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60082 [Great Vehicle]
60084 [Great Vehicle]
60085 [Great Vehicle]
60088 Fire Starter Kit
60072 Beginner's Demolition
60073 Truck breakdown
60075 Excavator and Truck
I also like that in this particular case that she appears to have broken down. Nothing beats gender stereotypes like making the woman the damsel in distress right?
This is why I can't take Lego's attempts at sorting the gender imbalance seriously - even when they do introduce more female minifigures the results seem to involve smothering them in gender stereotyped cliches anyway like the long haired lipstick clad pony riding broken down damsel in distress pictured above.
Is it sexist if the woman is the rich sports car driver and the man is the repair man? Would it really be any better the other way around, and would it sell? Of course, they could have both had gender neutral torsos and it could be up to the child who rescues who, but that is another argument too.
By "Fire Starter" the first thing I think of is arsonists, but it likely will be a small station, a fire engine, and some firefighters.
Maybe she's a horse vet. That'd explain the nice car given how much vets earn :)
Out of the fire/rescue, the hovercraft is the one semi-interesting name of the bunch, and the one my son found interesting, but I suspect it will not be of interest once we see it. I will wait to see what the next City summer theme will be. Those really are the only City sets that have potential interest with our family.
(Yes, Xefan, Lego often does damsel in distress. The one you mention I'm actually okay with since I consider it more a real world scenario. Car breaks down. Call a tow truck. Technically she has to be rescued, but she used her own ingenuity to resolve the issue by contacting someone, as opposed to "Woah as me-ing" on the side of the road waiting for her hero to save the day.
I personally tend to have more issues with the fantasy versions. First episode of Ninjago, Nya is captured and must be rescued. Second episode of Chima. Eris had to be rescued. The second I found a particularly frustrating damsel in distress situation, because Eris had wings and could have flown away at any time, instead of sitting there saying "Ohhhhhh. Ohhhhhh." Her response was also completely out of her character. It was a huge, huge turn-off for me with Chima. )
Isn't that the point of role play, that the person playing with the set gets to choose what happens. In one person's play she may have broken down and called for help. In another, she filled up with petrol instead of diesel. In someone else's she may have crashed into a tree as she was too busy doing her make-up in the rear view mirror.
Seeing as a lego fig's head is removable, perhaps she's afraid of suffering a similar fate.
And I do adore the Ninjago temples, etc.! They are very cool buildings.
But yeah, another fire or police station definitely leaves me cold. We do have to remember that LEGO has to sell enough of something to fund the other products.
And let's hope 'Fire starter,' marks the controversial start of Lego's new 'Litttle Arsonist,' theme, complete with new highly flammable bricks...
That's an increase of less than 2%.
Regardless, price per piece is a bad way to compare sets with parts like this. 1000 cheese slopes weigh less than the boat hull.
The idea that LEGO is more expensive today is true, if you assume the value of money is constant. But any economist can tell you that this is not the case. Nineteen years can make a HUGE difference.