Review: 60207 Drone Chase

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On Thursday 20th December last year London's second busiest airport, Gatwick, was brought to a standstill by someone flying drones over it. All departures were cancelled and inbound flights diverted to other airports in the UK and even to mainland Europe.

My family and I were due to fly to Barbados from there first thing on the Friday so we had booked a hotel at the airport to stay the night before. We went there on the Thursday as planned, not knowing whether we'd be flying or not. When we arrived the place was pandemonium, with long queues for the information desk snaking around the terminal, full of desperate people trying to get on with their journeys.

After a mostly sleepless night we woke to find that the runway had reopened, following reassurances from the military that any further drone incursions would be dealt with by whatever (undisclosed) means they had at their disposal. So, thankfully, we were one of the first flights to depart that morning, and virtually on time, too.

I suspect that the military have more sophisticated means of downing drones than attempting to throw a net over them from a helicopter but that, apparently, is the tactic employed by the Sky Police in 60207 Drone Chase.

I wouldn't normally buy or review a City Police set but I thought I'd make an exception for this one as a reminder of my ordeal...


Minifigures

Three minifigres are provides: a helicopter pilot, a crook and a gold statue.

The pilot is, quite simply, superb. The light royal blue legs and torso are printed with a flying jacket and straps. I'm not sure the police badge was entirely necessary: I don't think a pilot would need to wear one and it also limits the reuse potential of the torso, although I concede that the word Police on the back does a good job of that, too!

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The helmet has been used on collectable minifigures in series 4 and 8, but the visor and breathing apparatus are new and, it could be argued, long overdue. No longer will pilots be reliant on crash helmets!

The breathing apparatus, Mini Mask, No. 8, fits ove the neck and fits snugly with the bottom of the helmet and the new visor. Given the height that helicopters fly at I don't believe such breathing apparatus is needed in this set but it looks superb and you even get a spare, so I'm not complaining.

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The crook is comprised stock parts used dozens of times before but I guess they are adequate even if I'm sure a real-life prison escapee would find a change of clothes somewhere before committing more crimes.

He's equipped with a drone controller, with the object of his attention, a gold statue, showing on the screen.

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I am sure the the gold statue of a fireman will be appreciated by monifig collectors because I believe it's not been easy to make one until now.

I don't know the significance of the date on the plinth. Although 1932 was when LEGO started making toys that doesn't seem particularly relevant. 1942 might have made more sense given that's when the first LEGO factory fire occurred.

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The completed model

As police helicopters go this one is decent enough. The net shooter is mounted on the left while a searchlight is affixed to the right. Its position, set back and above the mini-wing must limit is usefulness considerably.

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The tail is printed; all other decorations are stickers. The tail rotor doesn't really match the rest of the design and feels like a lazy afterthought.

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SNOT work on the sides of the cockpit allows a minifigure to fit inside the 4-wide body.

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The drone is unrealistically huge compared to the size of helicopter and must weigh a tonne. I'm surprised it even gets off the ground!

The red 'eyes' at the front and 'legs' make it looks more like a flying creature than a drone. It doesn't appear to be equipped with a camera, unless the eyes are supposed to represent one, or two.

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The 'legs' at the bottom are actually claws that the crook can presumably operate remotely to try and grab the statue from its plinth.

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Verdict

Here, with the help of a couple of Wicked Brick display stands, is what the police hope to do to drown the drone: fire the net on top of it.

In play, however, it's virtually impossible to do so because the trajectory and opening of the net as it's fired can't really be influenced. Still, I guess it's a fun play feature for the young!

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Other than the new helmet parts on the pilot minifigure, there's nothing particularly special about this set and it's unlikely to appeal to many AFOLs.

I'm certain, however, that the target audience -- particularly those without a plethora of helicopters in their collection already -- will enjoy it and have fun with the net.

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The 191-piece set weighs in at £17.99 / $29.99 / 19.99€ so would appear to be much better value in Europe than the USA, for a change.

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Following the incident Gatwick and Heathrow airport operators have spent millions of pounds on anti-drone technology which should prevent copycat attacks. The culprits have not yet been caught.

I arrived in Barbados on schedule and had a wonderful two weeks cruising the Caribbean on P&O's Britannia with my family.


The set is currently available from shop.LEGO.com:

USA ($29.99) | Canada ($39.99) | UK (£17.99) | Germany (€19.99) | France (€19.99)

52 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I believe the different colors of gold on the statue just looks weird. I like the rest of the set though.

Terrible price in my part of the world though.

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By in Canada,

this set is way overpriced as are all the sky police sets! $40 CAD for a set that would normally cost $25!!!

