Just like the Heavy Duty Excavator, anytime you see a large machine like a Farm Tractor there’s a strange desire to jump in and hoon around. We saw the Tractor on the shelves and it looked like a great set so we grabbed one to check out.
Opening the set we’re presented with the instructions and two small bags. Looking through the parts list it looks like there are a couple of new elements in this set.
Firstly there’s a couple of very chunky new tractor tires. These look great and perfectly represent those on a heavy duty tractor. They are sized right so that the minifigs can climb into the cab on the treads if they wanted. Of course, no one would do this due to health and safety!
There’s also a new element that is 2/3 of a brick high with horizontal grill lines. The Modified 2 x 2 x 2/3 Ribbed brick is used twice in the model for both a radiator in black and double stacked in tan for the hay bales. I’ve not seen too many 2/3 high elements, so it’s quite rare. There’s also a brand new digger bucket which conveniently fits Oscar and I and a couple of bales of hay.
In the first pack we were introduced to Beth, our farm girl. She’s very cute and has great features both in her molded hair cut and printed glasses. The overalls are fitting for a farm hand as well. She’s also got a pet bunny chasing after her haul of carrots and pumpkin.
The rest of pack 1 is focused on the core body of the tractor. It has a nice mix of LEGO and Technic components and also preperation to be included into wider play sets. At the rear of the tractor is a tow ball socket allowing the tractor to tow other vehicles or trailers.
In the second pack we’re introduced to Billy Bob the farmer. He’s living his best life with a few day old stubble and two faces to choose from. Super pumped or merely content with life. I’m pretty sure the super pumped face was the first time he jumped in this beast of a tractor and fired her up.
The build of the cab is quite good with double windows stacked to create the box like dimensions of a tractor. The use of Technic arms for the tipper tray gives it a decent amount of strength and still allows it to be moved up and down.
The tipper tray itself is connected to the tipper arms with an articulated piece to allow it to move up and down and scoop things. There are also a couple of Technic arms used to prevent the tipper bucket from going below ground level. This part is pretty well planned as it also prevents the tipper arms from hitting the front tyres. The use of a “front window” for the rear window also supports the look of the Tractor really well.
My only criticism of this set is the steering wheel. Typically tractors have pretty large steering wheels similar to one found in a bus. This set has the standard car steering wheel, but that’s only a very minor niggle.
Overall, this is a great little set. There’s not too many farm like vehicles in the City range so LEGO have come out of the blocks fast with this one. It’s really fun to play with, the two minifigs are great additions and there is enough accessories to pick up with the digger. It’s a set that would be great as a gift for someone as relatively cheap at $32.99 RRP but heaps of fun.
Build enjoyment: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Check this out moments: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Value for money: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Set #: 60287
Number of Minifigs: 2
Number of Pieces: 148