LEGO City Deep Sea Explorers 60092 Submarine Building Kit Review
Lego’s Deep Sea Submarine build, also known as the Lego 60092, is a part of Lego’s summer releases from 2015. It is one of the six Lego City Deep Sea Explorers sets. This isn’t exactly an expensive set, and only costs $40 in the US. There are 274 pieces in total.
A lot of people seem to like this build thanks to its aquatic/underwater theme. Those who are old enough to recall Lego sets from the 90s might remember the Lego 6175 Aquazone Crystal Explorer Sub. The minifigures included in that particular build had made their debut appearance back then, right after the classic four builds that comprise of the Pirate Build, the Castle Build, the Town Build, and the Space Build. During that time, the release of the Aquazone figures were pretty much a big deal. The theme ultimately continued on for at least four more years, and gained huge prominence in 1997 when Lego ended up releasing a dozen Town Divers sets. A lot of hardcore Lego fans have acknowledged that this was Lego City’s best release to date.
It’s safe to say that an underwater-themed build is very much overdue, and has very big shoes to fill in.
The 60092’s box art looks amazing. The yellow hues of the submarine build really stand out from the eponymous Lego City logo, as well as the underwater backdrop. You can also see that apart from the submarine, there are also two diver minifigures in there, as well as a shark and a tiny dive site.
Meanwhile, the back of the box features a couple of potential play scenarios, and tells us that that this submarine does not float when you place it in water.
Inside the box are three numbered bags of bricks, plus a sticker sheet and two instruction manuals.
There are three minifigures included in the set: Namely, a submarine pilot and two divers. These divers all carry the same torsos and identical air tanks as well. They also wear the same visors and flippers that have been used from past underwater themes. It’s really nice to know that one of these divers is actually a female minifigure. All three have printed backs as well.
We now move on to the dive site. Much like plenty of Lego’s underwater-themed sets, a tiny portion of the sea bed is given to provide a little bit of something for both divers, as well as the accompanying submarine, to explore. When it comes to the 60092, the sea bed is comprised of a Big Ugly Rock Piece (or a BURP, in Lego terms), as well as the remnants of a sea creature’s skeleton beneath it. Also found at the bottom is a treasure chest filled to the brim with gold coins, jewels, and gold bars.
The submarine is constructed from the second and third brick bags, and it actually doesn’t take too long to piece this build together – Although it’s no child’s play either.
Once the body has been built, the arms, canopies, and floatation tanks will then be fitted to the vehicle. The right arm comes with three fingers, which are meant for grabbing things. Meanwhile, the left arm includes a whole array of lights, sensors, and dishes. The propellers found at the back can be rotated to handle the submarine’s resurfacing, and diving within the ocean depths.
However, despite how cool-looking the 60092 might be, one of the things that people didn’t like about the build (and the submarine) was that they didn’t seem to fit inside a circular housing. The tubing located at the side of the tanks does include a whole lot to the general look of the craft itself.
Another thing that people have no doubt noticed – And criticized – Was that there weren’t any stickers applied to the build. Although it is true that the stickers would give these builds plenty of life and detail, it also looks really nice without them. And a couple of them are actually applied in difficult parts of the build, which could be hard especially when it comes to alignment. This lessens the chance to apply the sticker permanently.
The Deep Sea Explorers in general, not just the Lego 60092, are pretty much more of the same thing – Only updated or rehashed variants of past builds like the Aquazone sets from the 90s, and the Diver sets without any added innovation whatsoever. If you are a huge fan of Aquazone builds, underwater or aquatic-themed builds, or just Lego City sets in general, you will probably like the 60092. The submarine part of the build could definitely benefit from the usage of more modern and upgraded portions, as well as a new way to build the vehicle. But much to people’s disappointment, there are no new parts in the set included, and the minifigures look dull and plain.
It’s not really certain if the submarine build itself is realistic. A quick look at Google Images will tell you that it doesn’t even look remotely close to an actual submarine – But hey, at least Lego’s take is still highly functional.
So many Lego fans have expected that Lego place a great attention to detail in regards to the overall design and printing of the minifigures recently. But the ones that come in this set are slightly underwhelming.
This set makes a pretty excellent introduction to the Aquazone theme for a new generation of collectors, and if you want to purchase at least one build from the Lego City underwater theme, then the 60092 is a good choice.
Ever since the photos of this build have shown up on Lego’s Summer City sets, the 60092 has always stood out as one of the best ones available for this year. And since it is currently on sale at Lego Stores both online and in real life, there’s no excuse for you to head on out there and purchase one.
The build’s box is a standard affair, and provides you with a brilliant photo of what you can expect from this build. The artwork, in particular, gives you an idea of what it’s like being submerged in this submarine and swimming with fellow divers while surrounded by Lego sea creatures. The box also kindly reminds you that the 60092 is a part of the Lego City family, all thanks to the buildings showcased at the top right corner of the background.
The top side of the box, meanwhile, also follows the usual pattern of showcasing the amount of minifigures in the set, as well as the standard inclusion of a 1:1 scale that provides you with a general idea of the model and its actual size.
The back of the box contains a rather intrepid minifigure greeting you with a cheerful ‘Hey!’. He is accompanied with a diagram of the set’s modular style building, as well as how the build is broken down into the brick bags found in the set. Another thing included here are the four variants of action shots, that seem to showcase the sub even further.
The contents of the box include two variants of instructional booklets, a huge molded rock face, three bags, and a medium-sized sticker sheet. The very first book is pretty much half of the size of book two, since it contains the building process. It’s not hard to see why this is the case. There are loads of typical manual fare found inside the book, such as reminding you to open the required brick bags when it’s necessary to do so.
There are two diver figurines. Both of them carry accessories – One is an underwater camera, while the other is a crowbar. There’s a male diver, and a female diver. The torso printing looks very nice here, and a lot of people liked the fact that Lego has added in red stripes to their legs, instead of just sticking to the usual black, like in their past diver minifigures. The masks and the helmet are also present in both divers, like they have been in past iterations. The faces have also been seen beforehand too.
Apart from the minifigures, you can also see some nice and updated printing on the shark accessory. The seabed itself is a lovely build, which is accompanied by the usual features found in a Lego seabed build. The bones found on the seabed have the ability to lift up just one simple technic pin mechanism. This reveals a treasure chest whose contents were probably eaten up by the dead creature, who mistook it for fish. Found inside the chest is a whole assortment of diamonds, gems, as well as a host of rounded gold tiles measuring 1 x 1. These are meant to represent rare coins.
At the side of the build is a broken piece of coral, which you can flip upside down to reveal yet another gem.
The sub is indeed a beauty – One of the prettiest ones that Lego has produced in recent years, and there were plenty of nice looking sets that were released during the same year that this came out.