Random set of the day: Trauma Team

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Trauma Team

Trauma Team

©1992 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 1896 Trauma Team, released in 1992. It's one of 24 Town sets produced that year. It contains 291 pieces and 5 minifigs, and its retail price was US$27.5.

It's owned by 886 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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13 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Ha, two days in a row with the crazy futuristic vehicles from this era. I loved this set as a kid, but wow does it look bizarre now.

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By in United States,

Adored this set as a kid. Thought they looked very futuristic and loved that I could fit the stretcher in the big vehicle. Even as a kid I never really understood the choice of yellow as the main color.

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By in Australia,

The yellow doesn't really connect to any part of the fire, hospital or police themes, does it? I do like the set though. So many minifigs.

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By in Canada,

As stated by others, a weird, but strangely cool set from the early nineties. Has a very Chevrolet Lumina/Pontiac TranSport feel to it, hehe!

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By in United States,

You know, the name "Trauma Team" sort of sounds like some kind of D-List supervillain team. Or maybe it's just me...

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By in Netherlands,

One of my favourite sets as a kid. Was so glad I got it. The yellow was recognizable for me as a kid as ambulances in the Netherlands are yellow.

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By in Netherlands,

Think they were still white with red stripes in the 90ies, HobbyThom...

I have the set as well, gave me a lot hours of fun! The "canopies" of the vehicles made them really stand out amongst the others I own(ed at the time).

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By in Sweden,

The ground vehicles are a bit ugly, aren't they? Certainly futuristic, but not in a particularly good way, I'd say...
But that's just my opinion of course, and I have been well into my dark ages at that time (at least when it comes to new Lego sets), so there's no nostalgia for me here.

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By in United States,

LEGO helicopters were better back in the day. The tail boom on smaller ones is too large these days, and those one piece skids look ridiculous.

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By in United States,

I loved this set. It we be in my possession again at the end of the month. The older stretchers with folding wheel stands.

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By in United States,

1990s helicopters were way better than today. Which is funny considering there are more helicopters made in 2017 than sets in 1992. (maybe not, but closer than you think.) :)

I don't mind the one piece bottoms, it's the cockpit that was 100 times better than the new one.

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By in United States,

So glad this was during my dark ages. A futuristic, bullet train looking ambulance and support vehicle, and in bright yellow? Sure... The motorcycle looks like it's missing something, like maybe a kitchen sink :)

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By in United States,

@David1985: I think it varies from helicopter to helicopter. There were some moderate stinkers in the 90s (like in https://brickset.com/sets/1786-1/Jailbreak-Joe), just as there are some really nice ones today (like in https://brickset.com/sets/60183-1/Heavy-Cargo-Transport).

I also feel like a lot of helicopters in the 90s tended to be a lot more samey than the ones today. Even here, there's not a whole lot separating this helicopter from the ones in https://brickset.com/sets/6336-1/Launch-Response-Unit or https://brickset.com/sets/6338-1/Hurricane-Harbour. Sure, one has stretchers and one has a camera and one has a winch and searchlight, but they all have the same runners and supports for the runners, same size rotors, same number of rotors, same radio antenna, same propellor and tail fin, same window glass, and even the same 1x3 slopes on either side of the pilot. Nowadays you rarely see helicopters that similar except in Juniors sets.

Anyway, this set was a little before my time, and I have to admit the look is a bit bizarre, though admittedly the Res-Q theme that I briefly enjoyed as a kid was just as bizarre in a lot of ways. I was mostly attracted to those based on the striking color schemes, logos, and box art, whereas this set seems to aim for a similar sort of futuristic look but with more of an 80s aesthetic.

The name, too, is almost weirdly edgy compared to the subject matter. And it seems like some other 1992 and 93 sets like "Turbo Force","Beach Bandit", "Rescue Runabout", "Midnight Transport", "Wave Rebel", "Glade Runner", and "Jet Speed Justice" were also pushing for slick or catchy naming (at least in the US — this was years before names became more standardized across English-speaking countries).

It's interesting how today's City sets have reverted to more conventional, descriptive naming, without so much obvious effort to sound hip and cool. Perhaps this owes itself in part to the advent of the search engine — if a parent just wants a police station for their six-year-old, after all, they're probably going to google "LEGO Police Station", not "LEGO Central Precinct HQ". Or it could be just due to the way that the Internet breaks down barriers between countries and makes it less advantageous to have separate, edgy set names for the US market.

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