≡ Menu

LEGO Crocodile Locomotive Coming!

There is yet another really interesting new set coming next month for adult LEGO fans. The #10277 LEGO Crocodile Locomotive. There is no official press-release for this set, but we do have some basic information and pictures.

The #10277 LEGO Crocodile Locomotive is based on a real-life electric locomotive from Switzerland, which was in service between 1919 and 1986. The name comes from the shape of the “noses” at each end of the locomotive, reminiscent of the snout of a crocodile. The nose units contain the motors and drive axles, and they are connected by an articulated center section with crew compartments, pantographs, and the transformer. The large motors were necessary for pulling heavy goods on the steep tracks of the Swiss mountains, and the pivoting center helped to make the tight curves of the alpine routes and tunnels.

More specifically, the #10277 LEGO Crocodile Locomotive is based on the first version of the Crocodile, which is referred to as Class Ce 6/8 II (Class Ce 6/8 I was a prototype). According to Wikipedia, thirty-three Class Ce 6/8 II and eighteen Class Ce 6/8 III locomotives were built between 1919 and 1927, and they served until 1982. Nine out of the 51 locomotives survived, but only three are still in operation as preserved historical locomotives in Switzerland. Similar locomotives were also used in Austria, Germany, France, India, and the United States. Other locomotives with long noses are also sometimes called Crocodiles, even if they don’t have an articulated body.

As you can see on the pictures, the #10277 LEGO Crocodile Locomotive is a faithful replica of the original train. It comes a brick-built section of track for display, but it can also placed on regular tracks and get motorized with the #88009 LEGO Powered Up Hub and the #88013 LEGO Powered Up Large Motor. And it appears that the LEGO Powered Up app is going to be updated to give this train specific controls.

the #10277 LEGO Crocodile Locomotive comes with 1,271 pieces and two minifigures, and is recommended for ages 18+. It will be available at the Online LEGO Shop on July 1st. Prices are as follows: 99.99 EUR – 899DKK – 99.99USD. For more details and availability, check the LEGO Creator Expert section of the Online LEGO Shop.

We haven’t gotten an expert builder-level train from LEGO for quite a while, so the Crocodile is a welcome addition. It appears to be a great looking train from the pictures, although I wish it either came with train cars, or train cars would be available as separate add-on packs. Other than that, I do like it quite a bit. The brown is a muted, but more sophisticated color choice, and the display tracks is a nice touch for those who just want to display the locomotive without motorization. And of course, motorization is always a great option for LEGO train fans, so it’s nice that LEGO designers thought to add that choice as well.

Other currently available LEGO Trains include the #60197 LEGO City Passenger Train, the #60198 LEGO City Cargo Train, the #71044 LEGO Disney Train & Station, the #75955 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, and the #70424 LEGO Hidden Side Ghost Train Express. Some of them are currently shown as out of stock, but you can still purchase them with a bit of waiting time at the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Crocodile Locomotive? Are you planning to add it to your collection? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

And you might also like to check out the following related posts:

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Håkan June 16, 2020, 10:45 AM

    Although I don’t really have the space, funds or interest for this set, I really like the sound of “Croco Loco”…

  • Peter June 16, 2020, 10:55 AM

    What an interesting train! Thanks for including the history of them, as I wasn’t familiar with them at all.

  • Thomas Vilfroy June 16, 2020, 2:17 PM

    I hope LEGO does more of these type of trains that can be displayed with a little plaque. Really cool to display as such vs having to have a big train set out for them.

  • j.j. June 16, 2020, 2:18 PM

    As others said, this is an interesting train, but I think it would have been better if they make it green, instead of brown. Bronw is not a very attracive color.

  • MagickChicken June 16, 2020, 2:24 PM

    I thought “Out of Stock” meant that the set was out, and just hadn’t officially been discontinued yet. If you can order things that are “Out of Stock,” how is it different from being “Backordered?”

    (I ordered a DB5 from a scalper last week, so now I’m really annoyed I didn’t dig deeper)

    • Thita (admin) June 16, 2020, 2:33 PM

      The North American Online LEGO Shop is heavily depleted right now due to the factory being closed in Mexico. Items are constantly cycling through in stock, temporarily out of stock, out of stock, and backordered status. What each of them means is kind of convoluted at this point. In stock may not actually mean they have the item at hand and may be delayed anyway, and various stages of out of stock can also mean different things. As long as you see the orange button that allows you to put the item in your cart, you can purchase it, and it will arrive whenever it arrives. I have two orders right now, and items from them have been arriving at various stages. Eventually they should all get here. 😀

      • MagickChicken June 16, 2020, 2:40 PM

        Okay, thanks! I was just assuming all those sets I wanted were gone unless they had the actual “Backorder” button.

        • Thita (admin) June 16, 2020, 2:45 PM

          You could also call them. I was told previously that when stock gets low, they gray out the buy button to make sure a bunch of people don’t try to buy the last items at the same time. But if you call in, they can still fulfill your order.

  • Undercover Afol June 16, 2020, 2:43 PM

    They could have chosen a more attractive train. I mean it’s an interesting train and all, but the fact that they release only one expert train set per decade, I would have liked to see something a little better looking.

  • Emperor P. June 16, 2020, 3:19 PM

    I appreciate that this is an accurate replica of a historic train, but I like my engines to be a little bit more attractive. For cars, brown is okay, but for the engine, I like to have more color.

  • Ian June 16, 2020, 5:43 PM

    The midsection looks like a tram. I’m thinking of getting this and maybe modding it for a tram? Or how about a post apocalyptic train? I think it would look great with some spikes and chains. Haha!

    • Sith015 June 16, 2020, 11:42 PM

      Haha! This is the way! It must be done!

      • Sith015 June 16, 2020, 11:43 PM

        By the way, I think this would make a good SW train too. I don’t know. It feels like it would fit in the SW universe.

  • Nofakebricks June 16, 2020, 9:46 PM

    I wish they rereleased the Emerald Night and the Maersk Train!

  • walrusmaster June 16, 2020, 11:24 PM

    I’m conflicted about this. I love lego trains, but this one feels too plain and a little strange. I would love to get a steam train or one of the shiny and colorful diesel ones. I will have to think about this.

Leave a Comment