2020 City sets revealed!

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Images of several new City sets have been published by meinspielzeug.ch. These are focused upon Police and Fire, featuring some appealing new magnetic elements alongside flying helicopters!

Additional sets have yet to be unveiled but you can view the Police and Fire images after the break...

60241 Police Dog Unit

  • 67 pieces
  • 13.10 CHF (≈ £7.99, $9.99, 9.99€)

60242 Highway Arrest

  • 185 pieces
  • 22.60 CHF (≈ £17.99, $19.99, 19.99€)
  • Duke DeTain, Vito

60243 Police Helicopter Chase

  • 212 pieces
  • 31.10 CHF (≈ £24.99, $39.99, 29.99€)
  • Sam Grizzled, Snake Rattler

60244 Police Helicopter Transport

  • 317 pieces
  • 44.80 CHF (≈ £34.99, $49.99, 39.99€)
  • Frankie Lupelli, Rooky Partnur

60245 Monster Truck Robbery

  • 362 pieces
  • 53.10 CHF (≈ £44.99, $59.99, 49.99€)
  • Tom Bennett, Big Betty

60246 Police Station

  • 743 pieces
  • 111.70 CHF (≈ £79.99, $89.99, 79.99€)
  • Wheeler, Duke DeTain, Daisy Kaboom

60247 Forest Fire

  • 84 pieces
  • 13.10 CHF (≈ £7.99, $9.99, 9.99€)
  • Clemmons

60248 Fire Rescue Helicopter

  • 93 pieces
  • 23.60 CHF (≈ £17.99, $19.99, 19.99€)
  • Freya McCloud


Please be aware that the British Pound, US Dollar and Euro prices are estimates based upon the prices in Swizz Francs and comparison with other recent City sets.

I notice that many of the characters are now named, following the earlier examples of Chase McCain, Duke DeTain, Freya McCloud and Harl Hubbs.

Are you impressed with these City sets and do you appreciate the increasing prevalence of dedicated functional elements, such as these magnets and helicopters? Let us know in the comments.

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95 comments on this article

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By in Greece,

every new year and it gets worse.....

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By in Canada,

Lego bringing back magnets? As well as 80s Lights and Sound!! 60246 looks like a new breed of Lego Dog

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By in Russian Federation,

So, apparently, the magnets will return!
Although, the old magnets like in Aquazone and Space were more cool.

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By in United States,

The magnets are good, but the rotor blades suck. They just look ugly. If I get those sets, I'm switching the helicopters out for the small $10 ones from previous waves.

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By in Russian Federation,

@jimmy79
I feel the same way. Nowadays if I want some good City sets, I look for Creator, Friends and Hidden Side.

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By in Spain,

Is there a new motorbike in the 60243? Only interesting thing I can see in those new sets.
@saashe guess it's not a new dog, it's just a new colour and decoration of the CMF bulldog

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By in Australia,

60243 has a nice new motorbike, other than the new dog and owl print not anything there really that tempts me. Wallet is safe for now.
60247 has a very Jack Stone feel about it too, I'm thinking 4621, 4601.

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By in United States,

I LOVE LOVE the return of magnets! Imagine the possibilities with any sort of cargo interchange sets or construction. YES!

Interesting choice to target the Juniors+ demographic. Good to see the LEGO City Adventures TV series characters being used a lot more. It's a fun little show with skilled voice acting & some surprisingly grown-up humor from time to time.

I like the idea of a flying heli that can hold a minifig. I'll be interested to see if it can actually fly up impressively with a good pull of the rip cord, or if it'll flounder & fall embarrassingly.

I can't say any of the sets appeal to me as an AFOL, though as always I do like some of the parts like the magnets, bike, and bulldog.

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By in United States,

60242 Why is the crook chasing the policeman???

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By in United Kingdom,

Not bad... but the star wars and ego friends ones look better from what I saw on Instagram..

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By in Singapore,

Copying my comment on just2good's video of this:

More Duke DeTain and other familiar and new characters! Cool builds but they look more juniorized than what we've been getting up until now, which is a little concerning since they're still generally 5+. Guessing they'll be retiring 60138 soon, RIP Chase McCain, retired to go kayaking.

