Since the launch of the first farm sets, all city fans were excited to see sets that didn't have to do just with police and fire. TLG's move to release a new sub-theme under the "Farm" label was great and promising.
So, after the first great wave of 2009 farm sets, here is the new 2010 batch, the anticipated:
7684 Pig Farm & Tractor
(Image taken from Brickset.com)
Name: Pig Farm & Tractor
Set Nr: 7684
Pieces: The official number is not available yet. Bricklink says 248. According to the parts inventory in the instruction booklet the pieces are 256.Good ol' counting still works.
Price: The price in Greece was €34.99. No available informations regarding other countries or currencies.
I was surprised to see this set in a Greek store because Greece is not considered a LEGO pioneer when it comes to new releases. No second thoughts when I saw it, I literally grabbed it, paid for it and ran!
The box front
A very nice and colourful farm scene. We can already spot perhaps the highlight of this set. Pigs! Four of them! Is that a new torso that the female minifig has? Yes!
Backside of the box
There are many activities going on in the farm. We can see the trailer's functions among the other farm-life snapshots. On the upper left corner we have the "HEY" logo adjusted for the Farm sub-theme. The farmer has a loud voice judging from the size of the letters!
There are also three 2009 sets advertised on the box. The Farm subtheme is getting bigger and bigger!
The long side of the box
The usual 1:1 picture and the minifigs together with the pigs.
A closer look
I must say, all elements look pretty realistic and lovely!
Short side of the box
An advertisement of the upcoming "Lego: Adventures of Clutch Powers" DVD movie. Personally, not so interested...
There are two instruction booklets, one for the place where the pigs are held and eat and another one for the tractor with the trailer.
Random steps from the instructions
The piece bags
Three numbered bags containing pieces are included along with a 6x14 dark bluish gray plate that was loose in the box.
The good news? No stickers!
That's why I love the town-city theme! Colours! Lots of colours!
An overview of all the pieces that are needed for this set. Light gray and red are the dominant colours here.
Pieces of interest
Some interesting pieces in this set. Some of them are new to me (I don't know if they are new in general) like the red roof piece, the 2x4 tile , the lime don't-know-what-piece-is-that and the light gray tile with studs in the middle.
The female minifig has a new beautiful torso! It's great to see new torsos added to our city collection and the blue overalls with the white v-neck match perfectly together!
I think I have a new favourite torso from now on!
The male's torso is the one we have already seen in previous farm sets, in the 7637 Farm and in the 7634 Tractor. Very nice!
Back printing for both minifigs of course.
The Animal Planet
And now the main attraction of this set. The new animals on the
(Pretend you didn't hear this last one from me... )
It was a pleasant surprise to see four pigs in this set. TLG was generous if we take into consideration that it's a fresh new piece - or minianimal if you like . (Straight from the oven. Or in the oven? )
The stud on the pig's back still reminds us that this is still LEGO.
Don't worry. This is not a butcher's work.
Standing on studs
Just like the dog, the pig needs three studs in order to "lock". However, the grip is not very strong as the dog's and that is because the pig's right leg needs to be between a third and a fourth stud. In that way, the grip is very good.
Building the pigs' enclosure
Nothing too fancy or difficult when building this part of this set. I must admit though that while I was building it, it somehow felt just like the old days. Maybe it was the green plates along with a good number of different colours on the other pieces. It certainly looks colourful.
I'm still trying to figure out what these yellow and brown pieces on the green plates represent. Pig food perhaps?
Feed the pigs!
A very clever use of the chest piece here. By adding two 1x2 tan tiles you have two feeders that look quite realistic.
The complete pig farm
By adding the feeders, the last fence pieces, two 2x3 yellow bricks and the plant, the enclosure is ready!
...oh, and the pigs of course...
My opinion is that it looks great! Yes, it's simple and not something mind-blowing but it really looks full of life and has its charm. The fact that it's colourful is the big plus in my opinion and you can also arrange the fence pieces in different shapes, or even expand them. Modular farm set!
Different angles and details
The water tap.
Looking inside the small shed.
The two dark bluish gray bars act as doors. Don't forget to close them on your way out!
As you can see, the feeder is a bit tall for the pigs. Co-operation can do miracles here!
The tractor in this set looks great. When I first saw pictures of it I wasn't really sure about the lime green colour but after building it and searching for real life tractor images, I changed my mind. It works very well just like the real life tractors.
The proportion is quite good. Not too big, certainly not small, it could fit in any town layout.
Looking aggresive! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
Do you see the "U" shape that's forming there? It's where the trailer is attached.
Front angled view
The exhaust is a new 2010 piece. Check it!
The trailer is also very nice and works great with the tractor. The colour scheme is great and red with the shades of gray produce a fine result. The great thing is that the trailer has a good number of functions=playability.
The door lowers in order for the pigs to get in. The door piece is very nice.
Trailer in action
The side doors can be lowered for easy access and perhaps for loading agricultural goods. The flatbed can be raised for unload.
Trailer and tractor together.
One more great vehicle from TLG. The combination of the vehicles together works great!
Taking the widshields off for the minifig to get in.
The complete set
The set looks great when finished. Lots of colours and lots of elements forming the set.
Preparing the bacon .
This set is a great addition to the Farm subtheme and also great as a stand-alone set. The new pig mold is the definite highlight in here as well as the new overalls torso. The set somehow left me the feeling of the good old classic town days for some reason meaning that it can be placed in both classic town layouts and more recent city layouts. I can't find a major flaw since everything seem to be great. The only thing that could have been added is a green baseplate for the pigs enclosure for a more "countryside" look.
Overall, a great set from TLG!
Playability: 8/10 Lots of actions and elements taking place. When combined with other farm sets the playability factor is even greater.
Design: 8/10 The pigs enclosure is simple and not something too mind-blowing but the greatly designed tractor and trailer certainly raise the bar here.
Minifigs: 9/10 New torso! . Nothing more to add.
Parts: 9.5/10 New great pieces and lots of other great older ones. The pigs (4 of them!) is the absolute winner here.
Price: 8/10 The price here in Greece was a bit steep but I assume that it is going to be better in other countries after doing some math.
Overall: 9/10 A great set and must buy for the town-city fans!
Thanks for reading my review!