Lego City 7238 Fire Helicopter

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Lego City 7238 Fire Helicopter

Building & Construction Toy - Lego City - For ages: 5 Years +

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Review of "Lego City 7238 Fire Helicopter"

published 21/04/2017 | danielclark691
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Pro Can be bought very cheaply.
Cons Not unique and more modern sets have replaced it.
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"Lego City Fire Helicopter"

Lego City 7238 Fire Helicopter

Lego City 7238 Fire Helicopter

First impressions

The first place you might look if you want to buy a child a Lego set will probably be one of the toy stores on the high street, or perhaps an online retailer. There are so many sets available these days, and it does make you wonder how Lego decide whether a set is going to add to their range or just cannibalise sales of other lines in their range. If you have a child that is very interested in helicopters, then the set we have here could be of interest. It is certainly not one of the latest sets in their range, but replacing certain models must be a decision Lego has to take at some point. The introduction of new models inevitably leads to a drop in sales of the older designs, and so we have the discontinuation of this model.

The older designs from Lego are often collected, and if they are kept in mint and unused condition they are likely to increase in value. The problem is that a child almost always enjoys Lego, and they want to rip the box open and get building! This particular set is for a Lego City Fire Helicopter. The design is not what you might expect, but I will discuss this shortly.

My experience

This set is one of the smaller ones, and with just 75 pieces this gives you some indication of the size and difficulty of the build. There are design features on the helicopter that sets it apart from a leisure helicopter, and a single minifigure completes the set.

As this is a fire helicopter it is designed to put out fires from above. Thse helicopters are often called upon for forest fires and for fires in remote areas in general. You may have seen helicopters carrying large sheets full of water, and upon the release of some of the cords, the water drops in a concentrated area. I have never seen the design we have here in this Lego set, but it makes it more interesting to a child. What we have here are water cannons, and these are located to the sides of the helicopter. A child will love the gun-like design, though I am sure it would have to have a limited water supply!

The helicopter design is eye-catching, and with images of a flame on a badge, it is quite clearly a firefighting tool. The model number is used as the helicopter registration number on the tail fin, and the large blades can be spun around, adding to the realistic design.

It takes around 10 or 15 minutes to put this set together, and with glossy instructions that are very detailed, a child will not struggle to follow the images and instructions. The set is designed for children from the age of 5 years, which I think is appropriate

Price and availability

This is most certainly an outdated model, but it isn’t without merit. The RRP of £7.99 was very reasonable, even back then. These days you can pick this set up for a few pounds, and you will probably pay more for postage from sellers on eBay and through Amazon, though you can buy the product in mint condition (sealed box) for £50+ if you feel inclined to buy a brand new set.

Final thoughts

I can imagine back when this set was released that it was probably a popular line from the Lego range. Now it is outdated it isn’t going to be at the top of any Christmas wish list, but as a cheap and cheerful set for a child it is as good as any of the other Lego sets available in used condition online.

I wouldn’t advise or expect anyone to go out specifically looking for this model from the Lego range. You may find a set in a charity store or online, but there are many good value for money sets from Lego that you can buy from new for the same RRP as this set was available for a few years ago. Unless your child is a big fan of helicopters this is going to get a luke warm reception.

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  • IzzyS published 26/07/2017
    Good review.
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Product Information : Lego City 7238 Fire Helicopter

Manufacturer's product description

Building & Construction Toy - Lego City - For ages: 5 Years +

Product Details

Long Name: City 7238 Fire Helicopter

EAN: 0673419058032

MPN: 7238

Age: 5 Years +

Type: Building & Construction Toy

Character: Lego City

Manufacturer: Lego


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