Review – Fun at the Beach [60153]

My second beach themed review from Costa Rica is People Pack – Fun at the Beach! Is there a LEGO® set on the market right now with a more beachy vibe? I actually picked this set up quite some time ago when I found it for 20% off. I saved it unopened for this trip after I decided to review some beach themed sets from the beach. I will not be reviewing this set using the same criteria as I normally use. Since it is mostly Minifigures, I will review it by comparing it more to the Minifigure series than to other sets. Let’s see how Fun at the Beach holds up!

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Fun at the Beach box art. Photo taken on the shower floor in my villa at the Banana Azul Hotel in Costa Rica.

SET SUMMARY

NAME: People Pack – Fun at the Beach
SET #: 60153
THEME: City
COST: $49.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 169
MINIFIGURES: 15
OF INTEREST: a dolphin, a dog, a lobster, a fish
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2017

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Fun at the beach comes with a lobster. This photo was taken in the Caribbean sea at Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica.

SUMMARY REVIEW: 87%

VALUE: 80% (Better value than individual Minifigs, but still expensive.)
BUILD: 80% (Not much to build, and what you get is hit and miss.)
MINIFIGURES: 89% (Generic, but fun townsfolk, amazing brick:fig.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Lots of fun.)

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Ape-children (stumpy legs, yet with regular length arms) at play… Photo taken on the beach by the reef outside Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica.

REVIEW

VALUE: 80%
If we look at Fun at the Beach as a typical LEGO® set, then you are not getting a very good deal by buying it. It is expensive at $49.99 in Canada, and you only get 169 pieces in the kit. At that price, each brick will set you back $0.30. The current average for a LEGO® set based on the last catalog that I got in the mail was $0.12. However, it is not really fair to rate Fun at the Beach as a regular set, because it is labeled as a “People Pack”. You are essentially buying this to get 15 Minifigures. If you buy the Minifigure series blind-bags, you are paying $3.99 per Minifig. 15 characters would cost you $59.85, so this set gets you the same number of Minifigures for about 16% less of a cost. These are not as detailed as some of the characters you might get in the Minifigure series, but the value is decent when compared to cost of 15 individual blind-bags. I still felt this box was pricey, so I waited for a sale, and got mine for $40. The people packs are fun, but I wish they were a better savings than just 16%. For that reason, I will deduct a mark, and give Fun at the Beach 4/5 (80%) for value.

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Diver Minifigure from the Fun at the Beach set. Photo taken on the beach by the reef outside Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica

BUILD: 80%
There is not much to build in Fun at the Beach. Most of your time will probably go to assembling the Minifigures. With that said, you do build a sand castle, a hammock swinging between palm trees, a lifeguard stand, a volleyball net, an ice cream stand, as well as a beach chair and table with umbrella. I like the hammock and volleyball net. The sand castle is simple, but not bad. I have seen much nicer ice cream stands and beach chairs though. The life guard stand that came with the Coast Guard Starter Set (click here to read my review) was also nicer than the one seen in Fun at the Beach. If I was to rate these builds out of 10, I would take off a full mark for the ice cream stand, and half a mark each for the chair and life guard stand. That would give this set 8/10 (80%).

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Beach chair and table from the Fun at the Beach set. Photo taken at Playa Negra, outside the Banana Azul Hotel in Costa Rica.

MINIFIGURES: 89%
Given that Fun at the Beach is a “People Pack”, the main reason to purchase it is for the Minifigures. You get 15 of them in the set. They are fairly generic townsfolk, but that is not a bad thing. It’s great to get some more bathing suits and beach attire for my city. These people will look great on a LEGO® beach, once I finally make one. In terms of their design, they do lose some points right off the bat for the four child Minifigs. I know I have harped on this before, but I hate those ape-kids, as I have come to call them. The stumpy legs and regular length arms really bother me. I also don’t like that the legs don’t bend. These stump legs are only appropriate on mythical characters, like dwarves, in my opinion. None of the characters have double sided faces, but a number of them have either printing on the legs, or two-tone legs (shorts). All have front and back torso printing, and some kind of hair or head covering. Based on my rating system, I would give these characters 68% for design.

