Sunday, 22 September 2013

60015 Coast Guard Plane micro review.

This is another set I've had built for a while so it's finally review time.
   The set comprises of 280 parts and retails for 34.99 GBP / 44.99 US$ making it fairly expensive price - per - piece. For your money you get a fishing boat, a float-plane and three minifigures, two fishermen and the pilot of the Coast Guard plane. As seems to be the usual way with Lego, the three figures are made up of pieces used elsewhere but are unique in their combinations here. The rarest piece is the grey hair which is only used in one other set, namely 75014 - Star Wars 'Battle of Hoth'.
  The boat is quite a nice design. The hull is made from one large single piece so there is less there than it seems. The boat really  floats on water thanks to the shape of the hull and it being all one piece, something I refuse to test out! I like the color scheme of light grey, brown and green, for some reason i think it suits the shape and function of the boat. Nice as it looks there are no functioning parts on the boat.


The boat with fishing rods ready to use.
The plane is a good, meaty looking thing that has a nice shape with big floats to land on water. Sadly the plane won't actually float on real water due to it's 'floats' being made up of several parts. This limits the playability of the set if someone took it on themselves to actually play with it in water. There are a couple of parts on the bottom of the hull that are unique in orange which adds to the model's desirability for some collectors. The cockpit roof comes off to allow access to the cockpit which has room only for the pilot and a couple of tools.  The wing part of the fuselage doesn't open, so apart from the propellers turning there are no other working parts.
  So in summary, both the boat and plane are nicely designed but a float-plane that doesn't float and has no room for the people it rescues seems a bit useless! ☺ Fairly expensive and a bit low on playability this is not a must-have set but fills a need in the City Coat Guard and I'm happy enough to have it!



The 'nice looking but ultimately of little use' plane! 

  

6 comments:

  1. Ciao Brian, devo dire che sono entrambi bei pezzi, ma l'aereo mi piace di più, sembra più completo

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    1. Hi Mely! I agree with you, though I have always preferred aircraft to boats anyway so I'm biased!

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  2. Too bad the plane doesn't hold people, Brian. After all, that is the fun part! ;-) Thanks for the review. xo Jennifer

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  3. Hi Jennifer! You would have thought Lego would have figured that out by now!! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. Excellent review, Wow just for sheer looks I might have leapt at this set, because the plane really is a looker - but it cant hold people??? Not even a pilot? That just doesnt make any sense at all....especially when if comes to "rescues" LOL!

    The boat really reminds me of the boat in "A Perfect Storm" - we visited that Maine town not long after the tragic loss of the Andrea Gail and bought rounds for everyone at the pub they all hung out at. Very moving experience, so that boat does tug at my heart.

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    1. Hi Tiggy! The plane does have room for a pilot but nobody else, still not much use for rescues! (unless they just clung onto the floats!)
      Wow, that must have been quite an experience, I've seen the film and knowing that the crew were never found makes it all the more poignant. Kind regards, Brian.

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