I swear this is not going to be a week of holiday-themed polybags. Today’s set, 30584 Winter Holiday Train, and yesterday’s set just happened to be a holiday-themed coincidence.
Just based on the name, I thought maybe this was a mini version of the old Winter Holiday Train creator set, 10254 Winter Holiday Train. Unfortunately, they only share a name in common. Whatever made 10254 great is not present here.
It’s got weird proportions. The engine is wide and squat, with a narrow wheel base.
The presents in the second car are HUGE.
The caboose is not caboose colored. I tend to think of them as being red. Had the designer swapped the colors between the engine and the caboose, it would have been closer to 10254 boosting this set a couple of points.
I get that it’s supposed to be holiday themed, so the colors are what they are, but it’s not really working for me.
I will say this set would sit nicely on a sill or on a bookcase during the holidays. It may look weird, but the small wheels make it look cartoonish. I guess when it comes to Christmas, I find myself a little more lenient on the scoring. In our house, when the holidays roll around, we break open our storage bins with all our Christmas sets and spread them around the house. So I tend to look at sets like this to see if it’s something that I’d look forward to pulling out of storage to put up somewhere. And I’d have to say yes to that. But yesterday’s Santa set can still go straight to the trash bin.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
30584 Winter Holiday Train isn’t great but it’s grown on me. It’s got the charm of an ugly dog.
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