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Cheap, illogical, and well, cheap...
on December 24, 2016
Where to begin...? We're lucky if we can get the cheap track wheels to stay in position on the track while we attempt to manipulate the even cheaper hooks between cars. Lionel, really, we can buy $20 RC helicopters that fly without issue now, why can't you make a train that isn't designed like a Yugo? Apparently a lot of people have very low expectations of products these days since there are so many high ratings for this thing.
Though ours actually runs fine,. my 2yo can't get it on the tracks well enough for it to run smoothly. You need supreme motor skill to get them all hooked and mounted to the tracks, and don't even breath near it after it's running, because it will certainly dislodge one of the cars, probably the crappy locomotive.
Either way, I see that there's a newer version of this junk, and it's about 40 bucks cheaper (probably what it should have been in the first place). Hopefully Lionel figured out a few common sense methods of mounting a cheap plastic train to a cheap plastic track, which is what this is. Hecho in China of course, like everything else unfortunately.
Sorry for the rant!