Review: Lego City 60013 Coast Guard Helicopter

Pieces: 230  Minifigures: 4 + White Shark  Retail Price: $39.99  Price I Paid: $25.39+tax

My second Lego Coast Guard review of the week (and the only other set I have) here we have, you guessed it, another Lego Helicopter. But this is the best Lego helicopter I’ve ever owned.

It comes with 4 minifigures and a “Great White” shark – this is exciting and the only set with a White Shark as far as I know. The minifigures are pretty standard, the rescue diver is probably the most interesting.

This is another play set that contains multiple vehicles – here we have a guy on a windsurfing catamaran who needs to be rescued from the shark. So we’ve sent in the Coast Guard Helicopter to save him. Unlike the lightweight helicopter that comes with the Coast Guard Patrol boat, this chopper seems up to the task. It has 6 rotors compared to the two on the little one in the other set.

It also appears that it could land on the water with a pontoon like base. Probably not though – I think the pontoons would need to be much larger to make a helicopter of this size float. The basic structure of the helicopter is two bigger pieces – making it easier for smaller kids to build, going along with the theme of this Coast Guard series, but this allows the helicopter to have a very sleek structure which I’m ok with. This explains why the set only has 230 pieces and again retails for more than it should at $39.99. Luckily it rarely sells for that much on Amazon.

The other cool “feature” of this set is the automatically retracting “cable” on the helicopter. The energy you use pulling the string out is saved to retract it later. I haven’t seen this on a set before. The idea would be that the diver lowers down and brings the windsurfer back up with him. All we’re missing is a basket contraption that is usually attached to the bottom in the real world. Oh well, you can’t get everything. Ultimately I’m pretty high on this set. As I said, it’s the best Lego helicopter I’ve seen and comes with the exclusive “Great White” shark. Though as we all know a great white shark is only half white. I will give it a 7 with the caveat that the price be $30 or less – which it currently is: LEGO Coast Guard Helicopter

Another trip to the Lego Store

After securing my copy of Detective Comics 36 with the Lego cover I went to the Lego store today. Not much going on. My normal minute urge to buy something was lessened since anything I would have bought would now be single points, after double points ended in October. They had plenty of Exo Suits in stock so it looks like for once Lego has finally gotten the supply to a reasonable amount on an Ideas set. Maybe we’ll end up with 50% off Exo Suits in 8 months – but I doubt it. (It would be great though). There was not a copy of Research Institute to be found and beyond that, there was nothing else to see. They had added some cardboard signs that said “New” next to some of the newest sets. Which definitely caught my eye and then I realized the sets had been out for awhile. New apparently has a different meaning in Denmark. They had a copy of the free calendar you get with a large purchase this month on display but I think it was behind glass. If you haven’t heard the 12 month calendar contains a coupon for a free Hoth Han polybag that can be used in early 2015. And when I say free, of course I mean it in the Lego sense of if you spend $100 on a set now, you get it free next year. This is pretty brilliant, they used to offer a free minifig or whatnot right then and there, now we have a coupon system. Ok, that’s enough sarcasm about the Lego Store’s boring atmosphere most of the year and expensive nature. Just once I’d like to walk in there and find something on sale…

DC Comics LEGO Variant Covers out tomorrow

This month, there are Lego variant covers for most of the DC comics – probably a marketing tie-in with Lego Batman III the video game. The first four issues will be available tomorrow based on my information from Newbury Comics. They will be:
Action Comics #36
Detective Comics #36
Grayson #4
Green Lantern #36
I’ll obviously be most looking forward to the Detective Comics one but will probably buy as many as I can find. I believe this is the first time LEGO covers have been done for DC comics, they did Marvel in the past. Hopefully everyone who wants to pick one up will be able to find one. You can see all the images at the DC website.

Review: Lego City 60014 Coast Guard Patrol

Pieces: 449  Minifigures: 6 + 1 dog + 3 sharks  Retail Price: $79.99  Price I Paid: $51.99+tax (Amazon)

First of all, let me apologize for not posting a review for a week or so, I had to get some more sets ready for review by building them again and transitioned to a new computer. But now we’re back!

This set I got about a year ago when it was at a pretty good price on Amazon – it will probably go low again for the holidays. It stood out obviously because it has a big boat in it – a boat that actually floats – though I haven’t actually verified that myself, but the box claims it does. It is a pretty great Lego set depending on how much you spend on it and at the same time harmed by the notion that every set Lego makes needs to be a “play set.”

The main ship is great and has a pretty neat bridge design that is windowed on three sides – the same windows that I believe are used for the air traffic control tower in an airport set.

