And note this. I went to a Hallmark shop tonight and saw that the Harley Davidson motorcycle ornament was $14.95, the Chevy C-10 was $14.95, the Tonka toy crane was $14.95, and so on. Now get this: the Lionel train engine was $18.95!!!! So, it's LIONEL that is ripping us off here! And yet Lionel gets on national TV to whine about UP charging a nominal amount when in the same situation Lionel charges Hallmark (and thus us) FAR more than UP. THIS IS HYPOCRISY!!!!! Kent in SD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
And you went to Kansas City to check Hallmark's books to see the difference in price was solely license fees? I think not. It looks like a lot more work to make and assemble the loco than a Chevy. The tender and passenger car are only $12.95, that compares well with the others you mentioned.
FWIW, it's those locomotive decorations that got me into this hobby - got the first one, got a piece of track to set it on, and it just picked up steam from there. (Yes, they sit on N-guage track very nicely!)
Val, in SD