When it comes to deciding which toy or game is the best, traditional Teddy bears or LEGO constructors fall into a different category – classics. This year, you might want to look at newer products and get your kid a truly stunning gift, be it for a birthday, for Eid or even as a Christmas gift. It seems this season, the Lionel Polar Express Train Set will be the ultimate toy for boys and their dads.
Train sets have always been popular among children, but this particular model is much more than a toy and for over a year, it has been the best-selling item in its category on Amazon.com. Lionel, the manufacturer of the toy, has various train sets, for any age group, skills and interests, but the G-Gauge version (the larger scale) of the Lionel Polar Express Train Set is definitely its best creation, or at least the most popular.
Featuring a Berkshire steam locomotive, authentic sounds and finely detailed structure, this large-scale train is as closest to the original as possible. The design is inspired by the Caldecott Award—winning book “The Polar Express” and Robert Zemeckis’ movie which followed in 2004 and starred Tom Hanks. The retro style is extremely attractive and the good built and intricate detailing is really exceptional. Often, dads are having as much fun with it as their children.
This year’s Black Friday sale will be the best time to purchase such a toy. Now, customers can get a set for only $134.99 at Amazon, but there will be a bigger price cut during holiday sales. This isn’t a cheap toy, so don’t expect to find it for $30 – $30 train sets are designed as mere toys for kids and are not comparative to hobby trains.
The toy is battery-powered and remote controlled. It has the authentic bell and whistle that will bring you back in the 19th century. In addition, there’s a working headlight, a tender, a passenger coach, an observation coach, 16 track pieces, as well as three figures, also based on the movie.
Customers can get the newer model, the O-Gauge, which is a bit smaller, but even more detailed. However, its price is $257.54 (discounted from $399.99). But the latest 2014 models are even more exciting – there is the Thomas Kinkade Christmas Set, the St.Nicholas Victoria Christmas 4-6-0 Set, and the Silver Bell Express Christmas 2-4-2 Set, which is already available on Amazon at a 17% discount, or $199.12.
And the 2014 version of The Polar Express is even better, more detailed, and with many new features. The Polar Express LionChief Ready to Run Set can be purchased, but as it’s a brand new model, the price may surprise you – $636.78. It will be a fantastic Christmas gift for adult hobbyists, so if the cost isn’t an issue, don’t hesitate – it’s one of the most unique train sets ever built.