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Showing posts with label helicopter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label helicopter. Show all posts

Set Review - Police Helicopter 30226

Not to be confused with 30222.  Or 30014; or 4991.  This helicopter is the latest model, outfitted with longer rotor blades, a stouter tail, and a sleeker design.  But with the cost of upgrades also come some drawbacks.  The video camera is now optional.  The moveable windshield also suffers in that you can't open it until the rotors come to a complete stop.  Otherwise you'll get shattered polycarbonate in your eye.

TLG is not shy about repeating City sets.  We've gotten over a dozen different police stations and almost as many hospitals.  This is the third modern standalone helicopter and one of over a dozen that have appeared in various sets.  Apparently the swamp boat and the microlight just were not as popular.

As an add-on this is a nice little set.  I mean, who's got $60-$100 to drop on a larger set with all sorts of other enhancements?  Just rustle up some pocket change and spend $4 on this little guy and you can piecemeal your police force together.

As with many of the helicopters, these rotors just aren't long enough.  Scaled out, they'd need to be at least 12 studs long each.  Here, we have 6.  But in this case if the rotors were any longer, they'd chop off the tail.  So perhaps a slight redesign would help alleviate that issue.

But the rotor engine is nice.  It's got some minimal greebling and is more than just a rotor on a stick.  I almost feel as if it were modeled after a real life helicopter.  Though I have no idea which one as aeromotive vehicles aren't my strong point.  I think I've heard the name Sikorsky once.

Right now, Target is so stock full of these that they are falling off the point of purchase displays.  At 48 + 4 pieces, this is a nice deal for $3.99.  I think that's what I paid.  Even at $4.99 it still meets the 10c per part nirvana.  There's a bunch of basic pieces and a few highly specialized helicopter pieces.  Other than that the landing gear is brick built and there are a couple of blue panels involved.  With a little creativity, you could turn 20 of these into a building or something.

If you've got nothing better to do then pick this up and enjoy the 3 minute build.  Or head on over to and get something a little beefier:

Set Review - 31013 Red Thunder

These next three set reviews are all about excitement, confusion, and drama.  And not necessarily in that order.  I found three new mini Creator sets on and decided I wanted them.  I called my local LEGO store asking about the Creator polybags.  They were of course confused.  At $5 each I had assumed they were polybags.  Little did I know that such a low price set comes in a box.  So I switched gears a little and asked by name, specifically, Emerald Express (which we'll get to in a couple of weeks).  Came the reply, "oh that one's been retired."  "That's funny, because I'm looking at it on your website as 'New'.  I don't suppose you're thinking of the Emerald Night?"  "Oh yeah, that one.  Sure, we got the little train."

Fast forward to several days later when I make a trip to the LEGO store.  No Emerald Express and only one each of the helicopter and digger.  Somehow I found the money to fund not only this small trip but also a S@H order.  I was able to finish off the triad.  But it seems these sets are popular as they are hard to find.  </story>

Not only is there some confusion in the name of the train, but the helicopter as well.  Badged as "Red Thunder" I had it confused for "Red Rotors" which is a more applicable name as well as a larger set.  And technically, Red Thunder's rotors aren't red.  Then again, neither are they in Red Rotors.

Red Thunder appears to be a baby version of the Rotors.  Both sets feature a red helicopter though the Rotors is a co-axial counter rotating machine while the Thunder has a smaller tail prop.  Both sets feature two alternate builds which are an airplane and a hovercraft.  But then there's also the mini helicopter polybag 30184 which is straight up a Red Rotors baby.

To the build already!

As for me, I tend to stick with the main Creator model.  Oftentimes the alternates seem like they're trying too hard.  The set comes with two bags inside so no building in the bag.  The second bag has a whopping 12 parts in it which seems ridiculous.  In true Creator style you often find yourself using 2 parts where one would be adequate.  Why use two 2x3 or 1x6 when a 2x6 would work fine?  Because this is Creator!  And one of the designers decided that they needed the piece split to use in one of the alternate models.  This would be the same reason why two wedge plates are used in the helicopter tail when only one would do the job.  You need both to balance the airplane build.  It does sort of artificially increase the part count but on such a small model who cares?

I make it a habit of trying to incorporate the extra pieces into my builds.  This becomes fairly difficult when you have lots of smooth surfaces.  Fortunately there were plenty of studs and anti-studs to work with.  Can you find my extras?

I'm much more into mini wheeled things.  Just a personal preference.  But this was a fun little build and it makes a nice display/swooshing model.  Despite my little digs about how and why it came together I'm pleased with the result.  I really only have one complaint and that is that the 'copter can only be in flight mode.  There's no landing gear.  A few extra pieces on the underbelly would have been a nice touch.

If you're concerned about part count, there are 66 pieces plus six extras.  A total of 72 pieces for $5 seems like a sweet deal until you realize that most of them are smaller than a 2x2 brick.  Nonetheless if you like small aircraft, or you're a micro builder who needs red, white, and dark bley, this is a great little set.  Almost every piece is versatile except for the rear rotor.  Pick it and it's cousins up in the image links below.