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Its been a month and the verdict is YES
on January 30, 2013
I read all the reviews about this product before purchasing and am so glad I purchased this anyway for my daughter's Xmas present. She loves trains and has a wooden railway set by Imaginarium which she got back in August 2012. The train does perfectly on this set. It does chew through batteries, but she also never shuts Percy off. He has been found running under the couch, into walls and all over her play room...and on the tracks too. She loves him, and she hasn't loved him to death yet! In a months time I've replaced the battery twice, but with "normal" play I'm guessing the battery would last longer, my daughter is only two and doesn't quite grasp the concept of turning Percy off when shes not playing with him. Percy does have a hard time with really tight turns while hauling six other cars on the track, but on his own or with only three or four other trains attached he does fine as long as the track is not coming apart or the connections loose. Overall, a great purchase and my daughter loves him. Don't be scared of other reviews, just be prepared with extra batteries!
UPDATE: Its now March and Percy has been rolling for 3+ months. He has been lost and found, thrown down the stairs, fallen off the train table countless times and even rolled through some water when Mommy wasn't looking (he was "dirty" according to my two year old and thus needed a bath). Percy is not a train, he's a Tank! He's gone through all this without a scratch, or a blimp in his durability or performance (just a lot of new batteries). I'm going to get her another one of these trains just because they were such a great value for the hours of entertainment.