I've had the Coast Guard Patrol set ready to review for more than a week now, but every time I start on it, something happens to stop me again, like work, power cuts or having to eat something just to stay alive...
Anyway, I'm trying again and this time I'm going to finish it!
The set consists of 449 pieces which includes 6 minifigures, a Coast Guard boat, an inflatable boat, a small lighthouse, a helicopter, a little submersible and no less than three sharks. All this for about 60.00 GBP / 80.00 US$.
The main bulk of the set is taken up with the Coast Guard ship which is a nicely designed piece of kit. The bridge has an opening roof to access inside where there are two work stations, the first is the boats controls and steering and the second is involved with the launching and recovery of the submersible. The bridge is accessed by a ladder that leads from the deck below. The roof of the bridge is covered with an array of aerials and radars which suits it very well and doesn't look over the top (excuse the pun!)
Just in front of the bridge windows there are two water jets to deal with any marine fires, and put the older Legoland Fire department boats out of business!
|The cool looking rescue boat|
|Inside the bridge, facing towards the stern.|
The little helicopter just has enough room to land without snagging itself on any other part of the boat, but it would be a very brave pilot who would land it while the boat is rocking about in stormy waters! It is a simple enough design with nice big 'floats' for landing on water and even has a manually worked winch just underneath the engines with a grappling hook on the end of the rope.
The submersible is a cute little thing, with two engines that can tilt to almost any angle and two claw grabs at the front to grip onto anything that needs gripping onto! There is a bar with a grabber at the back of the Coast Guard boat that attaches on to the submersible and the bar can be raised from the deck, over the stern and down to water level where it can either launch or recover the submersible. It's a very simple but effective piece Lego engineering!
|It's a bit precarious, but it just fits!|
|The submersible being deployed.|
The unmanned lighthouse is a simple thing that comes with some suitably craggy rocks and a resident crab.
|Doesn't this just ALWAYS happen??!!|
It's a bit expensive, but it's a nice set with some very nice features that, I can confirm, will keep a 9 year old happy for a long time!
There, I've finally done the review, now as long as we don't get another power cut.....