I also LOVE the box art btw. Wonder what it'll look like for other themes, if they end up redesigning the box art for them as well.

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By in Sweden,

So disappointing. Thought forest fire sounded a bit interesting until I saw it...

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By in Norway,

@lluisgib the CMF dog is a French bulldog, this is a new English bulldog mould ;)

A police/fire wave that gives me a new dog mould and a new colored owl is great!
I never buy any of those sets anyway, but I am sure kids will love the magnets and flying helicopters ;)

It is also really funny that the set with the mafioso called Vito has a create of fish in it! I wonder which minfig that is sleeping with the fishes :P

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By in United Kingdom,

There is an interesting colour change going on. Police used to be blue and white, fire was red and white, and recently introduced the light yellow accents. I notice the police sets now all have the light yellow accents too.

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By in United Kingdom,

You'd think by now the crooks would choose vehicles of a different colour. Those red ones must make it easy to track them down.

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By in United States,

My wallet has nothing to fear.

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By in Australia,

Who on Earth uses a monster truck to rob a bank?

I'm not all that impressed, to be honest. It's the same police and fire stuff we get, every year (and not even a decent gap between themes, this time. We got all the same sets this past year). And these do look very juniorised. There's a couple of interesting new pieces, but no, I can safely say that I'll be skipping all of these.

What is interesting to me is how Lego is moving towards naming all their characters. What always differentiated Lego and standard action figures to me, was that Lego characters were a blank slate. They could be anyone. I named the major characters in my ongoing Lego City narrative after my friends and family. But now Lego is giving us a cast of set characters, and I find it interesting that they're moving towards action figure-based narratives.

Although, I have to add ...

"featuring some appealing new magnetic elements alongside flying helicopters!"

... as opposed to the *other* kind of helicopter? ;)

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By in Sweden,

Hey kids, instead of a buildable helicopter model you now get a 3-piece "flying" helicopter instead. Isn't that great?!?!

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By in Portugal,

Guess we're heading back to those late-nineties juniorized sets... :( the Dark Age of LEGO.

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By in United States,

Oh yeah time to check my wallet for next year.
Edit: wew, a saver so far although that bank can be incorporated into a MOD (modification) I am making.

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By in Netherlands,

@baldarek agreed, but next Friends wave is a bit of a let down for me, so many good ones last years and now there's not a single one I like. But Creator has a great new 'small modular' and a crazy burger monstertruck

@graysmith to be fair, I think my 5 year old nephew will like this (but it's lacking the classic building experience I like so can relate to your comment)

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By in Finland,

I'll probably only get the small fire one with the helicopter, but other than that there really isn't anything for me, but these are decent

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By in Ireland,

a helicopter set that actually flies, fantastic. My nieces will be over the moon with this. Ugly rotors, who cares.

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By in Austria,

www.meinspielzeug.ch has also sets from Ninjago, Creator & Technic

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By in Australia,

The magnets and bulldog are the (only) good things to come out of this. But sorry, everything else is a whole heap of ugly. Feels like Lego leaping back into 2003’s World City with simplified builds and action feature two piece helicopters.

At least the ice-cream truck might look good...right? RIGHT?

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By in United Kingdom,

I do not like that the cops have english names and the criminals italian. I fear it could cause kids to associate crime with foreigners.

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By in Hungary,

This wave does have a bit of 2004 energy to it in the tacky way. I don't mind the gimmick heli because it is a gimmick outdoors toy but I do worry about its potential durability, given how fast ripcord stuff can go and how violent the thud feels when it lands (experience from airjitzu stuff anyways). Less pieces mean the model doesn't handgrenade when it hits the floor but if a landing skid or the stabilizer breaks off it's gonna be a sad day...

Anyway it's weird and maybe a little trying too hard to pass as cool, but it's not for me and kiddos might like it. Having magnets back is nice however.

