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LEGO City Hospital review & thoughts

by admin on June 21, 2018

in LEGO City

The LEGO City line got a new set this month that is definitely worth talking about all by itself. The #60204 LEGO City Hospital is the largest LEGO City medical facility to date, although we shouldn’t forget about the #41318 LEGO Friends Heartlake Hospital that was released last year. In fact, the two hospitals are about the same size, although their layout and colors are different. It’s nice to see that we finally get a full size medical facility for both minifigures and mini-dolls! 🙂

You can learn more about the #41318 LEGO Friends Heartlake Hospital in our previous discussion on LEGO Friends Catamaran, Hospital and More!, and today we will focus on the #60204 LEGO City Hospital. There is a lot to see here, including some very surprising features, so let’s go through each section of the facility.

The entire hospital measures over 10” (26cm) high, 8” (21cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep, laid out in an L shape. The building has a modular design where you can easily remove and swap out different sections of each floor, and the internal décor and equipment can also be moved around easily to reconfigure the layout of the hospital. LEGO designers used the same approach in some of the recently released LEGO Creator, LEGO Disney, and LEGO Friends sets as well, but I think it is particularly effective here.

In its default layout, the hospital features on the bottom floor a reception area, kiosk, and ambulance drop-off. The main entrance is a sliding glass door, with wheelchair access. The second floor has a vision testing room with eye chart, and an x-ray room. The x-ray machine works with a light-brick shining through various stickered transparent elements, projecting the image to a white background. It is incredibly effective, and just as delightful as the shadow theatre in the #70751 LEGO Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu (also works with a light-brick). Make sure you check out the video-review below to see how the x-ray machine operates. I think it will make you very happy. The third floor features an operating room that also functions as a delivery room, and there is also a separate helipad that could be placed either on the roof, or some other place in your layout.

There are also a couple of vehicles that come with the hospital; an ambulance and a helicopter. The ambulance has really nice shaping and colors, and a big enough area at the back to slide in stretcher with an injured patient. The helicopter is a little strange though, with a stretcher that you have to attach to the outside. Seems like a very dangerous and careless way to transport a patient! The little box to carry medical supplies is also placed quite strangely.

The set includes over thirty stickers on one sticker-sheet, and many of the decorations are quite essential to make the hospital look great. The stickered pieces for the x-ray machine, eye-exam room, and ambulance are probably the most essential, but the rest of them also add lots of nice details to other sections of the set.

There are 11 minifigs in the #60204 LEGO City Hospital, plus a skeleton and a baby. Regular minifigs include 3 doctors, a hospital worker, 2 paramedics, mom, dad and 3 patients. The baby is particularly interesting because not only it comes in a new color (medium-azure), but it also has an updated head. The previously released babies had a bigger head and no neck. The new baby’s head is smaller and includes a neck, making the head look more like a smaller version of a regular minifig head. Very cute!

There is also a number of interesting minifig accessories. They are not new or exclusive to this set, but still, they are always nice to get. This includes the wheelchair, the female minifig cap with ponytail, the head and arm bandages, baby bottle, etc. In the video-review below, JANGBRiCKS will show you all the features of the set in more detail.

The #60204 LEGO City Hospital is clearly a fantastic set. The modular design allowing different configurations, the layout of the internal spaces, playability, and selection of minifigs are all excellent. And that working x-ray machine is a wonderful and very unique addition. Perhaps the only weakness I could point to is the somewhat strangely designed helicopter, but kids might enjoy being able to “accidentally” drop patients on the way to the hospital. Older LEGO fans may want to modify the design to make it more plausible.

Whether you prefer the more colorful #41318 LEGO Friends Heartlake Hospital, or the more realistic design of the #60204 LEGO City Hospital, you can’t go wrong with either of these sets. If you would like to add a hospital to your LEGO display, you can find both sets at the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO City Hospital? Are you planning to get it? Or, do you have it already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own reviews in the comment section below! 😉

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

brickmaster June 21, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Finally! A hospital! I wonder how it would look with the modulars.

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SPMom June 21, 2018 at 11:46 AM

Wow! So many minifigs! Looks like a great set! I really like the x-ray machine!

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DavidH June 21, 2018 at 1:21 PM

I’m also curious to see if this could be made into a modular. Admin, have you seen any attempts yet?

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TomTom June 21, 2018 at 2:31 PM

I think I have seen one. Will try to find it. It looks okay, but City and the modulars have very different colors so they don’t fit too well. It fits better with other City buildings in my opinion.

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TomTom June 21, 2018 at 2:32 PM
jabber-baby-wocky June 21, 2018 at 2:35 PM
admin June 21, 2018 at 3:02 PM

Hm… both of these are great examples. Thanks, guys! 🙂

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admin June 21, 2018 at 3:01 PM

I have seen a couple of displays with the hospital next to the Modulars, and a couple of them were also shared by others. The hospital would need some modification to make it in to a true Modular. In its current state, the style is too different, the colors too bright, and the size a bit too small. I think with two sets something more impressive could be done that might fit better with the Modulars. Another option is to make the hospital a standalone building, so any differences in size, style and color are not so obvious.

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Håkan June 21, 2018 at 4:03 PM

It makes sense having a hospital as a standalone building, anyway. In modern cities, hospitals generally are located a bit away from the general urban landscape (except for smaller healthcare centers).

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admin June 21, 2018 at 5:14 PM

That’s usually true, except in my city, where the hospital is the main attraction right in the middle of the city. 😀

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Håkan June 21, 2018 at 7:55 PM

But it’s still got a city block for itself, or what?

Here in Stockholm, where I live, the northwestern inner city is, slightly confusingly, ending abruptly, bordering on another municipality – Solna, and the hospital Karolinska is located smack in the middle on the border between Stockholm and Solna.

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Håkan June 21, 2018 at 8:03 PM

There are a few more hospitals in Greater Stockholm, though. They’re mostly separate buildings with more or less blocky, functional architecture, though.

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admin June 22, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Our hospital takes up many-many blocks, and it also has satellite facilities around the city. It really is the biggest thing happening here, besides the University. These two are also pretty much the only employers. If you don’t work at the hospital or at the university, the only other option is to flip burgers at McDonald’s or perform some other low-income service job.

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Will June 22, 2018 at 1:01 AM

In the Sacramento region of California our hospitals always seem to be under some sort of renovation.

So if I mix this set with maybe the big construction set it would seem about right. Also, maybe throw in the multi level parking garage set in for good measure.

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admin June 22, 2018 at 1:32 PM

LOL! Here too! There is always some scaffolding around some part of the hospital! I like the idea of making the hospital into a semi-construction site! 😀

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