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#1 dunamis

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 06:55 AM

Combine Harvester Reviewed by Dunamis
Set 8274
1025 Pieces
$69.95 from LEGO Downtown Disney
Build time 5.5 hours


The Combine/Harvester is one of three recently released Technic sets.  I picked this one up at the Downtown Disney LEGO store back in July.  Having grown up on the wheat fields of central Kansas, I am quite familiar with Combines and have ridden on one many times.  Admittedly, I was hoping for the motorized bulldozer so this guy had to take its place.

The Box:

Fairly large box with the usual trimmings.  The back of the box mostly shows the alternate model which is a dragster.

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The box design is back to the two seals in the front and the perforated top that flips up (that you may recall I had so much trouble with in the past.)  Here is what you get inside:

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Once you get everything dumped out, you have 15 bags and four tires in addition to the four manuals.

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They do a pretty nice job of sorting everything out for you:

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The Manuals:

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Pretty straightforward manuals here and up to the usual LEGO standard and are 64,63,53 and 23 pages in length.  The usual features are included:


- Piece call outs for each step
- Parts inventory at the end of the primary model build
- Page numbers

Color separation in these manuals were fine for the most part although I did mistake a dark gray for black a couple of times.

Random manual photos:
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Parts list:
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The Pieces:

Well, this IS a Technic set after all so you get a TON of Technic parts.  There are some old-school parts.  It was kind of a flashback to my earlier days of the expert builder sets (early Technic) back in the 1980s.  For those of you youngsters, that was BEFORE cable TV (at least in Kansas)!

The universal joint:
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And the gear rack:

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There are LOTS of studless beams, pins, lift arms, axles, connectors and a few panel fairings.  Note for those of you who like studs in your LEGO sets, they are few and far between here.  Probably less than 1% of the parts in this set even have studs.

As far as color goes, mostly light and dark gray, lime green and black are your primary colors here.


The Build:

The build was pretty ordinary.  Again, this is a Technic fan’s set.  As you can see from the photos below, EVERYTHING is held together with pins (regular and long).

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You know you are building a Technic set when you thumbs are aching when it is done.

There were no gotchas to speak of and the build was well paced.  Here is what is left over:

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So far, I have only built the primary model.  The drag racer does not appeal to me.

The Design:

I guess as far as combines go, it does capture the look and feel of one.  There are several moving parts.  For one, the boom extends:

In:
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Out:
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It is kind of a neat mechanism done by turning a red knob hidden under a panel that flips up:
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Also, the steering is done via hand-of-God which turns the rear (smaller) tires.  You can see the gear that is used for steering on the top of the combine in the photo below:
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There is another gear that is hidden under a panel that lifts up on the top of the combine just to the rear of the cabin.  Turning this gear will raise and lower the head (or cutter) of the combine.  Just like on a real combine, forward motion will cause the revolving sickles to rotate.  This action is what cuts and separates the grain from the stalk.  On a real combine, you can attach various heads for different types of grain.  

Here is a photo of the head.  The red bars are the revolving sickles.
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Overall Thoughts:

It’s just OK.  I know I did post some time ago that I wish we would get more varied Technic sets.  A combine is not really what I hand in mind so I guess you need to be careful what you wish for.  However, as I said it does a good job of accurately portraying the workings of a real combine.  At the end of the day, I guess it just doesn’t flip my switch…

I’d be surprised if this set does well.  I’m not saying it is a poor set, I just doubt many people get real excited about building a combine.  I’d rate it 3rd out of the three new Technic sets just released.

I wish all these newly designed Technic sets would have space and functionality to add in motors, especially the IR ones.  This one does not.

Final Rating: 64%

Build 8/10 (It was a nice trip back to the days of all Technic parts.)
Functionality 6/10 (It does a nice job of being a combine.  If you are not familiar with the workings of a combine, you won’t be too impressed.)
Design 8/10 (Above average.)
Parts 6/10 (Lots and lots of small Technic parts.  Nothing special.)
Price 4/10 (Seems way too expensive for what it is.)
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:09 AM

Thanks very much for the review. I call the new Technic sets "Pego"!  :-P  This set doesn't excite me much though. I am currently building 8288 and I think that is much better. Still, it is nice to see the universal joint again. I have 4 of those, and they are all in my (modified) Slave 1.  :'-(  I'm not going to buy the set for one universal joint though!   :-|





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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:28 AM

Informative review, thanks!

I've been curious about the latest Technic sets. I remember sitting down at the coffee table to build the old Expert Builder sets (while watching cartoons on cable, we had it here  :-P) and this looks nothing like those. I'm not impressed with this direction in the line.

I don't follow the colour scheme either and have almost no use for studless parts and hundreds of pins.

Guess now I know what the inside of the UCS Falcon will look like. Maybe I'll need some of these parts to attempt to restructure it enough to build some interior. Think I'll just stick to Bricklink orders, this doesn't look like $70 worth of parts to me.

