A couple of curious items showed up under the LEGO Xtra line; the #854048 LEGO Xtra Road Tape and the #854065 LEGO Xtra Water Tape. The LEGO Xtra collection has been pretty good at providing interesting accessories for LEGO City fans, so it’s a good idea to check once in a while what’s new in this category. So, let’s see that the new tapes look like.
Both the #854048 LEGO Xtra Road Tape and the #854065 LEGO Xtra Water Tape are literally that – a roll of tape. The material and stickiness is similar to the masking tape that painters use, so they’re pretty easy to apply and remove, and perhaps even reuse a couple of times if you’re careful with it.
Both of the tapes are about 3” (8cm) wide, and you get about 15m (49ft) long of the material. This works well for the #854065 LEGO Xtra Water Tape, as you can make long rivers, or by laying pieces of the tape next to each other horizontally, you can even make a wider body of water.
The #854048 LEGO Xtra Road Tape is great for quickly laying out roads, but because it’s only three inches wide, and with a divider in the middle, it only works with the narrowest 4-stud wide cars. So, unfortunately it’s not a substitute – or even addition – to LEGO City road-plates. Without the divider, it could have been a great way to cover up the surface of a standard 12-inch wide shelf in front of the LEGO Modular Buildings (or other narrow street layout). A missed opportunity.
Both the #854048 LEGO Xtra Road Tape and the #854065 LEGO Xtra Water Tape come with some useful LEGO pieces. Most noteworthy is the scooter that comes with the road tape (always nice to get one of these), and the water tape comes with a dark-blue toolbox that’s still quite rare.
Whether you have any use for the #854048 LEGO Xtra Road Tape and the #854065 LEGO Xtra Water Tape depends on your needs, but the bottom line is that they are good quality and might be useful for some LEGO fans. If you want to check them out, they are available at the LEGO Xtra section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the idea of sticky tape used to create surfaces for LEGO play or display? Would you use either the road tape or water tape? Or would you like some other design? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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