We bought this item for my nine year old sons birthday and he now thinks that we are the best parents ever because he really loves this. It took him about 6 hours to build and was nicely challenging without being way to hard. The instruction booklets are well written with clear instruction pictures and it is broken into short easy steps. Once built it is a lovely model to look at and apparently a lot of fun to play with. It has working pistons and suspension and a lot of other very clever details. You can also attach a lego motor to this if you have one. My main critiseism of this is although there is a picture of another model that you can build with these parts it does not come with the instructions you have to visit the lego website an download them. I think this is a good value lego toy.
My son loves Lego in pretty much every form it comes in but before his birthday he started showing an interest in the Lego technic products and so for his birthday one of my friends bought him the Lego technic race car and this is my review of the product.
==What is it?==
The way I see Lego technic products is that they are a bit more complicated than the other Lego sets and are best suited to those who are confident building with Lego. This particular set is a mid range product I think and costs £14.99 currently on amazon.
It comes packed in a small but long rectangular cardboard box. It is mainly black but has the red Lego logo as well as the white technic name as well. There is a picture of the race car built so that you can get a good idea of what you are going to be getting from this set. Quite a prominent piece of information on the box is that this car features a pull back motor and this is apparently the first Lego technic set to include a pull back motor so the Lego creators are obviously going to make a point of this information.
We are told on the box that this set is suitable for those aged seven to fourteen and I would guess that this is quite an accurate summary of suitability having watched my son with this set.
My son was really excited when he opened the present on his birthday and to be honest I would imagine all boys would be because this red and black race car does look impressive on the box! He was keen to build this set quite soon after his birthday and he wanted to build this one on his own so I was happy to sit and watch him with this one just being there to offer help and instruction should he need or ask for it.
When he opened up the Lego box there was just one bag of Lego in there containing all of the pieces to make this race car. This was fine as this isn't a massive set and so providing my son sorted all the pieces out I felt he would be able to manage building this set with all the pieces. There is also an instruction booklet that is around a third of the size of an A4 sheet of paper in length but around the same width so it is a good sized manual which allows Lego to provide clear and well presented instuctions which show exactly what pieces you need for each step as well as how the model should look at each step too. I always praise Lego for their instruction manuals but I do think it is one of the reasons they are a market leader and probably always will be.
My son set out all of the Lego in to colour and like shapes before building this set which is something I always try and encourage him to do so he can find pieces easily. This probably took him five or ten minutes but I do think it shaves some time off the building and makes you work in a more methodical way. There are 29 steps involved in making this race car some of which are more complicated than others but I would say it took my son around forty minutes to complete the car which I felt was a good amount of time for a set of this size and price. He only asked for my help when it came to sticking the stickers on the Lego pieces because he struggles to get them on accurately and so he leaves that task to me so if it goes on wrong he can blame me!
When it was built I was actually really impressed with the look of this sleek race car and so was my son. It looks really like a proper race car with it's bright red design, thick chunky black wheels and the stickers on it as well. My son was excited to test this race car out when he had built it but much like most pull back motors it didn't work very well on the carpet in our lounge. When my son took it out in to the hall where we have laminate flooring he found that the pull back motor worked really well and the race car whizzed down the hall! He has some K'nex Mario Kart cars that also have a pull back motor and so he put these head to head with his race car and really enjoyed playing with it.
The instructions also told us that this set can be combined with set 42010 to create a "super dragster" should you want to but personally I can't see any reason why you would combine two sets which both make cool looking race cars to create a longer dragster which essentially does the same thing but I suppose it is something that someone may want to do.
When made I do think this race car is excellent quality. It holds together well even when it crashes in to a wall or something as it races along. I do think that whilst Lego sets can be expensive I do think you generally pay for the quality and this really does apply in this case too. I would say that £14.99 is a reasonable price to pay for a set like this and I think it would be a hit with most Lego fans and so it is a set that I do recommend.
Thank you for reading my review!