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REVIEW: 7684 Pig Farm & Tractor

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Since the launch of the first farm sets, all city fans were excited to see sets that didn't have to do just with police and fire. TLG's move to release a new sub-theme under the "Farm" label was great and promising.

So, after the first great wave of 2009 farm sets, here is the new 2010 batch, the anticipated:

7684 Pig Farm & Tractor

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(Image taken from Brickset.com)

Name: Pig Farm & Tractor

Set Nr: 7684

Year: 2010

Theme: City

Subtheme: Farm

Pieces: The official number is not available yet. Bricklink says 248. According to the parts inventory in the instruction booklet the pieces are 256.Good ol' counting still works.

Minifigs: 2

Price: The price in Greece was €34.99. No available informations regarding other countries or currencies.

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I was surprised to see this set in a Greek store because Greece is not considered a LEGO pioneer when it comes to new releases. No second thoughts when I saw it, I literally grabbed it, paid for it and ran! :grin:

The box front

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A very nice and colourful farm scene. We can already spot perhaps the highlight of this set. Pigs! Four of them! Is that a new torso that the female minifig has? Yes! :thumbup:

Backside of the box

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There are many activities going on in the farm. We can see the trailer's functions among the other farm-life snapshots. On the upper left corner we have the "HEY" logo adjusted for the Farm sub-theme. The farmer has a loud voice judging from the size of the letters! :grin:

There are also three 2009 sets advertised on the box. The Farm subtheme is getting bigger and bigger! :classic:

The long side of the box

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The usual 1:1 picture and the minifigs together with the pigs.

A closer look

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I must say, all elements look pretty realistic and lovely! :wub:

Short side of the box

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An advertisement of the upcoming "Lego: Adventures of Clutch Powers" DVD movie. Personally, not so interested... :hmpf:

Instruction booklets

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There are two instruction booklets, one for the place where the pigs are held and eat and another one for the tractor with the trailer.

Random steps from the instructions

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The piece bags

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Three numbered bags containing pieces are included along with a 6x14 dark bluish gray plate that was loose in the box.

The good news? No stickers! :thumbup:

Pieces unsorted

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That's why I love the town-city theme! Colours! Lots of colours! :wub:

Pieces sorted

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An overview of all the pieces that are needed for this set. Light gray and red are the dominant colours here.

Pieces of interest

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Some interesting pieces in this set. Some of them are new to me (I don't know if they are new in general) like the red roof piece, the 2x4 tile :wub:, the lime don't-know-what-piece-is-that and the light gray tile with studs in the middle.

The minifigs

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The female minifig has a new beautiful torso! It's great to see new torsos added to our city collection and the blue overalls with the white v-neck match perfectly together!

I think I have a new favourite torso from now on! :wub:

The male's torso is the one we have already seen in previous farm sets, in the 7637 Farm and in the 7634 Tractor. Very nice!

Back view

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Back printing for both minifigs of course. :wink:

The Animal Planet

And now the main attraction of this set. The new animals on the block flock! I'm very happy to see one more animal mold by TLG. The overall design is very beautiful (the ears and the eyes are excellent), the colour is great and only just by looking at them you want to say: "Awww, how cute!" :blush:

(Pretend you didn't hear this last one from me... :tongue: )

The Rat-Pack

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It was a pleasant surprise to see four pigs in this set. TLG was generous if we take into consideration that it's a fresh new piece - or minianimal if you like :grin: . (Straight from the oven. Or in the oven? :devil: )

Side view

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The stud on the pig's back still reminds us that this is still LEGO. :wink:

Bottom side

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Don't worry. This is not a butcher's work. :grin:

Standing on studs

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Just like the dog, the pig needs three studs in order to "lock". However, the grip is not very strong as the dog's and that is because the pig's right leg needs to be between a third and a fourth stud. In that way, the grip is very good.

Building the pigs' enclosure

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Nothing too fancy or difficult when building this part of this set. I must admit though that while I was building it, it somehow felt just like the old days. Maybe it was the green plates along with a good number of different colours on the other pieces. It certainly looks colourful.

