LEGO's new City subtheme for 2009 is the Farm, and if you've got fields to plow or heavy equipment to move, then you'll need a tractor. Good thing TLC made one, eh? I nabbed one of these yesterday, so let's get on with the review!
Set Name: 7634 Tractor
Price: USD $12.99? (it was $14.99 at TRU ), GBP ?, EUR ?
If you're under the age of three, then don't eat the pieces.
"Designed for easy building and instant play." Well, yeah; isn't that the point of LEGO?
Complete with DSS. (At least there's only three tiny ones.)
Two bags: one big, one small.
Ahh, there's nothing quite like the sight of a fresh pile of bricks, waiting to be built with!
Here's our farmer. The face and cap are rather standard, but check out those stereotypical green overalls and red flannel shirt! All he needs is a piece of wheat grass to stick between his teeth, and an empty beer can to spit tobacco juice into. Seriously, though; the minifig is simple, but absolutely perfect for this set.
Building in Progress
The chassis starts to take shape.
Now, our farmer can get to work! As you can see, the final model looks pretty damned good. There's few specialized pieces, and there's no mistaking that this is a heavy-duty farm tractor. There's a good amount of detail, too, right down to the rear bucket. The farmer can toss his shovel back there, or you can use it to spread seeds, soil, or whatever else your farm may need. The massive tires are sure to keep a good grip, even in muddy fields. (Hopefully our farmer can send out one of his fellow farmhands in his place if it's rainy!) I should point out that some minor disassembly is needed to place the minifig in the driver's seat; you need to remove the cab roof and glass in order to sit him down! (Quite a few recent vehicles have this quirk, sadly.)
Here's the tractor with the bucket lowered. You can also see the trailer hitch; perfect for attaching your MOCs!
You don't want to play chicken with this.
The right side, showing off the exhaust pipe.
Pros: Finally, a powerful tractor set to proper minifig scale! The model's nice and solid, with great detail. The bucket in the back is a nice touch, too.
Cons: The price. I had to pay extra because I bought the set at TRU, but even if the official MSRP ends being as low as $9.99, you're still only getting 78 pieces.
Overall: Price nonwithstanding, this tractor is still a great set. Other tractors we've seen have been rather weak, mainly because they were too small and wimpy-looking. This is a big red beast, and a fine addition to any budding farmer's collection. (Pun intended!)
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Edited by TheBrickster, 26 December 2009 - 04:00 AM.