To quote the Eurobricks Forum review:
"Playability: 9/10 - You can do a lot with it, fix the street lights, have a city-wide blackout and send him to the rescue, etc. And if you don't like playing, or "vrooming", it can always make a good addition to any City display.
Price: 10/10 - 118 parts for $12.99 USD is pretty good. 12 more parts would have made it a perfect 10 parts per dollar. I think it was totally worth it.
Design: 8/10 - There are some things that could have stood to be designed differently, but I can't really argue with the overall design of the truck. The other things are little details are just a couple of small pieces.
Parts: 7/10 - You don't get many new parts, but thing like the fences, windshield, wheels, and tools can come in handy soemtimes. It depends what you'd use the parts for, and if you even want to take the set apart.
Minifigures: 5/10 - There's nothing special about the figure at all. John Doe just recycles parts from years ago. But the construction hat's from the late '70s, whereas the glasses head and construction torso are from 2005. So not anything new on this minifigure, sorry."
I modified it to make it look like current truck models. Especially the front, I adjusted the cab to make it flatter by replacing the three sloping pieces and putting these at the back of the cab. The road plate is Classic Town btw!
Front of the cab. Mine has side mirrors. I placed the steering wheel and driver on the left side just like in the real world. It kinda struck me odd for Lego Company's Set builders to place the wheel in the middle and the crane on the left.
Back view of the truck. The crane assembly is secure and snug in between the tool compartments. The white railing bars were converted into tool holders.
An advertising-style photo of the truck along with the box.
Comparison of the two models. Mine is better of course!
Another take. A clearer side view of the truck. You could see the gastank under the bed. Also, the crane was realigned into the middle of the bed.
Extra minifig guy saying hi. "Hi Dan!"
Quoting White Knight
In the good old days of my lego village !!>>....well done
So you're the guy who builds those magnificent and large castles. They kind of remind me of the Crusades along with the knights because of the color scheme of the knights and design of the castles.