Special Features / Compatibility
Above the lower bridge is a rotating lamp. The flying bridge is open in the back to the deck, which has a storage compartment for an air tank, and a hook to hold a diving helmet. The helmet is the usual helmet, not the new nifty aquazone helmet. Behind the cabin part is a lowered "hold" with the engine, which looks like a diesel powered V8. That engine compartment is covered by a pair of windowed doors, which are made of four hinged covers with windows in them. (can't think of a better way to describe them, but they are used as roofs for cars and hatchbacks for trucks) The panes of glass are textured, which is something new for me.
Aft has a spoiler, and a winch for towing/rescuing. I've noticed this ship is more for search and rescue. No weapons of any kind, which is one good thing about LEGO. However, being a Canadian, that means we can't seize and board Spanish fishing trawlers! :)
There are many decorated pieces, with the POLICE name emblazoned on the side of the structure. You also get some stickers to go onto the sides of the hull (pretty stripes) but I opted not to put them on.
Also included are three police men with normal faces, each with a white policeman hat and the usual black body. Each also gets a nice yellow life preserver in case they fall off the boat.
The design looks pretty realistic, and has all of the key operational parts of a real rescue/patrol boat. (I have no frigging idea what the LEGO police are patrolling against, but smugglers I suppose would be the best guess) I think The LEGO Group does that quite a bit with their Town and even Technic sets-they pick on the most important parts of a prototype and then put them into the model. Such as in a rescue boat, you've got to have speed, a winch, diving equipment, deck space, and a bridge. So The LEGO Group put all of them into a package that looks good that you can play with.
I'm really impressed also with the fact that The LEGO Group built the hull in a very special way. Unlike the first generation boat hulls, which are solid, and segmented, or even the 4011 hull, the 4021's hull is a thin (1/8" or so) black plastic, with grey decking for 3 dots from the rear, and about 10-12 dots in the front (basically the entire raised bow part). Everything in between is a big wide deep space. You basically get some 24 dots by 10 dots to work with, and it's about 4-5 bricks deep. You can build anything you want in there, which means, bulk/ore carriers, hidden missiles :), a cargo bay for extra containers, a launch area for a smaller craft, are all possible. Even an extra deck for passengers if you choose to turn it into a cruise boat (not a cruise ship though, no space for Kathie Lee Gifford! :)
The general layout of the boat is pretty good. It's a lot more advanced than, say, the 4025 Fireboat from several years back; with two bridges, storage compartments, better use of deck space, but it's not that far from the design of the 4011 Cabin Cruiser, which incorporates many of the same ideas and a few of the same elements.
I personally love the fact it goes so well with my redesigned 4025 Fireboat (which has a completely different superstructure, with a 9V powerbox and siren and lighst) and the 4011 Cabin Cruiser. It's great, because you can have the boats set up past each other, figures saluting each other. Or you can have routine safety inspections and pull the Cabin Cruiser over.
It's also easy to reconfigure-meaning, the way The LEGO Group built the 4021, you can build a cargo boat out of it, and with the pieces in the set, make at least a garbage hauling barge out of it :) (just transport your other LEGO elements or pencils/knickknacks/spare change inside the hull!)
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|Calum Tsangfirstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.io.org/~tsangc/lego.html||Lego Trains, Boats, Town and Dacta.|
Reviewer lives in Toronto Canada
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