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4432 CITY GARBAGE TRUCK LEGO REVIEW

The Intro

4432 Garbage Truck

Most kids learn at a young age the importance of police and fire and ambulance services. But what about garbage removal? That’s certainly not a very glamorous service but this kid (me) knew at a very young age the importance of taking out the trash (or at least taking it away). I always got a kick watching the trash get picked up and tossed and eaten up into the back of the garbage truck. How can so much garbage fit in a single truck (of course at that time I thought a single truck serviced the whole city). Set 4432 is LEGO’s 2012 edition of the Garbage Truck in their City theme, this time pushing the environmentally friendly factor a little bit more with green highlights, recycling symbols and a bin for food scraps.

The Garbage Truck

4432 Garbage Truck

The 2012 Garbage Truck is a rear loader style truck mean there’s an opening at the rear of the truck for waste to be tossed in. This model includes a bin loader for trash cans to be automatically loaded. Once the truck has completed it’s route the back end tilts to empty the trash at the dumpsite. Like most LEGO City vehicles the Garbage Truck is a single seater.

The top of the cabin can be removed to easily seat or remove a minifig in the driver seat. Other details on the Garbage Truck include mini steps by the cabin and tools for cleaning up any mess left behind by the garbage pickup. And what’s a garbage truck set without the garbage. Two trash cans are included, one for general trash and one for compostable scraps.

The Minifigs

4432 Garbage Truck - Minifigs

The Garbage Truck set includes two standard city minifigs in blue overalls and caps, a male and a female. Though I have to admit I have never seen a “garbage woman” before.

The Summary

There’s no glamour in garbage removal but it’s a necessity of city life, even in a LEGO city. Heavy vehicles are always fun and even when they’re not you can always find something interesting to do with them. In terms of pieces, the notable ones include the hinge that allows the truck to dump its load and the collection of eight curved smooth plates that make up the sides of the garbage truck.

The Numbers

Coolness4/5
Playability5/5
Details4/5
Value5/5 ($0.10 USD, $0.12 CAD)
Minifigs3/5
Pieces3.5/5
Overall Score4/5

Set Details

Set Number 4432
# of Pieces 208
Modular Yes
Target Age 5-12
MSRP $19.99 USD / $24.99 CAD

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10216 WINTER VILLAGE BAKERY LEGO REVIEW

The Intro

10216 Winter Village Bakery
Released for the 2010 Christmas season, the Winter Village Bakery is LEGO’s second set in their Winter Village theme. This set includes 7.5 minifigs (more on this later), features a bakery as the centre piece, horse drawn wagon, sales stand, and outdoor skating rink.

Tree sales stand & Horse drawn wagon

10216 Winter Village Bakery - Tree sales and horse drawn wagon

The horse drawn wagon hauls trees that I assume are freshly cut for sale at the stand. Trees clearly aren’t delivered in this manner today but the wagon really helps set the holiday mood with a more old fashion form of transport. The sales stand is nicely detailed with red and blue covering and the right bricks to make it look as if it’s stand built of logs. I’m not quite sure why the tools of choice for a tree sale stand include a shovel and broom, I thought an axe and or chainsaw might come in more handy.

Skating pond

10216 Winter Village Bakery - Skating pond

Continuing with the festive mood the Winter Village Bakery includes an outdoor skating pond. The pond includes 2.5 minifigs. The 0.5 is really just a pair of legs belonging to a poor minifig that managed to lose control and crash themselves into a snow bank. The other two minifigs include a female dressed for the outdoors and a boy armed with a camera ready to snap at any on ice mishaps.

The pond also includes a bench in case for the fatigued to rest, overhead Christmas lights for enhancing the holiday spirit, and a snowy owl hanging out taking in the sights.

The Minifigs

10216 Winter Village Bakery - The Minifigs

The Winter Village Bakery comes with a fairly standard set of LEGO City minifigs, the ones worth mentioning include the kid in the parka, the baker, and lady in red coat/dress.