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By in United Kingdom,

@chrisaw agree backwards how about City School ? Library? all Fire n Police is boring. Hence why sold all my City set's to concentrate on Fun Fair Rides side shows food units and soon a Dinosaur exhibition ! The Ice-cream truck sounds interesting if City or Creator...

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By in Canada,

Named characters = LEGO City Undercover sequel

(I wish)

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By in United States,

I appreciate the detail the City line puts into its cars. But why are the building facades so boring and plain?

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By in Sweden,

Worst city sets in last 10 years.... Only the police car in 60242 Highway Arrest has an interesting look to me

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By in United States,

I guess they want to try the Juniorized route again? Seems like a bad idea. But what do I know?

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By in United States,

More like Cops sets, not so much City.

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By in United States,

I like the smaller scale of the vehicles, as they’re more in scale with the figures. However they just feel way too simple to me.

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By in United States,

Wow, these sets are terrible. And they've named the figures? Really bad.

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By in Brazil,

MORE MONSTER TRUCKS. NO GOD, PLEASE NO.

But, very nice owl and bulldog. The flying helicopters and the return of the magnets are nice too.

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By in United States,

I am so happy magnets are back! Let's hope they are available in other, more neutral colors!
Vito from 60242 looks like one of Vinnie Pappalardo's gang from LEGO City Undercover, so perhaps the TV Show takes place in the same version of LEGO City?

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By in Austria,

I'm also looking forward to new City sets; mainly cars to breath some life in my Modular Buildings city layout.

This first 2020 wave is just disappointing. The car in 60241 Police Dog Unit looks like Duplo. The only barely useable set for me is 60242 Highway Arrest.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the flying helicopters are cool. I would have loved those as a kid.

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By in Italy,

@theJANG hey! I thought of a similar idea! I would expect the magnet to be used in the next lineup of Cargo / Harbour / Train subthemes - still, if TLG didn't make half a dozen of police sets every year. Seems like the main problem in Lego City is crime, henceforth the high quantity of police sets...

Overall, meh. Interesting idea the ripcord helicopter tho. I'm fine with the fire one (60248), but NOT with the police one (60244). IMHO they should have done a separate set for the helicopter, instead of taking away 1/3 of the set.

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By in United States,

Was excited for the flying helicopters until I looked at the *tiny tiny* thumbnail showing the actual mechanism. I do not like how the main image deletes all the "real-world" bits that make it function. Seems very misleading to me, and the helicopter IRL looks pretty awful as a result of that mechanism. Sacrificing build quality for function and playability seems to go against the core tenets of Lego.

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By in United States,

I have to say this..I love lego I always have..
These sets are really ugly. None of them are growing on me. They look rushed. The minifigures have names? I'm very disappointed.

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By in Poland,

The Police statipon has amazing potential to be good space partpack.

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By in Netherlands,

Why are all the crooks' cars red? Are they firemen gone bad?

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By in United States,

For 60242 Highway Arrest, leave off the police stickers (and the roof lights) and it can be a street race set.

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By in Germany,

What's with those stupid names? Why need Lego City named characters ?

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By in Russian Federation,

Bad remakes of old sets?

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By in United Kingdom,

If you take the stickers and sirens off 60242 Highway Arrests police car it would be some kind of dragster!

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By in United States,

Why do we have to have so many sets based on the haters?

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By in Canada,

Horrible and boring lineup. Hopefully the 2nd batch of 2020 will be better.

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By in United States,

To understand the downward shift in LEGO City's "quality," you must first look at other toy companies' products for a similarly-aged target demographic. That said, I do not like the negative, stereotypical depiction of the English Bulldog, though the new color hair piece for "Daisy Kaboom" is nice.

@Hobbythom:
While that is certainly a possibility, I think the point of their cars being red (and their clothes being prison jumpsuits) is to provide strong visual dividers between "good" and "bad," much like other successful themes (i.e., Star Wars).

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By in United States,

I've been checking the dark recesses of the Internet for months now, trying to find glimpses of the 2020 sets. TLG sure has done a better job recently of preventing spoilers and leaks. Not much of interest in this City wave for me, but loving that red motorcycle, 6-wide cars (Speed Champions 8-wide I'm still on the fence about), bulldog print or new piece? and that new owl printing/new piece as well?!

