Quick post on something far more innocent than you’ll usually find here, but something I came across recently that I used to love and now I love again!
Behold the Lego Fire Chief’s Car, or LEGO 6611 Fire Chief’s Car for you Lego nerds (although there may be an argument about the term “Chief” rather than “Ranger” but I’m staying out of that can of worms).
Unfortunately the top of the box is knackered, but all 20 bits have been transported intact from 1981, as have the rather lovely instructions.
I’m no Lego expert – though I did get through quite a lot of it in the late seventies and early eighties – but my impression is that the coming of the chair, like the one in this set, was a real game changer; it meant that the figure that came with the car could actually drive it, unlike sets like the LEGO 608-2 taxi. Sets like this were arguably more complex, but your little Lego person was just an unrealistically large accessory, especially in the pocket money sets like this.
What I loved about these sets was the alternate builds shown on the back that extended your enjoyment of the set. In this set we’ve got a sporty little number; we’ve got something that looks like he’s driving on the back of one of those Fischer Price pull-a-long phones with the moving eyes that got ruined by the PC era and its non-strangulation but also non-fun cords; and, somewhat disappointingly, though I’m sure I tried it, we’ve got the steering wheel on the small flat bit that was the car chassis. I’d love to know what that was supposed to be, but it was clearly impressive enough to take up two picture spaces on the box with the fire guy in different poses to show off its questionable utility!
Let’s finish off with a picture of the finished product, which now it’s been resurrected is sitting in pride of place on my home office desk!
I like doing this kind of post. I might do some more!
I came across this photo of my favourite Lego set ever, so thought I’d commit it to immortality here…
This was released in 1978, according to Internet Lego nerds, but I got it for my 7th birthday the following year, which is 36 years ago next weekend at the time of writing. Very early Lego space set, made extra special by the opening cockpit and transparent gold window pieces. And came with the classic red spaceman! Here he is, and a couple of other pictures.