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#1 Erdbeereis

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 03:16 AM

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What would we do without the trucks of LEGOland to clean up our town? Well, I didn't want to find out, so I bought this set straight away!



7991 Recycle Truck
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Set Info
Set Name: 7991 Recycle Truck
Released: 2007
Theme: City
Price: USD 14.99-GBP 12.99-EUR 14.95
Pieces: 206
Minifigs: 1


Review Time!


Leading off, the box
The front shows the recycle man loading up... The trash can? One thing here is really bizarre. On LEGO S@H and everywhere else, it says that this set is called Recycle Truck. Which makes sense as it has a recycle logo on the truck. However, on my box, it says the set is called Garbage Truck :wacko:
Has this happened to anyone else? Or is it just me...
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Here is the back of the box which shows some of the things you can do with this set.
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The Bags
With this set you get 3 bags which are numbered. And do you see what I see? Yes, that's right, the DSS is in a bag so it doesn't get bent! Why TLG doesn't do this more often is beyond me...
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Bag #1
The set comes with a very nice selection of pieces. A large number of these are orange.
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Manual
Silly me, I forgot to take a picture of the front of the manual. The picture is the same as on the front of the box.


The back shows some of the 2007 city sets in a nice little scene.
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And inside.
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Minifig
Here is the friendly garbage/recycle man. He looks nice but with the same head as so many other city figs before him. Come on TLG! Give us some new heads!
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The Sticker Sheet
The stickers actually are pretty decent as far as stickers go. I like the recycle sign.
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After Bag #1
This is where we stand after the first bag is built.
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Bag # 2
The parts contained in the second bag. More nice orange pieces here.
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Extra Parts
Some nice 1x1 slopes and 1x1 round plates.
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Everything Built
Now that everything is built, let's check it out! The design of the set is very nice and the color scheme looks great. When you see it, you immediately know what it is.
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The back has a droid arm that acts as a handle to dump the trash/recycling in the truck. It's simple, but works well.
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Here you can see the dumping mechanism. It works by a sliding technic beam with a stopper
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On top of the truck you can store the worker's cart. This works really well. I think though that the top of the truck overall looks a bit jumbled up with a few too many different colors.
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The bottom.
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Trash dumping time! This is a good feature of the set.
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A very well built SNOT front section. This looks fantastic with the grills and number plate sticker.
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Someone has left a big mess on the street...
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Ratings!
Price: 10/10 (For $15 this is a very good deal at 206 pieces)
Parts: 9/10 (Lots of orange)
Design 9/10 (A very well designed set. Especially the front)
Playability 9/10 (The trash dumper is fun and the added broom and cart make for good play value)
Build: 8/10 (Simple, but stayed interesting)


Overall:45/50
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Taking out the trash...
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Summary
This is a great small set for the price with fun features, nice colors and good design.
I would certainly recommend this set, no matter what it's really called :tongue:


Thanks, and happy building! :classic:

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#2 dj2005

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:45 AM

This is one of those sets that make me really want to start building up a city. It's a great value, has a lot of useful pieces, and is just plain fun to play with. I do miss vehicles having doors though.

Great review. I was a bit curious as to how the dumping mechanism worked. As well as the sticker count.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:56 AM

Yeah, the name on this set is strange. I think all the boxes say Garbage Truck. I guess it's up to each builder to decide whether 1x1 round plates are recyclable material or not. :grin:

It's a great model in any case. I love these highly detailed city trucks we've been getting during the last year or two. I used to have a preference for the late 80s/early 90s city line but some of these new sets have really surpassed them in detail and functionality.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 07:45 AM

nice truck indeed, but the yellow one is better I think, at least if you put them on a roadplate it seems to me that those road plates are too small for that. Also it will not empty completely because of that panel. Well, for the rest it is a nice set and a fine review!

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:30 AM

I own this set and I think it's a really nice truck, but there is two little details that I didn't like :

1/ a recycle truck really Needs 2 minifig, one to drive, one to put the garbage on the back.

2/ the big hole behind the driver seat, it was easy to fill it Like this :

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POUF ! no more little hole!
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but this is really a great set anyway. 4/5 for me ( above average )


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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:20 AM

Nice review. This is a very nice vehicle, one of my favorite of the newer city ones.

