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@bandit you are right, it would probably be in pieces in a few days.
@bmwlego thanks but i did look at that option. Not being motorized would definitely have it in pieces. Thanks for the offer though
He calls duplo 'baby Lego' and would rather play with regular stuff (and does), but he still likes the train. And also the huge pirate ship from a few years back.
And he is easily amused by the sudden "thwup" of the magnets joining the cars together.
Nice set overall, though, and the minifigs are great, too.
Having said that, occasionally they'll get the duplo train out and both play with it and they did/do love the duplo train - its a great set. Its just the older brother thing that's making it less desirable.
It might be 16 years old, but I reckon between her and her baby brother, we'll get another 5 years out of this set... After I've thoroughly cleaned it of course.
I'd also advise rechargeable batteries! You'll get through loads.
Your son would be delighted with any train set really. :]
But I'm sure he would love any train set. My son is currently obsessed with Hogwarts Express ( #4841 ), proving that it doesn't need to be RC for them to have fun!
3774 - Duplo Bridge
3775 - Duplo Switch Track
These are both less expensive in Europe for some reason, but if anyone in the US wants both, I'll do one of each of them for $60 total shipped within the US. I have way too many of these. :)
You can also consider whether you want motorized or not. Four year old have plenty of fun pushing train around a track by themselves. If you can find it, the 9212-1 set can be a pretty good bargain.
Many folks have recommended Duplo for a 4 year old, but it's hard for me to see him going for that.
By the way, I picked up the yellow cargo a month ago brand new for $135. I've got that put away for Christmas this year :-)
I wanted the red train for completeness but seems overpriced to me.
I would say watch for TRU BOGO, or Amazon and try to get one for either the 180 RRP or for around 150 per.
I like the red cargo train, but it just seems like there is something missing for that 160.. if you can get those on sale go for it.. Cargo trains always have interest.
Also after getting one of these sets, do not forget about the Maersk train either.. they have been seen a few times on Amazon for only 100 (US)