REVIEW: WANGE Police 51012 Prisoner Transporter (214 pcs)

This is part of WANGE’s newer line-up of sets, which also includes a very cool Pirates series and some Technic RC vehicles. It’s not the most original concept, but it sure beats what they used to make, so for the sake of bricking we’ll let them get away with it. They do have their own minifigure design after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

A big extra from this set is that it’s a 3:1! You can build 3 models with the given parts, one of them being a Police fork-lift truck ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve never built the alternatives, but the set comes with instructions for them, so it’s safe ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s review, shall we!?

OK, so this is the box…as one brick fan can easily notice, there is a scent of LEGO box art in the air. Apart from the WANGE logo and the Chinese characters, everything else is just…well, copied. They even copy-pasted the 3:1 logo from the LEGO Creator sets ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, if you are a constant buyer of Chinese alternative or clone and fake brands, you know they have some really funny writings on the boxes. Like misspellings and in this case…a child inappropriate conversation (the shooting part) between a law enforcing cop and a very polite robber!

The build itself is very nice because of the, well, I have to say high quality of parts! The plastic feels good to the touch and the bricks and pieces fit together smoothly and perfectly.

Sadly, I’m a bad photographer, but still you should be able to see what I mean…

One good picture I took is from beneath the truck and that’s where you get to see the smoothness of the bricks ๐Ÿ˜‰

I compared this WANGE Police truck with a STAR DIAMOND ambulance and a JIE STAR fire truck and they fit together quite nicely.

The sides with the bars are looser that the rest of the build so that the villain on the motorbike can pull them away. Also, the roof of the van opens up.

Like I said earlier in this post, WANGE has an original design minifigure. It’s kinda squarish butย I think it’s pretty coolย at the same time. Here’sย how the cop and robber stand along side other LEGO design minifigures (actually, only the American Independence War soldier is LEGO).

You can put a WANGE head-gear on a LEGO minifigure head, but the other way around doesn’t work due to squareness of…WANGE minifigure head ๐Ÿ™‚

The instructions are nicely printed and very well detailed; building the vehicle is no hassle at all ๐Ÿ˜‰ And, of course, you get the instructions for the second and third build.

To conclude:

Plastic quality โ€“ 8.5ย (one of the best, very small issues with color consistency, most obvious on the white parts – that transparency stuff)

Clutch โ€“ 10ย (bricks hold together perfectly)

Set design โ€“ 7ย (this is very LEGO inspired, so I’m being generous…the minifigure saved the day)

Playability โ€“ 9ย (the vehicle runs smoothly, it has some moving/removable parts and you also get a motorbike)

Compatibility โ€“ 10 (bricks fit other brands very well)

Minifigure โ€“ 8.5ย (a cool and original concept, could be further improved though).

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