Review: 60119 Ferry

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Earlier this month I was extolling the virtues of the 2016 City set 60119 Ferry, saying how refreshing it is that LEGO is producing something a bit different rather than just an endless stream of fire and police sets.

In actual fact LEGO ferries are not new at all: last century LEGO produced promotional models for various European ferry companies, 15 in total, that were sold on-board the ships. More recently, a Creator ferry was produced, 4997, in 2008. However, I believe this is the first one to come with minifigures, and it's certainly the first City one.

Thanks to the LEGO CEE team I now have one in hand. Read on to find out whether it lived up to my expectations.

Box and contents

The box shows the boat arriving at its destination, having crossed the water from the city in the background. It hasn't been tied up or moored, which is typical of operations on some routes (e.g. the Campobello Island one I mentioned in my first article).

60119 Ferry

Other than driving on and off, there isn't a lot of play or interaction that can be illustrated on the back.

60119 Ferry

Inside, three instruction manuals of varying sizes and a sticker sheet. More on the stickers later.

60119 Ferry

Parts are presented in four numbered bags.

60119 Ferry

There are three loose parts. The 8x16 green tiles are new in this set.

60119 Ferry

Minifigures

The set comes with two minfigs: a female car driver and the ferry captain. The woman's torso is fairly common but her hair piece is not, having been used for Black Widow in two sets this year.

The captain's torso was used in one of this year's Deep Sea sets

60119 Ferry

The build

The car is built first, and like all City cars, it's unremarkable and pretty poor. I really wish LEGO would work on their minifig-scale car designs to make them a bit more realistic. They have nailed 6-wide trucks and lorries but cars still look out of proportion: when was the last time you saw a car with tyres sticking out from wheel arches? It's illegal in many countries as far as I'm aware.

Anyway, it is what it is, we will just have to live with it for now.

60119 Ferry

Car out of the way, we move on to the ferry itself. It's a simple build.

60119 Ferry

The angled sides are achieved using old-school hinged bricks which, in yellow, have not appeared in a set so far this century.

60119 Ferry

The cabin uses window and roof parts that I am not familiar with although they are not new.

60119 Ferry

The cabin roof lifts off to enable the captain to be inserted but as the door is just 2 studs wide it's impossible to get him to stand in the doorway. There's no ladder provided for him to get up there: maybe he jumps...

60119 Ferry

The completed model

As you can see from this angle the boat is certainly not water-tight!

60119 Ferry

The stickers were easily applied. They appear to be made of a new material with which I am not familiar: it's far more shiny that usual and slightly thicker and thus more robust. Time will tell whether it will peel, but I have hope that LEGO has resolved that issue with this new formulation.

60119 Ferry

60119 Ferry

Verdict

I think it's a fantastic set. It's a realistic representation of a real-life vehicle, quick and easy to build and, at 34cm long, an impressively sized model.

It's not perfect: another car or some other vehicle would have been welcome, and as I said above, the design of City cars needs some work to make them more realistic, but as for the ferry itself, I don't think it could be improved, other than the provision of a ladder to the captain's cabin. Some have said it's a shame it doesn't have much of a hull, but adding one would limit its playability because the deck would be raised as a result, and of course it's not visible when the vessel is on water anyway.

I have no idea what the set will cost but I suspect that, given the relatively niche subject matter, it will be a 'hard-to-find' retailer exclusive in some markets. I guess we will find out on the 1st of January.

Kudos to LEGO for taking a bit of a gamble and producing something that is different. Let's hope it sells well such that LEGO is encouraged to take risks in future.

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52 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for such an exclusive review. Looking forward to see it on shelves.

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By in Belgium,

Woohoo it seems to be Review-day :)

Glad to see something breaking the usual routine of City line-up. Yet it is perhaps a bit plain, but that's just how they are in real life :-)

About the cabin and the captain: Perhaps he jumps indeed :) , perhaps he lives there and never comes out!

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By in United Kingdom,

I like it and will look out for it when it goes on sale. However, since the captain is marooned on the bridge because of a ladder shortage it could really have done with another crew figure to supervise loading/unloading etc. I will MOC mine to have the bridge span the full width of the hull. I'll have a ladder/steps too!

Swap a few bricks out and you could have a Police/Fire/Deep Sea/Underwater ferry, which it soon will be with those gaps around the ramps.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi,
I hope this set will not be to expensvie because I really like.
It's true it's a breath of fresh air because it's really something new in the city range.

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By in Germany,

This is - for me - the only must-buy set of next year.

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By in United States,

just2good did a review of this set on YouTube a few days ago saying it retailed for $30 USD. After his review, and this one, while it might be a refreshing idea, to me this set has nothing going for it.

