"One of my random builds and my second official airplane set from Lego Technic, it is a cool set, the build is pretty straightforward with clear instructions meaning you won't get to interchange black and grey parts somewhere in the build. The stickers that now come almost mandatory to every Technic set doesn't feel cheap, they have a high quality finish and these stickers are the also thick. Being a secondary set to the 42025 Cargo Plane this 42040 Fire Plane comes with 2 neat functions, the drop function for taking out fires with simulated "water" bricks (8 of the clear blue rounded bricks) and the rotor/boxer engine tandem. You roll the wheels and that boxer engine propels the the propeller but not for long because this set is one of those ""purely" technic sets, not power functions or hydraulics just old-fashioned hand operation of the mechanical function. It's not boring actually it's like an introduction at how things work and can present one with the idea of what I can use that approach to one of my builds? The set has an ascending attitude on it probably because it's a water-based aircraft so each time you rolls it, it gives that feel that the plane is taking of the water and ready to drop of water wherever there is a fire. Overall shape of the set is realistic as with most Technic sets but having owned only 1 airplane set prior to this set might explain why I like this set so much, you should get one and let your inner fireman fly to your dreams.
I don't like the gaps in the set so did some sections and I also don't like the 3-blade design so I added another 3 blades and it looks even better! Those are my only complaints on this set.
Having watched Pixar's Planes, this set reminds me of Dusty Crophopper from that film, could it be that Lego's designers took inspiration from that film? That would be very cool but the set is already cool, so go watch Planes and Planes Fire and Rescue while playing this and that kid in you will want to fly it!"
"I bought it New Year's day right when the set came out live on Lego Shop's website. Being the third aircraft set in my collection and my first actual helicopter set purchase this set did not fail to amaze me. The Heavy Lift Helicopter clearly shouts Russian in overall shape, it has a very distinct East European design in it which is not bad because for a fact those helicopters built during the Cold War were one of the coolest and toughest looking helicopters, these have clear purpose which is to haul troops or cargo or just about anything. You open up the box and you have these 6 HUGE blades and lots of white parts and orange components. Building the set is pretty easy and straightforward as the instruction booklet has crisp coloring on the building process. I guess as with most large/ flagship Technic set this one is sticker reliant but then its not a bad thing because they add detail to the set which for me still reminds of those large Mil Russian helicopters. You finish the set and a visual harmony of white and orange finished with dark grey parts that greets your eyes clearly shouting "let's play!" no seriously this is a very enjoyable set and of all 4 functions I like the counter-rotating blades the most which compared to the 9396's conventional approach is fresh and cool yet a simple mechanism does this. I only wish Lego's designers could have at least toyed with an L-Motor for a more responsive play. The winch and opening hatch tandem works well but as a flagship set for the First Half of 2016 I wish this has the higher quality string and aided by the more responsive L-Motor could've been more entertaining, lastly you have the rear hatch which you can load the green cargo (yes it comes with an odd-looking component which you can winch up or pull thru the rear hatch).
What I don't like on this set is that unconventional approach on finishing the cabin portion using "memory sticks" and the tail rudders that oddly enough moves freely when you "fly" it, could've been connected to the other tail part (sorry I'm really familiar with airplane parts)
Overall I will still recommend this set, it's a toy and one can put or revise anything in it because it's still a LEGO which means anything is possible. The set is very sturdy and really big if you put similarly scaled human toy right next to it you'll think that if it was real surely enough it will dwarf an Augusta helicopter, it's probably one of those "giants" you'll see every now and then on a hangar somewhere in Europe."
"I this from a good coworker of mine, an advanced birthday present to be exact oh well this is good looking set. I've seen motorbike and cross country motorcycles from the Technic line before but I was more focused on trucks and sports cars so this "sub-theme" was never my stronghold.