I'm still trying to figure out what these yellow and brown pieces on the green plates represent. Pig food perhaps?

Feed the pigs!

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A very clever use of the chest piece here. :thumbup: By adding two 1x2 tan tiles you have two feeders that look quite realistic.

The complete pig farm

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By adding the feeders, the last fence pieces, two 2x3 yellow bricks and the plant, the enclosure is ready!

...oh, and the pigs of course... :blush:

My opinion is that it looks great! :wub: Yes, it's simple and not something mind-blowing but it really looks full of life and has its charm. The fact that it's colourful is the big plus in my opinion and you can also arrange the fence pieces in different shapes, or even expand them. Modular farm set! :tongue:

Different angles and details

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The water tap.

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Looking inside the small shed.

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The two dark bluish gray bars act as doors. Don't forget to close them on your way out! :classic:

Lunch time

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As you can see, the feeder is a bit tall for the pigs. Co-operation can do miracles here! :wink:

The tractor

The tractor in this set looks great. When I first saw pictures of it I wasn't really sure about the lime green colour but after building it and searching for real life tractor images, I changed my mind. It works very well just like the real life tractors.

Side view

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The proportion is quite good. Not too big, certainly not small, it could fit in any town layout. :thumbup:

Front view

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Looking aggresive! :devil: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. :wink:

Rear view

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Do you see the "U" shape that's forming there? It's where the trailer is attached.

Front angled view

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The exhaust is a new 2010 piece. Check it!

The trailer

The trailer is also very nice and works great with the tractor. The colour scheme is great and red with the shades of gray produce a fine result. The great thing is that the trailer has a good number of functions=playability. :thumbup:

Side view

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Rear view

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The door lowers in order for the pigs to get in. The door piece is very nice.

Trailer in action

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The side doors can be lowered for easy access and perhaps for loading agricultural goods. The flatbed can be raised for unload.

Trailer and tractor together.

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One more great vehicle from TLG. The combination of the vehicles together works great!

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Taking the widshields off for the minifig to get in.

The complete set

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The set looks great when finished. Lots of colours and lots of elements forming the set.

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Preparing the bacon :grin: .

Conclusion

This set is a great addition to the Farm subtheme and also great as a stand-alone set. The new pig mold is the definite highlight in here as well as the new overalls torso. The set somehow left me the feeling of the good old classic town days for some reason meaning that it can be placed in both classic town layouts and more recent city layouts. I can't find a major flaw since everything seem to be great. The only thing that could have been added is a green baseplate for the pigs enclosure for a more "countryside" look.

Overall, a great set from TLG! :sweet:

Playability: 8/10 Lots of actions and elements taking place. When combined with other farm sets the playability factor is even greater.

Design: 8/10 The pigs enclosure is simple and not something too mind-blowing but the greatly designed tractor and trailer certainly raise the bar here.

Minifigs: 9/10 New torso! :wub: . Nothing more to add. :wink:

Parts: 9.5/10 New great pieces and lots of other great older ones. The pigs (4 of them!) is the absolute winner here.

Price: 8/10 The price here in Greece was a bit steep but I assume that it is going to be better in other countries after doing some math.

Overall: 9/10 A great set and must buy for the town-city fans!

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Thanks for reading my review!

Oink!

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Excellent review Zorbas. :thumbup:

One of the best seen here.

Now I really want this set. Or at least half of it. I think I will give away the tractor and trailer with the farmer and keep the rest.

This is worth your while.

Keep 'm spareribs coming. :laugh:

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Great review Zorbas. Nice pictures, the comparison shot of the pig and dog is really helpful. And indeed... lots of parts and more importantly lots of colors :classic:

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Thanks for the fantastic review!

Some interesting pieces in this set. Some of them are new to me (I don't know if they are new in general) like the red roof piece

Well it's been used in the Farm set too. However, I wondered if it's a piece similar to some that was used 25 years ago for train level crossing, does anybody know this?

