Creator Expert was the home to a number of large-scale vehicles, it brought us licensed delights including the VW Camper, Ferrari F40, Aston Martin DB5 and the VW Beetle. Although the Creator Expert branding is no more, the large-scale vehicles have continued and one of the first to be released as part of the ‘LEGO for Adults’ range is the Pickup Truck. This was quietly revealed with zero fanfare earlier this year before its release in October. I’ve had the set for a number of weeks now but it’s been dropping down my build pile each time I get a box of 2022 review sets. But I finally sat down to build it recently and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this fun little set. So here’s a look at the LEGO for Adults Pickup Truck.
A perfect escape from modern life! Get ready to travel back to the 1950s with this LEGO® Pickup Truck (10290) building project. Packed with details, this true-to-life model recreates the vintage pickup truck shape with its rounded lines. Explore the model to discover realistic pickup truck features like a stepside bed, opening doors and tailgate and removable wooden side railings.
Celebrate the seasons
This truck is hard at work all year round, delivering produce from Green Farm. Create a seasonal display with the many accessories included. There’s a wheelbarrow with flowers and a watering can for spring. For summer there are 2 wooden crates, tomatoes, carrots and a milk bucket. Autumn brings a crate of pumpkins, while for winter there is a wreath and a festive gift.
- Set Name: Pickup Truck
- Set Number: 10290
- Pieces: 1677
- RRP: £119.99/$129.99/129.99€
- Measurements: measures over 14 cm. (5.5 in) high, 33 cm. (13 in) long and 14 cm. (5.5 in) wide
- Availability: LEGO Stores & LEGO.com
The set features a vintage-styled Pickup Truck but it’s technically a seasonal set as it also includes a number of buildable accessories which are connected to various seasons. These include a festive wreath and present. A harvest of pumpkins, tomatoes and carrots. A collection of spring blooms and a milk churn. Some of these can be physically connected to the truck or merely loaded into its flatbed back. They also provide some fairly substantial minibuilds. These include a wheelbarrow and an easel sign. Sometimes these sorts of builds can be a little unstable, such as the paint easel from the Fiat 500 set but these are fairly robust.
The Pickup Truck has plenty of detail built into it. These include an engine and bonnet which can be opened and propped up. It also includes a working gear system, so the steering wheel will move the front wheels, which is a nice touch. Inside the cab of the truck, you’ll find a uniquely printed tile to recreate the dashboard. It’s all these little dashes of detail that really add to the charm of the set. From the grill, at the front of the truck to the drop-down tailgate at the rear, which is where you’ll find another cool printed tile, featuring stylised LEGO branding.
Unfortunately, not all graphic details are printed, with the Green Farm logo on the doors being a sticker. I also really like the rear of the truck. There’s that aforementioned tailgate, two wooden side railings, which can easily be removed. Plus a strip of elements bordering the bed of the truck, they are normally used as tailfins on smaller vehicles, but they offer it a nice finish here.
As mentioned above, this set isn’t tied to a particular brand. Instead, it’s inspired by the rickety, hard-working trucks that wouldn’t look out of place on a quaint American homestead or in the Australian outback. This freedom has resulted in a genuinely great build experience. I had a nice time building the set. There are plenty of unique build techniques used in the set but none of them felt forced nor overly complex. Because of this, it wasn’t stressful, it was just fun. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a couple of minor issues. For one I don’t like the farm brand logo being a sticker and there’s a couple of elements with poor finishes on them as well as some of the tiles being a slightly different colour to the rest of the set. It might not have the pizzazz of a VW Camper or a Porsche 911, but the build and resulting set was a nice surprise. A surprise I would like to see from future vehicles sets. Licensed sets still have a place but these sorts of sets are very welcomed. I highly recommend picking up this set, I’m really surprised by it, it makes a decent display piece and one that can be customised throughout the year but most importantly, it’s just a great build.
This set was requested and provided to BricksFanz by the LEGO Group for purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group. Providing a set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.