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Review - 4201 Loader and Tipper

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Review - 4201 Loader and Tipper

Post by marvinblue on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 1:38 pm

Hi all! Welcome to another installment in my City reviews, the Loader and Tipper. I bought this primarily for the Bobcat within this set. As soon as I saw it in the catalogue, I thought that this would be fantastic for my construction crew and I hoped that it would be compatible with the new Tip Truck in the City line. I bought it from K-Mart for their regular price of $20.00. For that price, I thought it was good enough not to wait for it to come on sale. There were two bags, each containing a smaller bag and they built their own sub-model, which is great for ease of building. There were two books, which I thought was a bit excessive. One book could have done it quite easily, but it does allow for two people to build simultaneously. Book 1 built the bobcat, rock, a minifig and small handtools and sign, while book 2 had the truck and the other fig. All up it took the best part of 30 minutes to assemble and looks rather good when all put together.

Name: Loader and Tipper
Theme: City
Year: 2012
Pieces: 130
Minifigs: 2
Price: AUD $24.99 (S@H)

The front of the box:


The back of the box:


The contents. In addition to the bags and books, there is a small sticker sheet.


About halfway through the first book.


The first build completed. The minifigs are looked at in more detail later on.


A couple of shots to show off the bobcat.




These shots show the bobcat with the driver.




This shows the inside of the rock. I think these and the "gold" were in the Power Miners sets.


About halfway through the second book.


Second build completed.


A detailed front-on shot.


A shot of the hinge under the tray.


A rearview shot.



These shots show the clearance of the bobcat's bucket in relation to the tipper.




Now, onto the minifigs! They both have new printing on their heads, while one has new torso printing as well. This first shot highlights the face detail.


Unfortunately for the Miner, some of his sweaty brow is lost under the helmet. I do love the lights on the helmets, just a shame that the helmets sit a little low on their heads.


Rearveiw of the minifigs.


This shot highlights the helmet connection with the light.


The completed set.


The mandatory spare part shot!


Finally, a couple of shots to show that the bobcat is definately compatible with the City Tip Truck. Yay!! Construction projects, here we come!!






Overall, I think this is a great kit. It has been well designed and has plenty of accessories a play potential for the price. All of the components look realistic and I could quite easily picture a real setup like this. For me, I probably won't use the tipper in this set at all. I don't envision my setup to have a mine, so it's a bit pointless to me. It does look like a great source of basic parts though. However, I will definately use the bobcat. As shown above, it works well with the City Tipper and these types of vehicles are often seen around construction sites. I thought that TLG had certainly got the price right with this set. I was happy enough to even pay full price and not wait for 20% off, which is rare for me! This set is a great addition to anyone's City layout, especially if you plan on getting more of the mining sets.

I reccommend this set!

Enjoy!

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Re: Review - 4201 Loader and Tipper

Post by Lightningtiger on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 2:29 pm

Thanks for the review 'marvinblue', I have this set also and I love the bobcat, though the tipper truck.....ah, it has to grow on me I guess.
Did you pay 20 bucks at Kmart like I did ?
The minifigs are fantastic, also perfect for construction sites too !
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Re: Review - 4201 Loader and Tipper

Post by Red_Five on Sun 24 Jun 2012, 8:56 am

These new minifigure heads look great, as do the torsos.

It's nice to see some different colours for the suspenders, other than blue on white. legosunglasses

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