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    Toy Fair 2017: City
    Hot Bionicle NewsThursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 10:23pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    City is the last big theme we have to cover in our look at Toy Fair 2017, so here we are today. The playtheme is so big that it has its own subthemes - this year the standouts are Coast Guard, Jungle Explorers, and Police. There's a lot of variety and a lot to see - I'd venture to say that there's something for everyone here. Let's go take a look at the City offerings!

    City

    Toy Fair 2017 City 01

    60135 ATV Arrest

    Toy Fair 2017 City 56

    47 pieces. Age 5+
    $6.99 (USD) $7.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    City is one of the few lines that still has sub $10 box sets. The model here is very simple but does have two minifigs and a variety of parts.

    60136 Police Starter Set

    Toy Fair 2017 City 57

    80 pieces. Age 5+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This is the second or third year that LEGO has done these 'starter sets' and while in general I like the idea, I'm not a big fan of this one. The police car is pretty weak, although I do like the ATM.

    60137 Tow Truck Trouble

    Toy Fair 2017 City 55

    144 pieces. Age 5+
    $24.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I love the tow truck and safe in this set - it looks pretty solid, although $25 for it seems like a lot.

    60138 High-speed Chase

    Toy Fair 2017 City 54

    294 pieces. Age 5+
    $39.99 (USD) $44.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    Both of the cars in this set look like great builds and the helicopter looks solid too. There's definitely all sorts of roleplay options here that I'm sure kids will love.

    60139 Mobile Command Center

    Toy Fair 2017 City 52

    374 pieces. Age 6+
    $49.99 (USD) $59.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    There have been so many sets of this vein over the years, they all start to blend together. The trailer looks alright, but the ATV leaves something to be desired.

    60140 Bulldozer Break-in

    Toy Fair 2017 City 53

    561 pieces. Age 5+
    $69.99 (USD) $89.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This looks like a great set to me. You get three very different vehicles, each of which looks like a nice build. Plus you get a whole bank! While the inside might not be very full, it's a great starting place for any budding City builder. I think the ATM is a cute little build too.

    60141 Police Station

    Toy Fair 2017 City 51

    894 pieces. Age 6+
    $99.99 (USD) $129.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    The perennial police station. I think in general the LEGO designers have been putting out more and more solid designs over the past ten years or so, and this set it pretty good evidence of that. Just a quick glance will let you see lots of play possibilities, from the garage to the helipad to the jail cells.

    60142 Money Transporter

    138 pieces. Age 5+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This set was unfortunately not on display or we didn't get a good picture of it.

    60143 Auto Transport Heist

    403 pieces. Age 5+
    $49.99 (USD) $59.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This set was unfortunately not on display or we didn't get a good picture of it.

    60144 Race Plane

    Toy Fair 2017 City 48

    89 pieces. Age 5+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    For only $10, this simple little set looks like a lot of fun.

    60145 Buggy

    Toy Fair 2017 City 49

    81 pieces. Age 5+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    These little City sets are great for younger kids. You get something you can play with and have a lot of fun with, but is simple enough that even a five-year-old should have no problem putting it together.

    60146 Stunt Truck

    Toy Fair 2017 City 50

    91 pieces. Age 5+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This pretty much falls into the same category as the above two sets, a nice, simple build for the youngling LEGO builder in your house.

    60147 Fishing Boat

    Toy Fair 2017 City 45

    144 pieces. Age 5+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    Who doesn't like a boat that really floats? I'm a fan of the twin outboard motors to get the craft across the bay to the best fishing spots.

    60148 ATV Race Team

    Toy Fair 2017 City 47

    239 pieces. Age 5+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    The pickup truck in this set is pretty great and kind of steals the show from the two ATVs. I also appreciate the inclusion of a female minifig here.

    60149 4x4 with Catamaran

    Toy Fair 2017 City 44

    198 pieces. Age 5+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I feel like the City designers have been hitting it out of the park lately with these car and truck designs. The catamaran is pretty basic but has some nice part usage like the quarter-round tiles.

    60150 Pizza Van

    Toy Fair 2017 City 46

    249 pieces. Age 5+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I feel like this set would pair well with the Friends pizzaria. It's a real success story - a man with a dream about pizza starts up a food truck in Bricksburg and it gets so successful that he's able to open a restaurant in Heartlake City!

    60151 Dragster Transporter

    Toy Fair 2017 City 42

    333 pieces. Age 5+
    $29.99 (USD) $34.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I'm really digging the earth blue tractor trailer with flame-yellowish orange highlights. The dragster doesn't do as much for me, but hey, another set with a 50/50 gender ratio!

    60152 Sweeper & Excavator

    Toy Fair 2017 City 43

    299 pieces. Age 5+
    $29.99 (USD) $34.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I get a very 'LEGO Movie' vibe from this set, like the minifigs here could have been some of Emmet's coworkers. It's not a very fancy set but it scratches that construction itch a lot of kids get.

    60153 People Pack - Fun at the Beach

    Toy Fair 2017 City 05 Toy Fair 2017 City 06 Toy Fair 2017 City 07 Toy Fair 2017 City 08

    169 pieces. Age 5+
    $39.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    This set appears to pack in 14 very different minifigs all having a fun time at the beach - and none of them look like they have a sunburn! I love the little builds like the sandcastle in the sand, the hammock, and the volleyball net.

