Friday, August 11, 2017

REVIEW: LEGO 60150: Pizza Van

The LEGO 60150:  Pizza Van set comes with 249 pieces including a pair of minifigures, a scooter, a small picnic table, and (of course), a pizza van.

With a suggested retail price of $19.99 US (though you can find it for less at the moment on Amazon.com), this seems like a good deal on the surface.

However, is this one a pizza that's cooked correctly or will our order get messed up?  Only one way to find out - let's build it, and review it!

Like most City builds, the set is broken down into numbered bags for ease of construction.  In the case of the 249 piece set, you get two numbered bags, plus a sheet of stickers.  I must say upfront that while I usually hate stickers, the stickers in this set actually add quite a bit to the overall aesthetic of the set and so I'd definitely recommend applying them.

Bag #1 contains pieces for the two minifigures, the two small builds (scooter and table) as well as the pieces for the bottom of the pizza van.  The pizza itself is a printed piece (as is the wonderful "piece" of pizza that you can see sitting on the picnic table.  The set comes with an extra slice of pizza, a piece that I know will be useful in all sorts of custom builds that I may do down the road.  Unfortunately, the City Pizza box on the back of the scooter is done via a white tile and a sticker (though if you have to have stickers, applying them to a 2x2 tile is probably the easiest possible piece to stick a sticker onto).

The second bag contains the remaining pieces in the set - basically the upper portion of the pizza van as there is nothing else to build in the set.


The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  8
Play Value:  8
Kid Value:  8
Adult Value:  8
Overall:  8

Quite honestly, it's hard to go wrong with the Pizza Van set.  You get two minifigures (including a nice "chef" print for the van worker).  You also get a scooter and a picnic table to complement your "scene."  The pizza van itself looks quite good, the dark red with the yellow is striking without being distracting.  The stickers add a touch of realism to the van while maintaining the classic City "feel."  Where the set loses some points is on the interior of the pizza van.  Not because it's isn't detailed, in fact, it is - there is a microwave oven, ketchup and mustard dispensers (the van also serves french fries), and even a can of soda (with a printed "tab" piece for the top of the can).  The problem is, the top of the van doesn't come off (it's designed to be on at all times).  Your only option is to flip up the two window flaps and then try and manipulate the figures within the van.  For my adult fingers, this wasn't the easiest task in the world.

All that said, the pizza van itself is well designed - and frankly, I believe this set packs a lot of value into a relatively cheap set.  I highly recommend it to anyone who likes pizza, food trucks, or fun (but not difficult) builds.  Certainly a great impulse buy if nothing else.

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