This is my first attempt to review a set, and also my first attempt at Lego photography!
so expect the worst! (the images are not the best, but I was pleasantly surprised by a few which I think are not to bad?).
(I have stolen the template for my review from Kanal-K1)
So the disclaimer is over, on to the review:
Price £8.99 (Toys R Us)
1.BEFORE I BOUGHT
I have been looking forward to this set from the first pictures I viewed on this site. This truck features doors, which has been my main anticipation really, and I thought that it looks well proportioned and a good design.
2. IMPRESS WHEN UNPACKED
This is a cheap set, so it contains two bags and a vehicle base. If you like orange (i do), you will be impressed, but more importantly are those classic orange doors!
3. IMPRESS BY BUILDING
I really enjoyed the build, I mean it is over quick, but I think very soothing. The only problem might be tieing the string on the winch, and then forcing the Technic Axle through the winch. But you do not need to be worried about maximising the length of the string by tieing really fiddly knots, because the length you are given far exceeds the amount you would ever need.
There are a few stickers to put on if you wish (I don't!).
And a minifig with a good torso, but a face that I dislike.
You end with these spare pieces
4. IMPRESS WHEN BUILT - APPEARANCE
Yes! I think this truck looks perfect! I am not a great fan of the 'standard city wheel' being used on everything from a car to a HGV, but that is the only fault I can find when it comes to this truck. We have classic doors, a nicely shaped front end, and a working winch. For me this is quite near perfection really!
There are 2 minor flaws, which need slight modification:
Firstly the warning lights, they should not be blue! As the warning lights are mounted on white plates it is you choice to have yellow or orange lights, I think either would look good.
Secondly, the seat position may need either raising, or centering. When you seat your minifig to drive, his arm catches the windshield, and he is forced to drive in a uncomfortable position, i hope illustrated in the pic above. I am not sure which is the best way forwards with this, even if I have to center the drivers seat I will still be happy!
5. IMPRESS WHEN BUILT - PLAYABILITY
The winch works, and is capable of towing your broken down cars and small vans. The doors open, and it has great 'swoosh' appeal. Some utensils are included which might betray this truck as more involved in 'accident recovery', rather than 'breakdown services': this might explain the blue lights?
An Axe and Circular Saw are not tools I would let any minifig near my broken down car with, although the wrench might be acceptable for repairs! You also get two warning cones to guide other motorists away from you.
6. FINAL RESULT
I think this is a great set. I paid £8.99 at a Toys R Us, I can see it being more like £7.99 in the supermarkets/ argos / etc. which is even better value really!
After 10 to 15 minutes of calming building, you end up with an excellent orange truck equipped with classic doors and a winch!
How can anyone not be happy with that?
Edited in better size photo:
Edited by mikey, 29 November 2010 - 06:08 PM.