Hi guys! I've been doing reviews for years already, but this is my first one here at Eurobricks! So wish me luck!
Stats that I just can't leave out
Set index: 7746
Name: Single-Drum Roller
Release: CITY Construction 2009 (Feb 2nd release)
Price: 30USD, 20GBP, 40SGD
**Disclaimer: Prepare to be disappointed. I was.**
Okay, now pretend I didn't just say that.
Alright, how about this guys... LET'S MAKE THIS A PICTORIAL REVIEW. Happy?
First we start with the box-art. I mean, who doesn't? Unless you bought it without even looking at the box first...
Flipping over the box we see some basic features and details...
With, as with every CITY set, the classic "easy-build" diagram...
Nothing too spectacular here...
And within... pure brick goodness!!
The DSS... nothing much, even plain-looking. I mean, these stickers don't seem like they could help a lot with the design...
The huge pieces used for the roller in front are shown here. Apparently they seem to be from the Castle series.
There are 5 pieces of them, all in dbgrey.
Also featured are the monster-truck wheels we'll use for the rear later on.
Here we have our list of parts...
Random instruction booklet sneek peek...
Alright, on to the review proper.
First page of instruction booklet shows you how the set is split into 2 parts!
Interestingly, the way it's really split up is different from the way as shown on the box...
*Sound of bricks being poured* --- BAG 1.
First, we start off with our protagonists.
Two construction workers with super-super-recycled torso's and faces.
Apart from increasing your minifigure strength, or driving your roller for ya, these guys just add to the piece count.
After our first page, our guys finally have something to do.
Hmm... This could make a pretty decent impulse set all by itself!
Let's start with construction (ironic...) proper, shall we now?
Our first few steps build up the base for the vehicle.
I won't even call it a "skeleton" because it's just boring brick-on-top-of-brick stacking.
Lights and stickers at the back add detail to the vehicle!
A little help here!! Thanks!
And... OH! We're done for Bag One already!
Wasn't that rather quick and uneventful? Now let's move on to Bag Two!
And... oh! We haven't even touched the huge pieces yet!
Some interesting bits from Bag Two includes...
Continuing with where we left off, our friend could sure use a little shade...
*Cough*Disappointment*Cough* Wahey! The cockpit isn't pivoted or hinged!!
You need to actually remove the roof, just to seat our minifig!
Never mind, let's forget about that little let-down just now and move on to the huge roller up front...
Not surprisingly, this is where our technic axle comes into play. ("play" being a pun, if you so wish! )
Plus we put 5 more of 'em Castle-wheels on the axle, and we're half-done.
We use these pieces to attach the front roller to the vehicle. *Cough*juniorisation*Cough*
Now let's put these on...
And before you know it, we're *almost* done!
And.. a few more details... and we're DONE!
From various angles...
Alright now, let's wrap it up shall we?
Nice to roll about.
Solid front "wheel".
2 minifigs instead of just one.
Interates fine into town; just make sure you have a construction site and roadplates!
Front roller wheels can turn left and right, by 2 notches.
Under the huge rollin' wheel...
Boring build. (alliteration not intended...)
No cool LEGO building styles/techniques.
Juniorised pieces for the front rollers. (debatable.)
Extremely recycled minifig designs.
Yellow and black with no almost no other colours.
Stickers rather redundant.
Limited play possibilities.
Slightly small size for its price.
A little flimsy at the hinge.
All in a nutshell, on a scale of one to ten, ten being best....
Piece count 7.5
Building technique 6.5
Overall form 8
Siango's commentary: If you are a fan of CITY Construction, get it!!
Otherwise, save that dough for something else way cooler.
Thanks for reading... hope that was good!
Edited by Rick, 24 October 2011 - 07:17 PM.