Bring Polar Exploration to Life with Lego Sets
The LEGO City series of building kits is a great way to start a collection because not only does each set have plenty of models to expand a scene and create a detailed story, there are plenty of interesting themes on offer. The LEGO City Arctic sets takes the action away from the more traditional situations of the city and its services, like fire and police, and lets kids play as explorers and scientists out in the icy plains of the Arctic. There are different buildings to create a great base for new discoveries and a host of interesting vehicles and accessories. Players can travel on the icebreaker, build a base and outpost and keep the mission running smoothly with the Snowmobile and Helicrane.
Seven Exciting LEGO City Arctic Sets for Keen Polar Explorers
LEGO City Icebreaker Set
The Arctic is a remote, difficult terrain and the best way for player to reach it is via the LEGO City Icebreaker. This tough ship will be home to its crew of seven – the four explorers, the research scientist, a helicopter pilot and the ship’s captain – for as long as it takes to reach their destination so it is a good job that it is equipped with bunk beds and plenty of storage.
Players can steer the vessel with the wheel and when the route seems impossible, there is the option to send the crew out on the helicopter, snow plough or husky sled. The pilot can take off from the helipad to survey the area, the plough has a shovel, hook and chain to clear the way and the sled team can search around with a camera and binoculars. The only problem is that there is a polar bear prowling the area!
LEGO City Arctic Base Camp Set
Once your intrepid mini figures have reached the icy landscape of the LEGO Arctic zone, the first thing that they need to do is set up a base camp. This set, which measures in at 7x8x9 inches on completion is a great starting point for adventure because not only is there plenty of room for the 7 mini-figures that are included, there are plenty of vehicles parked up outside ready to take these adventurers out to their next mission on the ice.
The pilot has a helicopter with rotors and a winch with a net to help transport people and samples back and forth, the tough exploration vehicle provides lights and a drill for deep excavation and the loyal team of huskies are ready to take a sled team out ice fishing. With all of this and the accessories, like the camera and radar display, the opportunities for imaginative play are endless.
LEGO City Arctic Supply Plane Set
A good base camp can a warm, secure place after a long day of exploration but only as long as the supplies last! Luckily the LEGO City Arctic supply plane is on its way to bring everything that mini-figures need. This large aircraft, with spinning propellers, is the perfect way to restock the stores because there is so much space for cargo and the fancy computerized display and skis on the bottom mean that it should have no trouble landing on the ice and snow.
The pilot, in his dual cockpit, is bringing lots of kit. There is a shovel and other tools, canisters of oil and gas and other boxes full of food and goods. Once the pilot has safely landed, two explorers from the base camp can come out to collect it all on the utility vehicle with detachable trailer and then restock the cargo area with ice and crystals.
LEGO City Arctic Snowmobile Set
With base camp set up and the supplies stocked, it is time for your explorers to set off on their adventures. There are many different modes of transport available in the LEGO City range of Arctic sets and one of the easiest ways to get around is the Snowmobile. Players can let the Arctic explorer mini figure race across the snow and ice in this high-speed vehicle to find the ideal spot for a closer examination of all the blue ice and strange crystals in the area.
Once they find the right spot, the character can use the additional skis or the detachable sled to traverse the terrain and he is equipped with a pick axe to collect great samples and load them up on the sled for analysis in the lab. With the mission completed, all they need to do is contact the camp on the walkie-talkie and try and find their way back!
LEGO City Arctic Ice Crawler Set
Alternatively, players might prefer to use the Ice Crawler if they are sending their characters out on a particularly tough assignment. While the LEGO City Snowmobile is able to provide mini-figures with a simple, speedy way of getting around, the Ice Crawler is tougher and more reliable thanks to its large rubber tracks and construction.
There is also plenty of room on this vehicle so characters can enjoy the space of the drivers cabin and loads large blocks of ice directly on-board with the aid of the rotating crane. The addition of lights, a radar system and an antenna mean that it should be pretty easy for players to find their way to the research site, even in rough storms, and the included mini figure is equipped with a snug hood and all the right tools to ensure that the mission goes as smoothly as possible.
LEGO City Arctic Outpost Set
After miles of traveling, once the perfect site opens up, players can expand their LEGO City Arctic collection with the Arctic Outpost. There is a lot to learn out in the wilderness and this set provides players with a mobile laboratory where they can study all the samples and data via the microscope and computer screens.
Teams of Arctic explorer mini-figures, kitted out with their hoods, pickaxes and chainsaws, can be sent out on the truck or the all-terrain vehicle to collect samples of ice and crystals. The ATV is ideal for speedy solo missions, with the opening cockpit and rubber tread tires, while the truck provides something much tougher with its storage for additional tools, lights and rotating crane. With all these tools and the great technology of the lab, this is the ideal way to turn a remote ice sheet into a place of adventure.
LEGO City Arctic Helicrane Set
The final set in this LEGO Arctic series that adds that finishing touch to the adventure is the Arctic Helicrane set. With the scientists hard at work in the Arctic outpost, they need plenty of men out in the field working hard to collect those samples, and there is no better way to travel far afield than the Helicrane.
This aircraft has a cockpit big enough to take the pilot and a mini-figure explorer and has great moving parts, such as the spinning rotors and winch to bring up those crystals and blocks of blue ice and fly them back to base. To make things easier, there is an accompanying husky sled for use on the ground – complete with four keen dogs to pull it – and the explorer can make use of great equipment, including the camera, radar screen, scanner, walkie-talkie and a pair of strong snowshoes.