Friday, 31 May 2013

60004 Fire Station mini review.

I've had this built for a couple of weeks now and I'm finally shifting my ass and reviewing it! 

The set consists of 752 pieces that include five minifigures, a dog, two vehicles, a helicopter and the fire station itself. Priced at 69.99 GBP / 99.99 US$ it's not the best value for money but beats Lego's licensed products by a long way. 
  The Fire Chief's uniform is unique to this set, as is the spotty print on the dog. 

The latest firemen (and firewoman) to Legoland's huge
fire department!

The fire station building

The fire station is quite a substantial building, having more height, width and depth than most sets in the Lego range. It has a simple facade that is quite refreshing, the designers usually love to make the front of these buildings as complicated as possible to add 'interest'. The three floors house a control centre, an equipment room and some living quarters. All rooms are well equipped, especially the living area which has a small cooker, a sink and table and chairs, along with a frying pan (and large sausage!) and cups. The control room is also well stocked with an emergency phone, a computer and a large screen showing a plan view of the city, pinpointing any trouble spots. Outside there is a pole for the firefighters to get down quickly from any floor. This is a bit of an oddity and just doesn't look right to me. I always thought the pole was to aid in getting to the fire trucks quickly, with this you would have to step outside onto a little platform, be lowered to the ground, go back into the station by the front door just to get to the trucks! 
  The trucks are housed in a double garage with roller doors. On the roof of the garage there is a helipad that is frighteningly close to the taller part of the building. It would need a skilled pilot to have the nerve to land there!

Living quarters and control room.
The helicopter is a small but nicely designed piece with an opening canopy. The tail stabilizer and boom look a bit too flimsy but I'm just nit-picking. It has a central water tank and pipe that can be connected to a water cannon., though the size of the tank doesn't look like it would hold much water!
  The small truck has an opening back to allow access inside where the breathing apparatus is stored. The usual fire extinguisher and radio are housed on clips outside the vehicle. My usual moan for this sort of vehicle is...no doors...
  The ladder truck is a nice model. It has a two-piece ladder that can be turned, raised and extended. There is a fire hose on one side of the truck and two containers on the other that house traffic cones. Best of all, this truck has doors! 
The emergency vehicles.
This is quite a sticker-heavy set (another of my pet hates!) but all in all it's a good model with plenty of playability that will keep me, er,  I mean my son, happy for hours. There have been many fire stations in Legoland's history and I'm happy to say they've done well with this one. Don't worry if you can't get hold of this set, there will be another new one along in two or three years, guaranteed!

10 comments:

  1. Nice post Mr Hairy Caveman! :D

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  2. Yes, love this post. I can definitely relate to shying away from admitting that I'm the one playing with my minis! :-D Have fun with your son! ;-) xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I think we all have an inner child that can't help but play with miniature things when we see them! It keeps us young! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Mi piace la stazione, è grande e mi simbra più bella di quelle di altre collezioni.
    Il cane è troppo carino!!

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    1. Hello Mely! I think this is the best fire station Lego have made in a long time. I love the dog too! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. Una verdadera maravilla, no le falta ni un detalles.
    besitos ascension

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    1. Hello Ascension! The details do get better with every one they make! Kind regards, Brian.

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  5. Anyone knows the difference between 60004 752 and 753 pieces?

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    1. One possibility is that some websites / people count the brick separator as a piece while others (me included!) don't. That's the only thing I can think of!

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