I decided to get into the review business. I generally like to read reviews that help to decide what is worth buying. Therefore I'll try to give the maximum amount of information I would expect from a review.
It seems I am the first to review the 2012 set 4436 Patrol Car on Eurobricks, I was lucky to obtain it so early.
So let's get started with the box:
Let the build start:
Building the barrier:
Building the car:
Finished set (without stickers yet) and remaining pages of instructrions:
Parts list close-up:
Finished model from different angles (no stickers yet for those who prefer not to apply them):
I was curious: will it fit?
Unfortunately not, the problem is width:
And length also:
A simple scene: Criminal seems to have escaped, barrier is down, Obese Officer won't follow without the car. Criminal does not care about the warning sign:
But criminal has to make a tough decision soon: an overweight officer is still a better company than an overweight teddy bear:
They both fit easily into the car - at last! Car base has always been enough for two minifigs for a long time, only the optimal roof part was missing:
Here comes the difficult part, there are so many aspects... I'll try with the usual categories:
Design: 10/10 I think both the car and the barrier look realistic, car has great proportions. They are quite robust too. A balanced city set.
Build: 6/10 Nothing interesting, no sign of any clever build ideas, easy for kids, does not get boring for adults either as it is ready so quickly.
Playability: 8/10 It has not been possible to arrest a criminal and seat to the back of a normal car until now, this is a great improvement. On the other hand this is about all, I don't know what the barrier should add to the play experience aside from what I pictured on the scene.
Minifigs: 6/10. 10/10 for the new ranger outfit, and 2/10 for the criminal in the often criticised prisoner outfit. We want real criminals in usual LEGO-like stereotypical outfits (they actually have a gangster rapper among the collectible minifigs already), not losers who prepare for imprisonment right at the start when doing crime...
Parts: 10/10 A couple of new parts and new colors in a relatively cheap set.
By the way I won't take price into account as it varies so much.
High-resolution images will be available at 4436 Patrol Car 2012 High Resolution
You can help me decide what 2012 set is review next (when I have time):
- 4206 Recycling Truck
- 4437 Police Pursuit
- 4441 Police Dog Van
- I should better stay away from reviewing, never post again
Thanks for reading!
Edited by Rick, 31 December 2011 - 05:11 PM.