Rock Raiders

Lego Pneumatic Rock Excavator

Ah, Rock Raiders, one of LEGO’s thankfully short-lived late ’90s themes where they’d run out of ideas and decided to re-hash the ‘searching for magical crystals’ story just one last time. And the logo looked like a sexual diagram. We weren’t fans.

Anyhoo, we are fans of whatever this is. Suggested by a reader and built by previous bloggee Desert752Kirill it’s apparently a Heavy Rock Loader, and it looks like something from one of Thunderbirds weirder storylines.

Weighing 5KG and measuring almost a meter long, Desert’s creation is a goliath of the Technic world. It has gargantuan features to match too, with (by our count) twenty six pneumatic cylinders. These control everything from the boom elevation and extension, bucket tilt, the superstructure rotation, the four immense outriggers, and the adjustable-height suspension. The bucket also has a mechanical self-levelling function, and the model can operate with both normal and crab steering.

There’s lots more to see at Dessert’s Flickr photostream, the Eurobricks discussion forum, and of course, via the excellent video below. Click the links and be amazed…

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