Review: 60204 City Hospital

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The Police, Fire Brigade and Coast Guard are a constant presence throughout the LEGO CITY theme, due primarily to the popularity of those subjects with children. Medical services, on the other hand, are less common so the unveiling of 60204 City Hospital in April was received with considerable excitement.

Not only is this the first LEGO CITY hospital since 2012 but it is also by far the largest such model yet, containing 861 pieces. Furthermore, the set includes an impressive selection of twelve minifigures as well as two emergency vehicles and its price of £69.99 in the UK or $99.99 in the US therefore seems quite reasonable to me.

Minifigures

Several medical staff work at the hospital, the first of whom are two male doctors. These figures share a new torso that features a white coat and medium azure scrubs which look very realistic and I like the stethoscope hanging around their necks as well. Dual-moulded legs would have been perfect here as the doctors' coats should be slightly longer, although the plain legs are adequate in my opinion.

One of the doctors includes a dark tan beard and matching hair piece while the other seems younger, sporting tousled hair and a confident smile. The older character's slicked hair style is fairly rare in dark tan, having only been used in two previous sets, so I am pleased to see it once again on this occasion.

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Two female staff are also included. The first appears to be a consultant, wearing a light bluish grey shirt beneath her jacket along with an identification badge on the lapel. This torso was originally designed for scientists in the Volcano Explorers subtheme but is equally suited to a doctor and I love the new blonde hair piece which is nicely textured. It is only otherwise available in 10261 Roller Coaster in this colour.

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The second female minifigure features another new torso, decorated with the blue Star of Life on both the front and back. Her head and hair piece look superb but I believe these two characters might also have benefited from dual-moulded legs as the transition between their white coats and medium azure scrubs seems rather abrupt, particularly on the blonde-haired figure.

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A pair of paramedics complete the medical staff. These minifigures both appeared in 60179 Ambulance Helicopter earlier in 2018, even including exactly the same head designs which is somewhat surprising. Greater variation would undoubtedly have been welcome and I think the helicopter pilot's white helmet is too plain without a printed emblem above the visor. The ambulance driver's combined hat and hair piece looks brilliant though.

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The paramedics wear differing jackets, both of which feature some metallic silver high-visibility strips along with the Star of Life insignia. These details are delightful and each uniform feels appropriate for the role of its wearer. A vast collection of medical accessories are included, ranging from syringes and scissors to stretchers and sample containers.

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Six additional minifigures depict patients or visitors to the hospital. Images on the packaging suggest that the two characters shown below are new parents to a tiny baby figure, although they seem quite generic so could fulfill any required role. The female figure wears a pale blue knitted jumper with an attractive pattern while the male sports a green sweater which looks rather plain by comparison.

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Moreover, his reddish brown hair piece lacks textured detail in relation to the woman's blonde style but I am always glad to see this classic component in continued use, especially since it was replaced with a new part on Han Solo. The female character comes with an aqua bottle for feeding the baby while the male figure brings a small bunch of pink flowers.

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An adorable baby figure was introduced in 2016 and appears for a sixth time in this set. The medium azure bodysuit is new and looks marvellous while the head has been moulded with a neck, following the recent examples of 70643 Temple of Resurrection and 70657 NINJAGO City Docks. This represents an improvement over the original design in my opinion, although I do wonder why LEGO deemed it necessary to make such a subtle change.

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Another patient wears a medium nougat argyle jumper which is only available in a total of five sets and looks great, featuring an attractive diamond pattern on the front but no printing on the back of the torso, unfortunately. The dark tan trousers look good in combination with the jumper and I like the minifigure's black hair piece too.

60204 City Hospital

However, the highlight of this minifigure is definitely its unique head. One side is decorated with a pair of enormous glasses and a smile while the other appears to be squinting, thereby suggesting that the character is visiting the optometrist on the hospital's first floor. This expression might also be suitable for a minifigure who is feeling unwell.

60204 City Hospital

The two final minifigures have suffered injuries at work so are still wearing their decorating and mining uniforms. I like the paint splatters across the decorator's bib and brace overalls as well as his bearded head which has appeared in just three sets. 41318 Heartlake Hospital included a brand new arm cast component and that is available for the third time here. It slots over a minifigure hand very neatly and features lovely texture.

