Gots to pay for the LICENSING! But, to be FAIR, that is one highly-detailed set! My wife has previously built their Eifel Tower and London Bridge, also costly, but well executed models! You pay for quality, and I predict these sets will 100% sell out. The old adage, "if you have to ask...." applies here.

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That was pretty impressive, particularly the inclusion of the Lilly Belle model in the station lobby as well as the Lilly Belle lounge car.

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It's cute, but the change of "Disneyland" to just "Disney" on both the train and the station is sort of a big negative, IMO.

I'm fairly sure (though could be wrong) all the Parks' stations are unique enough that you can tell which park it is from just based on the design, anyway.  I know it's certainly true for the FL and CA parks.  No one would confuse this station for the one in WDW if they've seen both (live or just pictures).

Maybe one of the international ones is close enough to DL's version that this change makes sense.

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Overall, with some minor missteps, this looks like a great kit. My wife is our LEGO Builder-in-Chief and will be ordering this set. Her previous major LEGO projects were the Eifel Tower and the London Bridge. She also built most of the architectural series.

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Looks like a fun build and it’s Disney themed too!   I built the current Passenger Train set with the PowerUP system earlier this year, during a bout of O Gauge withdrawal.  

Enjoyable half day building and the train actually runs well.  The set I bought has a handheld remote and works with the mobile app.  Biggest disappointment for me was the use of “stickers” for all the train graphics.  I was expecting the graphics to be permanently stamped on the bricks, like LEGO does for the people figures.

Looked up the MSRP for this set, $329.   

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Problems:

Buried among a pile of favorable reviews, one guy posted that

1) The set does not include a remote control.

2) All the axles, including those on the locomotive, are plastic.

3) Actually, the motor and batteries are in the tender, which pushes the unpowered locomotive. The axles on the tender are also plastic.

4) The chimney and light tend to fall off easily.

Vincent Massi posted:

Problems:

Buried among a pile of favorable reviews, one guy posted that

1) The set does not include a remote control.

From LEGO: Train and sound effects can be controlled via a smart device. Connect via Bluetooth from the LEGO® Powered Up app.  

2) All the axles, including those on the locomotive, are plastic.

No surprise since it's a plastic building toy

3) Actually, the motor and batteries are in the tender, which pushes the unpowered locomotive. The axles on the tender are also plastic.

I noticed that too, but understand why. Again with plastic axels, it's a plastic toy, not a diecast model. 

4) The chimney and light tend to fall off easily.

Well, so what! Either stick it back on and forget it, or glue it on if it bothers one that much. I rather have it look right. 

 

Jon

Plastic axles on LEGO trains is a recent innovation, and not all L gauge folks like it.

As for the control:  not everyone possesses--or desires to possess--a "smart device."  A lack of an alternative is a poor decision.  Frankly, I'd want to give LEGOs to a kid to keep the OFF the d@#^ phone.

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I get all that, and don't disagree. True, I will not be able to control this train remotely with my rotary dial flip phone. I'll get over that. For as often as I would run this train, I'm good with simply pressing a button.

I have several LEGO trains, but certainly don't consider myself an L gauge guy, so I can't speak to those demands. It's just LEGO to me. 

Jon

RE: Plastic axles: LEGO plastic seems to be a fairly high grade, and the torque required to move a relatively light weight engine plus the cars would not be very high. We are not talking diecast here! It follows that the axle wear would be minimal, and maybe a lot less than metal on metal or metal on plastic!

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

I appreciate and enjoy the courtesy of the posters on this thread. Friendly disagreements help us understand issues a lot better.

The fellow with the critical review also claimed that when you ran it in reverse, the locomotive kept separating from the train. (Remember that the motor, battery, and receiver are all in the tender. The locomotive is unpowered).

I wonder if the "steam" locomotive's wheels are having problems turning in sync.

$329.99 steep price but Disney and Lego are in the wheel house for kids off all ages. Nice review

 

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