LEGO 40370 Train Test
LEGO 40370 is a faithful take on an old classic, available for a two week window at LEGO and LEGO.com stores as a gift with purchase
Price: Gift with purchases of £ 99.99 / $ 99.99 / € 99.99 Rooms: To confirm Available: March 1 to 15
This year marks 40 years of LEGO trains, according to the LEGO Group, as they take inspiration from the 1980s 7810 Push-Along steam engine for a festive gift with purchase, recognizing it as the launching point of ‘a vehicle and a theme visited since then in brick form countless times. There are engines and locomotives designed very similarly to the 7810 released in the 1960s and 1970s, but it is the 1980s model that the LEGO Group takes as the anniversary of LEGO trains and as direct inspiration for 40370.
Indeed, this promotional item, available for a 15-day window in early March as a gift with purchases of £ 99.99, $ 99.99 or € 99.99, is a modern reissue, with non-production pieces like the showcase . with frames replaced by their modern counterparts, the magnetic couplers were replaced with Technic plates with an axle hole, printed parts lost in favor of stickers, and backing now provided to display the classic design. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same build as 40 years ago.
Why mark 1980 and not an earlier year? The year 1980 marked a major overhaul of the theme of LEGO trains, as designs were adapted to include the then one-year-old minifigure. The tracks changed from blue to black, and aspects of remote control functions, such as the 12v transformer, were better aligned with more streamlined train models available elsewhere in the market at the time. In essence, most of what is identifiable with the LEGO trains released today can be traced back to the changes and principles introduced in 1980.
The 40370 Train therefore serves train fans well, then, as a marker of the start of the modern era of LEGO trains. Train sets in the Trains theme and other themes have not proven to be a consistent bestseller for the LEGO Group, perhaps the result of mainstream interest shifting over the years. However, trains have always maintained a constant, albeit limited, presence on the company’s product line, while some of the best large-scale displays at LEGO trade shows around the world are those featuring trains moving around the world. infinity on a sprawling track. The 40370 Train captures the beginning of the theme’s most iconic years and ultimately its enduring appeal for 40 years.
It’s a fun build and a cute nod to a key moment in the history of the LEGO Group.
This product has been provided for review by the LEGO Group.
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