The actual set features crisp colors mainly the sky blue panels first seen in the 42022 Hot Rod, that color alone blended with red and black parts gives this set a sporty feel, I think its sportier looking than the normal red to be precise it has more of a street feel in it. While it uses stickers the ones used here are thick and high quality, Lego actually provided it with just enough stickers to give more realism to it.
Overall design of the set gives us hints that it was somewhat modeled after some European superbikes and a little hint of some Japanese models. It is chain driven like all real motorbikes and comes with a 4 cylinder engine with 2 stroke design. The suspension is just fine for a set this size. Wheels and tires fit well though a larger diameter tire could've worked, it doesn't have those huge disc brakes we normally see in motorbikes so I fitted some pulley wheels in to simulate it.
Overall this is a fine looking set, it doesn't feel cheap and is a good display piece as much as the set is good toy to play with. This is also a god set to introduce your kid to motorcycles and give them an idea of how a motorcycle/ motorbike works. As this set is a present, the monetary value is out of the equation but still is a set worth buying."
42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245. Best Birthday Gift
"This is what a 2.793-piece set gives you, at $229.99 you get one of the best Technic sets in Lego history. The 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 and it's B-Model Arocs 1845 is the successor to the well-received 8110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400, whereas the latter was designed as an all-around go anywhere model truck, the Arocs is a heavy duty construction truck, think of it as a Mercedes-Benz Actros that went to the gym and decided it will work at construction sites for most of its life cycle. The biggest factors I was worried when I first heard Lego was making another Mercedes-Benz model were if the truck has a dually setup and a proper Straight-6 engine which I'll get covered throughout my review.
First things first, this is a superset and currently holds the record for being the biggest set in Technic history and the third set to pass the 2,000-piece mark that was a feat made by it's predecessor 8110 when it came out with 2,048 pieces. The truck is not quite as striking in size as the Unimog but you can tell that it's big because of the striking height and the amount of detail it has. This set is not your usual "I'll do this is 8-12 hours straight" which I'm fond of doing when I get my large Lego sets. It took me close to 20 hours spread over 5 days to complete it, you'll appreciate every detail put in this model as you complete the 6 sections (I decided to modify/ change some parts that's also why I have nearly 20 hours put in this build). Bags came numbered to 6 sections so even if it is a challenging build you won't have a hard time trying to figure out where's that part which I really appreciate from Lego.
Being based on an actual truck, the 42043 has details like a working suspension system, a proper drivetrain, and dually tires.
As far as the suspension is concerned, this is one of the most advanced one I've seen in a large Lego truck after 2 years of buying vehicle sets, the front suspension stands firm to hold the weight and the same goes over the rear, Lego used the new ball and socket suspension parts to replicate the real truck's leaf spring setup, for a truck this scale the suspension works very well. An industry standard among heavy trucks (Class 8 and above) is the usage of Inline-6 cylinder engine, these are large displacement units which compared to V-8s, V-10s, V-12s are very efficient and both A and B models feature the same I-6 setup, you roll the truck you can actually hear the cylinder heads moving and it is connected to the rear axles. As far as differentials are concerned this has 2 of them which was missing from the 8258, 8285 and 9397 models as a result you don't to buy the differential or find one from your spare parts bin. another touch of detail that I really are the wheels and tires, yes they are small (I wished Lego designed a larger diameter tire for this one) but you get 12 of them and the real truck's dually setup was carried over to the model we have. The HOG steering system is one of the best I've seen, it's not a new approach but a rare method used for Technic sets (I guess), you have these beacon lights that are connected to the HOG steering shaft the steers all 4 front wheels and this results to "hidden" system which in turn gives the truck a smooth looking finish.
One of the set's biggest highlights is the Pneumatics 2.0, these are longer and stronger pneumatic cylinders with a redesigned port for connecting the pneumatic pipes (these pipes come pre-cut just get a ruler to make sure you're connecting the right size to the right spot) and they do the lifting duties for the crane which almost looks like the Palfinger units we see in Unimogs, Zetros, Actros, and Arocs trucks. These units are strong and able to hold air better, at it's end is a pair of clamshell buckets that can hold small parts and I really love this approach.
