REVIEW: 6445 Emergency Evac
Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:38 PM
Set #: 6445
Theme: Town Res-Q
Year Released: 1998
Piece Count: 97
List Price: $8 (USD)
In 1998, Lego introduced a new theme called Res-Q. The theme was really a quasi-Coast Guard sub-theme of Classic Town. The theme included boats, helicopters, emergency vehicles, and even a water hovercraft. Most notable was the black and yellow color combination that predominated the sets. I only picked up a couple of sets from the theme including this Emergency Evacuation vehicle that I consider a van. I never got into the theme, but looking back at these sets, I have gained a better appreciation for their value in Classic Town.
Let's take a look at 6445 in greater detail.
Starting with the box:
The back of the box providing a few alternate models:
And similar imagery on the instructions:
The set includes one small sheet of decals for the van:
6445 has one Res-Q minifig that I find pretty nice. I like the neon orange reflectors:
He has a nice printed backside with the word RES-Q prominently displayed:
This little set includes an abundance of tools:
A black walkie-talkie is not pictured
Here's the emergency van:
I like the back section that has a nice winch with turning wheel and a few hooks for tools:
Here's the minifig pulling the grappling hook for some Res-Q action. This is my favorite part of this set:
The van isn't too fancy but has some neat features:
While I like the blue windshield piece for maybe space sets, I'm not really fond of its use for the van:
The van has no steering wheel, but rather two levers for steering:
On the top of the vehicle are two emergency alarms and some extra lights:
The back of the van has a large opening piece that allows wide access to the back section:
It comfortably fits a long gurney/stretcher:
Here's the driver resting on the gurney:
He should never have tried to pick up the gurney without a 2nd Res-Q minifig.
And a shot of the back section without the gurney:
Lastly, a picture of the complete set:
Res-Q is really a neat theme that has great play value for kids. While it's not one of my more favorite town sub-themes, it does offer some nice pieces and an abundance of black and yellow pieces. I think a few of the Res-Q sets go nicely with the Divers theme released one year earlier in 1997. I had a chance to purchase the largest set of the theme, 6479 Emergency Response Center, at half the price, but passed back in the late 90s.
I'd be interested in finding out what other EB members think of this set and the Res-Q theme.
Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:58 PM
Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:59 PM
I have this Emergency Evac set too and it comes with a very impressive array of tools, more than any other vehicle of its size. I might get another one for the unique parts like the black canopy extender. You can make the minifig slide down the string using one of the tools, which is fun to play around with.
Posted 09 August 2008 - 10:05 PM
Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:14 AM
Thank you for reviewing this
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 06:06 AM
I will rate this theme a "4" as I felt that the theme's objective is pretty good, except for some of its vehicles' design which is not really very appealing at a first glance. This may be my perception. After all, this theme was released in my dark age.
Back to the review, the 6445 Emergency Evac is a very fun vehicle to play with. The wide abundant of tools such as spade, jackhammer and etc are so useful. The minifig's torso is very nice looking. I thought it was part of Mars Mission.
As for the Emergency van, the section at the back offer high playabilty. You have pointed out the playabilty of the grappling hook. Of course, you can't operate this without attaching it to the rear of the van. Otherwise, the entire section will fall off the cliff. From the first look of the van, I don't really like the design. It's not really very appealing. However, the large opening at the back is quite surprising to store the strencher at the back. Although the design is not very nice, but the playing functions do make up for it. If there is an additional minifig with him, I am sure it will be even better.
Overall, I could only give this set between a higher 3.5 and 4.
Thanks Brickster, for highlighting another enriching review.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:33 AM
Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:21 AM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 06:35 PM
I voted for:
Above average set:
The set is very, very nice and includes a lot of nice details and accessory .
Below average theme:
This RESQ theme included some really nice little sets (like e. g. this one) - but the bigger sets were .
BTW: As we've seen the great CG theme this year I hope that TLG will release some sort of mountain rescue (at the best with snowy/winter landscape) in the near future which could contain some little nice sets like this one above, too.
Edited by Klaus-Dieter, 13 August 2008 - 06:38 PM.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:28 PM
I do like the Res Q theme I bought the little rig and the helicopter and the boat. I really like the boat and the helicopter leaves a lot to be desired, No rotors mostly body and a Cobra/Apache seating arrangement only suites an attack helicopter.
But all in all a great little set with some great alternate building idea's. Which is one of my biggest peeves with the new sets.....
Thanks again Brickster
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:37 PM
Interestingly, the helicopter in the older (and similar) 6545 Search and Rescue also has the same problem.
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