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Review: 60171 Mountain Fugitives

Small City sets are often overlooked for their larger more interesting counterparts. These cheap sets get relegated to stocking stuffers or treats for kids.

Today I am going to be checking out 60171 Mountain Fugitives to answer the question of whether or not this set is a worthy addition to your LEGO purchases.

The Build

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This section of my review is probably going to be fairly short and simple because there isn’t a lot of building to this set. In fact there are just 88 pieces, split between three builds.

The first build is the small log. The use of SNOT techniques allows for the log to feature two spots to place minifigures, while the end is nicely capped off with a printed tile.

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Next up is the blue ATV. This is a fairly simple build for anybody that has ever built a LEGO vehicle. The addition of the chain at the rear is something a bit different.

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The final of the three builds is the tree with a hidden nook for hiding loot. It’s certainly not the most impressive tree build LEGO have ever produced. I do like the way the foliage covering the hole was done.

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Overall the building experience is not particularly amazing but with 88 pieces I’m not shocked by that.

The End Result

The build experience is very basic but the end result looks great.

The overall shape of the log is a little odd with the use of bricks as well as the 2×2 rounds but I don’t think there was any way to integrate studs for the minifigures to sit on without adding some squareness to the overall shape. It’s not a deal breaker and having the option of a minifigure sitting on the log is worth the strange shape.

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The 2×2 tile with log pattern printing is a fantastic decorative piece and I can see it being well used by moc builders.

The blue colour scheme for the ATV is appropriate for a police vehicle while the front bullbar adds a sense of ruggedness to the look. My only criticism of the ATV part of the set is the light on the back. The blue light on a pole looks a bit odd and I don’t think it’s really necessary. I think having lights on the 1×4 plate with 2 studs would have worked fine.

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The chain on the rear of the ATV can be attached to the log and used as a play function.

Lastly we have the tree, which incorporates the main play part of the set. The criminals have dug out a hole in the bottom of the tree to stash the gold bars and covered it with some foliage.

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While the tree itself isn’t that impressive the bottom section redeems it. Some nice detailing with the use of grey elements to represent rocks and the movable foliage.

The standout feature to me though is the new beehive element that is attached to the top of the tree. This new element fits over a minifigure head (LEGO officially calls the part a hat) and creates some hilarious story opportunities. The idea of a bumbling criminal with a beehive on his head is wonderful. You’ll have to take the minifigure’s hair piece off before adding the beehive but that’s not really an issue.

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The Characters

There are four minifigures included in this set and I’m really pleased that there is a 50/50 gender split. Here’s the lineup…

Female Officer

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Our first minifigure is the female police officer. I love her facial expression which makes me think she’s more than willing to play the bad cop role in interrogations. That subtle smirk adds a heap of personality.

The female officer features a combination hat and hair element featuring a nice ponytail. It’s a great piece and I think it would also work outside of a police setting.

Her torso features a vest over the dark blue base and printing of pockets, her badge and a radio. The rear continues the vest printing.

While the torso printing is great the leg printing is quite basic with just two small pockets.

Female Criminal

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The female criminal minifigure features another great face print. There are a lot of similarities between this minifigure and the female officer, but this print is a bit more aggressive looking.

Adding to the narrative of the set is the torso printing which features a red open shirt over a classic style striped prison outfit. Obviously this minifigure isn’t just a criminal, she’s an escapee.

The female criminal also comes with a backpack to store the gold bars for her potential getaway.

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Male Criminal

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While the female criminal has had a chance to grab a shirt to disguise herself a little this character is still just wearing his standard prison outfit. The design is limited to the torso with both the arms and legs being plain. The stripe pattern does continue on the rear of the torso.

Another great face print here. I love the addition of the gold tooth.

This minifigure also features an alternative face print – this version is clearly post-beehive incident. I’m a sucker for anything that has personality and this print is outstanding.

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ATV Officer

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The second of our police officer minifigures is the ATV driver. This male police officer features a very common face print and the same pants as the female officer.

The male minifigure’s torso is similar to the female one – with the radio and badge – the difference being that this minifigure doesn’t have on a vest.

There is a helmet for the male officer to wear but no alternative hair piece. I like to just assume that he’s a bald officer.

