Set Name: Red Cargo Train
Set #: 3677
Year of Release: 2011
Price at Release: $159.99
LEGO SAH (USA)
First I want to apologize for the quality of the photos. Hopefully there will be another, more in-depth review by another member of EB. This review is my first and is really just a general overview of this set, so mostly pics. Enjoy...
I was disappointed in the condition the contents. Bent instructions, loose bricks that are normally in bags, but everything was there. I guess this was the first (crap) batch of this set.
Since coming out of my dark ages I have extremely disliked the multi-instruction booklets. I wish they could go back to the One Set, One Booklet format...
Seven labeled bags, the engine was the only part of the set split into two bags.
The set comes with one battery box but two battery covers, a red and a dark bluish gray.
The Engine is pretty large, I did not expect it to be about as big as the 7939 engine. No light capabilities, unless someone out there is extremely creative.
Sticker alongside the IR receiver.
Easy access to the on/off button.
Comparison to 7939.
Comparison to 4512 & 4564.
Didn't even attempt a Emerald Night & Maersk Train comparison, Big Red wouldn't stand a chance.
FLATBED WAGON & REPAIR VEHICLE
I'd rather a container car but this is unique I guess.
It seems to combine two 9V set into one car. (4546 & 4552)
BALLAST "TIPPING" WAGON
Tipping contents into the depository.
HAZARDOUS GOODS WAGON
BALLAST LOADER & DEPOSITORY
I'm not at all sure what is the purpose of this track-side structure.
How does one load this thing?
Tilt the ballast loader to allow the train to pass underneath.
Pieces: 8/10 - There are some different pieces on this set. There is a good amount of diversity and colors.
Minifigures: 5/10 - Nothing special, generic Train minifigs.
Build: 6/10 - Very basic, easy build, nothing ground breaking. Approximate build time: 45 minutes to a hour.
Price: 7/10 - Of Course I would like it cheaper but I am surprised at the price from a piece perspective. It has eight less pieces than 7939 but at $159.99 it's $20 cheaper. So based on that precedence it's not too bad.
Playability: 7/10 - There is some with the ballast wagon, flatbed car, and ballast loader.
Overall: 7/10 - I feel this set is a decent starter set for those who are looking for a start in LEGO trains. There is however much to be desired, like a transport truck, a better road to rail connection from the ballast loader, engine light capabilities, for example.
I hope I've helped those of you on the fence about this set come to a decision...
Edited by typo, 14 July 2011 - 02:15 PM.