"I bought this for myself but with the intention of my young Godsons aged 5 and 3 playing with it as well (any excuse!) and I'm really pleased with it so far. I built it up myself and it was pretty straightforward, the boys have enjoyed playing with the minifigures and sending the train round the same track as my Christmas train (which was interesting!). I know there have been some complaints from other builders about the battery usage, but I can't really comment on that as I've only been using it in short spells. I moved the position of the seats in the end carriage so the minifigures could sit in them. I think it's a really smart looking set, my friend commented that she hadn't realised it was Lego until she saw the studs on the top!"