Today we’ll be looking at 60260 Air Race, a LEGO® City set that contains 140 parts, and includes 2 helicopters, an airplane and 3 minifigures at an RRP of £24.99 / $39.99 / 29.23€. Judging by the box-art, the helicopters can actually fly, so let’s take off!
There are 5 new moulds for 2020 in this set which all relate to the helicopters, and all of them have appeared earlier this year in 60244 Police Helicopter Transport and 60248 Fire Helicopter Response. Since we haven’t looked at these sets yet here on New Elementary, I’ll include the parts in this review.
First up is the Helicopter Tail and Landing Gear. This part comes in Bright Yellowish Green/ Lime (6301946 | 41327) and Flame Yellowish Orange/ Bright Light Orange (6301965 | 41327). I was surprised by this one, as there is not a single LEGO System connection to be found. I was unable to find a place where I could attach a stud, an anti-stud, a bar, a clip or a Technic pin. All walls are too thin to attach a clip to them. The minifigures fit in them, but sit loose. If it wasn’t for the LEGO logo and mould number on the bottom, I would have thought I had been sent some knock-off brand by accident.
The plastic also seems to be made out of a different material than the usual ABS. It feels light for its size, so maybe that is a clue? Reducing weight for better flight seems logical.
The Helicopter Cockpit in Transparent Light Blue/ Trans-Light Blue (6285593 | 41328) is also a new mould connected by a non-LEGO connection.
It can be released by squeezing the cockpit on the sides. Here too, no other System connections.
The Helicopter Rotor in Black (6285595 | 41325) and Helicopter Axle for Rotor in Black (6285596 | 41326) are also new moulds for 2020, again without System connections.
The axle is put through the helicopter chassis, and the rotor clicks on top of the axle, securing it to the helicopter.
The last new mould is the Brick Special 1 x 4 x 6 with Flywheel Socket [Helicopter] in Dark Stone Grey / Dark Bluish Gray (6287471 | 41324). This brick holds the ripcord and the helicopter. It is an updated version of the Brick Special 2 x 4 with Pin Holes and Flywheel Socket (18585). I would have had this part to make a comparison photo if my dog hadn’t used it as a chew toy - I guess I should be thankful she didn’t choke on it. The Rip Cord Flexible with Handle Thick for Ninjago Airjitzu Flyers in Black (6289760 | 16965) is not new or rare, but it is the first time this part appears outside of Ninjago.
There is another new part, but I can’t really call it a new mould. The
tail-pieces of the helicopters are made out of a plastic sheet, a bit
thicker and less bendable than the standard LEGO plastic sheets.
There are 2 printed versions, and LEGO didn’t provide a Design ID for them, so on Rebrickable they have gotten what we refer to as a UPN(Unknown Part Number) designation. The Wing, Tail, with '21' 'X-TREME' on Lime/Red print (6318263|upn0046pr0003) goes with the Lime helicopter, while the Wing, Tail, with 'VITA RUSH RACING', Orange on Bright Light Orange/Dark Azure Print (6318150 | upn0046pr0004) goes with the Orange helicopter. The hole in the part fits over the connection in the tail of the helicopter but it’s a tight fit. Every time I attach it, I fear the material will tear apart. The hole will fit a 1-module wide tile if you wanted to use it in a MOC, but there is so much spare room, it wiggles a lot. The part is too thick to be held in between 2 parts.
Recolours, Prints and Interesting Parts
The set comes with only 1 recolour. The Technic Cylinder 4 x 4 with Pin Holes and Centre Bar appears for the first time in Vibrant Coral/ Coral (6301969 | 41531).
My first thought was that this will make a great eye for an alien or a large figure in a Trolls-themed build. I have very limited MOC skills, so this is just a suggestion on how you can use it yourself in a good MOC.
There are 2 newly printed parts in the set. The head I will address further on in the minifig section but the other is the Tail Shuttle with Red/White Fox print in Black (6301407 | 68023). The print is ‘neutral’ enough to incorporate it into your own designs.
Then there are a few other parts that are worth mentioning:
- Brick Curved 2 x 4 x 1 1/3 with Curved Top in Bright Blue/ Blue (6303712 | 6081) is not new, but has not been seen a lot. In 2019, it was used in 41636 Benny Brickheadz, which was limited to 5000 copies for Target customers. The last time the part was in a regular set was back in 2015, found in 75087 Anakin's Custom Jedi Starfighter.
- Wedge Plate 4 x 4 with 2 x 2 Cutout in Blue (6315291 | 41822), 2 of which are included, was last seen in 2006.
The set comes with 3 minifigures. The woman has a new head: Minifig Head Rivera, Eyebrows, Freckles, Eyelashes, Pink Lips, Closed Mouth Smile / Open Mouth Smile Print in Bright Yellow / Yellow (6303499 | 68335). The Minifig Torso Racing Suit 'X-TREME' Logo in White (6290548 | 76382) is new for 2020 and has only been in 2 other sets.
The helicopters are extremely simple to build, with only 5 parts. They each come with a Flywheel Socket that gets some extra parts added for better grip. I have tested the flight capabilities of the helicopters, and they work very nicely. Clearly, this section of the set is focused on playability. I must add that the ripcord does need a fair amount of force, and my children had trouble giving the helicopters a good flight at first. It requires some training. In terms of build and interesting parts for MOC, this has little to offer.
The airplane is a more interesting build. It’s basic, clearly meant for kids, but at least feels like you’re building with LEGO elements. I can’t remember seeing the colour-combo of Black and Vibrant Coral before in an official set, but I love the look. My first thought was to use it in a Blacktron re-boot. I think the Blue gives a bit of contrast here.
What can I say? The new moulds are all outside of the LEGO System, making it tricky to incorporate them in a MOC. Because of this, I see little potential for them myself, but maybe there are more creative thinkers out there. Please let us know when you have found a clever use for the parts.
The other interesting parts are useful, but I’m not sure if this makes the set worth buying. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad set. My own children love it, and they have a lot of fun playing with it. But as a parts-pack, I don’t think so. If there are parts that have gained your interest, I think you’re better off buying them at Bricks & Pieces.
I’ll sign off with a warning: The helicopters lack any control, so be careful when you fly them!
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