Christmas too?

It seems what's going on is an amalglamation of the Trackmaster and Take & Play systems, with both systems being combined into one unified system that uses the same tracks for both types of vehicle? I have to admit, that makes some sense as it does mean the same toys all work on the same tracks, rather than having 2 distinct and yet incompatible systems, although that said I still think Plarail and Tomica are the gold-standard when it comes to cross-compatibility and functionality, but hey, that's just me  :cool:

Maybe that goes something towards explaining why they're winding down stock of Take & Play, in preperation for the new track system? Assuming Take & Play will fit the new tracks [can't be sure but there's a possibility that Mattel maintained compatibility] then maybe it's worth picking some up, but I can't say with any certainty as this really isn't my area of expertise; I'm a Plarail man through and through [with a dash of Barbie-scale fashion dolls on the side], who spotted these things shopping for Barbie-size outfits to use for my fashion dolls, so other than knowing they exist as products here in the UK, that's about all I know ^_^

But anyway, the way it's looking here, I'd say there's maybe a chance for a Christmas debut yet - Keep checking online and IRL would be my advice  ;)
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Here in Croatia (EU), there are no Tomy trains (Plarail) at all. Zero. There were many Tomy trains and sets more than 15 years ago (or so), mostly UK import of "Tomica World Road & Rail System" and "Thomas & Friends Motor Road & Rail", but since then - nothing. It's hard to find Takara Tomy Plarail product in Europe. I have to buy everything online (most of my Plarail trains are bought in Japan, Hong Kong), shipping and handling prices are going up every day, and the lovely European Union has managed to persuade many web shops (eBay, Amazon, even AliExpress!) to pre-charge customers VAT on purchased goods, depending on the country they come from. My VAT is 25%, the second highest in the EU (after Hungary, 27%). 

As for Fisher-Price, there is almost nothing in local stores. I only managed to buy Push Along Kevin, Rainbow Thomas, Toby & Harold, and this spectacular TrackMaster "set" locally:
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There is nothing else. Sometimes a single TrackMaster train is accidentally found in large department stores; currently there is nothing anywhere here except TM2 Percy with the mail wagon. Some TrackMaster trains and sets can be found on European Amazons (German, Spanish, Italian), but not all and not many. I found some TrackMaster trains on eBay (from Poland).

The American Amazon has become completely "unattractive" because shipping & handling costs around USD 60 for a train costing around USD 20. (It's not just trains; all books also now have dizzying postage, about 3 times the price of the book itself, madness). And then 25% VAT is paid on the price of goods + postage. Thus, for example, the price of a train that costs USD 21.99 with postage and VAT is USD 102.95. Goodbye, Amazon.us. :)

After Brexit, there is an interesting Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and UK: there is no special customs clearance and taxation, but only if the product is from the UK. Of course, if you buy a Plarail or TrackMaster train (or an American book, for example), you pay all possible duties (even high customs duties if the goods are expensive and not manufactured in UK), which could be many times higher than the price of the goods you buy.

No AEG products, of course, are currently on offer in local stores, as well as on any of Amazon within the EU.
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Holy bank roll...25% Tax on imported personal purchases. I never understood that. I can see charging an inflated price for an imported object if that item is also available from vendors in ones country but not for items that aren't. I appreciate your collection even more now Mt No after what you have to go through just to buy something readily available in other parts of the world. :-/
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(11-30-2021, 01:38 PM)Super Wrote: Holy bank roll...25% Tax on imported personal purchases. 

And not just on imported personal purchases. On absolutely everything, imported or not. It's simple: if you buy a product, train, book (at a local store or online), or if you buy a car, company or a factory, or if you use any service (fix shoes or teeth) - 25% goes immediately to the state treasury. If you pay the bill (any bill), you also pay an additional 25% on the amount of the service or product you used (fixing windows, paying gas, electricity, etc.).

If you buy online, when shipping & handling is added to the product price, 25% VAT is added to the price already increased for shipping & handling on eBay, Amazon, AliExpress, etc. The value of goods and postage is added together, so you pay 25% VAT on all that. If you buy from an online seller who does not automatically increase the total price by 25% (like Plazajapan), then you pay for it at the post office (with an additional fee you pay to the ‘customs postal administration’, for their 'services') when you pick up the shipment.

This includes gifts sent to you by someone - in which case the local 'postal customs administration' determines the fee you pay according to the value indicated by the sender of the gift on the consignment, or - if not indicated - in a lump sum.

Just look at what would happen if I (God forbid) order one train from American Amazon, for example. VAT is charged on the amount increased by the huge postage (all postage from America has been incredibly high lately). The seller is Amazon.com, not a third party:

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As I've repeated a number of times here over the years, we have  20% VAT on all imports valued at over £15 including postage here in the UK, plus Import Duty if they're over £135, also subject to VAT, plus a collection fee from the shipper to collect the tax and duty from you. 

I had hoped that the only possible good outcome from Brexit might be a reduction in these tarriffs to encourage trade, but no sign of anything so far.

On top of all that, shippers from Japan haven't had SAL (formerly the cheapest postage option) available for several years now.

When you see eBay sellers in the UK charging £28 for a BNIB train that nominally costs £12 at Plaza Japan, you can begin to see that they're barely making a profit on each transaction.
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Dr Chris, do you also pay that VAT tax on items you buy in the UK and does that include services performed?

