Gather the family for some festive LEGO building fun with this charming model featuring a full circle of track, boarding platform with bench and lamppost, a Power Functions upgradable train engine with brick-built smoke bellowing from its stack, coal tender, flatbed wagon with a rotating holiday tree, toys and gifts, and a red caboose with a detailed interior and table.
The train engine also features large and small red-colored locomotive wheels and the train is decorated with green wreathes, string lights and white tree elements.
This LEGO Creator Expert set includes 5 minifigures.
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Lego’s 2016 Winter Holiday Train – By R. Ferguson
Nut-job Lego-loving parent here. Ignore my star rating. I don’t get free Lego for these reviews.
***Train is not motorized***
This set arrived on the market in the Fall of 2016 at an MSRP of 99.99. It is always wise to crosscheck with Lego to see whether a set is still in production, etc.
The train includes a highly stylized (i.e. toy-like) 4-2-0 steam engine and tender, a short flat car that has a Christmas tree that rotates as the car rolls, and a small caboose. You can remove the roof of the caboose in order to place mini-figures inside.There is a circle of track which measures 27 inches in diameter, which in most cases is not enough to properly circle a Christmas tree. There are five mini-figures: a boy, girl, engineer, conductor, and grandmother. There are small gifts to pile in the flat car, and a small bench that serves as a station.
The train is NOT powered. If you want to motorize it, you will need: 88002 (motor), 8884 (IR receiver), 8879 (IR transmitter), and ONE of the following:
-8878 (rechargeable battery) with 8887 (transformer for recharging)
-88000 (AAA battery box).
These parts are sometimes available from Amazon, but often are most easily sourced from Lego.
This is a fun train. It is small, but the modest size looks okay given the styling and how it fits with existing Winter Village buildings (which tend toward the diminutive). I do recommend extra track, specifically set #7499 (MSRP 19.99) which will help you get a larger layout (though I’m no fan of the flex track). The set is compatible with Lego’s other full size trains (e.g. 60052, 60051, and 60098).
Lego’s last Christmas train was the Holiday Train (10173) that was available briefly in the last quarter of 2007. The train had a somewhat similar configuration (though it was larger, included a passenger car, and ran on the old 9v system). By early 2008, Lego was discounting the sets to get rid of stock.
This new version should prove much more popular, not because it is a better train set (indeed, many train fans prefer the old one) but because Lego now has a large following of Winter Village fans. The Winter Village line has become a collectible, and this train hits that design motif perfectly. Furthermore, the old Christmas train now sells for hundreds on the secondary market (Bricklink) so there is pent up demand for Christmas trains. Some collectors will be buying the train for resale on the assumption that it will be a few years before Lego releases another such train.