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You get a dolphin in the Fun at the Beach set. This photo was taken in a tide pool at Playa Negra outside of Puerto Veijo in Costa Rica.

Fun at the Beach does come with a ton of accessories though. You get a kayak with paddle, a windsurfing board, a fish, a dolphin, a lobster, a bucket, a shovel, a metal detector, a $100 bill, a cellphone, a dog, a parrot, a ball, a radio, a camera, a broom, a banana, a trash can, a megaphone, and binoculars. 21 accessories in total brings the score up to 78% (175 out of a total of 225 points). Again, these are generic people, not the ultra-detailed Minifigures seen in some licenced sets and the Minifigure series.

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Windsurfing outside Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica.

Since Fun at the Beach is basically almost all Minifigures, it understandably has an amazing brick-to-fig ratio. 1 Minifigure for every 11 parts to be precise. That earns a ratio score of 100%. Averaging this with the design score gives Fun at the Beach an overall Minifigure score of 89%.

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Searching for treasure on Playa Negra in Costa Rica.

ENTERTAINMENT: 100%
I spent 29 minutes assembling the contents of this set. Most of that time went to putting the Minifigures together. If this was a standard LEGO® set, each minute of build time would cost $1.72. That is a terrible value. But, again, this set is essentially a collection of Minifigures, and not really a buildable set. For that reason, I will not be counting the build-time rating in this review. It is not really representative of the set.

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Ice cream on the boardwalk. This photo was taken in the private garden on my villa at the Banana Azul Hotel in Costa Rica.

I enjoy this set quite a bit. I can see myself keeping many of the characters as is in my city. But, they also provide lots of great pieces for customizing people as well. For that reason, I will give Fun at the Beach a full 100% as my enjoyment score.

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Someone’s gotta clean up after these messy tourists. Photo taken in the private garden of my villa at the Banana Azul Hotel in Costa Rica.

OVERALL: 87%

Fun at the Beach is a great way to expand your Minifigure collection, especially where beachwear is concerned. Buying this pack is cheaper than purchasing individual Minifigures, but a bit on the pricey side when considering the number of parts in the box. While I did not include the build-time score for this set in my review (since it not meant to be a typical set), you also pay a lot for the amount of assembly time that you get. Overall, the characters are fun though, and you get loads of accessories. I would probably wait to buy this on sale, but it is worth getting in my opinion.

What are your thoughts on Fun at the Beach? Feel free to comment below. Until next time,

-Tom

 

Minifigure Monday – Save Your Burning Feet

Save Your Burning Feet
(An original vacation inspired poem from True North Bricks, featuring a LEGO® Minifigure)

When it is too hot to stand,
In the Costa Rican sand,
To the ocean you should run,
To get relief from the Sun.
Jump on in and ride a wave,
Your burning feet you will save.

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This Minifigure was photographed on Playa Negra, the black sand beach outside Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica, on the Caribbean Sea. You can find this Minifigure in the Coast Guard Starter Set (60163).

Coloring Page – Beach Batgirl

Continuing with my vacation theme, here’s another beach related LEGO® Minifigure coloring page! This time, we have Vacation Batgirl (or Beach Batgirl as I prefer to call her) from the second series of LEGO® Batman Movie Minifigures. I drew this one in Costa Rica! Click here to download your free, printable PDF (it will open in a new window). Happy coloring!

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This is a sample of the Beach Batgirl coloring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free, printable PDF file.

Canadian LEGO® Deals (July 13, 2018)

Happy Friday the 13th to you all from Costa Rica! The wonderful thing that is the internet allows me to complete my weekly deals post even when I am out of the country.