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By in Netherlands,

I'm not impressed.
The old police station in particular looked a lot better. But these are promo images, maybe the sets in real life will be a lot better. Lego tends to have so many cute features hidden away that the promo images can't depict. :)

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By in United States,

A couple of sets like the buggy look decent, but most of the others look quite Juniors-ish

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By in United States,

I think the bulldog is some sort of mascot for the criminals, as a bulldog logo is on their vehicles.

Also, if you think these are juniorized and horrible looking, then compare this to the mountain police! Those sets are just awful looking.

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By in United States,

Has anyone seen the Safari truck on Promobricks? Its the best in the whole wave!

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By in United States,

When I first saw the images I thought they just slapped an Airjtizu Spinner into the middle of the helicopter build to make it fly. I thought it didn't look to bad until someone pointed out it's only like three pieces.

I love that we're getting named characters this time around. For some time now the crooks in LEGO City have had a ton of personality but no actual names, and the cops were comparatively lacking. City in general is supposed to be a make your own adventure so having every character named may be odd but I'm liking it! I've been considering going back to get all the notable crooks for a while now and this might be the kicker.

@theJANG it's always nice to spot you on here Jang! Keep up the great work!

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By in United States,

I agree naming the characters is a terrible idea, especially the alleged crooks. Vito...Big Betty...these are ethnic and economic stereotypes in the USA that are not needed. Too many police sets, many have made this comment but LEGO City must be a harsh and crime ridden police state! There are lots of other things in a city that LEGO could make into sets: airports, seaports, markets, schools, museums...

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego are knocking it out of the park with Technic, Creator and Speed Champions, but these look absolutely forgettable. Have we gone back to the dark days of World City?

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By in Canada,

Why do all the bad guys have to have stripes in their torsos, as if they had just escaped from prison? Why can't they just be civilians wearing regular clothes that carefully planned a robbery and are later on caught by the brave City police officers? I would love to see new more generic torsos on these minifigs that can be used in other scenarios, that would definitely make these sets more appealing to me.

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By in United States,

Very juniorized, but I'm just not the target audience.

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By in United States,

The magnets are cool.

Not sure what to make of the minifigs having names? My first thought was maybe there is going to be an animated series tie in like with Friends . . .

Also, does this mean that the CITY Space sets are done? Or Just not in this wave?

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By in Italy,

I have the impression I'm going to save a lot of money in 2020.

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By in Germany,

Now even the city people get names? Yeah, who needs free play and imagination and all that. This is Lego we are talking about after all.
How about a rehash of Pirates?

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By in United Kingdom,

Hate to be so negative, but these look dreadful. Ugly, juniorised, and oversimplified. If you look back at the City sets from 2010, they're much better than these in every way. Rather concerning...

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By in United States,

Hoping the bulldog doesn’t fetch mad dollars on BL. That and the owl are the only two pieces I’m remotely interested in. The sets are underwhelming at best. Named city characters and gimmicks aren’t gonna pull me in. It’ll be good to save money. Any word yet on the 2020 modular?

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By in United Kingdom,

Police is gradually moving further from reality and closer to being just another good team vs bad team action theme. It wouldn't surprise me if they started putting projectile launchers on the vehicles next year

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By in Australia,

@HobbyBros Wow! The best one indeed! Very reminiscent of 6672.

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By in Belgium,

wow...that police station looks horrible, just HORRIBLE.
Maybe LEGO needs to take a look at some old-school catalogues for inspiration, because these sets are simply embarrasing....
Where is the time police stations looked like 6598?

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By in United States,

These stink! Highly juniorized builds, simplistic vehicles, too many named characters (most likely, the Nick show is continuing into 2020?). I mean, these seem to be from some company other than LEGO. At least I can build what I want with what parts I need. I usually build my fire apparatus to hold and carry as close to what they do in real life; ambulances big enough to have working room in the back, and proper law enforcement vehicles and equipment, not the gimmicky "Sky Police" nonsense that LEGO has been doing. I will admit though, I like the more detailed fire PPE uniforms, and the current City EMS/Rescue torsos as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Could be a cheaper year for me in 2020...

