Well after missing the previous releases, I was finally able to get the latest Scale Polar Express locomotive from Lionel 6-84685. I picked it up yesterday from forum sponsor "The Imperial Train Company" and as always Regis let me test it out before taking it home. All worked and with that I left like a boy the night before Christmas. I also have the coaches on order from Imperial as well.
Without a current layout I set up a test track tonight and played at bit and got some photos and videos to share. First off everything looked great. No flaws in the finish and look. If you see a spot it's some Styrofoam I probably missed. No loose pieces or parts. The sounds especially the movie dialog is clear and loud. Probably the best use of crew talk ever. The only thing I wish they had was a way to trigger "All Aboard! This is the Polar Express" independent of the other dialog.
Smoke, whistle smoke, as well as all other functions worked out of the box. I did not try Bluetooth so I can't comment on that.
Well enough of the chit chat. Picture and videos to follow. The dialog changes when the engine is in motion. I didn't get any of those clips. I also haven't seen but a couple of posts on this engine so I hope this give everyone some good views!
Well packed and in the better upright position.
Sharp Looking. It feels bigger than the other Berks I have even though it's not.
Nice cab figures although as someone pointed out not the movie figures.
The over exaggerated Polar cow catcher.
Very sharp number boards and builder's plate.
The nicely lettered tender.
I love the box as well.
And the videos!