This is a serious looking ship – if there were drug smugglers in Lego sets, this ship would definitely be in hot pursuit. The bearded and bespectacled Captain is a nice touch as well.

The ship carries not just the obligatory “play set” helicopter, but also a submersible. It’s quite small and appears to be a remote vessel as it would not fit a minifigure. The submersible (that’s a fun word to type, btw) is ingeniously lowered and raised into the water from the back of the boat. The inclusion of the helicopter is part of the maddening “play set” use by Lego. It is about as big as a polybag helicopter. I forgive it somewhat because it does add to the appearance of this boat being quite tricked out, but the helicopter has two very small rotors which make you question it’s worth.

The set also includes a smaller boat which is undoubtedly in need of rescue by the Coast Guard. This boat is bigger than they needed to include so it’s actually quite justifiable in this set. There are two people in the craft – not paying attention as they either become surrounded by sharks – who probably just want a taste of that popsicle – or as they run aground into the tiny lighthouse on the rocks.

As you can see it is a pretty small lighthouse, but it makes a good “off in the distance” lighthouse. So to recap, we’ve got the Ship, the little helicopter and little submersible, the boat with the people in need of rescue, and the rocks with the lighthouse. Then of course we have 3 – THREE! – sharks. Add in the 6, mostly boring minifigures (I didn’t think they needed their own photo) and the grand total of pieces comes to 449. Seriously 449. The boat hull is one piece and the bridge is the majority of the pieces on the boat. So we’ve got a set with under 500 pieces with no licensed minifigures or anything in it that is supposed to sell for $80. The boat hull explains some of the cost but the MSRP of $80 is still pretty unacceptable. Luckily, almost as soon as the set came out it was marked down by $15 or more. So this is at once a buy only if it is on sale set and a set that is always on sale. So I’m going to give it a 6, since it’s sale price can get pretty good and all in all I like the set. The boat provides a multitude of options for MOCs that I sadly, have yet to explore.

Find it at Amazon: LEGO Coast Guard Patrol
I recommend a buy if the price goes below $60 and you’re interested in boats or a big collector of Lego City.

Exo-Suit again available at Amazon!

Get it quick!

Batman Be-leaguered on Cartoon Network tonight at 6PM ET

I’m probably not going to watch it, but it is Lego Batman news and you might be interested. This show is basically an infomercial for the new Lego Batman 3 video game that comes out soon. You can watch a clip of the show here. Probably the most interesting things about these cartoons/video games is that they do provide some insight into the characters that will make it into real sets that come out in the future. A good example is the Space Batman that is coming out next year.

Batman (not mini) Figures

My love of Batman goes back to my childhood. I didn’t read the comic books – I watched reruns of Batman on tv. Adam West, of course. I loved it. And I always wanted action figures from the tv show to play with. They had more modern Batman action figures but none of the real Batman. Well, it only took a couple decades but last year I finally got my wish. They released what they now call “Batman ’66” action figures. Despite some not so great reviews on Amazon, I bought the Batman and Robin set – the only way to get Robin.

Batman and Robin

The set comes with a wall to climb with windows in case you’ve got a Jerry Lewis action figure you want to lean out the window. The “rope” is pretty flimsy and hard to get them to hold onto, but you can mount the plate sideways and actually have them climbing up the wall. I’d post a picture, but I don’t have four hours to spend posing them just right so they stand up correctly.

Boy Wonder

As I said this set was the only way to get a Robin figure, which seems pretty cruel, it’s not like he was only occasionally in the show.

Dynamic Duo

I’m not going to say these are the greatest quality. They have seemingly endless points of articulation, which isn’t really necessary and seems to detract a little from the quality. They also don’t have any accessories – aside from one bendy plastic Batarang. But after waiting a lifetime, I still think they’re great. And the Adam West figure looks just like the real Batman.

He’s Batman. Not quite “The Dark Knight.”

You can only get this set from 3rd party sellers on Amazon.
But you can get Batman by himself still.

Lego Classic Thursday – 5928 Bi-Wing Baron

Here’s another set from the Adventurers line – with the Baron, who I think was the villain or at least rival to Johnny Thunder. I’m pretty sure with that monocle and hook for a hand, he’s not one of the good guys. It’s another basic set, sold originally for $6 in 1998.

What a great figure!

I discovered I was missing a black sloped brick when building it – the piece is supposed to go right in front of the tail. I just replaced it with a new grey piece, now you can see the difference between new and old grey.

No rear wheels for landing?

The propeller and engine look is pretty neat, as are obviously the flames on the sides. Interesting the way they put rifles and mounted them on the plane. I think this is about as “offensive” (in the weapons outfitting sense) as a Lego set would get since this is kind of a modern era set.

This plane has a lot of guns.