Friday, May 15, 2015

Enlighten 627 Locomotive set review

After waiting like what seems forever, my Enlighten train finally arrived from AliExpress.  It's based on a Derwent Grange steam locomotive.

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I wasn't expecting the seller to ship the box, but here it is albeit slightly crumpled.  I also got 2 duplicate instruction booklets.   

I'm a big fan of these Lego style train sets, especially as they are so hard to come by.  Enlighten makes a number of trains but most of them have been discontinued, so I figured I better grab this one before it was retired also.  It cost me just under $20 USD with free shipping from AliExpress.

This set has 168 pieces and is about 80% similar to Lego's Hogwart's Express set 4708 released back in 2001.  This set has both the locomotive and the tender, whereas the Lego set had the locomotive and a train car.  The set comes with a single minifigure.   As with most Enlighten train sets, this one did not come with any track, unlike  Ausini brand train sets which come with six or seven pieces.

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The build was pretty straightforward and the Enlighten bricks are completely compatible with Lego bricks.  This non-powered train set is molded in red and black with word printing on the locomotive and tender, not stickers.  It should be noted that the red bricks have a slightly metallic sheen to them.

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Pictured above is the front of the locomotive.  Unfortunately it doesn't come with a front coupler.  Derwent Grange is printed on the side and 3688 towards the rear.

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Note to self: add some small round black pieces to the hopper to simulate coal.

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The engine cover opens up to reveal the steam engine inside.  

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There's some nicely detailed tiles inside the cab.

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Both trucks under the locomotive's carriage swivel making turns on the track a breeze.  


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Above is the coal car with Enlighten brand on the side of it.

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Here is the undercarriage for the coal car.  The magnets on all of the couplers are quite strong.

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A ladder adorns the back of the coal car.

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Here is the steam locomotive pulling an Ausini brand tanker car and an Enlighten brand caboose.   Now I just need to get some more train tracks.  Do you have any Lego or clone brick train sets?

Brand: Enlighten
Set: 627
Model:  Derwent Grange Steam Locomotive
Number of Brick Pieces: 168
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Friday, May 1, 2015

All Hands On Deck!



It's a fact that every time you buy a bootleg minifigure, they always give you an extra hand.  Why can't they give you an extra leg or torso or head?  Why just a hand?  Anybody have any ideas what one is to do with all these hands?

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