Question: How do the minifig residents of your Lego city get from place to place?
Answer: By using any of the many vehicles in the new Lego 8404 Public Transport Station set!
I’m really excited about the the latest wave of Lego City sets and Public Transport Station is my favorite so far. For one thing I feel it’s a great value. If they would have separated these vehicles as individual sets, all together they’d retail for $130 at least. This set comes with a whole lot for just 99 bucks so let me break it down into each part!
Lets first look at the kewlest thing in the set in my opinion, the tram! I love the look of this thing. I could just stare at it all day. It’s big at over a foot long (32 cm). The roofs easily come off and on and the large transparent sides show off the minifigs riding inside. I’ve recently threw myself into the world of Lego Trains by picking up 7939 Cargo Train. It’s an amazing train set but it’s more designed for moving cargo than passengers. However with the tram in the Public Transport Station your minifigures have a way to go shopping or get to work in style!
The tram can role around fine as is but it is also compatible with Lego train tracks. You can even motorize the tram by adding the 8866 Train Motor and related power functions if you wanted to.
The design of the bus that comes in this set looks great. There was a bus that came with 7641 City Corner also, but it is a bit smaller and yellow which kind of made it look like a school bus. The bus that comes with 8404 Public Transport Station definitely looks like a real city bus. The roof lifts up easily to place up to 6 minifigs and a driver inside. Since the front wheels and back wheels are far apart it doesn’t turn on a dime. But even real buses need a large turn. I think the only way they could have made it more authentic is if it had a rack on the front to carry the bicycle like real buses have. But that would be an interesting modification you could try.
Lego loves making street sweepers and I admit this one is pretty cute. I like how stubby it is compared to say the 7991 Recycle Truck from 2007 (which I also have and love). It’s a dirty job but somebody has to keep the streets clean after all.
This is a nice looking car. My only complaint is I think instead of the yellow sports car they should have made it a taxi cab which would have gone better with the “public transit” theme of this set. The sports car is also very similar to the 8402 Sports Car set that is available now too. I think the reason we have the sports car and not the taxi is that during kid play trials the boy test groups liked playing with the sports car more. This is understandable it does have that fast vroom vroom feel to it.
The other things included in the set are three platforms: a train stop, a bus stop and a ticket kiosk. I like these and I can see how they could stand alone or be integrated easily into a Lego city layout. The ticket kiosk has a map with important town locations on it and a place to buy postcards.
The 6 Minifigures included are: bus driver, tram driver, bicyclist with green bicycle, shop assistant, garbage truck driver and passenger. Including 6 minifigs is another generous thing about this set. I especially like the new green bicycle.
So all in all this is an amazing set and a must have for this year. For kids it has hours of playability moving the minifigs around and letting them go from one vehicle to another. For adult lego fans and collectors it offers a great addition of vehicles to enhance the realism of your Lego town set up. I mean how many fire trucks and police cars do you need in your Lego town, hehe. This set really adds a lot of depth to your Lego town. Even Lego Train enthusiast have a great addition to their track set ups with this tram.
So make sure you pick up the Public Transport Station, it’s a must have for 2010!