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Firefighter
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=MISSING DECALS=
Sticker sheet: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=7043stk01

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This set no. 7043 'Firefighter' came out in 2004, and it was one of only two Fire-related models in the "World City" theme. Curiously, both of them were fireboats.

The boat clocks at just 60 parts, but it still features some functionality. A water cannon on two moving arms is mounted on top of a hatch, so it can be flipped over and kept underneath it in a tiny storage compartment when not in use. There aren't a steering wheel or moving controls—for the dashboard, the build uses a 1x4 flat tile with "train controls" print.

A firefighter carries a walkie-talkie and binocular and has pretty unusual body wear: instead of a dedicated "life jacket" mold, Lego part #2610, he sports a simple "cape/vest" #3840 with a self-applying sticker.

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=BRIEF 'WORLD CITY' HISTORY=
World City was part of a somewhat rocky and lengthy transition from the "classic" Town era to modern LEGO City, which took place from around '98 till 2005.

In 1997, Lego radically reformed the "Town" and simplified the entire theme (reducing the number of individual tiny parts in favor of larger custom molds and decals). Portrayed as a new "modular" approach to benefit kids, I think it really had more to do with age restrictions. Before, the entire "Town" theme was labeled for "ages 5-12;" now Lego switched to individual "5+" tags for each model.

Quite a few Lego databases today incorrectly file these "juniorized" sets under "Town Jr." as if it ever was a theme of its own. In reality, Lego continued using the same "Town" logo for the simplified '97-99 lineup; in my opinion, taming the Classic Town legacy a bit.

In 1999, Lego finally retired the Town and launched a new theme for simplified builds, "City Center." Confusingly enough, it appeared as just "City" in European and British catalogs; it wasn't a proper LEGO® City known today yet, though, and had a different logo: a megapolis skyline in a tilted rectangular frame. The theme lasted for just one season, anyway, discontinued in 2000.

After a brief gap without any urban-themed sets per se, in 2003, Lego debuted the "World City" theme. The latest series reintroduced a proper complexity level, alongside a radical "new millennium" design. World City portrayed scenes of a busy, fast-paced big metropolitan city, in contrast to a more "countryside," pastoral vibe of Classic Town.

In 2005, after producing about 20 sets in "Trains," "Police," and "Coast Guard" subthemes, Lego ceased further World City development and started a new CITY theme—still ongoing for over 15 years now.

World City didn't go out immediately, though (as I thought before). Some of the theme's sets, particularly "Trains," continued to appear in Lego catalogs in parallel with a renewed "City" lineup until 2006, at least. More so, this particular 'Firefighter' set even got reissued as part of the 'City Fire Value Pack' no. 65799 in 2005, packaged together with four CITY models. Very quirky item, making it the only official set to feature both "World City" and "CITY" models in the same box.

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=LEGO.com DESCRIPTION=

Speeding to the rescue!
The brave firefighter is on his way! His speedboat roars through the water on its way to the emergency. Once he's there, he uses his special water cannon to put out the fire!

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=MORE 'WORLD CITY' MODELS=

7046-1: Fire Command Craft (2004)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/kOjLyQxdvx6

7047-1: Coast Watch HQ ('04)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/07vNy3n7jAm

7034-1: Surveillance Truck (2003)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/N02gzw6baLD

7035-1: Police HQ ('03)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/qxv4R3Kd2dJ

4511-1: High Speed Train ('03)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/mkjAB5ApvZG

4514-1: Cargo Crane ('03)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/oK2wkJ4929k

4512-1: Cargo Train ('03)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/JV2ywxn0vyQ

4513-1: Grand Central Station ('03)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/bJ2bWrDKjyB

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60005-1: Fire Boat (2013)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/LyjWYJEAaJr

6353-1: Coastal Cutter (1991)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/9P2kAoWevon
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