The Bakery

10216 Winter Village Bakery - The Bakery

Of course the main highlight of the Winter Village Bakery is the bakery. From the exterior the bakery appears to be two floors but there is not real floor space on the top floor as it just houses the light brick and a storage crate. The main floor houses the cash register, display cases and the oven where all the magic happens.

Despite having a very small footprint the main floor still presents many details including a tiled floor, tiled steps leading to the doorway, arched window frames with decorative wreaths, and a very fancy lamp post. We of course can’t forget about the baked goods. The display cases are filled with cakes, croissant(s), and cupcakes. Two baguettes are also tucked away in a basket near the front door. When it’s all put together we have a very warm and inviting looking bakery especially when the light brick is on.

The Summary

I’ll admit, at the time, I got this set specifically for the baguettes and the croissant. I’m serious. If you’re in need of baked food items this is the set to get. The pond is a nice festive scene especially with the half buried, the wagon and stand seemed like a bit of an after thought. I think I would have preferred to see a horse drawn sleigh with riders instead of a wagon hauling trees. The bakery itself was mostly well done despite being a tad on the small/tight side. I think the completely white roof would be my main complaint for the bakery. The full white roof made the structure a little plain looking. I’m sure LEGO took notice of this too as the roof in the 10222 Winter Village Post Office has a more snow cleared roof with snow highlights instead.

The Numbers

Coolness3.5/5
Playability5/5
Details5/5
Value5/5 $0.08 USD per piece / $0.11 CAD per piece
Minifigs3/5
Pieces4/5
Overall Score4.25/5

Set Details

Set Number 10216
# of Pieces 687
Modular Yes
Target Age 12+
MSRP $54.99 USD / $74.99 CAD

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7965 MILLENIUM FALCON LEGO REVIEW

The Intro

7965 Millenium Falcon
Being a mashup between flying saucer and jet fighter the Millenium Falcon has one of the most recognizable shapes of all space ships. This year LEGO released their fourth version of the minifig scale Millenium Falcon. LEGO had also introduced a mini and midi scale version of the Millenium Falcon in the past. This year’s version places the Millenium Falcon in the time period between trying to get to Alderaan and escaping from the Death Star.

The Minifigs

7965 Millenium Falcon - The Minifigs
The 7965 Millenium Falcon comes with six minifigs including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi and Darth Vader. I think this set would have been more complete if Darth Vader was omitted in favour of C-3PO and R2D2. Han, Leia and Luke have slightly updated faces compared to past versions of these minifigs. Both Luke and Leia have new hair pieces. Leia’s head has a front and back normal/angry face. Luke’s head also has a front and back with a normal face and blast sheild.

The Interior

7965 Millenium Falcon - Interior
Just like two of the previous LEGO Millenium Falcon models the top section in this model opens up to completely expose the interior. Twelve slices and a flat section of the top of the ship fold outward on hinges to provide access to the inside of the ship. This Millenium Falcon model tries to include all the details of the ship portrayed in the first Star Wars movie.

The main deck of the ship includes a game area, sleep area, main computer terminal and an open area which also happens to be the area where Luke hones his Lightsaber skills. The model also captures the hiding area below the main deck which kept the Rebel heroes safe while the Millenium Falcon was boarded on the Death Star. Unfortunately the hiding area does come up a bit short in the model, allowing just one minifig to be hidden. The boarding ramp is also included but just like the hiding area the underside of the ship is a little too close to the ground to actually fit any minifigs through the ramp. Even though some parts of the ship aren’t quite to scale there is enough floor space to make it seem big enough especially with the different rest and recreation areas and the two corridors through the ship.

