Review: 60020 Cargo Truck

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60020 Cargo TruckWhile I wait for more Galaxy Squad sets to arrive from shop.LEGO.com, I've time to slip in a review of one of the new City Cargo sets: 60020 Cargo Truck.

There are certain sets that as soon as you see them, you want them, and this was one such set for me. I'm a sucker for 6-wide City trucks, as you'll know if you've read any of my previous reviews of them.

60020 is one of three sets in this year's Cargo theme, the other two being a helicopter and a plane. It's similar in concept to 7733 Truck and Forklift from 2008's Cargo sets, but much better executed in my opinion.

In the UK it costs £25 and contains 321-pieces, making it a 7.7p a piece, which is low compared to many 2013 sets. It doesn't appear to be available in the USA yet, but I suspect it'll be in the region of $30-35.

Box and contents

The colourful front of the box sums up the action and fun to be had very well. The back amplifies it.

60020 Cargo Truck

Inside there are three numbered bags, two instruction books and one sticker sheet. Clearly adding a spare sheet, as I found in 70706, is not a common occurrence.

60020 Cargo Truck

Minifigs

The set contains three figures, a forklift operator (centre), a truck driver (left) and a female worker. It's good to see the inclusion of a female figure. It's also good to see that health and safety is at last being taken seriously in LEGO City in that the forklift operator is wearing ear protection.

60020 Cargo Truck

He's wearing a new cap, with a hole in the top, into which the new headphone/ear protectors fit.

60020 Cargo Truck

The forklift and pallets

The forklift is a very nice design, making full use of the curved vehicle parts introduced for the Cars theme to good effect to give it a streamlined look. The actual fork lift uses parts that I believe first made an appearance in 2003, in 4512 Cargo Train. One 'flaw' is that because it's spring loaded with a rubber band, it can never be left in the lower position.

60020 Cargo Truck

60020 Cargo Truck

The pallets have interesting loads on them, some cylinders and an engine.

60020 Cargo Truck

The Truck

The truck, which is a similar design to other six-wides, is built in three pieces. The chassis has some nice 'greebling' on the sides. The exhaust stacks are better than usual, although probably a bit over-the-top for a vehicle of this size.

60020 Cargo Truck

Nevertheless, once assembled it looks great, even without the copious stickers applied, which is a big plus for me.

60020 Cargo Truck

Here's the complete set showing how the inside of the truck is accessed. Not very prototypical, but necessary for play. If I was designing it for myself, I'd dispense with the opening for the sake of realism.

The white arches on the side that's raised are new, appearing so far in white and black, in this set, and summer LotR sets.

60020 Cargo Truck

Overall opinion

I was not disappointed with this set at all. The truck is well designed. Being in three parts it lends itself well to customisation. The forklift is the best looking one LEGO has made to date, thanks to the use of new curved parts. Together the models provide for a lot of fun for youngsters, or make an excellent display piece in your City or train layout. It's a shame LEGO didn't include some railway wagons as part of the cargo range...

  • Parts: 5 -- plenty of generic parts.
  • Building experience: 3 -- quick and easy, no surprises.
  • Playability: 4 -- hours of fun loading and unloading the truck!
  • Value for money: 4 -- good price per piece, three minifigs.
  • Overall: 5 -- can't be faulted!

29 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree, it's a really appealing set, I just want to be 7 again so I can fully appreciate the 'play' value in it. Love the headphones too, can the minifig hold them in his hand?

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By in United Kingdom,

I am really impressed with the new summer wave of City sets, I think it has been the best wave for a long time. It is nice to have summer without Fire or Police as well.

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By in Curaçao,

^^ Yes and no -- there is no part that they can grip directly but you can just about balance them in their hands.

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By in United Kingdom,

City 2013 city is looking very good in terms of the Cargo theme and this is one set making its way on my to buy list.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like that you can actually fit both pallets in the back. The cargo area looks like it's been much more thought out than 7733.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's not a helicopter, it's a tiltrotor!
Much as I like the forklift and the enhancements to the truck cab (to match the yellow concrete mixer) it's such an obvious re-hash of that power-discount set from a few years ago that I really can't get excited by it.

I have got the 'Heliplane' set (60021) - the only one of this wave of city sets to interest me. I thought it was nice to see a little continuation of last year's forestry themed City sets that LEGO seem to have all too quickly dropped. But the aircraft isn't much bigger than this truck so can't actually fit any of the logging equipment or the quad in the back of it. No doubt there are some marvellously complex prototypes lying abandoned in LEGO HQ where the engines tilt or rotate in synch, but what you get in the set is just click-hinges. And unless you really need the 40 brown round bricks for tree-building, it struggles to justify the extra £10 over this truck set on content.

