Monday, 10 June 2013

60018 Cement Mixer micro review.


It's June and that means the second wave of Lego City sets for this year are now hitting the shops! A recent purchase of mine, the Cement Mixer is one of the last of this year's first batch of sets for my collection. 
  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 truck.

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!

12 comments:

  1. Mi hijo mataría por ese camión! Es espectacular!
    Besos

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    1. Hello Raquel! I would have killed for it when I was a kid, luckily I can pay for it now so no deaths involved! Kind regards, Brian.

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  2. ...me has hecho sonreir, mi marido conduce un camion, peor en vez de hormigonera es una caja.
    Le enseñare tu post jejeje
    besitos ascension

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    1. Hello Ascension! I bet my truck is easier to manoeuvre than your husbands! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Hi Hairy Caveman! Nice review--looks like fun, as usual. I was at Powell's bookstore recently, and I saw a big book on Legos and thought of you. I think there was even a whole Lego section--wow! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! There's an unbelievable amount of Lego related stuff in stores now compared to five or ten years ago, you can't get away from it now! Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Hello Eliana! Yes they certainly do! Kind regards, Brian.

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  5. Il camion è stupendo! Adoro la cabina che si ribalta, sembra il camion che guidava mio papà!

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    1. Hello Mely! There seem to be a few bloggers relatives who drive / drove a truck! Thanks for stopping by! Kind regards, Brian.

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  6. Wow, Great review of a really Awesome set - That is one of the coolest trucks I have seen in such a small scale - opening doors, flipping cab AND the cement mixer rotates and sends things out based on direction - Brilliant! I think we might have to hunt this one down when it crosses the pond - Love your reviews - Lego Rule!

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    1. Thank you Tiggy! I agree this is one of the best trucks from Lego in a while. Some of the summer sets might give it a run for it's money though! Kind regards, Brian.

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