Monday, 8 July 2013

60009 Helicopter Arrest mini review

Another of my more recent purchases is yet another police set with yet another police helicopter. Happily there are enough nice features to make this set rise above the run-of-the-mill stuff that Lego seem to bring out almost every year when the police theme gets another revamp.
  39.99 GBP / 49.99 US$ for 352 pieces which is in  the more expensive half for City sets but you do get 5 minifigures and a few helicopter pieces that are, as far as I can tell, unique in color for this set.
  The figures consist of three police officers and two bad guys, some printed torso's, faces and legs are new for this year but are in several sets so there's nothing to get too excited about.  There are a few accessories such as life jackets, back packs, money etc to add play value for the figures and there's also a brown dog, which for once is on the side of the baddies!


  The hideout is a nice model. There are stairs leading to the main part of the building where the criminals can look at their stolen goodies, like money, a gold bar and some jewels. There are three escape routes from the room for when the police come calling, the first obvious one is back down the stairs from the front door, there is also a drainpipe to one side they can slide down after climbing through a window, and, my favorite, a trap door above the garage so they have quick access to the pick up truck for their getaway. There are a couple of nice touches like planks across the windows and a green bin, so even the bad guys are into recycling these days! On top of all that there's a small jetty to moor their speedboat.


  The pick up truck is nothing special but it's a nice little addition to the set and adds more play value, though why the bad guys decided that an orange truck would be nicely inconspicuous is beyond me! At least it has doors!!
  The speedboat is nicely designed and the engine looks powerful enough to outrun almost anything except the helicopter. There is a secret compartment at the back to stash the stolen loot.


  Finally the helicopter. This is a very well designed model and, in my opinion, is good enough to be a set by itself. The inside is large enough to fit the pilot and two officers, but only just! There is a rope that can attach to the door bar so the police can slide to the ground in a hurry to catch the baddies. Unusually the landing skids, which Lego regularly uses a single piece for, is made up of several parts, which looks good and is more fun to build, a bit reminiscent of the 'Creator' sets. My only very minor quibbles are that the rotors are offset from center (there's no real way to remedy this without using half a dozen other pieces) and the model sits tail-heavy. Having said that it's a great model, nicely shaped and helps make the whole set well worth having. 


8 comments:

  1. Mola! A mi hijo le ha encantado ese helicóptero!
    Un beso

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    1. Hello Raquel! Glad to hear it! Kind regards, Brian.

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  2. Look at how much fun could be had with this set! All the important parts are there for lots of chases! :-) xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Oh yes, lots of fun! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Hayq ue ver estos lego tienen de todo jejejeje
    Me encantaria ser uno de ellos jejeje
    besitos ascension

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    1. Hello Ascension! It would have been even better if the price had been a little bit lower! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. Bellissimi pezzi, io trovo il box con il faro molto bello, straordinario l'elicottero!

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    1. Hello Mely! It is a nice structure, simple but effective! Kind regards, Brian.

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