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Good, not great.
on October 19, 2015
Full disclosure: I received this train for free in exchange for an honest review.
I received this train set and it looks NICE. When I took it out of the box I was impressed with the look of it. I put the tracks together and put batteries in and I was ready to go. The train is definitely NOT for children. The tracks and trains feel fragile so they must be handled carefully. The box states "Ages 14+" and I would agree with that.
Positives: as I said above, it looks really nice. Not a standard train by any means, appearance wise.
It has a real light, not a dim cheap light but a light that you can actually see at the front of the train.
The smoke is a pretty cool affect. It does start to smell from the oil that's used but it's bearable.
Negatives: it's LOUD. There's an option to turn it off but not lower the volume. Also, when you turn off the sound, the light goes off too. Would like to leave the light on with no sound but that's ok.
Feels a little fragile. It's not a toy so don't think your younger ones will have a great time with it. It will break.
Smoke smells after a little bit but it's bearable.
Not powerful. Put a few things in the trailers and it slows down. But hey, it's not meant for that.
It's a little difficult to get the wheels of all the items (train, 3 cars) on the track at the same time but once you do it never derails.
Overall: I do like it. My son (4 years old) really enjoys watching the train go around the tracks and enjoys the light, sounds and smoke. He just can't play with it especially since he broke a connector on the track the first night. But it still works and connects. Again, adhere to the 14+ recommendation. It's a fun train to have running beneath the Christmas tree, but not to be used as a toy.