Firstly the Lego.
60011 Surfer Rescue is the smallest of the current Coast Guard theme and consists of 32 pieces including two minifigures and a shark. There's not a whole lot I can say about such a small set, the Coast Guard jet ski is a small but meaty looking thing and is nicely designed. The surfer guy looks suitable cool and even though he's being attacked by a shark both him and his rescuer have big smiles on their faces! Great as a small gift but at 4.99 GBP / 6.99 US$ it is a bit expensive for what you get.
|The entire Surfer Rescue set.|
The next set, 60013 Coast Guard Helicopter is a much bigger set with much more play value and even comes with a working winch! 230 pieces with 4 minifigures and another shark, this time a white one. There's a small catamaran in trouble and a menacing shark nearby, luckily the Coast Guard helicopter is on hand to rescue the sailor! (Again, obviously unaware of any actual danger, everybody is happily smiling!)
|The nifty little catamaran.|
Overall I would happily recommend this set, there's a lot of play value in it but there are I think there are too many similarities with the Fire helicopter for most people to buy both unless, like me, they're a bit of a completist!
|The nicely designed helicopter, except for the lack of internal space!|
In the words of Monty Python: And now for something completely different...
A family day out at Warwick Castle saw sword fighting, jousting, falconry and an enormous trebuchet flinging fireballs! The weather was acceptably bright and warm but the wasps were being a right pain in the...ahem...
|Getting on with the job - medieval style!|
|A very big Sea Eagle|
|The trebuchet ready to fire. Sadly our camera couldn't keep |
up with the fireball as it wooshed across the Warwickshire