Lego City – Camper Van (60057) Review

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Lego City – Camper Van (60057): Another Lego City build – this time it’s something to actually escape the city for some camping. I do really like a lot of the small touches here like the stovepipe, that subtle green stripe down the sides, and how they did the table inside the van. Overall I’m actually quite pleased with set.

 

Time to Knoll: 13 Minutes

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Time to Build: 18.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 195 and 78 Steps – Manual Part 1 and Part 2 (89 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $32.66 on Amazon
  • Weight 224 grams
  • Combo Points: (4X10X2X1) = 80 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 48mm x 70.4mm or 324.4 cm³ and 350.7 cm³ for the rest.

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? Long time readers of this site will recall the Beach Hut review where we delved into surf-board buoyancy. Given the gift of a shiny red canoe though we thought we’d revisit the TopBrick Water Habitat and then discuss some math.

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As you see above the canoe itself can float fine, as for our tame Minifig while the boat floated it weirdly listed heavily to one side so we added some offset weights. With that it was time to begin adding weights until it capsized.

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Adding 1 at time carefully so as to not weigh one side down more than the other I added 1×1 circles. In total there was around 40 or so with a weight of 10 grams. Now some say our tame Minifig weighs 3 grams giving us a total of 13 before the canoe edge is flush with the water and then capsizes.

Now buoyancy is Fb = ρgV = ρghA where

  • Fb = buoyant force of a liquid acting on an object (N)
  • ρ = density of the liquid(kg/m3)
  • g = gravitational acceleration(9.80 m/s2)
  • V = volume of liquid displaced (m3 or liters, where 1 m3 = 1000 L)
  • h = height of water displaced by a floating object(m)
  • A = surface area of a floating object(m2)

Now since we didn’t actually record the difference in water height displaced between the canoe and surfboard (and density is likely different due to blue color added to water.) we can’t calculate this out, but we can see why the surfboard sank, and the canoe was able to take more than 3 times that weight. This is because the surface area is much larger for the canoe that despite additional weight from the canoe itself (prior to us adding more) it’s perfectly capable of floating.

 

Remix: So this time I tried to make myself an adjustable lamp. As far as parts go I did add a single 3/4 technic pin to hold the light panel upside down inside the lamp itself. Also I normally exclude minifigs and accessories, but to hold the lamp at the base I used some minifig legs. Add the boat removal though and that’s still 3 out of 5 parts changed which I’m glad for because I really like how this came out. The wheels as knobs, that little pot switch at the base, and like the camper top the bottom base of the lamp swings out as if it was meant for batteries (actually holding spare parts)

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Final Thoughts: It’s certainly an interesting set to provide a nice red canoe, and despite not being branded (like the VW van) it really is a nice piece for display. Apologies it wasn’t the new Lego Ideas Maze review this week, but some convention prep and personal stuff meant I wasn’t able to finish off the review.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Lego City – High Speed Chase (60007) Review

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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

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Time to Build: 3.5 for Motorcycle, 10.5 for Police car, and 10 for Baddie Car

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Metrics:

  • 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

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Scores:

  • 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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

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.

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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