LEGO Set Review: High Speed Chaseon January 15, 2013 at 12:00 am
Set #: 6007
The LEGO City Police series is probably the single most redundant aspect of LEGO®. For some time the series has been stagnant showing little variation from year to year. In fact, I would be willing to bet it is the most common non-licensed line to frequent the clearance rack at stores.
So why are we reviewing it? Because the City Police series has actually changed for the 2013 year. Even holding the box you’ll notice it is far stronger than any such box previously which tend to get easily damaged. LEGO® is expensive and I am sure a damaged box is a hard sell.
I had high hopes that the “Police” barricade would be a printed set in lieu of stickers but that wasn’t the case. I simply cannot stand LEGO® stickers and I rarely use them. Even when I can get the on straight they rarely look anything other than cheap stickers. Stickers are normally the only low quality item you will ever find in a LEGO® set.
Along with the standard motorcycle we find ourselves with the first new items to the series. A new police mini-fig that doesn’t look like its from the 1950′s.
Back to the stickers mentioned above, even though I am not a fan of stickers I like this style. The font has a rough spray painted look to it.
Looking at the new mini-fig and small changes made to the motorcycle side by side with an old set from 2010, the changes stand out much more.
Dark blue bricks replace the tired weak blue of the old LEGO® City police.
As the police cruiser begins to take shape you can begin to see the new style.
The windshield takes on a much more rugged armored look than the traditional clear windscreen.
Once fully built we have a strong looking vehicle that looks more like an armored police SUV than a gimicky vehicle.
The rear of the unit has a nice trunk for storage rather than the traditional weird box on most police units of the past. You’ll also notice the mini-fig which is much like the first once except for the hair and head. I am not complaining as I want as many of those new torso’s as possible. LEGO® obviously wants to take a bite out of the custom market and this is a perfect start.
The new police unit re-design is much like the Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape truck which until this set was my favorite truck. The changes to the standard LEGO designs is increasingly positive.
The new feature trend take a left turn here back to the land of gimicky builds. Nothing too new here, standard colors aside from a nicely painted gold brick.
Here is the third car which to me is an uninteresting build. Once the body begins to take place it just looks boring and doesn’t improve as you’ll see when the set is all together.
Our third character offers some nice changes but I am a bored of the striped shirt we see so often. His utility gear is nice and his cap can’t put on straight as its slanted. Nice touch!
The left overs from the build were a pleasant surprise that featured some unique pieces. Normally the smaller standard City sets are common pieces. Any extra trans elements are a welcome addition to any collection.
All together now you’ll see what positively represents the future of the dusty LEGO® City Police line. Look at the bottom and you’ll notice road spikes with can be used for many builds. Apparently they are treads from a LEGO® City Construction vehicle. I have never had an item from that series and I plan on buying some more treads for my next BrickLink order.
Aside from my criticism of the red sports car I absolutely love this set and all of its changes. This is a must buy especially for those who have been desiring a more grown up City set. Had the red car been anything even remotely interesting this would have gotten a full 5 heads.
Buy High Speed Chase today.