Wednesday, March 20, 2013

LEGO 6852: Sonar Security - REVIEW

Originally produced in 1993, the Sonar Security set is part of the Space Police II line of sets.  It's a middle-sized set in the theme topping out at 61 pieces.  The three large Space Police II sets have 140, 249, and 395 pieces each so it's a big jump from the middle sets to the large sets!

This is the third Space Police II set that I've reviewed (you can find the other two reviews by looking here and here).  Out of the three sets, this is by far the best set - not to mention the set with the best play features.

Essentially, the model is made up of three parts.  A main vehicle, a trailer, and a rocket.  The set comes with a single Space Police officer.

Beginning with the main vehicle, you can see that there are six wheels which gives the car a much more rugged look.  The front of the vehicle has a nice Space Police logo 2x2 flat brick (a piece that is always nice to have for your own creations as well).  The green windshield lifts up just enough to fit the driver in the vehicle (and the driver barely fits with his air tanks on his back).  There is a steering wheel which is nice.

While I happen to like the main vehicle quite a bit, the trailer is disappointing.

It looks ok when it is attached to the main car but when it's unattached it is essentially worthless because it only has one set of wheels.  I "cheated" in the photo and propped the trailer up on the satellite.

On the trailer is a rocket of sorts, probably a satellite actually since the set is called "Sonar Security."  Since the vast majority of the Space Police sets lack any sort of real weapons, I'm guessing most children would use the satellite as a rocket to bomb rebel bases.

All told, I give the Sonar Security set the following ratings:


The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  4
Play Value:  6
Kid Value:  7
Adult Value:  3
Overall:  5


It's certainly not the worst set, but compared to many of today's more modern offerings this set pales in comparison.  For kids, the play value is fairly high (though a "bad guy" minifigure would have been appreciated).  For adults, the set doesn't offer much except for the Space Police logo brick plus the eight wheels and dark green windshield.

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