LEGO Lego-Duplo Deluxe Train Set 10508
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- Includes 3 LEGO� DUPLO� figures
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LEGO Lego-Duplo Deluxe Train Set 10508
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 22.91 x 18.9 in||5.91 x 9.84 x 6.69 in||11.1 x 21.26 x 3.58 in||5 x 16 x 13 in||11.5 x 4.5 x 19 in||11.1 x 21.26 x 4.65 in|
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|Number of Pieces||134||24||52||83||61||105|
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This set came out in 2013, replacing set 5609 from 2008. Lego released this set in the U.S. on August 1st and the MSRP is $110. It is always wise to crosscheck with the Lego site.
There are many great train sets for kids out there; I think this is one of the best. The set includes a battery operated engine (3 AA batteries, not remote control, uses a push-button start), two cars, a swiveling overhead crane, a trackside building with load tipper, a truck, and a filling station. There are 20 curves, 5 straights, and a large, four-piece bridge. The bridge permits a figure-8 layout. The engine is motorized in only one direction and makes sounds (engine noise, horn, brakes) and it gurgles when the fill spout is connected to it. This set and 10507 include the engine auto-stop function which turns off the engine after 2 minutes. This helps save batteries because kids often forget to turn off their toys. Owners of earlier Duplo engines, please note: Lego has removed the sensor that stopped the engine if it was lifted off the track or hit an obstruction.
There is great flexibility to the set with nice extras and good colors. The train cars include a tipper wagon and what might be called a short gondola car, but these can all be mixed and matched in different ways. You can turn them into flat cars. You can take the cabs from the engine and crane and create a passenger car. You can take the crane and build a nifty crane car. You can take the dumper from the building and put it on a flat car, or the back of the truck to create a dump truck. Similarly, the track can be raised up on Duplo bricks to create a raised railway. Some families create little roller coasters out their track. It really is great stuff and if you treat it properly, it can last to the next generation.
The bridge is a great part of the set. In the past, the bridge was an expensive accessory (see #3774). The one thing I would have liked included is the trestle that used to come with the bridge; the trestle provided for a stronger join between the two tracks that form the top of the hump. It is okay the way it is in this set. There are three mini figures in the set, all of them boys. Lego seems stuck in a strange gender time warp.
It is worth buying the accessory set #10506, which includes a crossing, two switches, eight turns, five straights, and a track design booklet. It is a pretty good deal at $19.99. This set is completely compatible with earlier Duplo and Dacta trains.
"Why a Duplo train? They're so expensive!" We have lots of different trains in our house and we actually started out with a good size wooden train collection before stumbling on Duplo (if you click through my name and click on "Guides", you'll find my guide to wooden train sets). I like all trains and I associate wooden trains with early childhood. That said, if I were pressed to recommend a single early-childhood train, I would recommend Duplo. Duplo trains have been the most flexible and long-lived for the early age bracket. Duplo has an earlier age-safety limit (2 years) versus many of the wooden trains (that start at 3), and is easy for little hands to manipulate. Yet the building flexibility of Lego means that the system remains interesting even as kids move out of the recommended age range (into age 7 and 8). Kids can create their own engine and car designs AND use the same blocks to build towns, etc. So it is longer-lived, encourages more creativity, and is a durable, well-designed toy.
As to the cost, Duplo may seem expensive at first glance, but keep in mind that the mass-market trains (like Thomas the Tank Engine) are slippery slopes that hook kids on collecting large numbers of $10 and $15 engines and cars. You can tell yourself that you won't spend more than X amount, and then your child begins that slow, unceasing erosion of your will.
If you expect to use this train on shag carpet, you will have difficulty keeping the track together. The same holds for wooden train track. Low-pile carpet is not a problem.
So that there is no confusion, Lego also has a train system for regular size Lego. You can learn more about that system by clicking through my name and choosing the guide tab. The regular size trains are probably best for age 7 and up (give or take depending on your child).
One last comment: I recommend the 32 qt Sterlite Clearview boxes for storing all of this stuff. A lot of the fun of a Duplo train is building new layouts, so it is important to have an easy way for kids to clean it all up after a few days of play. The 32 qt bins are not so deep that parts get lost down at the bottom, and the bins are stackable or can be tucked under a bed. They are often on sale at major retailers. I'll say no more.