Areas of eternal winter were attracting people for centuries, and one day explorers have conquered them. Now it is minifigures turn. Again. As I think, the return of the Arctic theme was positively accepted, by... Everyone.
First LEGO-appearance of an arctic crew is an old space subtheme Ice Planet 2002, which was out in 1993-1994, and was remembered for neon orange. Next, come Arctic in 2000 году with new interesting caps, and then Arctic again, but now as the modern City subtheme in 2014. And now, 4 years later new City subtheme "Arctic Expedition" returns us harsh ice and blizzard, that we were waiting for. LEGO City continues re-issue lineup, the year before it was Miners, soon we will get new Space return, but now we will talk about the Arctic. I had been boiling over about new city themes already, what jungles can be found in CITY, but we will leave this for the conscience of LEGO marketing. I believe, that every one of us, adults, have still a child inside, who dreams of exploring the Arctic, and LEGO has given us a small part of that childish dream.
As usually for last years, LEGO has made a mini-movie about them, which is strongly tied with
Mountain police, we could say, that they killed two mammoths with one helicopter. Everyone who likes LEGO animation should see it.
And now we are back to our arctic explorers, they have gone to the expedition, but not going to last there for long, because in contrast with previous themes, there is no Arctic base, only transport.
Hero of the current review is "starter" set, 60191 - "Arctic Exploration Team". Starting with 2018, "starter" sets have lost that name and now have normal ones.
As you can see from the box, as in 60091(i have made a review before), the fourth team member has been replaced with an animal, in this specific case, it's a dog, man's best friend. :)
Let's see, what is going on in Far North areas. In our journey, brave arctic explorers will accompany us. I am pretty sure that you know them all. But anyway, the first one whom I will present you is ...
SNOWMOBILE DRIVER! And where is the standing ovation? Okay, I agree, that fact that LEGO now doesn't give names to ordinary minifigures is bad. So we will call him - Max Speed. It looks pretty lego way.
Interesting torso, jacket with colourful sleeves. This theme is the storehouse for winter clothes collection. More details about it later.
The new racing helmet had appeared in 2018, and available in only two tones of blue, and it is very good. Here we could find it in interesting and beautiful Dark Azure. Mask had old history and firstly was used as goggles for rebels on Hoth. Interesting turn, it was started as something for cold weather, and now it is again arctic protection goggles. Unfortunately, they could be reclined.
In the behind, you can see the drawn hood. Legs without print, an advantage, no cut printed objects. I like it.
Let's keep moving. Famous in all LEGO CITY...
EXPLORER! They are kidding, no name again. So let it be Joanna Mosquito. I hope no one will accuse me in misogyny.
All faces in this set are one-sided, although everyone has fully covering headgears, so I don't understand the reason for not giving us dual faces.
Great dark azure outfit. The cap has appeared in 2010! in the second series of collectable minifigures. And it hasn't become common in the last years. To get it in that colour you had only the option buy one of the sets from this theme. Or Bricklink it of course.
Protective glasses are drawn on the face, if we had dual face she could take them off sometimes.
At the behind, we could see some sensor, or thermometer, or walkie talkie
with number 35. I don't know what it means, but anyway, it isn't cut, leg colour matches jacket print - everything is awesome. Honestly, I like winter outfits from this series very much.
And now the person who shows us everything in this mission:
PHOTOGRAPH. Let him be - Ivan Flash (or maybe even Flashov). Ivan is
a full-time photographer of this mission. Except in this set, he can be found only in 60194.
Ushanka - is the jewel of this theme. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I must have it. Ushanka is a new mold, and available in two colours. Red one in this set, and in 60194, and dark azure in 60192 and 60195. Maybe your opinion differs, but for me, the red one is more realistic and interesting than the azure one.
Notice another colour of gloves, small and simple detail, but it strongly influences perception.
Accurate prints are awesome, but I'm a little confused, that these jackets, that our heroes wear, are good for warm winter, not for Far North terrific cold weather. Previous arctic themes provided more realistic wearings. But who cares, we got many beautiful and interesting clothes for LEGO City winter.
And the last one from the arctic team is ...
HUSKY DOG, named... let him me Buddy, I'm currently tight with imagination.
Tail ring, interesting uneven colour. Buddy is a beautiful dog. It's a pity that there is only one dog in a set, so we can't make a dog sled.
Buddy was on a previous expedition (60036), so he got old, and instead of carrying a dog sled, he wanders around, helping explorers not to miss anything. In the mini-movie he had a fluffy tail, it seemed interesting, but we got what we got.
An important part of all such sets is a transport. Not, really, why we should have transport in EVERY such set. Even in 60091 robot can be used for transporting. Here we got the snowmobile.
It is very powerful, not a car, Beast. 40 Lego horses inside. Max can break through any blizzard on it. Although it's capacity of two passengers, doesn't make it the best transporting device for THREE people and a dog. But we get one person transport in such sets usually, so it isn't so bad.
Tracks are made using technic beams, - good choice IMO. Forward skids are pretty big. They had appeared in the last Arctic, but they have been recoloured for this theme, now they are Dark Blue, so if you need them in these colours, prepare your wallets for Arctic sets.
I can't fail to note the succession of logos with logo from 2014. See yourself. The only star, most possibly North Star above the ice caps. The previous logo had planet beneath, now only mountains may be flat earth supported have found a place in LEGO :)
Also, there is a sled trailer. The team often sends Ivan there, one reason is that there isn't much sense in photographer in a blizzard, and the second one is that he is Russiam, everybody knows that Russians don't afraid of cold, also he is the only one to have Ushanka, that gives additional cold resist points.
We got snowshoes, they are mostly worn (Snow, suddenly). The only question is why we got only one pair for the team of three.
Snowshoes also is a heritage from the last expedition. But they were in so bad state, so our team had to repaint them. I think old reddish brown was more logical. They haven't appeared in non-arctic series, except one appearance in 10246 "Detective's Office" pretending they are fan's blades.
Small snow piece of ice - one of the reasons for this expedition. They are searching for frozen fauna.
To cut through thick ice, Joanna had special LEGO manufactured electric saw, you can easily find manufacturers name on the saw's disk.
Forward ice piece can be easily "sawed" away, adding playing moment to this set.
Inside we found a small piece of ice, with frozen insect looking like a mosquito. Is it a prequel for Jurassic Park?
And here we find out why we need the photographer: capture this epochal discovery, and help Joanna to get photographs with beautiful snow bokeh. :)
So here goes the whole set. It is small, and mostly is minifigure source, but minifigures here are awesome. The official price is around the price of two collectable bags. For this price you will have three awesome figures, each of them could easily take place in the collectable series.
An interesting moment, the box's front shows Ivan wearing snowshoes, but in instructions, you should put them on Joanna. I can't remember was there differences like this with the front box image before. Most possible were. Maybe someone can provide me with examples.
I immediately liked this set, and it hasn't disappointed me. Another Arctic return hadn't brought something new, and look mostly like remade jungles, but it's a depository of interesting parts. Unfortunately, they have changed colour theme again, but arctic bright orange looks much better than Jungle bright yellow.
So until the next time LEGO everyone ^_^
p.s. Because we have snowmobile capacity problem, maybe we should convert sled trailer to dog sled, and put Buddy in it.
LEGO Set 60191 review - Artic Exploration team in snow