City - A floatplane without water nor pontoon
Year Released: 2009 (2010 officially)
Piece Count: 107 (5 extras) - May be some new part (slopes)
List Price: EUR 9.99
I really liked 2008's Air mail (set #7732) and bought many boxes of it for my LAMS (Lego Air mail Service) and my airport fields.
The front picture and the color scheme of this new city floatplane look quite appealing. That's certainly why I picked this one on the shelf instead of the latter release of the fire station.
That's a small box. There is no piece count on boxes in this part of the world. But it's amazingly lighter than imagined when you get it in your hand.
The top shows the pilot, nothing really new there and only déjà vu parts. This time again, this set will help to fully use the suitcase mold. The theme this year seems to be "empty the suitcase stock" !
The back shows the seaplane in action. You can easily open the roof to put the the pilot in (top picture). The picture in the lower left corner shows the plane from the front, hiding very cleverly the crappy way they link the floats to the fuselage. The upper right picture depicts the pilot carrying a mapple syrup can I guess on what could be a 4 x 4 golf practice. The lower right picture shows the pilot standing on the float, the back door of the plane opened, with his suitcase : In fact, it's very hard to have the minifig stand on the float as either he hits his head on the wing, or he has to stand on the grilled slope of the float.
At last, Lego realize that all of that was not fun at all so TLG add a minifig in pilot suit, not included, shouting just to disturb our attention.
The content. That's not a joke but there are two booklets. Next time bags will be also numbered !
No comment on the sticker. Especially the Lufthansa-like fishbone logo for the rudder.
A random page of each booklet.
The build begins with ... booklet 1. That's of no interest as I can't hardly see the link of this build with the plane. I'd have prefered a pontoon, an office or something else. I think this part of the build is only piece count requirement.
Look, but the guy looks guilty. With his Canadian skirt, his sunglasses, and its black suitcase, he seems to have problems with the treasury and to convey balls of bucks to a Caribbean bank.
Here you can see extra parts on top and the emptyness of the cockpit :
Yoyu may also notice that's impossible to stand on the float except on the back slope.
Two remarks :
1) we get windows instead of panels for the walls of the hold
2) these very long slopes seems to be new, aren't they ?
Global views of the floatplane.
Argh !! The design with these technic connectors between the floats is very badly inspired. Lego has done much better by the past.
Rear views with tail and rudder.
Side view with pilot
In my opinion, it's quite cute and tiny but I have seen better design.
It's not that cheap (105 parts for 10 EUR) and it's yellow and grey. That's not the collors I'm really looking for.
Edited by TheBrickster, 14 December 2009 - 07:29 AM.