Review: 60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

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I'm back with another Coast Guard Review, this time it's 60012 4x4 & Diving Boat. This is the second cheapest set in the Summer 2013 Coast Guard range and retails for £9.99 GBP / $19.99 USD.

The box art again is the standard City backdrop with a beach in the foreground and displays the set in the most action packed scenario possible, but without the inclusion of someone to rescue. The bottom right of the box features a diagram demonstrating that the 'boat really floats'. I don't particularly care for floating boats as I have yet to work out a scenario when water can be used realistically in a LEGO context, but in this set the inclusion of a floating boat doesn't have any negative effect on the rest of the set as the dinghy piece is widely used anyway.

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

The back of the box features a Coast Guard with the obligatory 'HEY!' and the set starring in four different scenarios. These include a Coast Guarder steering the boat, diving off it leaving it to the mercy of the currents, the other Coast Guarder stood precariously on the side of the boat holding (not wearing!) his life jacket, and the pair of them heading home after a rescue, with the second crew member holding on to the back of the 4x4 as it speeds up the beach, due to the cab only having one seat...

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

So what's in the box? Two numbered bags this time, no prizes for guessing that bag one will build the 4x4 and bag two will construct the boat and trailer. The instruction booklet features the same design as the front of the box, just without the age rating and 'boat really floats' diagram. These sticker sheets really seem to dislike me, again this one had to be flattened under the encyclopedia, which wasn't very successful as you can see from the photo.

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Nothing really strikes me as unique in bag one, all of these parts have been used elsewhere before. The Coast Guard torso is the same as in 60011 Surfer Rescue, but it's nice to have a second copy. The only thing of interest here are the flippers. I haven't been building much lately, but this is my first encounter with flippers which are not on a sprue. Perhaps this has been changed to prevent wasted plastic, but by doing so, TLG seem to have decided that they are now small enough to warrant the inclusion of a spare, which would have, I imagine, the opposite effect, in that they end up using more raw material for the same number of sets which include flippers.

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

So, the finished 4x4. The lack of orange is particularly noticeable when looking at the 4x4 on its own - it gives the impression of a mainly white vehicle, which is what sets the 2013 Coast Guard line apart from the 2008 versions. The same colour scheme has been kept, but the colours have been inverted.

It's a nice little vehicle even without the trailer, although the fact that there is only one seat is a bit of an issue when two Coast Guard minifigures are included. Perhaps they are trained to hold onto the back like bin men while the vehicle is moving? I resorted to seating the second Coast Guard figure in the boat when travelling, but I'm sure that would raise some Health and Safety eyebrows!

One thing that is noticeably not present is blue lights - something I'd have thought LEGO would have jumped at the chance to include. I'm not sure what country LEGO City is in, but in the UK both RNLI and HM Coast Guard vehicles feature blue lights, even though they scarcely use them. The diving equipment holder in the back lifts out so that the equipment can be removed with ease. There is no front registration plate either, which would result in a £60 penalty notice in the UK, but doesn't seem to be a problem in LEGO City! I doubt they'll get away with it for long if it is indeed an offence - LEGO City must have the highest level of policing anywhere in the world!

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

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Onto bag two, the diving boat and trailer. Some of the parts in here are nice to have, but there isn't anything that really shouts out.

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

The second Coast Guard minifigure features another new torso, this one is orange with a life jacket pattern (the inconsistency between whether a minifigure has a printed or standard life jacket irks me...) and also features the new Coast Guard logo, which I am definitely a fan of. They have very cleverly managed to make it look like the front profile of a ship even at this tiny scale. The torso also features back printing, of a safety harness this time.

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The boat and trailer are simple but work well. There isn't an awful lot to say, except that again there is no registration plate!

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To conclude then, the set as a whole. I think it works well, and is an improvement on the previous version 7737. However I can't help feeling that it could have done with someone to rescue. If this set is purchased in isolation, playability is very limited unless one of the Coast Guard men is drowning! From the collector's point of view, it is a nice piece at a nice price, and when played/displayed along with other sets from the range it becomes a much more useful item. This set is definitely worth the £10, though I'm sure you'll have no problem finding it discounted at some point. Even if you don't have a beach/harbour as such, it would look at home on the streets of any city. I will certainly be picking up another couple of copies of this set when I see them reduced.

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Lastly, here's 60012 4x4 and Diving Boat along with 60011 Surfer Rescue.

60012 4x4 & Diving Boat

My copy of 60013 Coast Guard Helicopter has a couple of missing pieces, so I will be waiting to review that once they have arrived. Next to be reviewed therefore will be the Coast Guard Plane, 60015.

