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#1 DarthPineapple

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 05:20 PM

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I found this set today with €5 off, which was the reason I bought it. It's a really cool set and since there is no review of it yet I decided to review it. The lighting wasn't great to make pictures, but I think most are ok.

Set Number:
7213
Set Name: Fire Truck with Boat
Sub-theme: Emergency Resque
Year of Release: 2010
Pieces: ???
Minifigs: 3 firefighters
Components: Quad bike, boat & truck
Price: €30

Lets start with some box pictures:

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The front of the box.

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The back of the box, showing us the play features and how it is divided into several bags.

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The top shows us the 3 minifigs included.

Now lets see what's inside the box! :classic:

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4 bags, 2 instructions books, a large boat and a sticker sheet.

Book 1:
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Instructions for the quad bike and the boat.

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Lego Town with the latest sets.

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Lego club advertisement.

Book 2:
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Instructions for the big truck.

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This shows page shows all the components added together.

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The parts list.

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The new Nielsen advertisement.

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The sticker sheet. If you don't like stickers, this is not the set for you.


Finally time to open the bags. I put all the bricks into 1 big pile and didn't listen to the instructions. I like searching for a brick (if it doesn't take too long :tongue: ).
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The new parts in this set.

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The large boat piece. It's the same as in the Coast Guard set, but this time in red.


We can now start building.
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The figs.

The first thing you build is the small but cool quad bike.
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The next thing is the boat.
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I like this one. The round windshield in white is a nice touch.

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You can let a fig hold it with 2 hands. :sad:

And then it's time to build the main part of the set, the truck. I took pics before you are supposed to open a new bag.
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I love this 'step', it was fun to build and looks very good. Only a gap below which you can fill up with tiles.

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Beginning to take it's finaly shape.

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Done! Wow, this thing is big! It's around 37 studs long!

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Front.

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Back.

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Crane in low position.

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Crane in high position.

Now this is where it gets odd. You have these thing which you flap out to stabilize the crane when moviing.
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Here it's located.

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You flap it out,

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Get one of these loudhailers with steering wheel things from here,

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And attach it to the pole thing.

Here's a pretty cool play function. There are 8 wheels, which are connected the the rest of the truck by 4 pins.
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Straight surface, looks just like normal.

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Wobbly surface.

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Completed set in action.

Totals:

Design: 9/10 The design is awesome. It looks even better than I imagined. A really cool, big truck. What's not to love?

Parts:  8/10  There are quite a bit of new and special parts.

Build: 9/10   Very fun to build, not repetitive at all. The diversity in vehicles gives it a diversity in building too, you aren;t just building a boat, or just a truck.

Minifigs: 6/10 You get 3 firefighters. Nothing special. The heads are in dozens of other sets. Still, it's good they added 3 firefighters, which is just enough (2 for truck (and boat) and 1 for Quad bike.

Playability: 9/10 It's a very playable set, you can think up varous scenarios to play. The fact that you can easily transfar from a land adventure to a water one is great.

Price: 9/10  I bought this for €25, which is €5 less than the S@H price (€30). If I couldn't get it at €25 I would still buy it. The large boat puts up the price I think.

Total:  50/60 I think this is one of the best City sets I've bought. I really love it. It's a cool truck, which comes with an additional boat and quad bike too. It's not overpriced at all. I recommend this great set to all builders, collectors and Lego (City) fans. This truly is a must have set.

That concludes the review. I hope you all like it. :classic:

Edited by DarthPineapple, 19 December 2009 - 07:22 PM.


#2 sens1992

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:11 PM

Wow, that is quite a review, thank you DarthPineapple.  For once, I have to say that a review changed my mind on a set.  I had doubts in buying this set but the photos of the truck made me like it.  I still wonder what that truck is since I don't think I ever saw one in reality  :tongue: ...   I kind of like the robust style and kind of military aspect of this truck.  I might end up buying one even if I am not to sure it will fit in my LEGO city (scale problem)...  Thanks for the review.

