Review: 42059 Technic Stunt Truck

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Technic has always been a passion of mine from the moment I opened set'8862 one Christmas morning. Technic became my toy of choice every birthday and Christmas to follow through to my teenage years. Its what kept me from falling into a complete dark age black out.

As my interests in other areas grew my love of Technic remained in the form of a tub full to the brim with sets from most of the mid nineties including 8880 Super Car which was to be my final LEGO set ever brought for me. In more recent times System LEGO has become more prevalent in my collecting and slowly nudged Technic to the back of the class so I was pleased when I was sent 42059 Stunt Truck Truck for review.

Will Technic's latest offering along with 2017 being an important milestone celebrating forty years of the Technic theme rekindle my love of the building with beams?


Box and contents

The box keeping to the tradition form of an image of the set in action with the sets information down the left of the box.

Dispite 2017 being Technics fortieth anniversary and the fact that every set released this year comes with a commemorative beam element LEGO have chosen play things down by hiding this from us on the top of the box and choosing to display the pull back function on the front of the box instead.

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Upon opening the box you are greeted with two unnumbered bags the book of instructions one motor, four rubber tyres and a set of stickers.


New and interesting parts

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The 6x3x5 pull back motor 6143751 and 127x111 mm No.3 Ramp 6170247 are both new elements to make it into the set and are joined by a host of new re-colours and the commemorative printed 3 Module No.1 Beam 6170737.


The build

Starting from the motor the build is a familiar fare of beams and 3M Connector pins layered to form a strong and sturdy chassis with both front and rear axles by stage twelve.

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From this point the build starts to become interesting as the body starts taking shape through the newly re-coloured Medium Azure 3x11 panels used as part of to mirrored sub assembles which become the left and right side panels.

The bonnet is the next sub assembly using more of the Medium Azure panels this time left and right 3x7 panels and two 1x2W/Cross and Hole beams also in Medium Azure.

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Returning to the tail end of the truck it is now time to complete the body with the use of two black beams held together by a 5M beam and a 5M half beam with the commemorative printed white 3M beam displayed to full effect.

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The roof is the final step of the trucks body and again is built from two mirrored sub assembles creating a dynamic line from the front of the roof leading to the flanks along the back of the trucks body.

All that is required now is to slide four Rim Wide W/Cross 30/20 Rims coated in the Normal wide 43,2x22 tyres onto the 12M Cross Axles.

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The set of stickers consists of eight stickers in total printed on a white backing. Once applied they break up the Medium Azure panels with black and white chequered print and Accele Rate racing graphics.

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The Ramp

The ramp 6170247 is unique to this set owing to the fact that the detailing is printed in Medium Azure to match the Stunt Trucks colour scheme and is made of a single pre cut sheet of Polypropylene.

Construction is made up from two 9M Beams holding both ends of the folded ramp piece with the use of Connector Bushes with Friction Pins ½ Bushes at one end rubber 2M Dampers to stop the ramp from sliding on smooth surfaces which works effectively when being played with (purely for test purposes)

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Verdict

Priced at $19.99, the set is lacking interesting and specialised elements This may also be owing to being a basic yet very sturdy build with lots of connection points to give the Stunt Truck strength it requires to cope with the rigours of the stresses it would receive through play.

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With only one hundred and forty two more common parts and without the more expensive and desirable elements it doesn’t lend itself to being a valuable parts pack.

As a display piece the Stunt Truck has quite a nice colour scheme due to the use of the Medium Azure but despite its cool stance it is still a very basic shape with no real attention grabbing details or build techniques Therefore would be very low down in the pecking order of sets fighting for valuable display space.

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So it is not a set I would recommend to an Technic AFOL based on the points raised but I would highly recommend it to someone who is in the market for a reasonably priced intro into Technic set as it is fun to play with but isn’t an overly complex set for someone new to Technic.

I hope you have found this review informative and would like to know what you think by liking this post or posting you thoughts in the comments below.

