As a rule of thumb this time of year always seems to mark the sale of the small LEGO City utility vehicles. I’ve already picked up a LEGO City Snowplow Truck 60083 (review here). Now is the turn of the LEGO City Garbage Truck 60118. Of course we all know every city needs the essential garbage collection service, you only need to see what happened in Naples, Italy last year to know why!
The set includes 248 pieces, 2 x minifigure and RRP AUD $29.99 ($20 in Target – Australia) / USD $19.99 / GBP £17.99.
Comes in the standard compatt box with graphic story board on the reverse. The build is covered via three numbered bags covering the minifigures/trash skip, truck and finally the main garbage tipper/lifting forks/wheels.
The set comes with two minifigures. The main stand out is the head printing for the ginger bearded worker. Otherwise the selection is just a variant of past minifigures rehashed for the set. One point of disappointment is the orange printing on the torso – sadly it’s dull and doesn’t really stand out against the blue (looks more light brown).
The trash skip is a nice simple little build and is designed to pair up with the lifting forks on the garbage truck. You also get a nice selection of garbage to fill the skip (bananas, wine class, fish and some transparent pieces to look like broken glass. Only slight improvement would be to make the skip slightly higher (maybe another brick course?), in its current form looks a little shallow.
The main build is separated into two parts. the first part covers the truck and cab and is relatively simple and cab proportion is perfect.
The second stage involves the trash tipper in brilliant orange (love this colour), the lifting forks and wheels. The lifting forks on first appearance seem flimsy, but I have to eat my words as the final build is surprisingly very stable.
I do however think the wheels are a little undersized and could have done with being a size larger to fit the proportion of the vehicle. That a side the build is good and not too repetitive. The movements of the tipper and lifting forks are also spot on.
Overall this is a great little set for the price point and will easily find a home “kraggled” in an AFOL town or equally being played with by a kid!
Just to finish off a closing picture of an example of what the garbage truck looked like back in the 80’s (when I was born) – Enjoy…
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Final Rating: 8 out of 10