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LEGO Technic 2014 highlights & more!

by admin on August 12, 2014

in Other LEGO Themes

At the beginning of August a number of very interesting LEGO Technic sets have been released. I don’t talk about LEGO Technic very often as I don’t have extensive experience with the theme and feel unqualified. However there are three LEGO Technic sets that caught my attention this time that I wanted to know more about: the #42022 LEGO Technic Hot Rod because of the sweet color scheme and functioning engine, the #42023 LEGO Technic Construction Crew because it seems like a really good value for the money with lots of play-functions, and the #42025 LEGO Technic Cargo Plane because it is absolutely huge and motorized! 🙂

#42025 LEGO Technic

To learn more about the sets I did a bit of research and after watching several reviews on YouTube, I stumbled upon the following video (see below) by Jeppe Juul Jensen, the Design Manager for LEGO Technic. I thought to share this one with you as hearing directly from the designer is always very interesting. Jeppe discusses several of the 2014 LEGO Technic sets, including the #42020 LEGO Technic Twin-rotor Helicopter, the #42021 LEGO Technic Snowmobile, the #42027 LEGO Technic Desert Racer, the #42026 LEGO Technic Black Champion Racer, the #42023 LEGO Technic Construction Crew, the #42022 LEGO Technic Hot Rod, the #42024 LEGO Technic Container Truck, and the #42025 LEGO Cargo Plane.

Interesting, isn’t it? LEGO Technic sets are not known for their beauty but more for their realistic functionality (although I do have to say that the #42022 LEGO Technic Hot Rod is in fact beautiful). LEGO Technic is a great way of introducing children to engendering and just how big machines work. I found it particularly nice how many times Jeppe mentioned testing out these sets with children and paying attention to their feedback. A hallmark of LEGO is to work closely with their target-audience and take very seriously what they have to say.

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After watching the video with the designer (along with some other reviews) I still really like the #42022 LEGO Technic Hot Rod, and put it on my shopping list. It is just such a sweet set. Even though I’m not so much into engendering, I really like the color-scheme and the V6 engine with moving pistons and all. And that folding roof is a nice addition. The Hot Rod can be converted into a Rally Racer, so it is a 2-in-1 set. Also, this is one of the first sets that comes with digital building instructions that you can download for your Apple or Android device.

#42022 LEGO Technic Hot Rod

I believe that the #42023 LEGO Technic Construction Crew is one of the best value for the money amongst all LEGO sets. Three functioning construction vehicles in one? The Wheel Loader features articulated steering as well as a lifting and tipping bucket, the Dump Truck features steering and a tipping dump box, and the Excavator features a turning superstructure, a highly flexible crane-arm that can be used for a range of functions and twin tracks. Who can refuse so much fun? The official description also suggest that there will be alternate models available at the LEGO Technic website. I’m pretty sure this will be on a lot of kids’ (and adults’) wish-list this Christmas.

#42023 LEGO Technic Construction Crew

The #42025 LEGO Technic Cargo Plane is an absolute beast. In fact I read that it is the largest LEGO Technic plane ever made. It is not a cheap set by any means, but it is motorized with so many realistic details. This set is for older kids and adults who would really appreciate the complexity and mechanism. I have said earlier that LEGO Technic sets are not the most beautiful, but this Cargo Plane is in fact a sophisticated beauty that could be proudly displayed in any living-room or office. Also, Jeppe doesn’t show it in the video, but this is in fact a 2-in-1 set and you can rebuilt the Cargo Plane into a Hovercraft, which is also fantastic! The Cargo Plane measures over 8” (22cm) high, 25” (64cm) long and 24” (61cm) wide, and the Transport Hovercraft measures over 4” (12cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 7” (20cm) wide. As I said; it is huge! 🙄

#42025 LEGO Technic Cargo Plane

I believe LEGO Technic fans have a lot to be happy about this year with such a great variety of interesting models. And if you never dabbled into LEGO Technic before, you may consider checking them out just to get a different experience of what you can build with LEGO. I think you will be pleased. If you would like to check out the current selection (there are a lot of other new sets I haven’t mentioned), Toys’R’Us stores usually carry a good variety of LEGO Technic sets, and of course you can also find them at official LEGO stores and at the Online LEGO Shop.

