LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Submarine 60092 REVIEW

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LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Submarine 60092 REVIEW
Set number 60092, $35 from Big W at roughly .12 cents per brick

Item Included
274 x pieces
3 x mini figures
1 x shark figure
2 x instruction booklets
3 x numbered bags
1 x page of stickers

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Mini Figures
Three mini figures are included in this $35 set with a shark thrown in for good measure. The three mini figs come in the form of two scuba divers and a submarine pilot. Unfortunately the divers are virtually the same in every way, but differ slightly when it comes to the face pieces and accessories.

Male and Female scuba divers and Submarine Pilot

Male and Female scuba divers and Submarine Pilot

The legs of the scuba divers are all black pieces with some red trimming on the sides. Red flippers are attached to the bottom of the feet and clip in nicely. They have some movement to spin around, but once you nail them in, it’s all good. The red sleeves look really good and do well for the blending of colours here. On the body piece, plenty of grey and silver colouring is used. Belt buckles and oxygen gauges are present on the front, which also carry over onto the rear of the figure. I’m especially a fan of the silver zipper on the back. It just looks so good and stands out amongst all the colours. Funny thing is, once the next piece is attached to the mini figure, this zipper and a lot of the rear detailing is lost.

Speaking of the next piece, the oxygen tubes and tank are all connected together in one large piece. They fit on just before the head and once fitted, the tank sits down over the back covering most of the detail. It’s a necessary evil. The little bumps on the oxygen tubes are all moulded and end in a flat point. Up next is the head-piece, which is the major difference here. Either a male or female piece depending on the figure. Sadly, both head pieces are very generic in every way. The male has a smirk with no facial hair at all. The female diver’s head piece has an open smile with lipstick.

Rear view of mini figures with tanks on

Rear view of mini figures with tanks on

Over the top of these generic head pieces are the helmets. Red in colour and with a slightly different moulding than usual, its open enough to really let the face be seen, and another piece, the goggles, are fitted soon after.

These mini figures work on many levels. All the red and black colours mix and match together quite well with plenty of features and pieces added together to make them seem really bulky and believable as scuba divers. I’m glad LEGO didn’t take the fantasy approach of just an oxygen mask piece near the face, but instead had a full tank, mask and breather. It is very well done.

To add even more to these already busy looking characters, LEGO gives them accessories to play around with. The male diver is given a red crowbar, which fits in with the colour scheme already present, and he can use the crowbar to pry open the treasure chest in the main build. The female diver on the other hand is given her own accessory in the form of a camera piece to hold and use. Big fan of the fact it has a clear stud piece which fit on the front of the camera and works as a lens piece.

Front view of mini minus helmets

Front view of mini minus helmets

Finally for the mini figures we have the Submarine Pilot, in not even a hint of scuba gear. Blue pants with zero printing begin the figure and things quickly get interesting on the body piece. Thanks to same excellent definition on both the front and back, the Pilot is wearing a red hoodie jacket with strings running down the front. It’s opened to reveal a darker shaded red shirt and in one of the pockets, there is clearly a radio communicator visible. All the colouring on the front is spot on and even the tiny details on the radio are individual and crisp. Nothing is blurred together like some other sets I’ve seen. On the back are some more lines of definition and a very unique logo present. An octopus tentacle wrapped around an anchor inside a compass. It is just brilliant.

The head-piece only has one expression, like the others, but has some stubble on the front and a cheeky grin. Looks really good if you ask me. To finish off, the Submarine Pilot doesn’t come with a hairpiece but instead is given a beanie in a reddish-brown colour. Pop it on and spin it until you get the positioning right.

At first when I was building this set, I was a little disappointed with the mini figures. Only three are here, and two are identical for the most part. The pilot didn’t really stand out and over all, the colours weren’t very inspiring. But then I completed the main build and took some time to really look back on the mini figures.

Blending of colours. Sharp clean lines and the bulky nature of the divers really helps to stand out. Even the pilot, which at first I thought was uninspiring, turned out to fit the main build so well. I would’ve loved some individuality with the male and female divers, but apart from that, you just get so much that it is hard to find faults.

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A very quick mention before I move onto the main build, the Shark figure. Broken into two pieces, one belongs to the body of the Shark, with the other piece being the head. The Shark is dark grey in colour, has no movement apart from the jaw which raises the head, and a few open studs underneath to allow it to lock in where needed. It is not a bad figure, but would’ve been even better if there was some extra movement.

Seabed is a small extension to the set that quickly grows on you

Seabed is a small extension to the set that quickly grows on you

Main Build
For a $35 set, LEGO made some interesting choices here. Not only are we given two sets to build, but they’re broken over three numbered bags and two instruction booklets.

It’s only right that I begin with the first instruction booklet and get stuck into the seabed build. Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. A few large flat plates begin the base and are olive-brown in colour. Some small pieces lock them together, and then it’s onto a large rock face which LEGO provides and quickly adds bulk and definition to this build. It’s grey and looks good adding much-needed form. From a distance, it’s like you’ve put it all together, but in fact it’s all pre-moulded to appear like it uses many bricks. Snapping a few pieces into it, allows for the first feature; the whale ribcage. That’s how LEGO refers to it and I’ll stick with that.

The ribcage is made from technic lock pieces and lots of white spike. Once snapped into place, they rest on a hinge against the rock face and have the ability to raise and lower. Beneath the ribcage is a treasure chest. Two pieces, the body and opening door lock down and house some gold studs, a diamond and gold bricks for a worthy find. I’m a big fan and adore its overall look.

