While 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.
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.
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.
He's wearing a new cap, with a hole in the top, into which the new headphone/ear protectors fit.
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.
The pallets have interesting loads on them, some cylinders and an engine.
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.
Nevertheless, once assembled it looks great, even without the copious stickers applied, which is a big plus for me.
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.
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!
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