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#1 Splat

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:12 AM

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Following on from my review of the 42011 Race Car, I now present to you my pictorial review of the 42010 Off-road Racer.  All pictures can be clicked on for a larger view, and are viewable in my Posted Image Brickshelf folder (once moderated).

Set: 42010
Name: Off-road Racer
Theme: Technic
Year: 2013
Pieces: 160 (+7 spares)
Price: US $19.99, CAD 24.99
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The Box
A fairly standard looking Technic box, measuring 26cm x 14cm x 6cm (10.25" x 5.5" x 2.4"), which is slightly thicker than the box for the 42011 Race Car which was 4.5 (1.8") thick.  The back of the box is exactly the same as the box of the 42011 Race Car, and shows you how you can combine the two sets together to create a Dragster.  The left side features French (translated as 'The off-road buggy') and Spanish (translated as 'Off-Road Racing').
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Front and back:
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Top and bottom:
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Left and right:
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Boxes from both 42011 and 42010:
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The Contents
  • One small bag of pieces
  • One medium bag of pieces
  • One larger bag of pieces
  • What looks to be a new pull-back motor for 2013, the same as in 42011 Race Car
  • Four Tire 43.2mm D. x 26mm Balloon Small loose in the box
  • One sticker sheet
  • A supplementary booklet (12 pages)
  • A single building instruction book (48 pages)
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New and/or Interesting Pieces
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Blue pieces!  While not a whole lot of them, it is nice to see beams in a colour that isn't LBG, DBG, Black, Red or Yellow.  The Blue Technic, Liftarm 1 x 9 Bent (7 - 3) Thick is quite rare, having only appeared in one other set before, back in 2002. As the chassis of the Off-road Racer is blue, the seat in this model deviates from the standard blue seat, and is red.
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The full list of parts can be seen on the inventory page of the instructions, or on the Posted Image Bricklink inventory page.

Sticker Sheet
There are eight stickers on one sheet.  The sticker sheet is 10.5cm x 8.3cm (4.1" x 3.3").  I did not apply the stickers to my model.
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Supplementary Booklet
The booklet has 12 pages, and shows a few 'play' situations together with the 42011 Race Car, some pages showing other sets in the 2013 line-up, and the back page shows how the two sets can be combined (similar to the back of the box).  This is the same booklet that was also in the 42011 Race Car set.  Click the images if you want to see larger pictures of the pages.
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Building Instruction Book
The building instructions are fairly standard, presented with part call-outs and the typical light blue background.  We get the new graphics on Page 2 reminding us to sort our pieces, which was was also seen in the 42011 Race Car Pictorial Review, and we still get the GEWINNE! kid on the back page.
Only some pages are shown here (there are 48 pages in total), and the instructions can be downloaded in PDF format from the Lego website, although the resolution of the PDF is quite poor.
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Page 7, Step 2: Here we have a mistake in the instructions, but hopefully my copy of the instructions were just part of an early batch and this will be fixed soon.  It was easy enough for me to guess what was supposed to happen, but I hope kids in the target 7-14 year-old range don't have too many problems with this.  The PDF instructions that are downloadable from the Lego website do not show this error, which suggests that TLC is already aware of the error.
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Page 17, Step 14: Half way through the build process.
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Page 43, Step 28: The completed model.  Just like the 42011 Race Car, there are two pieces shown left over in the last step of the instructions, one Worm Gear and the new 8 Tooth Gear.
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Page 46: The inventory page, showing all of the parts and the Lego Element IDs.
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The Race Car
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Apart from the pull-back motor, the only other feature of this model is that the cage at the top can open up.
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Spare Pieces
There are seven spare pieces, but just like in the 42011 Race Car set, the only two gears in the set are spare pieces (one Worm Gear and the new 8 Tooth Gear).  They are shown in the last step of the instructions, and I can only imagine that they are used when combining this set with 42011 Race Car.  The rest of the spares are fairly standard pieces.
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Conclusions
This is only a small Technic set with 160 pieces (two more than the 42011 Race Car), but it is just in time for Christmas so I can imagine this set ending up in lots of kids hands on Christmas morning.

With it's slightly larger wheel diameter, this set travels further than the 42011 Race Car: 9.60m (31.45') vs 7.85m (25.75') on low-pile carpet, and 11.50m (37.75') vs 8.55m (28.05') on smooth tiles.  The larger diameter wheels also mean that this set takes slightly more space to pull-back than the 42011 Race Car: 1.07m (42') vs 1.02m (40').

So which set is better, the 42010 Off-road Racer, or the 42011 Race Car?
Aesthetics: Personally I think the 42011 Race Car looks better, but this is a very subjective opinion, and your opinion may vary.  I am glad that we are seeing some more pieces in blue though.
Performance: The larger diameter wheels on the 42010 Off-road Racer clearly enable it to out-perform the 42011 Race Car in all of my tests.
Functionality: Both sets have the pull-back motor function, although the 42010 Off-road Racer also has the cage at the top that can open.
Parts: Both sets feature a very similar set of parts.  The 42011 Race Car has two extra panels (Red Technic, Panel Fairing Small Smooth Short #1 and #2), whereas the 42010 Off-road Racer has six of the Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Hub with 2 Axles and blue beams.
It is a close call, but personally I like the 42010 Off-road Racer just a little bit better.

