There have been an increase in AFOL events at brand stores in 2019, something I think is a brilliant idea and a welcome change.
Here in the U.S. there was a Valentine's Day build, a Stranger Things build last month, and just last night, a Harley-Davidson build to support the recent release of 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. I believe there may also be a similar event at brand stores in the UK today.
In any event, let's take a look at this little build.
You'll notice a striking difference between my pictures and the promotional ones online: I haven't added any stickers. You're provided a small sticker sheet when you get to the store.
The five stickers across the top are to allow you some choice as to which sticker you want to use to decorate the gas tank. I heard some grumbling that these stickers are just a little too wide for the part for which they're intended and so need a little trimming. The Harley-Davidson stickers are for both the front and back of the display window - I'm sure you noticed the absence of these stickers right away in the article picture.
Upon arriving at the store, all the parts for the build had been arranged in approximately the order in which they're used. There's quite a few Technic pieces included in the build, and I have to say it took much longer than I expected for me to put the motorcycle together. I'm not sure what that says about me as a builder or about the instructions.
The motorcycle can stand on its own, thanks to the 1x2 clear plate at its base. It's connected to the display area by two Technic pins that extend behind the rear wheel and the middle of the chassis.
The display looks attractive from the back. The large sticker to be placed on the back of the window will make it more appealing.
All in all, it's a nice little display piece, though I'm not sure how true the motorcycle is to the real thing. However considering the limitations of the scale of the model I think this is a pretty good rendition.
Wanting to build this yourself? You can find pictures of the instructions on the set details page.
I've really liked the AFOL Build events that I've attended so far this year, and I hope we continue to see more of them.
Did you make it to the AFOL event? What did you think of the model? Let us know in the comments.