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By in United States,

Those parts for the cabin appear to be 17454 "train front 2 x 6 x 2", 57895 "glass for train front 2 x 6 x 2", and 13269 "slope 45 6 x 4 double / 33 (train roof)

These are newer parts that appear to replace older designs of similar shape.

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By in Netherlands,

I have to say, like many of Lego's recent 'City' sets which have a lot in common with Playmobil sets, this again looks like a cheap rip-off of Playmobil's 5127 Car Ferry. This set is very lackluster, and really should have been slightly bigger and more detailed, and at a higher price-point.

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By in United Kingdom,

I want this for the new 8x16 green tiles if nothing else.

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By in Australia,

Hey those old school promotional ferries look awesome! They've stood the test of time quite well.

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By in Australia,

^ I was just gonna say, those old-school ferries looked amazing!

I don't mind this ferry. It's a nice idea for your average Lego city, but I feel like the execution is off, somehow. But the problems are endemic to a lot of sets in recent years. I too would love to know how the captain gets in and out of the cabin, given there's no stairs (there's a work-place health and safety issue, right there). I'm not keen on this style of car, and for the same reason, but also, where are the doors? I get that it's a convertible, but still.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm pretty sure the roof pieces were also in the Horizon Express train.

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By in Poland,

I love it. Add second car, some more people, and cargo to fill empty space, and you got yourself a great looking set with lots of play value.

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By in United States,

This is very nice!! Although, it wouldn't fit well in my city...

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By in United States,

Thank you for the review! This is the first city set that's caught my interest in quite awhile. I love those big green tile pieces!

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By in United States,

This is a must buy from me so I am happy if the price is reasonable ( hope there is otr than one cellphone).

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By in United Kingdom,

@paperballpark, yes, and the windows have appeared in blue in last year's cargo train but mine are still in their boxes!

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By in Canada,

I believe the set to be $40 CAD, an excellent price in my opinion.

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By in Switzerland,

I think you have nailed it with the car Huw - spot on - I have been banging on about this for the last few years now - how on earth are the wheels for cars the same size as that for truck - it makes no sense.

Defo one for me, but could the ferry be adapted to accomodate two cars wide? That is how they load them on and off in Italy, having driven down there numerous times.

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By in Slovenia,

I just wish they would have made it a floatable ferry. My son would go crazy with that.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw - there's one of these much closer to you than your example: on the Isle of Wight. Check out the Cowes Chain Ferry, also known locally as the floating bridge.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with others that it is nice to get something different from the City range and I will certainly buy this set when it becomes available.

I notice the box shows the car numberplate on the black 1x2 slope rather than the 1x4 curved slope. It looks far better on the curved slope as it is shown in the review.

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By in Canada,

I really appreciate Lego bringing out something different. I think it looks great. Not sure yet how high it will end up on my wishlist though. I can see why some people don't like it, but I think it's a great idea and well executed for the target audience.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Ah yes, that looks much better, doesn't it!

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By in United States,

Love it, cannot wait. This will be perfect for train gardens!

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By in United States,

Nice looking set, but it definitely needs another car.

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By in United Kingdom,

It reminds me of the sandbanks ferry in dorset england , is it still running ? its 35 years since i was last there .

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By in Italy,

^^Keefyd, are you maybe referencing to those ones of Ravenna? I just live in there, and yes, they are pretty much the same.

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By in United Kingdom,

looks great, can't wait!

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By in Canada,

Hopefully I can get some 6 wide vehicles to fit in it.

Thanks for another excellent review!

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By in United States,

i guess im not the only one sick of fire, police, coast guard and diver sets

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review. This is a nice change of pace.

@deephorse - a full-width cabin would be great. It could be partly just a deck with seating for the passengers, but having the second level span the ferry side-to-side would really improve the look, I suspect.

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By in New Zealand,

Great review and a set that I would be getting when released.

There is a slight error in that red and green navigation side lights are out of place. See the last photo in Huw's review above and the artwork on the reverse of the box.

A double ended ferry like this goes back a forth and the sidelights need to be diagonally opposite each other. Consider the last photo as if the ferry was coming toward you; the lights would be showing the wrong profile.

This is on the artwork on the box so it is a LEGO design error not Huw's build error.

Simple fix though.

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By in United States,

It is already finding it's way to Toys R Us stores in the States. I saw it for $29.99.

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By in United States,

Nice and refreshing set. Those green large tiles are nice new part. I too wish the city cars were more proportional to the minifigs. I think the small car set 3177 is nicely scaled for a minifig (especially with those smaller wheels), also known as Emmet's car from The Lego Movie.

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By in United States,

I think I also got those new, shinier stickers in set #70732 City of Stiix, which I built recently. I wasn't sure whether I was just imagining the differences but reading this I'm pretty sure I wasn't. I'm generally a fan of stickers, so thank you for applying the ones in this set for this review, even though this is a set that could pretty easily do without them. They do add some nice extra details, like the charming "City Seaways" logo.

