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2015 LEGO City Deep Sea sets review

As we have discussed previously, the LEGO City Deep Sea theme was released a few days ago with some really interesting sets. Every few years LEGO comes out with some kind of underwater sea exploration line, and for good reason; for kids one of the most fun activities is to play with LEGO in the bathtub or in the kitchen sink. Sometimes LEGO sets in an underwater setting have their own line, like LEGO Atlantis and LEGO Aquazone – both with a fantasy-based storyline. This time the sets are a sub-theme of LEGO City, which means that the story is more real-life based; submarines interacting with marine creatures and sunken ships. So let’s take a look! 🙂

#60095 LEGO City Deep Sea Exploration

The LEGO City Deep Sea theme includes six sets. The two smallest ones are less than $10 each and give you just enough to get you started. The #60090 LEGO City Deep Sea Scuba Scooter comes with a diver, an underwater scooter and an octopus. And the #60091 LEGO City Deep Sea Starter Set comes with three divers, a larger scooter and a shark. This is a particularly good set to try out the theme without investing much – thus the name “starter set”. You can find both small sets under the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

#60091 LEGO City Deep Sea Exploration

#60092 LEGO CITY DEEP SEA SUBMARINE: Here you get one impressive size and very good looking submarine with three minifigs, a bit of sea-floor to explore with a treasure-chest, and of course a shark. Here is the official description: Explore the depths of the ocean with the Deep Sea Submarine! Explore the secrets of the ocean with the Deep Sea Submarine! The LEGO City deep-sea explorers have spotted a mysterious chest lying in a whale skeleton, but a huge, snappy shark is preventing them from reaching it. Open the submarine’s glass bubble cockpit, climb aboard and submerge, using the powerful tilting thrusters to propel you through the water. When you reach the site, use the searchlight and grabber located on the sub’s robotic arms to retrieve the chest. Will it contain the lost treasure? Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: a submariner and 2 scuba divers. 274 pieces. Price: $39.99 – BUY HERE

#60092 LEGO City Deep Sea Exploration

#60093 LEGO CITY DEEP SEA HELICOPTER: While this is a deep-sea theme, the main attraction in this set is not the small submarine, but the rescue helicopter. Here is the official description, and below you can also find the full video-review that will give you all the details on this set: Rescue the stricken divers with the Deep Sea Helicopter! Emergency! The deep-sea explorers in their submarine are being attacked by a shark and need your help! Jump aboard the awesome Deep Sea Helicopter, spin the powerful twin rotors and thunder over the ocean at breakneck speed! When you reach the scene, lower the winch, hook up the submarine and head for the safety of land. It’s just another day for a LEGO City helicopter hero! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: a submariner, pilot and a scuba diver. 388 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE

#60095 LEGO CITY DEEP SEA EXPLORATION: This is the second biggest set in the line with a large exploration vessel, a sunken ship, various underwater vehicles, a full team of divers, and lots of sharks! If you have a LEGO City setup with a sea-port, this set could be an excellent addition next to the more generic ships. Here is the official description, and below you can also find the full video-review that will give you all the details on this set: Call in the mighty Deep Sea Exploration Vessel! Recover sunken treasure with the Deep Sea Exploration Vessel! A shipwreck with a cargo of gold bars has been spotted at the bottom of the ocean. Jump aboard the awesome exploration vessel and head to the scene! This LEGO City model is loaded with the latest high-tech diving equipment. Launch the remote sub and scuba scooter, and activate the winch system to lower the exploratory submarine into the water. Then climb into the shark cage and join the other divers deep below the ocean’s surface. Check out the amazing white shark, swordfish and octopus as you retrieve the gold bars from the sunken ship. But be careful… the entire structure is unstable and might collapse at any moment! Includes 7 minifigures: 2 crew members, 4 scuba divers and a deep-sea diver. 717 pieces. Price: $119.99 – BUY HERE

#60096 LEGO CITY DEEP SEA OPERATION BASE: This is the largest set in the series with 907 pieces, however it is a store exclusive with limited release. It should be available at LEGO store locations, and you can also check your local Toys’R’Us. It is currently not listed at the Online LEGO Shop, however my understanding is that eventually it will be added. The set includes an underwater base with a couple of vehicles and a large sea-plane. The BrickShow has already gotten the set and reviewed it here.