THIS WEEK’S FREEBIES & PROMOS:

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The Party Banana Minifigure is available until July 15 with purchases over $35 at the LEGO® Store.

ALL LEGO® DEALS AS OF JULY 13, 2018:

BEST BUY
The website is advertising a sale of about 10% off on 136 sets. It’s not a great deal, but better than nothing.

CHAPTERS/INDIGO
The liquidation of older sets that we have seen over the last two weeks continues. There are fewer sets though. The ones that were 40% off have all vanished.

  • BrickHeadz – Aquaman for $10.50 (19% off)
  • City – Jungle Mobile Lab for $60.00 (19% off)
  • City – Jungle Halftrack Mission for $36.00 (19% off)
  • Creator – Modular Modern Home for $40.00 (19% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Battle of Atlantis for $20.00 (19% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Flying Fox for $128.00 (19% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes – Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $52.00 (19% off)
  • Nexo Knight – Tech Wizard Showdown for $44.00 (20% off)
  • Star Wars – Rathar Escape for $80.00 (19% off)
  • Star Wars – First Order Heavy Scout Walker for $52.00 (19% off)

COSTCO

  • City – Coast Guard Headquarters for $108.99 (28% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Jungle Exploration Site for $99.99 (33% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Cargo Terminal for $69.99 (30% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Bulldozer Break-In for $61.99 (31% off LEGO Store price)
  • Classic – Creative Brick box for $47.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Heartlake Hospital for $82.99 (25% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Stephanie’s House for $65.99 (27% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Mia’s Camper Van for $59.99 (14% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Friendship House for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Jurassic World – Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape for $89.99 (10% off LEGO Store price)
  • Jurassic World – Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate for $129.99 (13% off LEGO Store price)
  • Marvel – Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown for $109.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Marvel – Thanos Ultimate Battle for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Mindstorms – EV3 core kit for $319.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Minifigures Series 18 – Box of 60 for $159.99 (34% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago – Temple of Resurrection for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago Movie – Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – First Order Destroyer for $132.99 (26% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – First Order Heavy Assault Walker for $124.99 (27% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Resistance Bomber for $119.99 (14% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – BB-8 for $109.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Defense Crait for $89.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for $169.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Imperial TIE Fighter for $79.99 (12% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Airport Rescue Vehicle for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Ocean Explorer for $109.99 (26% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – RC Tracked Racer for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – First Responder for $54.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Bucket Wheel Excavator for $239.99 (27% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Hovercraft for $88.99 (19% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Rally Car for $109.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck for $259.99 (30% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Mack Anthem Truck and Trailer for $189.99 (17% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Extreme Adventure for $159.99 (33% off LEGO Store price)

HUDSON’S BAY

  • Batman Movie – Bane Toxic Truck Attack for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie  – Batwing for $87.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie – Joker’s Lowrider for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie – Riddle Racer for $31.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie – Joker Balloon Escape for $13.59 (20% off)
  • Creator – Modular Poolside Holiday for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Creator – Family Villa for $76.49 (15% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack for $51.99 (20% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Battle for Atlantis for $19.99 (20% off)
  • Elves – Azari and the Goblin Forest Escape for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Elves – Breakout from the Goblin King’s Fortress for $71.99 (20% off)
  • Elves – The Goblin King’s Evil Dragon for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Juniors – Snow White’s Forest Cottage for $15.29 (15% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Willy Butte Speed Training for $19.99 (20% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Mater Junkyard for $11.04 (15% off)
  • Juniors – Demolition Site for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes – Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes – Captain America Jet Pursuit for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Master Falls for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Manta Ray Bomber for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – City Chase for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Spinjitzu Training for $11.04 (15% off)
  • Star Wars – The Arrowhead for $93.49 (15% off)
  • Star Wars – Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle for $95.99 (20% off)
  • Star Wars – Rebel U-Wing Fighter for $79.99 (20% off)

THE LEGO® STORE
You still have until Sunday (July 15) to take advantage of the free Party Banana Minifigure offer with purchases over $35.

