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Lego City Fire Truck......
Jack has just celebrated his 3rd Birthday and because of the fact he is Lego crazy at the moment, he received lots of Lego items including this Fire Truck. The age range on this item is 5 to 12 years which means he is a little young for it at the moment but he is getting use from it now and I am sure he still will be in a good few years to come.
The Fire Truck was only £13.99 pence in Argos when we bought it and I felt this was a particularly good price for a piece of Lego that seemed to be made of a lot of different parts. The Lego box it came in was of a good size with pictures showing what the Lego Truck would look like once it had been made up and set into play action!
The pieces of Lego were kept neatly inside the box by separate plastic bags all clearly labelled with numbers on. The instruction booklet also contained clearly stated that one bag should be opened at a time and made up in accordance with the instructions.
The booklet itself is very simple to read and the pictures shown are easy to follow. It clearly goes through the process of putting the truck together piece by piece. With Jack and I working together it took around half and hour to put together completely which I felt was a good time considering how many parts there seemed to be.
Once made up there is really more than just a fire truck, as there is a large ladder that can be opened up when the stabilisers are put down. The ladder has a separate trailer of its own to sit on and behind this there is another trailer which holds the dingy. The fire truck has a opening section which allows for a fireman's tool box to be slotted in and out. The set comes with two firemen and each of these have hats with visors. There are extra pieces such as axes and breathing apparatus which all adds to the realistic play factor of the toy.
The Lego Fire Truck is a good item which is also sturdy during play and doesn't fall apart as easily as some of the other Lego items that we have already which is a bonus when a younger child is playing with them as they are generally more clumsy.
Overall this piece of Lego is a great item. It is a good price for the amount of Lego pieces that get and the playability factor of it so a score of 5 stars out of 5 from me and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
My six year old son was bought this set for his birthday last September by a relative. I suggested this product as I had bought him the Police truck and he already had the Police helicopter from the Lego City range.
I found the box a little strange because there was no definite opening place. Each end was glued so I had to prise it open which damaged the box, meaning I couldn't reuse it even if I wanted to which is a shame. Inside there were 3 numbered plastic bags, each with their own instruction books and a smaller bag containing any tiny pieces.
I started with bag 1 which was the main truck itself. As with all the booklets, the photo of the piece you are making is on the front and then each page has a step by step guide until you have the finished article. The same can be said for bag 2, which had the add on section that the ladders attach to and bag three had the trailer and boat in.
My son hasn't quite got to grips with building these kits himself yet so we sat together for around 30 minutes until it was all completed. It all came together really well and I have to say how good and step by step the instructions were. There was a couple of times I put a piece on the wrong way and it was easy enough to go back a couple of steps and re-do it.
The finished article looks really good; I'm amazed at how much detail there is, each little brick fits together perfectly to form the shape it's supposed to replicate and it really does look like a fire truck. I particularly like the wind up hose that is long enough to reach the top of the ladders when at full height with the fireman holding onto it.
My son started playing with this straight away and along with his other products from the range we have a sort of emergency service station in the living room. This piece in particular is quite sturdy and robust. The only problem we have found is with the ladder; it's only clipped on and when you try to slot your Lego man into the lift it tends to fall off, so we always take off the ladder first to attach him.
A word of warning with these kits: The first product we had was the Police helicopter. After my partner made it up the box and booklets went in the bin. A couple of weeks later it got dropped on the tiled kitchen floor and smashed. Now nothing broke but my engineering skills aren't great and it's never looked quite right since. I now keep all the booklets in a little tub along with any spare parts. I am impressed that each kit comes with extras of the really little things like reflectors, handcuffs and bricks because they are the most likely to get lost.
This kit was bought from Asda for just under £9.00. I think this is great value for money as it is easy to assemble, you can spend time with your children whilst making it and playing with it, its durable because if it breaks apart none of the components actually break, its great fun to play with and very realistic.
I have bought a couple of things from this range for my sons friends as presents and they have always been gratefully received. My local Asda is a reasonable size and there is always two or three of the under £10.00 sets available so you don't have to spend time going into town which is great when you have a busy schedule.
We have a massive building project going on in our home at the moment in the form of my son taking over an entire room with a Lego town. It is currently four metres square and expanding rapidly, so what does every town need? A fire engine. I took the opportunity of his birthday to purchase Lego Kit 7239 - the Lego City Fire Truck.
The fire truck is packed in a box which contains three large bags of Lego which are numbered in the order that they need to be opened and constructed. Bag 1 contains the pieces required to make the main body of the truck, bag 2 has the parts for the ladder and the swivel ladder base which goes on top of the truck and bag 3 contains the trailer parts and rescue boat that is towed by the truck. Within the large bags there are several smaller plastic bags which contain the Lego, but I really do not see the need for the extra packaging as they are not numbered or in any particular order so we simply emptied them out into one pile. Three separate instruction booklets are also contained within the bags. As with all Lego kits, the step-by-step instruction booklets are extremely easy to follow with there being both numbers and really clear pictures.
From start to finish, my son took about twenty minutes to complete the building of the set, but he is a super-fast Lego builder! For a more novice Lego starter, I would suggest that it could take anything up to an hour. This kit is suggested for ages five and up and obviously because of the very small parts it is not suitable for under threes. I would say that the age range is right and this is certainly suitable up to the age range of adulthood! A few stickers are contained within the kit which can be a bit fiddly to get straight, so an adults help would possibly be needed for younger children.
