Review: 60192 Arctic Ice Crawler

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The LEGO CITY theme is generally grounded in reality but the 2018 Arctic range undoubtedly includes some fantastical elements. Nowhere is this more clearly apparent than in 60192 Arctic Ice Crawler, a 200-piece set that bears very little resemblance to any real cranes but still appears to be a fun model.

Furthermore, the set features another excellent minifigure wearing an ushanka hat as well as a brand new rodent piece which is currently only available here, although it will soon appear in a couple of the upcoming Wizarding World sets. Hopefully this foray into a more fanciful aspect of LEGO CITY will prove fruitful.

Minifigure

The set includes one minifigure which is a little surprising as most CITY sets of this size contain two, although no more are really necessary in my opinion. His blue ushanka is only available elsewhere in 60195 Arctic Mobile Exploration Base and features a white fur lining as well as considerable moulded detail. I particularly like the ear flaps on either side of the hat.

60192 Arctic Ice Crawler

This character wears a medium azure and dark blue jacket which matches that worn by other members of the exploration team. I like the flame yellowish orange accents and the white monitor, presumably for measuring oxygen levels or the minifigure's location, looks marvellous. The head is equally impressive, featuring a pair of orange-tinted glasses that protect against the sun's glare reflecting against the snow. The figure comes with a circular saw and a mug.

60192 Arctic Ice Crawler

The Completed Model

The ice crawler stands on four articulated legs so it can adapt to varying terrain, as may be necessary in an Arctic environment. It measures just over 15cm wide when the legs are positioned as shown in the image below and features an attractive colour scheme of orange and dark blue so matches the other Arctic vehicles released this summer. I do not believe walking cranes like this one really exist, although it bears a loose resemblance to spider cranes which travel on tracks before deploying legs for support.

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Each leg is connected to the central crane structure using a hinge plate and includes click hinges at the knee as well as Technic pins at the ankle. These points of articulation are ideal for placing the crane in a static position but do not provide a particularly convincing walking motion, as suggested by both the set name and its official description. However, the stickers look good and I appreciate how Technic gears have been used to form the feet.

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A rounded cabin is situated at the centre of the four legs. I like its curved shape and the colour scheme looks superb but there is no rotation between the cabin and the legs. This seems like a major omission as it means the crane can only manoeuvre by walking, presumably expending a great deal of power in the process! Fortunately, it would be quite easy to modify the model with a turntable between the legs and the cabin if you wish.

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The trans-light blue cockpit canopy is mounted on a hinge so opens smoothly for access to the interior. There is room to place a single minifigure inside beside a yellow lever that controls the crane. It seems strange that the sides of the cabin are open so expose the occupant to the freezing Arctic environment, although this also allows them an excellent view of their surroundings which is important for any crane operation.

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I always hope to see storage solutions for accessories and this set does not disappoint, including a clip for the circular saw and a box for carrying the red mug. You could also detach the lights from either side of the cabin and use them as hand torches. Two more stickers are applied beside the storage box, both of which feature the Arctic exploration emblem and some panel detailing.

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Three light bluish grey segments connected by click hinges make up the crane arm. It can therefore be positioned in a variety of different ways and the gripper at the end is similarly versatile, consisting of four individually articulated claws and a Technic pin around which it rotates. A few more stickers are used on the sides of the crane arm, bringing the total number included to ten.

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The 2018 Arctic range is focused upon the recovery of ancient animal specimens so almost all of them feature a small ice formation and an animal. This example is basic but I think the designer has struck a good balance between white and trans-light blue pieces, the latter of which allow you to view the rodent frozen inside the ice block.

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Removing the block from its surroundings reveals a dark tan rodent inside. This component is far more detailed than its predecessor, including not only intricate moulding but also a pair of printed eyes. It fits over a stud very neatly and can even be held in the hand of a minifigure, just like the tiny mouse from Series 18 of the Collectable Minifigures.

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Overall

I have mixed feelings about this set. The Ice Crawler vehicle feels more like something one might find in an adventure-based play theme like Atlantis or Power Miners rather than a CITY set and its inability to turn without moving the legs is problematic. However, I do like the appearance of the crane as well as the minifigure and the brand new rodent, the latter of which is only currently available in this set.

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The UK price of £15.99 feels reasonable but $24.99 in the US seems comparatively expensive. I would therefore be hesitant to purchase this set at full price, although the crane represents a dramatic departure from the standard selection of CITY vehicles which is always welcome.

