Wednesday, 11 December 2013

10233 Horizon Express Mini Review

Not strictly a City set, but cities have trains (usually) so I'm including it in mine!
  The Horizon Express is a Creator 'Expert' series model, which means it's a bit harder to build than general City sets and smaller Creator ones. 1351 pieces for 79.99 GBP / 129.99 US$ gives a very good price per piece value, but there are a lot of small pieces so it seems a bit better than it is. For your money you get 6 minifigures and half a train. Yep, that's half a train, an engine and two carriages (or 'cars' as they're called in quite a few countries!) To get a full train you would have to buy two sets. The set can also be expanded with the addition of a power unit to remotely control the train and operate it's headlights, but that would be at extra cost. Based on the French TGV and similar styles, it is a good representation of a modern, streamlined train.

Half a train... 79 cms (about 31 inches) long.
The minifigures consist of a female train driver, a guy running the restaurant car and four passengers. There are no new parts or prints for the minifigures but they are all unique in their legs / torso / face and hair combinations.
   The engine section is very nicely styled and, this being Creator, uses twenty parts where City or almost any other theme would use one. Take the chevrons on the side of the engine, most City sets would use a sticker for this, but Creator uses no less than 32 pieces to get the right effect. Very fiddly but worth the effort!

The business end!
Inside the business end.

The two carriages / cars are generally the same externally but internally they both have different functions. The first has a standard seating configuration with 3 seats, a partitioned toilet and a luggage hold. The second is a restaurant car with three seats, two small tables, a coffee machine and a drinks seller. The only major problem with these is space, or lack of. Fitting as much as possible into an already small space leads to some very cramped conditions with only enough room to walk sideways past the drink seller and the toilet cubicle, which, as luck would have it, has a sliding door! Both carriages have swing-open doors at one end and the windows are constructed in what I believe is a unique way, basically normal windows built sideways, with lots of connecting pieces to keep it stuck to the bodywork. That alone was a bit of a challenge!

Inside the carriage showing the toilet cubicle (a must when
 hurtling along in half a train!)
The very cramped restaurant car.

Nice to build and not too repetitive on the carriages, some neat construction techniques are used to help get the external shape, especially underneath.
  This is a great set, though not recommended for the younger audience that City sets are aimed at. The box states 14+ but I'm sure there's some younger people wouldn't find it too much of a problem. It's a shame it's only half a train, no track and there's no power functions included. Luckily the instructions show what to take out / change / put in to get it ready for remote control. Maybe one day...


12 comments:

  1. Oooh, remote control! That sounds so fun! I like the little plastic food-related items--looks like fun! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Sadly the remote control costs quite a lot of money, but I can still have fun with it as it is! Kind regards, Brian.

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  2. Hi Brian, there has been quite a few changes in the Lego for the past years!! There also were trains then, but now they do have an interior too! Great purchases, enjoy!
    Kind regards, Ilona

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    1. Hi Ilona! Lego have definitely improved things over the years. It just makes you wonder what they will come up with next! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Hello Brian,
    I think this is one of my favorite lego sets. I have always loved lego trains, strangely it is the one thing I never had! The detail in this set is wonderful.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! This is my fourth Lego train ever, my brother had one (a very, VERY basic one) way back in the 1970's and I've missed loads since then so I'm happy to have what I've got! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. heeeey I already took this train =D
    long ago I must admit...!
    can't remember if the restaurant car was so cramped =)
    xxx

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    1. Hi Valma! I bet the one you took wasn't just half a train, with no power! ☺ Kind regards, Brian.

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  5. Oh Wow, I LoVe Lego Trains, and had not realized this one is a Creator set and so much more detailed. Its a beautiful set, and you took really great pics - had to giggle over the toilet scene ;) Do you have any of the remote control sets which might allow an adaptation, or even an older power brick to plug into the trucks under the engine? Weird they would put out a creator train set w/out power. Great looking mode though and lots of playability too!

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    1. Hi Tiggy! Some train sets have a power function motor as part of the model and that can be fitted to this train quite easily, but I don't think it will illuminate the headlights. It's just a way of making the base model cheaper, though it is a bit frustrating at times! Kind regards, Brian.

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  6. Me encanta, no pense que en Lego hubiese esos trenes.
    besitos ascension

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  7. Hello Ascension! Lego has been making them for a while, but I don't have very many of them! Kind regards, Brian.

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