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Lego Maniacs' Guide: Reviews: Town : Forest Flyer

[Purchase Lego at Amazon.com] 1817 - Forest Flyer

Rating: 3 Stars
Pros: A neat ensemble set
Cons: Hard to get a hold of; should be made more available to the general consumer
Contents: 131 pieces including 3 mini-figs
Price: Exclusively through some airlines
Reviewed: 3-May-1998
Reviewed by: Joseph Gonzalez

1817 The dog-eat-dog business world is left far behind as Jeff veers his plane over the last ridge of trees and over a small peaceful lake. Decelerating slightly, he glides over an inlet and spots the familiar black-tiled roof of his father's cabin. Some few yards from the shore he can see uncle Billy in the fishing boat reeling in a whopper of a fish! At last he has reached his haven-away-from-home and the plane lands, skidding softly on face of the lake and sending up a few ducks into the late afternoon sky.

My first introduction to the 1817 set was a very cool POV picture of the set's plane located on Anton Raves gallery page. It wasn't until a month or so later that I discovered this set was exclusively available from airline companies. I wasn't overly driven to acquire the set but recently had the chance to get one so I went for it.
The 1817 is an impressive combo-set by the Lego company. It comprises a small cabin, fishing boat and a small water-landing aircraft. The boat is a very simple model with room for only man and an oar for locomotion. The cabin is a sturdy construction placed on a 12x8 green plate. It is basically grey with a red door and window and a small smokestack to round out its features. The base plate also has room for a fire pit (small assembly also used in the 6414 Dolphin Point lighthouse) a rain barrel and a small pine tree. The best part of the set (though I quite like the cabin) is the one-man plane in white with red highlights and landing pontoons. A very nice sleek design and what most attracted me to acquiring the set.
Three mini-figs come with the set, all looking like your basic outdoors manly-men with dark glasses and can-you-feel-the-flannel clothing. Outdoor equipment is furnished: a shovel, drinking mugs, frying pan, an axe, brown backpack, fishing pole (these are REALLY cool) and a suitcase. I wonder if the Lego Group plans on coming up with a six-pack element any time soon.
There were a strange amount of leftover pieces when I was finished (some 1x4 and 1x1 tiles) and the instructions came as two separate booklets (one for the cabin and boat and one for the plane) but this just adds to the uniqueness of the set.
For the assortment of pieces and three separate models (a great standalone set), this is quite an impressive set and should be made available to more than just airline passengers. I think any town collector would be pleased with it.

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