Review: 60011 Surfer Rescue

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The Coast Guard sub-theme of the LEGO City range is something I have always had a bit of a soft spot for, despite the limited sets released in the past, indeed it was not for nothing that I was originally known as LegoCoastGuard on Brickset.

2008 was the last time we saw any new releases from this sub-theme, so I was particularly pleased when five new sets were announced for Summer 2013 release. I'm pleased to say that I have acquired all five and I have them lined up for review over the next few days.

Today I'm going to crack open the very smallest set, 60011 Surfer Rescue.

60011 Surfer Rescue

To be honest, Surfer Rescue scarcely warrants the classification of a set at all in my opinion, it is not much more than a polybag with a surfer and a shark thrown in! It retails for £4.99 GBP / $6.99 USD and is packaged in a small but surprisingly deep box which results in this being one of the few sets which can fit back into the box once assembled. The front features the usual City branding and background image, though this time with a sandy shoreline visible. In pride of place (slightly larger than life), we have our surfer in peril (though oddly sporting a nervous half smile, not entirely appropriate to a situation where he is about to have his legs bitten off...). Over to the left we've got our shark, looking suitably ferocious, and in the background we've got our friendly local Coast Guard on his 'watercraft', to quote the set description.

Inside the box is a single bag of parts, the shark's body, a folded instruction booklet and a sticker sheet (pictured after spending some time being pressed under an encyclopedia...)!

60011 Surfer Rescue

Inside the parts bag we have 36 parts (the advertised quantity is 32). The price per piece is 15.594p/21.844c, which earns it a place on both the UK and US worst price per piece lists.

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Although the 2013 Coast Guard sets are definitely more white than orange, which was the prominent colour last time around, the box still gives off the impression of a white and orange 'watercraft', so it came as something as a surprise to discover that there were in fact only three orange parts in the entire set! In terms of extra parts, I had five left over which isn't quite right, as there were 36 pieces in the box and the official part count is 32. My best explanation is that LEGO is including the second life jacket as part of the set, even though it isn't shown in the instructions anywhere.

Two minifigures are included, and as could be concluded from the set name, there is a surfer and a rescuer!
The surfer's torso is printed with a wetsuit with a logo showing a wave on the front and a zipper down the back (which is a nice detail but completely out of scale!). The torso is new for this year, and is exclusive to this set and the Coast Guard Helicopter (60013). He has plain black legs, and a head which has been in 47 sets and is incredibly common. The hairpiece is a nice one to have - it is only included in two other sets which are both considerably more expensive than 60011. Despite the surfboard being the version twice featured in the Collectable Minifigures series printed with two different patterns, this set relies on a sticker which is disappointing.

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(Apologies for the minifigure photographs which are at an odd angle!).

The Coast Guard also features a new torso for 2013, a grey shirt with the Coast Guard logo. None of the other components are anything to shout about; the legs, head and helmet/visor have been featured in countless other sets. The life jacket is the new version from 2011 which while looking more realistic than the previous version, also results in a visible* unsightly gap between the head and the torso.
* This is the issue with this part versus it's predecessor.

60011 Surfer Rescue

There isn't much to say about the shark, it is the older version which is perfectly adequate, however I'm sure that using the 2008 version would have added much more play value (biting minifigure heads off)!

Finally, the watercraft. Perhaps LEGO was unable to decide what to call it, so just stuck with watercraft. Anyway, it does the job, the Coast Guard is able to cut through the waves to rescue the surfer in peril and there is just about room for the surfer to hop on the back while he is transported to land, but it's a tight squeeze! The watercraft uses three stickers, one for the front and one on each side. Despite my dislike of stickers I have to admit that the watercraft would not look half as good without them. They are a necessary evil as you are kidding yourself that LEGO will produce four printed parts for a £5 set.

