Monday, May 12, 2014

LEGO 60058 - SUV with Watercraft - REVIEW

It's been awhile since I have had the opportunity to buy (and review) any new LEGO sets.  When I saw LEGO 60058 on sale at my local big box store, it was an easy choice to purchase it for review (and because it goes wonderfully with LEGO 60011 which I've already reviewed)!

The SUV with Watercraft (as the set is non-creatively named) comes with 219 pieces and 2 minifigures.  The final product includes three vehicles - an SUV for towing (with a trailer) and a pair of jet skis.

Upon opening up the box, you are greeted with a pair of numbered bags, a pair of instruction booklets, and a sheet of stickers.



The first thing that caught my eye was the sticker sheet - this set uses ELEVEN stickers despite having only 219 total pieces.  That works out to less than 20 pieces per sticker in the set...something that I hate (stickers are such a pain to place properly)!

The build begins with the main SUV using bag #1 and then the two watercraft and the trailer are constructed using bag #2.  One thing that I've noticed with several of the more recent LEGO vehicles is that that they are generally quite colorful on the inside (only to eventually have most of that color covered up by the main color of the vehicle in question).

In the case of this set, you can see white, green, red, sand, brown, black, light grey, and dark grey at this point in the build.  However, once the entire SUV is complete most of that color will be hidden from view!

One thing that I did like about this set (and it was a surprise as I obviously didn't inspect the box very carefully when I purchased the set) was that the SUV actually holds two minifigures!  As you can make out from the (washed out) photo above, there is a seat for the driver and there is also a seat in the back for a passenger - which works out great since the set comes with two minifigures!  You also get three small extra pieces in bag one - nothing overly exciting there but extra pieces are never a bad thing!

Moving on to bag #2, you first build a pair of jet skis (each are identical except for the stickers and color scheme).  You also build a gas can (complete with Octan colors) and a gas pump.  Getting a few extra accessories was nice - it helps to flesh out the set quite a bit (and only uses a minimal amount of extra pieces)!

As for the trailer, it's an incredibly quick build.  By the time I got to the trailer, I was ready for a quick build since I was sick and tired of placing stickers (the jet skis each use four stickers)!  I must admit that the finished product looks really nice!

Once again, you get a few extra pieces out of the second bag.

Putting the entire model together, you can see it's a sharp looking set!

In the end, it's hard to find much fault with this set (besides all the stickers).  For $20 retail (or less if you are lucky like I was), you get over 200 pieces, 2 minifigures, 2 jet skis, and an SUV with trailer.  The SUV seats both figures - and both figures also get their own jet ski for cruising in LEGO's lakes and oceans.  For a relatively cheap CITY set, this one comes highly recommended!

Fun:  10
Play Value:  10
Kid Value:  10
Adult Value:  6
Overall:  9

I don't think the adult value quite as high as it is in some other sets (there weren't a ton of unique pieces and while the lime green and bright orange were nice, you have to "sully" most of those pieces with the stickers).  For kids, the play value is off the carts - two jet skis, two figures, and an SUV with trailer - you can't ask for more than that for the price point!

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