Well, here's the beast still slumbering in its lair. It's the usual MTH packaging. The magnetic part of the crane is packed seperately from the boom and the hook part of it.
This thing weighs a bit more than a stock Lionel crane. It has some serious heft, I'll give it that. MTH recommends oiling a couple of different parts of this and not forcing any moving parts by hand.
Ok, here comes a few more pics!