"Huge Lego fan and huge space fan. I haven't gotten a real Lego set in years but the instant I saw this on the back of my brothers Lego Magazine I knew I had to have it. Sold out everywhere I had to go the Lego store on the shipment day and finished it that same day. Cool box, instructions and lots and lots of bags.
Only had to backtrack when building once but it definitely keeps you on your feet, you must watch for where different exterior pieces go in relation to the symmetrical interior. Structure inside is very clever and included are lots of rare parts and various colors. All printed pieces no stickers, saved much headache.
The size is just incredible. I have the previous Lego rocket that has the umbilical tower and crawler but this one dwarfs that in size, detail and weight.
Even though the sections can split it remains very solid, very hard to break off parts except the top of the tower, it could probably tip over and be fine.
The accessories are nice as well, you can switch out the white command module with the gray stickered one if you wish and the lunar module also folds up and fits in the top, 4 mini minifigures are included but the last one is probably an extra piece.
One of my favorite accents are the rocket cones, especially the bottom ones. Lots of detail loyal to the real thing. All the proportions, lettering and accessories are to scale which is very pleasing to me. I would snatch this set up as fast as you can. I've probably collected several hundred Lego sets over the years and who knows how many parts and this one might just be the best yet."
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Largest set out of the other rocket, Boeing 787 and Sopwith Camel
"I got this to go along with my big unimog and I don't know why they bothered calling it a mini tow truck, it's got the orange cab, gray bed, and a red crane. It's fun driving it around pulling minifigure vehicles. If you pop oh the cab it changes from a unimog to one of those trucks with the flat fronts and high windows. I haven't built the B model yet but I looks cool. The steering is clunky as can be expected with all mini models but it works great. Cool little set when you cant bring your big unimog to school or work."
"this is a nice little technic set to take along with you when you go places when you cant bring your unimog u400 or nxt robot. the funtion works smoothly and since it has a worm gear if you push the tong things that pick it up it wont move and you can get it really tight against the back of the truck so it doesnt fall off in your coat pocket or wherever. It reminds me of a dumster for mini lego guys, they should make something like this minifigure scale but still great set!"
"You can pull plates apart really easy with this and you dont even need 2, I can pull off the ultimate hardness level of plates with this............ 2, 2x1 plates stuck together a piece of cake. i got this nice orange one in the sopwith camel and they are putting them in all the new exclusive sets so dont buy it separate, buy an exclusive set and save a few bucks."
"No one has written a detailed review yet and that is what you want right? I ordered this the day is it came out and I recieved it and built it on the 7th and I am writing this review on the eighth. I built it iin 6 hours with many breaks and lots of messing around so about 4 hours actually. this is an incredible plane and has many more funtions and greatness than lego has said. You start out building the lower wings and the cockpit. This took the longest for me because i am very messy about building legos so on this part there was many times when only 1 kind of a piece was in the set and it had to be found and you built the cockpit for a really long time so it showed ALL of the plane that was already built when you couldve just zoomed in on the cockpit to build it. Then comes the fusleage It was pretty easy but watch out for the lengths of the sides. This where you get to see the first aireloins move which are the back ones. There is a lego panhard rod connecting from the joystick to a technic beam and the technic beam is pulled back by a rubber band and has a string attached to it that that connects to the back aireloins. I was disappointed that they didnt go all the way down but that was a quick fix by moving the string stud one stud closer to the plane to give it more slack so the rubber bands can pull it all the way down. Next was the top wings, I completely blew the moment by putting them on backwards at first but they look glorious. the wing aireloins work perfect and smooothly. Next comes the wheels, no here is something you sould not expect: this thing has suspension with 2 of the gray shocks. But they dont go up and down but rather balance the sway of the plane or if your lottle brother steps on the win g it wont break and tip over. The prop speins very smoothly and does not hit the twin vickers machine guns. The cockpit is very detailed with an instrument panel and a wicker seat. Only 5 out of 11 of the strings on it are for the airleloins the the rest are for show. I have some picture of the underside and shocks, the mod with the back aireloins and the cockpit and the innards of the fuselage. Also see the video of it."
