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Review: 8262 Quad-Bike


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#1 starstreak

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:14 AM

This review will be on the 8262 Quad-Bike set. I decided to do the alternate build first, and I'll do the quad-bike second.
I even have some youtube videos to spice things up!


Set Name: 8262 Quad-Bike
Theme: Technic
Released: 2008
Pieces: 308
Price: $39.99 (I paid $43.99)/24.45pounds
Here are some quicklinks provided to me by Ricecracker: Bricklink, Brickset, and Lego S@H.


Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!

Box Art
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Front of box.



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Back of the box.


Bags-o-parts
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Not too many bags. But then again this is "only" 308 pieces.


Sticker sheet
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You'll notice I didn't use the sticker sheet. Depending which version you build, you would need to remove the stickers for the other set. So I didn't use it.


Parts list
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The build- Alternate set first. The Dune Buggy.
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Starting with the engine frame.


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2 stroke motor. Cute. I wonder how hard would it be to make a rotary engine?


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Completed frame for the engine, including the shocks. These shocks are fairly soft. Nothing bad. Makes it easier to see the suspension move without putting allot of pressure on the frame itself.


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Now, you can the side of the frame being made for the buggy.


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Ok, the frame for the body is done. Reminds me of a "Spinner" from Blade Runner.  You'll also notice that there seems to be things missing. Because this set only has about 308 pieces, they did leave out finer details. Like no seats, steering wheels, doors that open, headlights, etc.


Finished photos
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Side view. This is interesting. The rear tires turn. Not the front. In a real car, you would run into issues where the faster you go, the easier it would be to spin out. But on the Lego set, it actually works well as it makes tighter turns, the suspension and engine was all on one frame. So I suppose you could just take that and make another vehicle if you wanted without too much trouble. At least it has side mirrors and brake lights.


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Top front view. Wow. Without stickers, it looks very...white. Like in a weird way. Reminds me of something with a buck tooth issue.


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Top rear view. Easy view to see the engine in the back.


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I like this. Very close up of the front. Makes this thing look like a monster vehicle!


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Closeup of the front. Not quite what I was looking for. The focus was too far back.



Here is a youtube video of the shocks and wheel turning. I thought this would be interesting to see.


The build of the Quad-Bike. Simplified. Only 4 photos.
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Here you can see the frame before the panels, front end and wheels are added on. Front has dual shocks and wheels will turn. The engine moves and so does the single rear shock.


Final Photos
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Here you go. Again, no stickers, but it looks better without stickers compared to the buggy.


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Rear view. Here you can see they made the rear suspension with one shock. Works well.


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Side view. Here you can see how they minimalized using extra pieces. The build seems lacking, but has enough to be complete.

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Front view low. You can see the front shocks from this view. Both tires has its own suspension.


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Here is a view from the underside. You can see how the rear wheels turn the engine (The Lt.brown gear). And you can also see how the steering works.


Left over parts from the Quad-Bike.
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Here is a youtube view of the shocks and steering moving.

Features
Both vehicles uses the shocks, but the Quad-Bike uses 3. One for the back, and two for the front. The Dune Buggy uses shocks just on the back. The front wheels turn on the Quad-Bike, but the rear wheels turn on the Dune Buggy. Both sets uses a 2 cycle engine, which does cycle the pistons as you push the vehicles around.

Final thoughts
Both sets are good build. They are much smaller than you would think. I was surprised at the size. The box pictures make it seem much larger vehicle than it really is. One thing. This set has many small technic parts. It was a pain to dismantle. This is one of those sets you need to have a solid flat surface that you can use to help you push some parts together. The sets does use stickers to bring out the feel of the sets. Since I didn't use the stickers, it seemed a bit bland. But that's my fault for not pasting the stickers.

My rating:

Playability:
4 out of 5. It is playable. Rolls, and moves and I like things with shocks.
Design: 3 out of 5. This is not a complicated set. It has enough parts to make it look like what it's supposed to be. But nothing more. I like the buggy, but if you notice, there's no chair or steering wheel, etc. But from the outside, it does look nice.
Build experience: 3 out of 5. For a technic set, it doesn't have allot of complicated parts to put together. Although, I found it hard to put some pieces together that were small. I must be getting old.
Overall: 3 out of 5. At 308 pieces, and paying close to $45 for it, it was a bit much. But the set to me did come out nice. This is one of those, "want" sets. Not a "must have" set.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

Edited by starstreak, 12 April 2009 - 07:21 AM.


#2 keetong

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:20 AM

Nice lot of mechnics in it, the buggy looks cool. I originallly thought you could only make 1 thing out of the technics sets. The suspension on the Quad Bike looks cool. Anyway great review, I think it covinced me bring all my old Bioncles and Technic out.

#3 xenologer

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:53 AM

Thanks for taking the time to make the cool videos.

Neat looking set, I perfer dune buggies over quad bikes in general, tho this rear wheel steering one is very odd. I have to wonder why they did it that way.


Can we get a size reference picture of a minifig standing next to those giant tires? From what I can tell those are huge wheels, possibly not too easy to use in a minifig scale moc.

#4 starstreak

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:36 PM

keetong- Np.  Glad you liked the review. :)

xenologer-I'll see what I can do.

#5 paul_delahaye

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:17 PM

I just picked this set up on Friday from Argos in the UK (25% Discount at the moment)

I'm a big technic fan, i enjoyed the build, the only criticism I have is the steering is shocking.  You can turn the steering left and it has no effect on the wheels, there is just too much free play in the mechanism.

Apart from that a nice set

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:31 PM

I like both the builds equally, but they both look wierd without the stickers

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:51 AM

View Postxenologer, on Apr 12 2009, 01:53 AM, said:

Can we get a size reference picture of a minifig standing next to those giant tires? From what I can tell those are huge wheels, possibly not too easy to use in a minifig scale moc.

My previous review shows this model next to a couple of others.  You should be familiar with the small wheels for comparison.  If you still would like a minifig for scale picture:
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This is pretty big for minifig scale, but I guess huge depends on your frame of reference.  :tongue:
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:13 AM

To me this is the 2009 set with the best looks. I haven't built it yet, but I have seen and handled both the main and alternate model displayed side by side. To me the functions of the alternate is not as great as those of the main. Hopefully I will pick up two boxes of this set, and know better.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for that very fine review of this nice and interesting set, starstreak.  :thumbup:
The rear wheel steering looks like a pretty original idea...

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:28 PM

This set is pretty nice for the price. I like how the main model has suspension on both the front and back wheels. An extra pair of cylinders on the engine would have been nice though.

It definitely looks like it would benefit from the stickers, more than most Technic sets.

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Can we get a size reference picture of a minifig standing next to those giant tires? From what I can tell those are huge wheels, possibly not too easy to use in a minifig scale moc.

Many of the Technic wheels actually work great for Space themed ground vehicles.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 04:11 AM

Quad Bikes usually do have a single suspension at the back wheels.  By the way, good review starstreak. :thumbup:  The hand made a good size comparison.

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#12 starstreak

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:44 AM

Thanks!

View PostCloneCommanderDelta7, on Apr 17 2009, 06:11 PM, said:

Quad Bikes usually do have a single suspension at the back wheels. By the way, good review starstreak. :thumbup: The hand made a good size comparison.





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