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REVIEW: 7032 Highway Patrol & Undercover Van


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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:25 AM

7032 Highway Patrol & Undercover Van

Set #: 7032
Theme: World City - Police & Rescue
Year Released: 2003
Piece Count: 151
Minifigs: 2
List Price: $15 (USD)

Set 7032 Highway Patrol & Undercover Van reminds me so much of Classic Town.  With it's 4-stud-wide vehicles, excellent minifigs, and lots of extras brings me back to a simpler time in which Classic Town sets were abundant in Lego's line-up.  Let's take a closer look at this set and let you decide how well you like it.

Starting with a similar box as other World City sets, not much in terms of detailed boxart:

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The back of the box still shows some alternate models including an airplane and jeep:

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The set includes three small stickers:

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I like the accessories (some not pictured as I left them attached to the vehicles), esp. the road block and lap top computer:

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The set includes two figs, a nicely detailed police officer, and "Man In Black", the mysterious Mr. X.  I love that black suit :wub: :

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My favorite of the two vehicles is this Highway Patrol vehicle that I think looks more like an all-terrain vehicle or 4-wheel drive.  The black 1x3 doors gives it the Classic Town look:

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Here it is at a different angle:

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I like the creative use of the grill piece and the 1x3 angled plates:

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The back end has some space and hooks for attaching police equipment:

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The van is pretty nice as well, but very non-descript.  I suppose the alternative would be to have large POLICE decals on each side of the van, not really making it very undercover.  I like the use of the small train windows on each side of the van:

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The van also includes some surveillance equipment:

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I love the back end with opening doors.  The inside can be used to store some of the police equipment:

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Here's a Highway scene with both vehicled stopped for a road block:

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And the complete set:

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Final Thoughts:

Although I don't think the name really describes this set very well, it is a wonderful little police set for the World City collection.  As mentioned above, with the 4-stud-wide vehicles complete with 1x3 doors, this set really has a Classic Town look in my opinion.  I esp. like the Police Jeep and the Man in Black, the two highlights of this set.  It was a good value set offering a lot of police chase fun.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:49 AM

Nice review! I remember buying this along with 7044 helocopter years ago. I bought this set formy nephew, and the helocopter for myself! This was during my dark ages and i remeber him and I having alot of fun playing with both these sets. Brings back some good memories. :cry_happy:  Thanks for bringing me back Brickster! :classic:  :thumbup:
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#3 CP5670

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 10:48 AM

These vehicles are definitely reminiscent of classic town. The van is strikingly similar to the one in this set. The camera and radar/antenna can actually fit inside the van, which I think looks better than hanging them on the outside.

The MIB is one of my favorite town minifigs, and the printed badges are also a nice touch.

The tires in my set were slightly defective though, bulging out at the edges for some reason. The van's wheels wouldn't turn smoothly with them and I had to replace them. It's a good thing those tires are so common.

Edited by CP5670, 27 December 2008 - 10:51 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:30 PM

Above average for the World City line, which makes it average compared to the rest of the Town line.  The van is a good feature, but the chunky tires make it look odd.  It would have been neat if the van was made to look like a flower or delivery van, pretty typical of undercover vans in movies/tv.

#5 Zarkan

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:18 PM

Thanks for the great review, Brickster.  :thumbup:

Honestly, this is how 4 wide vehicles should be done. I've never been a fan of the tiny go-cart style vehicles in many old town kits, but that doesn't mean I don't like four wide at all. On the contrary - sets like this one show that you can stay in the 4-wide scale and still achieve a smooth and fairly realisticially scaled design. Add two great looking vehicles to two nice figures and some good acessories, and you have a 5 from me!  :wink:

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#6 Darth_Legois

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 12:40 AM

Im still kicking myself for not geting this! I remember seeing this on the shelf and not geting it! :hmpf_bad:  :sad:

I miss that old police torso, Its more realistic then the new ones... :hmpf_bad:

Anyway I gave it a above average, Nice review too :classic:


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:07 PM

Hi!

I'm not one for "necromancing" old threads needlessly, but this is one of the VERY FEW town sets for which I was able to recreate one of the alternate models from a single photo from the back of the box - the plane with control center. Hopefully my photos will help people recreate it, including myself - I never bothered to recreate it in LDD or any virtual lego software!

http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=390256

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

View PostSection8, on 28 December 2008 - 06:30 PM, said:

Above average for the World City line, which makes it average compared to the rest of the Town line.  The van is a good feature, but the chunky tires make it look odd.  It would have been neat if the van was made to look like a flower or delivery van, pretty typical of undercover vans in movies/tv.
100% agree to this statement!

Edith has just noticed how old this thread was...  :blush:

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