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Lego Maniacs' Guide: Reviews: Town : Street Sweeper

[Purchase Lego at Amazon.com] 6649 - Street Sweeper

Rating: 4 Stars
Pros: Nice, cute design; a cool broom and spade; no stickers
Cons: Was only available through mail-order in the US
Contents: 58 pieces including 1 mini-fig
Price: Discontinued
Reviewed: 13-Feb-1998
Reviewed by: Matthew Chappell

6649 By day, Gough Whitlam is a mild-mannered, fairly unassuming bloke who drives a bright yellow street sweeper truck and he does a great job. But by night Gough Whittlam is an alien detector! His trusty council-issued street sweeper doubles as a highly sensitive and advanced tracking, and if necessary, elimination machine.
Out on his nightly patrol of Legotown's sleepy streets, the hyperbulator started to emit a faint beeping sound. Very gently, he drove the vehicle forward and the noise became stronger and louder until soon, the noise became so loud and horrible that he simply had to rip off his earphones. Then he saw it...a little alien scampering through a resident's front yard.
Gough switched on the immobilizer ray (which doubled as a floodlight) and swung it in the alien's direction, but he missed, and the alien jumped the fence and ran off down the street. Gough slammed on the accelerator and the street sweeper lurched into hot pursuit at a whopping 20 miles per hour.
Suddenly a bright flash of light illuminated the landscape and the alien vanished without a trace. Rats! Gough would now never know what plans that thing had for his home, and Earth would not be secure until he did so. But faintly, on the wind, Gough heard what he could have sworn was something giving him a raspberry...

The Lego System Town Street Sweeper (6649) was one of the nicer smaller models that the Danish company introduced into the line-up for 1995. Recently I had not found much interest in the smaller models for the amount of money I was paying. There was very little to them (like 6625, for example). But the Street Sweeper was an exception. It is a very little model and quite unique in design. It is a yellow utility cab with red trimmings, four water jets attached above the tail-lights, a blue cylindrical sweep, and hooks for the shovel and broom. The driver is decked out in blue coveralls, a red baseball cap and sunglasses.
One of the stranger components of the set is a little blue satellite dish which is attached to a grey hook (well, that's what it looks like). Now, I don't know that much about the wondrous world of street cleaning technology, but it seems to be used for maybe cleaning out gutters. Whether it is supposed to be a water jet or a mechanized broom of some kind, I am unsure.
Unique elements to this model are pretty self-explanatory, and constitute the cleaning mechanism. These are the big yellow compartments where you place the cylindrical broom or brush, and the brushes in turn are two separate prickly pieces of soft plastic, approximately two studs long and two studs wide.
Alternative designs (for those of you adventurous enough to try) revolve around the cleaning game, except one. In an alternative model completely removed from anything to do with cleaning, a hot rod is featured! When I saw this, I just about died laughing!
I would recommend this set to anybody really, mainly for it's unique and cute design. I can guarantee that Lego will not be making these again before the turn of the millennium!

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