While previous sets featured an M-Motor to do all the Power Functions features, this and the 42042 follows the footsteps of the 9398 and 41999 Rock Crawler sets, it's strong but not as crazy strong as an XL-Motor. It has enough torque to power all motorized features you get in this set. Outriggers, they feature new parts which is also featured in the pneumatic crane, the new design is 14M long and is strong enough to withstand stress when extended and used to lift the truck's front section and NO you don't push the the manually operated parts to it's maximum because it's not really going to work, you might end up breaking a small gear because that's not how it's designed. You operate the outriggers to the extent it will make the truck stable while operating the crane. Tipping function is superb, there is only one large linear actuator but it works seamlessly, the bed felt small for me so I made my version taller, still works fine. While some might complain about the outriggers that they are suited for terrain or over similar environment let me point out that this model - based on the Arocs 3240 grounder - the type of truck you'll see in construction sites and not in mining sites so it's much more of a "I'll go the site and clear out large stones, sand what have you" it's basically a road going truck with construction in mind.
You get to play it's functions even better with the new transmission pieces first introduced in the 42039 Le Mans car, unlike the old transmission piece, this one holds the other functions steady and not move, and YES you can operate 2 functions at once without fully damaging the set though I still wouldn't do that.
A note when building the crane too: As it rotates to only 180 degrees, it will be achieved if you test and just bolt the pipes in, mine works just fine and so far I haven't encountered it not doing the 180. I guess it's just on how it's built by it's owner.
The cab design is clean and you can actually move it to reveal the Straight-6 engine underneath, doors open and there's even a handle and extra sidestep on the driver's side. I did some video research on the truck too and I found that there is an Arocs model that features the 3-slat design for it's grill, the video is in Youtube and it was released just right at the same time the Arocs was. Lego did an amazing job designing that "toothed" grill along with the use of flick-fire missile parts to hold the flat panels.
There is one thing that really caught my attention when building this model, I had to call Lego Customer Service because one of the bags (bag tagged #3) was opened inside the set, I was supposed to build it on my birthday November 2nd but was forced to do an early build because of this issue well luckily the bag was only opened and wasn't missing any parts because that will have been a bigger headache. I hope the bags are tougher to avoid this little issue. Your people at Customer service are very courteous and assured me if there was indeed a missing piece it will be sent to me.
SO will I recommend this set? YES, get this and you will not regret it. A fantastic set for young truck lovers and collectors of any age, it clearly achieves it's purpose as a toy that is a sold 100%, tons of detail and I can spend all day just staring at this set, I think I have never seen a very detailed Lego Technic set as much as the 42043 Arocs is right now. For one to even fully appreciate the set in it's entirety I wouldn't make it RC I mean that's just how I see it, that little kid in me still wants to be the hands on collector, operate the functions and make sounds as if it was really real.
I had such a great time building this set that recommend this to every Lego fan out there, as a purchase or gift I'm sure you'll never regret spending $230 for this big guy!
"When I first saw this set I knew I gotta have one quick, I was so excited that I called Lego multiple times and when the VIP early access popped up I ordered mine right away. I'm not really a Ferrari expert but comparing it to the actual car and the model itself, Lego has done an excellent job in giving the car it's classic shape undoubtedly an F40.
A lot of detail went to it's big V8 engine that can be removed and displayed alongside the car, the massive engine hatch too gets the same treatment, then you go upfront and there is this big hood that hinges well, then inside you have this immaculately designed interior and everything is red! The car's wheel cover is very exclusive to this as well as the new silver components. The exterior features like the windshield, air ducts and rear wing are also very well represented in Lego format. The stickers used in set is high quality although I wish Lego instead just printed some of them like Ferrari logo in the steering wheel and the F40 emblem at the left side as well as the one on the license plate, I think the Ferrari logo also should have been printed as well on the left and right sides of the car. I'll give Lego a 100/100 by making this set free-wheeled just like my 8214 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia, it adds more play factor to the set and it is in scale with that set and my 10220 VW T1 Campervan.
