I like to see it when Lego produces sets that are not explicitly combat orientated but still offer a good amount of possibilities for adventure. And if it’s not a license-theme – even better. But more about license-sets in another post. Today we take a close look at the 2015 Deep Sea Submarine (60092), before we move on to the Deep Sea Exploration Vessel (60095) in part 2 of my aquatic reviews.
One thing right away: I like the realism of these sets a lot. There is space for weirdness in Lego (for example here), but some naturalism can be pretty refreshing too. I also loved watching Jacques Cousteau when I was small, so there we go!
With its big weight tanks at the sides, the robot arms, spotlights, etc, etc. the Deep Sea Submarine is very close to the design of its real-life counterparts. It is really a joy to look at and admire the lush detailing on it. There is hardly any space unused – a simply fantastic design! Building the submarine is pretty straight-forward with no bad surprises other than the plethora of decals which want to be put on it, but I guess they help to keep the price on the reasonable end.
Once building it was finished, I was quite pleased that the many details don’t impair the stability of the vessel. It appears to be pretty sturdy despite the many moving parts – and frankly, that is just what you expect from a Lego set. Only the two oxygen-tanks on its upper side move a bit much in their mounts. I would have used the black Lego Technic pins instead. Apart from the rattling though they are attached pretty securely and cause no danger of a sudden oxygen-loss for its pilot. Of course it is possible that the tanks are actually designed to be easy detachable for play-reasons.
The whale skeleton is a far more simple construction though, with one of the notorious burps (big ugly rock piece) as integral part of it. It actually does pretty well in its role as coarse underwater rock though. The whale bones are charmingly simple but create perfectly the illusion they are supposed to create. They are attached to the rock with a Technic-hinge, to allow your daring divers to access the treasure chest underneath it. While doing so, they may also speculate if the poor thing died of an acute treasure-chest intoxication 😉
The set also has some additional wildlife enrichment in the shape of a shark and a supercute little crab!
The personal consists of a female and a male scuba diver, with identical torso print, but different equipment: a crowbar for him to get to the treasure and a camera for her to do some wildlife observation in the meanwhile (or to document the damage to the ecosystem he causes^^). The third minifigure is the submarine’s pilot (or do you say operator? d(r)iver?). He wears a windbreaker and a red beanie. Cousteau would have been proud of him! All minifigs have a very nice print with metallic elements and don’t really leave much to wish for.
The Deep Sea Submarine is really a lovely set that offers a lot of playability combined with a more or less peaceful theme. The shark adds of course an element of conflict and danger, but its not like that divers and sharks are by default pitted against each others as antagonists. A big plus is the sophisticated design of the submarine itself. It can be hardly done better really, while the whale skeleton is a nice atmospheric addition to your domestic underwater landscape.