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REVIEW: 709 Police Boat

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  3. 3 - Average (8 votes [61.54%])

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  4. 4 - Above Average (2 votes [15.38%])

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#1 TheBrickster


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 02:03 AM

Police Boat

Set #: 709
Year Released: 1977
Piece Count: 50
Minifigs: 1
List Price: unknown

Released in 1977, this police boat is the same as set #314 released one year earlier with the exception of a moveable minifig that replaced an earlier "armless fig".  

Starting with the instructions:

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The single minifig:

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The set included a single red weight to keep the boat from tipping:

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Here's the side view of the little boat, with decals that have long been lost at sea:

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A shot of the back of the boat:

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The set had three air-tight boat sections that connected to form the hull:

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And the entire set:

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Final Thoughts:

While set 709 is by far not the best of Lego boats, it was Lego's 2nd floating boat (set # 314 being the first).  The design was the same with the only real difference being the minifig (mentioned above).  One must consider the age of this set when comparing it to the fine detailed sets of today.

#2 Dovchenko


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:26 AM

It got an above average. Extremely nice for its time. But even then, it must have looked a little bit plain, as well as only having one fig. But still, this old set's got some serious charm. It has your basic bricks and adds something unique to a police force... the ability to kick some baddie brick over water. Plus, the red (they couldn't have used black, white or clear  :hmpf_bad: ) weight on the bottom seems like an interesting idea. Does it work very well?

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#3 Nikola Bathory

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:42 AM

I'll give this set a 3 - Average.
It includes a minifig and it's design is a bit plain, but in the same time cool :)

#4 Lockt


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:31 AM

I can give the same comments as with the fire-boat. Still this one isnt looking that awkward and the minifig is an excellent additon. Wil give it a 3 for that

#5 Zarkan


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 05:40 PM

Honestly, while I understand how old it is, it still doesn't really seem that interesting. The main draw is the floating boat - and beyond that there isn't really much to say. I think a three is fair, since this set doesn't jump out at me like other classics.  :wink:

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#6 bullet8542


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Posted 29 July 2008 - 07:49 PM

I think for the time it was released the details are fine, I mean 1977 not 2008 we have finer detailed parts know, While the new boat hulls add a level of creation to MOC's these hulls were great for the time I built mine into a pleasure boat and a Oil rig tender once upon a time.

Once again great review!

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