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By in United States,

The helmet is called "Football helmet" because a version of that mold originated on the CMF (American) Football player.

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By in Canada,

I must point out that the helmet design on the police officer isn't completely new. It first appeared in CMF series 4 on a hockey player, hence the name, although its ID might have changed.

EDIT: even though helmet first appeared on a hockey player, it did appear later on a football player in series 8. Quite a foresight from Lego designers!

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By in Sweden,

The different gold colours look odd indeed. I like the cockpit interior though.

As for catching drones with nets I think that's actually a rather common practise in the real world. They didn't succeed at Gatwick though...

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By in United Kingdom,

18 GBP/20 EUR = 30/31 CAD or 22/23 USD

"Eh?" - everyone in Canada (and the US)

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By in United States,

That helmet mold has been used in a plethora of sets, from ninjago to Tron to cmf...

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By in United Kingdom,

The box art is deceptive (i.e. a 'lie'), making the gold figure out to be all the same colour.
I presume the body is moulded in the metallic gold colour? Is the helmet powder-coated for the shine?

I think the helicopter is a great design, although the canopy fit is a bit messy. But seeing what that gold figure really looks like is off-putting. I think that's a real cause for complaint to get that compared to what's portrayed on the box.

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By in New Zealand,

NEW ZEALAND IS CHEAPEST???!!!!! Sorry, but I can't believe it's true. There must be an error somewhere, surely? I suppose it's technically *possible* that we're cheapest but that's so far removed from the normal state of affairs that I'm forced to accept that we've strayed into a parallel universe.

Yes. That's the only logical conclusion.

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By in United Kingdom,

That new visor and breathing apparatus will be great for fighter plane MOCs. Will probably try and get the black helmet and trans-brown visor from one of the other sets

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd like to think Heathrow, Gatwick and the local police forces have bought hundreds of copies of this set and are now using them in training exercises with their staff. That would account for some of the millions they say they've spent on new equipment.

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By in United Kingdom,

Imagine the scene at New Scotland Yard tonight when someone uses this as a model for how the Metropolitan Police are going to deal with any future drone problems.
That was a very British joke, by the way.

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By in Germany,

Maybe the "1932" was chosen for 10197 Fire Brigade.
Also with golden helmets, it works well together :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish people would stop 'droning' on about airport closures! :)

Sorry about your ordeal, but thanks for the review, as I would have missed that pilot and he looks very cool :)

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By in Poland,

Guys dont worry about the price. Its just one of those sets that are planned to be sold for sales later.
I personaly think this set is best set of this silly and very weak theme.
Love the gold minifig. Just take of the helmet!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the info about the helmet, I'll update the article.

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By in Netherlands,

Well, that was an original intro.. Anyway, aside from the parts highlighted already, I'm excited for the crooks face, love the microphone print!

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By in Belgium,

Original way to advertise their new theme;-). Fantastic review, as usual. I probably will not buy sets from Skypolice.

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By in United States,

BENNY'S SPACE SQUAD IS BACK IN STOCK ON SHOP.LEGO.COM!!!!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@joefish, yes the body is the usual gold plastic and the helmet drum lacquered.

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By in Canada,

Why does TLG reference 1932 in relation to fire departments? Or is that coincidence?

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By in United Kingdom,

My dad was flying from Dubai back home to Worcester at Birmingham Airport, but because flights where diverted from Gatwick to Birmingham there were some disruption but thankfully it wasn't anything major at Birmingham. It was unbelievable that flights where diverted all over the UK from Cardiff to Manchester and Birmingham and then even in some other city's in other country's such as Paris and Amsterdam

About the set, its a passable set for me, though i love the gold minifigure

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By in Australia,

This year I intend to collect the entire Sky Police line (including this set).
Unlike previous years there are no sets in the line that are exclusive to certain retailers so it should be possible to get all the sets on discount.

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By in United States,

I personally love this years "sky" Police theme, though I agree the gold fig/helmet is off/odd. I may pass on this one though...

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By in Netherlands,

"Gatwick, was brought to a standstill by someone flying drones over it" and then in later news updates it appeared to have been possibly sightings of a police drone/aircraft itself that was the cause of the entire lockdown.
Anyway, nice review!

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By in Netherlands,

This is the third set in weeks winch reminds me vaguely of playmobil.
One other was the off-road mini.

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By in United Kingdom,

Some drone-prevention services use trained birds of pray to bring down drones. Given the size of this one you might need the eagle from the Tower of Orthanc set.

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By in United States,

There are a lot of tricks that are being used to deal with rogue drones. Nets are one, but they have the disadvantage of being a very short-range option with limited altitude. This is especially problematic if it's a terrorist attack and simply getting to you is all the drone is intended for. Knocking it out of the sky won't necessarily prevent it from deploying WMDs.

