Hey fellow Eurobrickers!
Today I review one of the new Lego Forest police set. The heavy lift helicopter for the brave policemen (and women) that help to protect and keep Lego City safe. Well this time not really IN a city, but more in the nearby forrest. A welcome change if you ask me, but maybe a little to close to the regular police theme of last year. Without further ado lets start shall we?
Name: Heavy duty helicopter
Theme: CITY (Forest police)
The Heavy-Duty Helicopter flies over the forest treetops in search of the pesky robbers. Help the pilots with the forest policeman on his ATV! It won’t be long before they track down those pesky robbers. Includes 2 pilots and a forest policeman minifigure.
• Includes 3 minifigures: 2 pilots and a forest policeman
• Vehicles include Heavy-Duty Helicopter and police ATV
• Features large interior, opening cockpit, opening rear door, moving rotors and articulated wheels
• Accessories include 2 life jackets and a cup
• Load the ATV into the heavy lift helicopter!
• Seat 3 minifigures in the cockpit!
• Measures over 17” (45cm) long, 7” (19cm) high and 5” (15cm) wide
• Police ATV measures over 2” (6cm) long
We start with the box, as always a piece of art in itself. The background with the city, mountains and large pine trees. Everything seems so forest-like. Even so, the box is what made me buy this. Nah not really, but it did help with my decission.
The side of the box shows the figures included in this set. All with a new torso, so exciting to recieve new figs to add to our cities. Lets move on..
The back of the box, more or less the same as all city sets. Showing various functions and angles of the set. Some of them seem a little obvious to me, but the’re pure eye-candy. Also showed are some of the other new forest police sets.
The box is opened and we can see the contents. We get a total of 4 numbered bags to build this monster, together with 2 large instruction booklets. Also a larger plate was in the box and ofcourse the loved/hated sticker sheet.
As always we start with the first bag. This will be used to construct the 6 wheeled quad-like vehicle and the first part of the helicopter. I almost forgot about the figs! More on those in the next pics,
One of the first things I noticed were the new life vests. They’re kinda more realistic/modern than their older counterparts. Not to mention they’re lighter and thus probaly cheaper for Lego to make. It looks better with the new figs if you ask me.
The three figs we get in this set. Two pilots and a ranger. All of them are very detailed, especially the pilots that also have printed legs as well. The ranger is one of my favorites since it fits the entire forest theme so incredibly well (it should be since the new print was made fort his sub-theme).
The back of the figs are also printed. Which is ofcourse also very welcome. I first tought the pilots did not have any printing on their backs, because it was kinda hard to see with the torso itself being dark-blue.
And the minifigs are finishing the quad-ish vehicle. It is very similar to all Lego quads in build, but it has instead six wheels. Which is also a welcome change. It has also some extra small containers to carry stuff around, but more about those later on.
And here it is, driven by the forest ranger with his walkie-talkie in his hand. Didn’t they learn him that driving while using a telephone is dangerous? At least the new ambulance has something to do now….
The back of the six-wheel quad (isn’t there a real vehicle like this IRL?), No backlights or anything, which I found kinda lazy. But you can’t have everything right?
And inside is a flashlight (to signal the ambulance …) And handcluffs to arrest bears or crooks hiding in the forest.
And we’ve reached the end of the first bag. The quad is finished and we have the general shape of the basis for the helicopter.
The second bag contains much more blue, which is the main color of the vehicle. Also a nice variety of bricks.
And at the end of the second bag it looks already a lot like the one on the box. The general shape is almost done. Safety seems to be a main priority, since the policemen do wear lifevest but are not worried about a coffeemuc on their dashboard(?). I predict a large raise in new fire and hospital sets in the future….
Random page. I wonder what that thing in the middle is with the wheel. Is it supposed to look like an engine or something? Anyway on to bag three, and a new instruction book. About those, I found out why the’re both thick. Some steps use like a max of 4 parts per step. Meaning more pages..
Bag 3 contains the larger pieces for the roof and for finishing most of the hull of the craft. No comment on the large pieces…
After a fast build the third bag is done. Now we have most of the vehicle completed.
The last bag will be used to make the rotors and finish the aircraft, and thus this set. We get 8 blades, which seems to me like a very high number. But that’s because Lego hasn’t released such a helicopter in a very long time.
And the set in all it’s glory. The Chinook/twin rotor helicopter looks very accurate, while still being playable enough. It’s probaly one of the largest system-based helicopters in Lego history, dwarfing all that came before.
Playability is quite high on this set. The hatches can be opened on both sides easily to acces the cockpit. Both pilots can sit in it confortable while flying (and probaly crashing because SOMEONE spilled the coffee on the electronics, yes I can’t let this go..)
The other hatch is located at the back, where the quad can enter the vehicle. I haven’t tried to get another vehicle in it, but it should be very possible as long as it isn’t too wide for it.
The interior is kinda bland, but I didn’t expect anything else since a vehicle needs to go in it. There is no hatch or wall that seperates the cockpit from the rest of the aircraft so you can see enterly trough it like here.
Another and last hatch is on one side that can be openend to reveal the compartmend, here the quad is in it...
And here it’s empty to store supplies or extra police figs
All hatches/doors open
Back view, a little bland IMO
Other side, also a little bland. I would prefer to have some stripes of yellow like the other side to break the blue a little.
Underside, no comment here
What I found was that the pilots sit a little too high, something we see this days a lot with City trucks.
This is one of the main parts I disliked on the box and vehicle. There is a gap on such an not-logic place. However I found out is was done by desing, since the doors could not be openend i fit was filled with plates/bricks.
And the diorama of the new police sets in the back of the instruction books. No other advertising of new City sets.
A new advert. Of the Lego City game for the (awfull) WII-U.
And the piece sheet
This set retails around 40-50 Euros in the Netherlands. Which seems a very good price for a vehicle of this size. The playability is also very high, but it would be cool if there also was somekind of winch to lift stuff up. The minifigs are very good, since all of them are new. The only thing I found lacking was the build time, since each bag was finished very fast, even with taking pics and several breaks. Also some areas eem a little to bland IMO.
So yeah, a great set and IMO the best set of the new forest police line. Lego has not released a chinook in a very long time and this one stands out on it’s own. I own both police helicopters (this one and the one from last year) and this one is better by a long shot. If you want to buy a nice helicopter I advice to buy this one.
8,5 out of 10
Thanks for watching
Edited by Rick, 05 December 2011 - 08:40 PM.