LEGO City Reviews

Themes

 NameThemeReleasePiecesMinifiguresReview Buy
60267 Safari Off-RoaderLEGO CityJan-201680Read here17.99LEGO.com
60227 Lunar Space StationCityJun-194124Read here44.99LEGO.com
60209 Sky Police Diamond HeistCityJun-194004Read here44.99LEGO.com
60239 Police Patrol CarCityMay-19921Read here9.99LEGO.com
60218 Desert Rally RacerCityMay-19751Read here9.99LEGO.com
60222 Snow GroomerCityMay-191972Read here17.99LEGO.com
60223 Harvester TransportCityMay-193582Read here24.99LEGO.com
60206 Sky Police Jet PatrolCityApr-19542Read here7.99LEGO.com
60212 Barbecue Burn OutCityApr-19642Read here7.99LEGO.com
60210 Sky Police Air BaseCityApr-195296Read here69.99LEGO.com
60208 Sky Police Parachute ArrestCityMar-192184Read here24.99LEGO.com
60214 Burger Bar Fire RescueCityMar-193273Read here24.99LEGO.com
60220 Garbage TruckCityFeb-19902Read here14.99LEGO.com
60221 Diving YachtCityFeb-191482Read here17.99LEGO.com
60195 Arctic Mobile Exploration BaseCitySep-187866Read here84.99LEGO.com
60193 Arctic Air TransportCityAug-182772Read here24.99LEGO.com
60197 Passenger TrainCityJul-186774Read here119.99LEGO.com
60180 Monster TruckCityJun-181921Read here14.99LEGO.com
60185 Mining Power SplitterCityMay-181271Read here12.99LEGO.com
60179 Ambulance HelicopterCityMay-181903Read here17.99LEGO.com
60186 Mining Heavy DrillerCityMay-182943Read here39.99LEGO.com
60188 Mining Experts SiteCityMay-188836Read here79.99LEGO.com
60176 Wild River EscapeCityApr-181262Read here12.99LEGO.com
60166 Heavy-Duty Rescue HelicopterCityDec-174154Read here23.99LEGO.com
60167 Coast Guard Head QuartersCityDec-177927Read here69.95LEGO.com
5004941 Bricktober minifigure packCityOct-17214Read here18.52Amazon

About LEGO City

Once, it was Town. LEGO Town was the ‘everyday life’ theme, that supplied children with a world of police stations, fire trucks, ambulances, boats, houses, service stations and more besides. It launched in its recognisable form in 1978 with the advent of the minifigure, and continued for 20 years until wrapping up in 2000.

LEGO World City arrived in 2003 and continued in 2004 in an attempt to offer what it was perceived children wanted – simplified set designs and a disturbingly macho aspect. Those misconceptions made the replacement for Town an unappealing mess, although the train sets were mainly undisturbed by the shift in direction.

In 2005, the LEGO Group finally got serious about making things work after a brush with bankruptcy. A new theme had been developed – LEGO City – that was a return to form. Learning from what had worked with the classic Town theme, City started things off with the basic areas that children would love – Police, Fire and Construction – then gradually expanded from there.

Now, City has gone far beyond those initial releases, with basic life type sets building museums, service stations, multi-storey car parks and diving boats among plenty of others. The quality of the builds also improves over time, with 7744 Police Headquarters a much better set than 7237 Police Station, which was released just three years prior.

While the sets that include pizza restaurants and bus stops offer opportunities for building a table-top town, children also want action and adventure. Sub-themes such as Coastguard Rescue, Volcano Explorer and Arctic provide this, while Space and Harbour keep things a little more grounded in reality.

From its fresh start in 2005 that saw the LEGO Group show real confidence in the company’s core theme, City has expanded far beyond its central emergency services focus to become a sprawling collection that can cover an eclectic mix of subject matter. As long as it continues to steer clear of the mistakes made in the early 2000s, it will continue to hold a special place in the heart of LEGO fans.