"I received this as a gift, and I wasn't sure about it. I had seen it on the shelves, and frankly, I didn't think it was worth the asking price. As it turned out, the person who gave me this gift actually could have gotten it much cheaper, but didn't. As I started my build, I was more and more intrigued by this set. It was a little bigger than expected, and a whole lot more fun. The color scheme is really nice with the light blue. The stickers add to the realism and overall look of the car. After building that monster engine complete with a (serpentine? timing?) belt, I was hooked. Just like real funny cars, the car is built around the massive engine. Real funny cars have a body as kind of an after thought. I think this car captures exactly what a funny car is - a giant engine with wheels made to look like a car. As it sits on my printer, I keep looking up to admire it. The fun factor is high. The nice looking body "shell" covers a car that looks to be all business. The giant engine is showcased well, and springs to life when the car rolls forward. In conclusion, I'm kind of glad my gift giver paid full price. My hope is the extra money goes to Lego to keep producing top of the line Technic sets. This is a winner in my book."
"I was late in getting this model, and the reason is the price to parts ratio. Every time I walked by it at the store, my heart jumped a little. After all, it looks awesome. I knew the price point was due to having three motors and a servo... but $249.00? Finally, my brain said, "Hey, it's expensive, but three motors and a servo? What, are you nuts? Buy this thing!" So, I did. Well, it's SO cool. One advantage to having three motors as opposed to one is the fact that when it sits idle, the motor is not constantly running. In other words, the motors are only used when you want it to do something. Other models keep the motor running the entire time. Another advantage is no complex transmission builds. Well, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. I always marvel at how they engineer those things, but I guess you could say it was a nice break from the norm. Suffice to say, this thing is just fun all around. The build was fun of course, but it's also so much fun to operate. My cats leave their toys all over the house, and picking them up to return them to the cat's toy box is a pleasure now. I'm considering adding a clump of dirt to the living room, but so far I've been voted down. I'm very glad I got this one before it was too late. It's very pricey, but I have yet to run across a Lego set that wasn't worth it. If you're torn between this or an Arocs, I would say get the Arocs. It's an enormous build and an enormous truck, and it is more challenging, but this loader is a beautiful piece of machinery that operates like a dream. The "play experience" is phenomenal. You don't have to worry about switching the transmission around - you just turn it on and go. In conclusion, it's just another highly recommended, wonderful Lego product."
"This was one of those sets... Do I like it enough to own it? The quick answer is YES, now that I have it. The long answer is:
I wasn't sure until I started building. Once again, something that looked nice on the website turned in to something awesome. The car is quite large, being almost as wide as the Tumbler. The build was fairly easy and highly enjoyable. I built this set as a warm-up before the Arocs, and I allowed myself plenty of time to enjoy it before the next build. The color scheme is pretty cool, and the suspension and steering are very smooth. I really enjoy the stickers inside the wheels. I thought they'd be really tough to put on, but with a pair of tweezers and a little patience, they just look incredible. Raising the rear deck is smooth and impressive. I love the square look of the car, and the little doghouses for the front lights are fun to build and look cool. I especially like the look of the fenders. It's fairly light weight and very tough. While not looking where I was going one morning, I kicked the front end and the car went sailing halfway across the room. The right, front tire came off and a headlight went missing for a while, but once I found all the parts it was an easy fix. I love the big, fat, low profile tires too.
So yeah, I'm really glad I got this one! Even while just sitting on a desk, it looks like it's going 120 mph! It's big and it's bad, and was a very fun build."
"In my opinion, the Lego Arocs looks a whole lot better than the real thing. I love this truck. Even my Unimog was a little nervous at first, until it realized they were cousins. This took me about four days to build, starting in early afternoon until bed time to complete. Believe me, it was hard tearing myself away from the build just to go to work, but I managed. The truck is a good looking monster of a machine. It's pretty heavy for a Lego, even by Technic standards. The build was pretty challenging in some areas, but it all went together without a hitch. I find that I have no problems with the turntable binding or any other issue. The crane works well. It still has the sudden drop when not feathering the controls properly, but it's fun to master. The outriggers come out smoothly and the dump works flawlessly. As far as the build itself, I had visions of shortening some of the pneumatic lines once everything was completed, hoping it would create smoother lines and get rid of any binding turntable problems, but as I said, I have none of these issues. The pneumatic lines look pretty clean as they are, and I don't have any pinching issues which would have created slow or no movement of the appendages. My bucket closes quickly and sharply, and the crane does what's asked of it. I did spend a great deal of time running those lines to avoid future issues. Some of the lines could be shortened, but I didn't have the need. As far as instructions go, running the lines did, at one point, become slightly confusing. When running the lines to the control boxes, the pictures don't do an adequate job of showing where each small blue line goes. The cross section shows where on the manifold to insert them, but doesn't paint a clear picture of which line goes where. Common sense prevailed, however, because I assumed that after making the tree, the lines were inserted into the manifold they were closest to. Secondly, I still don't really know what #'s 100 and 101 are telling you to do. There's a circle around an obvious red pin, but there's a second circle around pretty much nothing. I assume it's basically telling you to do the same thing on the other side. Again, common sense, but it eluded me at first.
