Beautifully designed and deeply satisfying to put together, but... 1) Don't buy this if you've never bought a Technic set before. Do at least one mid-sized set before attempting this one. 2) As many have noted, the gear placement on the sequential shifter is wrong, see the Lego fan sites for the very easy fix. 3) the outer body is beautiful, but it doesn't feel nearly as solid and well engineered as the powertrain. 4) They really should have included some optional clear plastic body panels for the gearboxes and engine bay. Hiding all those beautiful moving parts behind opaque plastic is just tragic.
Manufacturing of Lego bricks occurs at several locations around the world. Moulding is done in Billund, Denmark; Nyíregyháza, Hungary; Monterrey, Mexico and most recently in Jiaxing, China. Brick decorations and packaging are done at plants in Denmark, Hungary, Mexico and Kladno in the Czech Republic. The Lego Group estimates that in five decades it has produced 400 billion Lego blocks. Annual production of Lego bricks averages approximately 36 billion, or about 1140 elements per second. According to an article in BusinessWeek in 2006, Lego could be considered the world's No. 1 tire manufacturer; the factory produces about 306 million small rubber tires a year. The claim was reiterated in 2012.
For example, the Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 does not come with its own motor. The engine with moving pistons is a close replica but does not actually move the vehicle. However, as Lego Customer Service points out, you can add in the LEGO Power Functions IR Receiver 8884 and the LEGO Power Functions IR Remote 8885 to turn it into an RC truck powered by remote control. Many fan sites will list detailed instructions from other fans who have done the same modifications and loved them.
Included with the Porsche 911 GT3 is a commemorative booklet detailing the history of LEGO Technic and Porsche GT cars. In the interior, builders will be treated to a detailed dashboard, working gearbox and glove compartment to give you the most immersive building experience. Every manly man would like to have a real Porsche, but before getting the real deal, you have to get this model.
After Lego closed down their publishing subsidiary, they moved on to a partnership with Traveller's Tales, and went on to make games like Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman, and many more including the very well-received Lego Marvel Super Heroes game, featuring New York City as the overworld and including Marvel characters from the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and more. More recently, Lego has created a game based on The Lego Movie, due to its popularity.
In 1997, LEGO introduced the Air Tank, which acts like a battery, storing compressed air so that even more powerful pneumatic circuits can be created. This piece is very popular with the enthusiast community, but many feel that it was underutilised by LEGO, as it only appeared in 3 model sets and a parts pack. This tank is now only available at the LEGO Education Store, along with a new manometer part.
Each step of the building process includes a short list of pieces that are required during this particular step, and my fault was not being attentive enough. On the other hand, I would say that massive sets like this one lack check points that will help you try all the mechanisms as they are being assembled. Being able to find a mistake as early as you made it would save a lot of time, but discovering one small mistake 3,000 pieces later is a little bit heartbreaking.
As impressive and detailed the inner workings are the outside also has its fair share of detail. Much of it is created by Technic fin plates and sticker decals, such as the dashboard dials, brake discs and Bugatti badge found under that iconic horse shoe front grill. Stickers aren’t most LEGO builders favourite things and it’s a shame that some of the pieces haven’t been printed, certainly in the case of the branding badge at the very least. But this should not distract from the rest of the build. Crafting something in LEGO bricks or Technic pieces, which has such defined curves can never be easy. But then combining that with a small feat of LEGO engineering is nothing short of outstanding.
At 10 inches high, 32 inches long and 7 inches wide, this is a massive construction ideal for older kids and adults. LEGO suggest it for the 11-16 year old age group. There are 2595 pieces, and it can also be rebuilt into a Mack Garbage Truck once completed. Users report spending over a week building this, so it is a great option to keep the user occupied for hours at a time.
There is a down side, my boys have broken 2 of these, the teeny gears inside can't withstand some of the things they do, BUT I'd still keep buying them, and have, because they inspire creative building of functional lego creations. totally worth purchasing one every year or two in my opinion. The things my boys do are not gentle, by the way, they have really high hopes for the torque these little engines can put up with. they'd have to be made of metal to withstand the abuse. Hey, lego, make these out of metal!
Over the past week we’ve been building the LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a masterpiece in top-level building-blocks construction. This set is 2,704 pieces large, and it’s going to take you a few hours to construct, regardless of your skill level. This is the sort of set you put together in your spare moments – or something you spend an entire weekend on. Either way, you’ll find this vehicle ending up filling up your desk at 6” (17cm) high, 22” (57cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.
The programmable Lego brick which is at the heart of these robotics sets has undergone several updates and redesigns, with the latest being called the 'EV3' brick, being sold under the name of Lego Mindstorms EV3. The set includes sensors that detect touch, light, sound and ultrasonic waves, with several others being sold separately, including an RFID reader.
What can be better that an awesome LEGO set? Probably, a bigger, more awesome LEGO set! We’ve seen a lot of outstanding LEGO Technic sets during the last 3-4 years, each of them being bigger and more complicated than any model before. The new 42082 Rough Terrain Crane beats all of them in terms of both size and piece count. And judging by its functions and a very solid choice of pieces it offers, the set easily lands at the top of the list of the most attractive LEGO Technic sets of recent years.
The Lego Group's motto is det bedste er ikke for godt which means roughly "only the best is the best" (more literally "the best is never too good"). This motto, which is still used today, was created by Christiansen to encourage his employees never to skimp on quality, a value he believed in strongly. By 1951 plastic toys accounted for half of the Lego company's output, even though the Danish trade magazine Legetøjs-Tidende ("Toy-Times"), visiting the Lego factory in Billund in the early 1950s, felt that plastic would never be able to replace traditional wooden toys. Although a common sentiment, Lego toys seem to have become a significant exception to the dislike of plastic in children's toys, due in part to the high standards set by Ole Kirk.
This set is so awesome, so many parts and cool pieces. If you like technics you are going to love this set. I will admit it will most likely not stay together as the excavator. We will probably tear this apart to make other cool technic builds. One caution this has a lot of gears and I mean a lot. When assembling it is very important to make sure the gear box assemblies move freely. If you build with to much friction it will not function properly. Should also note that when picking up the rock pieces they tend to bounce around and fall off the conveyor belts at the transfer points. They fall down into the gearing and stop it from functioning. This usually is not a problem for older kids, but my 5 year old seems to have a problem with bricks falling all over into the lower gearing. It crawls, it swivels left and right, and the Excavator raises and lowers. Took us 5 days to build (2-4 hr each day). It has a cool dump truck that is a fun build as well.