If you're into classic cars or just simply love cars then this set if for you!"
"Yep that's Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) line when he drove the car with Lucius Fox in Batman Begins, one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the version Christopher Nolan presented to us in the form of The Tumbler, an entirely new type of car which for me looks more like a tank/ armored car/ urban assault vehicle, I think I have never seen a vehicle designed like this but the idea works.
First off, this model's box is huge. The thing arrived at my work and I was expecting an average sized box but as it appears I got a bigger box, this is probably as big as a flagship Technic set (8110, 42043) not bad for a flagship set of the DC Superheroes line. It is also one of the coolest looking box designs in my collection, thumbs up for that Lego!
The build was fairly easy to average for me, Lego supplied the set with 5 instruction manuals with numbered bags for the set you'll be building, another point for Lego considering this set is about 95% black parts. All 5 manuals also feature the Wayne Enterprise logo from the movie, cool! I enjoyed building the set for 8 hours, I find it very interesting that this set featured unique angling techniques to replicate the car's unique shape, it uses very few stickers mainly for the computer panels of the set though I wish Lego instead printed them since this set is already exclusive. Parts least you expect to see from this set came in very handy like 2 small hammers that holds the screens then the "fanged" 1x1 tiles that help simulate the jagged ends of the car, you also have roof components that again helps give the car it's distinctive look. While the set is not really as playable as one will expect and is merely a display piece, I appreciate the fact that the designer still made the roof component of the car removable so one can look at what it feels to be inside The Tumbler. The model is very sturdy too, front chassis of the set uses technic panels that's covered again by angled parts giving the car's muscular look for it's front suspension, at the rear technic parts again do a lot of help to replicate the car's rear suspension, you'll find 2 portal axles from the technic parts bin being used to hold the dually setup for the car, and speaking of the dually tires they are very sturdy too! I will not go into further detail but the approach for the rear wheels adds to the set's sturdiness. You won't find any springs at the back but instead there are worm gears that replicate the car's strong rear suspension.
The plaque is fairly simple and aside from featuring the specs of the car it also has 2 exclusive minifigures, Christian Bale's Batman and the late Heath Ledger's Joker something that you won't get in any DC Superheroes set.
To sum it up, this is one of the best builds I ever had, 8 hours 20 minutes was well spent. The set is very huge, putting it in scale it can be put side by side with my 42000 Grand Prix Race Car and 42039 24 Hours Race Car and that's how big it is, it's heavy too after all that's 1,869 pieces of awesomeness, also I only realized now that the set and the actual car almost looks like Batman himself when looked at front facing position. You won't get the front tires in any other set, another exclusive part this set has and when you roll the set, it has that unique whirr at the front wheels I guess because of the weight but I think it's cool. I wish the underbody was filled with bricks because it feels almost empty for me, and the bricks will make it sturdier.
I still recommend getting this set as it is the biggest and coolest Batmobile!"
"I have to say that this is one of the most gorgeous looking sets the Technic design team has ever put up. The set is clearly a rendition of Le Mans Prototype racers we see in magazines and TVs and the actual event itself so when I first heard Lego is making one I knew I needed to have one, the wait and money is well worth it too.