The Exterior

7965 Millenium Falcon - Exterior
As odd as it sounds, due to the size constraints of the set, this version of the Millenium Falcon is actually too “tall”. Because the model doesn’t have a wide enough diameter the body of the ship ends up feeling a bit taller than it should be, instead of being a thin disc, this Millenium Falcon has a more stubby shape. Setting that detail aside the exterior has a reasonable amount of detail to match the scale. All the main details like the engines, docking port, top and bottom turrets, missle launchers, dish, and flood lights are present. The turrets can actually be “manned” just like they were in the movie by Han and Luke. The top turret can be removed to provide access to the turret seats, once seated the seats can be placed back into the ship.

Some details such as the maintenance ports and vents are represented with stickers instead of constructed details like those on the Ultimate Collectors Edition but that’s reasonable as this model shouldn’t be compared to that scale. Overall this is still a very cool looking model.

7965 Millenium Falcon - Cool

The Summary

For those that missed out on the Ultimate Collector’s Edition Millenium Falcon I wouldn’t say that this edition of the Millenium Falcon will make a comparable substitute, you simply cannot compare the two. That said, LEGO did well to make this their best non-UCE Millenium Falcon model. The interior has all the right details to re-create scenes from the Star Wars movie and the exterior is mostly true to the real thing. While the Millenium Falcon did play an important role in many of the Star Wars space battles it might actually be a little difficult for a child to fly this ship around. The model isn’t easy to hold do to all the hinged roof panels, grab the ship in the wrong place and all kinds of pieces begin to fall off. With all the roof panels open this model plays more like a base, not that there’s anything wrong with bases.

The Numbers

Coolness5/5
Playability3/5
Details4/5
Value5/5 $0.11 USD per piece / $0.14 CAD per piece
Minifigs4/5
Pieces4.5/5
Overall Score4.25/5

Set Details

Set Number 7965
# of Pieces 1238
Modular Yes
Target Age 6 - 14
MSRP $139.99 USD / $179.99 CAD

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7065 ALIEN MOTHERSHIP LEGO REVIEW

The Intro

7065 Alien Mothership
The Alien Mothership was released this past spring as part of LEGO’s new Alien Conquest lineup. It is one of the larger sets in the Alien Conquest series at 416 pieces and after assembly it has a diameter of 48 cm. Despite being the “mothership” this spacecraft is a single seater and only fits the single alien commander. The Alien Mothership also includes one other minifig, a female reporter.

The Minifigs

7065 Alien Mothership - Minifigs
As mentioned above Alien Mothership includes two minifigs. The female reporter’s head has front and back expressions including a smiling face for the TV and a terrified look for the face sucker. The alien commander’s torso is well decorated with awards and shoulder pads. The interesting part about the commander is actually its head which is made up of of a face, a head piece and transparent green brain piece.

The Mothership

7065 Alien Mothership

The mothership is made up of a dense inner saucer section and a large outer ring. It’s the outer ring that really gives this set its large size. Take away the outer ring and we have something that looks rather familiar. Of course the saucer is slightly smaller than the UFO Abduction set and it features a handle for carrying the mothership. Playing with/carrying the mothership without this handle would be very difficult without this handle.

The outer ring is actually made up of cleverly disguised train track pieces. The outer edge of the large ring features four directional ray guns. The whole ring assembly spins independently of the centre saucer section and triggers the sound brick on each full turn. The cockpit saucer section mounts to the outer rings on a turntable piece. The Technics bearing plate presses against the sound brick with each full turn. The end result of the outer ring and sound brick:

Also a part of the outer ring assembly is the abduction claw. This claw can reach down and pick up cowering minifigs. The worst part about being picked up with this claw is that it spins along with the outer ring. That will be one dizzy minifig.

The stickers

There are a total of sixteen stickers in the Alien Mothership set. Eight of them go around the cockpit saucer section and the other eight alternate around the smooth plates around the outer ring.

The summary

My main issue with the Alien Mothership is that it’s a single seater. The idea of a “mothership” to me has a capacity of more than just one. Setting that point aside it is a fairly cool looking ship especially once you get it spinning. The abduction claw isn’t quite as easy to use as the abduction device in the UFO abduction set but it still gets the job done. Like the Alien Tripod this set doesn’t include include any Alien Defence units so whoever is playing with the mothership will need to find some other means to defend Earth against the alien commander.

