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There is always a place for these sets regardless of what us dads think!!!
We AFOL often take that fact for granted and think that LEGO owes us something...
I personally love many of the new CITY sets, even if they are rehashes of past sets. So far my favorites are the Logging Truck, Auto Transporter, Airport Fire Truck, and Camper Van.
I think I agree with you that all those sub-themes were great in expanding the City theme - or maybe a disagree that they should only put forth Emergency.
Either way - yes, TLG could do a better job at expanding the City theme.
Maybe we need a City Expert line! :) A line of sets geared more towards teens and adults, but that still fit within City...
They could be sold only online and be an upgrade option and a "grow into" option for kids.
We have Creator Expert, why not City Expert?
I have argued this many times over. How do you tell a kid you can't have a city when they don't make "city" buildings/things like before? The answer I have been given many times is "buy a bucket and build them yourself". That's the answer?
Yes, Lego is an "imagination" toy but some things are just nowhere near the same. An airport with no runway for the planes to land? Race cars that have no track? A harbor that is the same level as the water? May be he is just nitpicky?
Realistically though how many families are going to have the space, money or desire to produce something like that? Personally I'm a City fan and would love to see more detailed buildings. I'm sure if TLG thought they would sell in big volume they would produce them.
Is this a boys want vehicles v girls want buildings? I don't own any Friends aside from the Dolphin Cruiser but the sets look very buildings heavy.
Great building, cool vehicles and figs, nice playability, and the building itself fits in great with other recent city buildings.
Collecting enough of these types of sets to make a great layout can be done, but it will take several years of waiting for these types of sets to be released, or some purchasing of retired sets. I'm hoping for more sets like this in 2014, but am not holding my breath.
Make it a gas station/repair shop and keep it around $60 please (preferably UNDER $60)
I have also been looking for a gas station. Had #6378 as a kid (still do), but need something that fits with our current City. Had #7642, but just sold it as it was too big for our City.
I did use the Daily Bugle building from #76005 to add a building to our City.
Love the gas stations (likely overcompensation for not having one growing up), but it has been some time since #7993 (since 08-09).
#6378 was the first lego set I bought with my birthday money as a kid. Still have the Shell stickers spanning the tiles. :)
It's neat (to me, anyway) 60047: Police Station and 60004: Fire Station share the same architecture.
I find it interesting 2013 & 2014 brought about the return of the mini-helicopters found in sets from the mid-80's to mid-90's.
Cheers from Claremore, OK USA!
I think the police station is the flagship set for 2014 and probably is every year they release a new one (not including the forest one).
60033 Polar Tracked Vehicle – 113 pcs – $15
60034 Polar Lift Helicopter – 262 pcs – $30
60035 Polar Research Station – 374 pcs – $40
60036 Polar Base Camp – 733 pcs – $100
60050 Railway Station – 423 pcs – $50
60051 High-Speed Passenger Train – 610 pcs – $120
60052 Cargo Train – 888 pcs – $180
423 parts for the new railway station also seems a bit light, but so be it.
At 400+ pieces the new train station is the biggest so far piece count wise so I'm looking forward to that and I'll never complain about buildings being available in the city line.
LEGO does not change up the train lines much, I think people have gotten a bit spoiled by the creator train turn over and the red cargo train that was not out for long.
In any case I am hoping the new trains are a bit different than the existing trains they have done. The blue loco will be a welcome change if that is what the Cargo train has. Will be interesting to see what cars are going to be with it as well.
As for the station I'm guessing it is fewer parts as they will not have the path over the the train like the last and it will e on one side only. The low part count will likely be because they will use more 1x2x5 and 1x4x5 panels in its construction along with the platform pieces as well. In any case nice to see the change and I'm sure most will welcome it.
Asfor the flagship sets for City. If you count the TS and CG as the flagship sets, then Im guessing for 14 it will be another TRU exclusive, and I doubt the Police Station will be that.
60032 Arctic Snomobile
Go on an ice adventure on the LEGO® City Arctic Snowmobile with trailer plus an ice block, crystal, Arctic explorer minifigure and pickaxe.
Search for the secrets of the ice with the super-cool LEGO® City Arctic Snowmobile! Venture out into freezing polar conditions with the explorer in his specialist Arctic gear. Crack open the huge ice block with the axe to reveal the mysterious crystal ins Investigate the secrets of the ice with the LEGO® City Arctic Snowmobile!
60033 Arctic Ice Crawler
Drive across icy terrain with the LEGO® City Arctic Ice Crawler with rotating crane, radar, antenna and an Arctic explorer minifigure.