Pros - First ever Le Mans car from Technic, and Lego has executed the design very well, I'm not a big fan of the actual race but I know the LMP (Le Mans Prototype) racers are very cool, low slung, wide, long with large rear wings and this set has all those details. - A welcome design to any Lego fan, we normally see Lego come up with truck, crane, wrecker, sports car, F1, even hot rod but never with a Le Mans-themed car. - Color choice, the light green is exclusive to this set, I have the lime green Formula Off-Roader but this one is over the top cool, blended with white as the secondary color and complemented by an assortment of different colored parts from the Lego pallet, you end up with a car that is go fast green. - I'm not a big fan of stickers but this time, the stickers actually help make it look more interesting as cars of this class usually display decals from the automaker and its sponsors so that's a plus for me. - Mechanicals of the set, a fairly simple approach using RWD mid-engine set-up and the suspension system also takes the same approach too, simple and low slung, like the real thing this set is only meant to be played in a bump-free surface. It doesn't use any linear actuators, just beams and gears. I love the new transmission pieces, they are sturdier. - Staying true to the actual car, the designer also made it sure that this set's underbody is as flat and clean as it can and the set has a good steering mechanism too.
Cons: - The smooth surface is interrupted by a single 13M beam at the engine cover, I made some modifications to make it look smoother. - Corrugated pipe that simulates the engine pipe is very hard to connect with the blue friction pin, I suggest using a 2M red cross axle or 3M grey cross axle instead. It could've used another pair of the pipes to simulate a more powerful looking engine. - The set looks better with 6-spoke wheel design so inverted mine and it looks like an LMP ready to go racing in the streets! - the mounting point for the PF motor is so tight only an M-motor will fit perfectly without touching the transmission lever, I wish it was quite bigger so I can put an L-Motor; PF parts are quite hard to integrate with the set, as such I think an adult's supervision will be required is a younger kid will be playing this set.
I still recommend getting this set because its not everyday that you get a Le Mans-inspired Lego Technic set. If Lego will make another one, I'm sure to buy that but until that happens this is the real deal! I can just spend hours looking at it with how an LMP is immaculately transformed into a Lego."
"This is the finest Lego airplane set I've had since I only had 1 before and that was the Technic Space Shuttle, moving forward this set brought back so much fun and memories as a little kid I was fascinated by any airplane or helicopter we saw passing by our old home. Aesthetics-wise this has to be the one of the most pleasing sets from the Technic line, I like the white and blue livery the designer chose for this big boy and the fact that you don't have to motorize it because it's already motorized right off the box. Functions are fun to operate especially the blades and then trying to make it "fly", very fun feature especially when you are just being that kid who wants to have his/her own airplane. The loading ramp and the tilting pilot area is lifted by two small linear actuators and are another feature kids of all ages will enjoy, last you have the landing gear, had so much fun playing that feature and mimicking it landing in an airstrip, all those real-life functions has been integrated to this set that you'll enjoy playing it or looking at it and savoring how appealing this set is!
Manual features lets you move that flaps and ailerons in different directions, features that the little pilot in you will surely love.
Pros: - It's massive, minifig scale it probably is but with 1,297 pieces goes way a lot with this set, wing tip to wing tip. One can surely tell how big this airplane is - Mine came with a new version of the Power Functions box which has a more pronounced color and the green LED power indicator is "greener" - My biggest complaint on any full-size Technic set is the lack of Power Functions and that you have to purchase it separately, in this one though Power Functions is integrated and I'm already looking forward to replacing it with an L-Motor considering how the mounting point was designed for it. - Kudos to Lego for making the Power Functions box very easy to remove. - Very very appealing look, probably because I was never into Lego plane sets but this one just has that wow factor, and I'm keeping it in my collection for as long as I can! - Stickers makes this set don't look boring actually the contrasting color of blue makes this set "alive" in your eyes - I'll give Lego a 10/10 for "clutching" the plane's twin-engine by using a simple ingenious way which I'll for you to figure out once you've built your own :) - Very rigid design, I'm able to lift it up singlehandedly and make it fly.
Cons - It feels a little open especially in the rear cargo area but probably a new panel could have remedied it, otherwise a small fix considering I've seen other collectors and fans modify theirs already - The twin-engine design is great BUT on how it's attached to the wings and make it wobbly. - Set feels a little bit unfinished because of the gap left open, small fix though just have to tinker around your parts bin to solve this. - Can be very challenging for younger builders because the parts bag are un-numbered, be sure to have enough time and space to build it but it can be a fun challenge for older and experienced builders.
