Today LEGO officially announced the upcoming #10254 LEGO Winter Holiday Train, which will be the latest in the winter holiday sets series. The LEGO Winter Holiday Train has been rumored for a long time, and LEGO fans have been eagerly waiting for specifics. Below is the set description, pictures and other details. Enjoy! 🙂
Here is the official description of the LEGO Winter Holiday Train: Climb aboard the magical Winter Holiday Train! 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. Includes 5 minifigures: a locomotive driver, ticket collector, grandmother, boy and a girl.
- The Winter Holiday Train includes 16 curved pieces of track, engine, coal tender, flatbed wagon with holiday tree, toys and gifts, caboose, boarding platform, bench and a lamppost.
- Decorate the tree and drive the train to see the tree rotate.
- Join the ticket collector in the cozy caboose for a delicious cup of cocoa.
- Includes dual building instructions for a perfect family build.
- Accessory elements include green wreathes, decorative lights and white tree pieces, plus wrapped gift elements and tiny brick-built toys, including a micro train, wind-up car, fire truck, remote controlled robot, sailboat and a spaceship.
- Upgrade with LEGO Power Functions (not included) for a motorized engine.
- Special elements include small and large red train wheels, dark tan windows, train buffers, cow catcher, white tree elements and roller skates.
- This set includes 734 pieces, including 16 curved tracks.
- The Holiday Train in total measures over 4” (12cm) high, 20” (52cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
- Curved rail track diameter measures over 27” (70cm).
- Recommended for ages 12+
And here is the designer-video with Morten Rauff introducing the set. I like how he mentions that the train can transport passengers from LEGO City to the LEGO Winter Village – sort of tying the two themes together.
The #10254 LEGO Winter Holiday Train will be available directly through LEGO beginning October 1st, with early access to LEGO VIP members on September 15th. Prices are as follows: US $99.99 – CA $129.99 – DE 89.99€ – UK £69.99 – DK 799.00 DKK (Euro pricing varies by country). It will be listed as “coming soon” shortly under the Seasonal Items section of the Online LEGO Shop.
I find it very interesting that the description specifically highlights building the set with your family, and also provides dual building instructions (which I assume means that there will be two instruction booklets so family members can work on different parts of the set). This seems to be in direct response to feedback LEGO got last year when the #10249 Winter Toy Shop was pretty much a re-release of the #10199 LEGO Winter Village Toy Shop from 2009. People were not happy that the same set was released twice, and mentioned about their holiday tradition of building the sets together as a family. Paying attention to their customers is one of the reasons LEGO is such a great company.
Besides being undeniably charming, another great feature of this set is that it comes with a full circle of train tracks. It will be perfect to have it run around the Christmas tree, or around your LEGO Winter Village setup! As mentioned in the description, the train can also accommodate Power Functions to make it run on its own. I hope that LEGO will list this set with an optional Power Functions bundle already added, to help shoppers understand what they need to make the train motorized. Holiday shoppers are often not die-hard LEGO fans, and they can have trouble figuring out all the Power Functions parts, and where to find them. They are listed at the back of the box as the #8879 LEGO Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control, the #8884 LEGO Power Functions IR Receiver, the #88000 LEGO Power Functions AAA Battery Box, and the #88002 LEGO Power Functions Train Motor – that’s a lot for a grandma to think about when shopping for their grandchildren. So please, LEGO, have a bundled option available!
It is also interesting to compare the similarities and differences with the #10173 LEGO Holiday Train that was released in 2006 (see above). The older train was much larger; basically a regular LEGO train with full-size carts, decked out in holiday colors. If I remember correctly, it didn’t sell very well and LEGO had it listed on sale for a long time. I guess it was too Christmas-y for regular LEGO train fans, and not cute enough as a Christmas decoration. The #10254 LEGO Winter Holiday Train on the other hand is not meant to represent a full-size train, but it is a cutified version with adorable details (still runs on full tracks though). Just love it! 😀
By the way, in case you don’t have the previous winter holiday sets, two of them are still available: The #10245 LEGO Santa’s Workshop from 2014 and the #10249 LEGO Winter Toy Shop from 2015. If you want to get them I would suggest you don’t wait until the holiday rush. You can find them under the Seasonal Items section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Winter Holiday Train? Are you planning to get it when it becomes available? Would you add Power Functions to make it more awesome? How would you display it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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