Lego Technic Grand Prix Racer
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- Age: Up to 16 years from 11 years old
- Target Gender: Boy
- Main Production Country: Denmark
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Race to the finish with the Grand Prix Racer! Get ready to burn rubber in the Grand Prix Racer! This 2-in-1 LEGO Technic model is crammed with realistic details and functions, like the opening engine cover, independent all-wheel suspension, V8 engine with moving pistons, adjustable rear spoiler and steering capabilities. Build a model that's just like the real thing! Motorize it with 8293 LEGO Power Functions Motor Set (sold separately) for even more supercharged fun! Rebuilds into a cool Race Truck with independent front and rear wheel suspension, engine with moving pistons, opening hood and adjustable rear wing.
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This was my first purchase from Amazon. Packing was good. Delivery was a little late but I wasn't in hurry.
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The build took about 5 hrs, and each page was well illustrated and showed exactly where the pieces needed to be. The modular assembly style was also nice. Building the chassis and the the front/rear quarters made everything much easier to build than a set where everything is constructed in a swoop. I really like the engine bay/moving wing (or DRS for you car boys out there). I ended up installing a technic battery box and motor to speed up movement.
So, what about collectibility? Well, this set has many panels in certain rare color configurations, so it's a sought after parts bin.
Now, to be thorough, I gave it moderate rough housing/play. It held up perfectly, no damage at all. What probably let this thing hold up so well is the frame design. Previous technic sets used more flimsy frame and suspension design that has been improved upon drastically here. It runs smoothly as well, and the moving V8 engine is a great cosmetic, both because it is animated and because at the time of this set's release, V8 engines were the current F1 regulation.
Last but not least, display. This model was finished the same day I wrote this review, so no one has seen it yet. However, with its massive size and flashy color scheme, it's going to be grabbing attention soon.
Overall, I had no problems and I am thoroughly impressed.
One thing I've found with the Technic kits with working engines: every single one uses the same parts :). Thus far I have built, aside from this kit, two trucks, a motorcycle, and an airplane, and at this point could probably put the engine block/crankshaft/piston assemblies together in my sleep! It would be interesting to see what LEGO designers could do with more engine variants and additional features -- inline configurations, working belts, transmissions (which from what I read are one of the many superb features of the newest Technic kit, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS).
Another minor suggestion: a few of the working features of this model seem somewhat odd -- for example, there is a "shift" mechanism that switches a manually-operated gear between one mode that raises and lowers the cowling over the engine and cockpit, which is useful in showing off some of the detail of the kit, and another mode that changes the angle of the rear spoiler -- which, although interesting, given the size and complexity of this model does not create an easily visible effect. Perhaps if the front and rear spoilers were connected (and if the front were also adjustable)...?
Related to the operable features: one welcome change of the newer Technic models (I believe that this one was designed in 2008) is clear labeling of controls, along with the use of a part that both more clearly resembles a switch and is more "ergonomic."
Overall, I would recommend this happily, to anyone who's inner kid gets excited by both racing cars and LEGO in general! I would also recommend this and other Technic kits to parents who want to introduce their younger sons or daughters to basic ideas of suspension and motor design...I could definitely see this model inspiring young aspiring engineers!
Believe me when you get done you won't regret paying the bucks for your kid (or you!) to put this together. One of the best, if not THEE best designed legos I've ever seen.