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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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