LEGO® Set Review: 6554 Blaze Brigade


[6554 Set Photo] Blaze Brigade
Town System Banner Rescue Banner
Town System / Rescue

Ages 5-10 / 250 Pcs
6 manuals (1 w/6 pages and 5 w/1 page): 6 models, up to 6 steps in two manuals. ©1997
Price Range: $39.99 U.S. Dollars

Review Written: 13 July 1997 by Jeff Christner
Special Features / Compatibility
  • None
  • Extra Elements
  • 1 Transparent Yellow 1x1 Plate
  • 1 Transparent Green 1x1 Round Plate
  • 1 Transparent Blue 1x1 Round Plate
  • 1 Transparent Red 1x1 Round Plate
  • 2 Transparent-Light-Blue Mini-Figure Helmet Visors
  • 2 Flower Tops
  • 1 Flower Base
  • 1 Yellow 1x1 Round Tile, Top Faucet
  • 1 Mini-Figure Axe
  • 1 Antenna, 8H
  • 1 White-Base Black-Stick Control Stick
  • Decals: None
    Scale: Mini-Figure Scale
    Errors: None, although on the photo on the front of the box, it appears that the sloped roof element seems warped and is not completely attached to the roof of the center building.

    Ratings: Set: Good Models: Fair Playability: Good

    This set has some great elements and playability goes, but not recommended for use as a standalone fire station.


    A typical fire station in red with white trim. The station consists of three buildings that can be arranged as desired. Three vehicles round out this set, a quint (a ladder with a pump), a mini-rescue, and a helicopter. Absent are bays for the apparatus and quarters for the four fire fighters. There are 2 alternate models of buildings and 2 alternate models of vehicles on the back of the box.


    I was out looking for a new tail pipe for my car. Most of the auto parts stores are near the mall, as is Toys“R”Us. It just wouldn't have been right to be so close to Toys“R”Us without going in, so I did. When I first saw the set on the shelf, I was very excited, and yet a little bummed. I had seen the set in the catalogs, and the idea of Town Jr. was frightening. The box cover shows all the vehicles pulling out of the station in a typical attention-getting arrangement. The vehicles reminded me of those from 590 Engine Co. No. 9, with the open roofs, but the station left much to be desired. I knew I was going to buy it eventually anyway, so I gave in to temptation and purchased it.

    This was my first Town Jr. set, and I thought the individual bag for each item might be a good idea, but I always loved looking for that specific part after dumping out all the bags. This would be no more. Each section of building and each vehicle was packaged in its own bag, for a total of six. The 3 green base plates and wall elements, along with several other pieces were packed loose in the box.

    I started building the buildings first. They went together quickly and easily. The instructions are very simple, although they seemed to add more elements in a single step in these instructions, then in LEGO instructions of the past. I would have thought that the instructions would have stayed simple with only an element or two added in each step, especially considering this is a Town Jr. set. The two smaller buildings hold some smaller equipment, but otherwise seem to hold no purpose, except as a place for the two bridges to go to, and as a landing pad for the helicopter. The larger building contains a desk with computer and chair, along with a cabinet and two mugs on the lower floor. Upstairs, or just up, considering there are no stairs, is a control room with a phone-answering desk and a fire dispatching desk, with a pre-printed 2x2x1 sloped element with the LEGO fire symbol and buttons and such on it, each desk has a chair and a mug with it. In front of the large building is a mail box, with two pieces of mail. The fire department may have started delivering the mail, since there is no post office to do so.

    I built the helicopter next, it has a yellow and red color scheme. There are no control sticks, but a 1x2 flat control panel is provided for the pilot. It seemed kind of bare in the cockpit without control sticks. A spotlight is mounted on the helicopter, but it is mounted on the body and faces the tail rotor, so it serves little use. The only thing refreshing about the helicopter is the fact that it is not loaded with hoses and water tanks, as LEGO fire fighting helicopters were in the past. I now know why they included hoses in the past, as this helicopter is very boring.

    The small mini-rescue or chiefs car went together in only 3 steps. Again I was surprised that the car had so many elements added in each step. I don't remember being 5 years old, but this might be confusing to some smaller children. There are two compartments on this rig, which hold a megaphone, a flashlight, and a set of SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus). There is a piece of unknown function on the back of the truck, perhaps it is some kind of antenna array. Absent from this mini-rescue is a roof or doors. There are no tail lights, and the headlights are pre-printed on the front hood along with the LEGO fire symbol, making this element truly a single use piece as the front of a fire truck.

    I tackled the “quint” [a combination pumper/ladder fire truck -- Ed.] next. This unit looked better on the box. Once you have it assembled, it is disappointing. There is a single hose coming off the back and a two section ladder for making rescues. A set of SCBA, a helmet, and an SCBA facepiece are stored on this truck. The quint, like the mini-rescue, is missing doors and a roof. The headlights are pre-printed and could be used in other creations. There are two sets of pump controls on each side of the rig, between the hose reel and the compartments. The pump controls are pre-printed and are 2x2x2 sloped, I like the design of this piece alot, and I can imagine many other uses for it. The bottom of the truck is one piece with attachments for four wheels, the other two wheels on the truck have their own axle element.

    Although it looks alright when displayed as a whole, this set would serve best when combined with older sets, or its pieces used in new, original creations.

    I plan to purchase at least one more of these sets, just for the elements. I would not recommend this set as a gift, except to die hard LEGO fire collectors. There is alot to do with this set as far as playability goes, but I cannot recommend it for what it is, a fire station for your town. You would do yourself a better favor by keeping an eye out for a Fire Control Center - 6389 at an auction. Your money would be much better spent.


    Set Rating:Good

    All in all there are lots of elements that are new to me, and they make a welcome addition to my LEGO collection. I can see many new uses for almost all of the elements in this set.

    Model Rating:Fair

    Compared with other LEGO fire stations, this model doesn't compare. I would not consider placing this station or any of its vehicles in any LEGO town as-is. I was also dismayed by the lack of alternate models, only four are shown on the back of the box.

    Playability Rating:Good

    This set has a lot of possibilities. Kids can pretend to fight fires, climb the ladder, and stretch the hose. Like most of the newer LEGO sets, it is an “action” set. There is a lot of equipment that can be used by the firefighters.


  • Lots of interesting pre-printed elements
  • The control center in the main building


  • Lack of parking for the rigs
  • No housing for firefighters (perhaps they are volunteers?)
  • Poor design of the models
  • Lack of alternate models


    This set includes 8 wall elements, 6 long × 1 wide × 5 high, along with 5 floor elements, four of them are 6 long × 4 wide × 1 high, the other one is 10 long × 4 wide × 1 high. I have not seen either of these three elements before.

    There are also about 15 elements that are pre-printed, most have the LEGO fire symbol on them, although 2 of them are pre-printed headlight elements.

    A one piece base for the largest truck makes construction simple. Also the hose included in the set was already pre-attached to the spool, I did not have to tie the hose off, as in older sets.

    Reviewer Information
    Reviewer Name Age (at review) E-Mail WWW Favorite Theme
    Jeff Christner 28 --- Town and Train

    Most of the LEGO sets I purchase are to enhance my train layout I just started, or to further my numerous fire apparatus constructions.


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