Review: Police Car (30352)
This little police car was originally released in a polybag that came for free with qualifying purchases at various stores around the world in 2017. I happened to win mine in a competition that was recently run on the blog Lisa Loves LEGO (which is one that I follow and enjoy). However, on recent trips to the LEGO Store, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and Toys R Us, I have seen this set on sale for $4.99 CAD. So, this week, I will review it as a purchasable set.
Name: Police Car
Set #: 30352
Cost: $4.99 CAD
Brick Count: 50
Release date: 2017
Summary Review: 86%
VALUE: 90% (At $0.10 per brick, the value of this set is great.)
BUILD: 80% (Parts of it are not firmly attached.)
MINIFIGURES: 90% (Nicely designed little officer, great brick-to-fig ratio.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 85% (Short build time, but amusing none-the-less.)
If you got this for free with a LEGO purchase (or won it in a draw like me), then this set has a great value. But, if you are planning to buy yourself one, with 50 pieces and a price tag of $4.99, this set costs $0.10 CAD per brick. That is a very good value, four cents below the current average cost per brick of LEGO (as per the summer 2017 catalog, click here to read more). That earns this little set 90% for value.
Next to the police cars that come with larger sets, this one is a little lack-luster. It is like a little go-cart comparatively. But, police cars come in all sizes. This one reminds me of a little parking enforcer car. If you have kids who are into cops and robbers, and you want an inexpensive police car, this will fit the bill. There are no doors on the sides, but there is no roof either, and the officer can just climb in, so I won’t take of marks for that this time. The siren lights are supported on a little fence piece, neither of which is attached very firmly. Behind it is a little storage space for pylons, a traffic-directing paddle, and handcuffs. It is not my favorite police car, but it is kind of a fun little guy all the same. I give it 8/10 for build.
I am currently designing a custom Police Station, and am collecting police Minifigs to fill it. That was the main draw of this set for me. You get one police officer in this set. He does not have a double sided face, but comes with a police hat, a front and back printed torso, and plain blue pants. He also has the traffic-directing paddle and handcuffs as accessories. His facial expression looks a little grumpy, but that is actually fitting for this set in my opinion. I mentioned before that the car looks a little like a parking enforcer’s car. When I saw the expression on the officer’s face, I couldn’t help but chuckle. It looks like he is grumpy because he was put on parking duty. He earns 12/15 for design (80%).
The brick-to-Minifigure ratio for this set is 50:1. That is excellent, and earns 100%. Combining the design score and the ratio score gives this set an overall Minifigure score of 90%.
This set took me about seven minutes to build. That puts each minute at $0.71 CAD (if I had actually bought this set). That is fairly average, and earns 70% for build time value. In terms of my feelings about this set, I like it more than I thought I would. For me, this set was all about the Minifigure that I needed to fill my police station. But, after putting it together, I actually found it quite comical for the reasons I mentioned before. I think the officer is unhappy at begin put on parking duty. I will keep this little set built in my city because I like little stories like that hidden throughout the town. I give this set 100% for enjoyment. Combining the enjoyment score with the build time value score gives this set an overall entertainment score of 85%.
If you got this set as a giveaway, it is a great little freebie. If you are planning to buy one, it is actually a decent value per brick. The build time is not as good a value, but the Minifigure that you get is fun, and he suits the little car in funny sort of way. If you need a cheap police car for your kids, or just more police officers like I do, then this set is an inexpensive way to get one. Do you have this set? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time,