Still, an excellent review  *y*

Shame it isn't a better set.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:42 AM

View Postimperialshadows, on Sep 4 2007, 05:28 PM, said:

Guess now I know what the inside of the UCS Falcon will look like.
If you want to see inside the Falcon look here!





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Posted 04 September 2007 - 09:00 AM

View Postdunamis, on Sep 4 2007, 06:55 AM, said:

You know you are building a Technic set when you thumbs are aching when it is done.

Ah, yes, that magic feeling. I just finished building my 8421 and experienced it once again.

Thanks for the review of this new set!
I am not sure wether it appeals to me, it looks good, like a real combined harvester and it has many many parts (over a thousand).
The colorscheme looks a bit strange, but I think it fits the model, after all harvesters come in weird colors in real life as well.

Lego never made a combined harvester before (a part from the second model of the 8862, but that doesn't count...) and I think they did a good job.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 11:30 AM

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I don't follow the colour scheme either


The colour scheme is that of Claas farm equipment, which no doubt the design team responsible for this is familiar with given their proximity to mainland Europe.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:34 PM

View PostTroyTMoore, on Sep 4 2007, 11:30 AM, said:

The colour scheme is that of Claas farm equipment, which no doubt the design team responsible for this is familiar with given their proximity to mainland Europe.


Yup, I checked it out on wiki (there is some good information on Combine Harvesters if you are interested).  Here is a photo of the Claas Harvester:

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That color scheme looks familiar    ;-)
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:57 PM

Sigh.... Well, i was trying to get some pics up last night for my review of this set, but it looks like Dunamis beat me to it.  :-(  Dunamis covered preety much everything i was going to cover, and his pics are 10x better quality than mine are :-P .
Great review Dunamis!  If i may, here's a couple action shots....

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Here's a shot with 8284 tractor of last year. They go quite well toeghter.
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 05:43 PM

Those do look good together.  I should build the tractor as well.

Nice lawn.  I need to hire your gardener...
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:24 PM

Great Review Dunamis *y*

It is a pity the functionality is a little limited  :-(

I will still put it on my birthday list :-D

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:32 PM

Thank you for the review, I think you are all right, it does lack some functions and a way of incorporating a motor would have been good add on.  I think I will still have to purchase one to go with the tractor of last year.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:08 PM

View Post5150 Lego, on Sep 5 2007, 01:57 AM, said:

Great review Dunamis!  If i may, here's a couple action shots....
Great pictures!  :-D I makes me want to buy both!  8-|





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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:11 PM

Nice review, thank you!!

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:33 AM

Good review,it isn't as bad as i expected! 8-°
I like teh buldozer more,im takin that one.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:33 PM

View PostSome guy, on Sep 6 2007, 07:33 AM, said:

Good review,it isn't as bad as i expected! 8-°
I like teh buldozer more,im takin that one.

I agree on the Bulldozer.  I'm going to start on it this weekend.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:19 PM

A very good review of a very neat set. A combine harvester.... that´s cool, I like that idea,
and it really works out fine with the tractor. Although I would clearly prefer the more simple
green and red color scheme I´m used to, the white´s a little distracting, for the overall
design, perhaps....

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 04:43 AM

Thanks Dunamis - very informative review.

It's good to see these, even if they are for sets that I am not going to buy unless it's 50% off. It's a sad day for Technic when we get excited about the fact that a set has a universal joint.  As far as I could tell, NOT a single classic technic brick ... just liftarms, axles and pins.   And crazy colours.

Not for me, but certainly it makes a nice combo with the tractor from last year if you have them both.

I'll look forward to your bulldozer review... Of course I'll be getting that one eventually.  I'm really curious how useful the motors will be.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 05:01 AM

View Postgylman, on Sep 8 2007, 04:43 AM, said:

As far as I could tell, NOT a single classic technic brick ... just liftarms, axles and pins.   And crazy colours.

Pretty much, Gylman.  Here are the only Technic bricks in the set and there are four of them.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:25 PM

yeah !

mine arrived today ! 2,5 hours to build !
it's marvelous. I'm very happy with that set. I'll bring it at the office (some poeple at job are studying combine harvesters sold in France ;)

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 06:32 PM

here, some pics in the fieldyard ;)

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 06:53 PM

Here's a couple more action shots, and a couple pics of the combine next to thetractor of last year. I Apoligize for the bad pics. My camera doesn't seem to like close ups.

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Pick of the lader to access the cab, it can swing forward, or to the side
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alittle cramped, but you can even fit a techinc figure in the cab!
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Loaded up, ready to go to the next field..
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rest of the gallery can be seen here.
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Posted 09 September 2007 - 07:16 PM

great review dunamis. I should really buy a technic set, havent had one since i was 5. Maybe ill pick this one up, not sure.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:36 PM

Very nice pics, 5150 Lego, now all it needs is a trailer for the tractor....  X-D  *y*



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