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SET 4164: Mickey's Fire Engine
No instructions available on Brickshelf
Set inventory (Thanks to Sheree Rosenkrantz)
Outer cardboard box 5 ½" x 7 ½" x 1 7/8" loose pieces in box 1  black chassis - 14 studs long 1 yellow ladder - 4 7/8" x 1 1/16" 1 red holder to snap ladder into - 2 x4 base 1  Mickey Mouse figure with blk hat, blk shirt ,red pants bag A - 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" clear smooth 1 black tall rounded top windscreen 1 x 4 x 5 high 1  red brick with grill print bell shape 1x 4 x 2 1  red seat box 1  white 4x4 turntable 1 large black ax 1  grey rounded rectangular bar 3  red brick 2 x 2 1  white brick 2 x 2 1  grey brick 2 x 2 2  black brick 1 x 6 2  red brick 1 x 6 4 (3010) red brick 1 x 4 1 (3941) trans blue 2 x 2 rounded brick with technic hole 1  hollow red spool holder brick bag B - 2" x 2 ½" soft clear smooth [contained inside bag A] 1 black spool with attached cord hose with grey nozzle Paper booklet 3 1/8" x 4 ¾" 8 pages 2000 catalogue 8 5/16" x 6 1/8" 36 pages
Ages 4-9, 26 Pcs. (C) 2000. 8 page manual: 3 models, 1 step. RATINGS Set: Good / Models: Fair / Playability: Fair SET DESCRIPTION As the name already says, this is a fire engine. Its main colors are red and black. The scale is larger than minifig scale, just like the Fabuland theme. The instructions give also a few other vehicles which can be build with these parts SPECIAL ELEMENTS Mickey Mouse figure in fire man clothes Fire ladder Fabuland car base IMPRESSION Ten years after the Fabuland theme ended, many of the parts used in that theme returned in the new Mickey Mouse sets. As a collector of Fabuland I couldn't let the Mickey Mouse sets stay on the shelf and here's the review of them. The Mickey mouse sets are in my opinion the new Fabuland sets. Many parts that were previously used in the Fabuland theme are now used again. Also the style of the sets are similar and also the scale of the figures is very much like the Fabuland sets. This set looks very much like the Fabuland fire engine (set 3638). The set not only comes with the pieces to make the main model that is shown on the box, but it also comes with a few extra pieces. Also in the instruction booklet there are some other models wihich you can build with this collection of pieces. The pieces are mostly Fabuland or Basic pieces. Pieces that might be interesting for other people are the drum and fire hose and the white turntable. I think the main model is pretty realistic, but one bad point is the white turntable. In my opinion it would have been much better to use a red or black turntable instead. Unfortunately the playability of this set as a single set is not very high. Mickey has no one to talk to and no fire to extinguish. However, combined with another Mickey Mouse set or a Basic set, the playability becomes much better. To me it is nice to see Fabuland parts returning, especially the car base (although it has been modified a little). Some people might see the Mickey Mouse sets as 'juniorized' sets, but I think you should compare these sets with the Fabuland theme and then they look very similar. The main purpose of this theme is, I think, to build a bridge between DUPLO and Town. In that way also the Town sets can become less 'juniorized'again. Something I don't like about this set is the white turntable, it makes the fire engine less realistic. Also Mickey doesn't fit very well in its seat, which is not so nice. A last bad point is the instruction, which is quite vague. Elements which aren't used in the main model are: 1x6 brick black (2) 1x6 brick red (2) 2x2 brick white 2x2 brick red (2) 1x4x2 bar piece grey CONCLUSION The set is OK, but I wouldn't buy it for someone who hasn't any of the other Mickey Mouse sets or some Basic sets.Comments on this set from other people
This page was made by Sybrand Bonsma. Last revision: Februari 28, 2001 Copyright Sybrand Bonsma