New LEGO Technic! 2015 Preview (Part 2)

New LEGO Technic 2015 42039 Race Car

It’s time to reveal the final new LEGO Technic sets bound for stores in 2015! Yesterday we previewed five of the eight new Technic models due at the start of next year, including the new 42037 Formula Off-Road Racer.

Today we move on to the bigger stuff, including the rather lovely looking green endurance racer above. But more on that in a bit. Firstly, let’s look at two wheels…

42036 Street Motorcycle

New Lego Technic 2015 42036 Street Motorcycle

We start with the smallest of the more complex 2015 Technic sets, the 375 piece 9+ 42036 Street Motorcycle. 42036 looks a nice mid-range set, featuring working front and rear suspension, steering, and (we suspect) a chain driven two cylinder engine. It also comes in a rather attractive light blue hue and includes the common-for-2015 decals seen on many of the new sets that add a bit more visual interest.

Downsides are the matching tyres front and rear – which isn’t particularly realistic – and (possibly) the longevity of those aforementioned decals on the large curved Technic panels. Overall though we like the look of 42036 – a good effort from The Lego Group.

42038 Arctic Truck

New 2015 Lego Technic 42038 Arctic Truck

We’re now into the big sets! New for 2015 is this, the 42038 Arctic Truck, aimed at ages 10+ and containing over 900 pieces – many of which are in the ace 8110 Unimog orange. 42038 goes back to the days of good old fashioned mechanical Technic, and fits a wealth of functionality into its 40cm length, including a linear-actuator operated crane boom, suspended tracks and working steering.

As with some of the other new Technic sets for 2015, LEGO seem to have upped the detail level, possibly at the cost of robustness (how long is that communications ariel going to stay in place for example), but this does look to be a conscious effort to make Technic more visually appealing to those progressing from LEGO’s simpler product themes.

The 42038 Arctic Truck set will reach stores next year, and like most of the new LEGO Technic sets it includes a colourful sticker sheet plus instructions for a second vehicle.

42039 24 Hours Race Car

2015 LEGO Technic 42039 24 Hours Race Car

And finally, the flagship new Technic set for 2015, the 1,200 piece 42039 24 Hours Race Car! We’re not sure what 42039 features in the way of technical functionality, apart from steering and an opening engine cover, but we’re hoping for pushrod suspension and a big piston engine – it’s aimed at ages 11+ after all!

However, we can tell you that 42039 does feature some as-yet unreleased parts/colour combinations that will probably get certain quarters of the online Lego Community very excited, though we’re just happy because it looks a bit like the incredible Toyota TS040, Audi R18 and Porsche 919 hybrid racers from this year’s LeMans endurance race (although LEGO have missed the regulation stabilising fin from their version).

Like the other new sets for 2015 42039 includes a colourful set of stickers as well as instructions for a second model, although perhaps more surprisingly it contains no Power Functions electric components. This means that there are no new motorised sets in the 2015 LEGO Technic line-up at all – something that we’re in no doubt change mid-way through the year.

So until then, which is your favourite? As always our resident experts may review some of these sets after their release (plus you can check out all The Lego Car Blog’s reviews of sets past in the Set Review Library), and if you missed Part 1 of our preview detailing the first five new Technic sets for 2015 you can catch up here.

10 thoughts on “New LEGO Technic! 2015 Preview (Part 2)

  1. Thomas Graafland

    Looking great for next year!
    I am happy to see that Lego has gone for some large sets without PF. I always prefered the sets without PF and in the past there’ve been quite some sets that I’d actually liked to buy, but didn’t because of the PF.
    These sets go back to manual functions however, which makes me very happy! :]

    The sets seem very well sculpted and I like that there are getting less and less gaps in the exterior of Technic sets. Must say that I would’ve personally prefered the sets (especially the bike) without all those stickers, because brickbuilt colorschemes just add a lot more to a set than stickers.

    I’ll have to see what I buy in 2015, though, since my budget is currently all being spent on bricklink…

    1. thelegocarblogger

      Hello Mr. Graafland

      Thanks for stopping by. We agree – it’s nice to see some proper mechanical functionality without the cost associated with Power Functions components.

      Let us know if/what you buy in 2015!

      TLCB Team

      1. thomasgraafland

        I hope to be buying the green race car. I have also been thinking about the giant Tumbler set, but I think I don´t want to spend so much money on it + it doesn’t have as much functions. The 42037 from your last preview does look pretty cool too. I’m wondering if I could buy both the 42039 and the 42037.
        I’m wondering if the green rims from the off-road car would fit on the green racer. :]

        The bike looks lovely too, though, so I actually don’t really know yet… :\

  2. DamonMM2000

    The street motorcycle is also interesting because of the color scheme (and it looks so sleek!), but you know how LEGO bumps the price on Technic motorcycles higher than its worth…

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