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#1 Crazydance

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:56 PM

Information

Name: Fire Control Center
Set No.: 4953 @ Peeron.com
Theme: LEGO, Legoland
Year: 1991
Pieces: 516
Minifigs: 4
Price: USD $85.00 / GBP unknown / EUR unknown

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Introduction

This week I got the flu. so since I have to stay home and get better, I might as well make a review.
It's one of the most amazing older city sets, thus making it a really valuable review.
This is the story about four handsome firemen living in one of the most amazing city structures out there.
The 6389 Fire control center.

The box
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I actually didn't remember the box to be that small. (Borrowed from Peeron)

The four hunky firemen
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Oh jeah what women doesn't like a man in a uniform

The manual
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Even the manual is aging... but then again it's 17 years old!

Review

As you all know a city must have some standard civil services, like a hospital and a police station.
A fire house also is a must for any lego city. This particular fire house is one of the most amazing sets ever to be released.
In this cool set you get 4 minifigs, all fire fighters, two verhicles, and a helicopter

Firefighters have to move around
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The futuristic fire truck is definately my favourite!

Chief's car
The smallest verhicle of the set, it's a small all-terrain jeep for the fire chief.
pretty much a standard car in those days. a real simple layout, and a trunk which holds a small fire hose.
It's lucky to be in this set, because it complements the whole thing

The car
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Luckily it's red and it has de cool signs on the side.

Helicopter
Another great addition to the whole set is the helicopter.
Again in a basic setup for that kind of verhicle at the time.
This one has the nice addition of two hoses to put out the fires raging in lego city.

The chopper
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No, it doesn't really fly

Really cool fire truck thingy
This fire truck is definately the best of the verhicles in this set.
It's actually a futuristic model of fire trucks. I haven't seen any other fire truck like this.
I saw a police truck like it though. but we're talking fire fighters right?
Actually the whole thing han open up to reveal a number of fire fighting appliances such as a hose, a computer, and a oxygen tank.

The fire truck
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The main building actually looks kinda empty when the trucks and chopper are gone.
However, this still is realistic compared to a real fire house.
Also the front has those amazing sliding doors, which make this thing really look cool and clean.

Off to fight a fire
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Main structure, with the slinding doors pulled down

Actually those sliding doors are also the hard part of the model.
Since all the bricks must be perfectly aligned, or else the doors will stutter.
But if you're a little familiar with lego then you don't need to worry.

From the back
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Enough room to play with

I'm going to give my perspectives on each of the sides
On the left we have the garage for the bigger fire truck.
The only real flaw about this set is that this garage isn't long enough for the fire truck.
This could have been solved by making it two or three studs longer.
Notice the cool sunroof!

In the middle we have the chief's office. complete with coffee machine, a diversity of computers,
and a tape recorder, most likely to tape any incoming calls. A lot of details are crammed up in there.
just like in the rest of the set.

To the right is the helicopter platform.
I really like the grey-blue-yellow of the platform because it doesn't look so red anymore.
Don't get me wrong, red is a cool color, but not too much red!
And the helicopter actually fits, and stays in place during playtime.

The baseplate filled up
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This picture says it all.

Again the four lego hunks are greeting all the ladies :tongue:
The minifigs are from a classic series, this happens with more of my lego sets.
Bottom line is that this set is one of the best fire houses lego created.

Verdict

The build is pretty easy but takes a while to really see where you are with your building.
It's nice to have a hospital from the same era, this create a more uniform look to your city.
once you completed the model your baseplate is pretty filled up but still has a lot of opportunities.

Playability: 10/10 (cool trucks, a chopper, and sliding doors, nuff said!)
Design: 9/10 (insanely good design)
Price: 10/10 (couldn't get better than this)
Overall: 9.6/10

with a score like that one can only say... get one... NOW!

Time to go home
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The trucks and chopper back on their rightful spots
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#2 CP5670

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:10 PM

I have this one. The newer 6571 station is better in some ways, but I always liked the big airport-style fire engine in this and the windows covering the garages. One mod project I have in mind is to expand the base, adding a second room in the area beneath the control center.

Interestingly, this set had two different box pictures. There was the original 1989 yellow Legoland box and a 1991 blue System box, and the blue box has the vehicles in different places.

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Price: USD $85.00 / GBP unknown / EUR unknown

If this is referring to the original price, it wasn't that much. $50 is more like it.

#3 AgentRick57

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:34 PM

This set looks real nice, but a Wall in the middle with a stair and a few desks/containers.

#4 Big Supie

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:46 PM

I think the 6382 Fire Station is the better one from the 80ies.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:56 PM

View PostBig Supie, on Sep 7 2008, 09:46 PM, said:

I think the 6382 Fire Station is the better one from the 80ies.

I agree, have that 6382 set for about 27 years now, but I have always like that one 'futuristic' truck when I was a child so I also still have some feelings for this set as well.

@Crazydance: nice review after all!!!

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#6 rriggs

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:08 PM

View PostBig Supie, on Sep 7 2008, 08:46 PM, said:

I think the 6382 Fire Station is the better one from the 80ies.
I have 6382 and agree that it is a great set.  It doesn't have a chopper like this set and the fire engine is not as flash.  It does have a downstairs in the building though (at least a door and a front wall anyway!).

It's nice to see a review of this set as it's one that I often looked at in the catalogue and thought of getting but never did.  It's great to see the details that I otherwise would not have seen.

I don't like the firemen with hair though!  They should have helmets or caps IMHO!

Thanks for the review!

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#7 Manta

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:48 AM

This looks like a great set, I like the futuristic fire truck. That might be what I do with my Imperial Shuttle's glass cockpit.
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#8 paul_delahaye

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:04 AM

From memory Argos sold it originally for about £21 GBP.  I seem to remember this as I could not afford the airport released the same year as this was about £29.99!

Seems such a small amount of money now,

Now have 2 copies of this set, only 1 boxed :-)




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