19 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review. At first I thought you must have got the GBP price wrong (£19.99 not £9.99) but it appears not! Why can't all Lego GBP/USD price conversions work like this! Great set for that price. Though I'm not sure it's such a great idea for them to stick their walkie-talkie and megaphone in the sand like that.

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By in Germany,

I think you've got the reasoning for the flippers exactly backwards. Obviously TLG *started off* by wanting to include a spare, so they had to start producing flippers that are not on sprues. At which point the most logical thing to do becomes putting in three flippers of the same kind rather than mix-and-matching two on sprue with one spare, since doing the latter would only add logistical complexity *and* waste that additional bit of plastic. Occam's razor.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review, this looks a neat little coast guard set and a great looking one too. Shame about there being no front licence plate or blue lights though, looks an improvement from the 2008 one which I own.

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By in Singapore,

Very amusing review. I think LEGO Coast Guard could afford a few fines though, since they are definitely the largest civil defence department after police and fire services.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Andhe - completely agree with your conversion point!! :)

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By in United States,

I think TLG should be commended for preaching safety first in the pictures on the back of the box.

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By in United States,

This set reminds me of a mini version of 7726.

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By in Sweden,

The new flippers are thicker and made of the regular, harder (and shiny!) plastic unlike the old, slightly bendy (and matte) ones. You also only get one extra flipper now, whereas before you'd get an extra sprue (i.e. 2 flippers). Though you technically get less flipper for your buck, I think the new ones are much better, so good job on LEGO for updating them to proper LEGO quality.

Anyway, I really like this set. It's nothing special or anything, but the minifigures are nice, the set looks good and you get an orange boat (which previously only came with the most expensive 2008 Coast Guard sets). And really, it's just nice to see some City sets that aren't fire/police-based.

They only downside would be that there's no one to rescue, but pick up the cheapo Surfer Rescue set and you're good to go. The waterski from that set looks really nice on the trailer from this set too, so they work really well together.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Andhe - I was also surprised at that! When I looked up the US RRP I was prepared to find it as £9.99/$9.99 but it's nice to see that LEGO have realised there is s difference between GBP and USD!

@Schwallex - That's possible I suppose. As I understand it LEGO did not previously include spare flippers, as presumably the fact that the two were attached on a sprue meant that the part did not meet the criteria for a replacement to be triggered. Perhaps LEGO were receiving missing parts requests for the flippers, or perhaps they were attempting to cut down on 'wasted' plastic. It's a case of the chicken or the egg really, did they start off wanting to include a spare so got rid of the sprue to facilitate this, or did they remove the sprue and then realised a spare piece was warranted?

@Graysmith - I did notice that the flippers seemed better quality, so thumbs up to LEGO on that front. As far as I can remember I have never encountered a set which includes an extra sprue of two flippers, so from my perspective LEGO might be using more raw material per set containing flippers (by including an extra flipper rather than a sprue) but that extra material is functional, rather than waste.

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By in United States,

Great review Matthew! But it is kind of expensive in the US, at 15c per piece!

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By in Poland,

Oh look a remake of the most boring set ever!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ A lot of the Atlantis sets had spare flippers on sprues in yellow.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've really enjoyed these reviews, Matthew. Keep up the good work!

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By in United States,

In current terms though, 9.99UK/$14.99 would be more correct. $20 IMO is not great at all, even with a boat. Plus, the cement mixer has 2 figures, 2 big pieces (about the same weight as the boat), and 221 pieces for the same price. $12.99 would be more correct for this set IMO.

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By in Australia,

"I have yet to work out a scenario when water can be used realistically in a LEGO context"
... in the bath! (Might not be appropriate for a Lego show, though.)

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By in United States,

Don't know what system Lego uses to pack there parts but if its by weight the flippers might not weigh enough to register as two and that is why we get extra parts. ( 1x1 round plates, visors. ect....)

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By in United States,

$20 is just silly. Why would I get a small jeep and boat when I can get an SVU and two motorcycles. $15 maybe, but $20 is insane. For $20 you think LEGO could have some new faces.

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By in United States,

^I agree $20 is steep for such a tiny set. $12.99 or $13.99 and I'd buy it without a second thought. If the truck was a 6 wide then we are talking $20.

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By in United States,

I went to a Toys 'R Us around my area and they said this was $22.99. This set's currently at $19.99. Why hasn't Lego thought about lowering the price to $9.99 or $12.99? Love the set, and I really wish I had it on my hands right now. It's the madly high price that's keeping me from having it.

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