Ok, OK, I know there are a couple of threads out there already on the new Lionel AFT cars. It's just that I don't see train items like this very frequently and I thought I would add my $0.02. This is a heads up for everyone on the fence about the AFT cars from Lionel. Get off of the fence. This sound car is, in a word, "Fabulous, Fabulous." That's two words because one ain't enough. There are so many reasons this car is going to take off and go into the stratosphere. I have not really seen a breakaway product often recently. Lionel has had a couple. The EVO GEVO, the die cast diesels, the Milwaukee Road S-3. They have another. I'm telling you, when people hear this car (it's very pretty also) they are going to get friction burns on their credit cards. Take it from Scrapiron. Get it now while it's still affordable. It won't be for long.
Now, you might ask, aren't there flaws? Of course there are flaws. It's Lionel for goodness sakes. Lionel makes an art out of producing something amazing and then doing things that boggle the mind. The little things . . . . . very small paint flaws. If the car was not so amazing, the little ticky tack paint issues on the roofs and sides would probably rankle me. The big one is this. You can see the sound module and wires from 15 feet away. They did a good job with the windows and the PUT DIVIDERS into the other parts of this car. WHY NOT put a divider around the sound module ? ? Aaarrrggghghhhhhahhhhhrrrghghghg
Still, it is an absolute A+ snd I never give anything an A+ when it has flaws but this car is an A++.
1) Many different sounds
2) Crystal clear sound reproduction. Soooo good, that my wife heard it upstairs and thought I had the stereo on !!
3) National anthem, Stars and Stripes Forever . . . . . Ohhhh man, put this car in front of an American flag and you will be saluting. I did !!