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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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