Review: 60153 Fun at the Beach

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Last year LEGO released a 'City battle pack' in the form of 60134 Fun in the Park which, as well as being notable for introducing the wheelchair and baby figure, was an excellent source of normal City inhabitants, in the sense that they were not ubiquitous emergency services or construction workers.

We can assume it was well received because this year another one has been produced: 60153 Fun at the Beach...

The set provides fifteen minifigures and accessories and parts to build a number of small vignettes related to them. Let's take a look at each one in turn:


1. Kayaker

The kayaker is safely attired in a wetsuit and life jacket The suit has a logo on the chest much like the Quiksilver one but without the mountain.

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I've not come across this kayak piece before so I believe it's new this year. It's excellent. I've not seen the yellow paddle ends either, which are fitted to a 6l bar. I see that both come in in 41315 Heartlake Surf Shop and 60166 Heavy-Duty Rescue Helicopter which have also just been released.

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2. Surfer

The female surfer is also kitted out in a not-quite-Quiksilver wetsuit and life jacket. As many have said before it's a shame the life jacket prevents the head from fitting on the torso properly, leaving an unsightly gap.

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A surfboard and dolphin complete the scene.

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3. Beach Volleyball players

Although this is a beach-themed set, few of the figures are clothed in typical beach wear. However, the male and female volleyball players certainly are: he in swim shorts and her in one-piece swimsuit.

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A ball and net are provided to enable the game to be played.

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4. Sandcastle builder

This cute little girl wears an attractive top decorated with what looks to be fruit. Her short legs are moulded in green with a yellow stripe. The four-turreted sand castle, complete with flag, is impressive!

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5. Metal Detectorist

This cool old pot-bellied dude is attired in a white T-shirt and his best Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirt.

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6. Holidaymaker

Personally I think this figure is a little weird: it's female, obviously, but she's wearing swim shorts. A print like that on the beach volleyball player's legs would have been preferable.

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I've called her a holidaymaker because she's provided with a camera and spends her days lounging on a sunbed.

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7. Diver

The proliferation of divers in City sets over the last few years mean this is perhaps the least interesting figure in the set and indeed its torso saw widespread use in 2015's Deep Sea Explorer sets.

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No wonder he's looking happy having just caught a lobster that size! It'll keep Batman in thermidor for at least a week...

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8. Beach cleaner

The cleaner is one of only three professionals in the set and, like the diver, re-uses a torso that first appeared in 2010.

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9. Ice Cream vendor and customers

A granny in a bathing suit, a bespectacled little girl, female ice-cream seller and dalmatian populate this vignette. I believe the two adult torsos are new.

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10. Lifeguard

Out third professional is the lifeguard who also has a new torso. It looks a little odd, though, having a collar but being sleeveless. It's a shame, then, that it doesn't have bi-coloured arms, with red or white at the top.

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A viewing platform and tools of the trade are provided.

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11. Naughty Boys

Well they look naughty to me, pitching up to the beach with a ghetto-blaster to annoy everyone around them and mucking about on a hammock.

The basketball vest torso is particularly cool, and hoodie tops always useful. Both are new.

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The cloth hammock piece also appears in a 2017 Creator set.

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Verdict

This set is not as groundbreaking as its predecessor but it does nevertheless provide us with another fifteen useful and mostly generic minifigs with which to populate our cities.

What I particularly appreciate is that effort has been expended on producing new and (possibly) unique and interesting torsos and heads for most of the figures: it's not just a box of tired old parts we all have already.

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The male:female ratio is as close to 1:1 as you can get in a set with an odd number of figures which should please a lot of people.

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At £35 / $40 it's not cheap by any means. Its box is dwarfed on the shelf by others of the same price which is likely to put off many casual purchasers, but if you want to stock up on City minifigs without forking out on vehicles and structures you probably don't want or need, it's a great buy.

I hope we continue to see Fun at the {somewhere} sets for many years to come.

You'll find it in Smyths Toys in the UK already and in all good retailers from June 1st.

57 comments on this article

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By in Puerto Rico,

It looks great if a little pricey.

