Name: Sports Car
Price: £6.99 form TRU
This is a good year for civilian sets. Finally a more or less average car for your minifigs to drive around in to get to work, escape to the beach, but not to go shopping - you need some luggage space for that!
2. Box, parts and instructions
The front of the box:
Unfortunately the box got a bit squashed on the way home. Doh! As you can see LEGO cars just aren't as reliable as they used to be. Good job there's an emergency phone on the side of the road!
The back of the box:
Here are the contents.
Look no DSS!
Lots of good red pieces, although nothing unique except for...
The LEGO friut tree makes a welcome return after 3 years in the wilderness! This has to be my favourite green piece of plastic ever apart from the long departed cypress tree. I'm not sure why it's in this set except to try and justify the price tag. Still, I'm glad it is. You can never have enough trees.
Random instruction pages:
3. The Build - Minifig and Emergency Roadside Phone
He looks like he's glad to be out of the office. He's got one of those smirks that says, "Look at me, I'm a big shot in my fast red car!" It suits this set perfectly.
It looks like mobile phone technology hasn't reached LEGO City yet. Just as well there's one of these to the breakdown call centre. It's a quick and easy build and looks the part at the side of the road.
"Man, I wish they wouldn't make these handsets so huge. I could do reps with this!"
4. The Build - Car
Nice blue trim, shame about the orange dashboard:
The front makes good use of the cheese grater parts. This is my favourite part of the car:
View from the rear:
From this angle you can see the HUGE void in front of the steering wheel. It gives the impression the designers were trying to cut costs and couldn't be bothered to fill it with something. Also I'm not really sure what's going on at the back. Is this supposed to be a convertible with the top down? And is that a vent for the engine at the rear? if so, why does the picture on the the box have the front of the car smoking? The back also looks like it's missing a number plate sticker to go on it.
View from the side:
This is a big car for one guy to be driving. Do you think he's compensating for inadequicies elsewhere?
Final shot of the complete set:
Do you ever look at the box art on a LEGO set and wonder what happened next? Well now you can find out!
High flying office worker Eddie has just taken ownership of the latest high performance car from the downtown LEGO dealership. On the way home his new purchase grinds to a halt. He gets out and has a look. "They told me this car has a V12 twin turbo, but I can't find the engine anywhere!"
Three hours after Eddie realised he ground to a halt next to an emergency phone and made a call, the breakdown truck arrives. "I wouldn't have bought this one mate", says the truck guy. "This is the third one I've had to tow away this week".
Soon enough the car is hooked up. "We'll have her back home in no time!" says the truck guy while Eddie is still wondering how long it will be before he can start trying to impress the girls with his new wheels.
Moments later he sees his car disappear into the distance, with no other way to get home. "Stopppppppppp!!!"
6. Overall Rating
Minifigs - 6/10 - Nothing to get excited about, but a good civilian figure to add to the numbers
Parts - 7/10 - Some nice red pieces and don't forget the tree!
Build - 6/10 A quick and easy build
Overall - 6/10 - If your city is crowded out with police and fire vehicles then you need this set, but don't expect to get thrilled by it
This is a good little set with more playability than it would have been with just the car on it's own. It goes really well with the 7638 Tow Truck. Having built it there are a few niggles. It feels like this set was thrown together in an afternoon without much thought. It's crying out for some doors, the back end is uninspired and the big hole in the dashboard is just annoying although easy to correct with a couple of bricks. Having said that, this is the sort of set any LEGO city is crying out for, so buying this at the end of the day was a bit of a no-brainer for me.
Edited by TheBrickster, 06 June 2009 - 04:47 PM.