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Nice add-on for basic set
on May 8, 2011
Once I added up how much I was about to spend on extra track to avoid being stuck with the simple "circle" track that comes a basic set we purchased...i realized this FIGURE-8 kit was about the same price! Plus you get all those piers to make an elevated track. I did not pay too much attention to the extra building and car that came with the set - but once out of the box, they were a big hit. The train station lights up from the inside once connected to the power source (although a longer wire would have been nice). It's otherwise the typical lame plastic - but it's thick, and really not that bad. You know what I mean. The little handle car on the other hand, is awesome. It has two figures that pump the car handle as it moves across the track. It is totally cool, and a real eye-catcher! Also, I was surprised how well piers fit. That's actually why I felt compelled to write a review, because I had such a different opinion compared to the previous comments. The piers actually hug the tracks from the sides (you have to slide them on), and they also have a tilting top to adjust to the track. They also come with an optional wider base you can use too, if you are building on carpet, etc. I would say the quality overall is in the good to great range, and the handle car quality and function is impressive. It's way better than buying extra track alone...for nearly the same price. I would buy it again.