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#1 Klaus-Dieter


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:53 PM

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Hello everybody and a happy new year! :classic:

I bought 4441 yesterday and so I decided to do my first review. Here it is:

4441 Forest Police Dog Unit

Firstly the box:
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The three polybags, the sticker sheet and the two building instructions:
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Bag one is for building firstly the cabriolet and then the small gold mine.
Bag two and bag three are for building the police van.

There are two completely new molds in this set:
a smaller car wing
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and a new piece for trees to hold four knobs (of which you can find a picture in the review of the fire truck someone posted here)

The criminal and the forest police officer:
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The two dogs:
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The gold mine with beehive and two gold barrels:
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The dark-red and black cabriolet:
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The forest police dog van:
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The dogs inside the van:
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The criminal in the little "cell" in the back of the van:
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All in all I give this set an
above average
because of following reasons:

-no car doors for the cabriolet
-a poacher or at least a criminal in civilian outfit would have been much better
-with its 30 Euros imo 5 Euros too expensive
-no new dogs

-amazing looking and very detailed forest police dog van
-beehive is a neet detail
-great design of the cabriolet (apart from the missing car doors)
-with the new forest police theme TLG gives us some police sets which are much more interesting than always only the regular urban police sets

I really like this set and don't regret to have bought it.

What do you think?

I hope that this review was useful and helped you.



Edited by Rick, 03 January 2012 - 08:48 PM.

#2 lightningtiger


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:08 PM

Happy new year to you 'K-D', and thanks for a great review of this city set. :sweet:
It's the car that makes the set worth it, though the police truck is doing a dual role....dam, it Lego stop twisting my %$#$%$$ arm....I'll buy it....on the shopping list ! :blush:
Excellent play set, a hotted up car, a hiding spot and cop who likes his job and never smiles ! :laugh:
Are you going to review anything else 'Klaus' ?
Anyway, Brick On Review On ! :classic:

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:13 PM


-no new dogs

Ok I would love to get some new colors of dogs too, but look, new dogs are still pretty rare in 2011 sets, so it's great way to get two of them.

I love the car!
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#4 The Yellow Brick

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:31 PM

Thank you for this review Klaus-Dieter!
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The car is really nice and the van as well. its a big improvement on last years police dog van.

#5 Klaus-Dieter


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:43 PM

View Postlightningtiger, on 03 January 2012 - 01:08 PM, said:

Are you going to review anything else 'Klaus' ?
Some minutes ago 4205 (forest police mobile command center) arrived via DHL and yesterday I even bought 4206 (recycling truck). I plan to do reviews on both sets in the next days. :wink:


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:28 PM

Great review of a fantastic set, I shall definitely be getting this, for £20 it's brilliant value. I LOVE the sports car - beautiful!!
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:17 PM

I'm not into city, but this looks like a neat set.

The beehive is clever and useful in any theme (other than space really).

I have only recently received my first dog, so this set having two is great! But sure, new dog colors or molds would be neat as well.

The sports car looks fast, but will it survive the rough terrain in the forest? Only time will tell...

Thanks for the great review. I can't wait to read more.
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#8 Henchmen4Hire


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:07 PM

Those half mudguards look very useful for vintage car MOCs, especially for the rear since they tend to curve upwards at about mid-wheel.

This set is pretty cool, those are some nice vehicle designs

Also, haha, space bees!  :laugh:

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:18 PM

Thanks for the review.

Another nice 2012 Police set. I have the feeling all my feelings about the new Police line last year were wrong. The only flaw I see is the lack of doors in the car, but the rest looks just great. The beehive was just a nice touch!  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

#10 just2good


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:21 PM

Nice review! :classic:
If I ever do pick up this set, it would be for the mini-mine and for the criminal's car, which both look decent.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:27 AM

I like the mine and the car but the police dog van looks similar to the old one, which I already have. So I am considering having this set.
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#12 JackJonespaw


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:58 AM

Good review! It's kinda cheap of Lego to have the same exact dogs...I mean, even a plain red-brown one would be better.

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#13 Aanchir


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:49 PM

View PostJackJonespaw, on 06 January 2012 - 03:58 AM, said:

Good review! It's kinda cheap of Lego to have the same exact dogs...I mean, even a plain red-brown one would be better.
I kind of disagree. These particular dogs seem designed to resemble German Shepherds, which are a very typical breed of police dog. So I think it makes sense to continue using these dogs for a police set, and is not "cheap" at all.

If TLG were to introduce a new dog for anything, I'd like to see a new dog mold around the same size but with floppier ears. It could be printed as a Dalmatian for Fire sets, or in different colors as any number of different breeds. But apparently, according to Wikipedia, Dalmatians don't have the same reputation as firefighting dogs in other countries as they have in the United States, which might explain why we've never seen one in a LEGO set.

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