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[REVIEW] 8275 Bulldozer


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#1 Ickelpete

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:13 AM

I have been waiting for this set since the pictures for the toy fairs eirlier in the year and I am glad to say I am not disapointed.

First the price it is not cheap at £99.99 but I guess that is typical for a set with this amount of electronics in it.There is no parts count and I have not had time to add up the 2 pages of contents to get a figure.

First the box standard flip top with large internal picture and rip to open lid.
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There are no numbered bags in this set which I prefer I like to open all the bags and put all the parts in the box before building.

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Next is a picture on the electronics 2 XLmotors as lego describe them and 2 standard motors.
2 IR receivers and 1 IR transmitter I know these have been discussed before but I really like the thought that has gone into the transmitters/receivers each receiver has 2 outputs to corespond with the 2 controls on transmitter they also have a choice of 4 channels so one transmitter can control up to 8 independant motors by changing the channel switch.
The transmitter also has a neat motor direction switch so you can configure the transmitter operation.

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The set comes with three manuals 1 is the main drive mechanism 2 is the cab and engine and 3 is the attachments front and back.
There is also the now standard parts list in the back of the third manual.
There is no alternative model instructions despite the pictures of one on the box however there is a reference to the technic website on the back of the box but at the moment the page only has an advert saying the set is to be released on 1st September so I guess I will have to wait untill then to see if the instructions will be online.

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The build is fairly straight forward the main chassis is studless, the next picture shows the motors mounted into the chassis and the drive for the shovel and claw. It also shows the V6 technic engine.

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This next picture shows the IR receivers mounted on the back.
The battery box slots into the back and can be easily slid out with the removal of two pins which is useful because I can imagine I will need to change the batteries on a regular basis.

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The next 2 picture are of the completed model

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Overall I was very happy with the finished dozer the functions work really well and as I have the monster dino I have used a second transmitter so I dont have to touch the channel switch, I have included some video On my Brickshelf page.

Unfortunately this set does suffer from some quality issues for example
moulding marks on the plates, colour diferences, some of the pins not finished properly, some pins were very stiff and quite hard to push into the holes but the worst issue was an axle that would not turn freely in a hole which just adds extra friction into the system.

I am glad to see some studded technic in this set I much prefer sets that use both varieties of technic beam.
There are only 2 Fairings which is a great improvment over recent sets if TLC had tried to make the  bulldozer shovel with fairings this would have been a complete disaster.

Marks for the set
8/10 for price with the number of motors I expected it to be greater.
9/10 for fun my kids love this type of set that does something when finished.
6/10 for quality TLC really need to work on this one.
8/10 overall I would definately get a second one if I see it in the sales.

Feel free to post questions but I will be on holiday next week.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:20 AM

Thank you vey much for this review. I do have some questions;

1. What are the white clutches geared into?
2. Is the engine geared to one or both drive motors?
3. How well does it go on carpet?
4. Can it doze without breaking the blade?





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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:26 AM

View PostSinner, on Aug 3 2007, 01:20 AM, said:

Thank you vey much for this review. I do have some questions;

1. What are the white clutches geared into?
2. Is the engine geared to one or both drive motors?
3. How well does it go on carpet?
4. Can it doze without breaking the blade?

The clutches are for the shovel and claw on the front and back
The engine is driven from only one of the drive motors.
It works fine on our rugs but we have mainly wood floors.
Not sure if is fairly strong I have only chased the cat at the moment :'-(

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:32 AM

Excellent review, thanks! What is the cost in US? Not released in my area. The shovel is obviously my favorite area, it looks detailed and strong. I love the treads, because I need them to move the 4 x 4 barrels on my super-scaled turbolaser turret. Very good pics too. What color are the treads? I never had them. They are plastic or rubber?

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:38 AM

View PostIckelpete, on Aug 3 2007, 09:26 AM, said:

The clutches are for the shovel and claw on the front and back
The engine is driven from only one of the drive motors.
It works fine on our rugs but we have mainly wood floors.
Not sure if is fairly strong I have only chased the cat at the moment :'-(

Thank you!  *wub* (I expected the engine was run from only one drive motor; that would have involved some complicated mechanics to do otherwise!)





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#6 Ickelpete

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:45 AM

View PostGrand Moff Viceroy, on Aug 3 2007, 01:32 AM, said:

Excellent review, thanks! What is the cost in US? Not released in my area. The shovel is obviously my favorite area, it looks detailed and strong. I love the treads, because I need them to move the 4 x 4 barrels on my super-scaled turbolaser turret. Very good pics too. What color are the treads? I never had them. They are plastic or rubber?

The treads are dark grey I not too good with naming colours.
The treads are the same as in the snowmobile set released earlier in the year they are a hard plastic.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:47 AM

View PostIckelpete, on Aug 2 2007, 08:45 PM, said:

The treads are dark grey I not too good with naming colours.
The treads are the same as in the snowmobile set released earlier in the year they are a hard plastic.