    60154 Bus Station

    Toy Fair 2017 City 02 Toy Fair 2017 City 03 Toy Fair 2017 City 04

    337 pieces. Age 5+
    $49.99 (USD) $59.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Not going to lie, I really like this set. The bus has some great stickers, like the marquee saying where it's headed and the electric-hybrid indicator. It's handicap accessible and has a bike rack on the back. It seriously looks like it wouldn't be out of place in most major metropolitan areas.

    60155 LEGO City Advent Calendar

    Toy Fair 2017 City 09

    248 pieces. Age 5+
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in September

    This year's City advent calendar has some cool minifigs, some brick-built mini vehicles to use as toys, and some other holiday themed constructions. I think my favorite two are the snowblower and the gingerbread house.

    60156 Jungle Buggy

    Toy Fair 2017 City 25

    53 pieces. Age 5+
    $6.99 (USD) $7.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Now we're moving on to the jungle-themed section of City sets, and I hope you're not afraid of a new spider mold! This subtheme almost feels like a modern-day take on the Adventurers, which is hardly a bad thing.

    60157 Jungle Starter Set

    Toy Fair 2017 City 27

    88 pieces. Age 5+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    This is a nice little starter set - I love the scientist's face, and the alligator is nice (although I can't remember if it's new or not). Also, if you look closely you'll see we get a yellow frog!

    60158 Jungle Cargo Helicopter

    Toy Fair 2017 City 26

    201 pieces. Age 6+
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    While I usually like helicopter sets, this one doesn't do a lot for me. The set looks like it should offer some fun play potential though.

    60159 Jungle Halftrack Mission

    Toy Fair 2017 City 28 Toy Fair 2017 City 29

    378 pieces. Age 6+
    $39.99 (USD) $44.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The 'hidden temple' build in this set looks pretty great, but not as nice as the halftrack, which isn't as nice as the new panther mold! All around it's a good-looking set that's almost worth it just for the kitty cat.

    60160 Jungle Mobile Lab

    Toy Fair 2017 City 15 Toy Fair 2017 City 16

    426 pieces. Age 7+
    $59.99 (USD) $74.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The mobile lab here is quite nice, but make sure you don't overlook the new kayak and Audrey, Jr. I like the idea of the waterfall but kind of wished they had done something with bricks instead of plastic sheets.

    60161 Jungle Exploration Site

    Toy Fair 2017 City 17 Toy Fair 2017 City 18 Toy Fair 2017 City 19 Toy Fair 2017 City 20 Toy Fair 2017 City 21 Toy Fair 2017 City 22 Toy Fair 2017 City 23 Toy Fair 2017 City 24

    813 pieces. Age 8+
    $119.99 (USD) $149.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    First off, leopard. Second, I'm digging the airplane wreck and its decayed look. The other three vehicles all look like good builds too. Finally, the temple ruins look like there's some nice play features and also golden frogs to go with the yellow ones from before.

    60163 Coast Guard Starter Set

    Toy Fair 2017 City 39

    76 pieces. Age 5+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Out of the jungle and back to the beach, this starter set looks like it will do its best to keep you safe from sharks.

    60164 Sea Plane Rescue

    Toy Fair 2017 City 40

    141 pieces. Age 5+
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The plane build here seems a little plain, but I do like the landing gear. I think I like the jet ski and the life raft more though. Both are simple, sure, but they capture their subject matter very well.

    60165 4 x 4 Response Unit

    Toy Fair 2017 City 41

    347 pieces. Age 5+
    $39.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The dinghy here appears ready to rescue any wayward seafarers, with a big radio mast to stay in touch and even bigger motors to fight against the tide. The truck looks alright, but isn't anything special in this case.

    60166 Heavy-duty Rescue Helicopter

    Toy Fair 2017 City 30 Toy Fair 2017 City 31 Toy Fair 2017 City 32 Toy Fair 2017 City 33

    415 pieces. Age 6+
    $59.99 (USD) $74.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    This helicopter looks like its ready to safe someone from the roughest waves or hungriest shark. I really like the build and the play features they fit in like the working winch.

    60167 Coast Guard Headquarters

    Toy Fair 2017 City 34 Toy Fair 2017 City 35 Toy Fair 2017 City 36 Toy Fair 2017 City 37 Toy Fair 2017 City 38

    792 pieces. Age 6+
    $119.99 (USD) $149.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The actual headquarters here isn't all that impressive, but you also get a helipad, and a helicopter, a speed boat, and a giant Coast Guard cutter!. The two boats are very nice and both seem quite detailed (not to mention buoyant). If you look closely, you'll even see some nice SNOT techniques incorporated inside.

    60169 Cargo Terminal

    Toy Fair 2017 City 10 Toy Fair 2017 City 11 Toy Fair 2017 City 12 Toy Fair 2017 City 13 Toy Fair 2017 City 14

    740 pieces. Age 6+
    $79.99 (USD) $99.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The final city set we're looking at today, the cargo terminal is as good a set as any to finish up on. The truck and trailer can hold all four containers, and you get a crane to load and unload it with. In order to fill those containers, you get a forklift, and guess what goes inside? LEGO sets! It's a wonderful little meta experience. You also get a little warehouse for storing the pallets of goods and a gatehouse to make sure you don't have to call the LEGO City police to find your stolen merchandise. Definitely a lot of play options!

    It's easy to see why City is such a favorite and constant theme. Even as someone who prefers science fiction and fantasy, there's still sets here that jump out at me. How about you? Let us know in the Talkback if there are any you're planning on picking up and what you think of this year's offerings. And of course, don't forget to vote for the next themes we cover and make sure you don't miss any of our past or future Toy Fair 2017 coverage!

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