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Review LEGO City Jungle, Coast Guard & more!

by admin on June 7, 2017

in LEGO City

A brand new wave of LEGO City sets were released this month, including updated LEGO City Coast Guard sets (perfect for the summer!), the new LEGO City Jungle sub-theme, and three generic LEGO City sets that would fit any LEGO City setting. So let’s take a closer look! 🙂

2017 LEGO CITY COAST GUARD SETS: The LEGO City Coast Guard theme has been a perennial favorite, especially during the summer months. The sets feature minifigs stranded in various watery dangers (shark attacks, engine troubles, drowning, etc.), and the coast guard coming to their aid. The entire LEGO City Coast Guard line gets replaced every four years or so, but the white/orange/blue color-scheme has been the same since 2008. This allows LEGO to refresh the vehicles and minifigs with new designs, parts, and techniques, while LEGO fans to mix and match old and new sets.

This year, the LEGO City Coast Guard theme includes the #60163 LEGO City Coast Guard Starter Set, the #60164 LEGO City Sea Rescue Plane, the #60165 LEGO City 4×4 Response Unit, the #60166 LEGO City Heavy-Duty Rescue Helicopter, and the #60167 LEGO City Coast Guard Headquarters. There is also the #60168 LEGO City Sailboat Rescue set that is only available at limited markets. In the video-player below, JANGBRiCKS will show you each of the sets in more detail. You can watch the videos one after another, or use the drop-down list in the upper-left corner of the player to select the review you would like to watch.

Because the LEGO City Coast Guard theme has a good mix of small to medium sets, they can easily fit any budget. Each of the sets can provide plenty of playtime for kids, or an excellent addition to the LEGO City diorama of older kids and adult LEGO fans. The sets are also a good source for sharks! Find them all at the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

2017 LEGO CITY JUNGLE SETS: Besides the perennial LEGO City sets like LEGO City Police, LEGO City Fire, and LEGO City Coast Guard, LEGO also releases special sub-themes for LEGO City that are a bit more adventurous. They are basically the dangerous jobs of LEGO City, including a mining operation (2012), arctic exploration (2014), deep sea exploration (2015), volcano exploration (2016), and this year minifigs are going into the jungle! For this theme, LEGO partnered with National Geographic TV Kids, so expect some great shows out of it too.

The LEGO City Jungle sets include the #60157 LEGO City Jungle Starter Set, the #60158 LEGO City Jungle Cargo Helicopter, the #60159 LEGO City Jungle Halftrack Mission, the #60160 LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab, and the #60161 LEGO City Jungle Exploration Site. There is another large set, the #60162 LEGO City Jungle Air Drop Helicopter, and the very small #60156 LEGO City Jungle Buggy, which are currently only available at limited markets. In the video-player below, JANGBRiCKS will show you each of the sets in more detail.

There is so much to like about the LEGO City Jungle theme! The vehicles have a pleasing light-orange color-scheme that could be reused in other settings as well. Each of the sets comes with dangerous and magnificent wild critters, including the new big cats, the Venus flytraps, and giant spiders. There is also a new kayak and some other useful accessories, and of course nicely detailed minifigs. The ruins found in the jungle are well designed, however it would be nice if there was a bit more greenery. You can find all the sets under the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

2017 LEGO CITY SUMMER OTHER SETS: There are a few other new that are more generic, and are good fillers for expanding your LEGO City. This includes the #60153 LEGO City Fun at the Beach People Pack, the #60154 LEGO City Bus Station, and the #60169 LEGO City Cargo Terminal. In the video-player below, you can see each of the sets in more detail.

The #60154 LEGO City Bus Station is a great combination of useful modules and minifigures, although as you can see in the video-review, the bus could benefit from some minor improvements. The #60169 LEGO City Cargo Terminal also includes smaller modules, mostly in the form of vehicles. It could go well as an extension to a train depot or harbor. And the #60153 LEGO City Fun at the Beach People Pack is an obvious great set for additional minifigures. It’s nice to see so many new minifig prints! You can find all the new sets under the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the new LEGO City sets? Are you getting anything from the coast guard or jungle exploration collection? Did you build some of them already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

rainey June 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Disappointed to hear that the Jungle sets don’t have new foliage forms and lots of them. It would have been such an opportunity and I suspect I would have been all over them despite a lack of enthusiasm for more vehicles.

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Håkan June 7, 2017 at 1:13 PM

There’s the new carnivorous plant mold, anyway.

And that machete looks pretty sweet.

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admin June 7, 2017 at 3:51 PM

Both of those are definitely really nice and unique parts. I bet kids are going to have fun with that carnivorous plant! 😈

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admin June 7, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, when you look at the sets without the digital backgrounds they don’t look very jungly, don’t they? Kids like vehicles though, and ruins, and minifigs, so I understand that the focus was on those, but a few more leafy bits would have been appreciated as well. When I was a kid, we used to make terrains with non-LEGO things like blankets, and pillows, and my mom’s houseplants. 😀

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Legostuff71 June 7, 2017 at 12:17 PM

All I have are the two smaller Jungle sets . I ‘m thinking of starting on the smaller coast guard sets and mix up the themes a little ( so I don’t get bored with just one new theme). I don’t know? I have yet to get the fishing boat ( wich has not been in any of the catalog s this year).

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admin June 7, 2017 at 3:51 PM

Sure, they could be mixed. Like the jungle explorers get lots and the coastguard has to find them? 🙄

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PrashBricks June 7, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Hmm…

Shall I get the Jungle sets or not? , Because I am also thinking to buy bricks for some sort of gigantic project…

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admin June 7, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Well, it depends on what you are into. If the jungle sets fit with your current displays and collection, they could be a great addition. You may even be able to incorporate them in that gigantic project you are talking about. 😀

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PrashBricks June 8, 2017 at 12:21 PM

That was something I didn’t thought about yet… Thank you for the idea!

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Legostuff71 June 7, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Actually, I was thinking of building my own coast guard HQ and put the jungle off to the side( I have two large tables, so I can separate or spread things out a bit). I still have some of the older coast guard sets( the $40 set I have it in a different version and a starter set ). So, I just need expand or add to what I have ( or don’t have). I can only afford the two smaller sets but, when you put the old with the new . I have a lot .(as well as add the surfers/ coast guard people from past mini fig series.)

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admin June 7, 2017 at 6:52 PM

That’s what I like about the coastguard sets the most. The color-scheme remains the same, so you can easily expand it. 🙂

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Legostuff71 June 7, 2017 at 8:14 PM

And save some money. I may have to wait on that because I saw the fire boat on Amazon for $ 53. ( as to $80) . I have been eyeing ( more like drooling over) it ever since it came out .so, the Coast guard will have to wait.

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admin June 7, 2017 at 9:47 PM

Well, a boat is a boat, so Fire or Coastguard, they are both okay! 😀

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Gavin August 15, 2017 at 9:38 PM

These are great sets. I make brickfilms on YouTube.
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