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Without a shadow of a doubt my sons favourite toy to play with is Lego and it has been for quite some time now. He loves to build and be creative with his own drawer full of random Lego bricks but he also has quite a lot of Lego sets where you build a specific model and then play with it or have it on display. We are literally running out of places to store his Lego models now! One set that he has is the Lego fire truck set which has the model number 60002 and this is my review of it.
==What is it?==
The Lego fire truck set is part of the Lego City range. In the City range there is a massive range of things that you would find in every day life I guess and so there are fire stations, police stations, construction, train sets and stations and many more.
This set is easily identified as a Lego City because it comes in a blue cardboard box which all of the Lego City range comes in. This is one of the smaller sets and so the box isn't massive but I would say it is big enough to make a respectable looking birthday gift for example. On the front of the box there is a picture of the assembled fire truck and I do like how Lego do this as it gives you a good idea of what you are going to be getting for your money.
This set is aimed at those aged five to twelve years and in my experience Lego are usually pretty good at getting their age guidelines right. I think perhaps in this case though the lower end may need a little help with the building and instructions but my son was able to do this on his own when he was seven years old.
My son was as keen as ever to get stuck in to building this Lego set as soon as he got it home from the shops. Inside the box there were two bags of Lego which were numbered. It is really good how Lego do this I think because it makes the pieces that are out at any given moment more manageable for the child when they are building. You are told when to open each bag within the instruction manual and so it is all really clear. The instruction manual is a good size in comparison to the size of the set and I like how it is in full colour and each step is small and well illustrated because it gives the child the best chance in building the set independently whilst also teaching them about reading and following instructions.
My son spent around thirty minutes building this fire truck which I think is a reasonable amount of time to be honest considering there are fifty four steps to making it. He didn't ask for my help at any point but I wasn't expecting him to need any with this one as he has done more complex ones on his own as well as he is really good at building with Lego. When he had made the fire truck I was really impressed with the look of it. I liked how the fire truck looked shiny and quite like a real fire truck! It has blue see through lights on the front and also on the top which gives the impression of the flashing lights.
My son was impreesed with the fire truck as well. What he liked was how it came with some good little working parts and accessories. The fire truck features an extending ladder which also has a rotating base and so he could use it to have his Lego mini figures climb up to the window of the buildings that he made and such like. This set also came with two mini figures dressed as fire fighters so he was able to properly play with it and create little scenarios. A door on the side of the fire truck lifts up to reveal a box with lots of little bits and pieces for fighting fires which is a nice addition I think. There is also a hydrant which attaches to the fire engine as well so I do think this is quite a comprehensive set in terms of imaginative play. Obviously my son needed to build his own little building to pretend it was on fire but building houses is something that he enjoys doing anyway so it worked well for him. He sat and played for a good couple of hours the first time he played with this set and then from then onwards he tends to get it down from his room from time to time and play with it with other larger figures, playmobil and things like that so it is a good little set.
This fire truck does feel quite sturdy as well once it is built. The ladder extends easily and doesn't feel as though it would break easily. I do wish there was a door that opened on the front of the truck to pop a driver in the truck but this is often the case with Lego products to be honest! My son hasn't moaned about this but I do think it would make it a bit easier in play. All in all though this is the usual kind of good quality that you would expect from Lego. I think it is the kind of set that you could buy for a birthday party or something and not need to worry about whether the child has other items in the range as I think it can stand alone as well as work well with other sets.
==Price and availablity==
This set costs £9.99 on amazon which is a good few pounds under the £14.99 recommended retail price. I think this is a good price for the set and would recommend it at this price for sure as you get a good amount for your money in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!
I bought this for my son who is LEGO mad...he is also a big fan of the emergency services so it was a double hit!
It took us about an hour and a half to put together....I found some of the small bits really fiddly and difficult to keep together when you were putting other pieces next to them. Having said that, when you had it in place it did stay together and looked fab when it was finished.
The instructions are good and I really like the demonstration by picture....it makes it so much easier as my son in dyslexic and the pictures are really easy to follow. Having said that, some of the pieces look really similar and it took him and I a few minutes to figure out which piece was which on some of the pictures.
The best thing about LEGO is that you can take your design apart when you have built it, build other designs from it and put bigger pieces together...however if your kids are like mine the pieces will remain displayed in pristine condition on their bedroom shelf as an example of their achievement!!
Age: 5-8 Years / Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts - Choking Hazard