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24 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

For want of a bushy tail... we could have had the Ice Age cast!

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By in United States,

I like the set but the fact it only contains one minifigure is kind of a deal breaker, unless I can find it for $15USD. (40% off)

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By in Netherlands,

Out of this excellent range of sets, this particular one is one of the more appealing models to me purely due to how non-City like it looks. You chould easily repurpose this into something from a Space theme, or slap a turret on it and pretend it's from the Star Wars EU.

The only thing that bothers me is the recycled, open cockpit, whilst only having a mouse included is a bit of a shame but understandable. If they had thrown in a polar bear these things would fly off the shelves at this price. If these things really will retail for 20 Euros, it'll be a rare case of good pricing by TLG in this day and age.

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By in United Kingdom,

The design is actually very similar to "walking excavators" for use in mountain or steep terrain but often the legs have wheels or even tracks at or near the end of them. If the wheels had been included it would have greatly increased the play value and is a design I've wanted from Lego for some years. Hopefully if they try this concept again they will go with a wheeled version.
Other than that it is a welcome change of design from Lego.

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By in United States,

Feels kinda like a $25 debut for the rat. They really half-assed the design of this thing when it comes to poseability. I was really looking forward to this one but now that I've seen how stiff it is I'm reconsidering.

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By in United States,

^^ Having just Googled "walking excavators," that does seem like the obvious inspiration. Now I want one of those in Lego, but without the wheels this one doesn't cut it.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Bricklunch - That is interesting. I am not familiar with that kind of vehicle but it certainly looks as though it might have had some influence upon the visual design of this set.

A walking excavator would make a fantastic Technic set!

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101 - I hadn't even considered the idea of a Technic set version of a walking excavator. That really would be the way to go and now that is the top of my technic wish list.

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By in United States,

This actually wouldn't look put of place in a Sci Ft environment, but I only want the mouse.

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By in Netherlands,

Can you maybe do a comparison photo between the mouse from the Collectible Minifigures Series 18 Elephant Girl and the rat in this set? I'm curious how these animals compare in size.

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By in United States,

Can't believe I'm the first one to come out and say it, but this set is BAD. Being titled an "ice crawler" it seems like it either has treads or lots of little stubby legs. Awful poseability makes it even a bad walker or even a bad static crane, as there is no turntable. If I were you I would avoid this set. The currently exclusive rat will be available as Scabbers in much better HP sets in a couple of months anyway.

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By in Australia,

Yeah, this set is a fail. But the frozen wildlife are the highlight of the theme, and I feel like the rat really lifts this set (which is a weird sentence, but there you go).

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By in Canada,

I don't know, despite its flaws, I kinda like it.
And what I don't like I feel I could easily fix. It looks cool and I think kids will like it for that reason alone.

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By in United States,

Nifty set but that price point should include a 2nd figure (on a quad runner, perhaps?) and the parts to make the crane swivel. I’ll look for it when it’s under $20. Thanks for the terrific review!

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By in Finland,

The cheaper (and worse) version of the Water Strider from last year.

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By in United Kingdom,

@FinnishBrick Was going to say exactly the same thing, a cheaper stripped back version of the Ninjago Water Strider with less articulation and detail.

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By in Spain,

@Golem: a revamp of part 2620 would have been much better for the canopy, imho.

The ushanka and the head are must-BnP's for me to furnish my Winter Village - and i totally agree with the need to make the cabin rotatable. Nothing a turntable and a couple of plate's won't solve, as the Capn' said.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not a very good set at all, but I’ll buy it to complete the series.

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By in Canada,

Those "feet" look like they'd be slipping all over the place on ice and snow. They should have gone with something that looks like it has a bit more grip. I was also expecting the legs to have a bit more articulation. I will probably pass on this set or get it if I see it on sale with a good discount.

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By in Australia,

The feet look like they have frictionless pins attaching to the gear wheels- could you flip them on their side and move (or rotate) it on those?

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By in United States,

All it needs to rotate is a 4x8 plate and a turntable... I didn't realize until I read this review that there WASN'T a turntable; I just assumed there was!

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By in Canada,

I think the gear feet could be turned to provide some sort of wheeled movement.

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By in United States,

FinnishBrick , in the USA the Water Strider was actually only $5 more than this set. That one had 350 more pieces and three more minifigures.

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