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LEGO City Fire Station 60110
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City Fire Station 60110
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A great value – you get several vehicles, buildings, and mini figures for a reasonable price.

Pros

Fire truck, helicopter, and police car – that's a lot of awesome vehicles in one set. The fire truck and helicopter shoot "fire" (blue discs). The fire station includes bunk beds for on-call firefighters to rest.

Cons

It's hard to find cons with this popular set, but it is a bit expensive.

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LEGO City Great Vehicles Van and Caravan 60117
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City Great Vehicles Van and Caravan 60117
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A set designed to mimic a family favorite – camping. It may be a smaller set, but it will likely see a lot of use.

Pros

Includes a camp trailer, car, two mini figures, BBQ grill, dog, and hot dogs! The fun comes in the details with this set that's perfect for those who love simple pastimes.

Cons

A few boxes arrived with missing pieces.

LEGO City Passenger Train
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City Passenger Train
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What city is complete without a train? The perfect set for LEGO and train lovers.

Pros

A motorized train with two passenger cars, two passengers, an engineer, and a train attendant make for a well-equipped set. Remote control works to run the engine. Nice gift for model train collectors.

Cons

There's not a lot of track included, so you may want to buy an extension pack.

LEGO City Police Station 60141
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City Police Station 60141
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This police station is ready for a jail break! Add it to a collection or let it stand alone; it's fun for all ages.

Pros

Guard tower, jail cells, security gate – LEGO thought of everything with this set. With six mini figures, a dog, and a cat, there are plenty of scenarios to play out for a good game of cops and robbers. Includes three vehicles.

Cons

We couldn't find a single one.

LEGO City Fire Ladder Truck 60107
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City Fire Ladder Truck 60107
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A highly affordable set. Offers fun, imaginative play time and is compact and suitable for travel.

Pros

The truck is full of details like lights, a hose, and the cab design. Two firefighters in full gear and a fire make this a fun action set that will keep LEGO builders entertained for hours.

Cons

A few complaints of sets arriving without all the pieces.

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Buying guide for best lego city sets

Nothing stimulates the imagination like a LEGO play set. With a plethora of themed options available, you can pinpoint exactly what it is your child loves and let them build a world around that topic. Some of the most successful sets the company has produced over its 60+ years of making children happy, however, are its LEGO City sets.

No matter what thrilling scenario your child wants to experience, from joining the police force to being part of an elite ocean rescue team, LEGO City has a set for you. The best ones engage your child's creativity and provide them with the tools needed to create thrilling adventures.

If the sheer volume of LEGO City sets to choose from feels intimidating, don't stress. This handy guide will walk you through the process of picking the best set for your child.

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The LEGO Group was founded by a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen from Billund, Denmark, who originally made wooden toys for children.

Considerations

At first, it might seem impossible to narrow down, from all the LEGO City sets out there, the one that would best please your child. However, if you take the right steps in the right order, it's really quite simple to quickly zero in on the perfect one.

Choose a vocation

There’s a theme behind each LEGO City set, and the easiest way to differentiate is by choosing a vocation. Does your child long to be a firefighter or a pilot? Is working with big trucks more exciting than working with trains? By first deciding what general theme most interests your child, you can quickly narrow down your options from hundreds of play sets to just a dozen or so.

Check the age range

After you've decided a general vocational theme, check the age range of the product. A LEGO City set that is appropriate for children who are between eight and 12, for example, might not be the best choice for your Kindergartener.

Other factors

Now that you've narrowed your options down to just a handful, it's time to look at two final considerations.

Playability

Building a LEGO City set is only the first step. After everything has been assembled, it's time to play. For longevity, you want to look for a set that includes several figures and a vehicle or two, which will keep your child entertained long after the set is completed. A prop, such as an alligator or a shark, can be helpful as well. These are the keys to having a playable set. The additional appeal of interaction is that your child can play with the figures and vehicles anywhere — the couch could be Mount Everest, for example. Without the people or props, however, it’s harder to engage with the set.

Cost

With LEGO sets, a lower price doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. For as little as $8, you can get a LEGO City set that only includes a worker and his vehicle, such as a construction worker and his front loader. On the other end of the spectrum, for close to $200, you can get an entire fire station along with vehicles and several LEGO figures that can engage your child's brain in all sorts of creative ways. Between those two extremes, you can find almost anything you desire, from an RV camping set to and arctic exploration base. What's important is choosing the set that comfortably fits within your budget.

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FAQ

Q. I lost an important piece to my LEGO City set. What should I do?
A
. Fortunately, you do not have to purchase a new set. LEGO customer service allows you to handpick the specific piece that you lost. Additionally, you can replace broken pieces or missing pieces from new sets through LEGO customer service.

Q. We were halfway through building our latest LEGO City set when the dog ate our instructions. What do we do?
A
. LEGO has made thousands of instruction booklets available online. You can go to the company's website and search by either theme or year to find the instructions that you are missing.

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