Unfortunately TLG hasn't released the building instructions to make the Dragster by combining the two sets yet, but I look forward to building it and seeing how it performs once the instructions are available.

Update: The building instructions to make the 'Dragster Combi Model' are now available here or here or here (thanks DLuders).
Update: My 42010 + 42011 Dragster Combi Model Pictorial Review is now available.

Hopefully I have covered most angles, but if you want any more photos or info, just let me know.

Edited by Splat, 10 April 2013 - 01:17 AM.

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#2 Lost_In_Noise

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

Very good pictures and information in this review. I would like to have seen some shots of the build process though, and perhaps the alternate model? Thanks Splat!
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

Great review, Splat!  :thumbup: I just wrote an e-mail to Lego Customer Service about their not posting PDF Building Instructions for the 42010+42011 Dragster combination.  This is a recurring problem with their Technic theme -- releasing new sets without posting the online instructions in a prompt manner (when customers have the sets in their hands).  :thumbdown:   I ordered (and received) two pairs of these sets, since I want to compare the 42010 Race Car, 42011 Off-road Racer, and 42010+42011 Dragster side-by-side.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:47 PM

nice, might get this one for fun :classic: and that 8t gear, still can't wait to hear about flagship and other 2h :excited:
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:22 AM

A product specialist from The Lego Group was kind enough to e-mail me the PDF Building Instructions for the 42010+42011 Dragster combination :classic:   -- download the 7.57-MB file here via SkyDrive:Posted Image

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#6 Gene

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:02 AM

I always like pull-back motor. I'll get one when this is available!r

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:52 AM

I just finished building the 42010 a few minutes ago.  Solid, good build and fast.  I built a makeshift ramp for it to jump, landed upside down, lol.  I had a 15% off coupon at Toys R Us and figured why not.  All in all, pretty happy with the parts.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:01 AM

Really great SET, these parts too delicious

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:46 AM

Many thanks to Splats for the review. Looks kind of cute.
Love the new panels and parts!

Thanks to Dluders aswell for the combination-Instruction. Nice job!
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:42 PM

From what I can tell the 42010 doesn't have any steering mechanism of any sort?  I don't see a HOG steering on the top of the model.

Edited by TechnicFreak, 11 December 2012 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

Both of the Pullback Racers are fun little sets.

View PostTechnicFreak, on 11 December 2012 - 04:42 PM, said:

From what I can tell the 42010 doesn't have any steering mechanism of any sort?  I don't see a HOG steering on the top of the model.

No, it doesn't. They are just meant to pull back and then go in a straight line.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:53 PM

Thanks to everyone that has provided comments and feedback  :classic:

View PostLost_In_Noise, on 09 December 2012 - 01:39 PM, said:

Very good pictures and information in this review. I would like to have seen some shots of the build process though, and perhaps the alternate model? Thanks Splat!
With such a small set, and only the one or two functions in the set, I didn't really think that lots of photos of the build were necessary, but I will keep it in mind for future reviews.  Thanks for the feedback.
At the time of this review, the instructions for the alternate model weren't available, but now that they are (thanks DLuders), I will do another pictorial review in the next few days.

View PostDLuders, on 09 December 2012 - 04:19 PM, said:

Great review, Splat!  :thumbup:  I just wrote an e-mail to Lego Customer Service about their not posting PDF Building Instructions for the 42010+42011 Dragster combination.  This is a recurring problem with their Technic theme -- releasing new sets without posting the online instructions in a prompt manner (when customers have the sets in their hands).  :thumbdown:   I ordered (and received) two pairs of these sets, since I want to compare the 42010 Race Car, 42011 Off-road Racer, and 42010+42011 Dragster side-by-side.

View PostDLuders, on 11 December 2012 - 03:22 AM, said:

A product specialist from The Lego Group was kind enough to e-mail me the PDF Building Instructions for the 42010+42011 Dragster combination :classic:   -- download the 7.57-MB file here via SkyDrive:
Thanks DLuders for sourcing these instructions and making them available to us.  It looks like the worm gear and the new 8 tooth gear are used to open/close the cage on the dragster, and adjust the back wing/spoiler.  They aren't used in the drive-train at all.  Also, only one of the pull-back motors is used in the dragster model.  I also ordered two of each set, so I will make the dragster and do another pictorial review in the next few days.

I agree that missing Technic instructions is a recurring problem.  If Lego are going to release printed building instructions in their sets, and then instruct us to go to the website to download the extra instructions, then, in my opinion, the website should have these extra instructions available before the sets hit the shelves.

View Postz3_2drive, on 09 December 2012 - 04:47 PM, said:

nice, might get this one for fun :classic: and that 8t gear, still can't wait to hear about flagship and other 2h :excited:

View PostGene, on 11 December 2012 - 04:02 AM, said:

I always like pull-back motor. I'll get one when this is available!r

View Post750ACE, on 11 December 2012 - 04:52 AM, said:

I just finished building the 42010 a few minutes ago.  Solid, good build and fast.  I built a makeshift ramp for it to jump, landed upside down, lol.  I had a 15% off coupon at Toys R Us and figured why not.  All in all, pretty happy with the parts.

