Companies are not in business to lower prices, they are in business to make a profit. Altas just bought part of MTH tooling and other items, some one has to pay for that purchase. That someone is going to be us-the consumer. There is going to be no cost saving with an outlay of capital like that, we are going to pay for that. Furthermore why would they pass the cost savings on to the consumer? Atlas already knows they have a large customer base that will continue to purchase MTH, do you honestly think they just swooped this up because they though it was a "good deal"? No, I'm sure a lot of thought, cost analysis, profit margin and other items accountants take into consideration went went into this purchase before they approached MTH. And even if all these items were cheaper to manufacture than Lionel, why on earth would you lower prices? That extra income would go towards re-investment into the company and to pay down the debt they took one to purchase the tooling, and other items. I have never seen any company purchase something without raising prices. Economies of scale work for the company, not the consumer.