Throwback Thursday: 5541 Blue Fury

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Following the warm reception that last week's Throwback Thursday article featuring a classic Model Team set received, here's another one.

Today I've dusted off 5541 Blue Fury from 1995.


With just 421 pieces this one is one of the smaller Model Team sets. In the 5 years between the release of 5590 Whirl and Wheel Super Truck that I looked at last week and this one, it's evident that many curved parts had been introduced into the palette.

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The 1x2 curved piece (6091) was first introduced in 1992 while the larger 1 x 3 x 2 (6005) appeared for the first time in this set.

The chrome pieces used for the exhaust appeared for the first time in this set, too, and the headlights had only surfaced in educational sets before this. All three were phased out in the mid-2000s: I suspect they were expensive to produce.

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The vehicle features a nicely detailed V8 engine, steering via the steering wheel, and an opening boot.

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Inside, there's a dashboard, using some stock printed slopes, and a gear stick.

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For some reason I didn't apply the stickers, of which there was only 5. You can view them on the instructions cover image on the set details page.

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It's a nice looking model although the windscreen -- fashioned using a piece usually used as a fence ----- lets it down a bit.

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The set was re-released in 2004 as 10151 Hot Rod, which I believe was identical to this except for the light grey pieces: 2004 was the year that they were changed to what the community calls 'light bluish grey', to differentiate them from the yellowish ones used before. I suspect, because of this, the community shunned it!

It's not the most impressive Model Team set by any means but, like them all, it's an attractive display model.

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24 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I wish Lego did more crom pieces.

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By in Netherlands,

The hinges were replaced by the "new" system in the 10151 version.

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By in Belgium,

One of the first ones I actually bricklinked, I believe... Lovely set. And Model Team will always have a special place in my heart :-)

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By in Germany,

looks a lot like 10151 to me.

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By in Canada,

It would be nice to see remakes of these old model team sets with modern pieces and techniques.

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By in Canada,

Can you review the Custom rally van next?

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By in United States,

Neat set. I don't have any of these larger vehicle sets since I mainly focus on minifig scale stuff. Maybe I'll try to get a few if my Lego budget ever goes up.

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By in Australia,

Ah, the period when Lego started playing with chrome paint apps. The early silver pieces tended to chip easily. The silver swords that came with the Castle sets in '95? I played with those a lot, they were some of my favourite pieces as a kid, but they never lasted all that long.

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By in United States,

Definitely the 10151 remake

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By in United Kingdom,

You steer this through the actual steering wheel instead of using hand of god steering? What an old-fashioned design... ;-)

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By in Sweden,

I own this one :) It's a nice little model, I think it looks really good, and is quite fun to build.

The rally van is an ok set; in my opinion it's one of the weaker model team sets.

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By in United States,

i always wanted this one and the big truck that had a helicopter. i miss the chrome pieces even though they probably stopped making them because the chrome would just chip off after a while

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By in Germany,

The chrome pieces really made this set stand out at the time despite it's small size. I heard rumors that they stopped producing chromed elements not only because of the chipping, but also because the process is quite expensive and poses a few environmental hazards. Also it's actually most probably aluminium coating, although I haven't found direct proof of that yet :)

If the Dacta sets with the headlights in truly were released in 1993 (correctly dating Educational sets isn't that simple most of the time due to lack of official reference material) it would make these parts quite the oddity. Educational/Dacta sets (as far as I know) never had introduced new parts (only very rarely a new print) except for electric system elements and sorting boxes.

Considering authenticity it seems the re-release of this set was almost as problematic as 10041 Main Street^^

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By in United Kingdom,

I like this! I feel like the use of the fence piece for a windscreen is part of its old-school charm. I wonder if perhaps they just didn't have a wide enough windscreen piece in production at the time to suit this car.

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By in Netherlands,

Thanks for the rnice eview!

How are the bricks of this set and the other model team sets holding up? Any of them cracked or discolored? Any pieces that have lost clutch power?

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By in United States,

Can't believe this was released so long ago. I might have to look more closely, but I could believe this being released in the last year or so!

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By in United States,

This was indeed a beauty I admired from the pages of my Shop at Home catalog that year. I never considered how small it was. Even so, my infatuation with chrome at the time period didn't move me to get it. Might have to look into rectifying that once I get more important retro wants out of the way.

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By in Hungary,

This blue beauty was among the last MTs I purchased as an adult in MISB condition. It is a good looking model overall, the chrome pieces do their job to make this outstanding. One thing: I consider MTs as much a play set as a display model. I spent hours driving these around and imagined various play situatios with them. I can't do steering with Creator Expert models so those are trully display models and therefore not my thing. Thanks for sharing.

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By in United Kingdom,

The pieces are all fine. A few had worked loose but everything went back together.

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By in Netherlands,

Okay thanks, I hear sometimes that people are having problems, but good to hear all these are okay. I think it's mostly the playsets then that people have in storage that break a few after excessive play had been done with them

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By in United States,

you say dusted off...

how many original sets do you have?

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By in United Kingdom,

Just two more model team ones worth sharing.

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