Trailer in action

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That must be for when the pigs are getting lazy and really don't want to get out of the trailer :tongue:

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Very good review, thanks! Love the quality photos. I would say, brown plates around the tap are mud, yellow is hay?

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thanx for this great review zorba!

i SO want this set now

even though i dont have the farm and it might look a bit off standing alone..

its a good thing that Greece gets sets in time but something has to be done about the prices here!

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Finnaly good review of this magnificent set! Thanks for many picyures.

I still thing this trailer looks weird with huge plate on back...

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Thanks 'Zorbas' for the review - COOL set eh ? :grin:

Can't wait to buy a few of these sets, I want the tractors and my son wants the pigs - win/win eh ? :grin:

The little pig pen looks nice, feed trough is clever.

The tractor itself looks a little better than the one in 7637 farm......7637-1.jpg

and alot better than 7634 tractor......7634-1.jpg

I'm a conformist! ! :laugh:

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I would say, brown plates around the tap are mud, yellow is hay?

Probably straw, not hay.

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Wow, beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for the review!

The rest of the early '10 City sets are pretty lackluster, but this set just looks terrific. My only complaint, as you noted in the review, is that it would have been nice to have a baseplate included. Lego is awfully stingy with their baseplates these days.

I was worried that the Farm theme was going to be a one-and-done theme for Lego, so I'm excited to see them continuing it this year. With the new pigs, along with the camels and ostriches from the Prince of Persia line, this has been a great year for new Lego animals!!

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Thanks for your very good words and the feedback guys! :blush:

I feel very happy that you've enjoyed this review! :sweet:

Keep 'm spareribs coming. :laugh:

Just like the infamous lamb chops! :wink:

...and more importantly lots of colors :classic:

You got it Rick! :wink: Townies sure know their stuff! :classic: City/Town para siempre! :sweet:

That was an astonding review! Now I need to get this set, especially for the PIGGYS!!! :tongue::laugh:

Thanks Nightshroud99! The pigs are definitely THE motive. :wink:

Well it's been used in the Farm set too. However, I wondered if it's a piece similar to some that was used 25 years ago for train level crossing, does anybody know this?

The piece used in the Farm set is this one. I thought I was losing it since I have the Farm set too. :wacko::grin:

And yes, about being used in level crossing sets, you're right :thumbup: . Click!

That must be for when the pigs are getting lazy and really don't want to get out of the trailer :tongue:

:laugh:

I still can't find the reason of not wanting to get out. Why? They are going to a nice place. :skull: :grin:

I would say, brown plates around the tap are mud, yellow is hay?

Mud or :sick: ? Don't worry, they 're not offended if you call them pigs. :tongue:

i SO want this set now

even though i dont have the farm and it might look a bit off standing alone..

its a good thing that Greece gets sets in time but something has to be done about the prices here!

Get it phoinix! The pigs and the tractor along with the new torso sell themselves! :thumbup:

Prices in Greece... :cry_sad: Scratching wounds here... :sadnew:

Great review of a very fun looking set.

Great pics!

Thanks BigCam! Hearing that from a photo specialist like you makes me feel honoured! :blush:

I still thing this trailer looks weird with huge plate on back...

It doesn't look too odd from close. After all, the pigs are going for a small road trip and if the plate was shorter, climbing would have been steeper. Nobody wants exhausted pigs. :tongue:

Nice review from a nice set. :thumbup::classic:

Thanks Wout! :classic:

Can't wait to buy a few of these sets, I want the tractors and my son wants the pigs - win/win eh ? :grin:

The tractor itself looks a little better than the one in 7637 farm...

and alot better than 7634 tractor.

More like an epic win to me! :grin:

I totally agree on the point you've made about the tractors. I also have the other two and this one is much more beautiful and realistic. The design lines are fantastic and observing it from different angles really captures your attention. Even the lime colour looks great on this.

My only complaint, as you noted in the review, is that it would have been nice to have a baseplate included. Lego is awfully stingy with their baseplates these days.

Excellent point Joebot. :thumbup: You know, when I opened the Farm set about a month ago and pulled out the two green baseplates I was surprised. Something that was the standard practice in the (great) past has become an exception that makes you feel surprised. Too bad... :sadnew: Especially in sets that are all about green and nature.

