Box Front--Nothing we haven't seen before:
Box Back--The usual demonstrations of modularity and action shots:
Contents--Two numbered bags, instruction sheet (bent and crumpled, in my case), and small sticker sheet:
Random instruction page:
The minifig and miscellany. These are all very useful for a construction scene. I am, however, disappointed (though not surprised) that the sign is a sticker. The fence I can understand, but haven't there been printed signs with that same symbol before?
I've not seen these hinges before, but I don't really have a lot of town/city sets, so I doubt they're new:
SNOT we got. How much SNOT? Quite a lot!
The dumping mechanism is this construction done twice:
The completed truck:
You can see that the 1x1 piece with arms (don't know the official name) keeps the truck from turning too drastically. Also, note the neat little SNOT piece on the back of the cab:
This is a wonderful set, which really captures the feel of an articulated dump truck. My one beef is the back of the bed--there is no lip of any sort! Even a row if yellow cheese slopes facing outward would have been better; as it is, the rocks could spill out of the back quite easily, which isn't good for an off-road dump truck (that is, not a transporting tipper).
However, the cab more than makes up for it. That thing is wonderfully done! Not only was it a fun build, it looks very much like an actual heavy construction vehicle. The pictures don't even fully capture it. The new tires look good, and they run very smoothly. Overall, I am extremely impressed with this set, and would recommend it highly!
Here are a few photos showing how the sides of the bed connect.
Side of the bed, with technic pins circled. The large piece is clipped onto these pins.
The side piece, with all the little technic pins in place:
Being clipped into place:
All that's left is to attach a few more pieces:
Also, here are a few comparison shots. I originally put them in a separate post, but I'll try to keep all the images together:
Edited by TheBrickster, 26 November 2008 - 09:48 PM.