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REVIEW - 42095 - REMOTE-CONTROLLED STUNT RACER INTRODUCTION This set feels like the successor to the 42065 - RC Tracked Racer from 2017. Like the 42050 - Drag Racer from 2015, this set also has two wheels at the rear of the vehicle, limiting the vertical movement. Something tells me that, unlike the drag racer, this model can actually do wheelies. And how about those new big sprockets driving the vehicle?! I can hardly imagine these sprockets have been designed specifically for this model. Thoughts about a new big excavator fill my mind. But let's focus on this set first. This review is shorter than usual, but time was limited. Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoy the pictures! PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42095 Title: Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 324 Box Weight: 784 gram Box Dimensions: 38,0 cm x 26,0 cm x 7,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 79,99 Price per Part: € 0,25 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 1x Bag with Power Functions elements 1x Power Functions battery box 3x Unnumbered bags BOOKLET STICKER SHEET POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS BATTERY BOX BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS TECHNIC TREAD SPROCKET WHEEL XL These two new sprockets are the XL variant of the Technic Tread Sprocket Large. Since these are new parts, it's safe to assume that the future (2H 2019?) will bring us a big (motorized) set, like a new bulldozer or excavator. POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS This set contains a set of very useful PF elements. You get a battery box, IR transmitter, IR receiver and two large motors. Basically everything to motorize your MOC. BATTERY BOX Something which caught my eye is the new design of the battery box. Going through my collection, I notice this change has been implemented earlier. I remember discussing a slightly different version in the Arcos, so it might have been a couple of years. But most of the time I use one of my other battery boxes with batteries in it. This new design is much better, since you can get all the batteries out easily. COMPLETED MODEL I wasn't too sure about this model, but looking at the completed model, it is definitely growing on my. The yellow-blue color scheme is very vibrant and works really well. Especially with the XL sprockets. And it is no secret I love dark azure. I'm so glad TLG got rid of all the other shades of blue :laugh: Here you can clearly see how big the rear sprockets are. Just when you start loving this little bugger, you are presented with its rear end. Ouch, that hurts. This set is all about fun and performance, but a slightly more decorated rear end would have been better. Not sure if Milan designed this one, but he (or TLG) did a better job with the previous one. I don't think it will bother kids at all, but if I have to name a negative thing about this set, it's the rear end. Two 16T gears, an XL sprocket and an L-motor make up the drivetrain for each side. Minifig paint rollers as mirror pieces and a fishing rod as antenna. Cleverly done. Before I end this review, I do need to address the RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of € 79,99. This set does contain lots of PF elements, but 80 euros seems kinda steep for a model this size, basically being nothing more than a small RC toy. If you can get it with a discount, it is a great PF package though. The left-over parts. READY, SET, GO This review would not be complete without a video. Here you can see the Stunt Racer in action. I have mentioned it before, and I will mention it again; I hope TLG will create treads made up of a softer (more rubber like) material. As you can see, the set is rather useless when you are playing on a smooth surface. Some time ago I bought a couple of these bags in LEGOLAND Germany. It would be great if TLG would include a bunch of these rubber pins with tracked sets. Especially the remote-controlled ones. As you can see the result is much better. It actually does the wheelies which it is supposed to be doing. B-MODEL If it weren't for the price, I would definitely get a second copy to build the B-model and have some fun with both. The B-model looks even more finished than the A-model, but the main model can do wheelies! SUMMARY This is a very fun little model that will keep the kids entertained for a while. Two things that I don't like about this model. One is the rear, with clearly visible cables. And another thing is that the treads don't have any grip on smooth flat surfaces. Maybe a third thing and that is the price. Seems a bit steep for a small RC toy. But these cons definitely don't mean I don't like it, because I simply love this cute little stunt racer! PROS It's great fun It does wheelies It drives really fast Looks nice (except the rear) It's great fun Vibrant color scheme New big sprockets Did I mention it's great fun?! CONS Cables sticking out Treads don't have much grip on smooth surfaces Price SCORE How do I rate this set? 7 DESIGN I love the front and color scheme, but the rear could have been better. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Fun build, given the part count. 7 FEATURES Not so many features, but stunt driving is implemented very well. 8 PLAYABILITY So much fun! 8 PARTS All the PF parts you need to motorize small to medium MOCs. 6 VALUE FOR MONEY The price is pretty steep for what is basically an RC toy. 7,2 WAIT FOR A BOGO DEAL AND GET TWO COPIES FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
REVIEW - 42092 - RESCUE HELICOPTER INTRODUCTION It feels like yesterday that TLG released a small rescue helicopter, but actually it dates back quite a few years. I'm talking about the 8068 - Rescue Helicopter released in 2011, packing 408 parts. In the 2010, one year earlier, TLG released an even smaller (152 parts) helicopter. The 8046 - Helicopter, which is clearly a rescue helicopter as well. With 325 pieces, the latest rendition lives somewhere between the 2010 and the 2011 version. Let's take off for the review. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42092 Title: Rescue Helicopter Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 325 Box Weight: 451 gram Box Dimensions: 28,0 cm x 26,0 cm x 5,8 cm Set Price (RRP): € 29,99 Price per Part: € 0,092 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Instruction booklet 1x Sticker sheet 4x Unnumbered bag BOOKLET STICKER SHEET BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS The white Axle and Pin Connector looks new, but it has already been released last year. The white 7 x 3 Panel is new this year though. PART LIST The part list for all the 325 parts. COMPLETED MODEL The completed model captures the shape of a real helicopter very well. I was surprised by this. The landing gear has some white details, where you would expect black ones. I suspect this is because these parts are already being used in other sets in white this year. And they are being used in white in the tail of the helicopter as well. TLG tries to limit the number of different colors per set, and over the entire Technic range for a specific release period (e.g. 1H 2019). We have seen this strategy before. It probably has something to do with warehousing logistics and obviously optimising profit. When I get the chance, I will ask one of the designers/employees. The rear section opens up, but unfortunately the life-bed can't be stowed on the helicopter. This is minor gripe for me. Maybe TLG could have designed a different bed, which would fit in the rear. It feels kinda mandatory to be able to store the bed. The usual left-over parts. B-MODEL The B-model looks like something well worth building. It's a Concept Plane with moveable wings. SUMMARY I wasn't expecting much of this set, but it looks really nice for such a small helicopter. It has some playability and the opening rear doors are a cool addition. When I noticed the doors could open, I expected to be able to stow the life-bed (stretcher). Unfortunately this is not the case. It comes with a B-model which is interesting enough to build. It even has a cool feature (moveable wings). PROS Looks great Opening rear doors Winch Cool B-model Affordable CONS Life-bed doesn't fit the rear section of the helicopter Usage of obvious out-of-place (white) parts on the landing gear SCORE How do I rate this set? 8 DESIGN It captures the shape and looks of a helicopter really well. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Fun to build, but nothing really special. 7 FEATURES The opening rear doors and winch are cool extra's. 7 PLAYABILITY It has swooshability, but the life bed doesn't fit the helicopter. 7 PARTS Mostly common parts and panels. 8 VALUE FOR MONEY The B-model looks interesting enough to build as well. 7,3 FUN ENOUGH TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY FOR A WHILE FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.