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Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry

And they’re the same lorry…

Lego Technic 42024

This is Technic set 42024, ‘Container Truck’ which will henceforth be referred to as a ‘Skip Lorry’ since I write this in the UK and that’s what it is. It’s a mid-market set that sits in the not-too-extravagant £60 sweet spot, so let’s see what it offers…

Firstly, Technic boxes these days look pretty good; a clear image of what’s inside and simple, elegant graphics. Shame you have to rip it to get into it. Now to empty the (un-numbered) bags into my customary unsortable heap and get building…. you may wonder at this point if a rainbow has vomited on your work surface…. Time will tell if all those colours work well (8860) or not (8865)…

It’s a fairly standard build that starts with a gearbox. This seems like an unnecessary complication, since it’s only switching between two functions and there’ll still be two controls, but there is a perfectly good reason for this. Be patient. There’s nothing too difficult here and the two instruction books give you completely clear guidance. What is refreshing is that it seems like there’s a few more pieces per build step than in many recent kits – a possible reflection of it’s intended age group (10-43 since you ask…)

After a leisurely hour or two you’ll have a skip lorry that looks quite nice, and your earlier fears over it’s colour co-ordination will prove unfounded. This is an attractive model. Although the feature count is quite modest, and nowhere near the let’s-stuff-everything-in 42008, what it does, it does well.

Even the stabilizers do a good job… they are linked to a connector that engages with a bar on the skip when left up. This enables it to tip the container, which is something I’ve never seen a skip lorry do; perhaps I’m just not paying attention. It’s an effective, well thought out system.

With the stabilizers down, two linear actuators move the skip in a graceful arc onto the surface behind, accompanied by much furious wheel twirling. As standard, this is a manual control model but said manual control is the usual black gear, when an old fashioned pulley and pin would be more ergonomic given the lowish gearing here.

Or better still, stuff a motor in. It’ll take a PF M motor and battery box with the greatest of ease – so much so I suspect that it was intended to be motorized all along (hence the gearbox). The only reason it’s not being that it didn’t hit it’s price point so equipped. Allegedly. This would be a much better set at £80 with the motor included, but I can see why Lego wouldn’t want it troubling 42008’s market position.

Now let’s talk about styling…

Lego Technic 42024 and 42008

It does look good, and I think the colours help here, although it might be time for Lego to make a bit more effort in the cab area. There’s nothing bad here, but it’s a bit same-again. Detailing is a tad sketchy and ill-thought-out (if the doors had glass, the mirrors would go through it when they open, for instance). Presumably, it couldn’t be seen to out-shine the more expensive 42008. I prefer the grille treatment on 42024, though – those silvered grille tiles always look a little flat. Maybe I’m just pining for the 8292 Cherry Picker from a few years ago – an otherwise unremarkable set with a very attractive cab design. Or you can simply treat it as a blank canvas to put your own ideas on – it’s Lego after all!

One piece (or rather six pieces) of very good news is the tyres – new for this set (and the digger in 42023), they’re proper square-shouldered, not-too-wide truck *ahem* lorry tyres that greatly enhance this model compared to the smaller, wider items on 42008.

They enhance the B-model too – another grader! It looks pretty good though – at least as good as the 57,000 grader B-models that have preceded it… one of these days there’ll be a grader A model but I won’t hold my breath. You have to go online to build it, however, and that’s always a faff….

So, what have we learned? 42024 is quite stylish, in its multi-coloured, unadorned way, and it works quite well (if you add a proper handwheel) or very well if you put a motor in. 8/10 – if you’ve already got a motor. 6/10 if you haven’t.

I’ve just realized that I’ve done an entire Technic vehicle review without moaning about the steering. This lorry has a good system. It really does.

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Seasonal Service

Lego 42008 Truck

With the red and green, it looks like it could belong to a jolly fat man… welcome to TLCB’s review of the Lego Technic 42008 Service Truck.

