There is some confusion about the set number and I've seen it with three different ones! Therefore I shall adopt 760 Peeron from for this review.
I first moved to London four years ago when I started my undergraduate degree, one of my fondest memories was getting (well fighting for space) on a Route Master in the morning and heading off to university. A while later I was just browsing eBay and I can across this set in a mint box in the US even though I wasn't quite out of my dark-age yet I couldn't resist and bought it.
Set Name: London Bus
Set Number: 760
Number of Pieces: 110 (It says so on the outside of the box.)
Figures: 0 (It's pre-minfig)
List Price: ? (Sadly I don't know)
760 Bricklink Catalog2
Before we even get to the box I'll show you the box I keep the set and box in.
I really don't want this set damaged.
Now lets open the protective box and look inside.
It looks fantastic, and has a huge safety warning.
The back of the box, show the sticker sheet, I plan to decal it at some point.
A quick comparison with one of the smaller modern sets, the boxes were much smaller in the 70's.
Now time to open up the box and get the pieces out and start building.
Looks more than 110 to me.[/.
One detail that I think is worth pointing out is the old style windows. Rather than studs at the bottom you have prongs. This makes them harder to place and fit, I'm glad Lego later changed this though I think the 3x window could make a welcome return.
Older design system, but was made 3 long.
Something I noticed about this old set is that Lego expect you to do a lot more in each step in the 1970's than they do now.
This is step 1
This is step 5 it's almost built.
One more in build shot.
Finally itâ€™s built, I had some problems making sure all the windows line up but they were easily resolved.
A view I remember from waiting in the rain.
Full side view.
A sight often seen as you start funning to the stop.
Sadly you don't get any minifig as they were yet to be invented, but if we add some we can quickly get a typical London street scene going.
Running to jump on the bus use to be so popular.
The truth is I think this set is great, it really captures the feel of the old Route Master. Also it's really solid looking, sadly there's not really space to put many figs inside.
The Rating System
Figures: 0/10 (I can't blame them for not inventing them yet.)
Parts 8/10 (A great selection of parts, I love 3x windows even though the old style is harder to use.)
Fun Fun Fun 9/10 (A great set, once youâ've added some passenger it makes a perfect addition to any city.)
Design 10/10 (It's a perfect replica of the Route Master which looks great. Something that looked great in Lego, perfect!)
Price: ?/10 (Unknown so can't mark them on that..)
Grand Total 27/30 (An amazingly high mark for an amazing set.)
This set is fantastic, there have been a number of complaints over the years about the lack of buses in the Lego world well this set is the answer. While it might seem to be made of quite rare parts actually the parts are quite common on bricklink (please don't go and buy them all I want to build a few more route masters) so it can easily be reproduced. While it might seem obvious, the fact that it's a set of an easily identifiable real world bus is one of the aspect think is great, also they picked probably one of the most recognizable buses in the world. To me this set is one of the best I own and due to its condition I think I might be the jewel in the crown of my collection, in the longer term I hope to build up a small fleet of them in a mini-London.
Sadly I don't have the stickers for the set, I'm planning on making some and adding them with decals to another copy of the route master. Maybe the 96 calling at Bluewater for the Lego shop.