Brickset member stlux attended this year's Inside Tour, has cracked open the seals on his copy of the exclusive set given to attendees -- 4000025 LEGO Ferguson Tractor -- and has written this review for us.
It looks be one of the best Inside Tour sets yet...
Box and contents
Unlike Brickset contributor iso3200 I don’t have a teenager at home to show box dimensions, so I used a minifigure instead for scale.
Removing the printed sleeve reveals a white sealed box. Inside are 3 numbered bags and 2 large tyres, for 450 parts in total. These tyres, 87911 Tyre Ø81.6 X 15, were last available in 2010, and LEGO had no remaining stock of these available. This resulted in a special production run just for this set.
Here are all the parts laid out. I'll mention the new and unique ones below.
The steering mechanism for the front wheels of the tractor gets introduced very early in the build. With the main body only 3 studs wide, space is tight. This presented one of the main challenges for Steen Sig Anderson when building on Stuart Harris original prototype.
The front is attached to the main body of the tractor with two 48729 Stick Ø 3.2 W. Holder. This is only the 3rd time this is used in bright red.
Next we add tiles and slopes to make the set match the look of the 1951 original. This includes 2 unique 1x8 tiles, printed with the Ferguson logo.
The design of the mudguards is excellent, but is a bit fiddly to attach to the main body. The designer did a great job translating the original prototype in an actual set, but this might not have passed the design stage if it had been an actual retail set!
The seat uses the shoulder piece of the constraction figures. This is the first time this part appears in light bluish grey.
The fragility of the mudguard connection is emphasized when attaching the tires. Each side snapped off on my first try.
The completed model
Fortunately the finished model looks stunning, either with or without the hoe attached.
Apart from the parts already highlighted above, a couple of others are also new in light bluish grey:
- 15397 Plate 3X3, Cross
- 26047 Plate 1X1 Round W/ 3.2 Shaft
- 26447 Brick 2X4X1 1/3 W/Ø4.85 Cutout
- 2903 Rim Ø61.6 X 13.6
Thus, attempting to recreate this set by BrickLinking the parts will not be practical until they become more widely available, unfortunately. Maybe it could be built in red?
I count myself very lucky to have this set in my collection, and will proudly put it on display.