Review: 42065 RC Tracked Racer

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When I first saw the 42065 RC Tracked Racer advertised last year I thought it would be a fantastic and fun racer that would create endless competitive fun.

I have liked the Technic Racers that have been released in the last couple of years. This unlicensed theme has had several pull-back racers, a stunt bike and stunt truck, and last year's funny car. They have all shared the same sponsors on their livery.

42065 RC Tracked Racer adds remote controlled Power Functions to the mix and it looked like it would be heaps of fun to play with. To me, it looked like the Technic designers have created an opportunity for lots of fun in a set that would appeal to a huge number of LEGO fans.

Read on and see whether this set meets these goals.

The box

The box art shows the RC Tracked Racer racing around a dirt track in a speedway stadium. It is leaving a dust cloud behind as it is being controlled using an IR Remote Control. The artwork shows the included Power Functions elements.

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The rear of the box hints at how this Tracked Racer is controlled: each track has its own motor and has an independent remote channel. It also has an image of the B model: RC Off-Road Truck.

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On the side of the box is the reference to Technic's 40th Anniversary. There is also an image of the white sprocket wheel at 1:1 scale; this is the first time for this part in this colour.

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Instructions and stickers

The instructions come in one book.

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There is some stickers with the normal Technic racers sponsorship logos.

  • Trans Missions
  • Accele Rate
  • Mani Fold
  • High Octanes
  • Roaring Motors
  • F&T Tyres

I prefer not to put stickers onto my LEGO models.

Parts

The parts come in un-numbered bags. There are no special or new parts in this set other than three parts in new colours: the white sprocket wheels mentioned above, cross axle 5M with end stop in reddish brown which has been introduced this year, and wedge belt wheels in white.

The build

The build is broken down into two principle stages: The chassis and Power Functions, and the single-piece body.

The chassis is quite a simple and sturdy design. It houses all the Power Functions components and has two M-motors - one for each track.

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The single-piece body hinges up at the front of the Tracked Racer. There is a dummy aerial with white flag to imitate a radio control feature.

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The completed model

When the two units are combined, the RC Tracked Racer looks like an aggressive, sleek racing tank ready to take on all competitors.

The Tracked Racer drives like a tank: each motor has one speed and goes either forward or reverse.

Each continuous track is supported by two return rollers and four road wheels. The right-front and left-rear sprocket are the drive wheels. Obviously the remote control must be set up so that the right (blue) channel rotates clockwise and the left (red) channel rotates anti-clockwise.

The special 40th Anniversary 3M beam is tucked in behind the right track.

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Overall opinion

One of these racers will not be enough; you will soon need a second racer to have some competition.

Since all the parts are reasonably universal throughout Technic sets, it may be possible for you to make your own RC Tracked Racer from parts in your own inventory, particularly if you have 74 track pieces, an IR Remote Control and an IR Receiver lying around.

24-tooth gears can be used in lieu of the wedge belt wheels as the return rollers and road wheels.

I had both these models made up for a big family gathering on Christmas Day. I tried using the racers outside on our lawn which had been mown neatly for the day. Some blades of grass got stuck in the tracks, which stopped the racers, so this was not so successful.

Also, because it was a bright summer's day - Christmas in the antipodes is a summer event - it was necessary to follow the racer around: the IR remotes had limited range in the bright sunlight.

We brought the racers inside where they were used on our polished wooden floors. The racers skidded around quite a bit as they are really f a s t - and a lot of fun.

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You could add some rubber studs to the tracks to get better traction but this would take away some fun. The racers work really well on carpet.

I think the Technic designers have made a winning Technic model here: lots of playability, Power Functions are included and the set is reasonably priced. I am sure that this set will appeal to a wide range of fans.


These RC Tracked Racers are available from shop.LEGO.com: UK | Germany | FranceView image at flickr

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34 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Wow - now I really want to pick up one of these!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great Review especially in terms of what surface works well - This looks like a set which has loads of fun especially the competitive element which could be had with two or more tracked racers, the way the truck can be swapped out with different colours and entirely different designs is going to be great. Might try a mini Unimog tracked racer :)

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By in United States,

I'm not typically a power function or technic set purchaser, but this one has been on my radar for some time.

Nice review, I think I'm swayed toward purchasing this set along with some Sbricks to get around the IR receiver issues. My only complaint with the format of this review is that videos would greatly add to the effectiveness of your write-up and any other set reviews featuring unique functions. The videos would only need to show the sets in action, no reason to speak or instruct, just show as the write-up serves the other purposes.

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By in New Zealand,

^ I agree with your comments on using video and I considered that a video would show the swooshability of this set better than words.

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought this looked pretty cool, and with not all that many parts, probably quite cheap too.

So I looked how much.

SEVENTY FIVE POUNDS?!

For 370 pieces. I know it has PF as well, but sheesh that's a lot! I'll not be getting it for that price, that's for sure.

