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#1 jd5775


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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:57 AM

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Hi everyone this is a review of 6540 Pier Police.

Basic info:

Set name: Pier Police
Set number: 6540
Year released: 1991
Number of pieces: 327
Theme: Town, Nautica
Minifigs: 4
Price: $44.00

I hadn't touched this set for a few years until seeing it today and deciding it would make a good set to review.  No stickers that cover more than one brick so I could easily take it apart!


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On to the review!

The pieces:

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A good mix of colors.  Lots of black and white obviously but with a good mix of other colors especially the gray pier pieces. :wub: Notice in the upper right corner the police 1 x 6 bricks.  The black brick with white police writing is a sticker, while the white brick with black police writing is printed.

Interesting pieces:

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Most of these pieces aren't that interesting to fans of classic town but the motorcycle windshield and the police writing printed on ordinary parts are neat.


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4 classic smileys.

The build:


After the minifigs the first thing to build is the motorcycle.

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This is how the windshield attaches

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The finished motorcycle, very few pieces added.


Next up is the small car

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The chassis with a few parts

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The step before the windshields are added

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The finished car.

-Speed Boat

Now we begin building the speed boat

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Don't worry, the holes in the hull will get sealed up eventually.

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The finished speed boat

-Patrol Boat

The biggest vehicle, and my favorite, is the patrol boat.

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The start of the build

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Almost all the black is done, the string is attached which allows the boat to tow things.

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Everything but the windshields built now

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The finished patrol boat in all of its glory!  The top raises up.


Now starts the actual pier.

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The start

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The underside which keeps the base sturdy for building.  Without this support the pier would be very unstable.

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Lovely waiting room for the soon to be inmates  :sceptic:

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The second floor office is taking shape.  The police officer gets a new computer on his desk and a nice inverted support next to his head. :tongue:

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Right before the second floor windows

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The finished set!


The whole nautica theme was desgined to be playable with each other.

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The knight and imperial officer are on the prowl for red motorcycles in their dark shark!

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They finally spot an unguarded ship carrying a red motorcycle.

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Held at bow point, the poor worker is forced to make the crane place the red motorcycle on the dark shark.

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Unfortunately for the pirates, the pier police is right next to them!

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The knight is completely outnumbered, he has no choice but to surrender.

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The worker has other plans for the imperial officer however.

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The entire package.


Design: 7/10  I really like the design of the patrol boat, but I feel like everything else is kind of sloppy.

Minifigs: 7/10 The minifigures in this set are nice but overall are in general pretty average for that time period.

Playability: 9/10 Does not have that much playability as a set alone, but having a land and sea based police operation gives it lots of versatility.

Price: 8/10 $44.00 for 327 pieces was actually a pretty good deal back then.  Also includes the pier pieces which explains the price.

Parts: 9/10 I really like the parts in this set.  Lots of plates in different colors and bricks.

Overall: 40/50  80%, it's a good set but has to live up to even better sets in the same series.

Thanks for reading!

Edited by Zorbas, 20 July 2011 - 06:31 PM.

#2 lightningtiger


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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:21 AM

Thanks for this classic town review 'jd5775', a great set and I wonder why they haven't brought out another one since.....the pier is a fantastic idea for playability, though the boats are not water tight. :blush:
The police car is cute, a Lego Panda cop car ! :grin:
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#3 meyerc13


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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:20 AM

Thanks for this great review!  With the exception of the car, I think this entire set would fit in well with today's modern harbor sets.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:42 AM

My favorte police set.  My town would be overly harbor (I have 7 total Launch + Load seaports/Intercoastal seaports) so this is the best option for me to have as a police station.  It's just a nice set overall.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:00 AM

Thanks for a nostalgia. = ) Had 2x same sets when I was young.

These old baseplates are much cooler than new (in 4645 or 7994 )
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:47 PM

Great, detailed review.  Hard to believe that was twenty years ago!  But for a few changes that set seems like it could have been released this year.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 03:03 PM

great review indeed!  :classic:

this set shows how much Lego has evolved in 20 year's time or so. it was all so small back then... a boat... only four studs wide... imagine this having to keep up with the brand new speed boats :sceptic:

the motorcycle kinda surprised me, honestly. i thought that by this time all headlights on cycles were 1x1 round plates, this one still has the regular 1x1 square plate... oh well... the windscreen is pretty nice though...

a nice set indeed, but not a real "classic" imo

#8 Jeff Huntington

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:12 AM

Thanks for the quality review. This set will always stand out for me because it's the first "real" set (as in, cost over $15) I bought after I had my first job. I still love this set. The large police boat combined with the Coastal Cutter (another of my favorite sets) made a formidable aquatic rescue team.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:05 PM

Beautifuil review and fantastic era!  :blush:
I like the "Dark Shark" as special guest!  :wink:
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#10 prateek


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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:29 AM

Great job on this review. I like this set a lot, especially the vehicles. The police station is the perfect size for the pier :thumbup:

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 11:41 PM

Great review 'jd5775'. I really like this set. Your's looks like it's brand new! Thanks for reviewing it Posted Image
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:16 AM

Thanks for the review.  I love seeing these old sets.

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