I was worried that the Farm theme was going to be a one-and-done theme for Lego, so I'm excited to see them continuing it this year.

My thoughts exactly. This subtheme is an excellent addition to the City theme and as I've said in the review and Rick also pointed, it's colourful. Something I really miss from the old days. :cry_happy:

Thanks again for all of your great comments!

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Oh my. I am overwhelmed by the amount of awesomeness in this review and set combined. :thumbup::tongue: I want this set so bad now, but I probably wont be abel to get it :cry_sad::sadnew:

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Can I just agree with those who have praised this review. Your photos are fantastic - I especially love the one with ALL the parts laid out.

Thanks for one of the best, if not THE best review I have seen on EB.

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Can I just agree with those who have praised this review. Your photos are fantastic - I especially love the one with ALL the parts laid out.

Thanks for one of the best, if not THE best review I have seen on EB.

:blush:

Thanks for your very good words tedbeard! It's great to see fellow EB members and generally LEGO fans enjoying your work. :sweet:

You see, I've learned from the best in here when it comes to reviews. :wink::thumbup: And EB has some excellent reviewers that I hope I'll be like one of them someday.

Thanks again!

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Hey neighbour - great review mate! Have you noticed you've been blogged on Classic-Town.net? WhiteFang couldn't miss this awesome review for the world!! :sweet:

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Hey neighbour - great review mate! Have you noticed you've been blogged on Classic-Town.net? WhiteFang couldn't miss this awesome review for the world!! :sweet:

:cry_happy::blush:

Thanks for your good words neighboreeno! :grin: Also, a great thanks for blogging it in classic-town! I really feel honoured! :blush:

Btw, the second link needs some fix I think. :wink:

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Thanks for your good words neighboreeno! :grin: Also, a great thanks for blogging it in classic-town! I really feel honoured! :blush:

Btw, the second link needs some fix I think. :wink:

Yup, fixed the link :blush:

As to the blog - you should be thanking Fangy, he's the Reviews blog master :grin: I was merely playing the messenger :)

In any case, I'm certainly looking forward to seeing more of your great reviews!

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It seemed Bobby, had dropped the message for me. :blush:

Thanks Bobby! :grin:

Yes, I been wanting to blog this review of yours for a very long time, as you have covered this Pig Farm review in a great manner. I have been wanting to get this set, when it's out in the stores in the next few months, and I am pretty sure, one is not enough for me. Although some of us never fond with the additional tractors, but those cute little pigs (4 to be precise) plus the simple looking Pig Sty, and the lime green looking tractor do add up to my taste.

Thanks for doing this review, and I am sure there will be more of such reviews waiting behind you. :wink:

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It seemed Bobby, had dropped the message for me. :blush:

:blush:

A great thanks for this WhiteFang! :sweet: It really felt great seeing it in classic-town!

I have been wanting to get this set, when it's out in the stores in the next few months, and I am pretty sure, one is not enough for me.

:wink:

Great LEGO sets are never enough!

...and the lime green looking tractor do add up to my taste.

The more I look at this tractor the more I like it :wub: . I'm not a big lime fan but it works just perfect in this occasion. I personally think that it's somehow better than the other two previous tractors and when you 'll see it from close you're gonna love it! :wub:

Thanks for doing this review, and I am sure there will be more of such reviews waiting behind you. :wink:

I'll try my best, you can count on that! :blush:

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Fantastic review, Zorbas - your pictures are numerous and well taken. :thumbup:

From the moment I saw the first pictures, I was certain that this would be one of the few 2010 sets I would add to my collection. Besides the fact that it included four brand new pig molds, the design of the tractor and pen looked fantastic, and the color scheme and minifigs were great as well. Your review has only confirmed these beliefs, and I'm fairly sure I'll add it to my collection eventually. Unfortunately, this also means I'll have to rearange my display shelves again, as my current Farm display is alrealy a little too big for the shelf it is on. :tongue:

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