Jump to content


Dual review: 7246 vs 5627


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

Poll: On a scale 1 to 5 (18 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you rate the (boxed) 7246 Mini digger?

  1. 1 – Poor (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  2. 2 – Below Average (1 votes [5.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

  3. 3 – Average (5 votes [27.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.78%

  4. 4 – Above Average (7 votes [38.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.89%

  5. 5 - Outstanding (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

How do you rate the (polybag) 5627 Dozer?

  1. 1 – Poor (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  2. 2 – Below Average (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  3. 3 – Average (11 votes [61.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 61.11%

  4. 4 – Above Average (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  5. 5 - Outstanding (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

Vote Guests cannot vote

#1 The Cobra

The Cobra

  • RA Anniversary that 'jumps' in once a year


    Posts: 1491
    Joined: 17-March 08
    Member: 2895
    Country: Italy

Posted 08 November 2009 - 10:25 AM

INDEXED -Zorbas


"Dig... dig and dig" (Outer limits - Anti podean)

Set data:

7246: Mini digger
Year: 2005
Theme: City
Subtheme: Construction
Pieces: 36 (no extra pieces)
Price: 3 USD* / 3,99 EUR** / ?? UKP (sources: Peeron*, German catalog**)
Building time: less than 5 minutes
MISB on review: Yes
More info: Brickset - Peeron - Bricklink
Note: also available as part of 65743-1: Limited Edition Value Pack
Official description: Another building is being constructed in LEGO City, and it's your job to help make it happen! Use the mini digger to get the job done. Raise and lower the shovel. Includes construction worker with tools.

5627: Dozer
Year: 2008
Theme: City
Subtheme: Construction
Pieces: 23 (no extra pieces)
Price: free (promo set vith Daily Mirror in UK and Ireland in late 2008)
Building time: less than 5 minutes
MISB on review: Yes
More info: Brickset - Peeron - Bricklink
Official description: N/A


Box and polybag front: Just set pic and number, no writings. Box measures 140x94x36 mms (5.11x3.12x1.10"); Polybag measures 138x133 mms (5.7x5.5")
Posted Image

Box and polybag rear: It's funny to read on a 36-pieces set box "Designed for easy building and instant play". Polybag has the same words you can read on any other Lego polybag ("Contains small parts" in 20+ languages)
Posted Image

Box and polybag content: Leaving minifigs aside, 13 pieces are exactly the same, 3 more just come in a different color.
Posted Image

7246 instructions: double sided A4 sheet. Including 2005 city overview on rear bottom. Click to enlarge.
Posted Image Posted Image

5627 instructions: double sided 198x132 mms (7.14x5.03 inches) sheet. Including 2007 city overview on rear (yet this set is listed in 2008). Click to enlarge.
Posted Image Posted Image

Minifigs: Same helemt (a tradition in construction sets), same torso and hands; both color choices look good.
Posted Image

Building (halfway): Boxed model looks bigger and more colorful.
Posted Image

Building (complete): This surely was a fast building! We're ready for instant play!
Posted Image

Front and rear views: 7246 outranks 5627 in length, heigth and accessories.
Posted Image
Posted Image

Side view: An even better comparison shot.
Posted Image

Off to work (with a special guest): Hey, look who's back from the nineties! It's the Landscape loader!
Posted Image

Review:

An everlasting classic over the first thirty years of the modern Lego minifig, the Digger/Dozer has regularly been updated; mostly a yellow vehicle, it can be also found in blue or red, and the front bucket has been larger or smaller in different models.

7246 is a "regular model", which means higher expectations from the fans, and they are mostly met. A seat, a couple of accessories, a siren, a curved slope brick. As massive as such a small model could look (and still a 4-wide in world turning to 6), it obviously looked tiny compared to the 7248 Digger, which some -including me- would call oversized.
5627 is a polybag promo, and if it's free, it's got to be cheap. But, as many other of its kind, this small set is not just a bunch of pieces put together; it looks like a compact version of the "main" set, with really few pieces missing (clipped 1x1's to hold accessories). A little modding using other sets' leftovers will solve the problem.
The driver's twin brother works in the construction site too, he is the Builder in 5610.


Both featuring big wheels and a large bucket, this duel gave me the idea that 7246 is essential to all City fans, while 5627 is just essential. The former has been around for cheap from 2005 to 2008, the latter being free for few and ending up costing as much as the cardboard boxed larger self (but still appealing to online buyers).

In case you didn't find out... 13 pieces common to both sets are:
Spoiler
Pieces that come in different colors are
Spoiler

Rating:

Color scheme:
7246: 4/5. Yellow has always been the main choice for Lego construction sets, and smaller sets need fewer colors. Maybe yellow and black with no gray could have been an even better choice
5627: 4/5. See above.

Minifigs and accessories:
7246: 5/5. When the minifig comes off his digger, he has two different accessories that in the real world require both hands to be used.
5627: 5/5. See above. Plus, it was a nice choice to keep the jackhammer and change the other tool.

Pieces:
7246: 4,5/5. A small set that doesn't come a piece short. Another "Hinge Brick 1 x 2 Locking Double" would have made it score 5 out of 5.
5627: 3/5. Ok, it's a promo, it has to be really cheap. But it doesn't even have clips to hold tools or a cone or round brick as a siren.

Playability:
7246: 4,5/5. Very good for such a small set.
5627: 3,5/5. A bit more than basic, but it's got for wheels and that's already appealing to kids, isn't it?