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Value For Money

You can get this set for $10 from Kmart without any sale. For $10 you get – 4 great minifigures, a nice ATV, a small tree, some gold bar elements, a new beehive element and the great printed 2×2 log print tile.

I regularly spend over $10 on lunch. This set is great value at that price.

If you have any interest in this years mountain police city sub-theme then grab this set next time you are out. It’s fantastic value and has some hilarious play and storytelling value.

Free Hotdog Stand From LEGO Online

The Australian online LEGO store has just released details of a new promotion.

With any City set purchase you will receive a free Hotdog Stand set.

Dec 2017 Hotdog Stand

This is actually quite a long running offer – it is available from 27th December 2017 to 4th March 2018, or while stocks last.

Interestingly there also doesn’t seem to be any minimum spend. You should get it with any City purchase.

With the new City sets available online* it’s a tempting offer.

* I haven’t hard time to post about the new sets yet, sorry.

LEGO City Make & Take At Toys R Us

Toys R Us aren’t just using sales to try and lure customers in-store. On Saturday November 19th they will also be temping you with free LEGO – that’s right it’s another Make & Take event.

VIP Club members can register to build a LEGO City Volcano Explorer vehicle and take it home for free. The event is one day only (November 19th) and spots almost always fill up quickly so I suggest you register as soon as possible.

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Via http://www.toysrus.com.au/lego-city-nov-make-take-rego

Thanks to Ali and Trevor for making sure I spotted this.

Toys R Us Bricktober Make & Take Event

The Toys R Us Bricktober event is well under way but the mini modular sets aren’t the only promotion taking place.

On Saturday October 17th Toys R Us VIP club members will be able to build a LEGO City Mini Kayak and take it home for free.

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There are seven different times available for the event:

  • 9:30 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

This is a one day only event and there are limited spots available so you may want to get in quick.

You’ll need to have a VIP account and head to this link to register.

Thanks to Wade for sending this through.

On Sale: Buy 1 City Set, Get 1 Half Price At Toys R Us

Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price City ToysRUs

We were worried that we may not see any more sales until the big Toy Sales coming up, but Toys ‘R’ Us have come to the rescue with an offer on LEGO City sets.

From Wednesday 21st May 2014 until Tuesday 3rd June 2014 if you buy a LEGO City set you will be able to pick up a second one for 50% off. The second item must be of equal or lower value.

If given a choice we would prefer broader sales, but if you are in the market for City sets it does work out better than a 20% off sale.

View the catalogue here

All Aboard – New LEGO Train Sets Coming Soon

LEGO Sets from the second half of 2014 have made an appearance at the German Toy Fair. The first batch of new sets are all Train related, and they look great.

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A modern looking station that should be a nice addition to any LEGO City. The station also includes a snack bar and comes with a taxi.

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The white three carriage train should be the perfect addition to the Train Station. Some fans might not like the fact that the train includes large moulded pieces for the front and rear.

60052 Cargo Train
A nice blue engine with a selection of cargo to transport. The cargo includes large spools of cable, fuel tanks and even a cow. The set also includes a forklift and small truck.

Video from HobbymediaIT

On Sale: Discounts At Target Including 20% Off City And Ninjago

Target 20 Percent Off City And Ninjago

From this Thursday (23rd January 2014) Target is offering 20% off all LEGO City and Ninjago sets.

This could be a great opportunity to pick up some of the new 2014 sets in each of those themes.

 

There are also some introductory specials on LEGO Juniors and Duplo sets -

  • Lego Juniors Construction Or Princess Play Castle for $25, save $5
  • Lego Juniors Batman for $34, save $6
  • Lego Duplo My First Shop Or My First Police for $34, save $6
  • Lego Duplo Toddler Build And Boat Fun for $25, save $5

As well as some discounts on Friends sets -

  • Emma’s Sports Car for $19, save $5
  • Heartlake Juice Bar for $30, save $9
  • Stephanie’s Beach House for $47, save $12

Check out the catalogue here

2014 LEGO City Set Details Leak Online

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The Canadian Walmart site has released set names and images of most of the 2014 City sets. It looks like 2014 is another busy year for the LEGO City police force. There are also several non-police themed sets in the mix as well such as a fantastic looking logging truck.

Be sure to check out all of the images and set names below.