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This little lego set is excellent play value - it took my four year old son about twenty mins to put together with help, and then he played with it for hours. It is great on its own as a mini set, or in conjunction with other lego city. It is a little bit fiddly to put together, but stays together well and is good quality as you would expect from lego. The car is appealing to kids, as it looks "cool" (quote from son) and "fast". It is modern looking but will not date easily.
The set looked smaller than expected when I received it, so I would be wary of buying it as a main / only present in case it looks a bit cheap. It is ideal as a pocket money toy, stocking filler or additional little birthday present. My son has other lego city sets and used this as an extension of them (e.g. the emergency rescue one).
One strong advantage is that as it is a small self-contained set it is easy to follow the instructions and achieve completion without getting bored. It was a great intro to lego for my son, and he is now more confident with bigger lego sets.
Overall, a great buy as long as you don't mind that it is quite small.
Lego city product number 7236 is a modern looking police car, like one of the vehicles used in high speed pursuits or you see in those television programmes when the police stop drivers for not correctly adhering to the laws of the road. It is currently available from the Amazon website for £3.65 including free delivery if you don't mind waiting a couple of working days to receive it. This price means it would make a brilliant surprise gift for someone any time of year or that you could buy it for yourself without breaking the bank or feeling too self indulgent.
This police car looks like it would mainly be used to deal with traffic violations or speeding drivers may be pursuing Lego minifigures driving the reasonably new Lego sports car, item number 8402. The set includes a very smartly dressed uniformed traffic officer with white hat and a roadside camera. This camera can be used to monitor the speed of drivers in your town although I can't imagine you would have enough road plates for Lego cars to build up to a speed that would be considered dangerous and against the law.
I think the car itself is cool and would look great in your city with its blue lights and very recognisable Lego style aerials on the roof.
Unfortunately there are no doors and so you will have to remove the roof to place the officer in the driving seat. Obviously as well there is no room for a criminal or a drink driver that has been apprehended to take them back to the station for questioning and the camera as it is nearly as big as the minifigure will also not fit inside. I reckon it would look fantastic set up in your city layout though with the vehicle parked at the side of the road while the officer uses the camera to catch dangerous road users. You could then buy another one of these and permanently have the driver inside, they are relatively inexpensive and two of these along with some of the police motorcycles would look ever so good for not too much outlay, you could purchase two of these cars and three police motorbikes, item number 7235 for under £20.
I'm sure my son is going to want to work as a construction engineer for Legoland when he's older. In fact, that's a job I wouldn't mind having when I grow up! Mind you, I find it hard to discern between the plethora of different small toys Lego produce, and with their neverending future of different commercial ventures to tap into (Star Wars and Indiana Jones sparking off Batman, and now Harry Potter among others), it's nice occasionally just to go back to Lego City for some regular, generic Lego toys for your kids to do.
My son, Will, loves his Lego. My folks have got my old stuff round their house for him, and he's got his own wide range here. I'd say that the police range that Lego City have is quite good, and it has some intricate elements to it as well as the larger pieces. This particular product gives you a chunky, slightly unfamiliar look of a police car, with a figure, a couple of 'extras' and a whole lot to talk about.
Buying the toy is easy. I like the way Lego give a clear picture on the front of what you're going to get. It does reduce the likelihood of duplicate purchases, especially if, like us, you already have lots. This one caught Will's eye straight away, as the picture on the front is of a uniformed figure holding what appears to be a speed camera on a stand. It's something a little bit different and appealing. Tick for advertising.
Inside the cardboard box, the Lego pieces are securely kept in a sealed bag, which you can discard. I just let Will get on with it, as he's a pro now! The instructions are very clear and universal, with diagrams doing the talking as opposed to words. This means it would be suitable for kids of any nationality. They follow in sequence are as clear as usual, and it took the little man about 15 minutes to fully put it together, even with the distraction of Ben 10 on in the background.
The car itself is a mix of blue and white, with chunky rubber tyres. The doors swing out, and the man can fit in. There are yellow lights and blue lights, and the figure comes with a sort of computerised pad on the aforementioned speed camera and stand. This was a well designed product, in my opinion, because it launched a whole discussion about driving carefully and what the police do. We have spoken about the police before, but not really about speed cameras.
While explaining about the camera and how it's intended to make people drive within the speed limit, I was a bit confused at the figure's uniform. The white flat hat and black suit with badge isn't a combination I have seen before, or at least, the white hat seems out of place. Will was asking about this as well. I almost expected a pair of white gloves and a military bugle to be included!
Still, this is hardly a negative when the product itself is good. Okay, so it's nothing spectacular and doesn't really do much more than your usual Lego you may get, but it's still a quality product, and can usually be found for around the £3.50 to £4.00 mark. These days, products from one of the film tie-in lines such as Star Wars or Indy will bump the cost up by half as much again, so products like this are better value really, and it's the construction side of things as well as the 'life lesson' shall we say, that come with these sorts of products, that I like. The Lego is well designed and it all fits together well, without any problems. I have yet to come across a Lego set that doesn't have all the pieces it says it will, so that's another plus. Recommended.
Lego City Police Car.....
Even after Christmas Jack is still getting treats when we said we wouldn't. This time it was not my fault as my partner bought this piece for him though I am not sure whether it was more for Jack or Himself!
