WRITER'S NOTE: Due to a clean-up of my Flickr account a lot of the images in this review no longer exist, and therefore what appears before you is a restructed and less image-heavy review.
Welcome to one of the most anticipated reviews of the year! (well, if you don't say so, it isn't)...
My order of Lego arrived today, and I only ordered it Saturday - Well Done Lego! My further order of PAB pieces must be coming later....anyway...
Raise and lower the crossing gates and repair the tracks!
Lower the crossing gates when a train comes by and then raise them again to let traffic pass over the level crossing. And use the road-rail excavator to repair the tracks or work on the road. Drive on its regular tires to the level crossing and then lower its special rail wheels for running on the tracks. Includes 1 railroad worker minifigure. Includes 1 railroad worker minifigure Features 1 level crossing with crossing gates and 4 straight tracks Raise the crossing gates! Lower the special railroad wheels on the excavator to drive on the tracks! Excavator rotates 360° and has a hook and shovel attachments Note: Tracks are not compatible with LEGO 9V trains.
UK Price/per piece: £14.99 (10.556p)
US Price/per piece: $19.99 (14.077c)
Range: City (sub: Trains)
Under starters orders, box images and instructions. The front of the instruction booklet, like most releases, mimics the front box art.
Box front (from Brickset):
One comment on the image is that it shows the level crossing spanning 2 pieces of RC track, instead on one in the instructions.
The instruction manual also carries an advert of the current city trains line, with a City Corner in the background.
The back of the box showing it's functions:
Incidentily, the box has two "tabs" for the opening end, though is well secured with a good spread of glue.
The contents of the box are as follows:
> bag 1 containing the pieces for the digger/crane unimog vehicle.
> bag 2 containing the pieces for the level crossing parts
> 4 pieces of RC straight track
> 1 instruction leaflet
> 1 sticker sheet (please note that apart from the minifig head, there are no printed pieces)
And this handy instrucxtion page shows you that....
Bag 1 build notes - the crane/digger Unimog
From the small parts pack within Bag 1, the only part left over was the trans-red cheese slope. And also note the 1x2 cheese slopes in yellow. Yes, you read that correct.
The completed undeframe is eactly the same one end/side to the other.
Bag 2 build - rail crossing & barriers
When you are going to start the barriers/warning towers, you need to open the small bag inside bag 2 containing the detailing/small pieces. This yielded 2 spares (1 standard technic pin, with resistance; and a 1x1 round plate in trans-red):
The barriers are quite simple, really:
Lances! Are the knights coming to help, I wonder? Also, I noted the ramp parts, although exactly the same number, use a modified/new mould as some of the numbering is missing and what remains re-arranged.
The 1x4 green plate rests on 2 sleepers on the track to secure the barrier/light tower to the track. It's sortof alright, but it's flimsy, and prone to knocks and easily comes loose unless you are moutning the set on baseplates.
The barrier in part form. Note that the barrier pattern is done from stickers; probably the only time I've ever got stickers near perfectly straight and inm position was for this set review!
Now then....the final images....the one's you've all been waiting for....
The unimog-type vehicle is quite stable on the tack when lifting the "spare" piece of track:
The set itself is, in my opinion, excellent value. 4 pieces of straight track, a small vehicle, and a level crossing for £15? Bargain...
The digger/crane vehicle is probably the main let-down of the set. Although it's been nicely done, in my eyes, it doesn't seem tp have appropiate shape/dimensions, leading to an "unheavy" look. Compare it to the real thing...
The level crossing itself, i.e. the barriers, infil and ramps, are very likable, and stay upright, without the slightest hint of movement. My only minor niggle is that they look unbalanced, which would be solved by moving the actual barrier along one stud.
The minifig is a compilation of other figures, but looks nice in my eyes - certainly, he makes a change from either "Engineer Max" or "Scruffy Joe".
Lastly, the only other fault with the set is the lack of an equipment cabinet for the electrics for the barriers and towers.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that the set comes with no tools. Not even a hammer/screwdriver or wrench; extremely odd considering most previous sets of level crossing type contain at least some tool(s)
Comparing the set with it's cousins
The most appropiate comparison is with set 10128, released in 2003 for the "World City" range. While the current set is approx. 1/3 of the price, this set is actually better balanced, containing 4 pieces of track instead of 3.
Edited by Matt Dawson, 09 February 2013 - 09:20 AM.