User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Very cool train, three nice characters included
Cons:The rest of the blocks are throwaways, high price point
The Bottom Line: Even with the high price tag, this is a worthwhile lego set for the train and Toy Story characters included
There are plenty of great Lego Duplo sets out there, but I tend to focus my buying exclusively on what my kids are interested in at the moment. Last year that meant anything that was bought had to be related to Toy Story 3. One of the best purchases that my wife and I made was the Lego Toy Story 3 Great Train Chase 5659 Set, as it combines my kids’ love of everything Toy Story with everything trains.
Recommend this product?
The Great Train Chase set is a Lego Duplo set, meaning that it is for younger children ages 2-5. My kids are still too young for the more complicated sets (my oldest is growing into that age, but he is still satisfied with his younger brother’s sets for now), so the Duplo sets are perfect for a kid who likes to build but doesn’t want to deal with the smaller pieces or the more convoluted designs. Duplo Legos are twice the size and length of normal Legos, so my three year old is easily able to build things using them. They are also able to be combined with normal-sized Legos, so it is nice that once we upgrade we will still be able to build with the Duplo Legos as well.
There are 39 pieces to the set, with the main feature being the train itself. The train consists of a four-inch locomotive and a four-inch caboose, both of which can be built and disassembled. They link together by a coupling that appears on both sides of the caboose, which leads to some interesting combinations (my son likes to hook the second end of the train to the Pizza Planet truck from another set and drives the whole thing around as one big combination). The caboose has two opening hinged roof hatches that can be left open so figures can be left in, with the locomotive, having one hatch for the same purpose.
Aside from the train, there are several tertiary pieces included in the way of colored blocks and flowers that can be combined for different forms of landscaping for your train to pass by. They do include one cactus as well which adds a little flavor to the set, but you are mainly just getting a collection of throwaway blocks. On the front of the box they are combined in just the right manner to make a tunnel for the train to go through, and I actually built it for my son one day so he could see what it looked like. The problem is that it isn’t big enough for the train if you have figures in, which is almost always going to be the case. Maybe I’m just being picky, since you are clearly getting the set for the train and the figures, but I’d have preferred there had been either more blocks or better variety with what they had included.
Speaking of the figures, that is the other major selling part of the set. As Lego could package any train set with the pieces so far, the price markup is coming from the Toy Story licensing, and here we get three figures…Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Woody. Buzz comes with detachable wings which are a neat feature to look at. The pieces are about 2 inches tall and have fair detailing, though Buzz is the exact same figure as appears in the Pizza Planet set (though he now has his wings).
Overall, I think this is a pretty good set of Legos, albeit a pricey one. You are essentially paying for the train and figures with some blocks thrown in, but the train is pretty cool and the figures are nice. If your kids are a fan of the Toy Story franchise, then you will likely find this to be a worthwhile purchase.
This review is part of carstairs38's Fourth Annual All Things Disney Write-Off.
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Amount Paid (US$): 29.99
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years