Review: 42090 Getaway Truck and 42091 Police Pursuit

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This review is of a pair of the smaller Technic sets for 2019.

42090 Getaway Truck and the 42091 Police Pursuit have some of the fewest parts in the 2019 line-up of Technic sets this year.

Ever since their inception, Technic sets have often had an added feature of being capable of being combined with a closely related set to build a larger feature set.

These two sets continue this feature of being complimentary racers which will combine to build an extreme racer. Read on as I review 42090 Getaway Truck and 42091 Police Pursuit.

42090 Getaway Truck

Box and Instructions

The image on the front of the 42090 Getaway Truck box shows the truck racing along a remote road.

There is a small image showing how the Pull Back spring-loaded motor works.

The instructions for the main model comes in one booklet and there is a small sticker sheet.

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The rear of the box shows how this set can be combined with 42091 Police Pursuit car to make an ATV police vehicle. The instructions for this combined model must be downloaded as a PDF from LEGO Customer Service.

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Parts

The parts come in two un-numbered bags. The instructions, sticker sheet, pull-back motor and four tyres are loose in the box.

The Left (#3) and Right (#4) 3x7 Panels appear in dark bluish grey for the first time this year.

42090 Getaway Truck

With only 128 parts, this is quite a simple build.

The new 3x7 Panels form the bonnet (hood) while the four dark bluish grey Bowed Panel 3x7x2 finish the body and truck's tray at the rear.

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There is quite a lot of clearance under the chassis.

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42091 Police Pursuit

The box and Instructions

The image on the front of the 42091 Getaway Truck box shows the police car pursuing an unseen foe at the start of a remote road at the edge of city limits; the built-up city can be seen in the distance.

There is a small image showing how the Pull Back spring-loaded motor works.

The instructions for the main model comes in one booklet and there is a small sticker sheet.

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The rear of the box has the same image as found on the box of 42090 Getaway Truck: the two sets can be combined to make an ATV police vehicle.

Parts

The parts come in three un-numbered bags. The instructions, sticker sheet, pull-back motor and 19L Flex axle are loose in the box.

The set has a total of 120 parts.

42091 Police Pursuit

For me, the most striking feature of this model is the Dark Azur[e] coloured parts. This is one of my favourite colours that been seen in quite a few sets in the last few years.

The model is made up of 120 parts. It is quite a simple build.

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Another view of the low-riding police car.

The completed models

When complete, and stickers applied, both 42090 Getaway Truck and 42091 Police Pursuit look respectively, menacing and sleek.

42090 Getaway Truck looks gritty with flame decals giving it a raw menacing appearance.

42091 Police Pursuit has a few police insignia that adds some green detailing.

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Overall opinion

I had a couple of youngsters take a look at these two models and they quite independently of me picked their favourite model.

One of my young reviewers really liked the 42090 Getaway Truck: he liked the robust, strong front bumper and the strong-looking chassis.

The other young reviewer preferred 42091 Police Pursuit: to him, the model looked like a fast Ferrari police car.

Both young boys spent some time racing these two models across my wooden floor and, on several occasions, the two cars collided.

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Comparison with the 2016 Pullback racers

Three years ago, I wrote a review for the 42046 Getaway Racer and 42047 Police Interceptor.

Here are some images from that review:

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All four models cost USD $19.99 despite being separated by three years in time.

2019:

42090 Getaway Truck, 128 pieces, $19.99 @ 15.6c per part

42091 Police Pursuit, 120 pieces, &19.99 @ 16.7c per part

2016:

42046 Getaway Racer, 170 pieces, $19.99 @ 11.8c per part

42047 Police Interceptor, 185 pieces, $19.99 @ 10.8c per part

So while the price has remained unchanged at USD $19.99 per set, due to the smaller piece count, the price per part has increased by 32% for the getaway version but a whopping 55% for the police racer.

The 2016 models have far more to the build as they both have over 40% more parts than their 2019 counterparts.

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Combined model

The two models combine to make one fused 4WD ATV police pull-back racer: the centre four wheels drive the model.

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The combined model looks a little strange. Four of the eight wheels do not touch the ground.

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The front view of the combined model.

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These pull-back racers are a lot of fun. They are very robust and stand up to quite a lot of rough play.

I am unconvinced that they represent great value for money. The static price point of $19.99 hides the fact that there are fewer parts in the box for these two sets as compared to the two similar themed models from three years earlier.


This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group, but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

14 comments on this article

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By in United States,

The two together really looks odd with those 4 lifted wheels

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By in New Zealand,

Give that combination model to Lepin.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's an ATV; the extra wheels are there to help it climb over obstacles.

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By in United Kingdom,

good review. i like 42090 Getaway Truck but I did not realise that the price per part has increased by 32%.
i hope Ninjagos price per part doesn't increase.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like them but they are not the best technic sets i've ever seen, 7/10...

Lego need to produce The A-TEAM van, 1989 Batmobile, K. I. T. T and Thunderbird 2 in Technic form oh and Maybe the car from Dukes of Hazard:

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By in United Kingdom,

The police pursuit car reminds me of RC from toy story!

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By in United States,

Good review. I looked at this set originally and thought “wow what great city set did I miss??”

Oh.

Happy Easter everybody!!

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By in United States,

Why would a police car looks like a Formula race car...

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By in United States,

I actually like the truck better without stickers

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By in United States,

They look unfinished...looking at them, I have no clue where you would add more detail. But after seeing the comparison with the older ones, the older ones just look so much more alive.

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By in United States,

The police car reminds me a lot of an Ariel Atom I saw in British police colors. I'm sure that very show vehicle was what the designer drew inspiration from.

Yeah, these use Technic beams, wheels, and panels, but aren't really Technic sets in my view. More like the old Racers with pullback motors from when I was a kid. But, I'm really drawn to both for some reason. They look good; and that's something I've never said about this whole series; which I view as really dumbed down "TECHNIC" for entry level builders; but there is no mechanical features in these; and the pullback motor doesn't count; since it's a factory made component. If it drove a gearbox, it would be Technic in my mind.

I'm wondering how the dual pullback motors work on the combo model. I've tried in vain since I was a kid to rig two in series to make a 4x4.

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By in United States,

The police car looks just awful.

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By in United States,

The dark stone grey 3x7 panels suit the flame decals for 42046 better than black does

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought the comment that it was "often" the case to have instructions for combining Technic sets was interesting, since I'm not sure I can think of even a dozen Technic combinations, at least over the past 15 years or so, and the majority of those are these pull-back sets for the past few years. There was an anniversary combination, and one a couple of years ago with two sets, but what else was there?

Official combination instructions might make a really interesting article (and for other themes too, if applicable) - and especially if it linked to the relevant instruction sets.

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