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Lego Maniacs' Guide: Reviews: Town : Surf N' Sail Camper

[Purchase Lego at Amazon.com] 6351 - Surf N' Sail Camper

Rating: 4 Stars
Pros: Yellow surfboard and bike; a lot of unique pieces; a good selection of pieces to make great alternate models.
Cons: A little on the expensive side; the bike doesn't stay attached very well
Contents: 180 pieces including 2 mini-figs
Price: Discontinued
Reviewed: 17-Jun-1998
Reviewed by: G. M.

6351 Durings the 1960s two hippies decided they would have no more of the "Capitalist Pigs" taking advantage of the world's resources. Who were these two crazy people? John Clearwater and Venus Rivers, and they were out to take a stand no matter how violent their crusade became. With their higly modified VW Bus on hand they toured the country, persuading their fellow hipsters to join them.
When they reached their final destination, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, all chaos broke out. A raging mob of 126 nature gurus started shouting through megaphones and cupped hands at the mansion before them until a swarm of eighty-six police cars and security units surrounded them.
A shot rang out, and John Clearwater fell. His last words: "You will see me again..."

The Surf N' Sail Camper is one of the few Town vehicles that isn't a rescue unit or race car. That's why I bought it, and I'm glad I did. The main vehicle is very sturdy and has a lot of neat little things in it that aren't visible on the box or in catalogs. For instance, there is a fold-away wall that reveals a cooking area. There are also a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces in this set. The set also comes with a yellow surfboard (Yippee!), a sailboat and trailer, and a red bicycle (another Yippee!).
Where the driver sits there is only a puny steering wheel but in the back there are two computer monitors(?). I don't know why a recreational vehicle would need even one computer but it is nice to have them. One monitor is a grey 1x2x2 downward sloping brick with a green screen and illegible text, the other is a white upward sloping brick that attatches into the celing. The second computer's screen is a mirror image of the first's. In the middle section of the trailer is a roomy area for storage but I keep the windsurfing sail inside of it. In the very back of the trailer is a kitchen. The back wall folds away and reveals two red mugs, a frying pan, and a one of a kind 2x2 tile with a painted black circle to represent a burner.
The sailboat is almost entirely the same as the one in #6549 except it has no motor, but it does have a hook for a sail to be placed. The bicycle was also a very nice feature. There aren't too many in sets today so I was very glad to get it. The bike can attatch to the back of the RV by the use of some hooks but it doesn't stay on very well. The Surf N' Sail Camper also comes with one more vehicle: a yellow surfboard. (I don't know if a surfboard is considered to be a vehicle, but I couldn't think of anything else to call it.) The surfboard is another rarity for Lego and I have never seen one in yellow. It was nice to have because it fits right in with the #6595 Surf Shack.
The set comes with two mini-figs, a woman with black ponytail and a red and white striped shirt (Venus Rivers) and a man with a red hat and shirt with a truck on it (John Clearwater). Both have classic smiley heads. I have forgotten what the alternated models looked like since the box is long lost but I have come up with a small cafe and large boat. I would definitely recommend this set to anyone, even if they don't collect town. (Alien spaceships always need something to blow up!)

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