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By in United States,

Are the blue/yellow and green/yellow swim trunk legs double-molded? I do hope so. I've need a decent summer bottom for my sigfig for some time now. Love the kayak and cannot wait to get this.

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By in United Kingdom,

What's the bar element fixing the sail to the surfboard? It's very long and it's got a ball joint on the end?

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By in Canada,

Looks ok.

Not enough swimwear!

I figs that are most interesting/desirable to me are the beach volleyball players, the holidaymaker, sandcastle builder, and metal detectionist. The ice cream vendor, the granny, and naughty boys aren't bad either.

The life vest is horrible, the ice cream machine is odd, and I'm none too interested in the diver, wetsuit people, or groundskeeper, though I can at least use the latter.

Overall, first impressions I give it a 6.5/10.

I may buy it on sale, or cherry pick the figs I want on the aftermarket depending on what they are going for.

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By in Canada,

Also, the author is right, what an odd sleeveless polo shirt design on the lifeguard, and how many surfer-esque lifeguards have parrots?

There must be some sort of regulations globally against lifeguards keeping exotic animals with them on-duty.

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By in United States,

The Fun at the Park set has been $30 for ages at Walmart/Amazon in the U.S. I expect this set to be discounted as well not too long after release. Like you mentioned, it's a hard sell to have a small box next to one much more substantial and are the same price. I think it would turn more casual buyers off.

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By in United States,

Any pictures of the back printing? I assume some, if not all have back printing...

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By in United States,

Bikini tops paired with shorts-bottoms are fairly common these days! You'll also see them paired with a top that's almost like a tank top.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kingphilbert, yes they are dual-moulded.

@spearjr, thank you. Yes, it's that part which, according to that page you link to at BrickLink, hasn't appeared in a set for some time.

@Boettner Builds, in the interests of brevity I didn't photograph the backs but they all have back printing. Maybe I'll do a group shot.

@jedikitty, thanks for your sartorial input :)

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By in United States,

Looks like a great set (except for the price - I'll wait for the discount) and just like Fun at the Park prompted me to finally build a small park for my growing city this set will prompt me to build a small beach. I can't wait to add the kayak and paddle pieces, windsurfing board and sail, hammock, and dolphin to my collection of parts. Some of the minifigure pieces are a bit odd though; I've never seen a beach lifeguard wear full lenth pants! And what use is a sleeve-less hoodie?

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By in Norway,

the set is great, but expensive. I'll wait until it's on sale and then get 2

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By in United States,

Missed opportunity here. I understand TLG's policy on war-related themes, but would it kill them to produce a decent printed two-piece swimsuit??

Shameless self-promotion... prints courtesy Citizen Brick, MOC by me:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ritzcrackerman/30110769176/in/album-72157674768865996/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ritzcrackerman/30110778526/in/album-72157674768865996/

On the plus side - the dad-bod of the male vollyeball player is nice middle ground from the ripped six-packs torsos seen previously...

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By in Finland,

Good review, I just wish there was also a photo with everything in this set together...

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd sooner have this than Fun at the Park - less "jobs" prints makes this one that bit more versatile.

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By in Ireland,

I'm disliking those waist-indent prints more and more. Totally unnecessry if you ask me, and they don't add anything. In fact, on some torsos, like the ice cream vendor, it just looks silly.

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By in United Kingdom,

There are some nice new torso prints in this but there are two things that bug me:

1) The 'mask & snorkel' visor fits perfectly well on the collectible spy's hairpiece, and that looks suitably ruffled for someone who's just come out of the sea. So why do we still need to see a casual diver wearing a motorcycle helmet?

2) Never mind the sleeves, when did you last see a lifeguard wearing full-length trousers?

The kayak is a nice new piece, and looks even better in the Friends version with a camera mount and waterproof hatch. Just don't look too closely at the paddle; instead of a bar between blade ends, there are two short bars and a T-bracket in the middle so it can be held by a vertical hand.

Also - a bit odd that they haven't simply re-used the mould for the Friends dolphin. It's not just the lack of dopey printed eyes - note the more detailed grooves around the snout and lack of a b(l)ow-hole. If they were going to that much effort then they could at least have moulded a dog with ears that hang down like a real Dalmatian!