"This is my favorite set along with my nxt. The first thing you will notice when you open the box is the size of the tires thy are the biggest tires ever at about 4 inches in diameter. Building it isn't that hard but you will encounter some problems that you will need to look back at to fix. Bag 1 I think this was the hardest and most boring bag even though there are like 7 of I kept on thinking I was missing pieces but there was always another bag. In this bag you made the chassis and the transmission, suspension and the front and back pto and ppto ( power take off, pneumatic power take off). I tried to replace the medium motor with the xl motor but it blocked the transmission.( not good) I also tried to make it rc a medium motor can fit in that little space in he steering rod that goes down the cabin. But I tried to fit an xl motor to drive it forward and backward but it made the whole back of the thing was loose. It has a crankshaft going all the way through it that runs the 4 piston dud motor. You can still see the dud motor through the cabin but you can see it better if you lift the cab. The winch string is about a ft long at most and it reels in very slowly but you can just pull it out. The turntable is very slow and sometimes it slips from the transmission because of like 15 pipes squished underneath the turntable. I started building it Christmas morning and worked till midnight and I finished at about 9 pm the next day. The crane works very well you can limit the amount of air that goes into a cylinder so it doesn't go down to fast and squish the thing you are trying to lift. The claw is strong but it cant trap your fingers in it. I mainly lift little Lego cars and atvs and I can also lift my brothers seaplane. Overall Thai is a very good set and it is the biggest set I have being even bigger than the picture on the box."
"This is a great motor I've had it for a few years now. I used to have it on a garbge conveyer belt And occasionally it stopped and I had to let it cool down. Right now it is in my mobile crane and can lift about 3/4 pound of stuff. I plan to get 2 xl motors and get an unimog u400 for Christmas and replace the m motor that comes with it with an xl then use the m motor for steering because I'm going to make it rc and have the other xl for driving."
"Most people dont like long reviews but read this one. This is my favorite set out of probably about 50 You can do anything with it. So first is the building, it is not that hard but all the add on models except the shooterbot minus shooting and color sensor feature just a bare robot with treads are all on instructions ON THE PROGRAM they are not in the instruction book. It gives you a disc with the program for programming it in the box or you can download from this site. Unless you are a computer programming whiz you will have to watch many internet videos to under stand how to program it. Now reviewing the different models Alpha rex is good and with all the other builds you can download the program without having to actually program it. I built it a long time ago and if I can remember he can sort of move his arms but sometimes a pin gets unattached and the arms are loose he dances and walks with the initial program. I have not yet built the color sorter, But the alligator is cool if it sees you it will advance snapping its jaws and then withdraw to protect its territory. The shooterbot is my favorite you can convert to do almost anything from following a tape circle to being controlled by a pair of touch sensors. Once I had it with 3 or 4 programs just for the shooterbot. And do not give this to anyone 10 or younger I think I got it when I was 11 or twelve and it was still tricky to program just to turn if it sees a wall. Now the sensors, the touch sensors are hard to program I havent figured out how to make a program for them to do anything except the shooterbot being controlled by it, but someone else showed me how to make that program. The ultrasonic sensor is cool it can see thing but not real skinny presise objects. The color sensor is my favorite because it doubles as a light sensor and a color lamp with 3 colors. It reckognizes your fingers as red so you dont have to use those plastic balls that are always rolling around. But if I am using a program that uses lots of colors I just attach different colored bricks the model. The motors are great except when you need to build somehting with motors moving other motors they are bulky and heavy. And it can win you awards like my music maker piano playing robot in the July 2010 magazine I posted a pic of it on this review. And yes I think you should buy this if you have lots of time and patience."
"This is my second favorite set I have first being my mindstorms. And that is saying something because I have so many legos I have to put my taken apart sets in bags in a giant box in the storage room. It can hold quite a bit of weight without tipping over and that is where the legs come out the are actually surprisingly functional. Currently it is holding my rocket from the space center set a over the launch pad and the arm hasn't even bent that much. It has the three functions first raising the arm it has a little trouble from a loose clicking gear probably because of the power functions I put on are making it go too fast and they do help alot. The second is extending the arm it will start to bend if it is out all the way and you have something heavy on it but it extends really nice no problems with the gears. The is the string going up and down it sometimes gets tangled because this set has a pretty complicated transmission and it is a pain to get out. It is also very strong and hasn't broken yet but you still have to cut and tie it. I think it is longer than it looks in the pic online. And the steering is nice but when the legs are pulled in and you are steering a hard right or left it lifts up the back leg a bit then drops down and Makes this annoying sound and when you first set the steering make sure all the wheels are straight or it won't turn right. The legs use a genius device to make all four come out with only twisting one gear and on the end of each leg you twist to make it go down so when are pushing it it doesn't drag on the ground. I figured ou if you take off the "W" shaped part on the end of the string you can put on one of those flat circular pieces with the loop on top so it can attach to studs I used it to fit perfectly on the top of the rocket. Overall it is one of my favorite sets and does just about everything. I would have uploaded a pic of it holding the rocket but I am using my itouch because my brother is playing the computer. :)"