Review: 30360 Arctic Ice Saw

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The new Arctic sets have been excellent on the whole, containing a selection of unusual animals and some brilliant vehicles. 30360 Arctic Ice Saw includes 43 pieces so is the smallest in the range but it looks quite appealing in my opinion as the polybag comes with a few rare pieces.

This set is currently available with copies of the National Geographic Kids magazine in the UK, costing £3.99.

Minifigure

A single Arctic explorer is included, sporting a medium azure beanie hat and a pair of tinted goggles. The same figure appears in 60190 Arctic Ice Glider and 60195 Arctic Mobile Exploration Base so it is not particularly common across the range, although an explorer with an ushanka hat would have been preferable in my view as that element was created for the new Arctic subtheme and is only available in a few sets.

30360 Arctic Ice Saw

The minifigure wears a medium azure and dark blue jacket along with a pair of dark blue trousers. I like the flame yellowish orange accent colour and the devices printed on both sides of the torso look superb too. Presumably these measure temperature or oxygen levels, both of which would be necessary in the freezing Arctic conditions. He is equipped with a dark bluish grey circular saw.

30360 Arctic Ice Saw

The Completed Model

City polybags often contain quad bikes so this model feels quite familiar, although it is distinguished by a pearl silver circular saw which is attached to an articulated arm on the front of the vehicle. The bright orange and blue colour scheme looks good and I like the beefy tyres which seem suitable for an Arctic environment.

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However, the larger wheels found in 60193 Arctic Air Transport are even better in my opinion. There is room to seat a single minifigure at the controls and the circular saw accessory can be placed on a clip at the back, as demonstrated below. Moreover, you can rotate the forward saw by twisting the orange cone and the arm features some useful articulation.

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A small ice formation is included too. This is only constructed using a few elements but I think it works in a polybag, due primarily to the presence of a white 2x3 rock component which is only available in a couple of other sets. The rock is only placed on a 1x2 jumper plate so can be knocked over with ease, revealing a 1x1 round brick which is printed with an insect design, showing an ancient creature trapped in the ice.

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Overall

I am fairly satisfied with this polybag as it offers reasonable play value and contains some interesting parts. The set is packaged with National Geographic Kids magazine at the moment, costing £3.99 in the UK. At that price I would recommend adding it to your Arctic collection as I think this is a fun set, despite its small size.

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27 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Nice set, but shouldn't there be a poll at the end?

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By in United Kingdom,

When I built this I didn't notice the insect design on the 1x1 round brick. I wondered what that brick was supposed to represent - now I know!

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By in United States,

Pretty neat set for a low price! But most of these sets are of the same way, such as the volcano polybag which I have.

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By in United States,

Too bad it's not available in the US. An excellent set though. Thanks for the review!

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By in United States,

@LegoHobbitFan

Yes, it is available in the U.S. Doesn't seen to be widespread. I picked it up at a LDC about 5 weeks ago.

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By in United States,

You know, this is a pretty good stand in for a Ditch Witch type vehicle used to dig trenches for laying cable and the like.

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By in United States,

Great fig for a city polybag.

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By in Denmark,

Love this small set. Cannot wait to get hold of it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes i saw in attached to a magazine in Sainsbury's yesterday there about 5 of them left, Very cute little set..

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By in Australia,

North poll or South poll?

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By in United States,

@Kynareth I assume you are being sarcastic but for those who are confused the Artic refers to the North Pole while Antartic refers to South Pole. Also polar bears (featured in other of this theme) are found only in the artic aka north. This is also one of the reasons that penguins are not featured in this theme, since penguins are not found (naturally) in the north, but only the south. I would love for artic sea life to be in a set such as Beluga whales and Narwals. I would love for more sea life in general as the deep sea explorers sets were fairly limited in their scope of creatures limited mostly to sharks, with some fish and octopi.

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By in United States,

Why does this remind me of that one small Power Miners set?

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By in United States,

@Keilup:
I haven't been to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center for a few months, but I found this a couple weeks ago at Meijer in the Great Lakes region...along with a new TIE Fighter, and another new polybag that I forgot. I think they had a new Friends polybag, too, but I pay little attention to them as sets.

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By in Australia,

Now I've moved to Australia I can't use the "why don't polar bears eat penguins?" joke anymore. It doesn't work with TimTams :-(

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By in Canada,

Am I the only one who doesn't know the "why don't polar bears eat penguins" joke?

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By in Australia,

Because they can't take off the wrappers.

Silence from everyone outside the UK

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By in Hungary,

Kynareth: I still don't get it.

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By in United States,

In the States you can order this online from Walmart. However it costs more than 60190 and even 60191 at the moment.

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By in United Kingdom,

How can you use the words articulated and arctic in one paragraph (twice!) and not follow up with an arcticulated joke?

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By in Australia,

Penguin's is a brand of chocolate covered biscuits in the UK.

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By in United States,

@Your future president: Kynareth wasn't being sarcastic - he was making a pun.

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By in Australia,

@YourFuturePresident: the plural of 'octopus' is 'octopuses' or 'octopodes'. Now we done learned you some gooder English so you can make fine with them fancy ten dollar words.

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By in United States,

@AddictedToStyrene:
Octopodes comes from the original Greek, but is not generally used in English. Octopuses and Octopi are the two commonly recognized English pluralized forms:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/octopus

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By in United States,

Thank you Purple Dave

Also, The word Octopus comes from the Latin meaning "Eight Legged" and I know, because I study Latin, the the plural form of that word is Octopi, adherent to the Latin root of the word, although as Purple Dave said, the modernized version of Octopuses has also come to be recognized as a word. The same is with Cactus and Cacti. No one who knows what they are doing says Cactuses. The spellchecker in my comment doesn't even recognize that as a word.

@ AddictedToStyrene it also might be a difference of geography as they might say it differently in Australia then in the US.

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By in United States,

I picked up this set this weekend at our local Meijer store for my 4 year old daughter. She put it together last night and has enjoyed "smashing" the snow pieces to get to the specialty brick with the bug on it. Neat set to grab for only $4, as we didn't have any arctic themed people or sets before.

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