  • BrickHeadz – Aquaman for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Cyborg for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Captain Phasma for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Kylo Ren for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Rey for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Lloyd for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeads – Master Wu for $10.39 (20% off)
  • City – Prison Island Accessory Pack for $14.39 (20% off)
  • Friends – Mini-Dolls Campsite for $14.39 (20% off)
  • What Am I? – Game for $31.99 (20% off)

TOYS R US
The following sets are 30% off, online only, until July 18:

  • Batman Movie – Arkham Asylum for $125.97
  • Batman Movie – Clayface Splat Attack for $31.47
  • Batman Movie – Bane Toxic Truck Attack for $45.47
  • Batman Movie – Batwing for $76.97
  • City – ATV Race Team for $17.47
  • Creator – Beach Side Vacation for $27.97
  • Nexo Knights – Knighton Castle for $111.97
  • Ninjago Movie – Ninjago City Chase for $17.47

WALMART
Walmart is liquidating sets left, right, and center these days. Numerous people have written to me from around Canada this past week to let me know of the great deals they have been finding. You should check your local store(s), because what they discount in store is often different from what they list online. Some deals I have heard of in store that differ from the list below include Joker’s Notorious Low Rider ($30), The Ultimate Battle for Asgard ($45), and the Coast Guard Headquarters for significantly less than it is being marketed online. In this week’s online selection, both Destiny’s Bounty and the Silent Mary have appeared for 20% off, which is the first time I have seen either set for sale. Here are this week’s online deals:

  • Batman Movie – Scarecrow Special for $20.00 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie – Riddle Racer for $30.00 (25% off)
  • Batman Movie – Bane Toxic Truck Attack for $45.00 (30% off)
  • Batman Movie – Batcave Break-in for $100.00 (23% off)
  • Batman Movie – Scarecrow Fearful Face-Off for $12.00 (29% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Rey for $9.65 (25% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Aquaman for $9.65 (25% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Cyborg for $9.65 (25% off)
  • City – T-Junction road baseplates for $14.90 (25% off)
  • City – Cargo Terminal for $85.00 (15% off)
  • City – Heavy Duty Rescue Helicopter for $65.00 (14% off)
  • City – Bulldozer Break-In for $70.00 (22% off)
  • City – Coast Guard Headquarters for $108.86 (10% off)
  • Creator – Modular Poolside Holiday for $30.00 (25% off)
  • Creator – Turbo Track Racer for $60.00 (20% off)
  • Creator – Modular Family Villa for $80.00 (12% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Classic 1960s Batcave for $228.00 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Speed Force Freeze Pursuit for $30.00 (25% off)
  • Disney Princess – Ariel and the Magical Spell for $31.89 (20% off)
  • Disney Princess – Moana’s Ocean Voyage for $39.89 (20% off)
  • Elves – Azari and the Goblin Forest Escape for $18.65 (25% off)
  • Elves – Goblin King’s Evil Dragon for $29.90 (25% off)
  • Ideas – Adventure Time for $48.65 (25% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Willy Butte Speed Training for $20.00 (20% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Florida 500 Final Race for $55.00 (15% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Lightning McQueen Speed Launch for $10.00 (22 % off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Guido & Luigi’s Pit for $10.00 (22% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Mater’s Junkyard for $10.00 (22% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Smokey’s Garage for $25.00 (16% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Cruz Ramirez Race Simulator for $10.00 (22% off)
  • Juniors – Cars: Thunder Hallow Crazy 8 Race for $35.00 (22% off)
  • Juniors – Batman VS Mr. Freeze for $12.00 (33% off)
  • Juniors – Shark Attack for $18.00 (28% off)
  • Minecraft – The Waterfall Base for $70.00 (22% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Knighton Castle for $119.90 (25% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Fire Mech for $70.00 (32% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Lightning Jet for $60.00 (20% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon for $100.00 (23% off)
  • Ninjago Movie – Destiny’s Bounty for $159.89 (20% off)
  • Pirates of Caribbean – Silent Mary for $199.88 (20% off)
  • Technic – Roadwork Crew for $30.00 (25% off)
  • Technic – Stunt Bike for $18.00 (28% off)
  • Technic – RC Tracked Racer for $103.89 (20% off)
  • Technic – Ocean Explorer for $112.40 (25% off)
  • Technic – Container Yard for $56.15 (25% off)
  • Technic – Air Race Jet for $142.40 (25% off)
  • Technic – Extreme Adventure for $191.89 (20% off)