#60096 LEGO City Deep See Exploration

So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO City Deep Sea sets? Do you have a favorite? Are you planning to pick up any of them, or even get the full collection? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below, and you can find all the sets with more pictures and details at the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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  • jabber-baby-wocky May 30, 2015, 10:09 AM

    This is a refreshing change for City. I also like the sub. The big ship is great too. A bit too big for my setup, but it does look good.

  • BlueBen1111 May 30, 2015, 10:38 AM

    It reminds me so much of Aqua Raiders! I think Aqua Raiders was better though.

    • admin May 30, 2015, 10:46 AM

      Yes, the color-scheme is quite similar. Aqua Raider had awesome brick-built sea-monsters though, which made it awesome. 🙂

  • Tom May 30, 2015, 4:01 PM

    I like the deep sea exploration set, but at ballpark £80 its a little steep. One I’ll get if there is a deep discount I think….

  • pmarin May 30, 2015, 4:32 PM

    I like the Deep Sea Sub and the little starter sets. The Exploration at $120 is definitely pushing the high price tolerance, but yes, it does have a large hull piece and some special animals and minifigs. The pricing seems to match the new #60080 LEGO City Spaceport, which also pushes the cost expectations. This looks like a new move for Lego to move close to 0.20/piece retail. Not sure how well this will be received. Initial reviews on Lego.com show some negative feelings about the price. I don’t think these new $120 sets are going to get consistent 5-star reviews due to what some people (me included) think is just a “step too far” in pricing.

    I’m DEFINITELY liking 60096 LEGO CITY DEEP SEA OPERATION BASE. That one just seems like a must-have. I like the yellow main base, and the seaplane reminds me of the 60064 Arctic Supply Plane, which sadly I missed before it got priced out of reasonable range.

    • admin May 30, 2015, 5:54 PM

      I hope that’s not going to be the trend in regards to pricing. LEGO is already one of the most expensive toys. 🙁

  • Andy at www.smallplasticbricks.com May 30, 2015, 5:26 PM

    Lego keeps re-releasing updated, better versions of the same old City sub themes: arctic, police, fire, sea exploration, coast guard, racing, and space. While I love the look of these newer sets, we’ve mostly seen it all before. Many AFOLs already have previous versions of space shuttles and submarines. Time for something new.

    • admin May 30, 2015, 5:57 PM

      Andy, while it is true that AFOLs have seen these themes before, and we all want to see fresh new things, LEGO’s main clientele is children. Especially for sets like LEGO City. And for them all of this is very new. Plus kids love police, fire, sea exploration, racing and space sets. So LEGO does have to resurrect those themes every few years for a new generation of LEGO fans. 😉

  • brickman May 31, 2015, 10:58 AM

    I just got the Guardians of the galaxy spaceship set, for $35 dollars, so it reminded me that getting a big lego set for cheap is always a possibility!

  • Sue August 6, 2015, 12:34 PM

    My grandsons want to know if the submarine can actually go in the water as in a bathtub. I have tried to research this but can’t find any information. I told them that this might need to be a pretend situation.

    • admin August 6, 2015, 12:53 PM

      Sue, yes, absolutely! LEGO is perfectly safe to use in the bathtub! In fact my most memorable experiences from my childhood is playing in the bathtub or sink with LEGO with my siblings. LEGO is completely waterproof, however please note that the stickers aren’t. So if you are planning to put the submarine in the bathtub, I would suggest not to attach the stickers. 😉

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