It’s not often I can say this, but this time, our Lego 250 reviews looks at a set that is, well, garbage.
Okay, that’s just a bit on the hyperbolic side. What I’m looking at, of course, is a set in which garbage is the theme. Thankfully, it’s not a comment on the quality.
Lego’s City theme is the bedrock upon which all other themes stand. It’s based on the idea that children respond best to things that are immediately recognisable: before they can extend their imaginations into the unknown, they must practice by exploring the creative opportunities of the known. It makes solid psychological sense, and, of course, sales figures bear it out from a financial point of view, too: Lego is a massive company, and sales of City sets are at the heart of the company’s success.
The only downside, from the perspective of an adult who spends more time in the imaginative space occupied by fantasy, SF, and surrealism than in the concrete spaces around him, is that these sets are, well, let’s be honest…. ordinary. Not a bad thing if that’s what you’re after, of course.
4432 Garbage Truck is a shining example of this well-made ordinariness. It’s a garbage truck. Recognisably so. It looks like a garbage truck. It operates like a garbage truck. It’s got a couple of the cleanest garbos you’ve ever seen, plus a couple of bins, and a swing thing at the back of the truck that picks the bins up and does the garbage bin swingy thing. The back tilts. It goes back and forth on circular wheels.
It’s a garbage truck. That’s pretty much all it is.
Swingy bit. Tilty bit. Garbage truck.
It builds like every other truck in the theme, is about the same size as just about every other truck in the theme, and outside of the individual colouring, it looks vaguely like every other truck in the theme that all look vaguely like all the other trucks in the theme, vaguely. It’s instantly recognisable, because they’re all instantly recognisable. Basically, if you’re the kind of person that likes this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you’re going to like very much.
If you’re a City fan, or you’re building that kick-arse giant City diorama that your kid is going to sneak down into the basement to play with and have an entire movie in his head where you’re some kind of distant, evil businessman and everything’s going to get covered in glue, this is a very nice set that adds some street-level realism to your setting. It’s exactly what it looks like on the box, and fills exactly the niche you’d expect it to fill in exactly the way you expect it to.
Garbage. Truck. Garbage Truck.
There’s nothing wrong with meeting expectations. This set does just that. And that’s all.
Just to be clear. This is the garbage truck. Not any one of the thoroughly interchangeable hundred other trucks it could be mistaken for. The garbage truck. .
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