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REVIEW: 6550 Desert Racer


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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 05:18 PM

Outback Desert Racer

G'day Mates!  Today from the Legoland's Desert Down Under, I'll be sharing an image review of Outback Set #6550, Desert Racer

Set #: 6550
Theme: Outback
Year Released: 1997
Piece Count: 48
Minifigs: 1
List Price: $4 (USD)

Starting with an image of the box:

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And the back side with three alternate models:

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Instructions and decals:

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The pieces:

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A side view of the vehicle:

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Diagonal view:

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One minifig:

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And the complete set:

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PROS:
- Price is under $5 ($4 USD retail) - good impulse set
- Goes well with other Outback sets
- Combination of yellow and green pieces
- Working doors and liftable top for playability

CONS:
- Stickers on doors, hood, and 1x4 tile.  No printed pieces
- No accessories (a wrench, gas can, and other extras would have added to the set)
- No extra tire for blow outs

SUMMARY: I picked this set up new a number of years ago as a true "Impulse Buy", after buying one of the larger Outback sets (Amazon Crossing or Outback Airstrip).  It's a neat little addition to the theme with its working doors and playability factor.  Although I only built it once before today, I would buy again if I had the opportunity.

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#2 Manta

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 05:33 PM

This set looks liek a good buy for $4. Wish it was still around, but Like you said, it needs accessories.
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#3 metalandi

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 05:46 PM

I remember having this set (actually i even still have it, at least the pars are SOMEwhere :tongue: ) when i was a child, and i used it for making races, as it is there for. All these many reviews let me think again at that i also planned to make some reviews for the town section. I got your message TheBrickster, don't worry! I got a lot to do at the moment, but i should find some time this upcoming week. :thumbup:

#4 TheBrickster

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 01:59 PM

View PostManta, on Aug 3 2008, 10:33 AM, said:

Wish it was still around.
Even though, little sets <$10, like the new Coast Guard 4WD & Jet, and the Quad are great little City sets.  Lego seems to be returning to good quality small sets with their latest City line-up.

View Postmetalandi, on Aug 3 2008, 10:46 AM, said:

I remember having this set (actually i even still have it, at least the pars are SOMEwhere :tongue: ) when i was a child, and i used it for making races, as it is there for.
You should look for them and resurrect it.  It really feels good after you've found all the pieces and put a set back together again (as it was when you first bought it).

#5 bullet8542

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 09:49 PM

This little set really makes my point small playable inspiration to build the set into a few other models, Great set I wish I had it my town is going to need more vehicles.

I really miss main model instructions with alternate build idea's.
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#6 Stauder

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 09:59 PM

I can prodly say I own this little bugger. It's not much, but it is a nice addition to the series. They are also easy to build, so you can get a rally going quite fast.  :thumbup:

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