#ThrowbackThursday – 605 Taxi

You could say that the piece count on some LEGO sets is bordering on the ridiculous. Take the AROCS Technic truck – 2700+ elements to build the bugger. Massive.

And the build takes forever with that volume of parts to put together.

But it was never like that 40 years ago. And this is why I love the old-skool stuff. For the #ThrowbackThursday’s model, I have chosen is 1971 605 Taxi, with pictures courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/_tiler (Calin).

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The car comprises of just 19 pieces. That is it. Nothing more.

And just by looking at the box, I reckon that you can build this now in under 2 minutes flat. Simplicity is the key word here. OK, so no opening features or minifigures, but take a step back and have a look at the model.

It is LEGO in its purest form. A creation from a handful of pieces, without complicated building techniques. This is why I am a big fan of the older models over what we have in the City range today. More so, this is a model you can easily display. On social media there are numerous folk showing off their collections, with some massive sets just taking over. For me, it all looks claustrophobic and busy. Put this one in a display cabinet and you have calm, space and a sense of zen with the size and ease of the build.

If you want to buy one complete, they are not expensive. Between £5 and £10 gets you a complete version and a little more for a boxed one.

I cannot get enough of these older sets. Batman Tumbler or 605 Taxi if I had a choice? Latter wins by a country mile.


My name is Keith and I am a AFOL. Currently an expat living out in Basel, CH, but have a firm footing back in the UK when time permits. I have had had Lego ever since I can remember - and only until my wee one came along have I re-kindled the flame for building again. I also run matchbox1-75.co.uk, a resource site for the 1-75 series of miniatures by Matchbox. There are only three themes that I am get/collect (finances permitting) - City, Creator (Advanced and Expert) as well as the classic Star Wars sets from Eps IV to VI (anything else does not exist). I also keep an eye in Europe with ample chance to see how France, Germany and Switzerland market and offer LEGO.

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