9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This train's a little rickety, but overall its a good ride,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: LEGO Monster Fighters 9467 The Ghost Train (Toy)
Ghost trains have long held a place in folklore and ghost stories, so its fun to see Lego play off of this with the spooky Ghost Train. Part of the Monster Fighters theme, the Ghost Train features plenty of the hallmarks of this new theme: Lego versions of classic monsters, tough, well armed humans, glow in the dark pieces, and specialized vehicles reminiscent of the early 20th century. While the Ghost Train doesn't have tracks or a motor like many of the more expensive and more traditional Lego trains, it does include 5 mini figures, the engine, 3 train cars, and an airplane for the Monster Fighters. Is this a train you'll want to catch or should you take a cab? Read on and find out!
# of Pieces: 740, 2 instruction manuals
Minifigures: Three ghosts (they glow in the dark), Frank Rock, Ann Lee.
*The train is very striking when put together. The black of the train parts matched with the white of the bones which ornament the train really makes for a nice display piece. Little details like the cow catcher, the eerie green flames rising from the smokestack, and the glow in the dark ghost face on the front of the train (is this a train driven by ghosts or is the train a "ghost" itself?) really give this train a phantasmagorical vibe which is incredibly appealing.
*The Monster Fighters' airplane included with this set is really, really cool. It's quite large and is covered with some neat details like "flick-fire" missiles, 6 revolvers on the sides, and very steampunkish system of a barrel and hoses which is used to suck up the ghosts. The thing looks awesome, and even has a chain which can be used to attach to the train for daring rescues.
*There are lots of little interactive features on the train. Inside the cabin of the locomotive, the furnace opens up and has little flames inside. There's lots of little levers and such as well in there.
*The cars can be connected in whatever order you want. The smaller cars both feature flapping wings when they roll.
*In terms of minifigures, this set is a little bland. The ghosts are not unique to this set and there are three of them. While I love Ann Lee and Frank Rock, they're also not unique to this set. In terms of minifigures, you're not getting anything really unique with such an expensive set.
*While I like the design of the cars, the two train cars with flapping wings are both exactly the same. I really wish they were at least a little different.
*While the train looks very ornate, those ornate pieces have a tendency to fall off or flip around when you're handling/playing with the train. The little white bone spikes and the black railing on the front of the train take quite some time to get perfectly aligned, only to get messed up again as soon as you pick the thing up.
Overall: While I have some issues with the train, mostly due to the fact that it includes no unique minifigures and reuses the same car design for 2 of the 3 cars which the engine pulls, I do think this is a striking piece. It looks fantastic sitting on display, especially the engine. The airplane is also a fantastic build. I do think kids might get frustrated with the train do to the many small pieces which can fall off and get turned around, but fans more intent on building and displaying this set won't be disappointed!