Another great polybag! Today’s set, 30570 Wildlife Rescue Hovercraft, is taken from a subset of the City theme Wildlife Rescue. Well, I don’t know if that’s an official subtheme but there’s more than one set centered around the activity of rescuing wildlife, so I’m designating it a subtheme.
The Hovercraft is super neat. A series of slopes simulate the balloon-like bed the craft floats on.
It’s got the boat studs on the bottom to glide along and give it that floaty look.
There’s a giant fan on the back. I do wish that it was enclosed somehow because that propeller is pretty dangerous if you think about it. Even if the prop was smaller to fit inside an enclosure, I think that would have been just as fine.
With the driver seated, it’s a very snug fit with the storage crate just behind the driver’s seat. That curved slope in the front is a printed tile which wasn’t something I expected. The norm nowadays is stickers over printed elements, but I guess LEGO is leaning into this subtheme enough to warrant a specialized part like this.
The minifig and is unique and my only complaint is that he is missing a life jacket. Pretty sure the driver would be wearing one if he was knowingly taking it out over water. I do like his pattern though, with the bright blue vest and the cargo pants. Though, if these really are supposed to be cargo pants, the pockets need to be printed on the sides of the legs.
This is the first time I’ve seen the monkey element. It’s got a hole on the bottom to affix him to a stud. The one giant hand to grasp a bar, or in this case, apple stem, seems grossly disproportionate. I’m not convinced it had to have a grasping hand.
Get It At Target!
Like yesterday’s polybag, today’s set as well as the ones for the next 2 days are available at Target right now. The review was not sponsored by Target (<== another affiliate link), but you should pick up a couple of these. One can’t have too many hovercrafts.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! A great slice-of-life polybag from LEGO City. What’s curious is that the Wildlife Rescue isn’t officially part of the National Geographic partnership. That partnership, as far as I can tell, was limited to just the Ocean Exploration sets. But partnership or not, this is just great set where you can jam it into any existing City set, Wildlife Rescue or not. Get a bunch of these and you can have a fleet of hovercraft as the standard issue rescue vehicle.
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