This set was provided for review by The Lego Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

15 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I'm a sucker for "pull-back" LEGO and I've enjoyed the last 4 years or so, when they've released a pair of these each year. Nothing fancy, but a good build, a durable toy and lots of fun racing with my kids. And now, ramps (and not the crap Chima ramps, but ramps with LEGO elements!).

Thanks for the review!

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By in Germany,

Second Paragraph of the Ramp description:
Fiction Pins should be Friction Pins

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By in United States,

why is no one answering my questions in other news articles like the STAR WARS whats missing competition?

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By in United Kingdom,

Matt89190,
It's not the most interesting build Technic have to offer, I agree. However it's more than up to the challenge of what it's built for.

speedorz4ever,
Yes pull back motors offer robust functions and plenty of play opportunities. And sometimes are just good fun even to an AFOL ;o)

masterX244,
Oops you are correct, my bad.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ We'll worry about that if you win it...

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By in United States,

Ok but are the pictures on twitter for the star wars whats missing contest every entry?

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By in Netherlands,

@GCC: Thanks for the review!

Here are some constructive remarks:
- There are some spelling errors that can easily be avoided by using a spelling checker.
- Using more punctuation marks makes the review much more easy/pleasant to read.
- Assess a set for what it is: IMHO, no one will buy this as a display piece or to have the ultimate building experience. It's a pre-eminent play set and I'd like to read how it performs as such: does it stay in one piece when hitting a wall, how fast does it go, how easy is it to make the truck actually hit the ramp (how well does the truck go in a straight line)?

I hope you appreciate my feedback for its purpose: to make your next review even better!

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By in United Kingdom,

BeaR the Builder,
Thank you for the feedback, it is welcomed.
I have taken the approach that Brickset is predominantly visited by AFOL's who look at sets more for their value as a display piece, parts pack or interesting building experience rather than it's primary function.
In future I will make an effort to comment on a sets performance based on how it may be received by the demographic the set is aimed at as these reviews may well be used by a parent deliberating if it's set they may or may not purchase for their children.

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By in New Zealand,

Nice review of a great little pull-back-racer. I like the ramp and would have liked to see one in last year's pull-back-racers. The colour scheme and sponsorship complements this year's 42050 Drag Racer.

Welcome to the Brickset review team.

I am the last person to criticise anyone for spelling and grammar. BeaR the Builder does make some good points though. I always copy the entire review by pressing Ctrl/Cmd-A then paste it into MS Word. Word has a much better spelling and grammar checker than the review pane here at Brickset.

You will need to make the changes in the review area and not on the Word Doc though. This final check always picks up mistakes that would, otherwise, have made it into the text.

Have a look at the guide I wrote a while ago on writing reviews:
http://brickset.com/assets/docs/reviewGuide.pdf

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By in United States,

I think it is a good point, though, that while a set should be judged on the build and displayability- it should ALSO be examined under the merit of what it is supposed to be. No use giving, say, Container Yard a negative review for not looking very good when it's terrific as a playset, which is its primary purpose.

I do agree, though, that this isn't a very interesting model. Still better than 42060 though.

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By in Canada,

Likewise for details on it's quality as a pullback racer. I love sets like the Porsche for their build, functions, and displayability, but I also buy a pullback racer ever year. Sending a Lego car sailing off a ramp will never get old, despite my age!

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By in Australia,

As for the target readers, I myself am not much interested in technic (well I would be if I didn't have any restraints on my finances and storage space). The only reason I clicked on this article was to see if this might be a good set to purchase for my young son to play with. So I would be very interested to know how well it stands up to extensive play by a 5 year old. He loves nothing more than to send things with wheels flying down the kitchen floor :-)

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By in United States,

@MBJosh04 I think that the contest is not a Twitter thing, but rather a Flickr. But if the admins accept, then alright for you. Also, not everyone can answer your questions.

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By in Belgium,

What I don’t like about this model is that it doesn’t seem to have a front window.
When you look from the front or from the side it looks bad ugly.
Look at 42046, Getaway racer: it has two Black Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Angled 5, which are sadly not connected to the Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Liftarm 1 x 5 Thick.
But at least it looks like a window frame from the front or the side.

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By in United States,

Great review. I think that it is a decent build but lacking also.

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