Suggested Age: 5-12
Casual Build Time: 30 minutes
Dimensions: 4×4 – over 3″ x 5″ x 2″ / Tool wagon – over 1″ x 1″ x under 1″
Brand: LEGO City
This kit has recently been discontinued by LEGO, so I managed to snap up one very cheaply in a Sainsbury’s after-Christmas sale. It forms part of LEGO City’s range of racing cars, though its sturdy vehicle makes it stand out from a lot of the other sets in this range.
This small set includes all the pieces necessary to make the 4×4, along with a few extra accessories including a barrel of gasoline, a sand bar, and a tool wagon. It also comes with two minifigures – the driver and a mechanic.
Here’s a closer look at what came inside the box:
The kit was pretty quick and easy to build in all, and so should be an easy one for younger master builders to put together. Most of the pieces to make the 4×4 were chunky and easy to clip in place, and the stickers weren’t as fiddly as some of those in other kits that I’ve reviewed. For a reasonably cheap kit, the finished result was also pretty decent.
The car is large and sturdy, so can take a bit of rough treatment if you buying it for play. It features opening doors, moving lights and mudflaps, and a spare tire on the back in case you need to do a quick change in the middle of the desert. The vehicle has a nice chunky feel to it and I love those big tires – it’s certainly feels a lot more rugged than the Speed Champions sets that I’ve previously built.
It should also be noted that you can easily pop the roof of if you want to place the driver inside. Unfortunately, there is only room for one inside this car, so your mechanic is forced to sit on the roof if you want them to ride together.
It should also be noted that this set comes with a really nice set of accessories. Look at how many tools your mechanic has to work with! This is really outstanding as this is even more accessories than get included with the larger sets. I also think that sand bar adds a surprising amount of character to the kit, with its scorpion, flag, and scrubby grass. It really does give the impression that you’re driving in the desert.
Finally, you have the minifigures. I love the fact that there is no difference in appearance between the male and female character other than their faces. This leaves an element of choice for players, as it doesn’t really matter who gets to be the mechanic and who is the driver. I’ve opted for to have a female driver for my pictures, but this adds a nice element of choice for free play and doesn’t enforce “roles” on specific genders, which is a very nice touch. Way to go, LEGO!
So, all in all, this is a nice set and I’m a little sad that it’s been retired. If you’re lucky enough to spot it in a sale as I was, I’d definitely recommend it!