January 2020 brought a new selection of exciting LEGO® sets to the market. Among them, the City theme received a new Safari Off-roader (60267). Several details drew me to this kit early on. Firstly, you get a new big cat figurine. Second, one Minifigure comes with the log costume that I loved so much in the Mountain Police Headquarters set. Finally, before my current walk in life, I studied lions in the South African Bushveld. I drove around in a truck like this one, so nostalgia played a part here. This week, we see if the Safari Off-Roader lives up to my high expectations.
Disclaimer: The LEGO® Group provided this set for review. However, the provision of sets does not guarantee a favorable score. I will use my usual rating system (click here to learn more) and provide my honest opinion.
SAFARI OFF-ROADER (60267) SUMMARY
- NAME: Safari Off-Roader
- SET #: 60267
- THEME: City
- COST: $24.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 168
- MINIFIGURES: 2
- OF INTEREST: a lion and a parrot
- RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2020
SAFARI OFF-ROADER (60267) QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 80% (Average cost-per-brick and build-time.)
- BUILD: 80% (Nice build, but lots of stickers and no doors.)
- MINIFIGURES: 96% (Excellent characters, accessories, and brick-to-fig ratio.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Loved this set, very nostalgic for me.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 89%
SAFARI OFF-ROADER (60267) REVIEW
The Safari Off-roader costs $24.99 in Canada. The set comes with 168 pieces, which equates to a cost-per-brick of $0.15. By comparison, my current average is $0.14/brick. Therefore, the Safari Off-roader is not a terrible value, especially considering that it is a City theme set. The City sets that I have collected in recent years average $0.17/brick. At full price, Safari Off-roader is a satisfactory value that earns 78%.
This set took me 30 minutes to assemble. At $24.99, each minute of build-time equates to $0.83. Comparatively, my average is currently $0.84. Therefore, Safari Off-roader is average in this category. I rate that at 81%. Averaging this score with the cost-per-brick score gives an overall value grade of 80%.
Safari Off-roader is a nice-looking safari truck. However, a couple of issues stood out as I was building. Firstly, there are A LOT of stickers. I do not mind a few stickers in a kit, but there comes a point where it starts to feel excessive. Safari Off-roader reached that point. Placing those stickers on straight tested my patience. In fairness, I built this kit during a bout of insomnia, during the wee hours of the morning. Perhaps that factored into my lack of patience, but I digress. Secondly, the Safari Off-roader has no doors. Removing the roof allows easy character placement. However, it remains a pet-peeve of mine to not have actual, opening doors on a car. Otherwise, the car is nicely detailed, and I rate it at 8/10 (80%).
This set contains two Minifigures. Both come with all the standard Minifig pieces. Additionally, both have double-sided faces as well as front and back torso printing. In terms of accessories, Safari Off-roader comes with a coffee mug, a camera, binoculars, a parrot, a log costume, and a lioness. Based on these design features, I rate the character design at 28/30 (93%).
As mentioned earlier, in addition to the Minifigures, Safari Off-roader also comes with a lioness figurine. This is the standard big cat mold, just re-colored. However, I love LEGO® animals, big cats, and I have a history with lions. Therefore, I had to have this figurine. Once this set hits the liquidation racks, I may buy more of them. Lions are not solitary animals, and I need a pride for realism. Interestingly, this is also the cheapest set to include a big cat. The previous low was $44.99 for the Jungle Halftrack Mission that contained a melanistic leopard. In any case, three articulated figurines in a 168-piece kit yields a brick-to-fig ratio of 56-to-1. Simply put, that is amazing. The ratio score for Safari Off-roader is 98%. Averaging this with the design score gives an overall Minifigure grade of 96%.
Let me begin by saying that I am very biased towards this set. Having spent a considerable amount of time in Africa with lions made this set very close to my heart. Building Safari Off-roader brought back a lot of memories. I broke out my African music playlist and reminisced while building. Silly, little details like the coffee mug in the truck struck a chord with me. I remembered early mornings with a cup of tea and an African sunrise. Many people have told me that Africa is one of those places that never leaves you once you have been. That was certainly true for me. I think anyone who has seen a wild lion will appreciate this set. Additionally, the car is a nice design that everyone will enjoy. I give it an entertainment score of 100%.
OVERALL SCORE: 89%
Safari Off-roader really took me back down memory lane. However, I appreciate that many readers will not feel the same connection to this set. All the same, I think this is a solid purchase even at full price. The value and build are average, but you get amazing characters and a good-looking SUV. Additionally, this is the cheapest kit to feature a big cat. Now all we need is a male lion figurine (are you reading this LEGO® Group? :))
Until next time,
p.s. for more City theme reviews, click here.
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