Suggested Age: 5-12
Casual Build Time: 50 minutes
Dimensions: Garbage Truck (with lift down) – over 3″ x 7″ x 3″
Brand: LEGO City
As you may have gathered over the last year, my favourite LEGO kits are the ones with wheels. I love piecing together LEGO cars – even in the Speed Champion range with their millions of stickers. When I first saw the Garbage Truck in Sainsbury’s, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Especially as most of my LEGO City kits to date have been taken from the Deep Sea range.
This kit contains all of the pieces required to make the Garbage Truck, as well as a green recycling container, a shovel, a broom and a selection of “rubbish” items (including studs, fish, a bottle and a banana). It also comes with two minifigures – the driver and his helper.
Here are some pictures of what comes inside the box:
The Garbage Truck kit is very easy to construct. As with most of the LEGO City range, its designed with younger builders in mind and so has a lot of larger pieces and very clear instructions. While the kit does have a few stickers, they’re very easy to place as the kit isn’t especially fiddly. It’s a good kit to give to someone who maybe isn’t as confident in their building ability, as it doesn’t take long to put together but the finished result feels substantial.
While it’s not the most glamorous of LEGO City hits, the finished result still looks spot-on. It’s really designed with imaginative play in mind (you couldn’t have a LEGO City without someone to take the LEGO trash after all), and has many moving parts. While the kit is very simple, it’s also pretty unique and stands out nicely on my shelf of spaceships and race cars.
For playtime, this kit does everything you’d hope that a Garbage Truck would. The lifts move upwards to allow trash from the container to be emptied into the back. The back compartment also tilts, allowing for items inside to be dumped out. The roof of the cabin can also be removed to allow the driver to be sat behind the steering wheel. While this may not sound like a lot compared to some of the other kits I’ve put together, it’s really everything that you’d want a Garbage Truck to do so I’ve no complaints here.
The two figures that come with the kit are pretty simple, yet you can’t have a garbage truck without its crew. My only issue is, I’m really not sure where the second figure is supposed to ride. There’s only enough room in the cabin for a driver. Is the other chap supposed to just run alongside? However, I do really like the worker with the red beard. Just look at his face – he looks almost evil. I’m not sure why he has such a sly expression but it amuses me no end.
In conclusion, I’m really taken by this kit. It’s easy to build and does everything you’d want it to. It’s not the flashiest of LEGO kits but, surprisingly, it’s one of my favourites to date.