The newly released Concorde set isn’t the aircraft which has launched this month. The folk of LEGO® City can once again take flight in a brand-new Passenger Airplane. Planes have evolved quite a lot over the years. One of the first LEGO sets I had as a kid was the 6392: Airport which had a small brick-built plane, but the one in this set dwarfs it. The aircraft also uses a number of unique elements to create it, elements which have only been featured in a couple of past sets. Unfortunately, the set I received to review had an incorrect element so I had to wait for a replacement to arrive. This doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue. So after a short delay, my review of the new LEGO City Passenger Airplane is now boarding.
Set Name: Passenger Airplane | Set Number: 60367 | Pieces: 913 | Theme: LEGO City
RRP: £99.99/$119.99/99.99€ | Number of Bags: Bags x 6 + loose elements | Instructions: Paper booklet + Builder App | Stickers: Sheet x 1 | Minifigures: x 9
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Despite only having 6 bags of elements, this is a big set, which includes a number of large elements to help create the plane. But before you tackle the aircraft, there are a number of smaller ground support vehicles to build. Each one is the focus of its own instruction booklet, making this a great set to build with others, although the set currently does offer the Build Together experience. The first vehicle to be built is a small cart truck which has a number of other elements it can pull. These include a luggage carrier trolley. Oddly, the set only features two pieces of luggage, unless the surcharges for extra baggage are extortionate in LEGO City. The small truck can also pull a set of airstairs, so passengers can alight the plane. Along with an interesting catering cart. This has a simple rising function, so it can be lined up with a hatch on the side of the plane.
The next vehicle is a futuristic-looking passenger shuttle bus. It’s possible this is meant to represent an automated vehicle has it doesn’t have a driver or any driving controls. This is why it looks quite cool, I like the gull-wing doors found on either side of the shuttle.
The final ground support vehicle is quite an interesting-looking thing. It’s dubbed a tug truck and is used to tow the plane. You’ll notice the front wheel of the plane has an odd exposed blue Technic pin. This is where the tug connects to the plane. It would have looked better if the pin was mounted on the tug, but due to the cross axle connector being on the plane, I can understand why it’s been done this way.
As mentioned, the plane is massive, so much so it was very tricky to photograph. To help capture the required look of the plane, it uses a number of unique elements and other lesser-used elements. These include the cockpit nose, the various curved pieces to construct the top and bottom of the fuselage and the biggest of them all, the wing plate. Although the colour is unique to this set, the actual elements have appeared in other colours as early as 2010. As if the wind span wasn’t wide enough, it extended even further by a couple of lime green Technic fin panels.
The interior of the plane is rather spacious and can be accessed by popping off the cockpit cover or removing the long roof cover. Inside are two rows of six seats along with a small bathroom at the rear of the plane. Despite all the space in the plane, there are only four passengers to place in them. Another feature I’ve seen in a couple of sets now is the use of the Star Wars Battle Droid’s body doubling for vehicle controls. I must say it is a clever use of this unusual element.
The set includes 9 minifigures and features a mix of airport workers, aircraft crew and passengers. The airport workers look very similar to standard construction workers, with most using the same torsos and headgear. These work well for the ground staff who help the airport runways stay safe.
A plane obviously needs a crew and despite the size of the plane, there are only two crew members featured in the set. These include a female pilot, noted by her aviator shades and a male crew member, who is either a co-pilot or flight attendant. They both use the same torso which has nice print detail.
Finally, there are four citizens. As with many of the LEGO City sets, these are a generic mix of characters. They include a minifigure who also appears in the large LEGO City Downtown set. It’s nice to see characters appear across sets as it adds a nice story to them. She’s joined by a character who uses the same hairstyle introduced with Autumn’s mini-doll from the new Friends sets. The casual-looking male minifigure has to be my favourite, thanks to his sleep mask-covered expression. Finally, there’s another male character who could be a passenger but appears to be a plane spotter. His long-lensed camera is a bit of a giveaway
Obviously, the size of these elements dictates the overall size and appearance of the plane. Meaning it does look quite similar to past planes, but these are still few and far between. The last similar LEGO City plane was released back in 2020, so it’s about time we had another. Oddly, it is not part of a sub-theme, meaning it’s the only airport-related set released this Summer. The various ground support vehicles add to the overall play experience of the set, but I kind of what an airport now. The minifigure line-up is fun but I think a couple more passengers were needed and it certainly should included a few more pieces of luggage. The various elements used to create the plane offer a unique build experience. Above all, it has a really good price point. Considering how many big parts it has and the overall piece count, it’s one of the better-priced large-scale sets.
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