REVIEW: 10015 Passenger Wagon
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:07 PM
The glory days of 9V...
Back in that wonderful era, LEGO released many great trains and rolling stock throughout the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s. In the early 2000s, LEGO did something unique with a concept known to the community as 'My Own Train.' Basically, it was an option for LEGO fans to customize and build their own train, by being able to order locomotives and tenders in all sorts of different colors, as well as a decent selection of rolling stock to pick from. In light of the Reviewers Academy 3rd Anniversary, today I shall be reviewing the Passenger Wagon, a classic train kit released along with the My Own Train series.
Name: 10015 Passenger Wagon
Theme: Trains (9V)
Price: USD 19.99
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(Credit to BrickLink for box picture)
The box is quite unusual and unique from what people may be used to. For one, it features actual photographs of some typical railroad scenery, even though it is difficult to make out in this picture. The colors used in the photography work great to emanate an antique, old-fashioned feeling. Of course, the My Own Train logo is branded on top, with the passenger wagon superimposed on the background.
The Instructions: Front Cover
Back then, this particular series of trains was some of the special few sets that utilized the 5 digit numbering series. Many of these sets featured instruction booklets with relatively plain backgrounds, sans any faint images in the background that are typically seen on other instructions.
The Instructions: Back Cover
Oddly enough, the back cover is the last step of the instructions. No advertisements, no screaming kid, nothing like that.
All of the 194 pieces are in common, but welcoming colors. Many of the green pieces, like the doors and the windows, are rare. Needless to say, this train set also has a number of pieces unique to the train theme, many of which fetch for a few bucks each on BrickLink.
What treasures these are to any railgeek! I really like the windows, as they are only found on this set.
The build is very straightforward and simple, and should not pose any issues.
The simple build translates into a simple design, and in my opinion when it comes to rolling stock, simplicity works great.
Design and Playability
(Note that the set doesn't come with any 9V track)
I appreciate how the passenger wagon is conservatively designed, as it gives it a quaint and toyish look to it. I am also fond of the color scheme. Red and green work well together to allow this to fit in some LEGO Christmas layout, but simultaneously, the use of black offsets the holiday feel enough to make it seem more of a generic train car. It can work both ways.
But wait - did you know that the passenger wagon also came in blue? It was released in a limited edition set called 4534 LEGO Express. But it's also super rare and expensive.
The train features opening doors to the inside, where there are four chairs for minifigures to sit in. How do they get inside? The passenger wagon is designed for easy removal of the top, allowing the minifigures to be placed inside.
While there isn't too much detail on the bogies, it does not really bother me much. It adds to the simplicity of the overall model.
Coupled up to a large grey locomotive, the passenger wagon is now ready to service the LEGO town railway. Features ME Models track.
I am sorely disappointed that LEGO doesn't seem to be releasing individual pieces of rolling stock anymore. That was one of my favorite aspects of the 9V line, and many great freight and passenger pieces of rolling stock were released as a result. I regret not being into trains as much as I am today when I was younger, although space was always an issue when it came to LEGO trains. Nevertheless, I'm grateful that this sweet little passenger wagon is a part of my fledgling train collection.
Thanks for reading, and a huge shoutout to the Reviewers Academy for three years of promoting the best LEGO set reviews on the Internet!
Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:19 AM
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 03:03 AM
I really miss this series. I wish they would release something along this line again. I wonder if it just didn't do well. I know adult train fans loved it. I wonder if it just never caught on with the kiddies.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:30 PM
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:14 PM
Kwagge: it's interesting to see this car in dark green. Great alternate color.
Back when I was building my Ghost Train, I used the basic design for this Haunted Train Coach:
In any case, nice set and an equally nice review.
EDIT: Oh, and I really like the My Own Train boxart; so different from other LEGO Train sets.
Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:23 AM
Any thoughts on what the 1x3 plate and 1x3 arch (on page 3), back by the 4th seat, is supposed to be? Fireplace on a passenger wagon?
PS - The Grey Loco is a really cool engine. Hadn't seen it before.
Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:46 PM
I really wish Lego would release more modern passenger style cars, similar to the middle car in 4558 as a rolling stock set. I know they have released the club car, but a train made entirely of club cars would look out of place.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:19 AM
it was only available in very limited release.
I also really loved the concept of the individual train rolling stock. Its too bad that Lego has decided not to continue to sell
the rolling stock individually, especially for me as a train enthusiast.
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