In essence, this is nothing new. Pizza has been a huge part of LEGO's portfolio for as long as one can remember - ever since 6350 Pizza To Go in 1994, it has been a quite popular and famous minifigure delicacy. 23 years equals a lot of pizza, and you must wonder where all of it comes from.
Then the next thing you know... LEGO City takes the 'Great Vehicles' range, drops the first two letters, and gives us an Eat Vehicle; it's a modern food truck to feed your little yellow population! 60150 Pizza Van, accompanied by a small delivery motorbike, is guaranteed to stand out on store shelves.
Is it truly worthy of a product slot amongst the typical bland police sets, though?
Minifigures and Parts
Before we settle down for our meal, I mean, review, let's take a look at some of the interesting pieces and the minifigs included, shall we? This updated 2x2 pizza tile, and the printed 1x1 corner tile to represent individual slices, can also be found in 41231 Harley Quinn to the Rescue and 41311 Heartlake Pizzeria, respectively; available now in the January 2017 wave alongside this set.
The minifigs are your typical City fare, by any measure. However, they are good to get for any collectors of citizen-class ones. Neither head is double-sided, which is a bit of a shame as it seems like extra faces are an expected detail nowadays.
Also, unfortunately their black and white legs are left unprinted. However, the female's medium blue, decorated hoodie torso is exclusive. The long hair has appeared in a couple other sets (the first being 21302 The Big Bang Theory), but the head has appeared countless times. A helmet is also included for the female to ride the motorbike and speed off to a destination.
The male chef's head and torso can also be found in last summer's fantastic 60134 Fun in the Park - City People Pack. The brown, slicked-back hair has appeared in 79115 Turtle Van Takedown and 75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack.
Now, let's dig in!
The build begins from the ground up and incorporates some techniques that typical City buyers will have seen before. However, there are plenty of parts in unique colors used to keep things interesting. A full interior is even decked out!
I greatly appreciate the designer's extensive use of slopes, tiles and textured 1x2 bricks to form the impressive bodywork of the vehicle.
On both sides, we have a flap that is hinged and can open up to become a window, adjacent to a menu. "City Pizza" appears to be the branding of this establishment, as evident on the top of the driver's area (which looks marvellous) and the flaps. All of the decoration you see on the exterior (including the license plate), unfortunately, is a sticker. On either flap, there are incomprehensible letters and numbers underneath the logo, which may represent a schedule.
The menu mentions salad as the first option (none included) and pizza, oddly, comes third. No first option is presented, though I'm guessing that due to their inclusion in the set, that would be fries.
The Completed Model
The smallest section of the set is a small motorbike used to distribute pizza and other orders to the residents of the city. The main motorbike body has been in numerous sets before, but not quite for this purpose.
Again here, the box is stickered which is a nuisance - but it is at least easy to apply and looks good. It is imperative to the model and adds visual appeal. I mean, what pizza box doesn't have some logo and imagery on it?
A dark tan bucket handle is used as a kickstand, which is quite ingenious if I do say so myself. Finally, it is capped off with a trans-yellow headlight.
We now come to the inside of the van itself. It is impossible to take the roof off without taking apart some of the van sides itself, which is a ridiculous design flaw. However, with little effort it can be removed to reveal an interior with tons of detail - a fully-furnished 4x6 space where a minifig has sixteen of the twenty-four studs to stand.
Among those features are what appears to be a microwave for quick food warm-ups. And opposite that, a food preparation table.
Here you can see the oversized helping of fries, using a crystal piece in yellow - another rare part. The pizza can be placed right next to it. Behind that, built into the wall, there are two different condiment squirters.
Printing is used for the dials, cash register, and top of the can. I'll be honest, I had no idea cans of water existed. What kind of sorcery is this? Perhaps it is carbonated!
Finally, a five-piece table is included. This makes it so anybody, such as the female minifig, can sit down and eat... except there is no chair to be found. The wonderful lime green umbrella piece, which debuted in 60110 Fire Station last year, appears again to serve as shade.
With models and minifigures all together, I have to say that it looks splendid.
If there is one word I had to use to describe this set, it would be satisfying. This is the ideal $20 set, and it may be the best one released so far this year. What cannot be denied is that it truly feels like a classic set - something LEGO could and should have done years ago but for some reason never did. I am happy it was made now instead, because of all of the recent techniques and parts implemented.
If there was one recent set I have to compare it favorably with, that would be 41129 Amusement Park Hot Dog Van. You have to admit, they would go very well together!
There are few issues. The color scheme may be a negative for some; for others, the underwhelming minifigs may disappoint. And there may be complaints over the little and insignificant things, like stickers or limited interior space. Hefty expectations are unreasonable for a set of this size for this certain age range.
Otherwise, I think this would make a great purchase. Regardless of whether you are a City fan or not (coming from someone who, admittedly, is not), the Pizza Van is a must-have. I sincerely hope you find the opportunity to buy it!
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Thanks to Huw for the photos.