Saturday, 11 January 2014

60014 Coast Guard Patrol mini review

Why is it that sometimes everything in life conspires to stop you doing something you want to do???
   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 deck of the boat only really consists of two main areas. The bow has the small helicopter landing pad marked out and the stern houses the submersible and it's deployment / recovery system. 
   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 small inflatable boat has a nice large engine that can swivel from side to side and is quite well equipped. The sun lounger at the front is, I think, a first for a Lego boat! 
   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.....


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    1. Yay! It took a long time, but I got there!
      xxxx Brian.

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  2. Hi Brian, Great review--I'm sold! This one has really caught my eye. The rescue boat is indeed "cool looking." How about those sharks in your fun scene?! Love it! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I don't think Lego has ever put three sharks in a single set before, maybe they were trying to bump up the piece count!
      Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Ha-ha. Eating, sleeping and work just cut into your 'me' time! You know, every time I look at your models I think 'I could use that in a miniature scene' but lo and behold, they've opened a Lego shop in Gateshead!! So happy. It will be a mini pick-n-mix-fest =0)

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    1. Hi Pepper, you lucky person!! I have to travel about an hour and a half to get to my nearest shop! The Midlands have been totally missed out by Lego. D'oh!!! I'm not jealous........☺

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  4. Hi Brian! You have built a gorgeous and very comprehensive set of Lego. With all those extras and so many interesting details. Are you sure that you never have been an seller of Lego in a toy shop ;)? You're telling so fascinating about your Lego projects, I think that's just great! Enjoy it all!
    Kind regards, Ilona
    PS I hope daily life is now back to normal without power cuts and so on....?

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    1. Hi Ilona! Oohh, that sounds nice, a Lego seller....Sadly no, but who knows, maybe one day.. Luckily the power has stayed on since then!
      Kind regards, Brian.

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  5. Hello Brian,
    It is a great kit and seems to have many unique pieces. The submersible and helicopter are great!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! It's definitely one of the better boats Lego has come up with recently! There is quite a lot to it which is always nice! Kind regards, Brian.

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  6. Cool set, Brian! I loved every boat detail.
    Thankfully sharks are a normal size instead of the giant white shark! ;-)
    Hugs

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  7. Hi Eliana! The sharks can't be too dangerous, all the minifigures have smiles on their faces! Kind regards, Brian.

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  8. work, power cuts or having to eat something just to stay alive...and your other half asking you for something no ? =)
    that's the good excuse hubby has here to say he doesn't craft enough, he always has something for me to do =D
    very great kit !
    xxx

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    1. Hi Valma! Yes, life gets in my way all the time!! There's also vacuuming, washing dishes, occasionally ironing, the list never ends! I could do so much more if I didn't have to do anything else! Okay, I'll stop ranting now....
      Kind regards, Brian.

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  9. Oh My Heavens, you really do make all your lego sets look absolutely irresistible - I love it that this one comes with the tiny lighthouse, in some rather formidably shark infested waters! I have been quite sick so am just catching up on visits. Lovely Build and really Terrific pics!

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    1. Hi Tiggy! Ever so sorry to hear you were ill, it usually happens to me around this time of year! I hope you're much better now and back in the flow of things!
      Kind regards, Brian.

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  10. Grandissimo set!11 Quanto tempo hai impiegato per montarlo??
    Mi piace molto il dettaglio dell'elicottero e della barca di salvataggio...con tutti gli squali che ci sono!!!

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    1. Hi Mely! It was quite an easy set to build, it only took about an hour, with many interruptions!
      Kind regards, Brian.

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  11. Hi Brian ,
    Power cut ... work ... etc. .. I know what you mean, I know ... luckily I don't ride scooter, me ... otherwise it would add to the list the paparazzi! XD
    But , despite all the storms of life, you did ;-)
    Congratulation for this review, the kit is very attractive! it awakens the ten years old kid in me :-) .. I don't know if my English is corect but I hope that the idea is passed .
    A bientôt
    Denis

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  12. Hi Denis! There's nothing wrong with your English, it is excellent!
    I always feel like a 10 year old kid when I'm building with Lego, my wife says I act like one too!!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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