The Lego Groups 'City' line of products have seen a dramatic change in authenticity over the past 4 years, and I would doubt any fan could turn down the models that have been released during this period. In this instance, the 'Tank Truck' is absolutely no exception and represents everything that can be great about Lego.
This is just a classic product. It's a very interesting build, the model is incredibly durable, the minifigure has a nice uniform and, best of all, it is branded with City's own decal 'Octan' - the fictional energy company. Not forgetting the lovely details and attention to real life features (even as far as the chocks to stop the tank-trailer moving), it should make a perfect addition to anyones collection. I even liked the fact the box from the packaging was nicely sized for this price point, as when you start hitting the twenties, they tend to double in size as if to reenforce the value/size of the product.
Two minor set-backs reduce the product to a 4 star rating in my opinion. Firstly, the rear license plate sticker on the cab is, according to the manual, supposed to be placed on a 2 x 1 flat tile above row of studs on the back of the of the model. In this position, the license plate cannot be seen because it is obstructed by the ladder. However, on the back of the box and the promotional photographs in the manual, the sticker is placed on that lowest line of studs where it can be seen properly below the ladder. It's unusual for the Lego group to make such annoying continuity errors as these stickers can't be removed.
Also, one of my bricks was the wrong colour. This wasn't too much of a problem as the one is question is well hidden, but it suggests some quality control issues when other reviewers have had similar experiences.
In short however, this is a well priced vehicle that does without too many special components and focuses on classic Lego building. Grab it while you can!