From Lego.com on the Crane tuck:
- An exciting and challenging building experience with this 2-in-1 real world model!
- Try the functionalities with the included Power Functions XL Motor, Power Functions Battery box, and Power Functions Control Switch!
- Power Functions powers the crane arm and extendable outriggers!
- Crane unfolds , raises and lowers and swivels 360°!
- Cab opens to reveal interior details and V8 engine with movable pistons!
- Rebuilds into Duty Wrecker!
- Crane measures 20.9 inches (53cm) x 22 inches (56cm)!
Set Name: 8258 Crane Truck
Here are some quicklinks Lego.com, Brickset
Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
Box art front
While Bionicle boxes have great background, Technics have great visuals for the vehicles. This, I think is the largest Technic set for this year.
Box art Back
Many people like the alternate build. The truck actually looks very well done. Unlike other Technic sets, the truck actually has panels. The instructions are downloadable from a website. The four manuals are all for one build.
Box art inside
All my pictures normally have links to view larger versions. Click on it to see all the different things the Crane truck can do! Again, Lego likes to over-color the red. It's not as vibrant or glossy as i the pictures.
Many stickers. Looks like Lego went all out to help this Technic set have the "look" of the real thing.
Four books big. And it's ALL for this one build. All the covers look the same as the 1st.
Bags of parts
Now this is a proper Technic set. No numbered packages. Heh. This actually hindered me. Since I build at work, I have two plastic drawers I can put these in. Top drawer holds the smaller parts. I keep it on a "flat pillow" as to keep the noise down. The bottom drawer holds larger pieces but no "pillow" to keep the noise down. If you look carefully, you'll see a lot of the bags are dups. Like for the blue and black pins. And just the sheer number of small parts. It was hard in trying to determine what I should put into each drawer.
Here's whats left after I finished the build. I'm thinking maybe I have too much... Nah.
Ok. Four books. 1800+ pieces. Yes, I really took over a HUNDRED photos. I figured most people won't look at each photo on a contact sheet that big, so I decided to try my hand with doing a slideshow. It moves quick. About 1 second for each photo. Make sure the "HD" is red colored. Video is viewed best in "high-def", which can be view on the youtube site itself. Although not shown here in HD, it's still pretty sharp.
See those two "Yellow Technic Engine Crankshaft" that attach to the extender arm? If you rotate it 180 deg, it's like not even 1/8 of an inch difference, but it's enough to stop the top arm from folding all the way closed.
I guess since I saved a bunch of space in combining the photo-build, I'll upload a bunch of final photos for you to enjoy! All pictures are clickable to view in a larger photo too big for most monitors.
Final build pictures
Side view. Plain, but you get to see the profile. I wish I had something next to it to show you the size. It's pretty long.
Front view. This is a nice clear shot to show you the front profile. Nice use of stickers. At first I thought I thought I would have issues with with the stickers because of curved surfaces. But it's fine. I do like how Lego used the blue pieces behind the lower fog lights. It gives it a modern look to it. The sticker has different yellow names that you can use. Not sure why. Maybe they had extra space on the sheet?
Rear view. Not much to see here. There is a trailer hitch or whatever thats called, but so far no trailer set to hook up to it. :)
V8 engine view. As you can see, the whole cab flips forward for viewing of the engine. Like other Technic sets, the pistons move up and down when the truck rolls.
Closeup of the crane. Reminds me of those robotic arms you see at an assembly plant. This is the reason why I wanted this set. From this view, you can also see where the battery pack is stored. Where normally the crew cab storage area would be.
Front top view. Here you can see the horns on the top of the cab. Not sure if those "radar" dishes was the best choice. It looks too flat and not like a horn. Also on the top, you can see the wind deflector. Did you know those wind deflectors on these big trucks can actually save 10-15% in gas?
Here is a view with the crane arm extended. Those "Light Bluish Gray Technic Linear Actuator with Dark Bluish Gray Ends" that is used 2x to operate the crane arms is NOT pneumatic. On one end, a shaft is rotated and in turn slowly pushes the actuator pin in and out depending which way the end is being rotated. The top arm is all MANUAL. The black extender moves by rotating the black wheel on the back joint of that extender. Also the line is MANUAL to extend/retract the hook. I thought it was powered too when I bought it. Guess there would be no easy way to do that without making the crane ugly with gears.
Here, you can see the crane fully raised up. Not that it could be used to lift like that since it's almost vertical. But you can see how high it really can go.
Here is one of the control door opened. This side, you can see the switch for positive or negative power. The lever is pointing to the left. It's supposed to be pointing upwards, but I found it easier to keep it to the left.
This is the other control panel open on the other side. Here, you can see that raising or lowering the TWO, three position switches, you can control the lower and upper crane arm with one switch. And the other switch controls the crane rotation and the stabilizer arms to go out or in.
A close up view of the lower part of the crane. I was hoping you could see more of the gears but the only one you can see is the dark grey gear that rotates the base of the crane.
Some outdoor shots
Since this is a "Power Function" set, I thought I would make a few videos showing some of the features. A note about videos. They are HD. But to view in HD, you need to open it on the youtube site to see it.
Truck stabilizer in action
Lower crane arm in action
Upper crane arm in action
Crane closing to a compact state
This build was pretty easy considering the 1800 pieces, and that I had to dump them all into a drawer without sorting.
There was a couple of this that I ran into. Some are problems, others are just things I didn't know.
1) The rotation of the crane. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't always rotate.
2) I pulled hairs trying to figure out why I couldn't make the crane fold into a compact state like in the final photo. It turned out that if you put these yellow pegs "Yellow Technic Engine Crankshaft" in wrong on the upper crane arm, it will actually stop it from folding completely. The instructions isn't too clear on the how the part is to be put on. See picture above.
3) I don't like the boxed in area for the crane. You can't 360 degree rotate the crane without bumping into the cage.
4) I mentioned before the crane line and final extension on the crane is manual. You need to use your hand to raise and lower the line and extend and retract the extender.
5) The stabilizers have manual legs on them. Once you extend the stabilizers, you need to lower the legs on each one by hand.
Playability: 4/5. This set is very playable. A few minor bugs, but still fun. It won't lift anything heavy, but you can pretend. :)
Design: 4/5. Being the biggest Technic set of the year, they did a good job. But a few minor problems like the crane not being able to rotate 360 degree when folded, bothered me. Then again, maybe the real rig you could only compact it and not rotate it to save space.
Build experience: 5/5. Comparing it to other Technic sets, this is... harder. No bags are marked so everything is in one big pile. Just the way I like it. I want a challenge. But still, finding out that yellow piece was backwards was a pain. As I mentioned, it's not clear in the instructions.
Overall: 4/5. This set was over $140. Price per part is a good deal when compared to lets say a Star Wars set. And this set is very playable. If you don't like Technic line then it may not be for you, but the overall rating is based on if you were actually looking for this set.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
All photos are click able for larger, bigger-than-life picture sizes! You can see all photos used here, including the larger build pictures: 8258 Crane Truck.