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The miner's head bandage is similarly rare, appearing in four other sets. He also comes with a reddish brown hair piece and a white helmet while his intricately detailed orange and dark blue attire matches that worn by the miners introduced at the beginning of this year. I enjoy these elements of continuity between different sets.

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The Completed Model

This set contains almost everything one might expect to find at a hospital, including a wheeled cot for the baby and a blue pushchair for when it is time to bring the baby home. The same pushchair design previously appeared in 60134 Fun in the Park - City People Pack beside a light bluish grey wheelchair which is also available here. A dark azure crash cart completes the range of wheeled accessories and features two opening drawers along with some medical equipment, permitting a wide range of options for play.

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Ambulances are only slightly more common than hospitals in LEGO CITY and this example is far better than any previous model in my view. Its white and red colour scheme is reasonably common across the world and the shape of the vehicle looks marvellous, combining facets of several real designs. Trans-light blue works perfectly as an accent colour and stickers are applied to add some extra detail where necessary.

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The front of the ambulance includes some headlights and a stickered number plate so closely matches the typical design of LEGO trucks. However, the exposed light bluish grey studs in the centre are rather unusual and look very striking, providing some welcome texture to a model which is almost entirely free of studs! There is a seat for one minifigure inside the cab where you will also find a steering wheel and a printed dashboard element.

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Several more warning lights are present on the rear of the ambulance and the Star of Life emblem also appears on either side. I love the light bluish grey radiator grilles and the blinds that cover the windows are a nice idea, although the white printing on these stickers looks washed out which is a shame. The proportions of the wheels, on the other hand, are excellent and I am very satisfied with the trans-blue lights on the roof.

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The transport section is cramped, allowing you to slide the stretcher inside but leaving no space for a supervising paramedic or any medical equipment. This is probably the weakest aspect of the model as I think the designer could quite easily have included a heart monitor display or even an intravenous drip clipped to the wall. Nevertheless, the hinged rear door is excellent and this is undoubtedly my favourite LEGO ambulance yet released, surpassing even the tremendous 4431 Ambulance from 2012.

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Helicopters are very common across the LEGO CITY theme and this model feels unremarkable, using the standard trans-light blue canopy and a large landing skids component. Even so, it offers great play value and maintains the red and white colour scheme of the ground-based ambulance as well as the hospital itself. The canopy opens smoothly and includes some simple controls and there are clips for accessories on each side.

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A storage box is attached to the landing skids and this contains a trans-neon orange vial which could represent a variety of medical fluids. Some helicopters do include external storage but this box seems very large in relation to the rest of the helicopter. The main rotors might also have been improved and it is surprising that there is no room for a second minifigure, presumably because the helicopter provides emergency assistance before the road going ambulance arrives to transport the patient to the hospital.

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An octagonal landing pad for the helicopter is also included. These frequently appear on the roof of hospitals and police stations in LEGO CITY but this simple structure is entirely separate, allowing you to place it wherever you wish. The landing skids fit perfectly around the yellow 'H' symbol and there are two trans-orange lights marking the edges of the pad which look pretty good.

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The hospital itself measures just over 26cm in height and is an unusual shape, presenting two walled sides which are entirely enclosed and two open areas for reaching inside. I like the combination of red and white throughout the model as well as the trans-light blue windows and light bluish grey stripes that delineate different floors. This represents an improvement over 4429 Helicopter Rescue, although certain features of the 2012 set remain intact.

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A large sliding door allows access to the hospital foyer and there is a ramp for wheelchairs and pushchairs. I like the trans-yellow light on the underside of the porch and the signage feels realistic, showing a confusing series of directions to the parking area, accident and emergency, the optometrist, the delivery suite and the information desk. The arrows do reflect the locations of each department within the hospital but are difficult to follow!

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Ambulances can park directly beside an entrance to the accident and emergency department where one finds a radio clipped to the wall, a blue siren and two floodlights. This area of the model includes some great stickers which could prove invaluable if you are intending to build your own hospital and the interior is accessible via a ramp, again taking account of the wheeled accessories included in this set.

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There is plenty of room for minifigures in the foyer but no reception desk is included. Instead, patients are added to the system using a computer in the corner. A sticker on the monitor displays silhouettes of three such patients alongside some data about each one. I think a reception desk would have improved this area of the model, forming a central point to the entire hospital, but I like the chair and table in here.

