Today I review the new forest fire truck, a set I bought to replace my aging fire fighting department. But is it just as good as the 2005 version? Lets find out
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Climb over any terrain to put out fires in the LEGO® City forest with the 4x4 Fire Truck and its rotating water cannon!
We start ofcourse with the box. Most City boxes look the same in terms of background, and this one is not really an exception. New is ofcourse the forest like background, which all boxes of the subtheme have, to me it looks very nice.
The back of the box shows the various functions of the set, note that the minifig says HEY! is still the older version
Side of the box
Content of the box are 2 bags, here showing bag 1
And the stickersheet which are very common in the City sets
After opening the first bag I immediatly saw these. New pieces used in the tree, a very welcome piece and possibly very usefull to moc'ers
The build is devided into two parts to construct the truck and tree
The minifig is brand new in the city theme (or any theme for that matter). His helmet is a new dark red color, and his clothing has changed from black to orange, a much better color for firefighters if you ask me.
The submodel of this set is the tree, and it's on fire! Good thing Lego City has a very big fire department to make sure the city is not destroyed by..lets say somekind of fire dragon
Close-up of the new pieces
And we have bag 1 finished, on to bag 2
The model finished, and we saw it was good It's a really nice engine, but more on the details later
Our favorite page of the instructions
And what seemed to me a new page advertising the Lego City website
The other advertising was only the forest fire sets, no police or whatsoever
And on to the truck, its very bulky and sturdy, so you (or anyone else) can play rough with it
The roof is easily removed to acces the drivers cabin. Also it has doors so the driver can enter it without help from the 'Great hand'
And something that was funny two years ago, a coffee mug. It's cool and stuff, but TLC has added these to just too many vehicles IMO, but maybe I just want to have everything perfect
The other part of the vehicle is the cabin for the watercannon controller, It's quite cool they added this feature to this set, but the fact it has only one minifig, while it should be manned by two costs points.
Close-up, note that the controls are printed
And the last cabin is for the firemans equipment.
Equipment of the fireman
The water cannon
And the firemen with his equipment, ready to safe the day!
And the complete set
All in all, a very good set. Especially for the price, which is about 5 Euros lower than the firetruck from 2005. Comparing those two is ofcourse innevitable, but I won't do that, since it belongs in a different subtheme. The build is also nice, but if you've build City vehicles for the last two years, it's not much different than any other City truck. Playability is ofcourse also high, you can drive to the tree, extinguish the fire and drive to the next fire
The cons is that it didn't come with another firefighter, which is a missed oppertunity. Also the water cannon on top tends to turns around while driving the vehicle.
From me it gets a
8,5 out of 10
Thanks for watching!
Edited by Rick, 02 January 2012 - 07:40 PM.