Thanks, you have proved yourself strong enough for the dark side.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:17 AM

Ah man...I wanted to review it with mine. Oh well. Here in the U.S. it cost $150 and has 1355 pieces total. The pins and axles did seem a bit difficult in putting them into place. A problem I have been having is the batterys are done after about 4 hours of play, which I really wish they would last longer  :-( . Overall it is a stupendous set and it is really nice to see our old friend the studs make a return!
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:10 AM

View PostLordGalewind, on Aug 3 2007, 03:17 AM, said:

Ah man...I wanted to review it with mine. Oh well. Here in the U.S. it cost $150 and has 1355 pieces total. The pins and axles did seem a bit difficult in putting them into place. A problem I have been having is the batterys are done after about 4 hours of play, which I really wish they would last longer  :-( . Overall it is a stupendous set and it is really nice to see our old friend the studs make a return!

You found it in the U.S.???? Where?? I'm really liking this set! Its looking better now that i'm seeing more of it at differnt angles. I'mvery curious how wellit pulls, and and can push/doze before the clutches start slipping.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:38 AM

Thanks for the review, it really looks cool. Too bad it's soo expensive.  :-/

I must admit that I prefer the 8421 mobile crane for more or less the same price, the design is more "sexy".  *wub*

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 06:56 AM

Thanks for the great review of this set.  I've been looking forward to it as well and I am excited about the wireless controls like the Dino.

I too am curious if this set has been released here in the US.  I was told that it was a Sept 1 release.

I agree about the battery life.  My Dino set lasted about 4 hours too.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:05 AM

Thanks for the review!

This looks like a great set, and with four motors, two receivers and a remote control I wouldn't say it is overpriced. It is still a lot of money though.....
If my scholarship permits it I will seriously consider buying this set.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 10:21 AM

I can't wait to get my paws on this dozer!  :-$

The new motors look very interesting and I It will be fun to see which possibilities they have in any future MOC:s.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 10:59 AM

Thank you very much for that neat review, Ickelpete!  *y*
Your pictures´re very interesting and your video´s really good.
That set looks very beautiful to me, a formidable new Technic set that quickly´ll turn
into an everlasting classic for sure.  :'-)
I´m just a little sorry for those quality problems....
Well, I hope that TLC´ll work on that matter and fix it soon.  8-|

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 10:42 PM

View Post5150 Lego, on Aug 3 2007, 06:10 AM, said:

You found it in the U.S.???? Where?? I'm really liking this set! Its looking better now that i'm seeing more of it at differnt angles. I'mvery curious how wellit pulls, and and can push/doze before the clutches start slipping.

The clutches are only for the shovel and claw on the front and back the tracks are driven directly from the XL motors and first impressions are good they seem quite powerful it will climb over a small cusion quite easily.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 12:39 AM

Nice review, Ickelpete. Thank you.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:15 AM

Ickel, thanks for that awesome review.  It makes me want to buy this set.  I think it'd go just swell with the Mobile Crane.

The fact that it has all the motors and such is awesome, I can foresee using those for a lot of other functions for MOCs.  

And, well I'm a fan of treads.  You can never have enough treads :-D

Hm, would you be able to tell us, perhaps after a test or two what kind of weight this beast can push around?

Thank you!

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:00 PM

Hi,

many thanks for this review, photos and videos.
I can't wait to put the hands on mine, since it is already ordered and should arrive before the end of the month. :'-)

Could you post a scan or photos, from those last pages in the Building Instructions where the parts included are listed?


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Posted 06 August 2007 - 09:11 PM

What i really want is for philo or someone to test it's power and such. *sweet*

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The power of the motors that is. Its getting late. *sing*

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 12:00 PM

could you please please post the instruction boolets' number codes (located on the back in tiny print)? so that we can download them from lego.com and have a look for ourselves.

I think a personalised flag would be a good finishing touch to this set!

thanks.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 12:23 PM

Nice review!
I MUST HAVE THIS SET!!!

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 08:26 PM

View PostEyesOnly, on Aug 6 2007, 09:11 PM, said:

What i really want is for philo or someone to test it's power and such. *sweet*

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The power of the motors that is. Its getting late. *sing*

I just noticed that he has done that in Brick journal 8. Check out page 56-61 for great info and a comparison to the gear motors. To bad it didn't include the NXT-motors since they are very similar.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 09:12 PM

Thank you Ickelpete for that great review.  I give you two  *y* up.  I am not a technic fan, but this set definitly looks  *sweet* .  I see great potential using this set as a model for a smaller dozer for my town/train layout.  I really  *wub* the crawler tracks they used.  I have been thinking about buying the snowmobile for the tracks.  But if possible, I just might buy this set instead.  I could definitly use the other parts for MOC's.  Model On!!

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 01:16 PM

View Postlham, on Aug 9 2007, 12:00 PM, said:

could you please please post the instruction boolets' number codes (located on the back in tiny print)? so that we can download them from lego.com and have a look for ourselves.

When i read this i first though you meant set number but this model can't be found there yet and now i realize that you mean something completly different. What is this code you're after?

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 08:18 PM

View PostEyesOnly, on Aug 10 2007, 04:16 PM, said:

When i read this i first though you meant set number but this model can't be found there yet and now i realize that you mean something completly different. What is this code you're after?

There is a additional code in the booklet (different for every one) you should find it from the front or back cover. Also later editions have different codes. Some examples:

Set 7905 - 4497674 (Front Cover, Bottom Left)
Set 8421 - 4284910 (Book 1) and 4284922 (Book 2) (Back Cover, Bottom Right)

I'll bet the code is then used to "abuse" the Lego cache  :-)


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