Name – Dig N’ Dump
Set Number – 6581
Year – 1996
Pieces – 125
Minifigures – 2
Age Recommendation – 7-12 years
Price - $13.25 USD / Unknown EUR / Unknown GBP
The Box and Instructions:
Since this is one of my oldest kits, I sadly don’t have the box anymore. However, I do have the instructions – which years ago my dad covered with clear plastic sheets. Needless to say, although they preserved the instructions, they also created a ton of wrinkles and folds which are almost impossible to get out. Anyway, the art on the cover is very nice and neat, although the background is a bit simple compared to modern times.
The actual instructions are very easy to read, and have a nice background with grass, water, and sky.
On the back of the instructions (and probably on the back of the box as well) there are several awesome alternate models, including a really nice tractor.
The Pieces and Minifigs:
6581 contains 125 pieces molded in ten shades, including 4 shades of trans. Most of the pieces are black and yellow, but there is a small smattering of white and grey as well.
Here are some of the pieces that I found interesting. A yellow scoop, a large hinge plate with a hole for a trans window, two large yellow pieces that serve as the front and back of the truck’s dumper, a yellow turntable, two printed tiles, and four half bushings that interestingly have a toothed edge. I believe this was how they were made in the early days of Technic, which is why I don’t have many of them.
Dig N’ Dump includes two very sharp construction workers – a standard machinery operator, and a guy that I feel represents an overseer or architect. The latter is my favorite of the two, as he has a cool jacket and a red baseball cap. The former, while nice, is found in many other construction kits (I have 4 or 5!), so he isn’t as special.
6581 unfortunately is very sparse when it comes to accessories, containing only a single small sign that is built out of four parts. While it is nice, I wish they had included some tools like a shovel or a broom.
Dig N’ Dump is put together very quickly, and the techniques used are fairly simple. The only thing I could see a 6 year old having trouble with would be the technic axles, but other than that it is very easy. Here are a few shots of the build in progress:
The Finished Model:
Let’s start with the wonderful dump truck. This baby is pretty big compared to many classic town kits, and would probably feel at home even among the modern City construction line. Please note that I had to make a minor substitution – one of the large yellow 10x4 plates is replaced with two yellow 10x2 plates. This is barely noticeable, however.
Here’s the front, which uses several circular pieces as lights and an exhaust stack.
The back of the dump, showing off the neat bumper with the printed tile.
One of the cool things about this model is that it is very flexible. The dumper can tip nearly 145 degrees, and the front can turn using a special hinge plate. This adds to the playability a ton, and I’m sure kids found this kit very easy to drive around back in 1996.
The interior is simple, as usual. There's no seat, but there is a steering wheel.
Next is the digger. It’s pretty small, but it’s also really cute.
Here’s a close-up shot. Instead of a steering wheel, the driver controls this machine using two joysticks.
Back view of the digger. A couple lights and a grilled brick add some detail.
The digger is also very flexible. Its scoop can extend fairly far, and the base can turn a full 360 degrees. Pretty good for a model this small.
The Model in Action:
It's very fun to play with this kit. Making scenes like this one is just as enjoyable as building it.
After the foundations of his home were chewed away by rats, Marty Blockover was pleasantly surprised by Ty Brickington and the crew of Extreme Lego Makeover: Home Edition. They’ve already set to work demolishing his old building to make room for a new house, as Ty does his trademark yelling through his megaphone.
Presentation – 9/10
Pieces – 8/10 (some really unusual and cool pieces are included)
Minifigs – 8/10
Model – 9/10 (very effective, and has just the right amount of detail)
Playability – 8/10 (great, but more accessories could have helped)
Price – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.3/10
Like so many other Classic Town sets, Dig N’ Dump contains an awesome mix of nice design, great figures and parts, and nice playability. It’s not the most amazing kit ever, but it’s still a very effective and fun package. If you love Classic Town and want a great construction set for your display, 6581 is for you.
Brickset Entry for set 6581
Peeron inventory for set 6581
Bricklink entry for set 6581
Brickshelf folder for this review (when public)
Edited by Grevious, 10 December 2008 - 11:24 PM.