I’m going to take a notch off the playability score just because the antenna and the fins on the outer ring can be knocked off if you’re not careful spinning the ring. There was a decent effort made to add details to the outer ring considering it is a set of train tracks.

If you want to boast size, the Alien Mothership can offer that plus a bit of coolness, however the Alien Tripod will always be my favorite of the Alien Conquest alien sets so there’s no 5 out of 5 to be had for coolness.

The Numbers

Coolness4/5
Playability4.5/5
Details4/5
Value3/5 ($0.14 USD per peice / $0.18 CAD per peice)
Minifigs3/5
Pieces4/5
Overall Score3.75/5

Set Details

Set Number 7065
# of Pieces 416
Modular Yes
Target Age 8-14
MSRP $59.99 USD / $74.99 CAD

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2506 SKULL TRUCK LEGO REVIEW

The Intro

2506 Skull Truck
Ninjago was introduced by LEGO for 2011. Seeing as it is November you can say we’re a little late to the Ninjago party, but better late than never. Ninjago is the first ninja theme from LEGO in over ten years. The LEGO Ninja theme was last seen in 1998 – 2000. Like every LEGO theme, the Ninjago world is broken into two factions, human Heroes and the Skeleton Army. The Skull Truck is a Skeleton Army monster truck featuring four minifigs.

The Skull Truck

2506 Skull Truck
At first glance, the packaging wouldn’t suggest that the Skull Truck was going to be a very interesting set. The main problem with the packaging images is that the Skull Truck doesn’t really look too much like a truck in any of the different angles. With all the commotion in the pictures it looks more like a wagon with big tires. But when putting this bad boy together it didn’t take very long for the monster truck features to become apparent.

2506 Skull Truck - The Skull
To live up to its name, the front of the Skull Truck features, a large skull. But this skull is not just for show and features a chomping action. The truck features a shock in the front and rear to provide a simple suspension system. The chomping action of the skull not only makes for a cool effect but it can wreck havoc on the Ninja Heroes.

Of course any ninja wouldn’t just allow themselves to be chewed on by an oversized skull. The Skull Truck includes a skull hand that can be launched from the truck to strick down unsuspecting ninjas. Once the ninjas are down an out they can be captured and held in bone cages that can be mounted on the truck.

The Minifigs

2506 Skull Truck - The Minifigs

Two ninja heroes, Jay and Zane, and two Skeleton Army figures, Lord Garmadon and Wyplash are included in the Skull Truck set. For those that don’t know Lord Garmadon is the dark one. He is not a skeleton but he’s still dead. Wyplash features some bulky shoulder pads and an oversized head. Jay is the blue ninja and wields a set of nun chucks. Zane is armed with a spear. Besides Garmadon’s lightning staff and Jay’s nun chucks there’s nothing out of the ordinary here.

The Summary

To summarize, is Skull Truck mean? Yes. Is Skull Truck cool? Yes. Is Skull Truck big? Yes. So big in fact, I actually had to construct a new back drop so that I could take photos of it properly. Huge knobby tires, an engine that sits taller than the windshield, a weaponized hand and a skull that can actually bite, what’s not to love? Well there is one minor issue, and that’s with the bone cages, the mounts for the truck aren’t rock solid and they do have a tendency to come flying off if you take the Skull Truck on a bumpy course. Is this to give the ninja heroes some sort of escape? Who knows, I just find it a tad annoying. Other than this truck is full of cool.

The Numbers

Coolness4.5/5
Playability5/5
Details4.5/5
Value4.5/5 ($0.12 per piece USD / $0.16 per piece CAD)
Minifigs3.5/5
Pieces4/5
Overall Score4.5/5

Set Details

Set Number 2506
# of Pieces 515
Modular Yes
Target Age 8 - 14
MSRP $59.99 USD / $79.99 CAD

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