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By in Canada,

Any idea when this will be available in North America? Does perhaps sound pricey as Paperballpark mentions but its probably one of the less expensive ways to start out with some Power Functions. I have yet to own any and this smaller set looks somewhat appealing to me for that reason.

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By in United States,

This is great, can't wait to see the MOC people will come up with including SW figures.

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By in United Kingdom,

i build this out of spares and it is flawed. the tracks were pulling on the motor which was bending two axels on the L peices. fun but not a perfect set.

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By in Belgium,

This looks a great set, wonder if I can use it to motorise 70595-1: Ultra Stealth Raider or 70224-1: Tiger's Mobile Command for my kids?

It'll probably be cheaper to get the motors and IR controllers separately, don't know, will have to look into it.

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By in United States,

Cool

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks great but to say its reasonable priced is abit rich, I saw it and thought I'd like that then I saw the price, I can buy a specialized build it yourself RC car for that kind of money that doesn't use Infra Red.

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By in United Kingdom,

It is very dear; this will be one to pick up at discount. But WOW, I was so happy to hear from this review that it's generally fun and (when confined to hard floors) works well! Kind of obsessed with tracked vehicles right now, so this will be something to look forward to...

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By in United States,

This set looks like an absolute blast!

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By in United States,

It's amazing that LEGO has been able to make a Power Functions RC set at such a low price point and size. I can see this selling very well, and I will definitely be picking one up. Unfortunately I was not collecting LEGO sets when they were making remote controlled vehicles in the last few years.

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By in Australia,

It is odd that there are so many comments about the price coming from the Northern Hemisphere. It is going to sell for AUD$120 here and I thought that was quite acceptable for what you get. It is usually me bemoaning the Australia Tax.

This is absolutely on my purchase list. I'll try and get through my current swag first though.

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By in United States,

Tempted to pick one up and turn it into a tank or a sci-fi vehicle.

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By in United Kingdom,

The intricacies of the model are great for indoors but I don't have very large floor areas so I have tended to buy RC cars that go outside in the past. It's a good thing I still have my 8639 Dirt Crusher to hand! Hopefully it will still recharge as I'm tempted to give it a go again. It wasn't really Lego, but it was certainly tough enough to brave the elements. A 'friend' drove it into a pond outside and it was still working afterwards!

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By in United States,

Great review, the racer looks good and I may have to get one when it comes to the US. As for the price seeming high for the number of pieces you get, that is very common for PF sets. I just checked legoshop.com prices for the PF parts two M motors, battery box, IR receiver and IR remote control. And it seems that the PF parts are worth about 54 euros or 37 pounds or 47 dollars. Which in the markets brickset has prices for more than half the price is just PF parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've got one of these and I like it a lot, so I just have two comments:

- I would have preferred radio control rather than infrared control. Lego have made radio control vehicles before (I have a #5600) and hopefully they will do again. The "RC" in the name of this set is a bit deceptive since most people will associate that with radio control.

- The body of the vehicle doesn't clip into place properly. It is only held in place by resting the rear spoiler against the IR receiver. This is OK for playing and racing the vehicle (as long as it stays right-side-up) but it means it is not possible to pick up the vehicle by the body, only by putting a hand underneath the vehicle, which is easy to forget when retrieving it from under a chair or something. A small modification is required.

Other than that it's great. If I see it reduced by a lot I might buy another.

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By in United States,

Will the IRv2 from 9398 make it go even faster?

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By in United States,

Definitely buying as soon as it becomes available in the US. My kids (and I) are going to have a blast driving this and modded versions around the house.

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By in United Kingdom,

Maybe great for kids, but no appeal to me whatsoever... I think they are quite poor sets.

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By in Jordan,

I usually do not pay much attention to Lego Technic, but this one is very tempting especially since my fears related to its speed has been put to rest.

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By in Germany,

Darn, this thing is tempting... both for the set itself, and as an all-in-one parts kit to build other RC vehicles.

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By in Cyprus,

Ahhh these seem quite good, curious as to what the pricing is here in Cyprus, we shall see!

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By in United States,

great review. I will need two.

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By in Denmark,

Annoying that a relatively expensive EUR 80 set comes in a glued box!

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By in Germany,

80 Euros? Nah, I will just MOC it.

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By in United States,

A used Spybot with a remote (about $US 20 or less) and 4 wheels will get you almost as much fun. And if your 4 year old drops it off the table, you won't feel so bad.

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By in Jordan,

A note to New Zealanders, you're not alone in the ridiculous Lego prices department. I'll give you an example. Two or three years ago I visited Toys and Toys, which is Lego's official distributior in Jordan, and saw many overpriced sets, including the 2012 X-wing for 150 JOD. That translates into over 200 USD for a $60 set! Thank goodness for Amazon...

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By in Jordan,

Has anyone tried during these with the rubber studs?

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By in United States,

Looks like a ton of fun! The $80 pricetag is a bit steep; I'll probably hunt for it on Amazon when it's available :P

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