I'd be surprised if you have issues with them peeling. The last set I had issues with stickers peeling from was #8106 Aero Booster released in 2007, and I almost always apply the stickers to my sets. Last I checked, the stickers on my Agents, Power Miners, Space Police, Atlantis, Ninjago, LEGO Movie, and Elves sets are all doing just fine.

LEGO definitely has some wheels that work better with those wheel arches on 4-stud-wide cars, like the ones they used for the blue car and camper in #4207 City Garage. I wish they would use those wheels in sets more often. Not only do these wheels and tires stick out, but they look really old-fashioned compared to many of the newer rims and tires.

This is also a set where LEGO could have really added proper doors to the car. I can understand them not doing this on some sets like police cars or the new rally car where they want a nice smooth surface on the sides that they can decorate with a sticker, but here I feel like the car would have benefited from the classic car doors and some 1x1 corner panels. The car is really an "extra" for the set already, though, so they might not have wanted to spend too much on it.

@Clone: If you think an infant could manage building techniques like the use of hinges to create this set's angled sides or the use of curved slopes to create the entry and exit ramps, you've got to be the most delusional, out-of-touch AFOL I've ever encountered. There were hardly any sets using techniques like this in the early 2000s, either — the biggest issue back then was the use of large, specialized parts to simplify building, and this set uses hardly any parts like those. It's pretty much all creatively brick-built.

Not sure what your issue with the colors is, either. They look pretty realistic for a ferry like this. In fact, looking at Google Images (search term: "road ferry"), some real ferries have much more garish color schemes, like this one which is mostly yellow, green, and red with nowhere near as much white, black, and grey to help tone things down: http://www.tyovene.com/site/files/3313/1401/5741/300ton_road_ferry.jpg What colors would YOU have made this set?

Overall, this set is really nicely designed, and a really unique subject for a LEGO City set. Good review, Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

Lovely little review to read while I've got 5 Minutes, thanks Huw. It's very nice to see something different in the city range but have to agree with Clone as I think it looks like it's been made by a 4 year old.
It's the sort of thing you see in the young builders section in the lego mag.
Saying that, I'll get one at the right price! ;-)

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By in United States,

The real-world ferry this set reminds me of most is the Green River Ferry at Mammoth Cave National Park in the US. Its capacity is two cars, end-to-end, just like this.

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By in United States,

The wheel thing is obviously legal in Lego City..... :)

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By in Netherlands,

I'll buy it when it will be available. I believe it is a good thing to see new real life situations in the City department.

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By in United States,

I don't really care how accurate this thing is. It looks terribly blocky and amateurish.

(LEGO nearly went bankrupt focusing more on making something new than making something GOOD. Evidently their collective ego has inflated a bit...)

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By in Poland,

In Poland it will be a normal shelf set, but I think it will not sell well as they are beter city sets out there! I'm getting it simply for great amount of pieces!

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By in Australia,

You're spot on re the City cars Huw. @sebitsena I agree this new car is better but the lack of doors is still an omission. Doors are great for play value and in terms of playability the modern City cars still don't rate against an old Town set like 6633. The apparent move to 6-wide cars also opens the way for two minifigs to sit side by side if Lego can be a bit creative with use of existing elements and potentially a new element or two - they've done it before eg. Adventurers car 2995.

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By in Canada,

This is a must have set for me. Especially living on an island where there's a lot of ferry traffic this definitely looks the part.

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By in United States,

I was expecting a ferry like the huge ones we have in Washington State, but this looks pretty good in its own right. Those 8x16 tiles might be worth picking up...

Also those "last century" comparisons made me laugh. XD

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By in Brazil,

One time the ferry left 15 minutes early and I was nearly stranded on an uninhabited Canadian island overnight (in October, with no shelter).

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By in New Zealand,

^^ last century or last millennium; for maximum effect.

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By in France,

@Skut: yes, Adventurers cars were great (the theme too!) thanks to the 2 seats part. I have a lot of Adventurers sets : some vehicules were very cool, especially in the desert sub-theme.
Do you remember the black car in the 2879 :
http://images.brickset.com/sets/images/2879-1.jpg?199806171200
Or the fast car in the 5958 :
http://images.brickset.com/sets/images/5958-1.jpg

Nice detailed cars are AFOLs wishes : Lego should release this kind of "accessory" sets for modulars customers for example.
The last brick-built car they released for San Diego Comic Con was quite appealing :
http://images.brickset.com/sets/large/SDCC2015-3.jpg?201506220923
Speed champions is also a step in the good direction for building great cars.
So brick-built cars, 6 studs wide and with 2 seats side-by-side, if they want, they can do it ;)

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