221 pieces for 17.99 GBP / 19.99 US$, the usual price (this year) for a small/medium sized set. For your money you get two minifigures, the cement mixer and a couple of utensils including the ever useful wheelbarrow.
The minifigs are, as seems the rule for this year, unique in their composition but each separate part or print is used elsewhere in other sets.
|The people, and their tools.|
The cement truck is actually a fairly tricky little build and has more features than you find on other models of similar size. The most obvious part is the mixer itself. This is operated by a knob on one side of the truck and can turn both ways. The inner part of the mixer is 'rifled' so depending on which way it is turned will either carry the 'cement' ( 20 1x1 round plates) into the bottom of the tank or pull it up and disgorge it out of the open end. Once out, the cement drops onto a chute which can be positioned in any direction from the back of the truck. There is also a guard that can move vertically to cover the chute whichever direction it is pointing and make sure the cement doesn't go where it's not wanted. The cab has opening doors (Yay!!) and can be tilted forwards to reveal the engine underneath. The tilting cab is also used to enable the mixer to be moved to an almost vertical position which helps when putting the 'cement' back in without it dropping everywhere and having bits get lost.
|The chute and guard with the 'cement'|
|Tilting cab showing the engine.|
I really like this set, there's a lot of playability with all the little features that Lego have managed to cram into it. There are a few too many stickers, the usual little pet hate of mine, but I can live with that. The best little truck this year!