Several new pieces have been introduced for the Mountain Police subtheme, many of which are available in smaller sets from the range. 60170 Off-Road Chase is the smallest of all, including just 37 pieces, but contains a new motocross helmet and a rare blue motorcycle fairing.
Furthermore, both minifigures feature brand new torso designs which do not appear in 60171 Mountain Fugitives. In fact, very few pieces from the Starter Set are also found here and I think they fit together perfectly, hence I chose to purchase and review them both.
This set contains two minifigures, the first of whom is a criminal. His torso is new for 2018 and features a red fringed shirt which partially covers a striped prison uniform. I like this design but would rather the prison attire had been omitted as that severely limits the versatility of the torso. Nevertheless, the reddish brown strap looks good and the bearded head works quite well for this character, having appeared in a few previous Police sets.
The police officer wears a sand blue jacket with zipped pockets and a white emblem. I like the creasing on the front of the jacket and the dark tan legs look superb too, featuring a couple more pockets on the thighs. This component is very common across the Mountain Police range but is certainly preferable to plain legs so I am pleased with it.
However, the highlight of this figure is definitely the new motocross helmet! I love its angular shape and the moulded detail is very impressive. The goggles appear rather large from certain angles but I think this is primarily attributable to the unusual proportions of a minifigure as real motocross riders wear similarly large goggles.
The Completed Model
LEGO introduced a new dirt bike in 2007 and the fairing component has since appeared in eleven different colours. The blue version has only previously appeared in 75918 T. rex Tracker but is now available in three of the Mountain Police sets, including this one. It looks brilliant in blue and I like the subtle moulded details such as shock absorbers and controls which are present across the vehicle.
The police emblem on the front looks good too. A printed design might have been preferable to a sticker, although the sticker gives the option of using the bike outside a police setting as you can choose not to apply it. The motorcycle also includes a simple kickstand which is very useful for displaying the model, particularly on the kind of rough surface one might expect to find a dirt bike.
Criminals in LEGO City always seem to be in search of money, gold and gems and the Mountain Police range is focused upon hiding places for that loot. Even this tiny set features a rock which is marked with a cross to identify its contents. This structure looks rather plain but is perfect for play and I like the combination of dark bluish grey and dark green pieces.
The front of the rock can be opened on a hinge, revealing space for a diamond and a ruby inside. It would have been nice to see a couple of pearl gold ingots which are rarer than these gems, although the ingots are available in 60171 Mountain Fugitives and I appreciate the variation between the sets. A green snake is also included, providing an additional threat which the crook must avoid if he wants to escape with the loot.
60170 Off-Road Chase is a fun little set. It offers reasonable play value in relation to its size and includes some excellent pieces, most notable of which are the blue motorcycle fairing and the new motocross helmet. £4.99 or $6.99 seems like a fair price so I would recommend this set, particularly if you own 60171 Mountain Fugitives which is a great companion item.
Many of the most interesting elements from the Mountain Police subtheme are available in some of its smallest sets and I hope this trend will continue in future waves of City products.
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