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Showing posts with label Mining. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mining. Show all posts

Set Review - 4200 Mining 4x4

To round off the recent mining polybag reviews we'll look at the smallest set in the series, the Mining 4x4.  As I mentioned in the review for the Quad, it seemed a little superfluous to include it when there was already a 4x4.  But there are differences.  First off, the quad is considered to be a motorcycle type open air vehicle whereas this is an enclosed truck.  Other than that only the piece count is significantly different.

Each vehicle does come with a minifig that is different from each other though it is one of the four mining minifigs (try typing that 5 times fast).  The 4x4 comes with a rock and a couple of tools whereas the 4x4 miner has to find his own doggone rock.  The quad driver gets a lone 3-stick of dynamite but the 4x4 driver gets a remote plunger and a timer for his C-4.  Though the package erroneously shows him using the plunger AND the timer at the same time.  One or the other buddy, one or the other.

I picked up this set due to my fetish with the mining line.  I walked into my local Kroger branded store with very little money in the LEGO account.  I was just going to get milk and walk out but as you well know if there's LEGO in the store, that's the first aisle we check.  I'm glad I did.  There was one 4x4 left on the shelf likely due to the current sale.  This set was $11.99 down to $6.99.  Woot, $5 off makes a huge difference at this price point.  The box was damaged so I took it to customer service to check it out.  All contents were there so I bought it but she gave me 10% off for damage anyway.  Furthermore I had a 10% toy coupon that applied.  Final price was $5.66 (no sales tax in Oregon).

Having 97 parts, one 5 part minifig and ten extra parts places it right near the happy dime per piece.  It's also a bit heftier than the quad or dozer.  It felt nice and sturdy and I wanted to swoosh instead of vroom it.  Two issues I could find.  First, the way that the pickaxe attaches to the side clips allows for the axe point to overhang the window opening.  Little Mr. Miner is going to catch his eye on it one of these days.  Apparently I need to raise it high enough that it's just hanging on by the tip of the handle.  Second, the windshield does not have internal anti-studs at the doors so they are susceptible to falling off.  It's pretty good unless you get rough with it so I give the connection a solid 7 out of 10.

If you're working on the mining line, this set is a must have.  It's a cheap extra vehicle for another hand to play with.  Great if you have three kids *ahem*.  It doesn't fall apart like the polybag vehicles.  And the miner will fit in the truck with his hat on.

Unlike the retired mega dump truck this set is still being sold by LEGO though listed as hard to find.  Find it easily on their website:

Set Review - 30152 Mining Quad

In a continuation of last week's review we'll look at the other polybag in the Mining series, the Mining Quad.  With the pre-existing inclusion of 4200 Mining 4x4 the designers must have been stretching to fill another polybag.  Maybe something tracked would have broken the monotony.

But I like little wheeled things so I was immediately drawn to this.  You get the vehicle, a miner with hardhat, and the obligatory dynamite.  My only eyebrow raise is that the wheels used on this are the same size as the ones used on the fire engine.  Next to each other they look silly.  Actually the fire engine looks silly in my opinion but that's not why we're here.

The miner is one of the four characters that are available from 4204 The Mine.  All other miners in the other sets are a replica of these four.  But at least there's some variety of clothes and heads to play mix and match and make more miners.  Four different pants x 4 different shirts x 4 different heads = 64 different possible hard working minifigs.  But every group of 16 will have the same face.  Might be a little creepy if you got that far.

Oh yeah, the Quad.  Yes, it is.  It's certainly more play hardy than the dozer.  It also has a few accessories as well so the kids no longer have to fight over who gets to play with the jackhammer.  And more dynamite is always good.

It was and still remains a Target $3.99 exclusive.  With 42 pieces (counting the extras and the minifig as pieces) it hits our happy little 10c per part price.  And it vrooms well without falling apart.  Strip away the tools and it's a decent all-purpose quad.  And of course being LEGO you could change it up in several different ways for a fleet of unique vehicles.  Get a few, why not?

Find the rest of the Mining line at

Set Review - 30151 Mining Dozer

When LEGO's Mining series was introduced last year I was rather excited about it.  I was finally running a self sustaining hobby that could pay for my own LEGO products instead of taking that money from the mortgage or diaper fund.  I planned to collect every single set within the series.  Thanks to the Wal*Mart gaffe I was able to pick up 4204 The Mine for a paltry $39.99.  I later found 4202 Mining Truck on sale (now retired) with a stacked coupon for around $22.  I am still waiting for a deal on 4203 Excavator Transporter.  I watched polybag release announcements like a hawk and finally found the little Mining Dozer for $3.99 at Target.

We drove by on the way home from elsewhere and I asked my wife to go in and buy it.  The RedCard is in her name anyway so it really cost me $3.79.  What next happened was one of the most stunning things of my life.  She opened the package and began to build it.  "What are you doing!?"  "I wanna build your set, is that okay?" "Um, uh, yeah, sure."  I couldn't care less whether or not I was the one to build it, I was just floored that she wanted to.  An AFOL she is not.

After we got home I looked it over (fixed her one misbuild) and vroomed it around a bit.  That's when the real disappointment set in.  This was less a functional dozer and more a poorly designed pile of parts.  My hands aren't fat and I'm fairly articulate so I won't blame it on me.

For starters the roll cage continue to pop off.  And not just the roll cage but the clips it is attached to.  Even though the clips are 1x2 for extra grip, it's still not enough to contain the bulky load of the cage.  Opening and closing it requires careful attention lest it pop right off.  I know it's intended to be a small impulse set but a few extra parts to clamp the clips down would have been good.  The bucket is a minor disappointment as it is difficult to actually scoop things up without the double articulation that is generally present.  Must be a pusher, not a lifter.  Still gotta get 4201 Loader and Tipper.

The biggest disappointment to me is the hat.  LEGO must have done something new with headgear.  I'm not sure if it's present on other helmets as well but the anti-stud on the bottom has too much of a relief gap in it.  If you sneeze at one of the mining minifigs their hat pops straight up off of their head Laurel and Hardy style.

But at least we get an extra trans clear round 1x1 tile.  Those are spiffy.

If you are an OCD collector like me, certainly pick up the set.  It looks good in a diorama or display.  If you plan on letting your kids zoom it around be prepared for the thing to fall to pieces.  I guess you can just pretend the dump truck ran over it.

Find the rest of the Mining line at