Not quite the latest in a long line of mid-range truck models that always seem to be the meat of the Technic range, this one with its 1276 pieces and £100 price is definitely edging upwards from mid-range, despite its still-modest size.

It’s got most of the sophistication of a much larger model too, as we shall see.

First impressions: Well, you’ll either get on with the green or you won’t… Personally, I think a grey or black (not red) chassis would have helped. Nevertheless, it is good to see Lego broadening the Technic colour palette once again – long may that continue! You get an entirely typical box, well stuffed with goodies and three instruction books. And a sticker sheet, natch. You’ll need that…

Building it is a reasonably familiar experience for anyone who’s had any other mid-range truck set in recent years, apart from the pneumatics, possibly. This may be unique in combining pneumatics, linear actuators and a PF motor in the same model – I can’t think of any others that have all three – and it’s this fact that makes the price seem pretty reasonable. It’s a fairly intricate and densely packed thing, with little wasted space, but the instructions are typically clear and simple to follow.

After a leisurely afternoon’s building, you’ll have a pretty impressive model with many functions:

Steering: A very well engineered progressive-rate system that operates on the first two axles via the usual gear on the roof. It works very smoothly, there’s a reasonable amount of lock and nothing for me to complain about. Technic steering systems would seem to be improving, at last.

Rear Stabilizers: Operated via the left hand gearbox and motorized, like all the following functions, these raise and lower via a pair of small linear actuators and are of limited use, frankly. They don’t lock in place and they’re not strong enough to lift the rear of the model. Next!

Hook: Anyone expecting this to take an age to raise and lower, like every other motorized crane, is in for a surprise. The thing fairly rips along, assuming you’ve lifted the stop-lever if you’re extending it…. which item won’t stay up on it’s own so you need three hands to do so. Grrr! It has the strength to pull a similar size model onto the ramp, so it does it’s job.

Boom Lifting: Done by a single large linear actuator and operated via the right hand gearbox, this works smoothly and well. It goes a lot further up than it needs to for a service truck, but I’m not complaining. Much.

The pneumatic compressor is actuated via the right hand gearbox and this powers the boom extension and the ramp lowering mechanisms. Each of these items uses a small pneumatic piston to actuate it, which works fine – if rather suddenly, as is the way with airtank-less pneumatics – without a load, but the small pistons don’t have enough grunt to do much actual work. The standard, larger, pistons would have been better.

That’s an impressive array of working functions for what is still a relatively small model; the more so because there’s a motor and battery box packed in as well. Most of them work alright, after a fashion, and it does make this an extremely playable set. The only major gripe concerns operating the motor via the switch on the battery box; you’ve got to be delicate to avoid switching it to the other direction when you want it off. Adding a PF switch would make this a much more manageable thing to use.

You can use it well enough, though…

Lego 42008 Truck

Model Team trucks are pretty but they break down a lot…

42008 will never be called pretty, exactly, but it looks… purposeful. There’s a fairly minimal amount of detail around the cab, but there’s enough. The doors open to reveal the usual pair of angled-liftarm seats and a rudimentary dashboard and (unconnected) steering wheel. As for the colour, it’s certainly striking… I don’t usually apply stickers to my sets, but with this it’s very necessary; and they do successfully break up what is a big slab of green without them.

Overall, I like it. It ain’t perfect, it ain’t pretty, but it’s packed with features and you get a sense that the designers were being ambitious with it. Perhaps a little over-ambitious, but there’s a lot to admire here. 7/10

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Lego 42008 Mini-Figure Scale

LEGO’s Technic Tow Truck 42008 hit the shelves this year, and a very nice model it is too. But what if your mini-figures want to have a go? MOCpages’ Andy L re-imagines what what 42008 would look like if it were about four times smaller (*hence the title – we’re teaching the Elves maths).

With room for two mini-figures up front, Andy’s 7-wide version of the official Technic set looks the bomb-diggidy, and it even includes some of the real set’s Technic functions, including 4-wheel steering, a raising and lowering boom and a working winch.