Design:
7246: 4/5. It reminds me of the Fire chief's car, (which came out in the same year), because of the raised cockpit. The "roll-bar" on the rear has been there since the early 80's Bucket loader. Still, should the Digger tip over, driver's head would be in danger!
5627: 2,5/5. As basic as it could be. Good for a free set (for those who grabbed it for free)

Overall rating:
7246: 4,5/5. Nearly as cheap as an impulse sets, but with lots more!
5627: 3/5. Good for a free (or very cheap) set only. Average if you bought it for the price of an impulse sets (since it should have been free!)

The final words: A serious town collector must own at least one of these.
Most overread phrase on S@H: "Sorry, item is not available in this country: Italy."

Quick Links: My introduction topic -  My first sets - My LDD MOCs. My Brickset: Have list - Want list. Reviews archive: see About me page.

#2 WhiteFang

WhiteFang

  • Beep beep!


    Posts: 16211
    Joined: 31-December 07
    Member: 2351
    Country: Singapore

Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:06 AM

Nice reviewing comparison between both diggers. At one glance, we could easily misunderstood taking that both of these are similar, but it is indeed that they are similar in certain manners. You have given a detailed analysis on both sets, but I prefer the 7246 over the 5627, mainly because the construction equipment is able to store at the rear, while the 5627 has no storage area for its equipment. However, the 5627 do have a better built than the 7246. It's just a matter of preference, I supposed.

Thanks for sharing this review with us.  :classic:

This dual review has been featured in Classic-Town.net.

My BrickLink Store // Sign up for Reviewers Academy // Trains & Town Reviews // Black Knights Kingdom (EBRP) // Watch out EB News!

Click here to find out more about WhiteFang


New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here

Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide


My name is Wilhalm Bloodaxe and I am back to be part of the Ragnarök Now Redux.

Lord Kenneth Valise, Level 1 Knight, 28yrs old human
Power: 4 Health: 10/10 Gold: 10
Inventory: One potion, a Greatsword (WP: 3) and a Shield (SP: 2)


#3 escortmad79

escortmad79

    Posts: 1352
    Joined: 20-December 09
    Member: 8644
    Country: Scotland

Posted 28 May 2010 - 03:02 PM

:hmpf_bad: Has 5627 been re-released!?!

I picked it up from Tesco the other evening for £2.47!! Exactly the same packaging & the same instructions as shown!

Doubt the store would have them leftover from the offer 2 years later as they had a number of them!

Didn't realise it had been a previous promo set!!

Edited by escortmad79, 28 May 2010 - 03:05 PM.

A Lego dog ate my sig!

Posted Image


#4 lowbike1

lowbike1

    Posts: 205
    Joined: 15-March 10
    Member: 9927
    Country: Canada

Posted 07 January 2011 - 11:57 PM

View Postescortmad79, on 28 May 2010 - 03:02 PM, said:

:hmpf_bad: Has 5627 been re-released!?!

I picked it up from Tesco the other evening for £2.47!! Exactly the same packaging & the same instructions as shown!

Doubt the store would have them leftover from the offer 2 years later as they had a number of them!

Didn't realise it had been a previous promo set!!
I was @ Walmart in Bellingham Wa today and picked up this set, it was torn open and missing the helmet, and it didnt come up when she scanned it, so the lady just gave it to me... now I find out it was a 2008 model? weird... nice little set though

#5 prateek

prateek

  • Study hard!


    Posts: 10413
    Joined: 09-July 05
    Member: 426
    Country: Canada

Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:24 AM

Nice review. I obviously like the boxed one better, but considering the polybag was free, it's pretty cool too :thumbup:

#6 Brick Smiley Productions

Brick Smiley Productions

    Posts: 53
    Joined: 24-November 10
    Member: 14354

Posted 08 January 2011 - 02:39 AM

Hmmm, three dollars for a big shovel peice, minifig, wheels, and asscories? Now I feel bad for not getting them before.  :tongue:

#7 lightningtiger

lightningtiger

  • Gungans taste like chicken


    Posts: 21035
    Joined: 28-October 09
    Member: 7997
    Country: Australia

Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:26 AM

View Postlowbike1, on 07 January 2011 - 11:57 PM, said:

I was @ Walmart in Bellingham Wa today and picked up this set, it was torn open and missing the helmet, and it didnt come up when she scanned it, so the lady just gave it to me... now I find out it was a 2008 model? weird... nice little set though
Well lucky you, a freebie from Walmart ! *oh2*
It's a great review from 'The Cobra', but it's over a year old ?
Anyway, the 2005 one rocks more than that silly less detailed digger.....better if it was modelled on a 'Dingo' digger like this......
Posted Image
Hmmm, MOC potential eh ? :wink:
Brick On Everyone ! :grin:

#8 KielDaMan

KielDaMan

    Posts: 9541
    Joined: 04-February 09
    Member: 5203
    Country: PILIPINAS

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:57 AM

Very nice dual review of these little polybagged sets The Cobra! :thumbup: I really ike the comparison photos, and the 7246 Mini Digger is the clear-cut better mini-model in terms of design and piece count between the two.

NEW! Legends of Chima Review: 70008 - Gorzan's Gorilla Striker

Posted Image

Currently playing as the Sheriff Kenneth Emanuel in Tamamono's Silver City Mafia

My Eurobricks Page / My flickr / My MOCpages





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users