These are the instructions for building the LEGO City Coast Guard Coast Guard Patrol Boat and Tower that was released in 2008. As soon as the sets hit the stores, I bought them, and build them, and boy did they deliver.
This is, for now, the last set in this review series, as I haven't managed to obtain the last set, the plane, yet. The front of the box features a nice scene which does a great job in showing all of the separate models that this set contains. In the top right corner is a small inset telling us that the boats really (REALLY!) float. On the back of the box we see the modular nature of this wet, as well as the play features, which for the most part are presented in comic-strip like fashion, which does a good job of setting up the premise of this set.
On the side is a nice scene with all minifigs standing in line on the beach, while the sharks are moving in. The first of three booklets shows the helicopter, mini submarine and three sharks on the front, doing a good job of telling us the models for which the instructions are lurking within. Inside we find the building instructions on a background which is supposed to represent water. In the back of the second booklet we find the same coast guard add as in all the other sets, and the obligatory parts list.
And on the back they shock us with the screaming survey kid, which they usually save for the last booklet, but I suspect has been moved to the second one for shock value. When opening the box the first thing that comes out, along with the instruction booklets, are the stickers.
After that, when we turn the box upside down, four bags of LEGO goodness will come falling out, though the amount of parts feels a bit underwhelming for a set in this price range, it's a good thing to remember the large boat hulls help in driving up the price quite a bit. The contents of the first bag Do a good job of setting up the color scheme which runs through the coast guard sets, with a nice collection of white and orange parts, with a bit of blue thrown in there for detailing. Also included in the first bag are the parts for the sharks, 1 minifig, and an orange brick seperator, which is still a nice piece to have, but I'm starting to have trouble trying to store the large amount of those things that are building up in my house now that almost every decently sizes LEGO set comes with one of those things. In the second bag we find mostly white and grey parts, with a few red and transparent yellow parts mixed in. In the smaller sub-bag we find in bag 2, we find more grey and white pieces, along with a crab, an ice cream, and life jackets.
In bag three we are back to the familiar coast guard color scheme, as this is the start of the large ship. In the fourth and last bag, we build the bridge for the large ship, and as such the color scheme doesn't change much. The first minifig you get is the helicopter pilot, which has some nice torso printing and a very pilot-y pair of sunglasses on his one sided head. Here we have the captain of the coast guard ship, as most captains recognizable by his very manly beard.
The first crewman has the same outfit as the captain, though in this case it's covered up by a life jacket. The second and last crewman looks to be some sort of communications expert, with the walkie talkie and headset.

The only thing I dislike about this small build are the left open Technic holes in the center between the engines and the arms, which are best seen in the front shot.
To which we will then add the flotation pontoons, which look the part quite nicely, but could have been positioned a bit lower for my taste. A reel with a hook is attached to the back of the helicopter, which I suspect can be used to pull a stranded boat back into the water, of to a harbor for refueling. Followed by a control panel with two seats, which are cleverly placed on jumper plates, so they are not too far apart, yet the minifigs can still sit on them without having their arms in the way. Following that is a small amount of build up, along with placing the stickers along the sides of the hull. And lastly a spoiler is added to the back, containing an antenna and radar dome, as well as a fog horn. We now move to the stern of the ship, where we build a large rig for hoisting the mini submarine in and out of the water. The last part of the third bag is adding the fenders to the side of the ship and stickering the hull. With the bridge placed on the hull, we finally have the finished model, which is looking very good.
The mini sub fits neatly on the stern of the ship, attached to the rig so it can't fall over board. And when the need arrises the sub can quickly be put in the water with the outward swinging rig. Excellent review 'Zeahl', in a way this ship is far better than the last one in 2008 though that mini robot sub still makes me wonder why not just a rescue inflatable raft on the back of the ship ? As for the lighhouse its probably not intended as an oldfashioned live-in lighthouse but more of an automated one.
The last time Lego used this theme was in 2008, which was when I was still in the dark ages so for me, someone who loves the sea and boats, this was quite an exciting announcement. I will add that set as soon as I have it though, but for now, here is my review of the largest set in the 2013 coast guard series. Though I would not try so after applying the stickers, since i can't imagine water being good for the adhesives.
While the people in the boat are holding their life jackets in their hands, like a pair of idiots who have no idea that you have to wear them to get the maximum effect of life saving they can provide. The grey and white parts can be separated to get out any water that might get into the hull while using it in real water. There are some large window pieces here, as well as the only two printed bricks in the set, which are a control panel and a radar screen. She wears a nice summer-y looking top, though I don't quite like the color combination with the pants, which look to be too dark of color. The torso, while printed, is the same as the other coast guard figs, with no special way of differentiating his status as captain.
Which, despite of not being of the new mold with gills yet, still look great and menacing circling the boats waiting for human sized snacks to fall into the water. Maybe they are supposed to represented water balast intake holes, but they make the model look a bit..

Despite the side limitations of the hull I think the model is very nicely filled, and it doesn't feel too empty or too full. I don't realy mind the looks of the rocks,or the lighthouse, but as you can see from the crab lurking in front, the scale is just wrong. The first thing we add to the hull are the helipad and a support structure upon which the bridge will later rest. I think the fenders are great detailing which I personally have not seen on LEGO ships before, which add a good amount of authenticity to the look of the ship. The screens and controls are all placed, with a steering wheel and radar screen for the control of the ship, and a backward facing control panel and control stick for, I assume, the mini sub.
Two water cannons are added on the front and the windows make it look like every standard ship bridge, with good vision on the waters around the ship. It can be placed with the tail facing either front or back, but this is the way depicted in the instructions, and also the way I find personally more attractive looking.
Not only does is come with a coast guard ship, helicopter and mini sub, but also a private boat and people to be rescued, a place for them to get stranded, and (there's that number again) three sharks to rescue them from. Those smaller ones are often seen on the breakwaters and inlets to places like harbors and marinas. Catch him using the high speed police boat, put him in handcuffs and take him to the city jail!
Let's see if it's up to the standards set by the rest of the sets so far, shall we? There aren't too many of them, and non of them will be placed across multiple LEGO pieces. His head, while nicely printed, is unfortunately only one sided, so there will be no looks of fear while the sharks are closing in. She has shoulder length brown hair, and a happy looking face, again with no back print, so it looks like she will very much love the idea of sharks circling her boat, while waiting for her to fall into the water so they can eat her.
And while there are not too many play features in just the ship by itself, that is rectified by all the additional models you get in this set.
I think the all-white hull looks much better than the orange one, and I like the inclusion of a small helicopter.
In fact i doubt you can find an oldfashioned large lighthouse that is still manned anywhere. There are no adds in the first booklet, and the back is just the last page of the instructions.
Being places on a Technic pin also means the engine can swivel from side to side, allowing steering of the craft.

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