I saw there were reviews of the smallest 3 Harbour sets, so I decided to do the larger ones. (4645 coming in a hour or two) This is my first review, so please forgive me if I do anything drastically wrong (Sorry about the backgrounds)
Set name: Marina
Set number: 4644
Release date: 2011
Two instruction books, not too badly bent, a DSS which was nice and flat inside the smaller instruction book
4 Numbered bags - each with a smaller bag inside, and one softer bag with two tan plates, the red 'straw' and the blue boat base.
Pieces of note (for me anyway)
All have back printing, the diver and boat driver have the same torso
A rather nice diving flag which has stickers on both sides
The windsurfer - I like the concept of this, but the sail is always coming off, and the mast just flops if the mi ifig is not holding onto it.
The Quad Bike - is nice, but I think it would have been nicer if it had been orange and it had had a proper Coast Guard like from 2008. The torso is on PAB and I can see no obvious reason why, so maybe the theme will be making a comeback...
The base is nice, and has only been in a couple of sets before. I really like the touch of there being enough diving gear and seats for 2. I am a bit disappointed that this will only just fit under the stairs, and by logic (as I don't have them yet) the other 3 boats won't either
The Main Set
Instructions and stickers
Front Page of instructions
Contents of bag 3
Minifigure - that torso is new to me, but has been in a couple of other sets and is now on PAB.
This is what Bag 2 builds
Looking at the official pictures, it seems small and flimsy, In fact there is a lot more of it that there seems to be, of course it's not in the same league as 6543, but it is quite deep, as well as wide.
Completed up to bag 4
There certainly is a lot more of this that there looks to be. The shop is much better that I imagined.
One nice touch is the red, yellow and green flags that the 'lifeguard' can change depending on the safety of the water
Spare Parts (surprisingly few)
Parts List - it all fits on one page *gulp*
Police and Harbour Dioramas on the back pages
Design: 3/5 (should have had more moorings if it is a 'Marina')
Pieces: 5/5 (Plenty of new pieces)
Playability: 4/5 (it could have had another boat, similar to 4641)
Price: 3/5 (I got it for 20% off at TRU, but I think it should be £29.99, not £39.99, as it only has a few more pieces than the Power Boat Transporter)
A nice set, that I definitely suggest you pick up if you are a town/city/harbour fan. Stay tuned for how it will fit into my layout...
I hope this review was helpful to you, I certainly enjoyed writing it and will have to do this more often.
Edited by RubeusHagrid, 15 May 2011 - 08:19 PM.