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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Lionel standards, January 1, 2008
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lionel Thomas And Friends O-Gauge Train Set (Toy)
This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my son, but I am afraid it did not make the cut. Here is why:

The good:
- Excellent quality figures, especially Sir Topham Hat
- Good quality FasTrack tracks and very good layout included
- Excellent look/feel of Annie and Clarabel - they seem like they would last forever, plus they have removal tops so that kids can put thinks inside

The not so good:
- Thomas felt "dinky" to say the least. We are used to reliable and strong Lionel engines, but this one was flimsy, and seemed very top heavy. The sounds out of Thomas were not at all what you might expect (i.e. similar whistle as from the show) and the connectors used between Thomas and the cars did not seem compatible with other Lionel sets, although I did not try that
- The transformer that comes along is of the low wattage variety, so if you expect to use it with other Lionel engines, keep in mind that only those with very low power requirements will work
- The moving eyes were not what I expected. Thomas looks strange going around in a plasticky-sounding engine with his eyes clickety-clack

So, back it goes, and the Lionel Polar Express one comes back (much, much better indeed).
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2008 3:46:29 PM PST
Always remember that old maxim, "You get what you pay for"

I'm sure this is the best motorized version of Thomas the Tank Engine yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2008 5:54:09 PM PST
Frankie P. says:
My 3 year old loves it. If you are buying it mostly for young ones, it should be fine. If you are buying it as a hardcore train collector, you may have some issues.
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