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So in summary, a nice little set to add fill-in to a City beach layout, and a teaser for the rest of the Coast Guard sub-theme. Is it worth the £5? Just about, for two new torsos, a shark and a (rather basic) watercraft. All the same, I would hold out for a discount, I'm sure it will go down on Amazon soon, and if the discount is great enough it may be a useful set to buy a few copies of for army building (although obviously up to a point - you only need so many coast guards!).

60011 Surfer Rescue

Will you be getting this set? Have you already got it? What do you think of it?

I hope to have the next review, 60012 4x4 and Diving Boat posted by tomorrow morning.

21 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

It's poor form that the surf board comes with a sticker. As you note, they have printed versions in £2 CMF sets so why not in this set?

The surfer torso is nice though.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a nice review, Matthew, you must be new?

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By in United States,

I believe the logo on the wetsuit is supposed to be a wave, probably a nod to the Quiksilver logo.

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By in Bulgaria,

I will be getting it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Despite being the cheapest set on the Coast Guard wave, I'm not sure if I will actually buy this one as I own the 2008 collection plus it's a bit much for £5.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was going to say the same thing as binaryeye. The logo is a wave rather than a shark fin.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ and ^^^^ thanks for pointing that out, looking at it again I can see that it is a wave rather than a fin.

@TECHNIC222 I'm new to writing front-page reviews, but I have been a news editor, moderator and forum moderator for several years.

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By in United Kingdom,

I will be getting this set you can never have to many shark's. By the way great review. :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review Look forward to the remainder matthew as the coast guard is a sub theme I too am keen on.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Matthew thanks,you seem to like city.
nice collection dude.

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By in Sweden,

Such a shame that LEGO went to the trouble of designing a new shark mould and then only use it for the white shark in the helicopter set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice first review!
I may have to get one or two of these sets to add to my cityscape..

PS. The zip looks to be in scale to me - my wetsuit has a VERY chunky and oversized zip.

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By in United States,

Thanks, Matthew. Great review and photos. I am very fond of the Coast Guard theme. Just a note regarding "60014-1: Coast Guard Patrol". I was initially disappointed that the hulk of the Coast Guard boat (as well as the green boat) was in one-piece plastic - not buildable by putting LEGO bricks together. I thought "Hey! That's cheating! I want to build that instead ..." Then I realized it is for the floatable feature. Love these sharks. Having fun placing them swimming alongside the surfers. It is cool! Nobody is biting anyone (at least not in my house) Enjoy! :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

As a minifig MOCer, I'm a big fan of this little set as a parts piece; the surfer's hairpiece is a new colour for me, in a style which suits both male and female minifigs, and his torso is an excellent match for that of the female surfer in the CMF line (since I've used her torso and legs as the basis for an all-female superhero group, it's nice to have a suit for males within that group!). Finally, I really like the plain white surfboard - much more reusable than the patterned versions, which I already have too many of. The shark is a nice bonus, and the parts simply go into my parts collection. I've already bought half a dozen over the last two months!

Very nice review, Matthew. Looking forward to the rest!

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By in Canada,

I think it's a decent set. It's going to go great with my beach scene, eventually.

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By in United States,

I think I'll get this little set just for the dark orange hair piece. Every now and then I'll make a little Genosis battle scene and have to make Anakin, Padame, and Obi-wan custom. Anakin and Padame are no problem, but for Obi-wan I just don't have the right color for his hair. I have that hair style in every other color (black, dark brown, brown, dark tan, and light yellow) except dark orange. I usually have to give him the dark tan on Thor's head. I thought it was hopeless getting it considering the 2 pricey sets it now comes in. I was delighted to find out it came in this set! I will definitely be buying this. Thanks for the review!

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By in United States,

Meh, I think I'll save up for 60012.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's nice to see that the surfer's hair is actually dark orange, as it looks distinctly reddish brown on the box artwork.

If this had the new shark it might have been tempting to pick up for such a cheap price.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review Matthew, I have already picked up the Coast Guard Helicopter and may have to purchase a couple of the smaller sets too by the looks of it.

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