One of the most outstanding LEGO sets that was just released this month is the #60097 LEGO City Square. This is one of the largest LEGO City sets ever released, and includes a LEGO retail store with a LEGO delivery truck, a car dealership and service center with a tow-truck and three vehicles, a tram with a tram-stop, a coffee shop, 14 minifigures and more! So let’s take a closer look at everything we got here! I have also included the video-review of the set by JANGBRiCKS, so you can see all the details. 🙂
➡ LEGO CITY SQUARE LEGO SHOP & TRUCK: Let’s talk about the LEGO shop included in the set as it is one of the most interesting sections. This is the first time we have a – what we could consider – full size LEGO shop in any LEGO set, so that in itself is unique. Also unique is that the LEGO boxes displayed in the shop come with printed tiles, instead of stickered elements, like what we got before. The LEGO delivery truck is a nice addition that increases the play-value of the whole setup. You can put the LEGO boxes inside the truck to have them delivered, or you can also have them displayed in the store. And we get unique minifigs too! Two store-employees with very nicely printed torsos (front and back), and a super awesome green LEGO Futuron minifigure with an updated torso print. Futuron was a LEGO Space theme from the late 1980s. The minifigs had a space-suit with a zipper going across the chest and the LEGO Classic Space logo. The torso never came in green, so having a green version is a big deal in itself – kind of like the LEGO Classic Space minifigs in the #21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit set. I predict that this minifig is going to be a hot (and pricey) seller on the LEGO market.
➡ LEGO CITY SQUARE TRAM & TRAM-STOP: One of the most visible parts of this set is the tram, and it looks exceptionally good. The orange and black color scheme, the large windows, the swiveling mid-section, and the fact that the tram can transport quite a few minifigs and even a bike, makes this a really good looking transportation option in your LEGO City. Also, JANGBRiCKS mentions in the video-review (see below) that the tram can run on regular LEGO train tracks and can be motorized as well. With the tram comes a small tram-stop. This is a nice little built with a tree and a self-service ticket-machine.
➡ LEGO CITY SQUARE CAR DEALERSHIP & TRUCK: The car dealership and service station takes up the most room in this set. The dealership is big enough to accommodate two cars on display and can be attached to or separated from the service station – depending on how you want to set it all up. There is also a third car, so you get plenty of vehicles in this set. I really like the service station part of this set; it is simple, but works really well. The tow-truck is also exceptionally well designed. In fact, there is not one vehicle in this set that doesn’t look exceptionally good.
➡ LEGO CITY SQUARE COFFEE SHOP: This is a nice little addition to the set, representing the same coffee chain as what we have seen in The LEGO Movie. It comes with a coffee-machine, coffee mugs, and a small seating area with a picnic-table. Also, we get a female version of the torso of Larry the barista from The LEGO Movie, which I know lots of LEGO fans will be very happy about.
➡ LEGO CITY SQUARE EXTRAS: There are many extras in this set as well. A well-designed small news station helicopter, a pizza delivery guy on a red scooter, a hot-dog cart, a red bicycle, and even a husky that previously only appeared in the LEGO City Arctic sets.
➡ LEGO CITY SQUARE MINIFIGURES: As I have mentioned at the beginning, there are 14 minifigures in this set, with half of them unique: the two LEGO store employees, the LEGO Futuron minifigure, the female barista, the helicopter pilot and the pizza delivery guy. That’s pretty amazing. Two of the minifigs are children with short legs, and three are females.
As you can see, the #60097 LEGO City Square is a well designed and well thought out set, with a higher level of complexity and detail than most LEGO City sets. Also, there are plenty of new elements included, like the large windows on the tram or the new style mud-guards on the tow-truck. The total piece-count is 1683 pieces and the price is $189.99. That’s a tad higher than the usual 10 cents a piece (11 cents per piece here), but still not bad. Especially considering that the set is very modular and could be set up in pretty much any configuration. Also, the play-value is very high here. The issue is shelling out $190 for one set. If you can get it now I definitely recommend it, but if not, this would be a great set to save up for the holidays or other special occasions. It is a LEGO City set, so it should stay around for at least a couple of years. Here is the link to the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO City Square? Which features and minifigs do you like the most? Any other interesting details you noticed that I didn’t mention? Are you planning to get it right away, save up for it, or pass? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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Is the Futuron minifig regular green or bright green? Just curious if he matches the Exo Suit minifigs.
Both from the review-video and pictures it appears that the Futuron minifigs is regular green, so he should match the Exo Suit astronauts just fine. It appears that the printing on his torso may be a tad lighter though. It is hard to tell. I don’t have this set, but plan to get at least some of the minifigs when they become available on BrickLink. I also really like the Futuron guy! 😀
The Futuron guy is about the only thing I’m really interested of in this set. I guess the Castle guy is more generic.
I think I’ll have to pass on paying Bricklink prices for it, still. Hopefully some surplus torsos would turn up on Pick-a-Brick in due time… It’s a gamble, though…
That’s a possibility with the torso appearing in LEGO stores. Would love to get a few of these minifigs too! 😀
Definitely will get this set possibly two, and sell the figs of one. Is it just me or does it seem weird that a yellow skined minifigure has a yellow shirt, it just looks like a tattoo or something.
Yeah, it looks a little strange, but when I thought about it I figured it is not any different than a real light-skinned person wearing a tan or peach colored shirt, or a dark skinned person wearing a brown shirt. 😉
But the color is yellow. Anyway it will look great when I put normal flesh tones on it! When I watched the reveiw awhile ago I nearly fainted when he said they were printed.
Well, for minifigs yellow is the normal skin color. 😉
This set will be an excellent adission to a City/Town layout. Especially the smaller Coffee Hut and other street furniture. The tram will look great going around on tracks, although I’m scratching my head as to how to motorise it!
The Lego shop will make a great 16×32 Modular building, at at 16 wide won’t take much converting. The garage has the parts to become an interesting 32×32 Modular car dealerships and service centre.
What do the Modular MOC builders out there think?
JANG mentions in the video that to motorize the tram you will have to sacrifice one of the carts to put the battery-pack inside. I guess you could add a third cart, so you still have two that minifigs could ride. Interesting that you mention the Modulars as I have been looking at some really nice alterations of LEGO CITY and LEGO Creator houses that have been converted into Modulars. I wrote an article on some of them previously (http://thebrickblogger.com/2014/11/lego-creator-toy-grocery-shop/), but I think I will write a second one. 🙂
i can’t wait to get this. I saw it ago at Toys R Us today but was only able to afford some smaller sets. I grabbed that juniors house we talked about a bit ago and the construction set with the porta potty
Oh, you got the Juniors house already! Cool! That’s a set I want to pick up ASAP as well. I have a 20% off TRU card, so I’m planning to use it. 😀
I really wish Lego would make more sets like this but split them up so it would be cheaper.
So how do we change/ what do we need for the Orange City tram wheels so they run on train track – I don’t need it motorised but do need it to run on track so my son is not so disappointed with his present from Father Christmas!
Sarah, the wheels are already standard size and width to run on standard LEGO train-tracks. 🙂