Hi guys. This is my first review. It's one of the few sets I have that is not already listed under the review index, so hopefully this will be good and you can all enjoy in this fire truck. The others I'm afraid I have yet to discover in the huge pile of lego sitting in the middle of my bedroom.
Name: Lego Fire Truck and Boat
Traffic in Brickago has come to a stand still as there has been a fire! Sadly there are no fire departments in the area, so a new fire engine has to be built on site! The construction crews block off the road and set to work creating a fire engine.
We begin with the front of the box. Its a pretty big one, with plenty of pieces in it. The picture looks exiting with plenty going on.
The back of the box shows all the various items that come with the fire engine, all its working parts and so forth. From the box alone it looks like a set I would give one glance to and want it. And for £13 its not too bad either. Two Mini Figs, a boat, a big truck and a trailer.
After opening the box, we see all the bags numbered, plenty of pieces, three instruction booklets (that could have easily been one) a grey boat, some ladders, a hose and a leaflet with a few inspirational ideas to do with the kit once you get bored of the original design.
Construction was pretty straight forward. Good variety of pieces, missed a few here and there but it was easy to go back and add to later on.
The actual truck part is the main build, its a good, solid truck. 6 wheels, nice big cab, two doors on either side which open to reveal a box which fire fighting equipment can be put in. Axe, Helmet, Breathing aperatus. The driver can be put in easily, but you need to take the roof off first.
Built up, I think the truck looks fantastic. Its big, carries plenty of little extras, the ladder will not spin or fly around until you deploy the two little balanceing sticks on either side. The ladder also stays up right by another stick and a series of indentations that the stick falls in, stopping the ladder from going down once raised.
The Minifigs are pretty cool. One of them has a bum chin, the other a beard. One has yellow hands, the other silver. Similarly there is one white hat, and one silver. Not sure why exactly...
There is a bucket on the end of the ladder for the fireman to stand in, either to retrive a trapped person, or take the hose up with him to spray water. The boat is grey, I think it should be a bit brighter, It has a life jacket for anyone being rescued from the water, or the firemen, but unlike the yellow ones that you place on a model, this is just a flat orange piece with a sticker of a life jacket.
Playability: 9/10 - There is loads to do with this set. For a start its a fire engine, the excuse to go "NEEE NAAA NEEE NAAA" alone is reason enough to buy it. You get a ladder for reaching high places, a boat for the river, plenty of fire extinguishers and axes and radio's to kit out your mini figs with.
Presentation: 7/10 - the Box is great, but I feel a little big. The instruction books as well seem far to small to be seperate. For a whole fire stations or equally big consturction, this would be good, but for something that takes half an hour or so to build, three different books seems like over kill.
Building: 8/10 - Loads of different pieces, nothing too tricky, good variety of bricks for when you need to re-assemble it. There are a few stickers, but none of them are to hard to put on or look totaly out of palce
Overall I think this a great set. 8/10
Edited by Razgriz, 13 December 2009 - 08:40 PM.