Ratings and Reviews for 10506-1: Train Accessory Set

10506-1: Train Accessory Set

Overall Score

7.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 9.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 8.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 10
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 7.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 2.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.00
Review from: kishidan69
Reviewed on: Aug 4, 2013
Join Date: 06/04/2013
# of Reviews: 5

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

I suspect there aren't many Duplo reviews on this site, thought I'd do one, especially for parents with little kids. When I first saw this set at a major retailer, I immediately thought it was good value for the price (USD $19.99 / AUD $29.95), and would add a lot more playability to my youngest one's 5544 Thomas Starter set.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

This accessory set comes with 8 curved tracks, 5 straight tracks, 2 switch point track sections, 1 level crossing with barrier bar, 3 4x4 Duplo bricks and 1 yellow Duplo flower. It is compatible with all current Duplo train sets, and definitely works well with our 5544 Thomas set, which was released in 2008 and has long been discontinued. What I like about this set are the inclusion of 2 switch points and a level crossing - unless you bought a (usually top-of-the-line) Duplo train set that had these included, I believe it was quite difficult or rare to get these individual parts before the recent introduction of this set in 2013. One could probably source them off eBay, but would have to pay relatively high prices per item. Note that the colour of these tracks are a dark grey - I believe that there are earlier lighter grey and black versions, though I'm fairly certain, just looking at images, that the track connection profiles for these are compatible with this set.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

This set does wonders as a complement to any Duplo train set. Using our Thomas set as an example, there were enough new track pieces for my little one to build another inter-connecting track line to our current one, complete with switch points. The level crossing is also a very useful piece, allowing Duplo cars to be brought into play. Definitely a winner in terms of increasing playability for existing starter train sets with a basic track layout.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

Very good value for money, if you're looking to expand an existing train and track set. I think Lego did a great job here in the type and number of pieces in this accessory set - it has a bit of everything.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

Just based on observing Duplo customers at the shops, I daresay that the train theme is one of the most enduring and popular, if not the most popular, of the Duplo line. Hence, the high popularity rating for this set as well. Anyone who has bought a Duplo train set for their child/children will probably give this set some serious consideration.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 7

Being a 2013 release, this set is available from Lego S@H online, and is listed there as "Hard to find". I have also occasionally seen this set retailing at some of the major retailers, but not at the independent or smaller retailers that I've been too. Contrary to the S@H tag, I wouldn't rate this set as highly exclusive - it is possible to find it in small quantities with a few of the major players.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

I like the packaging for this set. Other than the usual bright and attractive colours common to most Duplo sets, the front face clearly shows what parts and how many of each are included in the set in large graphics. This is helpful in quickly informing a potential customer on what their kid(s) can expect to get if they purchase this. The box itself is probably a little larger than what it needs to be - some may like this as it may look more impressive as a gift, while others may think it's a little bulky.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 2

This one I'm unsure, there currently is no numerical data on this set on Brickpicker, being relatively new as I write this review. Investment wise, there are lots of other more worthy Lego sets out there - a Duplo accessory set probably doesn't the investment bill at all. Growth after EOL is probably not likely, as I assume Lego will always have some form of track accessory products available for their Duplo customers. I'll say this though - if the supply of this set is somehow kept low and made fairly exclusive, there may be a chance that small profits can be made sporadically, as I believe it will become sought after for its parts and good playability. Maybe more suitable for those who part sets out.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

As a complement to an existing Duplo train and track set, this set will most likely enhance the display quality of that set. On its own, it obviously rates as a NA (Not Applicable) - due to it being an accessory set.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9

For parents with kids who have a Duplo train set, especially a basic or starter set, this is a reasonably priced must-have. It opens up lots of play possibilities and has encouraged group play in our case eg. 1 child manning the level crossing and cars, while the other 'drives' the train. I rate this a 9, mainly for playability and value for money. As an investment, I doubt that this set will be of interest to any investors out there.