Review – Coast Guard Starter Set [60163]

I am currently sitting in my vacation villa on a stormy evening in Costa Rica. It is the perfect time to write as the thunder crashes outside. Going on vacation left me with a little bit of a blogging quandary. I didn’t want to just stop my regular posting schedule, because I actually quite like writing. True North Bricks has become one of my favorite hobbies. Vacations are all about taking time for yourself, and the things that you enjoy, so I decided that I would keep blogging from Costa Rica. But, what to do about set reviews? My initial plan was to pre-write some reviews, and just post them while here. But, that idea just didn’t sit well. I figured it would be much more fun to actually write a review, and photograph the set on the beach. It would be even better to review beach themed sets from the beach. The sets also had to be small, since I had to take them with me on the plane. So, I picked up two sets before leaving Canada. One will remain a surprise for next week. This week’s review is the Coast Guard Starter Set.

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Box for the Coast Guard Starter Set, taken on the black sand beach in Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica.

SET SUMMARY

NAME: Coast Guard Starter Set
SET #: 60163
THEME: City
COST: $12.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 76
MINIFIGURES: 3
OF INTEREST: a shark, a surfboard, and a wind surf board
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2017

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Coast Guard Starter Set box contents.

SUMMARY REVIEW: 75%

VALUE: 66% ($0.17 per brick is starting to be pricey.)
BUILD: 90% (Nice little build, could have used some detailing.)
MINIFIGURES: 92% (Nice Minifigs, lots of accessories, great brick:fig.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 50% (Really bad build-time value, but enjoyable set.)

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Cruisin’ through the surf at Playa Negra, Costa Rica.

REVIEW

VALUE: 66%
Costing $12.99 in Canada (which is currently C5603, in Costa Rican colones), and coming with only 76 parts, the Coast Guard Starter Set is sadly not a very good value. It comes in at $0.17 per brick, which is common for the City theme, but not great when it comes to LEGO® in general. While I have not gotten a new catalog since January, back then the average cost of a brick in the catalog was $0.12, and last year it was $0.13. I will give the Coast Guard Starter Set 3.3/5 (66%) for value.

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On the lookout for danger!

BUILD: 90%
I like this build. It is simple, yet effective and sturdy. The first section of the instruction manual has you put together the lifeguard stand. My initial thought on building it was that I really liked the look of the support struts and ladder design together. It is also really stable. My one issue with it is that the top platform only has one wall. The lifeguard on duty has limited places to lean, and could easily fall off while scanning around with the binoculars. But, you can fix that easily with some spare bricks. In my opinion, it should have three walls, leaving only the back open for ladder access.

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Life guard station in the waves.

The second build is the lifeguards’ buggy. It is also designed decently well, and serves its purpose. However, I don’t like it quite as much as the Jungle ATV that came out around the same time (click here to read my review). The sides of this one are a little bland. I will take off one mark for each of these builds for the aforementioned issues I mentioned. That gives each build 9/10, meaning overall, this build scores 90%.

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Hitting the waves with the surfer Minifigure from the Coast Guard Starter Set.

