Random set of the day: Blue Hopper Car

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Blue Hopper Car

Blue Hopper Car

©1991 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 4536 Blue Hopper Car, released in 1991. It's one of 12 Trains sets produced that year. It contains 166 pieces, and its retail price was US$15.

It's owned by 820 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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12 comments on this article

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By in United States,

So sad that they don’t make little add ons for trains like this anymore. Simple but so easy to make epic trains.

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By in Australia,

Natro: interesting idea. Lego releases a couple of trains every couple of years, sometimes with a station. I know train fans who would love to buy (and modify) individual wagon sets. But would there be a market for sets like this among regular Lego buyers? Or, would offering the sets create more interest?

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By in United States,

I think if they did a big roll out like they did in 1991 with 9v, advertise and market them properly, it’s possible they could be popular. I just don’t know that kids like trains like they used to.

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By in Australia,

Another train set! And it's a '91 9V train set, at that. Ah, right in the feels.

It took me years to track this one down, but I did eventually. I bought it when it was still available in shops, it was one of the first add-on train carriages I ever bought. Such a gorgeous and functional little train carriage. It still has a permanent place in my 4563.

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By in Bulgaria,

This set holds up surprisingly well compared to modern train sets. And considering how most current freight traincars are just glorified flat cars with something silly like a wheelbarrow or a helicopter on it this set from'91 is actually a lot better.

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By in United Kingdom,

can we mention how odd the background was on the 9V train boxes? A weird portal into... hell?

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By in Australia,

I always kind of liked the weird blue cave that the 9V train system operated out of. For the 90s, it was charming.

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By in Australia,

Yay, one I have!
And I’ll second the comments about more trains. Even if they just gave us a Creator wagon we could build three different ways. Or another 10022 we could build 2-3 different ways.

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By in Australia,

I just wish I'd bought more of those Hobby Train sets. I wound up buying two of them, and I ended buying a lot of pieces. I think I ended up making (and keeping) about 7 or 8 of them (including the gigantic red crocodile engine), but I wish I'd made more.

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By in United Kingdom,

This would still look great if they made it today. I'd buy loads of them.

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By in United States,

I think that if Lego were to ever really capitalize on train sets again, they should integrate rails and cars into other sets. Imagine the current City Mine theme, but one of the sets was an expansion for the main mine set, were you could push the mine carts up above a regular train track and dump the loads into a full size train car waiting beneath. Or a fire set with an oil tank car at a burning refinery and firefighters responding to the scene. Or a space subtheme, were a train loaded with a rocket component can be delivered to an assembly plant at the spaceport. That way the trains are promoted as something that can be used as a connective tissue in the Lego city, so buying a set from another City subtheme will encourage parents to pick up more train sets for their kid since they "link" the theme together. Then since the train sets are part of subthemes, it could introduce fans to other subthemes and so on further promoting the City line.

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By in United Kingdom,

Picked this one up at a toy fair recently, looks good with the loco from set 7735

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