Another option is to jam the communications (assuming it's not on a preprogrammed course). Most drones are designed to either return to "home" or simply land if they lose contact with the controls. Drone-hunting drones are an option. If you control them, you can make sure they don't pose an undue threat, but you can also scramble them to take out an unwanted stray. There's another solution that won't work even a tiny bit for legacy drones, but could cut down on problems going forward, which is to require all drones have geofencing tech built in. Establish a no-fly zone with a geo-fence, and any compliant drones will stop short. It won't stop someone who is determined to get in, but at least it'll cut down on stupid operators causing extreme reactions like locking down entire airports because some noob flew two feet past the perimeter. Military bases are likely to take a much more aggressive approach, such as setting up a perimeter that's armed with CWIS systems to just turn approaching drones into confetti, on the theory that any drone heading towards a base is probably doing so with violent intentions.

But yeah, for a small town police force, net launchers may end up being the go-to solution. They can be made relatively cheap, portable, and reloadable, and the nets once recovered should be reusable to a degree.

Anyways, pity about the helmet. That I'm aware of, there are only three _true_ monochrome minifigs in the entire history of the company. The first was from way back before the articulated minifig was released, which was a solid black plank-fig that was used as a statue for a set that featured something like a town square. The second was the light-bley physician statue from the TLBM Arkham set, which included a snake in the same color. And the third was the red VIP minifig from that giant polybag GWP last year.

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By in Australia,

I like the new design of the policeman, and while yes, there's plenty of interesting and new pieces in this year's City sets ...

... the more I look at these Sky Police sets, the more ridiculous and silly the whole thing gets. The police in this city now have personal jet-packs. I get that it's Lego, but c'mon. Anyway. If you like the sets, more power to you, but I'm going to quite happily skip all these.

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By in United States,

@Purple Dave - Light bley statue out front of 70751 Temple of Airjitzu?

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By in Australia,

I fully understand that City sets are intended for children and young children at that but it feels lately as though the City sets are getting dumbed down a bit, lots of big specialized parts. It feels a bit like the Juniors sets.

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By in United States,

@cmc4free:
Light-bley minifig, dark-bley hands, flat silver hat. This appears to be all pearl gold except with a drum-lacquered hat, so at least the core minifig would qualify where the Ninjago one would not.

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By in United States,

If you took that helmet of the statue it would be great for decorating MoCs. Would love to see some Greek or Atlantian builds with 'em.

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By in Germany,

At a discount I will snap up several of this. Worth it for the gratuitous monofig alone.
:-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Yup, I'll be getting this for the monofig alone, having just started piecing them together from my collection I am up to 9 or 10 without thinking about it, and I prefer them without headgear anyway.

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By in Spain,

I am the only one that thinks this helicopter reminds of an AH-1 Hueycobra with some details from the 'Blue Thunder' movie and TV series helicopter?

I just love the new helmet visor and breathing mask of this year Sky Police sets, these along with blueish-grey pieces from 2017 Garmadon aquatic army sets can be used to build many militar jets and helicopters.

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By in United States,

Personally I don’t know any Monifigure collectors (“the gold statue of a fireman will be appreciated by monifig collectors”) but I do think it will appeal to many minifigure collectors, including myself. Nice review just the same Huw and very nice set in my opinion Lego.

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By in United States,

wow
Did they shoot the drone down?

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By in United Kingdom,

Apparently not. There was a report of a crashed one being found.
There were also a couple of drone owners in the area who were dobbed in by a neighbour and arrested on no evidence whatsoever, then found to have had nothing to do with it. As is typical the Daily Mail named them and printed their pictures, calling them every treachorous insult they could think of, then the following day (after their release) berated the police for not offering them an apology.

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By in United States,

@Lochdent:
I totally have to agree...unfortunately it seems like a growing trend for City sets to now consist of larger "specialized" pieces. I think 2016's Airport Passenger Terminal set (60104) is a fairly good example of that. The only benefit (if any) from using large pieces (especially on an aircraft or something), is that it gives it a smooth, streamlined shape. As awesome as it was/is to get cool new pieces - such as the net shooter for last year, as well as the new parachutes, it really feels like they should be a bit more creative with all the wonderful pieces they already have in the awesome LEGO assortment. (I love the City Great Vehicles for the fact that they don't usually use near as many large pieces.) I also think the subject matter of this new Police line is quite interesting! I didn't believe it at first when I found out LEGO was actually going to release "Sky Police" sets! (Should've saw it coming though since we saw Forest Police, Swamp Police, Prison Island Police, and Mountain Police - Yikes!) - I also think it'll be interesting to see what they have in store for the "Classic Police" in 2020...

