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Lego big truck
Lego 3221 City: Big Truck
Member Name: louisechackett
Lego 3221 City: Big Truck
Advantages: good quality, big set
Disadvantages: the front of it sometimes falls off in play
==What is it?==
The Lego city set 3221 is called the big truck and is basically a large delivery truck which is used to deliver the Lego around the city!
The set comes in a good sized cardboard box which is blue for the most part and which features pictures of the city sky line in the background and so for me was immediately recognisable as a product in the Lego city range. The box features a good large picture of the truck when it is assembled and so you can get a great idea of what it is going to look like before you purchase it but in this case it also features a smaller insert picture which tells us the length of the truck which I think is a good idea because often Lego products look big on the box and then you get them built and they are tiny! It is worth noting this truck measures 39cm and so it is a good sized piece.
The box that the set comes in is the usual tough cardboard that larger Lego sets in particular come packed in and I like that they are solid and feel a good quality especially if you are going to be wrapping them up for a present!
The box tells us that this particular Lego set is suitable for children aged 5-12 years and I think this is quite a fair assessment though I think those aged five would probably need a good bit of adult support as they built it. My son is seven and managed this set on his own but he is a competent builder with Lego as he seems to spend all his time playing with it!
My son was over the moon to receive this set for Christmas even though it wasn't one he had asked for and he doesn't really have many Lego city items. He loved the look of the big truck from the box and for this reason I do think many young boys would like to receive this set because it does look cool. The big truck has Lego stickers on it and so is basically a Lego delivery truck and so I think it appeals for this reason really and the fact that it is a City product is pretty irrelevant.
My son wanted to build this set on Christmas day but actually ended up building it around five days after Christmas because we had things going on some days but he also had other Lego sets he wanted to build and I didn't want him to build them all on the same day and then have nothing left to do! He decided to build it one afternoon and whilst I opened the box for him I was pretty much just left then to watch because he wanted to have a go at this one independently which was fine by me.
In the box were two bags of Lego and the instructions manual. The bags were labelled one and two and so it was clear which bag you would need when asked to open it in the instructions. I am quite insistent that when my son builds something with Lego that he makes sure he has a good space to work in and that he separates all of the pieces in to groups of colour and size and what not before he begins just because I think it is a clear and more organised way of working and he is then able to find the pieces he needs according to the instructions with ease.
The instruction manual is as ever excellent quality and to me is quite like a glossy magazine! The manual features just nineteen steps in total but many of these are broken down in to simple easy to manage smaller steps and as they are so clear you do feel as though you can allow a confident and competent child to tackle them on their own. I like how my son can use the instructions to check he has got things just right by counting studs on the base or whatever and the clear, large instructions make this really easy for him to do.
As my son was building the big truck he was actually quite surprised at just how large it was going to be for a Lego vehicle and I have to say I was quite surprised too. Even though we were told it would be 39cm it was tricky to fully visualise this until the truck had started to be built and I think both my son and I were really impressed by the size of the truck. This set took my son around forty to fifty minutes to complete which I think is a nice amount of time to be sat doing a Lego activity from start to finish.
The look of the truck as a whole is actually really good. It is made from mainly bright yellow bricks which really stand out and look bright but which also contrast the red Lego logo on the truck well. The masses of black wheels to make the truck moveable and the little doors on the truck all make this look a realistic and good quality delivery truck.
What my son loved about this truck was the fact that there are some really cute little features. Within the passenger section of the truck for example there is a red coffee pot and a bed for one of the delivery men to rest overnight! You get two delivery men with this set which is nice as my son likes to have one of them driving and the other one resting! The top of the passenger section does lift off easily for popping the men in and out in play too. What you also get with this set is a set of nine blue bricks which you stick a sticker to and which end up looking like boxes of Lego themselves for transportation on the truck! The little red trolley that comes with the set is actually functional for adding some of the boxes on to and transporting to the back of the truck where you can store them for their journey and so it makes quite a comprehensive little set to play with. My son has played with this so much since Christmas and integrated it with some of his other sets and so I do think it was a very good purchase.
Whilst the set is great for the most part and well made I do have one little qualm and that is simply that where the passenger part of the truck and the large trailer joins it is held with a moveable piece which allows them to turn much like you would expect a real truck to be able to do. Now sometimes as you are playing this comes loose and the passenger part will fall off and need reattaching and whilst this only takes a matter of seconds I do think a larger swivel piece of Lego would have meant that this would happen less regularly. It doesn't seem to affect my sons enjoyment of playing with this truck but it does frustrate me if I have to move it or something! Overall though based on how much my son enjoyed putting this together and the package as a whole I do think that it was a good buy and is great quality.
Now I actually purchased this in Smyth's toys before Christmas where it was on offer for just £12.99 instead of the RRP of £29.99 and I thought at that price it was an offer too good to miss for a good sized Lego set. Having looked online though I have struggled to find it for less than £30 and in some cases it is being sold for more than the RRP which I find ridiculous. Should you be able to get this set for around the £15-£20 mark I think you will have got a really good buy and I do recommend this set.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A good set at the right price
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