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By in United States,

Not much of a beach battle pack if they're not all shirtless like Leonidas and his 300 speedos.

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By in Poland,

1. Love how all surfers have that wave pattern- even CMF ones!
2. I much more preffer this set than the Park one!
3. No ladder for mr. Baywatch? NOT COOL
4. Great. They give us a parrot here while the JUNGLE theme begs for them.
5. This set needs PALM.
6. Kayak looks nic but would be better if it had mirrored back and front with 2v2 studs.

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By in United States,

"City Battle Pack"; love that description! Can't wait for the battle royale MOC's featuring the sand-kicking beach bums vs. the day-at-the-park picnic-ers...

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By in United States,

I'm really surprised they didn't include a baby in this set. That, along with the wheelchair, was the draw with "Fun in the Park," and while a wheelchair may not have fit, a baby would have been an easy addition to help this set stand out.

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By in United States,

I think this set is an improvement on the Fun at the Park set. I'll certainly wait for a discount before buying my 2nd set, but since the waterfront is such a prominent part of our LEGO town, I'll gladly pay the RRP for 15 (mostly) terrific Minifigures.

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By in United Kingdom,

Pretty sure that Dolphin is a new mold, separate from the one in the friends/elves sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

I will be buying this set but sad there's no new hairpieces or recolours.

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By in United Kingdom,

@pagani88 you are right. I assumed it was the one in Friends sets ( https://brickset.com/parts?query=dolphin ) but the snout and eyes are different as @joefish says.

I've added group shots of front and backs to the review.

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By in United States,

Huw, thank you for adding the group photos. My favorite part of reviews are seeing the parts that the box photos don't show.

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the review. I rarely buy sets for the minifigs, but I think I will get this one. I especially like the kayak.
I also have the set 850449 (Beach minifig accessory pack)
It must be tough to clean a beach with a broom !

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By in United States,

It's good to have more average civilians to populate the new coast guard sets,verdict:it looks great but kinda pricey

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By in United States,

Great review!

As for the pricing, it's actually fairly priced. The minifigures cost about $2.66 each, which is 2/3 the price of a CMF, so considering that it also includes about 6 builds with it, it's a much better price than it seems at first glance.

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By in United States,

Not as thrilled by this as the Park version. I liked the mini builds better overall in that set. I'll definitely get this once the price drops a bit via sale or otherwise.

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By in United Kingdom,

A 3 for 2 on this, seems like a good purchase. Possibly I will get a few more if they go even lower.
I love the new kayak and expect to see more colour variants appearing in the next year.
That Lobster really needs to be made in a pearlescent Darkblue/black so that we can use them as living lobsters.
The dolphin is a Friends version. Come on TLG a baby dolphin has to be made!

Roll on "Fun at the Theatre" ,"Fun at the Zoo", "Fun at the Pool"
I can dream and TLG can disappoint me or not. :)

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By in Canada,

I managed to get three copies of the park pack off Amazon for half-price ($25 CAD), so I'm hoping the same deal will happen for this pack eventually.

^Fun at the zoo would be great; a minifig and animals pack. It's always so difficult to build up great animal collections.

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By in United States,

"City battle pack"--good one, Huw. Ha ha. This is a good set--I like the various hair pieces and torsos. I agree with the comment that a baby should've been included. I wish that this set and the Fun in the Park one were a little less expensive, though.

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By in Ireland,

Thematically I have little interest but it will be nice to have more choice of city style torsos. Will wait for a price drop though

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By in Australia,

Fun at the Park retailed for AU$54.95, can expect similar of higher price this time around too which is pretty steep for what you get. That being said i did love the FITP set and this set has some little surprises that would be welcome additions to the collection.

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By in United States,

Good review. A few figures Id want and the Lobster, but will wait to see the set on sale like the Fun in the Park has been showing up as

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By in Australia,

I loved "Fun in the Park", even despite the price, so I'm probably gonna pick up this one regardless.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Venunder,

I'm with jpmeier in liking your "Fun at the Zoo" idea especially if it contained lots of otherwise hard-to-get moulded animals.