Reach the remotest destinations with the LEGO® City Arctic Ice Crawler! This super-robust utility vehicle has multiple lights and tracks to cope with icy terrain, plus a radar and antenna to maintain contact with the support team. Help the Arctic explorer Explore remote areas with the LEGO® City Arctic Ice Crawler!
60034 Arctic Helicrane
60035 Arctic Outpost
Uncover secrets of the ice in the LEGO® City Arctic Outpost including truck, trailer and hi-tech mobile laboratory with all-terrain vehicle.
Drive out into remote areas with the mobile LEGO® City Arctic Outpost and investigate the secrets of the ice in its high-tech laboratory! The truck’s powerful engine and massive tires means it can cope with the toughest conditions. Pull out the box of too Investigate remote polar areas with the awesome LEGO® City Arctic Outpost!
60036 Arctic Base Camp
Lead a mission from LEGO® City Arctic Base Camp with laboratory, conveyor belt, scooter, husky sled, tracked vehicle, helicopter and more.
Head out into the wilds and set up the hi-tech LEGO® City Arctic Base Camp to explore the secrets of the ice! Set out on major expeditions with the snow scooter and husky sled team. Investigate the secrets of the ice with the powerful tracked exploration Plan and go on the ultimate expedition from LEGO® City Arctic Base Camp!
60050 Train Station
Enter the LEGO® City Train Station with a clock, ATM, train map, LEGO® City shop, kiosk and rail tracks plus a bicycle and yellow taxi.
Take a taxi to the busy LEGO® City Train Station, a place that never sleeps! On arrival, go up the stairs and through the opening doors. Check the time on the large clock hanging from the roof and the map of train services by the ATM. While you wait for y Browse the shops while you wait at the busy LEGO® City Train Station!
60051 High-Speed Passenger Train
Drive the motorized LEGO® City High-speed Passenger Train with a 7-speed infrared remote control plus circular track and way station.
Travel around the city in no time with the motorized LEGO® City High-speed Passenger Train! Operate the 8-channel, 7-speed infrared remote control to power around the curved tracks at top speed. This streamlined, super-efficient train has a high-speed fro Get around LEGO® City fast in the High-speed Passenger Train!
60052 Cargo Train
Drive the motorized LEGO® City Cargo Train with 7-speed infrared remote control plus rail tracks, truck, forklift and cargo train station.
Move heavy goods – and animals! – around the city with the super-powerful LEGO® City Cargo Train! This awesome motorized train with 8-channel, 7-speed infrared remote control can transport almost anything. So it’s your job to make sure the cargo is in the Move heavy goods across LEGO® City with the Cargo Train!
Also, yay huskies! Hope they're aesthetically consistent with other LEGO dogs. Always love getting new breeds!
Sounds like the train station is going to be a bigger sort of station than we got in 2010, which is nice for variety's sake. I've got no problem with 2010's station but it's been a while since we had a nice big railway terminal.
2010 gave us some really great train sets, what with a nice sleek passenger train design without an overspecialized front end and a cool station with overhead walkway. I got the 2010 passenger train set... sadly I don't have a place to put it, so although I've built it it's in its box right now! Space constraints are one of the things that has always stopped me from getting into LEGO trains on a bigger scale.
The other train set descriptions don't tell us much that we couldn't guess from the titles, but I still look forward to pics. I'm not much of a collector of LEGO trains, but I love rail transit in real life so I'm still a big fan of LEGO trains, especially passenger trains like the ones I'm familiar with.
60062 Arctic Icebreaker
All aboard the LEGO® City Arctic Icebreaker with helipad, helicopter and snow scooter, plus a laboratory, snow plough and husky sled team.
Deliver crucial supplies to the exploration team with the awesome LEGO® City Arctic Icebreaker! Power through the icy waters with this high-visibility orange ship. Lift off the bridge to access the bunk beds for the crew to rest on during the long journey Power through icy waters with the LEGO® City Arctic Icebreaker!
And this is a Creator set, but may be of interest to those interested in City:
31026 Bike Shop & Café
The LEGO® Creator Bike Shop & Café is packed with exciting, imaginative details and can rebuild into an auto repair shop or a flower shop.
Open a world of adventures with this exciting 3-in-1 Bike Shop & Café. Serve delicious muffins and espresso coffee to your customers at the cozy café. Then visit the neighboring bike shop, buy the cool red bike that's for sale, mount it on your car rack a Open up for a world of adventure with the 3-in-1 Bike Shop & Café!