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:19 PM

Nice review DarthPineapple.  Thanks for sharing the early review (although the pictures are a bit large).  This set looks like it has a high degree of playability.  I like sets that offer multiple vehicles for land and water like this one.  I've added a poll and front-paged.  Nice! :thumbup:

#4 Sammael

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:53 PM

Way, way, WAY too big. Just like the Coast Guard truck which I sold a week after purchase. Cool build, but belongs in Model Team, not City.

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:55 PM

Great review and very helpful DarthPineapple! :thumbup:

I'm not excited about this set though. It is very detailed with lots of playable features and many will love it. The thing is that it is too big for my taste and my collection.

I can play "see no evil" when it comes to the (large) boat. The presence of a boat like that in my collection can be excused with a big effort from me.

But the truck.... :sceptic:  Well, it seems that this vehicle is dangerously approaching the MODEL TEAM scale and philosophy. Some may find that good because of a more accurate scale and details but this is not my cup of tea.

On the other hand, I'm more than sure that kids will absolutely love it. :classic:


Thanks again for this excellent review! :classic:


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Only after I posted my thoughts, I saw Sammael's post refering to MODEL TEAM issue. I guess I'm not the only one that thinks that way.

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#6 Zarkan

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:07 PM

Thanks for the great review, Darth Pineapple. Don't worry about the picture quality - it's not the best, but it's not bad either.  :wink:

I've got to say, while this kit won't be on my wishlist, it's looks like a perfect gift for the target audience. It's too big for normal sized lego roads, it's too unusual for many people's tastes, but kids will love it for sure. The playability especially looks fantastic - three vehicles in one set, plus a working crane and awesome suspension on the transport truck. And really, you can't go wrong with mostly brick built contrustion and the giant pontoon boat from the 2008 Coast Guard set in a new color. It may not be classic town, but it's sure not Town Jr. either.  :thumbup:

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:13 PM

I like this set, very cool.  It's different to the fire theme, and better than the Coast Guard set.  Still loving the "new" big boat.  Those new sick pieces to stabilize the thing are kind of lame for this set, but will be great for the next Police theme, police canes.  Awesome.  :)

#8 DarthPineapple

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:17 PM

Thanks for the replies. It is indeed too large to fit on the standard LEGO City roads, I however don't have a City layout (just collect various sets), so I actually think the size of this makes it look powerful like real fire trucks.

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:45 PM

That truck is a monstrosity.  :thumbdown:  The 4-wide windshield plus the 4 wide roof makes it look like some two headed weirdie.

Oh, and it's also too big.  With the boat it carries it's actually a 10-wide frame.  LEGO shouldn't even bother with 8-wide frames unless it's one of those mega-construction vehicles.

I think however, someone could very well make a 6-wide copy and it would look good. :classic:

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for the great review, Darth Pineapple.

The front of the truck is very impressive and there are some cool play function (pseudo shock absorber, stabilizer, ...).

I never saw such a truck with crane carrying large rubber raft in the real world
But that the kind of trucks I saw after the last hurricane. The electricity company brought some with large generator to supply power to villages when the network was broken. It would be cool if Lego could renew itself instead of issuing always the same firemen, policemen, public workers and emergency sets.

I actually saw this set last week but as for the Coast Guard Truck, it seems to have a scale problem. It could fit my city if it was a military truck with a tank or an armoured vehicle. The stabilizers could fit a 6-wide truck but seem weak for a truck of that size. I don't like the rubber raft too. Unlike the small one, this one is hollow.

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 08:43 PM

View PostDarthPineapple, on Dec 19 2009, 02:17 PM, said:

Thanks for the replies. It is indeed too large to fit on the standard LEGO City roads, I however don't have a City layout (just collect various sets), so I actually think the size of this makes it look powerful like real fire trucks.


That's exactly what I think LEGO was going for.  Kids don't car if it fits on a road, kids don't have the road pieces.