MINIFIGURES: 92%
There are three Minifigures in the Coast Guard Starter Set. You get two members of the coast guard, and one surfer (who needs to be rescued from shark infested waters). Based on the look alone of these characters, I would give them 31/45, which is 69% (you can read how I generate this grade by clicking here). But, you also get a number of accessories here that help boost the set. There are two walkie-talkies, a life vest, binoculars, a surfboard, a windsurfing board, and a shark. Those bring the design score up to 38/45 (84%).

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The surfer is the only Minifigure in the Coast Guard Starter Set to feature a double-sided face.

With 76 bricks and three Minifigures, you are looking at a brick-to-fig ratio of 25:1. Normally, I like to include large animals in that ratio (in this case, the shark), which would bring it down to 19:1. Either way that you look at it, the ratio is excellent and earns a full 5/5 (100%). Averaging this with the design score earns the Coast Guard Starter Set an overall Minifigure score of 92%.

ENTERTAINMENT: 50%
This set took me 11 minutes to build. At $12.99, that means that each minute of build time cost me $1.17. That is astronomically expensive in my books. In fact, it is the most expensive build time I have yet to encounter. Keep in mind that I also built this at a very leisurely pace. The Coast Guard Starter Set earns a poor 1/5 (20%) for build-time value.

As I mentioned in the “build” section of this review, I do like this set. When I finally get around to designing a coastline for my city, I will incorporate this build. I might change the little issues that bothered me, but it will still be recognizable as the same set. It gets 4/5 (80%) for enjoyment. Averaging this with the build-time score earns the Coast Guard Starter Set an entertainment score of 50%.

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Patrolling Playa Negra in Costa Rica.

OVERALL: 75%

The Coast Guard Starter Set is a fun little build, and I do like the overall product. It comes with some nice Minifigures and a shark, and an excellent brick-to-fig ratio. The design of the builds is simple, yet still fun. However, this set is really expensive for what you are actually getting. In all my reviews, this set has had the worst build-time value. You are also paying the typically high price per brick seen in the City theme. If you have this set on your purchase list, you should wait for a sale. At 20% off, you would be paying a more average price per brick, though the build-time would still remain pretty expensive. 25-30% off would bring this set more into the value range that I would recommend.

How do you feel about the Coast Guard Starter Set? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time,

-Tom

A Banana at the Beach (Day 1)

It’s a rainy morning in Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica. Honestly, that doesn’t bother me. My wife and I knew it would be the rainy season when we booked this trip. The rain gives me time to sit and blog. It’s supposed to clear up this afternoon, so I’ll get out later. We have a really nice villa here at the Banana Azul hotel to pass this time in. I am looking out at our private garden as I write, listening to the rain fall.

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A banana at the beach.

Since it’s not currently ideal beach weather, I thought I would share a couple of my Minifigure photos from yesterday. I already posted one along with my usual Minifigure Monday post (click here to read it). Knowing that I would be staying at a hotel named “Banana Azul”, I couldn’t resist to bring my banana Minifigure. He ended up in the photo above with the key chain for our villa patio doors.

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“Black, all great beaches are black sand beaches.”

My wife and I went on a long stroll down the beach yesterday. The main beach in Puerto Veijo is a black sand beach, which derives from volcanic sediments. I brought my beach attire Batman Minifigures along with me too. I couldn’t resists making plays on the predisposition to black from the LEGO® Movies with the black sand. I figure it’s the perfect beach for LEGO® Batman. When I posted yesterday, I was torn between the image I ended up using, and the one above. I liked both, so now you get to see both as well!

Stay tuned for more Minifigures from Costa Rica!

-Tom

Minifigure Monday – Restore the Calm

Restore the Calm
(An original vacation inspired poem from True North Bricks, featuring LEGO® Batman)

When stress has been the day to day,
The time has come to get away.
When worry overcomes your mind,
The beach will help you to unwind.
When pressure’s like a ticking bomb,
The crashing waves restore the calm.

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“I only like black sand beaches.”