Thursday, 20 June 2013

60010 Fire Helicopter mini review

This is the last of the fire themed sets for this year, not counting 60023 Lego City Starter Set which has a fire truck included alongside a police bike and ambulance. 
  225 pieces with two minifigures, the set costs 29.99 GBP / 39.99 US$ which doesn't give as much value for money as most of the City sets but still beats practically all of the licensed models. As far as I can tell there are no new parts unique to this set.
  Firstly the oil tank (I presume) that seems to be having a bad day. A very simple build that consists of 27 parts, including the three flames, the oil tank, a couple of barrels warning light tower.  It's a nice little accessory to tuck away in a remote corner of Legoland.

Firefighter, pilot and the oil tank.
The main component is of course the helicopter. This is a slightly more challenging build using some techniques rarely found on city sets to give some shape and style to the finished product. There is a cockpit with controls that can be accessed by a hinged roof and windscreen. The business part is the central section which has a swing-out water jet nozzle on each side, sadly neither can be aimed downwards, only sideways which I would imagine might be a handicap in certain situations! The bulk of the helicopter is taken up with the power function winch. The grappling hook can be pulled down  to lower the firefighter to the fire and at the press of a button it rewinds itself back up to the helicopter. It's a nice touch, but I would imagine excessive pulling on the string might eventually snap it at some point, especially in the hands of an over-enthusiastic 8-year-old!!
  Not too many stickers to spoil the set and for once I actually like some of them, the 'caution' signs by the engine intakes and the 'rescue' signs by the cockpit, just like the real thing!

For some reason the helicopter looks stubbier in this
picture than it actually is! The bulky stuff on the nose is a
radar (I believe)
  Overall it's a nice set although a bit overpriced. There is a lot of fun to be had with the winch, as long as the string holds out. It might not be the best looking fire helicopter Lego has ever produced but it's the most fun!

8 comments:

  1. Un buen tema para abrir un post, ya mismo se empiezan a producir incendios.
    Me encanta!!
    besitos ascension

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    1. Hello Ascension! Thank you for dropping by! Kind regards, Brian.

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  2. That does look fun, Brian! Thanks for the detailed review. xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It's always a pleasure to hear from you. Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Bello! Mi piacciono molto i dettagli delle fiamme, ottimo lavoro da parte della Lego! L'elicottero รจ favoloso!

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    1. Hello Mely! I think the size of the helicopter helps too! There's more detail! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. Hello Hairy,
    I just started seeing the new fireman sets in stores. Lego has come a long way from when I was a child. the flames are great and I love the water hose. thanks for the great review.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac! The pieces get more specialized every year so things look a bit more realistic (if you CAN get realistic with Lego!) Kind regards, Brian.

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