Come on LEGO, we’d love to see some Town sets with these playable functions! Until LEGO oblige us, check out Andy’s brilliant 42008 redux on MOCpages at the link above.

 

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Start Saving…

We’ve had the first wave of Technic sets for 2013, and they’re pretty good; although I still say that F1 car looks messy…

The real goodies arrive in August; have a gander at this:

Lego Technic 42009 Crane

New for 2013: 42009 LEGO Technic Crane

It’s the 42009, Mobile Crane MkII, and has to be the most hotly anticipated Technic set since the Unimog. It’ll have over 2000 pieces and retail at around £150, according to the bush telegraph.

It seems to incorporate one power functions motor which can control any one of four functions via a gearbox. There’s a three piece extending boom, four steered axles and four linked stabilisers. All in all, a fitting follow up to the sainted 8421. Can’t wait.

As if that weren’t enough, feast your eyes on this:

Lego Technic 42008 Truck

New for 2013: 42008 LEGO Technic Recovery Truck

Set number 42008, a very green recovery truck that’s pretty impressive, if a size smaller than the crane. It’ll probably be around £100.

There goes the summer holiday…

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Happy New Year! 2012 Year in Review

2013 is nearly upon us, and as we’re all still here we assume that we’ve got at least another 5,125 years of LEGO blogging in us. So before we look ahead to 2013, let’s look back on the year that was 2012.

Lego 2013 New Year

Happy New Year!

TLG:

The LEGO Group turned 80 years old, and 2012 was another strong year for the corporation’s production of vehicles, with the continued success of the Modular Town theme bringing some stunning buildings and vehicles to go with them.

Technic too, continues to flourish, even before the arrival of the 2013 sets which we previewed earlier in the year, with Power Functions dominating, but also Pneumatics and Remote Control making welcome returns.

Finally, The LEGO Group also woke up to the power of social media, launching their blog collaboration tool, ReBrick, and gave The Lego Car Blog a hugely appreciated shot of legitimacy.

So what about us? Well we had a great 2012 too…

The Lego Car Blog continues to grow, with visits climbing towards a projected half million a year mark. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning, or discovered us for the first time today, thank you for your readership, we’d be nothing without you.

Visits have come from almost every country on earth, with the U.S, U.K, Netherlands and Germany leading the pack. However, it’s also worth noting those countries where one person has found us; Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Benin, Micronesia, San Marino, Fiji, Iran, Suriname, French Guiana, New Caledonia, Tanzania, Liechtenstein and Dominica. If you are the sole reader in each of the countries listed, a massive thank you to you too; you are unique in your nation!

Our top posts have all been LEGO news related, with Previews of upcoming Technic sets taking the top spots, and Reviews of existing sets just behind them, but it’s your LEGO creations which earn the most comments. If we’ve featured your work on TLCB during 2012, congratulations and thank you!

Lego Technic 4x4 Crawler

Set Reviews like the 4×4 Crawler drew huge visitor numbers

Coming up in 2013…

The Elves are out foraging for the coolest creations, LEGO news and set sneak peeks as you read this; 2013 is going to be a bumper year for posts!

And… we can bring you some very early news of upcoming sets for 2013! But not just yet.

Oh all right then, just a little;

  • LEGO will be bringing back the Wild West theme, complete with steam trains, horse drawn carriages and gun-toting baddies
  • Legends of Chima will see some truly nuts vehicles launched, none of which really interest us at TLCB, but the parts they yield might…
  • LEGO Technic will launch two new flagships in August 2013. Our Preview of the new sets for 2013 revealed a few gaps in the numbering system. These will be filled in August with the release of four new Technic sets in addition to those you’ve already seen. We’ve seen the prototypes and will bring you Previews soon. Trust us, it’ll be worth the wait!

Happy New Year from all at The Lego Car Blog!

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