I'm all 'policed' out after writing this!

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By in United States,

@Purple Dave - I was going by memory, but correct you are!

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By in United States,

@Huw
Excellent review!

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By in United States,

@cmc4free:
I had to look it up because I had no idea what you were talking about, but once I did I remembered someone mentioning that specific minifig in another monochrome minifig discussion related to the VIP polybag GWP that has the solid red minifig on a brick-built VIP card. And yeah, it got shot down over the hands and hat. More hands than hat, as you can always drop the hat, but the hands are a bit more critical.

And in that regard, this looks like it really is official monochrome minifig number four (with an asterisk, because again, you'd need to drop the hat). I have a spare Arkham statue floating around somewhere, and I just ended up qualifying for a free second copy of the VIP set. Since that only leaves the black plankfig and this guy, I'm kinda tempted to collect just the ones that appear in sets.

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By in Australia,

‘I don't know the significance of the date on the plinth. Although 1932 was when LEGO started making toys that doesn't seem particularly relevant.’
Um...

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By in Germany,

@Purple Dave: I didn't remember that Arkham Asylum statue, but there are (almost) two more:
both the GWP Fountain from 2016 and the the Winter Village Fire Station have an LBG monofig, albeit with DBG hands. I know that doesn't count as a true monofig, but nevertheless, for those interested in assembling monofigs, this is an easy start (and much cheaper than the Arkham Asylum set).

But was is the black "plankfig"?

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By in United States,

Appreciate you sharing with us your experience that day in London - Huw, and you mentioned "airport operators spending millions...on anti-drone technology which should prevent copycat attacks." Amongst the seven Sky Police sets new for this year 2019, this seems to be the only one having a police helicopter, and it's a very swift-looking helicopter, like a cross between a fighter jet and a helicopter. Love that "eagle with a mohawk," Sky Police logo! The blue, tail rotor piece is probably identical in shape/size to the yellow one on the set 60179 (Ambulance Helicopter, 2018). Would buy this set 60207 for that helicopter and pilot minifig; however, I have other set purchase priorities for this year.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers:
Arkham statue (in the set, it's holding a matching LBG snake):
https://brickset.com/minifigs/sh352/arkham-asylum-statue

Monochrome plankfig (the non-articulated predecessor to the standard minifig, which got repurposed as a statue about 5 years after the switch):
https://brickset.com/minifigs/old045/legoland-old-type-all-black-with-top-hat-(statue-from-1592)

@CBattle12Oct:
I've just been reading about a helicopter that may double the current max speed. Planes can go as fast as you can push them, up until the point when they either burst into flames or shred into confetti. Helicopters have rotors that complicate things. As the helicopter moves forward, lift increases on side and decreases on the other, as the blades moving aft eventually start to "stall" when the forward speed of the helicopter starts to approach the rearward speed of the blades. 150mph is the theoretical max speed as a result of this. Go faster and your helicopter will tip sideways out of the sky. Boeing and Sikorsky are working on a crazy new helicopter that could go as fast as 300mph. It has stacked contra-rotating rotors, so no matter how fast you go both sides receive equal lift from the blades that are moving forward. It has a huge split tail, and an 8-blade pusher prop that looks around 5-6' in diameter to give it a huge speed boost over what can be achieved by simply playing with the angles of the main rotor. Look up the SB>1 Defiant, if you're interested. It may take maiden flight this year, but it's already about two years behind schedule. Coaxial rotors really amp up the complexity (the bearings between the two shafts have to be able handle twice the speeds that they would on standard helicopters), but where previous attempts may have handled the rotor controls with purely mechanical solutions, this version is fly-by-wire, and if they can figure out how to use the rotational forces of the rotors to generate localized power, they won't have to run any controls up the shafts.

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By in United States,

@Purple Dave:
Thanks for your "heads-up" about the Sikorsky-Boeing, SB>1 Defiant. Contra-rotating, coaxial rotors; split tail, and 8-blade pusher prop!? Never seen a real helicopter like that! Imagine a Lego model of the SB>1 Defiant; probably as a Technic set.

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By in United States,

@CBattle12Oct:
Pretty crazy, isn't it? Even if they don't get out of the prototype stage, it's still a really cool looking design, and I expect we'll see a MOC or two of it someday.

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By in Germany,

@Purple Dave: Thanks for the info.
I had never heard of that black fig before. Interesting.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers:
I only found out about it in the last year myself, while discussing the then-new VIP red monochrome minifig. I've never really been much for Town/City.

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