|Set reference: 8065|
Set name: Mini-Dump Truck
Release date: 2011.Jan
Number of parts: 119 (some spare parts added into the box)
Model under review: Main model
Approximate set dimensions:
Width - 6,4cm (2,5")
Height - 8,0cm (3,1")
Length - 11,5cm (4,5")
Approximate box dimensions:
Height - 14,0cm (5,5")
Width - 19,0cm (7,5")
Length - 4,5cm (1,6")
Building instructions: 3 booklets (24, 32 and 32 pages)
B-model: Pick-up Truck
Recommended for ages: 7 - 14
Building difficulty level: Low
Estimated building time: 15-20 min.
Price range: 9,99€
Price per part: 0,084€
Inventory (Bricklink): Link
Inventory (Peeron): Link
Other user reviews (Brickset): Link
About one week ago, TBs went to attend Hispabrick in Barcelona (the annual event from Hispalug). As usual there were on display a few 2011 sets, as a preview for the visitors and AFOLs.
Among the new sets there was this small 8065, which ended in the auction after the dinner. Then imagine... who made the final bid?...
It was the right excuse for an early short review here!
The package and contents
Being the smallest Technic set for 1H11 it has of course, also the smallest box.
As usual for such sized sets, the box uses the punched to open style.
On the backside there is also an image from the proposed B-model, for this set - A Pick-up Truck.
It contains two bags and the tipper. One larger bag with the main parts and the small bag for the smaller parts.
There are three building instructions booklets included.
It looks a bit strange to get the booklets in different sizes. Also quite strange having two for the main model and one for the secondary model, when they are about the same complexity/size...
Two booklets from the same format, seems it should have been the natural choice (one for the main model and another for the B-model). But TLG might have a well supported good reason for this option.... to help youngsters do distinguish what is what... Maybe!
Still can't understand why two booklets, each with one image from the respective model on the cover, would not work...
As the set inventories are not yet available from the traditional Bricklink and Peeron sites, you may find useful to see the BI included parts list.
No new parts, or already existing parts in new colors, included in this set!
The parts assortment
Being a very small set, we shouldn't expect much from the parts included in terms of variety and specialty.
The only note, goes for the SYSTEM tipper, never used into a LEGO Technic set before. It seems however a good choice, given the set overall dimensions.
This is a small set targeted for children 7-14, thus it is not complex neither there are any complex mechanisms to build.
It has an worm screw to actuate the load/unload tipper mechanism and that's it!
After completing the first instruction booklet, this is the aspect of your model.
Notice the blue axle/pins above. The 1L axle side is used to fix two parts. Something I would imagine to be a forbidden technique, in official terms.
This model is built in two main sub-assemblies. The chassis and the cabin.
In the middle of the 2nd booklet you have the chassis done. And we can already see the brackets which will serve to load the tipper container.
The cab is also an easy building an attaches to the chassis, through one pin on the backside and two snap-in stop bush pins, at the front. It has an HOG gear on top, to drive the worm and the tipper mechanism.
Shortly the model got completed!
Maybe missing a couple of headlights, attached to the beam on the top of the cabin.
About 20 minutes and some photos after, these were the only leftovers.
Functionality and playability
The set functionality is in accordance to the expectations from a set of its size.
Thus beyond the push/pull capability, intrinsic to every vehicle, we just can load or unload the tipper container by rotating the gear at the top of the cabin.
A nice and adequate set for those young boys, initiating into LEGO Technic models and building techniques.
Below, a few photos from the container unloading sequence.
And finally one short video to visualize one unload/load sequence.
The crankshaft parts, used to engage the container at the loading phase, seem a bit short for the smoothest operation. Despite other solutions may have been chosen, they are still usable.
The alternative model proposed for this set, is a Pick-up truck, whose functions should become obvious from the photos below.
This is the kind of Technic set, I'd normally not buy, as I tend to appreciate most the larger and more complex ones!
However and given the opportunity, I did not loose the chance to bid and have a kind of exclusive for a first hand review here at TBs .
After all it proved to be a nice building moment and that LEGO Technic is not only about the large sets.
Sets like this, are quite difficult to evaluate because we tend to look at them, as if they were large sets and compare with those. But of course these can't be seen under the same criteria, as indeed they are not that large.
So instead, looking at this in the 120 parts range, I think this might be a fair evaluation!
as set value for money
for set design
for functionality and playability
Overall rate: Good
In resume I'd say this is not a set targeted for the adult Technic fans, except those collecting each and every official released Technic set. However still a nice gift for any youngest curious about LEGO Technic theme.