Review: 4000025 Ferguson Tractor

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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.

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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.

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Parts

Here are all the parts laid out. I'll mention the new and unique ones below.

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Construction

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The completed model

Fortunately the finished model looks stunning, either with or without the hoe attached.

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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?


Verdict

I count myself very lucky to have this set in my collection, and will proudly put it on display.

26 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review, thanks!
I nearly killed myself driving one of these when I were a lad... I'd love to have a copy for myself :-)

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By in United States,

Wow. Amazing. I had first thought that the photos were in black and white!

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By in Netherlands,

Great photography! Is it your own work or Huw's?

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By in Netherlands,

Great review of a wonderful model! Thank you so much for sharing!

One remark: the curved slopes on the insides of the mudguards are placed one stud higher in your model than on the picture on the box. Small building error?

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By in United States,

Forgive my curiosity (I'm trying to reverse-engineer this in LDD), but how exactly do the two red "48729 Stick Ø 3.2 W. Holder" parts connect the front to the main body? All I can see on the front of the body are a pair of "63868 Plate 2X1 W/Holder,Vertical", which have horizontal clips, while the red Stick W. Holder parts are angled vertically.

Awesome review and photos! As you can imagine, I especially appreciate the pictures of all the parts laid out!

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By in France,

Clever use of parts, nice design, I love it and regret more and more that it's exclusive. Really takes me back to the past and a small village of my childhood where people still used some like this at the end of the 70's - early 80's. I really like the color too. Nice shiny grey livery which makes good and strong contrast with black parts. Five star set for me. Thanks for the review.

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By in United States,

This looks really nice. I'll probably never own one.

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By in United States,

Why does this make me think of a cow?

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By in United Kingdom,

They are stlux's images, I just post-processed them a bit.

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By in Germany,

So many grey bricks and not a single imperial Stormtrooper minifig? disappointing.

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By in United States,

This is a surprisingly attractive and well shaped model. I love the monochromatic look of the all-gray color scheme too. Really unique set with just the right amount of detailing.

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By in United States,

THAT is a beautiful model! I especially like the working steering in such a narrow body. Thanks for sharing!

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By in United States,

Will the instructions be made available for those of us who love tractors? This would look great in John Deere green...

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By in United States,

@stlux, unfortunately it cannot be BrickLinked in red either, as there are several parts which have not yet been made in that color. My wife wants a red to go with our grey one, but we are settling for some modifications until those parts come in red, and are using grey and pearl silver for some of the greebling. Stuart's prototype model in red on display at LEGO House uses the dark red wheels from 10258 London Bus. Another key piece that hasn't been produced in red is on the mudguards, 18649 - Plate 1X2 W. 2 Shafts Ø 3.2
https://brickset.com/parts/design-18649

I know some people prefer minifigure-related sets, such as the 2012-14 and 2016-17 Inside Tour exclusives. However, as someone who primarily builds big vehicles from the Creator Expert and Star Wars UCS lines, I am thrilled to have this set in my collection.

Here are some additional notes from the back of the box and the LEGO House History Collection:

These toy models of the actual farm equipment built after World War II came in two variants. One was ready-made while the other was a buildable kit. Thanks to the sales of the toy Ferguson tractor, the LEGO Group's plastic products outsold its wooden products for the first time.

"Part of the profit from the Ferguson tractor and other popular plastic toys is ploughed back into improving product development. In many respects, the success of the Ferguson toy tractor helps drive product development in the direction of what is to become the LEGO Group's all-consuming success: the LEGO Brick."

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By in United States,

Awesome review Huw. Outstanding as always. And a huge thank you for post the parts. The first thing I thought when I saw the first photos of these was "I wonder if I could build this in red?" I can see there are some issues to work around. A few are pretty easy and simple. Other are a bit harder. Fortunately I don't have time for such a project right now.

The only thing I don't like about the model are the ringdrums. On the actual toy the ringdrums are wider than the Ferguson. So this looks odd to me. Oh well.

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By in Germany,

A comparison to the real one would have been nice. We have one at our store which is sadly missing the seat and some other parts.
Didn't listed it anywhere yet since my boss is a bit reluctant on selling all those treasures... oh well ;)

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By in United States,

As a minifig scale guy, I would not give a damn about this if it were mass production at Target/Wal-Mart. Exclusivity is what makes this set intriguing- that and the unique parts.

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By in Ireland,

Great review, but I have to ask, how in God's name does this contain 26477 "Super Chest Deco No.20" in light bluish grey, as mentioned at the end? I can't see where that part would fit, nor why that print would be used.

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By in Germany,

I think LEGO should make a whole series of tractor sets that match the awesome standard set by this one. Pity about the exclusivity. Seems to me to be the best Insider Tour giveaway set yet.

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By in France,

I have got the LEGO Truck show ref 4000022 which is great too !!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Cryokina, I think its a typo and should have been the rounded shoulder armour that is used as the tractor's seat. The four parts that newly appear in Light Bluish Grey are:
15397 Plate 3 x 3 Cross
21560 Large Figure Armor, Round, Smooth
2903 Wheel 61.6mm D. x 13.6mm Motorcycle
26047 Plate, Modified 1 x 1 Rounded with Handle

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By in Luxembourg,

@Cryokina and @Edemontes - it's actually a completely different typo on my part: should have linked to 26447 instead of 26477. This has now been corrected in the review.

@BeaR the Builder As highlighted in the review, the mudguards are very fiddly to attach. In addition they easily fall off when touching them; each side fell off at least 2x. (when attaching the other wheel arch and when adding the wheels)
As you have to attach them by feel, I must have put them back on a stud too high prior to taking the picture. However I think it looks just as good this way :)

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By in United States,

This set, although bland colorwise, has excellent usage of regular pieces. Too bad it doesn't seat a minifigure!

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By in United Kingdom,

Also Technic Cam (6575) has not previously been available in LBG, as far as I can see.

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By in United States,

Would love to see a series focused on models like this. Wonderful set, it's a shame it's only limited.

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