He got it on a recent trip to Tesco (he managed to get this but not any bread!) and paid a cheap price of £3.49p. This is a good price for Lego and a good price for the police car itself. It is from the Lego City range and has an age limit of 5+ but Jack is only 2 ½ and is still capable enough to HELP put it together and to use it without putting bricks up his nose (yet anyway!).
As with all Lego inside the outer cardboard box is usually a couple of plastic bags with the bricks held within. There is also a very good instruction booklet that is easy to understand for anyone and the pictures are clear and not at all confusing.
The police car was put together by Himself in around 10 minutes but would probably have been less had I not been breathing down his neck! Jack did help a little bit but Himself was taking charge! However when put together it looked the business and was perfect for Jack's chubby little hands as it seemed chunkier and more stable than a lot of other Lego items he has.
There is also a little Lego Policeman that come with the car and he has with him some sort of speed camera and computer although this looks rather like a horn and not much like a camera!q This part I can see easily getting lost or sucked up the hoover, although I do check the hoover bits when I empty it!
The little policeman has a nice little detachable hat which makes him look official and he sits nicely inside the police car but to get him in and out of the vehicle you do have to take the entire roof off which is unlike a lot of the other Lego toys we have which often have little swinging doors to get the people in and out easily. How this is the only real set back as the rest of the vehicle is of a good quality and well worth the money.
The car has nice chunky rubber tyres which turn well and propel the car at a good speed down our laminated hallway flooring. Also because of the chunkiness of the whole item it tends to fall apart a lot less than some of the other pieces of Lego items we have which is always a bonus as it is usually me that ends up putting it back together again, Jack being unable and Himself having got bored of it!
All in all however I would say that this is a very good purchase and at the price is a must have for Lego fans. It looks good, it a good price, plays with well and is a more sturdier piece if Lego.
I think a 4/5 star rating is applicable here and the only minute mark being for the fact that you have to take the roof off every time to get the little policeman in. I would however give this Lego City Police Car a recommendation and say we are very please with it.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
This is one of those lego sets that i love, priced less than £4.00 (I paid £3.49 for it from tesco) it's the kind of set that kinds can afford to save for out of pocket money, it's also small enough to allow them to build it alone.
The instructions are very clear and none of the pieces are too hard to put together. This is the kind of set my two children love picking up when they have enough money saved.
The set itself was good for the money, I mean mini figs sell for at least £3.00 on ebay alone, so your police mini fig in this set along with the vehicle make this excellent value.
This sets adds to any bigger police sets that you may already have and also adds nicely with other small sets like the police motorbike or the slightly larger police helicopter.
The vehicle is rugged and stays together very well under usual play conditions.
My eldest son will be 5 in March and when on a grocery shop in Tesco he hurt himself, rather than buy him sweets i told him he could have a toy and he chose this Lego Police car. At £3.69 it seemed good value so i duly added it to the trolley and hid it in the bottom of the shopping bag to prevent him opening it and losing all the pieces before we even got back to the car.
My son was very excited about building this toy and with age range of 5-12 i told him he needed to wait until his 14mth old brother was in bed as i knew there would be small pieces around.
When i opened this i was shocked by the sheer amount of tiny pieces. I started to question whether my almost 5 year old son would even be able to put this together. The instruction sheet was clear and large pictures helped him to find the pieces needed. I would say that under 7 years and adult 'supervision' and help will be needed.
This was quite fiddly to put together but my son still enjoyed it even with the amount of help needed. I did find that once together he wanted to play with it and the pieces started to break and come apart quickly. I now have a small pile of lego pieces on the desk.
This is good fun to build but it needs to be put up on show, not a very hardy toy and the pieces are gone forever, i suspect in the hoover and hiding in crevices in the floor of my house. This presents a danger for my youngest child so i will not be buying any of this range until he is much older.
A good present or treat for an older child who has no younger brothers or sisters, or for a shelf on show in the bedroom.
The Lego City Police Car is another great buy from the world of Lego. It cost us £3.99 in a toy shop and is also available from Amazon at the same price. We bought this at the same time as we bought a little police bike for £2.99 and they go together really well. It's ideal to buy the two together as then kids can play with them together, with an adult or with a friend.
In this box you'll find a couple of plastic bags with all the fiddly little bricks in as well as an instruction booklet showing you how to build this toy. The age recommendation is 5yrs+ but as with the police bike, I think it would take a 6 or 7yr old to figure out how to follow the instructions properly and get this assembled correctly. There are a lot of small parts here and it will only go together if the instructions are followed perfectly.
It took me about five or ten minutes to do this one as it included lots of little layers being built up. I quite enjoy doing these things though in all honesty! When it was all together, we had a policeman with a white cap, a little car and some kind of radar type thing. It's a stand with what looks like a megaphone on top and a control panel to the back of it. It looks almost like a gun but I'm sure they don't put guns in kids toys anymore! So my next guess would be a megaphone.
My grandson has decided it's a laser beam despite this and gets the Lego man to spin it round looking for burglars to "zap" with it. As long as his Mum doesn't notice, I'm keeping schtum! He loves it anyway and when all is finished, he gets the little policeman into his car to drive away.
There's a drawback to this set that isn't present with the bike though and that's that you have to take the roof off to get the policeman in and out of the police car. It's annoying because it's easy for rambunctious little boys to break half the car off as they try to prise the roof off. So obviously then it's "help Grandad, roof off again" and I keep having to fix it. So because of that I think this is only a four start kit and that if you have to choose between the car and the bike - the bike is better because it's more accessible.