Whale ribcage and treasure chest open

Whale ribcage and treasure chest open

To give more detail and life to the seabed, we’re given some seaweed to add colour, and a yellow crab just to watch over it all. Not much else goes into the build, but for what it’s worth, it’s a fun little piece that will either work for you or not. For me, it does with the mini figures  working on the seabed and interaction with the ribcage and treasure chest, plus the yellow crab just looks so cute.

Now onto the main star (only because of its prominence on the box) of the set, the yellow Deep Sea Submarine itself comes spread across two numbered bags and has an entire instruction book dedicated to it.

First off, don’t let images or the box itself fool you, this is clearly a one man submarine. I went into this set with the thought it was able to house the three mini figures. Had my hopes up and pegged my purchase on that. It came across that way from images and naturally because of the three figures include, I presumed it was. It’s not. I need to get that out here right now in case you, like me, thought it was. However, do not let that worry you. Trust me and continue reading on for my reasons.

The 'star' Deep Sea Submarine

The ‘star’ Deep Sea Submarine

The Deep Sea Submarine (DSS) is a fairly interesting build and at first, it tricks you into believing you’re building a boat with all the familiar pieces one would usually find with LEGO boats, or even planes. Plenty of larger grey bricks make up the base and rear end of the DSS, The yellow bricks obviously begin to come in around the walls, which also line the interior section.

When I say interior, don’t be fooled into thinking there is much space. You’ll be fitting one mini figure only (as mentioned) in a seating position. What I do like is that on either side of the interior walls, are places for two stickers. One has a sonar radar display and parallel to that is a sticker for all types of gauges. Adds so much need to life to the inside of the set, and looks fantastic. But careful when placing the stickers on, they can be tricky because of the awkward brick pieces. Finally, two control sticks are placed beside the mini figure to really solidify its brilliance and of course to pilot the Submarine.

Bubble open

Bubble open

When that’s all done and dusted though, you attach the bubble cockpit panel on and because of the hinge piece, it gives you complete access to the mini figure and controls inside. Above the cockpit and working its way to the back is where more detail is added. Clear studs are used for underwater lights and they are positioned just above the bubble panel. Some curved yellow bricks are used for rounding the top of the DSS and thanks to a sticker, the sub is given radio access onto.

Beyond that, the rounded body gives way to a few oxygen thanks on the roof. What could’ve been a rather dull rear section, quickly corrects that potential issue with two propellers. Positioned on rotating clips locking into the DSS, they let you spin them right around, and with a gentle amount of blowing, it gets the two fans spinning. So much fun. The propellers connect to the main body of the sub and in turn snap onto the rear fins. A few more stickers are used here, which I can’t complain about because with the  yellow, it just seems to stand out more and surprisingly looks subtle when finished.

Rear view of the Deep Sea Submarine

Rear view of the Deep Sea Submarine

Underneath the body are the very large ballast found on Deep Sea Subs like this, and they are designed so well into the build, I’m convinced that LEGO has Einstein working for them. I don’t know why, but I absolutely fell in love with this portion of the build. Using rounded thick bricks, you lock them in all and flip them on the side. Simple enough. But it all comes to life when locked together and you use long stick pieces to run along the length of the ballast.

Once they snap into the main body, via blue pins, a flexible LEGO piece goes from the ballast to the DSS itself. They clip in and the Deep Sea Submarine looks just about complete.

The arm with various attachments

The arm with various attachments

Finally we come to the arms of the DSS. This will either make or break your opinion of the build. I know that’s saying a lot, but it’ll either be too far-fetched, or right at home with the design. Thanks to ball joints sitting inside the body of the sub and extending outward, you quickly connect a few clicking bricks and gain movement. On the ends of these are various attachments different on each side.

The right hand side (right of the pilot facing forward) is a little boring to be honest. Like most mech suits, you get a hand attachment for the submarine. I like the fact you can grasp a mini figure in it, but holding the shark can be a little cumbersome, sometimes. The shiny grey/silver finger tips help to stand out, and with the flexibility given, it is really impressive. Each finger can be posed and although it looks boring, it has some play features which is something I’m a fan of.

On the opposite arm you get various tools and gadgets. Now from what I can tell, the four gadgets are as follows; a light which is made from a flat blue clear piece, a drill from a cog piece, a claw which speaks for itself, and finally a trusty video camera to record your underwater treasures. Nothing here really stands out as much as I had hoped, and comes across a little forced for my liking. I would preferred another three fingers here because at least that would’ve allowed more more playability. As it is though, all attachments are static and not much fun.

SHARK!!!!!

SHARK!!!!!

A few final things were noting. On either side of the DSS are two light grey compartments for storing the discovered treasures. Both open and close with ease and are very subtle you’d be forgiven for forgetting to mention them (as I almost did). And lastly at the front of the each Ballast are some clear studs to act as more lights. They look the part and work well for me (design wise).

The Deep Sea Submarine set

The Deep Sea Submarine set

Final Thoughts
This is an easy recommend for anyone. While building the Deep Sea Submarine set, I was let down. Mini figures seemed dull and the builds weren’t what I expected, but then once complete, I started to really appreciate the build a whole lot more. The Submarine is high quality while plenty of play potential, with arms and moving bits here and there. The seabed section makes for some fun too, and the shark figure is a welcome addition to any (my) collection.

For $35 you really do get a lot to enjoy. Don’t let the same-same scuba divers fool you, the entire set is worth it.

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