I combined mine with set 42020 small twin rotor helicopter and the donor set makes 42025 looks more real with 6 blades on each motor.
Lego did a good job with this cargo airplane set and it's worth spending that $140.00! Prepare to take flight!"
"This is my very first dinosaur-themed set and lucky enough it is a licensed set. I bought it for 2 main reasons:
I like the truck used, I'm a big Unimog fan and the moment I saw the trailer of the actual movie with Mercedes-Benz vehicles on them, I knew for a fact it will be some kind of a Unimog-inspired truck and I was right because Lego based it on an actual Unimog U4023 used as a mobile veterinary unit for the dinosaurs in particular I think for the Raptors that Owen is training. For about $50.00 this set packs just about enough parts and the main build which is the truck is quite big well it actually stands out for its immensity, then you have the boxy lab that can actually be removed, well detailed if I may. I'm not a big fan of Lego stickers I still prefer the old ways BUT I must commend Lego with the final execution of the stickers, yes it may be too much but if you will compare it to the actual 'Mog they used for the film it is a great representation. The truck is driven by Claire and adding to the playability of it for younger kids is the spring loaded tranquilizer meant to knock out the raptors that has gone haywire, fun enough it is if you don't want to play it, it can be easily fitted inside the mobile lab area and it comes with a random ACU minifig.
I got this set also because of the Raptor pack, so far I have Blue and Delta, I'm getting set 75920 Raptor Escape so I can add Raptors Charlie and Echo. The raptor mold which I heard is not really new is still interesting to own especially that all four raptors have unique markings on them, they are not really big but taller than a minifig and they are not really small either and that's why I like the raptors, set 75917 has raptors Blue and Delta fitted with a camera on their heads and I like that particular touch on the detail.
This set comes with three minifigures, Owen, Claire and a random ACU personnel meant to assist in controlling the rampaging raptors.
My biggest complaint is that it's not a free-wheeled set, the supposed 2 axles on this set limits the playability, I had to replace all 4 wheels with larger balloon-type tires over large black 6-hole wheels and add a couple of parts to finish my modifications. YES this set is fit very well for revisions especially the cab and chassis, you just need to let loose of your imagination.
"One of the coolest looking sets from Lego and I enjoyed every second of building it, I had to find this set numbered 41999 mine being 19,691 of 20,000 online and it came with a hefty $159 premium over its then $200 retail price. I got mine still sealed and what welcomed me is a packaging that somewhat tells you what's going to welcome you inside, it comes with all the signature of the people who helped this co-creation become a reality and the box has a good texture to it. The set is very well a 9398 wearing a classic American muscle body, then comes the color scheme reserved only for this set - a darker hue of blue that Lego normally uses for its more serious versions of Lego city themed police vehicles, what also adds to the sets cool factor is its white racing stripes and the use of chrome-plated beams. Cool thing I like about this set is it has Power Functions enabled winch - the winch cable itself is also reserved only for this set is a tougher type unlike the ones we see on other Lego sets - and LED lights. Lego went an extra mile by painting white the outer parts of the black wheels though I wished at the time this was being conceptualized, a larger-diameter balloon tire design would have supplanted it's value.
I made some minor enhancements on mine by changing the gears on the portal axles that decreased its speed but then put more torque on control when operating it's forward/reverse functions. I added a pair of PF lights up front to mimic turn signal lights so that needed a little rewire and with the help of PF 8879 Multi-Speed Remote control I am able to harness the speed of this set and maintain a specific steering angle.
For me as a collector, this is best left in it's current state with the exception of minor modifications but that's just how I see it. Will I recommend it? Yes, go get one while this set hasn't reached $1,000. Happy Hunting!"