Review: 42071 Dozer Compactor

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42071 Dozer Compactor is one of the more interesting of the small Technic sets that have just been released: not only is it a vehicle that hasn't been modelled before but it also has a cool and eye-catching colour scheme.


Parts

The 171 Parts are packaged in several unnumbered bags. There are no brand new pieces in it but there are several re-colours, most notably the 5x11 panel in dark grey which appears in several 2018 sets, the blue spockets on the wheels and the con. bush 2M fr. + cross axle which LEGO seems to have switched from dark grey to red this year.

This is the first time the wheels, first introduced in 2009 in Power Miners sets, have appeared in a Technic set


The completed model

There's not much to say about construction because it comes together quickly and painlessly.

Once complete, the model looks sweet, thanks in part to the contrast between the blue and orange.

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The stickers add a lot to the pleasing aesthetic although they could be omitted and it would still look OK.

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As you might expect for a small model, there isn't a lot of functionality. The bulldozer blade can be raised and lowered, shown below in its upper position, and it can be steered using the grey axle jointer behind the cab.

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The body is articulated so the steering control twists the front of it to change direction.

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Here you can see the control for raising and lowering the blade as well as the articulation joint.

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Alternate build

Instructions are provided in the box for the 'B' model, some sort of mine cart, which to me doesn't look particularly appealing.

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Verdict

It's a very attractive model at a 'pocket money' price. The price per piece is a little on the high side compared to other 2018 Technic sets, no doubt thanks to the wheels, so it is probably not a set to buy multiples of for parts.

Otherwise, it's the perfect small Technic model...

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JANGBRiCKS Video review

Here's Jang's review, in which be builds the 'A' and 'B' models.


Thanks to LEGO for providing this set for review. The review is an expression of my own opinions.

 

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14 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

A nice set , although technic's not really my thing

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By in United States,

Technic has really evolved over the years. I am grateful for LEGO allowing the designs to use more 'System' pieces in the sets.

However con. bush 2M fr. + cross axle should never be in red, it is too noticeable, should be white.

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By in United States,

How much is this set at retail?

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By in United Kingdom,

£14.99 / $19.99 / 14.99€

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By in Poland,

I also thought it's one of the best in the wave... considering the price of course.

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By in Spain,

Although I have a wide collection of construction machine sets from Lego City, I do not have Technic sets. However, this set is quite appealing...and the price is very competitive!! As I have said, I am not expert in Technic, but could it be the cheapest Technic set? Among the cheapest one, for sure!!

Good set for tasting Technic for the first time!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes it would make a great first technic set. Give it a go!

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By in United States,

It feels like if they supplied a few technic figures with the modern technic sets it would really give them more play value and display possibilities.

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By in New Zealand,

Are the stickers Clear or Blue?

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By in United Kingdom,

Blue

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By in Germany,

This set is simply awesome for parts.

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By in Finland,

For me the wheels look bit narrow for a compactor. It looks much nicer from the side than from back/front. Room for some modding, as usual.

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By in United States,

Walmart.com has this set for $15.99 right now in the US.

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By in United Kingdom,

I often considered making a City version of a compactor to post on Lego Ideas. maybe I should rekindle that idea...

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