A question for both Dr Chris and Mr No....in your country do you also pay yearly Income Tax to the government?  Just curious.
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Income Tax, yes, and another income-related tax called 'National Insurance' which nominally funds both free health care and a state pension.

VAT is charged on most goods and services in the UK, and is just considered part of the normal price, it's not like in the US (last time I was there) when purchase tax is itemised even on a grocery shopping bill, and varies from state to state. Some goods are VAT exempt, books, children's clothes and shoes, most foodstuffs, plants, animal feed, helicopters, the list goes on. Also zero-rated are financial and property transactions (for those there other applicable taxes!). Some goods are charged VAT at less than 20%, such as 5% for home energy, child car seats and a few other things.

When you're paying a local tradesperson you'd normally try to do a deal where most of the VAT mysteriously disappears in return for cash-in-hand payment, easier in a rural setting such as mine where everyone knows everyone else. If I'm a tradesman buying building materials from a builders merchant I wouldn't pay VAT, but if I identify as a private buyer I would, so another negotiable grey area there! However these sorts of arrangements are getting more difficult to, er, arrange, even here in bandit country.
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There is no “yearly income tax” in my country, because you pay tax on every salary you receive and every other income you earn. Everything is taxed. Then, from the salary you additionally pay the obligatory pension and health insurance. That is automatically calculated before you get your pay, of course. In this way, the net salary is just over half of the gross salary. Through taxes and mandatory insurance contributions, the state thus gets about half of everything you earn. (Pensions, on the other hand, are about half the salary you received while working.) And, as I explained, of what you have left over from your salary, every time you buy any product or pay for any service, you pay extra every time 25% VAT, which is included in the price in advance, but the invoice shows how much you paid for the product or service, and how much VAT. There are also (rare) exceptions to which tax rates of 13% and 5% apply.

Avoiding taxation by not issuing an invoice (even for buying a newspaper at a kiosk) is punishable by law. This is often and thoroughly controlled.

Oh, I forgot to mention another interesting point regarding online ordering. When I order, for example, from Amazon.de the price I see includes German VAT (19%). Since the VAT in my country is much higher, the price I will pay will be automatically increased by the difference between the two amounts. This Amazon.de states below the price of each product: "Prices for items sold by Amazon include VAT. Depending on your delivery address, VAT may vary at Checkout." :)


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May I suggest that this money talk be moved to another (separate), more appropriate topic? I don't think it really has a place with cheerful Thomas & Friends characters, cartoons and models...
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Thanks fellas
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In recent times, I've noticed amazon (especially amazon uk) trackmaster/tomy stocks have become really skimpy. There appear to be less and less avaliable and the prices for plarail can be high.

Also last christmas when in ASDA, there were a lot less thomas stock than previous years.

From my memory these were the only tm items:
A single tm2 kevin
A single henry
A single Lexi
A single glowing thomas
A single shane
A single glowing ashima
A single glowing Nia
and a Gordon and 2 bog standard Thomases.

That's it. That was every motorised thomas item in the ENTIRE store.
Its weird how there was no "stock" of each engine (multiple of each engine). It was just one of each.
I think covid may be one of the culprits.
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I’m really worried about postage prices on Amazon. For example, the postage for an engine + truck that costs about $20 is exactly $60.37, regardless of whether the seller is Amazon or some other store that sells through Amazon. It would be unbelievable if everyone agreed on that amount, so the possible cause is the increase in the price of postal services by the USPS... If postage prices remain so high, I doubt that this will have a positive effect on business.

Many new products (especially AEG) cannot be purchased anywhere online. I see on the net that many have already bought the first AEG set (Fix 'em up Friends), but it seems that for now it can only be obtained in physical stores in America (Target).

There are some novelties online at the Tootalythomas store, the postage price is OK, but they do not ship to many EU countries, including mine. They deliver to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Montenegro and Vatican Holy See, though. I wonder how many trains the Pope ordered lately. :)
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(12-02-2021, 01:06 AM)Mister No Wrote: I’m really worried about postage prices on Amazon. For example, the postage for an engine + truck that costs about $20 is exactly $60.37, regardless of whether the seller is Amazon or some other store that sells through Amazon. It would be unbelievable if everyone agreed on that amount, so the possible cause is the increase in the price of postal services by the USPS... If postage prices remain so high, I doubt that this will have a positive effect on business.

Many new products (especially AEG) cannot be purchased anywhere online. I see on the net that many have already bought the first AEG set (Fix 'em up Friends), but it seems that for now it can only be obtained in physical stores in America (Target).

There are some novelties online at the Tootalythomas store, the postage price is OK, but they do not ship to many EU countries, including mine. They deliver to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Montenegro and Vatican Holy See, though. I wonder how many trains the Pope ordered lately. :)


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Perhaps enough for 300 metres of track ;) ?

To be honest, I wasn't expecting there to actually be a railway to the Vatican, but the more you know I suppose  :D Why this wasn't one of the destinations in Big World Big Adventures I don't know - Thomas getting Papal approval might have made an interesting episode lol  :cool:
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I knew about the special train track in the Vatican (It was on National Geographic or some channel like that), but I really wonder what's the business logic of an online shop that delivers train models to the Holy See and not to some EU countries... 

Oh, I just noticed Tootallythomas delivers to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I admit I googled that country, because I never heard of it. :blush:
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