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The other side of the room features a small kiosk where you can purchase refreshments, a newspaper or even a small LEGO set which is represented by a printed 2x2 tile showing 60067 Helicopter Pursuit. This is excellent but actually reaching the kiosk is quite difficult as the columns that support the upper levels obstruct access to this one. Unfortunately, the hospital cannot easily be split into two parts and removing the roof does little to improve the situation. This feels like a significant design flaw so might require some modification.

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Accessing the next level would be equally challenging but this section can be divided in half, as shown in the images below. Many LEGO fans have expressed frustration that buildings sometimes feel unfinished as a result of their open back, although this is vital for play. Nevertheless, it feels as though the designer of this set tried to enclose the hospital as much as possible, albeit without compromising access to the interior thanks to its modular structure.

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The optometry department occupies part of the first floor. A large sticker is applied to the wall and this features two eye charts which look fantastic. One is designed for children so includes a variety of well known LEGO elements such as teddy bears and trees while the other is decorated with a series of letters, reading 'IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU HAVE GOOD VISION'. The lens machine is mounted on two ball joints so can move to suit minifigures of any height and a monitor by the wall displays a cross section of the eye which looks superb.

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A research and X-ray area is situated on the other side of this level, containing a small chest of drawers with a microscope on top, an anatomical skeleton and a working projector for X-ray images. Light bricks have only appeared in a few sets in recent years so I am delighted to see one here, particularly since inspiration for this function appears to have been taken from 8635 Mobile Command Centre which is one of my favourite sets.

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The projector works perfectly. Each of the three slides can be placed in front of the light brick and the images will then be projected on the wall at a larger scale. They show different areas of a minifigure's anatomy and reflect aspects of real minifigure design, displaying a familiar connection between an arm and a hand, a ribcage which matches that of LEGO skeletons and a digestive tract that contains some LEGO cherries! It should be noted that the light bluish grey bracket shown holding the button below is not included.

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No staircases are included as most of the space is dedicated to furniture. This might disappoint some people but I believe the designer was correct to focus upon interior detail and functions. The next floor features a delivery room which includes a bed, a cot for the baby and an articulated light fixture. This area can double as an operating theatre and I like the little balcony outside, although a larger floor space would have been even better as it is only two studs deep at the moment.

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A vital signs monitor is connected to the bed and there is a large sticker on the wall, showing a selection of cartoonish sea creatures. Many of the stickers in this set are printed on a clear sheet which is a shame as any captured dust or air bubbles will be shown very clearly, especially in the case of bigger stickers. The decorative sea creatures look wonderful though and there are two bottles on the side, perhaps containing nitrous oxide or ultrasound gel.

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The roof is very simple, featuring a black aerial and a small air conditioning unit. You could fit the helicopter landing pad up here if you wish but more room for minifigures is always welcome too. This section, like those on the lower floors, is attached to the walls below using only a few studs so it can be removed with ease, thereby allowing more light into the delivery room and providing another means of access for play.

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Overall

This is a magnificent set. The hospital looks brilliant from the exterior and includes tremendous interior detail, exceeding even the high standard set by 41318 Heartlake Hospital last year. It would have been nice to see a ward area or a proper reception desk in the foyer but I think the exclusion of such features is justified as creating a larger set would inevitably result in a higher price and I think the existing cost of £69.99 or $99.99 is ideal.

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In addition, the set comes with an impressive selection of minifigures which allow you to fully occupy every section of the hospital as well as both of the vehicles. 60204 City Hospital therefore receives my highest recommendation! Not only does it offer sensational play value but it looks fantastic on display and is an absolute must-have for any LEGO CITY fan.

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46 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

This, the Pirate Rollercoaster or the Hogwarts Whomping Willow? Undecided...

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By in United States,

Absolutely tremendous set, the graphic design work for the stickers is top-notch. It's far superior to the Friends hospital set... realistic color scheme and details, lots of figures, an actual three-dimensional structure, and it costs the same! I never got the love for that one but this is fantastic and I would get this over any other large City set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Would love to see a ambulance and paramedicd to match uk colours

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By in United States,

I agree, a true improvement on the last hospital, however, I do wish that the helipad was connected to the hospital.

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By in United States,

This is a good set and it’s great to see it mostly lives up to the Friends one, since City sets often don’t have as high standards as their Friends counterparts. I do think the Friends one feels more spacious and playable with its more typical dollhouse-style layout, but even so this one uses its space very efficiently. My favorite details are probably the X-rays and all the optometry related prints, but I also love the overall style of the hospital exterior and ambulance. Very classy.