All in all it was fantastically fun to build, and the end result is spectacular. There are several more pneumatic lines in comparison to the Unimog, and they look great. Like the Unimog, the steering is a bit heavy, but adds realism since it's easy to steer while rolling. The huge bed is really cool, and it's fun to watch it as it raises to dump. Like other reviewers, I found the cab to be highly detailed and impressive looking. It's a great set, and patience while building will be rewarded."
"I love this towering beast. Attention to detail is huge on this set. Let's first talk about the tracks. I am thrilled that Lego took the time to design tracks not made of rubber, but actually built with many heavy duty parts that clip together. This adds so much to the realism, and they operate like real tracks, right down to the slightly jittery motion. If you've spent any time on a construction site, the big rigs like this have a very similar motion to them. The eight (per side) tiny wheels supporting the underside of the track are awesome to watch as they go. Having little wheels that turn adds to the realism as well. Another great feature is how everything can still be moved without batteries installed. When the gears are unlocked, they move freely. That means the turntable can be moved without damage and stripping of the gears. That reminds me - when my crane was fully assembled, the turntable only worked part way through. I checked the gears and the tolerances, and could not find the problem. A minor tear down revealed that I did not click the turntable gear into itself very well, and a small amount of pressure caused it to click correctly into place. The turntable then worked spectacularly. Reversible gears make this thing a pleasure to operate. Tying little tiny knots for the "cables" with old, fat fingers is difficult, but the finished product is too cool for words. The small details built into this crane are awesome to behold, like the little heat vents alongside where the engine would be. Watching the cable wheels spring to life is very cool. One extraordinarily minor complaint - The exhaust, or muffler on the right side of the model ends nicely, but the part leading into the engine area just sort of ends without connecting to anything. I enclosed a picture of my fix, which was simply adding a bit more so the pipe disappears into the engine compartment.
I enjoy this crane immensely, and I have it on display with the extra length of boom installed. This set is awesome."
"No new Technic sets had me feeling melancholy one night, and I happened to see this set sitting in a cart among other unsold items at my local store giant. Price checker indicated that it was marked down, so it went home with me.
That was a stroke of luck. This set is tiny, but was absolutely fun to build. The dump snaps back with authority with a twist of a little knob, and the one cylinder engine is a trip. The best thing though, is not easily seen on the box picture. The engine has a serpentine belt which wraps around three gears. When the truck is pushed forward, the little piston goes up and down and the serpentine belt springs to life. I thought that was an awesome touch. It's a solid, fun little guy, and the steering is well done."
"Another fun build with an awesome outcome. I know some people don't care for the stickers, but man, if you take the time to put them on right, it just looks fantastic. When the plane is rolled the prop comes to life, spinning at a nice rate, and the twin cylinder engine springs in to action. I thought the metallic exhaust pipes were a really nice touch. This is a great looking plane for collectors like me or for the kid on all of us. (That means the play factor is high) It's put together tightly, so no worries about parts falling off while flying it around the house. Everybody laughs when I trip the hidden button and the "water" comes falling out the bottom!
Words of wisdom: You know how with Technic sets you mount the gears and wheels a little loose to be sure everything runs smooth? That's all very true with the prop and wheel gearing. However, when installing the the hardware for the ailerons and elevator, don't be afraid to make them snug. I built them a little loose on my Cargo Plane, and they move a bit too easily. I made them snug on this plane, and they don't move unless you want them to move. Second, I got tripped up once during the build. I didn't notice that the instructions had the wing flipped over for application of a long red brace. I was nearly done with my build when I noticed I did it wrong, and it was quite difficult getting things disassembled enough to make it right. Don't do that.
Another home run for Lego, but then again I have yet to own a Lego set that isn't. Since I appear to be the first reviewer, I'll advise you to get this plane! It's awesome!"