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By in United States,

Definitely a step backward. Several look pretty juniorized. I get what they're trying to do and I can appreciate named characters and magnetic elements, but they're trading core values for gimmicks.

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By in United States,

Anyone is free to ignore the minifig character names.

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By in United States,

Won't be getting a single one of these. I'll bricklink the owl, bulldog, and new motorcycle but that's it. Disappointing as a big City fan

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By in Belgium,

That Lego ping-pong table is nice...

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By in Germany,

The only nice thing about that wave is the magnets and they are too big in my eyes.

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By in Australia,

Oh my, these builds are horrible. I’m officially going to boycott City. Everything looks like a juniors/4+ set.

Also, what does this mean for the Great Vehicles?

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By in United States,

These seem like pretty good sets for younger kids. Not much to interest adults, but I think 5-7 year old boys will love them. Kids will love the flying helicopters, even if they look silly.

I'm sure there will be no shortage of other themes in 2020 that appeal to older kids and adults. And perhaps the City sets that aren't police/firefighters will be targeted at older kids.

I prefer the old magnets but I fully understand why LEGO can't sell them anymore, especially in sets targeted at young kids. The new ones are a big large and clunky but having Technic connections makes them useful for a lot of things where the old ones weren't as suitable.

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By in United States,

Forest Fire and Highway Arrest are the only appealing ones IMHO

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By in Austria,

that police station is so stripped down to the bare possible minimum, i'd feel bad to give that as a present to a kid. better off with a secondhand previous-year version ...

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By in United Kingdom,

This is no longer the City theme, This is the 'Emergency Land' theme, with it's own charmless CGI TV shows, expensive comics with cheap mini builds which just repeats each year. I'm sorry to say I really dislike this whole range and sub-brand.

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By in United States,

In 60242 Highway Arrest who is being chased?

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By in United States,

I’ve been buying fewer and fewer City sets each year. It looks like I can jump off the theme. It’s just not for us big kids anymore. It’s for little kids with tons of extra cash and little imagination.

Sad face emoji...

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By in Russian Federation,

I hope that Lego will add some good special subtheme like Jungle, Arctic and Space for 2020...
But also it's about time for Pirates and Castle!

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By in Hungary,

Police, police and police again ... very bored, but the crime is huge, Gotham City screaming: Batman, pls help!!!

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By in Russian Federation,

... and Cowboys are welcome too! I need horses!

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By in Italy,

@manjeroque I hope on a classic themes reboot too. Maybe TLG could be clever enough to make those sets appealing to new young kids (playability) and older AFOLs who were once kids (nostalgia feeling). That would be REALLY awesome.
But for now, seems like Lego City is a city with a serious crime problem...

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By in Norway,

Magnets are cool, but I dont like the overall juniorization. It did not work back in 1997. Those fire sets look very close to Jack Stone firetrucks. They promissed us not to do the same mistake again, yet here we go again.

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By in France,

deçu par la sortie de ces nouveaux ensembles city, le bon point c'est que ça me permettra de me concentré sur les ancien ensembles plus fonctionnel. dommage pour lego

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By in United Kingdom,

The only set out of this lot i'm considering getting is Highway Arrest. I think it's a much easier way to get a full set of 4 Speed Champions shorter fender pieces in blue. (You had to get 2 Ferrari Garages to do that.)

I have to say though, I'm very disappointed by the one piece helicopters. Other than that, this range just doesn't interest me enough.

The only other City 2020 sets i'll be after is the motor racing subtheme sets but they haven't been revealed yet.

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By in Canada,

I think I might be saving a lot of money next year, so there's that.

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By in United States,

All of these look like 4 Juniors

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By in United States,

I only very recently got back into collecting LEGO sets, specifically the City and Creator lines, but this is....making me rethink my plan. There seems to be an unusual emphasis on the Police sub-theme in stores right now, and these initial sets make me think that is not going to change any time soon. This is concerning. I really hope they bring in some variety soon.

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