LEGO and Disney continue their fruitful partnership with 71044 Disney Train and Station, the highly anticipated LEGO Train set of 2019.
The 2925 piece set features a classic motorised steam locomotive that’s based on the exact same ride in Disneyland, and includes a sizable train station with detailed interiors.
The set includes 5 minifigures, including the much-anticipated debut of the Goofy minifigure – something that LEGO Disney fans have been yearning for since the very first LEGO Disney Minifigures series.
See below for regional pricing and LEGO.com links
- LEGO 71044 Disney Train and Station [US] – US$329.99
- LEGO 71044 Disney Train and Station [AU] – AU$549.99
- LEGO 71044 Disney Train and Station [UK] – £299.99
- LEGO 71044 Disney Train and Station [EU] – €329.99
- LEGO 71044 Disney Train and Station [CA] – CA$379.99
This is a really impressive looking set. The detailed steam locomotive is vibrant and colourful and features 3 cars, as well as the locomotive engine driven by Mickey.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had such a detailed train set, so LEGO train enthusiasts are in for a treat.
The set’s hefty pricetag is due to the inclusion of LEGO’s new Powered Up technology, and contains a LEGO Powered Up 88009 Hub and a LEGO Powered Up 88011 Train Motor, which has Bluetooth functionality and can be controlled via an app.
Powered Up or Technic motorisation isn’t really my forte, but my friend The Rambling Brick has written extensively about Powered Up on his site. Go check his articles out for a rundown of Powered Up.
Here’s a look at the 5 minifigures included in this set, all of which are exclusive to this set.
We get Mickey Mouse, dressed as the train driver, Minnie Mouse in her traditional polka-dot dress, Chip and Dale, sharply dressed as wealthy individuals and the long-awaited Goofy minifigure.
Not going to lie, the LEGO Goofy Minifigure is to me, THE biggest draw of the set. Fans have been asking for a LEGO Goofy minifigure since Disney Minifigures Series 1.
I just know that there is going to be a lot of disappointment that LEGO have put him in one of the most expensive sets this year. For the record, I’m not happy about this.
The train includes a coal tender, passenger car and a luxurious parlour car for the minifigures to relax in.
Not pictured in the official photos are the 16 curved pieces and 4 straight pieces of track which allow you to create a complete oval track.
I’m not 100% sure of the size, but I’ll be very surprised if the track won’t be large enough to encircle the LEGO Disney Castle set.
Here’s a look at the Train Station exterior and the interiors, which has a doll-house design to it.
It’s fashioned after the iconic architecture that you’d find at Disney Parks. I love the detailed facade, and all the fun little interior details such as a ticket counter, cafe corner, brick-built furnishings and details, including draped windows, wall clock and ceiling chandelier.
A neat little nod in the set is a special room at the top of the tower where Mickey can relax to build a mini version of the LEGO Disney Castle set.
Here’s the Disney parks version for comparison.
LEGO Disney fans are absolutely going to froth over this set, especially the inclusion of Goofy.
I’m not super into LEGO trains, but I’ve heard that the new wheels, and Powered Up system is quite divisive with fans, so I’m not sure how they’ll react.
To me, I do like the attention to detail with the train station, but the train does look very similar to the Winter Holiday Train as they’re both steam-style locomotives so I’m not THAT excited by it.
I think the price is going to be a dealbreaker for many as it costs more than the Disney Castle, thanks to the Powered Up functions, which not everyone may want. That or they may already have the parts to motorise the train.
Having Goofy in this set as an exclusive hurts, and with so many other great LEGO sets released this year, this set is going up against a ton of competition as we move towards Christmas.
I also think that 5 minifigures is just a bit too low for a set at this price-point. They could’ve easily populated it with more Disney characters (Pluto anyone??) to make it worth our while.
That said, it should pair exceptionally well with the Disney Castle set, especially if you can run the track around it.
That’s my thoughts on the set – I think this won’t be the easiest set to recommend, unlike the Disney Castle which was simply exceptional, but if you love Disney and are hankering for a motorised train out of the box, you best add 71044 Disney Train and Station to your Christmas wishlist – or start saving up for it immediately.
Let me know what you think of the set in the comments section.
LEGO 71044 Disney Train Station will be released on LEGO.com on 21 August for LEGO VIP members, and 1 September for the general public.