Sunday, 13 April 2014

A 1978 Lego Town scene!

Firstly, sorry about the blurriness of some of the pictures, especially the red house. I just could not get the focus right, but I'm sure it was the camera at fault, not me! ☺

This is all the sets released in 1978 that I own, which accounts for about three quarters of all town sets released that year. Missing are four train sets and a few US-only and  European special releases that I didn't even know existed until I got the internet!

Christmas 1978. My parents got me a box full of Lego sets from a store catalogue. I didn't realise it at the time but a new type of minifigure had been introduced by Lego, these had faces, moving arms and legs and hands that could grip things. The main thing that attracted me as a child to these new sets was the road plates, set 300 'T Junction' plates and 301 'Curved' plates and 302 'Straight Road' plates. So, I moaned and hassled my parents until they promised I would get some for Christmas. I was expecting one or two sets, I got a box of nine or ten including the road plates and a bag of extra trees and road signs. Now, 36 years later, I still have all those original sets plus one or two others I couldn't get at the time that I managed to find on ebay or Bricklink. They are still my favourite!

After I had taken all the pictures and packed everything away I realised I had missed out a set, 600 'Police Patrol' a small police car with a police officer. D'oh!!

Overall view of the's a bit crowded!

376 'Town House with Garden' My first Lego building. 
It came with a furnished interior and was hinged so it could 
be opened and closed. One of my original Christmas '78 sets.

374 'Fire Station' including 672 'Fire Engine' on the far left
 and 602 'Fire Chief' by the 'No Entry' sign.
In the foreground there is the top halves of 673 'Rally Repair 
Crew' and 644 'Police Mobile Patrol'

377 'Shell Service Station' with 671 'Shell Fuel Pumper' in 
the foreground. The red car is part of the Service station set. 
This is a set I got from ebay, about 33 years after it was 
first released!

Road works scene with 625 'Tractor' on the left, 622 'Tipper 
Truck' in the center being loaded by 641 'Excavator'. 
You can see the rear of 670 'Mobile Crane' at the back. 
You can also make out the rear end of 623 'Medic's Car' 
heading off the picture on the left.

605 'Street Sweeper' is hard at work while being passed by 
603 'Motorcycle with Sidecar' followed by the police 
motorcycle from set 644. Set 620 'Fireman's Van' is heading
 in the opposite direction. The motorcycle and sidecar is not
one of my originals, I acquired it from ebay. This set, along 
with the little trucks were some of the hardest sets to find 
in the shops when they were originally available.

604 'Shell Service Car' arrives at 601 'Shell Gas Pump' to fill 
up while 642 'Tow Truck and Car' passes by.

674 'Forklift and Truck' on the left and 643 'Flatbed Truck' 
on the right are busily loading up. There is a better view of 
670 'Mobile Crane' in the center of the picture. The two truck 
sets were very hard to find in the shops, luckily both of 
these came in my original Christmas '78 selection!

640 'Fire Truck and Trailer' passes by 626 'Red Cross 
Helicopter' and 606 'Ambulance' There was a fire station in 
1978, the police got their headquarters in 1979 but the
 paramedics had to wait until 1980 before they got a medical 
centre and 1987 until the first hospital!! Obviously major 
illness and trauma were unheard of in Legoland!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

60021 Cargo Heliplane mini review.

Carrying on the cargo theme from my last post this is the heliplane, or tilt-rotor as I like to call it. The set consists of the aircraft, a small quad and logging equipment along with three minifigures all for 34.99 GBP / 39.99 Euros / 44.99 US$.
   The tilt-rotor is the main attraction with rotors that tilt (obviously!), a working winch with a hook and a small rear hatch under the tailplane that opens into a small cargo hold. It is a fairly straightforward build with the trickiest part securing the string for the winch which, with my ham fists is a bit of a struggle! It's a nice design and sturdy enough to take a bit of a bashing from small hands. The only little problem is my usual moan of too many stickers!

The tilt-rotor in helicopter mode...
..and in airplane mode.

The logging equipment is simple but looks good with a log storage crate and a log gripper for use when chopping the logs with either the circular saw or the chainsaw. 40 brown round 2 x 2 bricks are used as the logs which I think is the most of that particular part ever used in a city set. This means the logs can be 'cut' down to any length.

The logging equipment. As usual, one guy does all the work!
The other is having a coffee and waiting for his new quad
to be delivered!
Ahh, here it is, right on time!
I may have my quad but I still haven't finished my coffee!!

The pilot's torso is only found in this set and the Cargo Terminal with most of the rest of the pieces being fairly common, the exception being the aircraft front and windscreen which are only found in the Coast Guard helicopter (Set 60013)

Overall a very nice set with good playability and not too bad price wise.