Construction Loader (60219) Review

This week’s review is a small one featuring the Construction Loader (60219). This little City set came out in 2018. It is the perfect addition to your LEGO® city construction sites!

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Construction Loader (60219) front box art.
Construction Loader (60219) front box art.

CONSTRUCTION LOADER (60219) SUMMARY

  • NAME: Construction Loader
  • SET #: 60219
  • THEME: City
  • COST: $13.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 88
  • MINIFIGURES: 1
  • RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2018
Construction Loader (60219) rear box art.
Construction Loader rear box art.

CONSTRUCTION LOADER (60219) QUICK REVIEW

  • VALUE: 69% (Slightly high cost-per-brick, poor build-time for the price.)
  • BUILD: 85% (Simple but nice design.)
  • MINIFIGURES: 83% (Generic character, but great brick-to-fig ratio.)
  • ENTERTAINMENT: 95% (This set is ready to drop into a MOC construction site.)
  • OVERALL SCORE: 83%
Construction Loader (60219) box contents.
Construction Loader box contents.

CONSTRUCTION LOADER (60219) REVIEW

VALUE: 69%

At full price, the Construction Loader sets you back $13.99 in Canada. With 88 pieces, each brick costs $0.16. Comparatively, my current average cost-per-brick is $0.14. Therefore, this set is a little pricey compared to LEGO® sets in general. However, City sets tend to be more expensive. This set is slightly below my average of $0.17/brick for the City theme. All the same, I rate the value per brick at 74%.

A fence to demolish.
A random fence to demolish.

With only 88 bricks, this set is a quick build. It took me 12 minutes from start to finish. Consequently, each minute of build time costs $1.17. “Ouch” is all I can say to that. By comparison, my current average build time cost is $0.84. Even for the pricey City theme, my average is $0.93/minute. In this case, the build time earns a barely passing score of 63%. Averaging this score with the cost-per-brick yields an overall value score of 69%. Incidentally, even a modest sale of 20% off makes the Construction Loader value average.

Demolishing a fence.
Perhaps a construction loader is overkill for demolishing this fence?

BUILD: 85%

You assemble a small fence and some loose bricks to demolish when you first begin the build. However, the brunt of the experience is the actual construction loader. While the experience is over quickly, the product is nice. It makes a nice addition to any LEGO® city construction yard. The scoop moves up and down and rotates in place to dump the contents. I was not amazed by any novel build techniques, and it needs better controls for the Minifigure to use. However, the controls are a quick fix with spare parts from other sets. Otherwise, I like it. I rate the build at 8.5/10 (85%).

Construction Loader side view.
Construction Loader side view.

MINIFIGURES: 83%

The Construction Loader comes with one Minifigure. He is a construction worker (no surprise there). He comes with all the standard Minifigure pieces. Additionally, he features front and back torso printing. However, there is no double-sided face, and the legs are plain bluish grey. The only accessory is a jackhammer. Paying more per brick for a kit warrants a nicer Minifigure in my opinion. This one needs printed jeans and work boots. With that said, he is a generic construction site filler that will still serve a purpose in my city. I rate the design of this Minifigure at 11/15 (73%).

Minifigure front view.
Minifigure front view.

Since this is a small kit with only one Minifig, the brick-to-fig ratio is very easy to calculate. Comparatively, my average brick-to-fig ratio is 147:1. Therefore, the ratio in this set is great, earning 92%. Averaging the ratio and design scores gives an overall Minifigure grade of 83%.

Minifigure rear view.
Minifigure rear view.

ENTERTAINMENT: 95%

As an adult collector and city builder, I enjoy this set. I have a near permanent construction site on my LEGO® table where I have yet to build more city. This little kit fits nicely as is in that area with the rest of my construction crew. I like this set despite its bad value. Therefore, I rate the AFOL score at 100%.

Construction Loader (60219) rear view.
Construction Loader rear view.

As a kid, I liked Tonka trucks. My friends and I had excavation sites going in sandboxes all the time. I think that playing construction with LEGO® trucks would have been equally amusing. However, in terms of play, I am not sure that construction work appeals to everyone. For that reason, I rate the KFOL score at 4.5/5 (90%). Averaging this with the AFOL score yields an overall entertainment grade of 95%.

At work on the construction site.
At work on the construction site.

OVERALL SCORE: 83%

The Construction Loader is a fun little set. The value is not particularly good. However, waiting for a sale of 20% off makes it better. Additionally, the Minifigure is generic, but good construction site filler. I like this set, and it will remain as is in an undeveloped corner of my growing LEGO® city. I recommend this set, however I also recommend waiting for a sale.

Until next time,

-Tom

Even generic Minifigures need coffee breaks…

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