One thing to keep in mind here is that this set has over 1,000 parts. Not too long ago, only a few of the very largest flagship sets could say this. Now we get a 1,000 piece set which is not even the year's flagship but which, in my opinion, clearly could have been. For reference, it has almost twice as many parts as the venerable 8459 loader.
- Set 8265
- 1061 Pieces
- 34.5 ounces, 982 grams
- Build time was about 3 hours (including taking all the pictures)
The box is very large. Pictures of the front and back can be seen below. This is one of the boxes in which you need to cut the rear corners to get it open. Unlike many of these boxes, everything inside was in good shape with no squashing of the instructions. In fact, they look like they came right off of the presses.
You can see that the B model is a log loader which looks very good as well, but I have not yet built it.
The instructions come in three large booklets. They have 55, 61, and 61 pages respectively. There are a total of 122 major steps, as well as another 12 steps which can be used to add a motor and lights to the model (which I highly recommend). The instructions are quite clear, as usual, although I find that the splits between the booklets are rather arbitrary and slightly annoying. Like all the newer sets, these instructions come with a parts list at the end.
Inside the Box
There are 10 bags inside the box as well as a few loose pieces which I'll discuss a bit later.
New and/or Noteworthy Parts
Those interested in the new parts will be very interested in this set as it contains a very good selection of them.
The most obvious new parts are these box beams. In keeping with the new tradition of using odd numbered lengths and widths for studless beams, this part is 5x7. There are axle holes in all 3 directions: 8 total on the face, 6 total on the sides, and 6 total on the ends. This vast array of connections make the part very versatile and usable in many situations. This large framed beam is very stiff in bending so I can imagine it becoming the foundation of many new large models. There are 3 of these parts in the set (TLG #64179) in light bley.
There is 1 of the larger panels in yellow (TLG #62531) as previously described in my hauler review.
There are also a pair of highly stylized fairings in dark bley. These have appeared before in other themes, but never in Technic.
Here you can see 11 of the 3x3 T-beams in dark blay as described in my hauler review. These were loose in the box, and the parts list only calls for 8 of them. There were 8 of them in light bley in the bags. I can only assume that there was a late change to the color after the bags were packed, so they threw a handful of the right color in the box. This means you get a bunch of bonus samples of this rare part!
There are 8 brand new 3x2 parts which I will call Axle Joiner, Perpendicular. They look like the old 1x2 axle joiner, perpendicular except with an extra stud appended on either side. I can imagine these being quite useful. You also get 3 linear actuators along with their attachment brackets.
What about gears? Well, you are in for a treat as you can see in the picture. Of particular note are the 2 new style differentials, 6 clutch gears, and 9 of the 20 tooth double bevel gears.
Finally, there are these two mystery parts which seem to be bricked shaped and have studs on top. I've never seen such a thing.
This was a rather complex build loaded with technical functions, as you'll soon see. The finished model is huge and lovely. Though not entirely modular, much of the construction uses smaller sub-module which are integrated throughout the build.
First we can see the base of the frame incorporating the 4 wheel drive with 2 differentials and an articulation axis at the middle. The core of the frame is the box beams. There is no center diff.
These next two images show the front and back view of the lift assembly. This is the front of the loader and contains the gears to both raise and dump the bucket via the linear actuators. You can see the clutch gear which allows the functions to be concentric.
Here is the nearly completed front lift assembly. The two U-joints you see allow the functions of both sets of linear actuators to be controlled from the rear of the vehicle.
Here are the lift actuators and their gearing which passes through u-joints to allow their input angle to change.
This shows the guts of the transmission which uses a driving ring to switch between functions. This allows the rear input to control either the bucket lift or the bucket tilt. Notice all the clutch gears and the significant complexity of the structural geometry.
Here a significant portion of the aft structure has been built. The yellow link you see in the foreground is used to control the steering of the articulation. Previous loaders have used gears and turntables, but this is a mechanical linkage instead.
Here's the rear mounted V-6 engine which is driven from the rear differential. As you can see, the engine is cantilevered completely behind the rear axle so it acts as a counterweight. The gears you see in front of it are actually part of the drive system for the transmission (linear actuator control).
Now the back end is more complete with the rear radiator and fenders. The axle you see passing all the way to the back is the input for the linear actuators. The black double bevel gear is used to drive them. As you might expect, this is quite tedious. However, this axle can be replaced by a motor making everything much easier.
Behold the complexity! If you like gears, mechanisms, and everything else which is generally Technicy, then you will adore this set. The technical details are very well done indeed. Note the three u-joints running across the articulation axis.
Now we can take a look at the completed model from a few angles. One of the things you will notice immediately is how good it looks. There are plenty of cheese slopes, lights, railings, and other greeble. This is great for a Technic model since this really brings out the best of both worlds (function and aesthetics). In fact, I'd say you'd be hard pressed to find an official Technic model which looks much better. Look at the railings, the radiator, the fenders, the mirrors, and the engine cover.
The engine cover opens up and exposes the engine. The overhead Hand of God gears controls the steering. The rear gear controls the linear actuators. The red lever on the left shifts between functions. The engine is driven by any of the 4 wheels.
I would personally rate this set right up there with the best Technic sets ever made, especially among the construction vehicles. I would highly recommend it to any collector or enthusiast. It looks great and works great and I even think the price is reasonable for what you get. I know it's hard to believe, but I think this set is equal or superior to 8459.
- Price: 8/10
- Functions: 9/10 (for the size of the model)
- Appearance: 10/10
- Parts: 9/10 (lots of good stuff here)
- Total: 9/10 I'd consider this set a "must-have" for any serious Technic fan.
In case you are trying to get a feel for how big this is, I've included a couple of comparison pictures. First we see it next to a pair of other loaders. On the right is 8459, and on the right is Nico71's motorized wheel loader. For reference, all 3 use the same bucket.
Next is a comparison with the 8275 bulldozer. This loader is really big!
While building this model, I listened to a random medley of 80's heavy metal. I think the mood was really set by Helix and Megadeth.
Rock on AFOLs, rock on.
Edited by Blakbird, 06 June 2012 - 03:11 PM.