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 09:16 PM

View Postdaoudbazaar, on Dec 19 2009, 09:32 PM, said:

I never saw such a truck with crane carrying large rubber raft in the real world

Ok, it's not rubber:


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Posted 19 December 2009 - 09:16 PM

I like the idea of this truck, the places this vehicle could go and drop/pick up the boat because of it's suspension system is cool. :classic:
But yeah, it's too big ! :sceptic:
It's the size of a dam missile launcher ! :grin:
I love the crane idea (might copy that part for some construction vehicle I have in mind). :wub:
The quad and boat are worth it, oh the boat has more detail than the coast guard one in some respects.  :classic:
Thanks for the review 'DarthPineapple'. :sweet:

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 01:14 AM

Great review! I really like this set. It looks really stable and well-built. The only thing I would change on this set is that the white Speed Racer windshield should be clear IMO. :thumbup:

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 01:55 AM

Excellent review! I too like this set very much, and like the idea of combining Coast Guard (Pretty neat boat  :classic: ) and Fire Brigade (cool looking truck ;) )! I really look forward to buying this set...

Once again, fantastic review!  :thumbup:

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:18 AM

Very nice review and the truck is pretty cool. I like the fact that it has suspension, a very rare thing in City sets, and that it has such a different look from the usual Lego City vehicles. Also the other functions of the truck are quite interesting, especially the crane.
I think this set is worth buying.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:53 AM

I like the looks of this set. Thanks for the review.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:45 PM

Wow this is a good looking set. Initially I thought it would be pretty lame. The truck is perfectly sized I think. I don't know why some of you say it is too big. The trucks Lego puts out are too small. A real life truck towers over and dwarfs a human(look at the single cab boat truck someone posted). If it were smaller it would look pathetic.

When I was a kid I dreamt of vehicles like this scale where more than one minifig could actually occupy the cab. Kids these days have it good with Lego.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:47 PM

Great review. I like this set. Tommorrow its in a supermarket 5€ cheaper. Must have for my city collection.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:49 PM

Thanks to this set and the new Fire Helicopter, next year will be the first time I own a Fire set since my parents got me this one, almost 20 years ago... Good job, Lego!

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 03:08 AM

A really nice review on this set DarthPineapple :thumbup:
This set looks very cool! I really like the boat and the truck.
They look like very nice builds. :thumbup:
The new parts that come in this set look very cool, I really like those ones that are on the thing that holds the truck up when taking on the boat. :wub:
Nice review!

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 03:53 AM

Thanks for the review!  :sweet:  I really like this set. I wanted the coast guard boat set... but I didn't want it in orange! This is my change to get it in a better colour as well as some of the new "hydraulic" parts. The suspension is a nice touch too.  :tongue:

I'll be sure to pick this one up!

(Anyone who thinks this is even close to model team should take a look at the old sets. Wheels twice the size, 12+ wide, working steering, way greater than minifig scale, believable detail... This isn't even close.)





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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:51 AM

Love the front pic of the truck, looks like its ready to plough through hordes of zombies.  :tongue:

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:02 AM

I don't really like the scale of this set either. It's not just the fact that it is 8-wide, but the very tall height. It looks too tall in comparison to the minifigs.

That being said, this looks a lot like the kind of fire vehicles I used to build when I was a kid. I liked making these oversized all-in-one fire trucks that contained large 8-wide interiors, multiple ladders, an onboard helicopter and various other things. I can certainly see it being popular among its target audience.

View PostSiegfried, on Dec 20 2009, 10:53 PM, said:

(Anyone who thinks this is even close to model team should take a look at the old sets. Wheels twice the size, 12+ wide, working steering, way greater than minifig scale, believable detail... This isn't even close.)

This set is actually built to the scale seen in some of the old Basic sets, like the 735 fire engine. Those sets were 8-wide and were something in between System and Model Team.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:09 AM

View PostCP5670, on Dec 21 2009, 04:02 PM, said:

This set is actually built to the scale seen in some of the old Basic sets, like the 735 fire engine. Those sets were 8-wide and were something in between System and Model Team.
Yeah, I agree. I miss the old BASIC sets; one day I'll have to re-build 744.  :wub:





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