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 Brickshelf folder (once moderated).
Name: Off-road Racer
Pieces: 160 (+7 spares)
Price: US $19.99, CAD 24.99
Links: Lego Shop@Home (US) Lego Technic Website Lego Technic Instructions Brickset Bricklink Rebrickable
Pictures: Brickshelf (once moderated)
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').
Front and back:
Top and bottom:
Left and right:
Boxes from both 42011 and 42010:
- 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)
New and/or Interesting Pieces
- Four of the new smaller panels, numbered 21 and 22. The Lego part numbers for these in blue are 6022764 and 6023035 respectively. Close-up pictures of these parts can be seen here and here
- What looks to be a new pull-back motor. I don't have any previous ones to compare, but it looks similar to Pullback Motor 7 x 5 x 3 (Motor 6) or Pullback Motor 8 x 5 x 3 (Motor 6a), although it has different mounting points.
- What looks to be a new Technic, Gear 8 Tooth, as shown in my 42011 Race Car Pictorial Review.
- Six Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Hub with 2 Axles. While not new, these were released in 2012 and have only appeared in four other sets so far.
- Two Black Technic, Panel Fairing Small Smooth Short #1 and #2, but I wish that these were blue instead
- Two Black Technic, Panel Fairing Small Smooth Long #3 and #4, and again, I wish that these were blue instead
- Four Black Tire 43.2mm D. x 26mm Balloon Small
- One Light Bluish Gray Technic, Gear Worm Screw
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.
The full list of parts can be seen on the inventory page of the instructions, or on the Bricklink inventory page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Page 17, Step 14: Half way through the build process.
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.
Page 46: The inventory page, showing all of the parts and the Lego Element IDs.
The Race Car
Apart from the pull-back motor, the only other feature of this model is that the cage at the top can open up.
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.
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.