I went to TRU today to see if they had the Minifigure Collection set. They did not, but I ended up buying 7630, and thought I might do a review.
Set Number: 7639
Set Name: Front-end Loader
Price: USD $12.99 (this was at Toys R Us, so it's probably going to be a little cheaper elsewhere)
Front of the box:
Back of the box:
Inside the box: two polybags, one loose piece, and a very small sticker sheet:
Random instruction page:
Hey, look! More classic space hinges!
The build itself isn't terribly interesting, but there were a few small SNOT bits--the front lights:
And the back:
Here we come upon something interesting: the little piston-looking piece. The last page of the instructions show it simply dangling:
That would leave that piece looking like this:
Now, that would allow it to be a kind of stop to hold the raised arm in place:
However, I find it more likely that it should be attached in the way shown on the box:
I think it just looks better.
Here are two shots of the completed loader (I'll take some size comparison photos later):
Here is a picture of the loader next to the dump truck--quite a smashing pair, if you ask me. I'm glad that LEGO chose to release them as separate sets, but they really should be bought together.
A few interesting things to notice about the piston/brace/whatever it is.
The friction is enough to hold the bucket up when it is held higher than this:
When it's at this point, or any lower, the bucket begins to slip downwards. Fortunately, it is around this point that the bucket can be braced, allowing it to stay in place:
Also, it is necessary to disconnect the piston in order to dump the bucket's load from high up:
When connected, this is as far as the bucket can tip:
This is a neat little set, but not extremely good as a stand-alone. In contrast with the dump truck--which came with rocks, a road sign, traffic cones, a barrier, and minifig tools--this set has no accessories whatsoever. However, it does look very much like a real front-end loader, and I would recommend it to anyone who is making a construction site, particularly if you do not own a loader.
Edited by Rick, 24 October 2011 - 07:19 PM.