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Posted:June 3, 2020
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Age: 35-44 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Expert LEGO builder
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Ride malfunctions
" I think a lot of fans are going to have a problem getting the ride to work correctly (the first time trying) which consists of smoothly getting the ride cart to be pulled up to the top of the tower without the chain links snapping off and then falling all the way to the bottom where a new mini figure or “rider” can get on.
The problems I would encounter were first off that there was overall too much friction from the 16 rubber wheels that help slow down the cart so it doesn’t come crashing into pieces at the bottom. When cranking the ride up from the bottom to the top, the force it took was too much for the chain link to handle (due to too much friction) and it would continuously break and snap off. So in the process of trying to tweak the ride and try to get it to work I had to physically have one hand under the cart to help push it up past the initial start where the brake wheels are located as I was cranking the lever in the back.
The second problem that came due to too much friction of the wheels was when it would fall back down. The cart would get caught and come to a complete stop way before reaching the bottom and I either had to physically pull it down or I had to wait for it to sloooooowly trickle down to the bottom after it came to that initial first stop. (This wasn’t due to bricks out of place as other have stated)
I knew going in that there would be some issues possibly with the ride after watching a video from an influencer online that got the set early and he encountered some issues as well. Never thought it would take this much tweaking and rebuilding though.
Basically what I ended up having to do was very reluctantly take down the tower section (which there is no easy or defined way to do like on a modular where you could take levels on and off very easy) so I could get to the wheels and reposition them/space them out as I thought at first that them touching each other was the problem. After testing that theory out it did help a little (***HIGHLY recommend spacing out those wheels on the yellow technic axel as opposed to pushing them close together***) but ultimately there was still too much friction so what finally worked for me was getting a paper towel and putting a dab of soap and water on a corner of the paper towel and “greasing” the wheels or slicking them up if you will. This is what finally worked for me and it fixed both problem of the chain breaking from too much force and the early catching of the wheels to make the kart stop before it should have.
I know this is probably a tad confusing, I’m not the best writer in the world but I hope this well help some of you get it right the first time because no LEGO builder wants to spend time taking apart something they just built.
The last thing I’ll say is that I’m not really sure if the value is there after looking at the actual pieces you get in this 3200 piece set, I’d say easily 500-600 of the pieces are 1x1 rounds, plates and tiles and the chain link is around 100 pieces as well which can serve no other purpose to a LEGO builder than on this set. I know it’s probably nitpicking I just wanted to state for those who care about what pieces you get and price per piece, I mean you can get 1x1 pieces a lot of times for pennies per piece.
With everything being said I love the LEGO brand and will be a fan for life, this set just wasn’t for me.
Good luck & Happy Building! "
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I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Danbury
From:  United States
State:  Connecticut
Age: 35-44 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Expert LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
07 hrs
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