Review: 79111 Constitution Train Chase, part 2

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79111 Constitution Train Chase

In the second part of my review of 79111 Constitution Train Chase, I will take a look at the build and the Constitution train itself. While many licensed sets rely on the Minifigures alone to carry the entire model, in this case I feel that the vehicle more than lives up to the standard of the superb figures.

In the first part I took a look at the Minifigures included and you can read about them here.

Once again, please avoid spoilers in the comments section for the sake of those who have yet to see the film.

The Build

I enjoyed building this set, thanks in part to the fact that this is a train, and I always enjoy building LEGO trains. Plenty of SNOT is used throughout the model, most notably to create the boiler on the locomotive. The ingenious creation of the Gatling gun is also a treat. Although this design is prevalent in the world of MOCs, this is a rare technique to be used in an official set, only appearing three times before now. It is interesting to note that the designer of this set is Marcos Bessa, an AFOL, which suggests the design may have been influenced even more than usual by designs exhibited online as well as past LEGO sets.

There are a couple of notable examples of NPU as well. Naturally, the aforementioned binoculars on the Gatling gun, but perhaps even more interestingly, Sensei Wu's hat from the Ninjago theme is cast in pearl silver and attached to the front of the boiler to add texture to the model which looks fantastic.

The Completed Model

There is a lot to this set. The locomotive itself is very detailed with various pipes and lanterns. A cowcatcher features and even a bell is included which is formed using a pearl gold fez piece. There is space for a driver in the cab and the acronym T.C.R.R. (Trans-Continental Rail Road) adorns either side of the vehicle. The front two wheels can turn, while the three behind that are fixed. Perhaps the only slight flaw in the design here are the lack of coupling rods on the wheels, although I do not mind this too much personally.

79111 Constitution Train Chase

The next section to be built is the coal tender which can open up to hide a Minifigure inside and has a few black studs on the top to represent coal. All of the couplings on the train are made using the standard magnetic pieces of course.

79111 Constitution Train Chase

The flatbed wagon is laden with all kinds of details, including a crate in a nougat shade which contains two silver ingots, two silver crystal pieces, and a green bottle. Behind this is the Gatling gun, which is mounted on a ratcheted turntable and can tilt up and down, to point just about anywhere. On the side is a handle which can be turned to twist the barrel, recreating the manner in which a Gatling gun fires. I must say, the inclusion of this on a train seems like overkill to me, but nevertheless this section of the model (as well as the rest of it) looks marvellous in my opinion.

79111 Constitution Train Chase

The last section of rolling stock is the prison car at the back of the train. This is accessible by a sliding door on either side of the car and inside is a barred door into an area where a prisoner can be kept. The rear of the car can be blown off by pushing a lever on the roof, allowing the convict to escape and inside a sticker shows a tally of days spent in the cell carved into the wall, which is evidently twenty-eight.

79111 Constitution Train Chase

What really sets this train apart from many others is the inclusion of twenty pieces of track, four straight components and sixteen curved. A water tower also features which can be knocked down using a level (cleverly disguised as an explosive plunger) to block the track, spilling four blue cylinders which represent water. Perhaps the least interesting part of the entire set is the exploding pile of rocks, which is very simple but functional nonetheless. I should imagine that both of these functions will be taken from the scene in the film, but we will see.

79111 Constitution Train Chase

Overall

Despite the film itself being reputedly awful, there is no doubt in my mind that the sets are superb in the main. In my view, the Constitution Train Chase surpasses all other sets in this theme by some distance. This is high praise indeed given what it is coming up against, however I think it is completely justified in that both the Minifigures and the model itself are absolutely brilliant, even more so when the price is taken into account.

For many train fans, the ability to motorise the set is key. Unfortunately, this is not a particularly simple task with this model as the locomotive is nowhere near large enough to house a battery box. Despite this however, instructions for how to add Power Functions to the model are given in the 24th issue of the BrickJournal magazine. Feel free to send me a message for a scan of the relevant page.

79111 Constitution Train Chase

The Minifigures are all extremely desirable, and trains are always popular, particularly when they are as impressive as this model is. The addition of track and a couple of trackside accessories only add to the excellence of the set and make this a real 'must have' model in my opinion, particularly if you are a train fan, in which case I can think of no better set than this.

Parts: 5 - Plenty of useful dark green, some silver ingots and the golden fez component make this set very attractive from a parts perspective.

Playability: 5 - Trains are always good fun, and there are plenty of lovely features which only add to the playability.

Building Experience: 4.5 - A few interesting techniques are used, although without any moments of real inspiration, I cannot quite award full marks.

Value for Money: 5 - No doubt that this set is well worth the price, it certainly feels as though you get a lot for your money.

Overall: 5 - Not quite faultless, but nigh on perfect for me in terms of Minifigures, the build and the set as a whole.

Thus that concludes the Brickset reviews of the Lone Ranger sets. Although this will almost certainly be a one wave theme, I must say that I (and the rest of the Brickset team judging by their reviews) have been very impressed with these sets overall. The Minifigures are about as good as one could hope and the models seem to have had a great deal of thought put into them. Only time will tell whether these sets prove popular, but from what I have heard from LEGO store employees this is not the case (in Brighton not a single Lone Ranger set was purchased on the day of release apparently). I certainly hope that the theme will grow in popularity however, if only to inspire LEGO to create a brand new unlicensed Western theme.