What about "Fun at the Amusement Park" or more specifically, "Fun at Legoland" or "Fun at Disneyworld"? Maybe the licensing would be too complicated for the latter, what with the various IP stakeholders within the company: Disney, Pixar, Marvel and SW.

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By in United Kingdom,

A bloke without a six-pack? But reality tv tells me no mortals like this exist! I love the fact that there are so many new and useful torsos here. I HAD to get the new kayak, so I got one with the Mobile Research Lab in the jungle. I would strongly recommend it now I have it!

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By in Australia,

Shame there's only 1 shirtless guy and 1 bikini girl in this set. Considering it's a beach set, you'd think there would be more. There's perhaps only 4 Minifigures in this set that I likE.

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By in United Kingdom,

@HUW
I thought starter sets would be closer to a "city battle pack" than this. Just like their star wars equivalent they're three or four minifigures and a small build.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great bunch of figures. The suitability of their attire might depend on where you are based... For the UK there's not enough raincoats :-D

Some would perhaps benefit from dual moulded arms, have they appeared in normal sets outside of the cmf's yet?

The price might be about 'right' in terms of normal fig costing, the lack of bricks makes it a tough sell (or buy) at that price. But the last one obviously did well enough so what do I know. Next up Fun at the fair?

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By in Germany,

Generally, I think these 'fun in' sets are great. But I have less use for water related figures, so I guess I'll wait for a discount before picking this up.

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By in Spain,

I really want this set after having bought "Fun in the park". I also agree that, being a beach scene, more bikini and male nude torso should be available. Anyway, a "must-have" ítem to complete beautiful beach scenes.
Ideas for next years: Fun at the mountains, Fun at the Campside..something like that..

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By in Norway,

Fun at the zoo and fun at the farm would be great!

The dolphin mould is new and I am very happy they did not use the friends one, but still have a "no animal minidoll moulds passing over to minifig sets policy"

In addition to the new updated dolphin mould, we get the lobster in a normal set for the first time (B&P), a Dalmatian who only has been in about three sets, a parrot and a fish! So an excellent set for animals in addition to the minifigs, but it is missing seagulls obviously..

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By in Germany,

as I have three of the four beach Creator sets and a good bit of the deep sea explorers this set is a must buy, if only to bolster those scenes and add some diversity.

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By in Italy,

In my opinion there are too few swimwears for a beach set... The lifeguard's station is very poor...

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By in United Kingdom,

I suspect the dearth of minifigures in swimwear in this set is because LEGO is trying to encourage kids to protect themselves from the sun, specifically the risk of melanoma. The only minifigure that is sunbathing comes with a parasol and none of the kid minifigs are in swimsuits; they're all fairly covered.

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By in United States,

Without a doubt I'll be getting this set. It's fantastic, and I really like these minifigure packs. It's great for expanding a city. However, I'm a little disappointed that there aren't more minifigs in swimsuits. That would have been good for the scene.

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By in United States,

@Zander Interesting speculation! I figured it wasn't because the Danish were prudish...

Also, if I were a betting man, I would have lost - I was certain the duckie floatation ring (from the Batman CMF) would have made an appearance in this set, minus the printed eye mask.

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By in United States,

Some great figures and parts in this set! I hadn't noticed the head-neck gap caused by the life jackets before; now it can't be unseen! Yuck. I like the animals included, though I will echo others in saying that not including a seagull or two is a shame. Also would have loved a palm tree in addition to the fronds on the hammock. If this comes down to around $30, I might just have to buy it and build a boardwalk to go with it.

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By in Germany,

Simply too expensive, but thanks a lot for the review!

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By in Canada,

It's a definite must for me, but I'll wait for discount, as I did with Fun in the Park. And I totally agree, I hope to see many more of these figure packs. One of the things I like about the CMF, for instance, is that I have more and more people to populate my City with. My city must grow. It must GROW!

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By in Puerto Rico,

Wow! I love the torso with the Ascot and the Blue and White Striped Shirt!

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By in United States,

I think it was made to provide some generic beach minifigures to go with the new coast guard sets I also enjoyed the review! Thanks huw

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By in Sweden,

This is too pricey. Even at a 25% discount where I'm at, I can't bring myself to buy this mediocre set.

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