LEGO® Set Review: 6348 Surveillance Squad


[6348 Set Photo] Surveillance Squad (us)
Escouade de surveillance (fr)
Peloton de Vigilancia (es)
Town System Banner Rescue Banner
Town System / Rescue

Ages 7-12 / 306 Pcs
15 page manual. 1 model. 1995 full catalog. Model 1: 4+16+24 steps. ©1994
Price Range: $31 CAD at Walmart Etobicoke, 10 cents/element CAD

Review Written: 12 December 1995 by Calum Tsang
Special Features / Compatibility
  • None
  • Extra Elements Decals: Yes
    Scale: Mini-figures Scale
    Errors: None

    Ratings: Set: Very-Good Models: Excellent Playability: Must-Have

    I think I’d buy it again, but not so soon (I don’t have a large enough police department). I’d certainly buy it as a birthday or christmas gift for younger kids.


    Surveillance Squad is really misnamed-it should be SWAT Team Temporary HQ :) It includes a tractor rig with six wheels and a large trailer containing two consoles and seats for surveillance and recording etc. It follows Police decor quite well, the usual white with black trim. At the back of the trailer is a hatchback door, with a ramp/ladder. The side of the trailer opens up so you can have access to the two people sitting inside. Up on top is a long red antenna, a radar or microwave dish and a light assembly, which I assume is a flood lamp. The set is rounded out with the usual Police motorcycle, which can fit into the back. Two pylons (red cones) and a barrier are also included, which fit between the tractor and trailer.

    If these folks are doing surveillance, they really want to be seen, because compared to other LEGO vehicles, this trailer is huge: 20 studs long by 6 wide, and very tall. (not even including antennae!) You get three minifigs, a burly unshaven truck driver (grr, more nonstandard faces!), a detective/squad commander (black hair, moustached) and a motorcycle officer.


    I picked this set up at Walmart, which has a considerable discount over stores like the Bay and Eaton’s in Canada. (a Hook and Ladder is $21 compared to $26 elsewhere) However, Walmart doesn't give free five dollar coupons or sell Metroliners, so your choice is a bit limited. It also came with three extra black POLICE caps, which I thought was REALLY groovy, and I proceeded to out fit my new special operations team with them.

    My general feeling towards this set has grown since I purchased it. On the box, it shows the entire set-up deployed with both hatches opened, pylons out on the road, antenna up, etc. I had left it for a week or two in transit along a road in my still small Town, and it looked very large in comparison to other vehicles, almost strange in a way. Now, that I have it upstairs on my desk, with everything setup in an “action” scenario, and my inclusion of a SWAT team, it looks a lot better and seems more “fun” to me. I don't really play with my LEGO as toys, more to build, but it was a lot of fun to assemble a roleplay scenario where the Saraville PD Special Operations team had descended on my Amiga to take out possible “malevolents”.

    I felt the set wasn’t really a Surveillance Squad, for a real surveillance squad would be in an unmarked van or something. I think they didn’t want to call it a SWAT Team Trailer because of the violence associated with that, but I think maybe Mobile Command Post would certainly be fitting too. While I have chosen a SWAT team motif, I’m sure there are less violent uses for this set in a Town, like maybe a search and rescue for a missing person. Either way, it’s an interesting package and certainly worth looking into.


    Set Rating:Very-Good

    The set is a nice collection of pieces, some basic, some specialized, and a lot of the pieces are welcome additions. Some are certainly new to me, such as the new windows on the trailer, the ladder/ramp piece, and the antenna.

    Model Rating:Excellent

    This concept is certainly a first for LEGO Town, and when everything is configured (side of trailer open, antenna up, floodlamp up, rear door open) it looks pretty cool. Unfortunately, in transport, the trailer looks kind of odd, a bit too long. I would keep from giving it a MUST-HAVE, for this reason, and that my major reason for liking it is the “kid” factor, it’s very “neat” in the sense that the start of Aliens was cool, where they all pull out all their weapons and prepare for the dropship landing... :)

    The rig is nicely done, with good detailing paid to all aspects of a tractor rig, like the exhaust pipes, the front ram/crash frame, the gas tanks on the side etc. It’s certainly a lot more detailed than sets from 1986! One minus is the fact that the windows on the rear part of the cab are decorative—there is no extra space. If they had left that hollow, the pylons/barrier gate could be stored in there, reducing the length of the trailer, and making the entire combination less elogated and better looking.

    The trailer insides are nicely done, with the front system console quite detailed. You get a 2x2 flat tile with front and profile shots of some criminal complete with serial number. Then, a radar tracking dish on a 2x2 slanted 45 degree brick, a tape recorder 1x2 tile, and a usual CRT 2x2 slanted 45 degree upward brick. The rear console is hinged and has a 1x2 brick with a green CRT with unreadable text, the WEIRD minikeyboard missing letters. Inside are two blue swivel chairs, and that section is hinged to open up to the right, like an RV or camper setup. The elements used include larger 4x1 4 piece high panels with large transparent light blue windows, four in number.

    Playability Rating:Must-Have

    I think Surveillance Squad, for maybe 4-8 year olds, could be a real treat—I mean, three minifigs, a tractor trailer combo, antenna, radar dish, computers, motorcycle, floodlamp, all the doors and wheels...As for older LEGO fans, you could arrange large scenes with them (the trailer is now parked behind my left Yamaha YSTm10 speaker on my desk, with SWAT team snipers on my Amiga and elsewhere preparing to take out a terrorist) with the trailer commanding a search and rescue operation, some sort of crowd control (maybe LEGO Town citizens rioting against too much funding to Police Services? :) or whatever needs a mobile rolling HQ. The 94 catalog depicts the trailer set up next to a fire in a tall building with a Hook and Ladder extended trying to save a woman high up. You’ll have to decide whether you, as an adult, will enjoy the Squad, it took a while to grow on me. It looks a heck of a lot better deployed than in transit.


    Nice fun concept.


    Design problem with length noticeable when everything is closed up.


    Special/Unusual Elements

  • large 4x1 4 brick high windows


  • nothing is new, as far as I know: maybe those windows.

    Non-Plastic Elements

  • rubber tires, medium sized bulbous


    Two black Police logos, roughly 1x1" for the black 4x1x4high panels. Insignia and italicized POLICE with red underline. They don't cover multiple pieces, but the set would look kinda bland without them. I put mine on.
    Reviewer Information
    Reviewer Name Age (at review) E-Mail WWW Favorite Theme
    Calum Tsang 18 Town, Train, Boats, DACTA

    Mostly for Town integration.

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