- This article is about the subtheme. For the minifigure, see Coast Guard (minifigure).
Coast Guard is not an official theme on its own right but one of the recurring organizations that feature in Town and several other town-related themes and subthemes. Coast Guard vessels and personnel were released in several specific coast guard themed sets as well as in sets with a different focus. What the different incarnations of the Coast Guard had in common was the logo. It featured a life ring with white and red segments that would be either based on a blue coat of arms or a triangle and later a diamond shape.
The first LEGO sets to feature a coast guard was the LEGOLAND set, 369 Coast Guard Station from 1976 and very similar Town sets 575 Canada Coast Guard Station and 575 U.S. Coast Guard Station from 1978. It comprised a tower, a pier, a helicopter and two watercraft. This set involved the coast guard and included respective stickers. The first set that sported the typical red and white life ring logo in a blue coat of arms was 6387 Coastal Rescue Base from 1989, which featured two cars, a helicopter and a small boat. The minifigures were wearing bright red overalls and caps. In 1991 was the first time the coast guard was equipped with a ship, the 6353 Coastal Cutter. The ship was coloured in white and blue, which were already the established base colours for the 1989 set and sported the number "C12" on either sides of its bow. The Minifigures wore black and had torso pieces that were common for policemen of that era but they were covered with life vests anyway. In 1992 the coast guard logo made an appearance next to a lifeguard in a Paradisa set. One year later the Coast Guard was given a rather huge helicopter. The 6342 Beach Rescue Chopper included Minifigures in the same red colours as in the 1989 set.
In 1995 a new coast guard building was released. 6338 Hurricane Harbor used the same colour scheme as the previous building, albeit the colours were inverted. The walls were now white and the window frames blue. The set contained a car and a white boat. It also featured specialized coast guard minifigures that had grey torso pieces and blue caps that were both emblazoned with the established coast guard logo. One year later the coast guard got a new ship. The 4022 C26 Sea Cutter was released as part of the Boats line. It had a similar colour scheme as the Coastal Cutter from 1991 and included minifigures with the same design that was introduced in the Hurricane Harbor set. In the same year a Coast Guard Minifigure appeared next to a lifeguard tower that sported the life ring logo in the 6334 Wave Jump Racers set.
With the release of the new Res-Q theme in 1998, which covered all the rescue tasks one could possibly imagine, the classic Coast Guard seemed to be discontinued. But the next release came just one year later and brought some changes. The set 6435 Coast Guard HQ included minifigures with a new uniform that had blue torso pieces and the Coast Guard logo swapped the blue coat of arms with a triangle. The building reintroduced the colour scheme of the Coastal Rescue Base from 1989 but the set itself was heavily juniorized. The included ship was labeled with the number "C501". This was the last Coast Guard set that featured the classic blue and white colours for buildings and ships.
In 2003 some sets of the new World City theme sported the familiar life ring logo. This time enclosed in a diamond shape. The buildings and vessels also featured a new colour scheme. Instead of blue and white they were now yellow and black as in the Res-Q line. The headquarter was labeled "Coast Watch".
The next Coast Guard releases came in 2008. With eight sets in total a real flood of new Coast Guard vessels was presented. The new Coast Guard reprised the diamond shaped logo from 2003 and this time the colour orange was prominently featured on both vessels and buildings. The new uniform consisted of yellow torso pieces sporting the Coast Guard logo and blue arms and legs as well as blue helmets or caps.
Another wave of five more Coast Guard sets are due to be released in 2013.
Vehicles and facilities Edit
Buildings: Since the introduction of the first Coast Guard logo in 1989, a total of five coastguard bases were released. The first base from 1989 was a relatively ordinary building with no relation to water and, disregarding its blue colour, could just as well be a police or fire station. It contained a small rescue helicopter and some cars with a small motorboat on a trailer. A new base did not appear until 6338 Hurricane Harbor was released in 1995. It was built onto quai platforms, just like previous harbor-related sets and was situated directly at the shore, a feat that it would have in common with all later coastguard stations. It also contained a larger boat, as well as a small rescue helicopter. The Coast Guard HQ from 1999 was a more juniorized set, but retained the established white and blue colour scheme and included a large boat and other vehicles.
7047 Coast Watch HQ from 2003 was a more complex set with more details but was held in yellow and black, a colour scheme that didn't catch on and was replaced by orange and white in the new coastguard sets from 2008. The newest base (included in 7739 Coast Guard Patrol Boat & Tower) consists of a tower with a large jetty and was actually just a supplement to the large coastguard ship that was the main feature of this set. The second base from this year was 4210 Coast Guard Platform which was a large offshore platform on support struts and included a helipad, a crane and a control tower.
Ships: The first major boat of the coastguard was the 6353 Coastal Cutter from 1991. It featured a mechanism to tow in its dinghy to store it at its aft. The second individual ship in a separate set was a floating boat from 1996 which was quite large but didn't have any special features. In the meantime, a smaller ship was released in the Hurricane Harbor set. Another larger boat, which also had a watertight hull, was included in 6435 Coast Guard HQ from 1999. After this year no larger major coastguard ships were released until 2008, when 7739 Coast Guard Patrol Boat & Tower brought the largest coastguard ship to date. The included vessel had an emergency room and a crane, and had a watertight hull. Another boat from the same year was included 7726 Coast Guard Truck with Speed Boat. Although it was just a rigid hull inflatable boat, it was the largest and most realistic vessel of its kind. Being actually bigger than most of the earlier ships.
Helicopters: Although most coast guardbases also included rescue helicopters, these were largely small one-man choppers with a winch. Larger helicopters were 6342 Beach Rescue Chopper (1993), which was an amphibious helicopter with pontoons, and 7044 Rescue Chopper from 2003, which was one the few helicopters that could fit two minifigures at once in the cockpit. Both helicopters were equipped with small rescue cranes and had enough room for additional minifigures besides the pilots.
The largest helicopter to date was included in 7738 Coast Guard Helicopter & Life Raft and was equipped with an electrically powered winch.
- 6387 Coastal Rescue Base
- 6353 Coastal Cutter
- 6411 Sand Dollar Cafe
- 6342 Beach Rescue Chopper
- 6338 Hurricane Harbor
- 4022 C26 Sea Cutter
- 6334 Wave Jump Racers
- 6518 Baja Buggy
- 6435 Coast Guard HQ
- 6437 Beach Buggy
World City Coast Watch (2003) Edit
LEGO City Coast Guard (2008) Edit
- 4210 Coast Guard Platform
- 4898 Coast Guard Boat
- 5621 Coast Guard Kayak
- 5626 Coastguard Bike
- 7726 Coast Guard Truck with Speed Boat
- 7736 Coast Guard Quad Bike
- 7737 Coast Guard 4WD & Jet Scooter
- 7738 Coast Guard Helicopter & Life Raft
- 7739 Coast Guard Patrol Boat & Tower
LEGO City Coast Guard (2013) Edit
- 60011 Surfer Rescue
- 60012 4x4 & Diving Boat
- 60013 Coast Guard Helicopter
- 60014 Coast Guard Patrol
- 60015 Coast Guard Plane