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By in United Kingdom,

May get this as its the only way I can get me hands on gothic arches without resorting to BL prices!

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By in United Kingdom,

@caperberry - go to LEGO customer services:
https://service.lego.com/en-gb/replacementparts/#BasicInfo
Give them your age and locale, select 'I want to buy a piece', skip the redirect to Pick-a-Brick, type in the set number, and go crazy. You can back up and enter other set numbers without losing your list of parts. Just don't pick a part of a figure or printed piece from a franchise, as you can't have anything covered by someone else's trademark.

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By in United Kingdom,

BL prices are actually quite reasonable for the gothic arch, compared to direct from lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, but it also has sellers all set to gouge you on 'postage cost' and 'packaging cost', not to mention a 'handling charge' and then 'paypal fees' that result in more than the parts you wanted in the first place, whereas LEGO has a flat £2 shipping charge for any parts you want.

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By in United States,

I like how on the box picture one of the workers is pushing what appears to be a car engine on a hand truck. I don't even...

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By in United Kingdom,

I want that worker when I move house.
He can lift my piano all on his own. :)
Maybe he should try out for World's Strongest Man.....

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By in United States,

Is this an undercover Superman set with Superman lifting the engine? When did Superman need to wear hearing protection? You would think that he would give the ear protection to one of his coworkers.

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By in United Kingdom,

He's showing off to distract you from the guy in the background heaving gas bottles around by the tap wheel.

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By in United States,

How's the inside of the cab? Looks neat but really waiting for the F1 Truck.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review. I've been looking forward to this set and was planning on getting it, but it's nice to see it doesn't disappoint. My son loves forklifts and has enjoyed the one in #4206 Recycling Truck, but it isn't particularly realistic and can be difficult to play with (it has been thrown several times in frustration). This forklift looks much better and seems to be more easily playable.

A note about the side-hinging cargo area: This isn't completely unrealistic. There are semi-trailers that open this way, though I've never seen an actual cargo truck that opens this way.

Do you have any other reviews of the summer City sets planned? I'd love to see #60015, #60025, or #60027.

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By in United Kingdom,

^i'm keen on the monster truck set would love to read your opinion in a review @huw. Have to say I was in 2 minds about his set but will certainly purchase after the review. I too am a sucker for the 6 wide trucks I have to say. Agree with others that this wave has been fantastic I am looking at the heliplane, monster truck, cargo truck, stuntplane just for starters!

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By in United States,

I never really got into City, but this set certainly may change that. The vehicles look great and I need the new hat/headphones.

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By in United States,

This truck isn't a reasonable $30$35, it's an outrageous $40. For $5 more you get more pieces and a more unique set with the heliplane.

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By in United States,

Yeah, RRP is apparently $39.99 in the US, which I agree is high. I'll be waiting for it to drop below $30.

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By in United States,

"If I was designing for myself, it I'd dispense with the opening for the sake of realism."
Hmm... if I had a use for this set, I think your review would've convinced me to "bring" it home... :)

Anyways, great review, and, as always, wonderful pictures!

P.S., if you have them already, I'd love to see/read what you think of the new LOTR sets!

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By in United States,

Or for $10 less, the Grand Prix truck has two MORE pieces (315)!

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By in United States,

I suppose time will tell, but it seems this set should be $29.99 in the US unless it's a pricing oddity. The set's price in Australia is $39.99, which is the same as the Grand Prix and Monster Truck sets. The set's price in most EU locations is €29.99, which is again the same as the Grand Prix and Monster Truck sets.

If it does end up at $39.99, maybe it's to make up for the severely-under-priced-in-the-US Lone Ranger Stagecoach. :)

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By in Canada,

This set looks better than I thought it would be! I really like the forklift.

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By in United States,

Man can't wait to get my hand's on it! Although I think the forklift in the 2008 cargo truck was better (Witch I wish I got when it was out). But hey! That my opinion and the forklift in this set still looks great!

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By in United Kingdom,

@JoeFish I already tried that last week :D They wouldn't give me the arches :O( Unclear whether this was due to licensing (weird since they're in this City set) or because they're too new.

Anyway I now have two arches, as I bought this set yesterday ;O) geez these reviews really work. Great set, really enjoyed the build and the lack of POOP.

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By in United States,

I want those headphones!

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By in United States,

Not bad, probably because I'm not really into City trucks.. :P

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