Seeing as this set has a wheelchair and stroller, it would’ve been nice if it could have included an elevator. However, it probably would have cost $10–20 more in that case. It probably would be simple enough to MOC one.

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By in United States,

I hadn't realized how great of a set this was!

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By in Germany,

Wow! This review has flipped me from no interest to determined to get it. Wonderful interior design. Will probably moc it into a larger modular size building.

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By in United States,

Looking forward to this set. Thank you for the nice review.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This (needs a few modifications) plus City Center and the Ideas Boat in a Bottle, my wallet.

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By in Germany,

Great set, i usually only get traffic-sets, but I'll make an exception for this. :-)

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By in Hungary,

I think a good baseplate is missing from this set.

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By in United Kingdom,

My shopping list for the lego store visit is getting longer....

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent review!

^ Anak, yes, I agree - if I get this set (which I'm hoping to at some point soon), I think I'll build it on a baseplate, just so it fits in easier with my town, then I can MOC it to be more enclosed at the rear and add some extra detail out front.

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By in Italy,

This review has been detailed and focused on how the CITY theme deserves to continue and evolve during the years! Great job!! Looking forward to get it!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic looking set, just like the heartlake hospital set was.. Im loving the minifigs and the Ambulance is spot on too if your from the U. S, our ones are yellow with green here & there,

I'd call it Sacred heart if i got one..
DR COX your needed in the E. R.. lol!

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By in United States,

I plan on merging my 2006 hospital (minus the elevated helicopter platform and catwalk. That gives me a reception desk, operating room, ward and ambulance garage.

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By in France,

Terrific addition to the cityscape. Nice modern design.

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By in United Kingdom,

The slight cut-away, gives this a tremendous 'modular-feel', without losing the playability of accessing the insides, but also avoids the 'flatness' of simple open-backed sets. This is the way I think I'm going to go with my MOC's from now on.

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By in United States,

I really like this set and this is coming from a guy who owns the 2012 City Hospital, which is a good set in its own right. Honestly, this is the best City set in years (excluding the People Packs) and I'll be sure to pick it up when it goes on sale.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thorough review! Nicely done.
(Also: space seat, Space seat, SPACE SEAT!)

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By in New Zealand,

US$100=NZ$143, GB£70=NZ$133
Actual charge = NZ$180?!!!
That's 26% more than US, 35% more than UK. Even with any discounting we'll still be getting ripped off.

Hello Lepin. Have my dollars.

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By in France,

Very interesting review. Give me the feeling to both buy and improve it

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By in Iran,

It's rare to see an actually decent big City set, I can see this being really popular for expanding it and turning it into a modular building (that is until we eventually get an actual modular hospital)

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By in Australia,

Good to see a solid city set. I may get it just for the Ambulance.

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By in United States,

Being an optometrist, I've never used equipment (phoroptor) that looks like that. ALso, typically an eye doctor employed by a hospital wouldn't be doing refractive exams, only medical health visits. Oh well.

The rest looks decent enough although I won't get it in the end.

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By in New Zealand,

I love the way the designer has really left this open for AFOL's to buy two or more and easily build a large scale hospital.

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By in United States,

How does the helicopter get people back to the hospital it only has one seat. Great detail on the inside though, the projector is pure genius.

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By in Austria,

This set gives the 'back to basic' and 'fun to build' looks. As how Lego should really be.

Not over designed with redundant decorative pieces.

Thumbs up.

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By in Sweden,

Gah! My list of must buy sets is getting long! Maybe I'll buy this one for my kids so that it doesn't have to come from my lego budget? But then I have to share.... Hmmm...

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By in Australia,

I love the details, but as with the corner containing the kiosk, I think the overall structure is poorly designed. This building didn't need to wrap around a corner, like that, and I think the designers were being clever just for the sake of being clever, without realising the play value that was being sacrificed.

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By in Taiwan,

Thanx for the review, I also think this scores tie with the Friends one, but the overall interior design and figure diversity is no doubt a step up from the 2012 one.

My minor disappointment about this being the first hospital set after Undercover is no Natalia in this set. It's a shame cause she's a very easy-to-made figure among all the uc characters.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow £70! Seems like the UK are getting a great deal, was expecting £100 with all those figs. Some really nice details, I did a rough edit of a 'doubled' up version when pictures first came out https://flic.kr/p/26t9Y2u which seems even more possible if you could get them on discount.

