My 3 year old loves Thomas and loves the original Stephenson Rocket, therefore he was keen to get his hands on this ASAP. We have a lot of trackmaster/ tomica trains and this one performs well. As with most of the Thomas trains some of the features and proportions i.e. the funnel, are down sized, probably as they would easily break being made of plastic, so Stephen doesn't have a large tall funnel like he does in the movie, my 3 year hasn't noticed (the 4 year old has pointed it out!!!) but it doesn't seem to distract from the playability.
One annoying point is the description says includes an AA battery, this didn't. I have never known a train come with a battery included so wasn't disappointed and was prepared with my screwdriver and battery box as always!
Lovely train and a welcome addition to our collection.