Review: 42026 Black Champion Racer

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This is the first review I have done on a Technic set, and only the second I have built since coming out of my “Dark Ages” in 2009! The first set I built was 42007 Moto Cross Bike, which was given to me as a gift earlier this year. Whilst as a child most of my early LEGO consisted of Town and Space sets, it was later on that Technic became my theme of choice. I have many memories of building sets with my dad, the pinnacle of which was set 8865 Test Car. Technic was also probably the last LEGO I built before becoming a teenager and leaving my LEGO hobby to rest…

The Black Champion Racer appears to be based on a single seater, F1 style racing car. And actually considering it’s size, it does a good job of doing so! One of the smaller sets for 2014, and one of two that feature the “pull-back” motor (part no. 6024100) that has been seen previously on sets like 42010 Off Road Racer and 42011 Race Car. The other “pull-back” set soon to be released is 42027 Desert Racer which using online building instructions at LEGO.com, can be combined with the Champion Racer to build a larger 6-wheel Racing Truck!

Box and Contents

As you can see the box is pretty standard. There's a nice image of the finished model on the front as well as a diagram to show the pull-back motor. On the back of the box there is an image of the Champion Racer, and the Desert Racer combined as the 6-wheeler truck, and the website address for the build instructions. Also on the box is of course the age recommendation, which I would say is pretty spot on for the complexity of the set and the build. There are a few tricky bits however, but I’ll get to those later.

Inside the box there are the four tyres, one sticker sheet, and 2 bags of parts. One bag contains the bulk of the parts while the other has the smaller pieces like the connector pegs, bushes, etc.

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The Build

The instructions of the Champion Racer are easy and clear to follow – MUCH better than the Technic instructions I remember as a kid! The step-by-step guide and parts required for each page is great and the scale images for parts such as the cross axles and beams really helps too. Being such a small and simple set, it didn't take long to build. There are 28 steps in the construction process but with little repetition, which is good. As I mentioned before, I think the recommended age is fair but my only comment is whilst the set is suitable for a 7-year old to build, there are a couple of steps that require quite a strong squeeze and good alignment of the multiple connector pins that need pushing together. That would be my only issue with it however. The other thing I would say is this set is quite sticker heavy as you can see from the sheet in the box contents image above. They do help bring the set to life but I do find them a fiddle to apply straight - especially on a curved panel!

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Final Thoughts

To finish then, I would have to say overall this is a fun little build and actually as a finished model does a great job of resembling an F1 race car. I especially like the use of the two flexible axles to create the contour of the race car so nicely. It's also a great representation of a race car from a set containing only 136-pieces. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I hope you enjoyed the review!

11 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

It appears to look better IRL than the picture on the box suggests.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the review @kempo81. I am not usually much of a Technic fan but I think I will want to pick up one of these pull back motors, so this set or 42027 will be on my wanted list.

The only issue with the set looks to me to be that the axles are a little bit too long and protrude from the wheels in a rather unsightly manner, hopefully a slightly shorter axle would be a better fit.

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By in United Kingdom,

I should also have said the pull back motor actually worked exceptionally well both on a hard floor and carpet! My 2 year old has been watching it with great excitement zooming from the conservatory all the way into the sitting room!

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By in United States,

Clicking on the last two pictures takes me to a "Sign In to Yahoo!" page instead of a larger image.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ should be fixed now... :o)

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By in United States,

Nice review, Kempo! It looks much thinner IRL than it does on the box...

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By in United States,

Looks like a nice set, how much did you pay for it? There's no information on price on the page…

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By in Canada,

LEGO sent them to us, we don't know the prices.

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By in United States,

Oh, right.

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By in United States,

@kempo81: Thanks for fixing the pictures. It's amazing how the curved TECHNIC elements come together to create that sleek F1 shape.

What length are those black flexible axles? I seem to recall reading somewhere that a certain length of those axles is in particularly high demand.

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