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What do you think? Are you into LEGO Technic? How do you like the most recently released LEGO Technic sets? Do you have a favorite? Did you build any of them yet? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! Would love to hear the opinion of some LEGO Technic experts! 😉

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BLProductions August 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I love Technic! Like how all those complex gears and axles run smoothly to move functions (like spinning rotors). I wish some sets could fit minifigs. 😕
But how come you didn’t mention the Volvo L350F Wheel Loader 42030. That’s the most expensive (but not largest) Technic set ever, as it’s RC. But I guess that’s the summer flagship. 😐
I’d like to get the Snowmobile 42021 and the Bulldozer 42028, but as usual, I can’t afford it. 🙁

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admin August 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Yes, it is amazing what you can build with the LEGO Technic system! My dad is really into it. There are many amazing LEGO Technic sets released both in the past and in the present. I only highlighted some of the most recent releases, and as I mentioned, there was more on LEGO’s website. I could not possibly talk about all of them in one article, especially since I’m not an expert. But it would be interesting to write a whole separate article about the Volvo Wheel Loader, as you said, it is quite special. Maybe if I find a good review video I will post it. 😉

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BLProductions August 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Indeed, I recently built (and destroyed) a Pick up/4×4 Crawler/Jeep truck out of a few Technic sets, and I used quite a few unusual part techniques to make it work (it took 3 days to build). 🙂
As for the Wheel Loader, I understand Technic well and could make an article for it. This is a good review, build included: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30SzWOjPW0Y . JangBricks also has a review for it. 😉

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admin August 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

If you would like to write the article it is yours. You can write from your own experience, share your opinions on the Wheel Loader, and we can also embed whichever video you feel fits best. Let me know if you would like to take up the project so I know that I should expect it and when. There is no rush as the set is currently sold out until the 29th anyway, so if someone is interested to buy they couldn’t get it right away. Think about it and let me know what you decide. 😉

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BLProductions August 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

I’d like to, but I won’t be able to get it done before September 3rd, since I’ll be on vacation. Also, I don’t actually have the set. 😕 But I will try writing it up, and should have it done before October. 😉

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admin August 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Thanks for the update. I prefer you to write it as you know more so I can wait some. Maybe not until October, but early September should be fine. 😉

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BLProductions August 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

OK, I’ll start it this week. But I have a bunch of questions about writing articles that aren’t answered in the “How to Contribute” section. Can I email you those?

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admin August 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Yes, sure! Just email me and we can go from there. It is very easy though; just write up the article as a simple text file, make notes on where you want pictures/videos to go, attach any pictures you want and email all of them to my email address. 😉

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Håkan August 13, 2014 at 6:23 AM

My friend is into Technic, but he thinks it’s lacking in color. Nearly everything is in red or yellow (half of it anyway). If it’d be available in Friends’ colors, he’d buy the sets in a heartbeat. (Or at least in reddish orange…)

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Håkan August 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

There were some bricks in cool colors available at BrickLink, though. Such as purple, teal, lime and violet…

Then, he’s sorta like Einstein or Hawking. He has some problems reconciling time and space…

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admin August 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

LOL! Yeah, a lavender dump-truck or pink wheel-loader would be awesome! :mrgreen:

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BLProductions August 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I agree. It seems the main colors are grey, black, red, yellow, white, and blue. Though Lego does seem to be changing that somewhat, I mean, looks at the Snowmobile and Hot Rod. Those are not ordinary colors. 😐 I don’t know of anything useful that could be Friends-colored, except maybe a pink lawnmower… 😉

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Håkan August 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Useful? What do you mean? 😉

Actually, the Hot Rod was one of his personal favorites. (Though he might have been too busy to buy one, yet.)

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BLProductions August 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Useful, like something that could be made into a Technic set and have functions (like a lawnmower’s spinning blades). 😉
That would be why construction vehicles are popular in Technic.

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Håkan August 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Of course a lavender dump-truck would be having all its regular functions! 😉

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John Lee December 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I prefer the Technic sets over all others and have ALL of the last 3 years sets. My only problem is that they don’t make enough different new ones. Also that they need bigger sets (more pieces).

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