Review: 30361 Fire ATV

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LEGO City is sometimes criticised for repeatedly returning to the same subjects, although that is justifiable given their consistent popularity. Fire sets are a frequent example and this subtheme has returned again in 2019, containing a brand new fire axe accessory and red helmets.

30361 Fire ATV includes both elements, despite its small size. This should therefore prove to be an appealing polybag.

Minifigure

One firefighter is included, wearing a black uniform with the new red helmet. It seems remarkable that this component has not appeared in red before, given its association with fire, but it looks superb here and makes a welcome change from the white, yellow and dark red elements which are more common. The head is similarly impressive and features some sooty residue from a fire.

30361 Fire ATV

The same firefighters' uniform has been in use since 2013. New designs are often interesting but I like this version which includes a metallic silver gauge, a triangular carabiner and some authentic reflective bands. The dark tan harness looks splendid too and the back of the torso is decorated with a lovely fire emblem.

30361 Fire ATV

Several different axes have been produced, some of which seem appropriate for certain environments while others are more generic. However, this fire axe is unmistakably specialised and it looks fantastic, consisting of pearl silver and red plastic. Its shape is realistic and I like the contrast between the blade and the head, corresponding with the accessory that was introduced with the Lumberjack from series five of the Collectable Minifigures.

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The Completed Model

Quad bikes have appeared in almost every modern Fire subtheme and this example is not particularly distinctive, including four standard tyres with a deep tread. The red bodywork looks good and I like the bullbar on the front, protecting a pair of trans-clear headlights. A bright light yellow 2x6 plate forms the chassis which seems slightly odd, although this does provide an additional splash of colour.

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There is space for a minifigure behind the handlebars and you can keep some accessories on clips at the rear, as demonstrated below. LEGO fire extinguishers are typically yellow but this white accessory is a reasonable alternative. A single trans-blue siren is fitted above the accessories which looks pretty good and I like the trans-red tail light as well.

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Overall

The latest Fire subtheme offers several interesting innovations and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the new fire axe and red helmet both appear in 30361 Fire ATV. Those accessories are wonderful and the quad bike looks good, although vehicles like this one are extremely common and there is little variation between them. Nevertheless, this is an excellent polybag.

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21 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Me likey da axe.

Also, I am shocked that this is the first red helmet. Seems like a squanky bean b behind this.

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By in United States,

Might just be worth picking up for the new axe alone...

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By in United Kingdom,

Out of pure interest, does anyone in the Netherlands know a brick 'n mortar store that reliably sells polybags? I can't for the life of me ever find any outside of one or two at Kruidvat every blue moon.

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By in Netherlands,

@Golem25 same here, CMF and Polybags seem very sparse in physical stores.

I mostly only been getting Magazines instead.

Few times I have gotten polybags, was when they had discount online & when I placed a bigger order anyway to make up for the shipping cost.

Bricklink also has the added wait time/shipping cost.

Next LEGO City magazine 2019 2 (7 February) in The Netherlands has a fireman:
-Red helmet & same torso/legs as this one.
-Breathing apparatus/Visor.
-White extinguisher
-Burning white/green/red(octan) barrel with 2 flames.

No buggy or axe, and different face.

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By in Canada,

That pulaski axe is indeed the highlight, but I'm probably going to use bricklink to get decent quantities.

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By in United States,

I got this set in conjunction with the vip lego store as promotional when I bought the assembly square. Very surprised and excited about the axe. Everything else was nothing very great.

The axe is the ONLY reason.

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By in United States,

Very generic model, but as you've stated firefighters continue to be popular, being my own favorite city subtheme as a kid.

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By in United States,

The red fire helmet is something of a myth. It actually isn’t that common. Red helmets do exist, but they are typically not a general use color, but rather a fire ground indicator. Just as the Chief generally wears a White helmet so he can easily be found, the use of Red varies by department or service, but the most common nes are either Line Officer such as a Captain or Lieutenant (I’ve also seen yellow used for these) or Red or Orange is often used to designate Probies. New Firefighters in training.

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By in United States,

One half of my brain is saying, "I don't think I'll get this. "
Other Half: "NEW AXE PIECE!!"

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By in United States,

I only want this to get the new axe to make horror movie scenes

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By in United States,

I need that axe to make the haunted mansion from the Andy Griffith show.

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By in United States,

Does it include a spare axe by chance?

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By in United States,

@Lordmoral

Sadly, it does not. The extra pieces are pretty limited. Just a couple studs if I remember correctly.

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By in United Kingdom,

I find this funny. Not sure why.

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By in Sweden,

Pretty good for a polybag. Really wish the minifigure had been using the new dark tan legs/torso though instead of this older one.

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By in United States,

Great review as always, @CapnRex101!
This is a really fun looking polybag. LOVE the new axe piece, although since it looks a bit more ‘specific’ for the fire theme, I do think it will be prove to be slightly less versatile than the original plain, black piece. However, I still love it and also think it will be a great new piece. The quad/ATV is somewhat generic, but still looks really cool and fun. Unfortunately I missed out on getting it as the promo from S@H, so am wondering if it will be sold separately. (I assume it will be, maybe?)
Thankfully, polybags from City and Creator 3-in-1 seem to be shaping up quite well so far, at least IMO.

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By in United States,

I like that this year's fire sets are using Cool Yellow instead of Bright Yellow. Really neat way to make them stand out from past ones. The red helmets and new axes are also nice.

Of course, as far as uniforms go, what I'm most excited about are the Sand Yellow fire suits in 60214-1 and 60216-1, since these closely resemble the fire suits my local fire department uses in real life!

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By in United States,

@Faefrost

You are absolutely correct. A red helmet usually denotes an officer, depending on the department. I like the new axe piece, it looks like the brand new axes received from the manufacturer (before they are put to work!) I can only hope Lego one day makes a halligan bar so my guys can carry a set of irons ;-)

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By in United States,

The axe is definitely sweet and reflects the modern look. I'm currently building (from own loose parts and Bricklink) the Fire Brigade modular, think I will update the look of the firefighters and accessories with a few of this set.

Great review as always, thanks.

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By in Netherlands,

@Golem25 @TeriXeri
In the Netherlands you find polybags at A-tembo. Although they do not have this one yet.

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