Lego City – High Speed Chase (60007): Continuing with the car theme this latest set comes from Pley (aka I was hoping to not have a car theme), but I have to admit up-front this was one of the rare times Pley messed up. In short while I was only missing a single piece (you’ll notice I have a red spoiler instead of black) as the gif may show there was a whole amount of extra parts/tires that weren’t even from this set.
Time to Knoll: 20 Minutes
Time to Build: 3.5 for Motorcycle, 10.5 for Police car, and 10 for Baddie Car
- Pieces: 283 and 9, 36, 30 Steps – Motorcycle, Police Car, Baddie Car (8, 41, and 30 Pages)
- Price: $29.99 on Lego and $25.98 on Amazon
- Weight 265 grams
- Combo Points: (7X18X3X1) = 378 points
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 48mm x 64.0mm for the main piece; however adding the remaining bits (plus removing the extra parts that were added to the blog accidentally) we get ~356.29 cm³
- Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars
So this being our first Lego City set, let’s actually think for a minute about how many Lego Bricks would actually go into a city. Now Lego has been doing an advanced Creator series full of different buildings (which it’s unlikely I would review simply based on the time it would take) but an example 2 story building is roughly 2500 pieces.
Let’s simplify then – so Manhattan as Wikipedia says (it’s source is oddly dead) 59.13 km2 on land. However considering not all of Manhattan is actually skyscrapers, and there’s Central Park let’s just estimate based on buildings. Now Santa Fe Institute has stated there’s 1,066,354 Buildings in Manhattan with an average height of 8.4m tall. There’s then a sociologist called William Helmreich who wrote a book walking each block of the city estimating a total of 120,000 blocks in the city (which helps us more than sq km)
With blocks in NYC being 80m × 274m (from above Wiki page) we get 175360m³ which we can then multiply by 120k to get 21.04km³. Now this number assumes solid buildings of which we don’t have. However when you consider that it excludes any and all outside lamposts, benches, ramps/stairs, etc. and that buildings are mostly filled as is let’s say that the actual bricks we need here are 85% of that volume removed via empty space inside buildings.
That’s still 17.89km³ to deal with and considering the average brick (a 2×4) is 4.92cm we can then get a total count of 3.636×10^15 a whopping 3,636,178,860,000,000 Quadrillion bricks. However Lego only makes about 19 Billion bricks a year which seems like a massive amount. However to make the city would take 191,377 years so I suppose we should just stick to building at smaller scales…
Remix: Between the police car and the idea of using the baddie car as is – I clearly went for another Mad-Max style build this time trying to emulate the Gigahorse from the new movie. It worked sort of well enough, and I was even able to keep half of the baddie car intact (fitting right in) I do wish I had some pistons though. As for rules go I had to remove 1 motorcycle wheel and add two technic pins for the back wheels but otherwise kept in my 5 piece rule.
Final Thoughts: Despite my issues service wise – as for a Lego City set (this being my first) this is pretty solid in adding 3 vehicles to your city, however it adds little to infrastructure which I feel is more important for any Lego City set to have (even small amount). My main score though is affected by how (while admittedly necessary) generic this set it.
Final Score: 1 out of 5 Stars