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By in United Kingdom,

£70 does look a great price for a terrific set. I just wish there was more consistency in the pricing across regions. Here the uk is getting a bargain but in other licensed themes they just change the $ to £ or we pay more. It's hard to love Lego when you feel they are ripping you off from day one sometimes.

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101, you mention that dust is a downside to stickers on a clear sheet (which I completely agree with) but the major plus point for them, is that if you want them for a MOC, they can be stuck into any other colour brick or panel - which can be incredibly useful sometimes.

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By in Netherlands,

I find it interesting that the (pretty great) ambulance isn't a separate set. It seems a no brainer buisinesswise to sell these seperately.

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By in Denmark,

It looks like a really cool set. Unfortunately, I don’t collect City sets. Anyway, I have wondered to pick up the set as I really want the baby minifigure. Have already 5 of them plus Jack Jack from The Incredibles. They’re so cute

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By in United States,

The 3rd X-ray (the digestive track one) also shows a heart on not the left, but the right side of the minifigure's chest. This condition, called dextrocardia, is rare IRL but perhaps is normal for minifigures. Since the heart is on the right side of the chest in dextrocardia, it steals space from the liver leading to an abnormal liver. Liver abnormalities can cause jaundice, or yellow skin.

Mind blown.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the detailed and timely review! Can't wait to pick this one up and slap it down in my city, which hasn't had a new medical building since 6380 back in 1987! As others have said I'll build it on a base plate and throw some more bricks on (combine with pieces from 6380?) to make it a more substantial and truly modular masterpiece. What's great about this set though is that that the framework and vital bits are already there; well done at separating a man from his money LEGO!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ LegoSolo77 - I was just thinking the same thing! I've dug out 6380 and I'm going to get some square paper, count the studs on the new one and the old baseplate, and see how I can blend them together. Great minds think alike!

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By in United States,

@Trifling, 6380 was imo the best hospital set prior to this. I've just been pouring over images of it and really think the two will look great together. Great minds think alike indeed sir!

Ps. Now the challenge of making that old ambulance a six-wide...

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By in Germany,

Looks to cramped to me. The baby station is good, but the basement and first floor schould have been larger. Maybe better structured with each element containing one complete section of hospital. BTW, since when are there opticans in hosptials? The place would be better used for a simple bed or an emergency room.

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By in Denmark,

@LegoSolo77 and Trifling, it sounds really interesting that you are planning on combining the classic 6380 with the new hospital. I hope to see the results of these ideas.

6380 is one of those sets that just stayed a dream. Instead I aquired 4429 Helicopter Rescue which though seems a bit small compared to today's standard (though I am not aiming for Modular buildings). So for a long time I have planned to expand it by MOD/MOC'ing, and hence slowly collected some useful pieces. But now with 60204 the expansion has been served on a silver platter. When a good offer is available, I will buy 60204 and combine it with 4429.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ LAKAbricks - thanks for your interest, yes, will get some pics up on the forum once I've got it figured out. Please, do the same for your combination too - I'll be really interested to see. 4429 is a set I don't have, but I much prefer the ambulance on that to 6380's skinny little example! Speaking of which...

^ LegoSolo77 - that is what I've spent this evening planning! I think I'm going to use the basic plan of the under-carriage of 60150 Pizza Van and build from there...

Thanks Lego for this wonderful set, despite a lot of big (and expensive) things I've been looking forward to this year (Harry Potter D2C anyone?), this may be my favourite.

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By in United States,

@Trifling, man that is an awesome idea! Why didn't I think of that? I guess some minds are greater than others lol :) The Pizza Van would be the ideal platform, both width and legth, and interior space... my head is buzzing! Pics will have to wait, unless the family wants to honor me come Father's Day... Oh come on people buy me some friggin' LEGO
already!!

Ps. @LAKAbricks I wish I'd have bought 4429, it's simple but very functional, and has imo the best medical helicopter that's been made so far. Sadly my LEGO budget was only going to SW back in 2012... good thing Disney got crazy with their pricing and got me back into City :)

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By in United States,

@rogueone: The stretcher attaches to one of the feet of the helicopter. Jang shows this in his review - it's probably on the box as well.

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By in United States,

Ordered mine after seeing this review. Should be here any day along with the free Lego Creative Hans Christian Anderson set 40291. Thanks again for the great review.

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