Here’s my review - my first attempt at a LEGO set review - of the 6753 Highway Transport set, released summer 2009. I've always liked the Creator line for providing good-looking models with a nice variety of pieces and instructions for alternate models, and this model is no exception.
Front view of the box:
The box is the same width and height as the 4997 transport ferry from last year, but not quite as deep. It looks like there is more variety of pieces than the ferry, too. The box was stuffed quite full.
As is usual for sets in the Creator series, there’s building instructions for three different models. Here are the five instruction manuals for the three different models:
The pieces in their bags:
The pieces out of their bags. Some of the larger bags contained smaller bags.
The completed red car:
The completed white and blue car. I built the cars one after the other, but in the instructions you build the red car, the truck, the white & blue car, and then the trailer.
The two cars from the set, together with 6743 Street Speeder. They all have the same wheelbase and width, but 6743 uses slightly smaller tires, and looks to be built to a slightly smaller scale.
The chassis of the truck, made with fairly simple Technic beam construction:
This gear rack mechanism is new to me. I'm not entirely sure why a dedicated piece was required, but it does a good job. It’s used in the steering mechanism of the truck.
The completed truck. It's not obvious in small pictures, but there's quite a lot of variation in the yellows.
The truck has an easy-off roof for access to the detailed interior. The doors open, too.
The first piece of the trailer. A lot of Technic beams used here.
The second part of the trailer. The red bushing underneath is how the trailer connects to the main truck body.
The completed trailer. There are small arms that fold down to allow the trailer to stand on its own. Without them, it tips forwards. I don’t remember seeing anywhere in the instructions where it shows you how to use these arms, which is a bit unusual, but I could have just missed it. When fully extends the support arms lift the trailer high enough for the truck to back under it to connect the two, which is a nice detail.
The completed trailer, mounted on the truck.
The completed model, loaded with its cars and 6743 street speeder:
The few pieces left over after finishing the build. The string and hook are used in the other two models.
Larger images on flickr
The build is fairly straightforward. Congratulations to LEGO on shipping a large set that doesn’t include bricks of the same shape in both black and dark grey! (Or, at least, no such duplicate shaped pieces in any volumes where they could be easily confused.) This meant there was no point where I had to play the "is that piece black or is it dark grey?" game with the instructions. There were a couple of times where I was looking for dark grey pieces that didn't exist, but a quick check in the inventory would show I was looking for the wrong colour. I still wish there were some printing process TLG could use to make the colour differences really clear.
There was no confusion in the construction of either chassis. Mostly the beams are 14 stud black Technic beams, but all the beams used are clearly differentiated in length and colour. None of the "is this the 10, 12, 14, or 16 stud black beam?" problems of some 1990s era Technic sets. Once the chassis were built, the construction on top of them was quite simple.
One final note to be pleased about with the build: no stickers! I do hope the Creator line stays sticker-free.
The only complaint I have with the build, if it's really a complaint, is that there's nothing new or innovative here. The only thing I found surprising here was the use of Technic triangle liftarms to make the part of the truck where the trailer attaches.
I haven't tried the alternate crane or tow truck models yet, so can't comment on them. I already have LEGO cranes aplenty, and a tow truck or two, so I don't really feel the need for more.
I picked up the green 6743 Street Speeder at the same time as this set because it looked like they would go well together, which they do, up to a point. While the cars have the same width and wheelbase, the smaller wheels on 6743 mean it doesn’t fit in position perfectly on the trailer and rolls back-and-forth a little bit when loaded on the trailer. Also, you can push the two cars from the model on to the trailer without lifting them (although the backs of the cars scrape the ground a little bit when going up the rear ramp of the trailer, from flat ground to the angled ramp) but 6743 has to be lifted in to place. I still like the look of 6743 on the truck, though.
There's actually room on the trailer for four cars: two up top, two down below. However, in the set, there are only places to hold three cars, two up top and one down below, as shown in the picture. That's fine, but in the trailer you actually build the ramp required to get to the fourth spot right behind the cab. It would have been nice if there were pieces to finish off this fourth spot, and a mechanism to raise this internal ramp. I'd guess you’d need about 30 pieces more to do this. Perhaps these extra pieces would push the set beyond a certain price point that TLG didn't want to exceed, or maybe people would feel that providing two cars for a trailer with space for four was a rip-off. A four car trailer and four cars would in my opinion have made this an awesome - if very expensive - set.
Price paid: 20% off list price at Toys R Us, so around $95 Canadian plus sales tax.
- Very nice looking and functional model at the end.
- Straightforward build, no "black or dark grey?" confusion.
- A reason to get 6743 Street Speeder
- No stickers
- Nothing new or really clever in the construction
- Trailer seems unfinished
- More variation in the yellow colours than I'd like. It's not as bad as some of the variations I've seen in reds, but it's noticeable.
- Included car models scrape the ground slightly when pushed on to the trailer.
Edited by WhiteFang, 18 June 2009 - 02:36 AM.