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7733-1: Truck & Forklift
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The inventory is 99% accurate, besides the forklift mechanism and most of the stickers. (I found some matching decals for the Truck's cabin and added a couple of similar small logos on 1x2 bricks).

=MISSING PARTS=
1. https://rebrickable.com/parts/4518bc02/forklift-mast-and-carriage-wide-1-x-2-hinge-plate-locking-and-dark-bluish-gray-wide-forks-reinforced-complete-assembly/

=MISSING DECALS=
1. https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=7733stk01&

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=LEGO.com DESCRIPTION=
Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20081206175337/http://city.lego.com/en-us/Products/Cargo/7733.aspx

"Quick, your customer is waiting for the delivery. Use the forklift to load the heavy cargo onto the truck. When you reach your destination, detach the trailer from the truck and open the containers. Forklift moves up and down. Total truck length 30 cm/11.8 inches."

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This set no. 7733 'Truck & Forklift' came out in 2008 as part of the CITY's "Cargo" subtheme. At over 340 parts and two minifigs, it was the second-largest of four models.

The "Cargo" could've been a new subtheme in CITY, but the similar logo had appeared in various LEGO sets as early as the mid-1980s—typically, on freight boats and trains, as well as cargo containers. After 1995, the "Cargo" went on a lengthy hiatus, finally reappearing as a dedicated CITY theme in 2008. (See a timeline on Mecabricks below.)

The 'Truck & Forklift' portrayed a midsize Cargo Truck with a Trailer, plus a compact Forklift and miscellaneous cargo.

>>FORKLIFT
A tiny and rugged vehicle featured an original protective cage around the driver's seat, combining "U-clips" plates, aerial antennas, and a 4x3 "Bars" panel. The forklift's mechanism—a three-piece sprung assembly (part #4518bc02)—only appeared in two LEGO sets besides 'Truck & Forklift;' both freight trains. It's not present on Mecabricks currently.

>>FLATBED TRUCK
The truck had modular construction, with a three-axle chassis that carries a 6x6 driver's cabin and a detachable 6x12 container in the back. The vehicle featured a new LEGO mold, a 5x6x2 Curved Top Canopy (part #61484) introduced in 2008 and widely used ever since.

>>TRAILER
The truck carries a four-wheel Trailer, with a virtually identical container in the back that was just two studs longer. (However, just enough to snuggly fit two 6x4 pallets). What a quirky "engineering workaround!" The container has rear wheels hard-mounted, while a front pair (with a standard tow ball connector) rotates for better maneuverability.

>>CARGO
One of the set's highlights, indeed, the assorted cargo on 4x6 pallets included:

◇ Mail Parcels
Surprisingly, the 2x2x2 container box (part #61780) only debuted in 2008, so it was a brand-new mold back then! (It was adopted immediately and across dozens of LEGO themes; over 220 sets as of 2021). A pair of these came with distinctive 'CARGO' stamps as stickers. A third "parcel," 2x2 brick with a flat tile on top, also came with a special sticker.

◇ Octan Fuel Pump
The tiny fuel pump had two round tankers in Octan's "trademark" white-green-and-red color scheme.

◇ Hazardous Waste
The third pallet carries round tanks with transparent yellowish-green "glowing" slime; I assume it's some biowaste?

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=THE AUTHOR=
https://brickset.com/sets/designer-Henrik-Andersen

Henrik Andersen works at LEGO since 1998 and has created over 150 sets across dozens of different themes, including "Star Wars," CITY, Creator Expert, World City, and Alpha Team. Andersen made several notable contributions to LEGO "Trains," too. He worked on the iconic 'Santa Fe Super Chief' train, for instance, and designed new technology for LEGO's IR-based train program in 2006.

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=PRE-CITY 'CARGO' SETS=

6391: LEGOLAND > Town > Cargo Center (1984)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/JV2yXLkKayQ
by @awesomo

6361: LEGOLAND > Town > Mobile Crane ('86)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/nKZvmAGLvG6
by @e_maze

6375: Town > Airport > Trans Air Carrier (1990)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/8bJ2bmGmayB
by @Batka

4549: Trains > Container Double Stack ('91)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/PkaJR31ZaxM

4555: Trains > Cargo Station ('95)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/X1k2qr5XjE0
by @Superdooperhero

Two smaller "Cargo" sets revisited another Classic Town favorite, an unnamed "Postal Service," featuring two vehicles specifically dedicated to Mail delivery:

7732: CITY > Cargo > Air Mail (2008)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/6mLvzdrg2Aw
by @Sebsan21

7731: CITY > Cargo > Mail Van (2008)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/907vNgyVaAm
by @Sebsan21
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