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This review is from: LEGO City 7942: Off-Road Fire Rescue (Toy)After the mixed bag of 2005s Fire Tender, this 2007 set is a huge improvement. Matching that earlier set's play value with a sleeker design and greater detailing.
It's a quick build with a good amount of bricks for your money and some interesting twists on some familiar build patterns. In particular, the seating eschews the traditional Lego seat in favour of a simple flat panel and recess so the figure can sit in without the helmet causing problems. There's also a small innovation on the storage points for the radio and torch. These are nice little changes that show some real thought was put into the model. Things are brightened up with a light bar and detailed grill, complete with additional blue lights. Opening doors are forsaken for an easily removed roof to get the minifigure in and out. I'm also particularly fond of the tailgate which is a nice piece of engineering. Decals as usual add the finishing touches. Only the wide axles look a little odd, causing the wheels to protrude quite substantially.
The trailer is also packed full of detail and play features. This is a smart reworking of the clunky trailer seen on the larger Fire Tender. It contains a hose reel, tailgate and storage boxes, plus attachments for the breathing apparatus and fire extinguisher. A nice tampographed tile with some dials and switches printed on it add the finishing touches.
The final piece de resistance is the cutting equipment/ floodlight array, which can be stored on the back of the truck, or on the trailer (although it is more secure on the former). It's a great little addition and adds extra value to the set.
For it's a size and play value, this is an excellent purchase. That it crams in features normally associated with the larger fire engines, but at a smaller price point but without compromising the design means it's an essential buy from the City range. Top marks!