Hi everyone! Today I have a LEGO City Mining set review – 60184 Mining Team! This is effectively a Starter Pack set for LEGO City’s 2018 Mining subtheme, with four minifigures and a retail price of £9.99 (UK), $9.99 (U.S.), $15.99 (Aus), and $19.99 (NZ). Let’s check it out! Here are the four minifigures included in the set.
- The one on the left is the only lady included in the set. She wears a dark blue outfit with orange stripes on it, and has a nice dual-molded hat and hair piece (white cap, brown hair). She comes with a dynamite trigger thingy, represented by three bricks.
- Next is the miner foreman. He wears a white miner hat with a yellow light on top, and has grey facial hair. He has a nice white torso that is pretty uncommon, and comes with printed legs. He has a red loudspeaker.
- Third is another miner. He wears the white miner hat too and has a determined expression with sweat on it (who would win? one rock or one sweaty boi?) He has a torso piece that comes in three other sets, and shows an orange vest with suspenders. He comes with a red cup, though I suspect that is not what is causing him to sweat!
- Last up is another miner. He wears a long-sleeved orange jacket over a dark blue outfit, and has a white construction hat. His head is pretty common, and shows a smiley bearded face.
The set also comes with a spider. This uses the newer spider mold, and is glow in the dark, which looks good and fits the mining theme (though I’m not sure if spiders actually glow in the dark or not). Currently, it only appears in three other sets, and this is the cheapest way to get it (the next-cheapest set with it is 60185 Mining Power Splitter). So, there are a few builds in the set. One of the larger ones is this tipper truck. It’s very simple, made from only 19 pieces, but I think it’s decent. The tipper bed is mounted on a hinge so can be tilted forward. You can put the two gold nugget elements included into this set, though the instructions tell you to put the pickaxe and shovel, which seems very odd to me. The driver gets a steering wheel and no backrest. I think this vehicle is fine but I can’t help but feel like it’s backwards, which this shot really highlights. It looks like a regular dump truck, except the driver sits the other way.
The second build is this small rock portion which I guess represents part of the mine? There is a mix of light grey, dark grey, and dark tan, which makes it look more natural than just one grey. There’s a clip at the side that you can attach a stick of dynamite to.
You can then push the dynamite in which blows off the top! This is because the dynamite portion is a separate mini build which pushes a Technic beam upwards, blowing off the top. Inside, there’s one of the gold nuggets. The final build is what the set description calls a “research station”… but it’s not much of a research station. It’s basically just a small section at the top for the other gold nugget piece that has a couple of translucent light blue panels flanking it. There’s a cupboard piece underneath but it’s empty.
I like the inclusion of two gold nugget pieces in this small set as they are not super common and they’re nice pieces. The research station build itself is kind of meh – I would have liked at least a couple of clips to potentially store extra accessories, as well as maybe something to put in the cupboard below.
So on the whole this set isn’t a huge standout, however for what it tries to be it accomplishes. The minifigure selection is good for a small set like this, the builds could be better but they offer a nice sampling of the Mining subtheme, playability is not bad for a set of this size, and the price is pretty great.
- Builds: 3/5
- Minifigures: 4/5
- Playability: 4/5
- Price: 4.5/5
- Personal Rating: 3.5/5
- TOTAL: 3.8/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