JopieK:
There are two generations of road plate that are wide enough for six-wide vehicles like this. The current plates are dark grey with plain white printing, and look not great in my opinion. The previous ones are imo the best road plates of all time - green with dark grey road, white dotted line/zebras, drain covers and yellow verge markings (just like we really have here in Ireland). For urban area I would still choose the green-edged plates and just cover up the green - the markings are so much better than the current plates.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 01:52 PM

trop beau  :classic:

#8 Erdbeereis

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 03:38 PM

View PostJopieK, on Sep 10 2008, 01:45 AM, said:

Also it will not empty completely because of that panel.
Actually, it does. The back part of the truck with the panel hinges up, so that when you want the truck to dump, it doesn't get in the way. :wink:

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:21 AM

View PostErdbeereis1, on Sep 10 2008, 05:38 PM, said:

Actually, it does. The back part of the truck with the panel hinges up, so that when you want the truck to dump, it doesn't get in the way. :wink:

I should have taken a better look at the one my brother has ;) It still is a nice truck, much better than all the strange sets that were release those 'dark ages' before.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:25 PM

A good set, with a nice color scheme.  I still prefer the last one that had a removable bin.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 02:21 PM

What a great set and a very nice review Erdbeereis.  I think the only improvement to this set would have been the use of chrome exhaust pipes and front grill.  I bought this set with a lot of excitement, but unfortunately have not put it together yet.

What are your thoughts on these larger 6-stud wide detailed vehicles as opposed to 4-stud wide classics?

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PS.  I like the use of "taking out" Sponge Bob in your review. :laugh:

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:26 PM

This looks like a great set, and I'm happy you were dumping spongebob, he deserves that. This set looks very nice, and if I see it I will probably pick it up.
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#13 Erdbeereis

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:56 PM

View PostTheBrickster, on Sep 11 2008, 09:21 AM, said:

What a great set and a very nice review Erdbeereis.  I think the only improvement to this set would have been the use of chrome exhaust pipes and front grill.  I bought this set with a lot of excitement, but unfortunately have not put it together yet.

What are your thoughts on these larger 6-stud wide detailed vehicles as opposed to 4-stud wide classics?

Here's  an image of 6668 Recycle Truck released in 1992:

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PS.  I like the use of "taking out" Sponge Bob in your review. :laugh:
It's hard to say...
I think if the older 4 wide cars and trucks were as well-designed as the new 6 wide ones, I might prefer those.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:04 PM

Thanks for this review. :classic:

I really love this set. It's perfect for my town, and brings a sense of "classic" when I see it. :thumbup:

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:06 AM

Thanks for the review! This is one of the few CITY sets that I own (despite loving the theme so much, most of my town is either custom or classic), and it's about as beautiful as a big garbage truck can ever be.  :thumbup:

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nice truck indeed, but the yellow one is better I think, at least if you put them on a roadplate it seems to me that those road plates are too small for that. Also it will not empty completely because of that panel. Well, for the rest it is a nice set and a fine review!

Well, the truck BARELY fits onto the old roadplates (not on curves though), so if you put it in a display it probably won't look bad. I think from what I see, this and all the other 6 wide vehicles will fit much better on the newer roadplates, which are four studs wider than the old ones.  :wink:

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:18 AM

Hi,

I bought this set a while ago, and have since remodeled it into a larger 8 wide truck. Now it can hold a driver and passenger.

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Its kind of boxy, I may redesign it in the future.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:13 PM

That's a really nice mod badsneaker! :thumbup:
The added bulk serves it well.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:37 PM

That looks like one of those big strange recycle trucks from new york city, i like it!

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:51 AM

I like this set, but I can't give it a good grade for playability, as the rearmost hinging section is too stiffly hinged, so when you open it, it's likely to break if you hold it just over the shovel and broom.
My truck thus has that function, and with it of course the whole container tipping, disabled.

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I also moved the cab a bit forward and the front axle rearward to give the cab the typical garbage truck look, as they are often very low slung. This also created space behind the cab for some equipment.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:08 AM

View Postmetalandi, on Sep 20 2008, 03:37 PM, said:

That looks like one of those big strange recycle trucks from new york city, i like it!


Thanks guys, its nice to see other people modding the existing design too!
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:53 AM

Nice review :thumbup:  :sweet:

I REALY need to pick up this set! and the Cement Truck too! :blush:


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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:57 AM

It would be cool if someone made a MOC in which hippies steal the truck and cover it with flowers and bright colors and stuff! :laugh:

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 05:33 AM

I give it an overall 10/10. I love this set, especially for it's parts.

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