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Set Review - Arctic Snowmobile 60032

For Christmas, Mrs. DagsBricks asked the 3 year old son what he would like to get me.  Having recently played with my Arctic Scout surely played into his decision.  He figured the Snowmobile would make a nice gift for him. ;-)  On Christmas day when I puzzled a little over the gift, the wife explained the back story.  So of course the boy and the boy alone would help me build this.

I'll try to keep this post from being a brag session about my son.  At three and half years old, he assembled most of the set himself with little coaching from me.  He had the instructions in front of him but I would describe the next part (orange wing, big white piece).  He would then find it and attach it per the instructions, mostly correct.  For the drag trailer, I just showed him the final picture and he built from that.  Sharp, that one.

I had not intended to buy this set for myself, nor would I after building it.  As I've mentioned in the past, I'm not much of a City theme fan (though the Mining series was stellar).  At a price of $6.99 and only 44 pieces (and only 3 extras!), the price per piece count ranges up near 16c.  There's nothing exclusive or large about this set either, mostly normal pieces.  The rock in trans light blue is cool and the nose of the snowmobile is well done.  But the rear tracked section is brick built with a boat stud underneath.  A tread like this set's bigger brother, 60033 (Arctic Ice Crawler) would have been more appropriate.

Also, the handlebars are about a stud too high.  The box art shows the rider standing (which I've rarely seen unless accompanied by a "Hey y'all, watch this!").  We seated him on the vehicle and his arms look like he's riding a Custom City Chopper.

There's no denying that the Arctic Mining theme has some neat action going on.  I mean hey, it's got Polar Bears eating Sled Dogs!  But maybe wait until this one goes on sale or something.

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