Set Name: Telescopic Handler
Set Number: 8295
Year Released: 2008
Number of Pieces: 1182
Price: $109.99 CAD, $89.99 USD
First up is the box - it is quite large and features the back corners which must be torn to get in.
The back of the box shows how the model can have power functions added. A picture of the alternate model is also displayed (Log Loader - the instructions can be found online).
The build is split up over three instruction manuals, each weighing in at about 75 pages.
Random shot from instructions. They are well laid out and easy to follow so long as you are paying enough attention. Colour separation is decent - there was only one point in which I accidentally used a pair of black beams in place of dark bley and did not catch my mistake until much later on.
At the end of the third manual are instructions as to adding power functions to the model. I tried this out using the motor and battery box from 8292 Cherry Picker and found it worked fairly well.
The sticker sheet after it's contents have been applied. They don't enhance the model greatly, but I figured I'd stick 'em on anyways.
The completed model.
The exhaust is used to engage/disengage the stabilizers at the front.
The cab features a little seat, levers, a steering wheel, and an instrument panel (sticker)
It also includes the lever to switch between raising/lowering and extending/retracting the boom, as well as steering controls (via hand of god)
The 4-wheel steering tour...
The 4-wheel steering works not too badly, though it is perhaps a bit vague. Thanks to this system though, the large vehicle can make relatively tight turns.
A small modular section which is the starting point to all the action in the model. It can easily be removed and replaced with a motor.
The heart of the telescopic handler. (note: the cab was removed to make photographing easier)
The source of sore fingers. Cranking the beige gear sets things in motion.
By flipping the red lever on the side of the cab, the clutch mechanism can divert the cranking action of the beige gear at the back to either work it's way to the linear actuator thus raising or lowering the boom (green line), or to extending/retracting the boom (purple line)
Alternate angle. Walk through of functions. Green still for raising, purple for extending...
And voila! Boom fully raised.
...continuing with the extension mechanism...
...still going... (note: the half pin is used to prevent the boom from retracting any further)
...finally the 8-tooth gear gets to work it's magic! (note: the 1x2 slope is used to prevent the boom from extending further)
Raised and extended (measures approx. 18" (46cm) long and 19" (48cm) high.
The front forklift can be adjusted as well. A cargo pallet is also included.
Build - 4/5 Nearly 1200 pieces means the telescopic handler will take many hours to build. The model is quite large and therefore has a bit of flex to it - still feels quite solid though. Decent selection of pieces and gears. Includes 1 linear actuator.
Playability - 4.5/5 It's fun to drive this thing around and chase after house pets. Thanks to the 4-wheel steering, this thing has some pretty fun handling characteristics. When it's time to work the boom (raising/lowering, extending/retracting), front stabilizers can also be deployed. These functions are addictive to use, though turning the gear to do so gets hard on the fingers - this is where the set loses marks. Extending/retracting is relatively quick and painless, but raising/lowering is time consuming and requires significantly more effort. Power functions can be added to the model.
Price - 4.5/5 $110 CAD/$90 USD for nearly 1200 pieces (though of course many of these are small pins etc). IMO this set is very reasonably priced. It is large and fairly impressive
Overall - 4.5/5 I REALLY like the telescopic handler. It may not be as technically/mechanically impressive or complex as some other models, but it's still got a lot going on. A telescopic handler is not as easily recognizable as many other models featured in the Technic line and may perhaps be overlooked by many because of this. This is a shame as I think this set is pretty nifty and encourage more people to check it out if possible.
Comments, questions, suggestions are more than welcome!
Edited by WhiteFang, 20 July 2009 - 03:03 AM.
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