REVIEW - 42095 - REMOTE-CONTROLLED STUNT RACER
This set feels like the successor to the 42065 - RC Tracked Racer from 2017. Like the 42050 - Drag Racer from 2015, this set also has two wheels at the rear of the vehicle, limiting the vertical movement. Something tells me that, unlike the drag racer, this model can actually do wheelies.
And how about those new big sprockets driving the vehicle?! I can hardly imagine these sprockets have been designed specifically for this model. Thoughts about a new big excavator fill my mind. But let's focus on this set first.
This review is shorter than usual, but time was limited. Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoy the pictures!
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This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG.
Title: Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer
Part Count: 324
Box Weight: 784 gram
Box Dimensions: 38,0 cm x 26,0 cm x 7,0 cm
Set Price (RRP): € 79,99
Price per Part: € 0,25
Links: Brickset, Bricklink
CONTENTS OF THE BOX
The box contains:
POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS
TECHNIC TREAD SPROCKET WHEEL XL
These two new sprockets are the XL variant of the Technic Tread Sprocket Large. Since these are new parts, it's safe to assume that the future (2H 2019?) will bring us a big (motorized) set, like a new bulldozer or excavator.
POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS
This set contains a set of very useful PF elements. You get a battery box, IR transmitter, IR receiver and two large motors. Basically everything to motorize your MOC.
Something which caught my eye is the new design of the battery box. Going through my collection, I notice this change has been implemented earlier. I remember discussing a slightly different version in the Arcos, so it might have been a couple of years. But most of the time I use one of my other battery boxes with batteries in it. This new design is much better, since you can get all the batteries out easily.
I wasn't too sure about this model, but looking at the completed model, it is definitely growing on my. The yellow-blue color scheme is very vibrant and works really well. Especially with the XL sprockets. And it is no secret I love dark azure. I'm so glad TLG got rid of all the other shades of blue :laugh:
Here you can clearly see how big the rear sprockets are.
Just when you start loving this little bugger, you are presented with its rear end. Ouch, that hurts. This set is all about fun and performance, but a slightly more decorated rear end would have been better. Not sure if Milan designed this one, but he (or TLG) did a better job with the previous one. I don't think it will bother kids at all, but if I have to name a negative thing about this set, it's the rear end.
Two 16T gears, an XL sprocket and an L-motor make up the drivetrain for each side.
Minifig paint rollers as mirror pieces and a fishing rod as antenna. Cleverly done.
Before I end this review, I do need to address the RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of € 79,99. This set does contain lots of PF elements, but 80 euros seems kinda steep for a model this size, basically being nothing more than a small RC toy. If you can get it with a discount, it is a great PF package though.
The left-over parts.
READY, SET, GO
This review would not be complete without a video. Here you can see the Stunt Racer in action. I have mentioned it before, and I will mention it again; I hope TLG will create treads made up of a softer (more rubber like) material. As you can see, the set is rather useless when you are playing on a smooth surface.
Some time ago I bought a couple of these bags in LEGOLAND Germany. It would be great if TLG would include a bunch of these rubber pins with tracked sets. Especially the remote-controlled ones.
As you can see the result is much better. It actually does the wheelies which it is supposed to be doing.
If it weren't for the price, I would definitely get a second copy to build the B-model and have some fun with both. The B-model looks even more finished than the A-model, but the main model can do wheelies!
This is a very fun little model that will keep the kids entertained for a while. Two things that I don't like about this model. One is the rear, with clearly visible cables. And another thing is that the treads don't have any grip on smooth flat surfaces. Maybe a third thing and that is the price. Seems a bit steep for a small RC toy. But these cons definitely don't mean I don't like it, because I simply love this cute little stunt racer!
How do I rate this set?
I love the front and color scheme, but the rear could have been better.
7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE
Fun build, given the part count.
Not so many features, but stunt driving is implemented very well.
So much fun!
All the PF parts you need to motorize small to medium MOCs.
6 VALUE FOR MONEY
The price is pretty steep for what is basically an RC toy.
7,5 WAIT FOR A BOGO DEAL AND GET TWO COPIES
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