30 comments on this article

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By in Spain,

Any way of motorize it with other train sets?

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By in United States,

The Gatling-gun technique has been used in a set before. It was on the front of Batman's vehicle in set 7779 from the first wave of Batman sets. Great review by the way.

P.S. The movie isn't as bad as everyone says.

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By in Germany,

I'm looking forward to adding this train to my collection!

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By in Indonesia,

TheJake; and even before that, in 7702 Thunder Fury from the Exo-Force line.

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By in {Unknown country},

also in the 2nd wave of batman sets in the Two-Face chase truck #6864

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheJake and @murphquake - Fixed, thanks for the tip, it is worse since I own those Batman sets :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101 I'm stunned that no sets had sold in Brighton, but i have a feeling that'll change after my visit today :)

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By in United States,

Great review. Plan on turning this into a Christmas train for my mantle scene.

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By in United States,

My local Target was sold out of 79107 and 79108 but was still stocked to the brim with 79106. If they really are selling badly overall that's awesome because I can see PoP happened again but this time I'll actually buy something.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 I have a question. Are you going to buy the Back to The Future Delorean Time Machine or just pass it on?

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By in United States,

I seem to be in the minority of people who actually liked this film. I mean, sure, it was overlong, but HONESTLY. I just think everyone has a vendetta against this studio because of terrible films like Prince of Persia and Pirates 4. I thought TLR was just as good, if not better, than the first Pirates movie.

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By in United States,

I will be adding this set to my collection next month. Thank you CapRex101, you have confirmed my decision to buy.

My only real problem with the Movie is Tonto. Johnny Depp is no Tonto. Jay Silverheals from 1949 - 1957 on TV show, now that was a real Tonto.

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By in Germany,

Great review. Supports my decision to get this set. The photo taking could use some improvement though. ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Also, on my trip to the Brighton Lego store, staff told me they were struggling to stock enough deloreans to meet demands, i picked one one even though i was really put off by the price.

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By in Germany,

...oh and as for the movie: I am expecting the worst and hope to be proven wrong.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Fighterkit3 - I have got the set, although it has already been reviewed: http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=6975

@bodybomb3 - Indeed, I heard the same thing at the store on Sunday, BTTF has been flying off the shelves, although not before I could get my hands on one. Apparently, the first delivery in Brighton (of only 20 sets) did not even make it to the shelves. People were waiting for them in the store and when they brought them out of the stock room, they simply handed them out from the delivery box.

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By in United States,

Great review! It looks like this theme will be similar to Price of Persia where the movie bombs but the sets are some of the best of the year. I doubt that we will get a new Western theme (I am still bitter at Lego about the Cuusoo Modular Western Town fiasco) but I think we'll get some sort of Western-based set next year for The Lego Movie.

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By in United States,

I still wish they could make another train set with the power functions included with the set. If you ask me Lego has gotten worse and worse with their pricing. I wouldn't buy this set. Lego has had better but now they have done too much with movies.

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By in United States,

I work at a Lego store in the states where the sets were released back in April. They moved very slowly the first few months but once the film came out flew off the shelves. The only one ever in stock is the Silver Mine. The addition of a Lone Ranger themed club meeting also played a part in sales. However I think more could have been done to promote these excellent sets.

@CapnRex101 - I think the first delivery for every store for the BttF set was around 20.

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By in United States,

Alright. Everytime i try to get it they say try tomorrow. Any way great review.

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By in United States,

I thought the movie was fantastic as do many other regular viewers. The critics just expect perfection when they see a movie.

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By in United Kingdom,

well, I’m not over whelmed with desire to own any of these sets. Going to save my pennies for the new Castle sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

£80 for a push-along train set does not represent good value for money, even by LEGO's own standards.
Still, with the film sinking without trace it won't be long before they're going cheap.

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By in United States,

I don't dislike the movie, but part of the storyline bothers me. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. Let alone your brother's, that is before and after the brother's fate - I am not mentioning it just so not to be a spoiler (I hope). So I am not sure I find Lone Ranger depicted in the movie much of a character to my liking. I do however adore all the LEGO sets for the Lone Rangers. My favorite ones are the Train, the Comanche Camp, the Stagecoach, ... Thank you for the great review.

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By in United Kingdom,

this set was in the superdrome, on the floor with the others. they had one, nearly picked it but got the high speed chase instead. *sigh* mind you, the sets where flying off and the movie is sinking without a trace.

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101 they also told me that they were stocking the remaining summer sets (Lord of the rings, Hero factory etc) tomorrow, nationwide. I'm not sure about the website though but i believe there is a new argos range out this weekend as well

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By in United States,

Great review! Though I think it should have had more straight tracks...

Also my local TRU has already stocked up on Castle, Chima, Hero Factory, The Lone ranger. LotR, Galaxy Sqaud, and City. Basically all the summer 2013 sets except Star Wars!

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By in United Kingdom,

Judging by the trailer, I can't help noticing that the 'Lone' Ranger isn't actually 'alone' for most of the film.
Come to think of it, his companion seems to get higher billing than he does. Now, where's my copy of the Trade Descriptions Act?

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101 Great review thanks.
Just have to point out, the gatling gun technique was also used on 10174 back in 2006.

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By in United States,

As poorly as the movie performed, I expect the LR sets to go on clearance before the end of the year.

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