'ello Ladies and Gentlemen,
I stumbled across my old brickshelf account this morning and realised I had a few photos of set 4549, which I had been meaning to upload ages ago, but never got around to. It's been a while since I last did a reivew, so bear with me here!
Anyway, on with the review! (Unfortunately some photos are missing, so use your imagination :P)
4549 Container Double Stack
This set, also known as Road 'N Rail Hauler in the US, was released in 1993 and cost $52 from S@H. It was discontinued in 1995.
The set consists of a 4-wide articulated lorry, a twin bogie wagon and 4 containers.
First off the minifigs. The 2 figures included are both bog-standard railway workers, in matching blue outfits. The minifig operating the crane sensibly has a hard hat, the lorry driver has brown hair. Nothing unusual about the faces, just the standard classic smiley.
The torso design has a nice white-and-red chevron pattern and a small <-O-> logo:
Lets move onto the lorry:
I really like this lorry, it is simple, yet looks good. The red colour scheme matches the crane too. The amount of stickers is annoying however, there are 5 just on this lorry! The lights on top are a nice touch too. The lorry can carry either 2 small containers, or one large one. (Or all the containers at once if you wish to disregard 'elf and safety)
The cab looks American, not like British lorries at all.
The downside to this lorry is that it is only 4 wide, which is fine in a nice old fashioned lego town, but it looks out of place when compared to some modern sets.
The doors open as well, and the roof is hinged too, so minifigs can be placed in the cabin easily.
^ This piece connects the trailer to the cabin ^
The way the trailer is attached enables a failry tight turning circle.
Another interesting thing about the lorry is the back wheels on the trailer. This piece is used to connect the wheels to the trailer:
It means that both pairs of wheels can be touching the ground at once. A very clever yet simple design that I have not seen used on another lego lorry myself. (This review explains it better)
The crane is also well thought out, unfortuantely I only have 1 picture of it which does not do it justice at all!
The crane is very wide compared to the lorry, though it needs to be to remain stabe when lifting the containers up. The crane arm measures 8" when fully extended (No innuendos please) and can be lowered and raised.
Using my elite MS paint skills I will show you how the arm can be lowered:
The lights are a nice detail as well, as is the little walky talky that can just be seen on the other side. Also on the other side is the handle used to wind in the string. When the "grabber arm" is attached to a container it tightens when pulled which means the containers can be lifted. It is a simple mechanism but it works well enough. This also ensures that playability is high, it is surprisingly fun loading the containers on to the wagon!
Jeez, I don't have a single picture of this one by itself at all! Its a shame, because I did have many pictures of this set, but they seem to have disapeared.
The wagon uses the same low base as 4547 Euro Express Tourist Car. It is very simple and only consists of a few pieces. It is a twin bogie design and can carry all 4 containers at once. the 2 long containers can be stacked up on top of each other in the middle and the 2 short containers can go over the wheels. Sometimes however when the train goes full speed the containers fall off round the bends.
I haven't actually mentioned how the containers work really. They stack well because of a simple tile and stud design. They "lock" together so they don't simply slide off, but can still easily be lifted off by the crane. The containers also have doors at both ends. This set doesnt include any actual cargo within the containers.
Overall this is a wonderful set, the wagon makes a great addition to any cargo train, and the crane and lorry realyl add to the playability.
- Great playability
- Colour scheme
- Several rare and unique pieces
- Expensive nowadays
- 4 stud lorry/containers hard to integrate into modern town
Overall I would highly recommend this set, I got mine for £20 (Bargain!) and it was definetly worth the money.
Again sorry about the lack of photos, but I think you got the general idea. This lovely review by Legofan details the construction of the set well.