Several smaller City sets are usually released in January but they often receive little attention, as one might expect given the appeal of brand new themes and a Modular Building. However, I have enjoyed many of these small City sets in the past so have been looking forward to the 2019 range.
60240 Kayak Adventure stands out in particular as this set contains a unique yellow kayak along with an orange life jacket accessory which has only appeared once before in 60202 People Pack - Outdoor Adventures. The truck also seems reasonably realistic so I am approaching this review with high expectations.
A single minifigure is included, wearing a light bluish grey hooded jacket and a dark red shirt. The torso was originally created for Zach Mitchell in 75919 Indominus Rex Breakout but has since appeared with yellow hands in numerous City and Creator Expert sets. I think it works for a kayaker and looks superb in combination with dark tan trousers.
Chase McCain's head is immediately recognisable, featuring a smile, bushy eyebrows and prominent cheekbones. This component has been used for minifigures other than Chase but he certainly seems like a character who might enjoy kayaking when not pursuing criminals!
The minifigure also comes with an orange life jacket. This accessory was introduced in 60202 People Pack - Outdoor Adventures and appears in several new City sets, although this is the smallest. It looks more realistic than past designs and does not create an unsightly gap between a minifigure's torso and its head, unlike the preceding element.
The Completed Model
Off-road trucks are a common subject for LEGO City sets and this example is quite impressive in my opinion, featuring large balloon tyres and an attractive colour scheme. The vehicle measures 11cm in length and is primarily four studs wide which feels realistic when compared with other City cars. There is no roof rack for the kayak but I think it looks good without a rack, especially given the sharp contrast between yellow and black.
A new bullbar element was introduced at the beginning of 2018 and appears again here, protecting the radiator. I like the tyres and there is considerable ground clearance beneath the truck which is great for play. In addition, this model includes four light bluish grey mudguards which are brand new in this colour and may prove useful for other creations.
There is space to seat a minifigure inside the cab and this can be accessed with ease by removing the roof. The trans-black brick that forms the rear windscreen looks marvellous and a flatbed area provides more storage space, perhaps for the frog which is included! Six stickers are applied to the truck. These look splendid but I think the model would appear similarly impressive without them.
LEGO released a new kayak with a matching paddle during 2017. This piece has already appeared in red, purple and black but this yellow version is exclusive and it looks brilliant. You can store the paddle on a clip and a camera is mounted towards the front of the kayak, like those found in 41315 Heartlake Surf Shop and 60160 Jungle Mobile Lab.
60240 Kayak Adventure is an excellent set. The off-road truck looks marvellous and I am pleased to see another colour for the kayak, particularly in a set which only costs £9.99 or $9.99 so offers good value. I am similarly delighted to see the updated life jacket component in a smaller set as this piece represents a vast improvement over its predecessor.
On that basis, I would recommend adding 60240 Kayak Adventure to your City collection, especially if you have not purchased a set containing a kayak previously. Those looking for greater innovation may wish to focus their attention upon larger City sets this year.
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