"I always find amusement with the few poor reviews each product receives. Phrases like, "It's impossible to put together" are kind of silly, considering that everyone else seems to have gotten it together. One review said the front wheels don't turn. Now true, there is no steering, but if your front wheels don't turn, you did something wrong my friend. Finally, reviewers who say things like, "It just sits there, and it's too fragile to play with"... This is a model folks. It's not designed to be "zoomed" around the house crashing in to things. With that said, on to the review. This set took me two lazy afternoons (past my bed time) to complete. With some of the largest available Technic sets under my belt, I still found this set challenging. (Challenge is a great thing) Adding large side builds to the main build is always a little tough, and lining up the rear wheels gave me a bit of a hard time until I figured it out. I didn't realize that there was only one way to fit the wheels correctly out of multiple possibilities. You won't know what I'm talking about unless you build one yourself. I personally find multiple side builds a hair tedious, especially when you don't know exactly what it's supposed to be until it's finished, but it was still highly enjoyable none the less. Many of the side build angle parts are strictly decoration, and many of these decorative pieces sort of hang loose on the outside, but it all adds up to a spectacular re-creation of the Tumbler in the movie. The design of this set is genius. Like a model, there are many details that can only be seen by looking at the model from multiple angles. I have my Tumbler sitting on my printer as I write this, and just noticed the "propane bottles" tucked away in front of the rear wheels. (Kind of a "oh yeah" moment) The end result is a large, heavy, menacing looking vehicle that no cat or dog will walk by without giving it a second look. The detail is excellent. This is definitely the AR-15 of the Lego world. (Black with sticky outie pieces) It looks great, rolls great, has excellent detail, and of course was a terrific build. Keep it up Lego people, you keep getting better and better."
"Okay, I enjoy reading all the reviews before and after I make a Lego purchase, and I need to say a few things before I start my review. My favorite one is from a guy who is obviously highly intelligent and actually works in the space business. We must remember, this is a Lego set, not a replica from The Franklin Mint. That being said, I'm a firefighter and paramedic, and I own many Lego Town fire department related stuff. The engines and trucks, and even ambulances are not accurate to the real thing. That's okay! Using a little imagination is what Lego is all about! Now, lets talk about this set. As usual, I originally saw this set and thought, "Gee, that's pretty neat, kind of reminds me of my early space sets back when I was a kid." Well, I built this tonight, and I must say wow. The completed set simply looks impressive, if not downright majestic. I actually plan to rig my curio so the light shines on it like NASA does it. Sticker haters beware - there are quite a few of them, but if you're careful and use a pair of tweezers, they look fantastic. The rocket gantry is stout. It's not going to survive a trip down the stairs, but it's supported well without taking away from the realism and looks. Nice touches abound, from the detailed countdown clock to the nifty elevator, which uses wheels as bearings. I always love a plethora of computers in space related sets, and the control modual does not dissappoint. I love the rocket transporter with the slick tires, and it locks into place, so the rocket is exactly where it needs to be for launch. The little satellite that sits in the nose compartment has folding solar panels, which is just like the way NASA would launch it. I did have a slight issue with the tip of the rocket being loose, but I soon discovered that it takes a little finessing to secure it correctly. I agree that the rocket does wobble slightly on the launch pad. So? All and all, I'm highly impressed as usual. After building a Unimog, this was a nice and easy build that I enjoyed immensely. The end result is impressive and fun!"
"How much do I love this truck? I took pictures of it with my DSLR and have them framed and hanging in my office. The looks, function, and design are outstanding. Standing in the store with the box, I knew this would be fun to assemble and I would have a pretty neat end result. Boy was I wrong! This truck was much larger than expected, and the nice box simply doesn't do it justice. This is one awesome looking truck. Looks aside, I must admit that I didn't expect much out of this as a working 4x4 Lego model. Once again, I was wrong. This truck has little problem scaling a roll of paper towels, running over my girlfriends feet, or scaring the heck out of my cat. It's geared down to the point where pretty much nothing will stand in its way. It has no problem trudging through the bogs (my bed) while hitting various moguls and valleys (my legs) or scaling up and over the mountains. (My pillows) Now I've read various reviews here, and I have to point something out. If your gears are slipping, if your tires are spinning, or if the truck simply doesn't work well, with all due respect, you probably did something wrong. Yes there are times when it simply doesn't have enough power to overcome whatever I decided to throw in front of it, and no, it is not made for speed. This is not a remote control truck you buy off the shelf, stick a 7.2 volt battery pack in, and rip around the house at 40 mph. It's slow, and it's meant to be slow. It's heavy, and in my mind, heavy is cool. This is less a toy than a highly detailed, high quality model. For instance, I know how a differential works, but to assemble one and watch it in action is simply an awesome experience. If you love mechanical things, if you love to build things and enjoy your results, and if you love to tinker with stuff, you cannot go wrong. I've been building Lego's for more years than I care to admit, and this was my first re-introduction to Technic. I can say for the record that Technic has come a long way. (In fact, it wasn't long after I completed this set that I decided I needed the Unimog) Is it worth the money? I hate saying yes. I always feel like someone from Lego is watching, and they'll say, "Oh, let's kick that price up a little", but I have to say YES! Since re-introducing myself back in to Lego's last year, I always stand there with the box and think, "Is this really worth it? Should I be spending this much on a hobby?" Then I get it home and start building, and any buyer's remorse soon leaves me. I love the truck, and if you love Lego's like I do, and you get the Technic concept, you will too."