View Postchumuhou, on 11 December 2012 - 05:01 AM, said:

Really great SET, these parts too delicious

View PostJunkstyleGio, on 11 December 2012 - 08:46 AM, said:

Many thanks to Splats for the review. Looks kind of cute.
Love the new panels and parts!
Thanks to Dluders aswell for the combination-Instruction. Nice job!

View PostMeatman, on 11 December 2012 - 05:34 PM, said:

Both of the Pullback Racers are fun little sets.
I agree that both the 42010 Off-road Racer and 42011 Race Car are fun little sets.  Not too many features, but at this price range that is to be expected, and there are some nice pieces in both sets.

View PostTechnicFreak, on 11 December 2012 - 04:42 PM, said:

From what I can tell the 42010 doesn't have any steering mechanism of any sort?  I don't see a HOG steering on the top of the model.

View PostMeatman, on 11 December 2012 - 05:34 PM, said:

No, it doesn't. They are just meant to pull back and then go in a straight line.
As Meatman mentioned, this set doesn't have any steering - it is simply a pull-back and let-go set, and depending on the surface you are using, it should go in a straight line, or over jumps, etc.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

@DLuders -
Since its a brand set(s), wouldn't the instructions be included in both sets, and in one or the other, the instructions for combining the 2 sets into the dragster?  As always DLuders never disapointments, he got us the 9397's alternate model plow last spring.  

I wasn't really interested in the dragster or the race car, I just wanted the 42010 alone, even if its just a shelf model as its meant as a pull-back model, but I liked the color scheme, blue is refreshing even if there aren't too many blue elements in the set.  I'm into buggies/racers of any kind.  Doubt its still at that store, I was there over a week ago, and all I could find was 2 on the shelf at the time.

One question, with EB's new look, I can't seem to find a way to remove jpg images members post, is there a way to do this, usually I highlight the HTML pics and just reply directly.  Any ideas on how to do that, I clicked on 'More Reply Options' link when I went to reply directly to your post, but it still wouldn't let me remove the jpg images.

Any help is appreciated...thanks...

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

View PostTechnicFreak, on 12 December 2012 - 04:27 PM, said:

One question, with EB's new look, I can't seem to find a way to remove jpg images members post, is there a way to do this, usually I highlight the HTML pics and just reply directly.  Any ideas on how to do that, I clicked on 'More Reply Options' link when I went to reply directly to your post, but it still wouldn't let me remove the jpg images.

I do it by selecting a picture and pressing the Delete key. Or sometimes I switch to code view using the first button on the toolbar and remove [img] tags.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

@ TechnicFreak:  The "42010 Dragster Combi Model" PDF Building Instructions have been added to the Technic.Lego.com building instruction list for both the 42010 Off-road Racer and the 42011 Race Car.  They are not supplied as a printed booklet in the set boxes.  Those 42010+42011 Dragster PDF instructions are not listed on the Lego Customer Service's Building Instruction website, however (typical lack of "attention to detail")....

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:26 PM

View PostDLuders, on 12 December 2012 - 08:59 PM, said:

@ TechnicFreak:  The "42010 Dragster Combi Model" PDF Building Instructions have been added to the Technic.Lego.com building instruction list for both the 42010 Off-road Racer and the 42011 Race Car.  They are not supplied as a printed booklet in the set boxes.  Those 42010+42011 Dragster PDF instructions are not listed on the Lego Customer Service's Building Instruction website, however (typical lack of "attention to detail")....

Thanks DLuders - as always, you are on top of things and the lack of TLG adding on either set a way to connect them.  When I looked at the 42010 I saw on the TRU shelf last week, it showed on the back of the box the melding of the 2 sets.  Kinda of a dumb move on their part, they tell you can make the 42010 and 42011 together, yet you have to download them, and for me anyway, I'm at a tiny area, so would have to waste paper and ink just to do that.  Ah well, they've messed up before, release something before they give it enough thought.

BUT, what I'm really foward to is the 42006 Excavator w/ claw.  Have enough buggies, some old school Technic all the way up to the 2010 8048 Buggy.  The alternate of 9392 is not really that great and has so few elements, it would require some modification to make it look more authentic, but with being so small, there is not a lot of room for improvement.

@hrontos - I tried selecting the jpg and all I could get my mouse to do is send out those 4 arrows in each directions in place of the pointer, I'll try your other idea, thanks for your input, I know how irritating direct quoting a member's post and including all his/her images.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:40 AM

Has anybody had any issues with the pull back motor on this set? Mine seems to have died after only a few uses :(

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:59 AM

I haven't used mine too much, but they all seem to work the same as when I bought them.  Perhaps you can contact Lego for a replacement (https://service.lego...WhatBrick/42010).
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Posted 26 December 2013 - 02:50 AM

I will do, I just wanted to know if it was a common problem?

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