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