With Lego being such a long standing institution, it is easy to forget the precision engineering that goes into every single component to ensure that the pieces fit snugly together. This set is no different. All of the bricks are perfect in size and appearance to ensure that you are left with a solid construction at the end of your build. I am always amazed at the detail that Lego put into each of their pieces, and this fire truck really does look like a miniature fire engine! It has lift up sides that reveal the equipment inside the truck, and it even has front and back seats within the cab area. One slight disappointment is that this vehicle does not have opening doors for the driver and the passengers; probably because there simply isn't room because of all of the other details. A fire hose (in the form of string on an operational reel with a plastic hose at the end) can be operated from the side of the truck and legs extend out of either side to ensure stability when the extendable swivel ladder is in use. A walkie talkie, an axe and a megaphone all have their own storage places in clips on the sides of the truck. The engine also has a towbar so it can tow a small trailer which is complete with more storage for extra equipment, and also a fire rescue dinghy which again, is almost a complete replica of a real rescue boat. Two mini-figures come with the set dressed in fire uniforms, but you also get breathing apparatus and a helmet to dress them up in and a life jacket if they need to get in the boat!
When I was a girl, these kits didn't exist - you were simply presented with a box of random Lego bricks and a book full of models, the idea being that you made something, broke it up and moved onto the next project. That is what bothers me about these kits; once it is made, if it is taken apart again it would be very difficult to find all of the pieces again unless you are very organised and keep all of the kits in separate boxes, but who really does that? Half of me thinks that these kits take all of the imagination out of Lego, but what do I know? My son loves this and really enjoys following the instructions so as long as he's happy, so am I, but to be honest I do not think that this will ever be broken up and used to build something else.
I love the simplicity of Lego, it is waterproof so it can be easily washed if it gets dirty and it can be taken into the bath to be played with. Best of all, it doesn't require batteries which is always a bonus in my book! I have never bought a set which has pieces missing, and in fact most of the time (and also in this case) we have spare pieces left over. It helps with dexterity and to build an imagination and it is sturdy and timeless, meaning that it can be passed down through generations if it is looked after and stored properly. I paid £13.99 for this kit from Argos (also widely available in good toy shops and on the internet) which is the RRP and I believe that it represents good value for money - I have purchased kits in the past that contain a lot less than this one for more money so overall I am really pleased with this purchase.
Just a bit of useless trivia: Did you know that Lego are the largest manufacturer of tyres in the world?! I've stored that in my head for ages, so I'm happy to finally get it out and share it!
When we got asked by family members about what to get the children for christmas we had no idea what to say so we just told everyone lego city just not the police range.
Now my mother in law has got a habbit of spending over £100 on each child every christmas which is the same ammout as we do so they end up with so much stuff I dont know how they could possibly get board.
The lego fire truck is one of the presants that was bought for my son. He is only 5 so he has had to have some help with assembling this so my partner spent almost 2 hours with him to show him how to read the instructions and assemble it.
This is brilliant because it has a trailer on the back that has a boat attached to it for water rescues and the ladder that is attached on the top extends. This came with two fire men so my son was able to play with it after he had built it along with it was able to move because of the wheels.
It comes in a box that has the picture of the final product on the front. The instructions are easy to read and understand. Its looks very life like and is able to be played with.
We have had to keep all the boxes and instructions inside the boxes incase the lego comes apart. The boxes are easy to store away in a cupboard. I would advise that you keep the finished products on a shelf or somewhere safe and an adult take them down when the child wants to play with them and when they are finished playing with them then the adult should put them back up on the shelf to ensure all bits are there or safe due to when you vacum you tend to suck them up never to be seen again.
A 5 year old child will struggle with the assembly of this one at first so adult help may be needed but valuable bonding time is achived too.
This cost my mother in law £15 from toys r us and is good value for money because if parts are lost then you are able to order them off the lego website.
Once my son got all the sets he wanted from the lego police collection of products this was his next "thing", of course he wanted lego firemen to go with his lego police.
He bought this for £12 from toys r us, and to be honest for the fairly small price I thought it was quite an impressive vehicle, and set.
Along with the actual fire tuck, you also got a rather cool little trailer with a boat on it, and the boat does actually float so tends to end up in the bath at bath time with boy.
Also you get two mini figs and lots of cool accessories, including life jackets, breathing equipment and helmets.
The truck itself is big (but just about fits the lego fire station it's worth noting) and the ladder on it extends to quite a height. Also there's some storage places on the truck also.
Construction of this set was of medium difficulty, a little hard for my 6 year old but he managed some of it.
The set stays together well under normal play conditions, like most lego city sets it's excellent value.
My son really wanted this lego set as he seems to be in to the firefighters at the moment. We promissed it to him for his 5th birthday which was in June. I had been looking around at the different fire truck sets of lego in toys r us and on the lego website where I found out that this truck should cost around £12 and was for ages 5+. This seemed a great buy for my son.
Closer to his birthday I went to visit toys r us to but this set. When I got there they had a special offer on you could buy the fire station, fire truck and two other fire cars in a set for £49.99. I ended up buying this.
When I brought the engine itself I was a bit dissappointed as it seemed to be really small. There was quite a large instruction booklet for such a small item. Onced put together my son thought it was great and drove it round smashing it up and asking us to fix it. I would reccomend it for older children rather then 5 year olds.