Rated 5 out of
This set is really fun to play with and drive around in your parts pile. All of the functions work wonderfully, even the steering! Many people are saying that the steering is jerky, but i say otherwise. I do not think that it is jerky at all It gets the job done a works very fast. So much attention to detail was put into this set so it is a great display model also. I just love this so much.
- 100% remote controlled!
- Very realistic!
- Giant Bucket!
- Green engine!
- Can chase the pets around with it!
- The differentials prevent the loader to really climb through parts.
- The stickers seem to be of lesser quality as some of mine are peeling off and it has only been built for a month.
All and all this is a must by set either for play/display or as a parts pack. My second favorite Set of all time right behind 6989 Mega core Magnetizer.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 3 out of
Complex build, really comes together at end
This is the the most complex Technic set I've built (I've built dozens). I'm more of an old fashioned "technic brick and square 9V motor" guy than a new "liftarm and power functions" guy, and the difference for me is that with the liftarms its much harder to appreciate how the setis taking shape as you build it, but then suddenly it comes into focus, and you "get it". Because of the complexity and the lack of sense where you are going through the first 2/3 of the build, you can make a mistake and not realize it for a long time.... and then you have to tear down the set and start over again. That happened to me.
Ultimately, it was a fun build, spread over many days, several instruction pages at a time, and the finished product looks great. Unfortunately one of the two IR receivers that drives the various power functions motors in this remote control set was broken, and I can't get a replacement for it as they are "not available". Sigh. I guess I can buy one on Bricklink.
Functionally, it would have been nice if the linear actuators worked the scoop a bit faster, and if the entire bulldozer could move a bit faster. Also, the turning functionality is jerky - it should be smoother. You can see that issue in any of the youtube videos that show this set. Overall, the functionality is so so considering the size and number of elements in the set. That's why I didn't rate the set very highly.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 4 out of
Everything is great, except the IR Remote Control
Most of reviews here are positive, I agree and wont repeat them.
Here I want to mention some glitch and fix that may help other players.
PROBLEM: Before I finished the build, I tested the remote control, receiver and power-train to make sure everything works properly. Surprisingly it did not. Followed the LEGO's pf FAQ, I narrowed down the issue to 8885 IR Remote Control unit. Even though I use fresh batteries, the green light on the black eye of the IR Remote Control does not light up.
CAUSES: The issue is caused by the bad contact on (+) terminal. There is a plastic notch holding (+) metal terminal contact, which is too thick to allow battery's (+) terminal to fully engage with metal contact (see the pic). Visual inspection may look fine, but actually it does not. If you use Duracell AAA batteries, just as I did, this problem may happen. It also looks like (+) terminal on Duracell AAA is shorter then other brands.
SOLUTION: Bend the contact outwards, I used a slot screwdriver to do it. Now the Remote Control works fine.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of
I was late in getting this model, and the reason is the price to parts ratio. Every time I walked by it at the store, my heart jumped a little. After all, it looks awesome. I knew the price point was due to having three motors and a servo... but $249.00? Finally, my brain said, "Hey, it's expensive, but three motors and a servo? What, are you nuts? Buy this thing!" So, I did. Well, it's SO cool. One advantage to having three motors as opposed to one is the fact that when it sits idle, the motor is not constantly running. In other words, the motors are only used when you want it to do something. Other models keep the motor running the entire time. Another advantage is no complex transmission builds. Well, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. I always marvel at how they engineer those things, but I guess you could say it was a nice break from the norm. Suffice to say, this thing is just fun all around. The build was fun of course, but it's also so much fun to operate. My cats leave their toys all over the house, and picking them up to return them to the cat's toy box is a pleasure now. I'm considering adding a clump of dirt to the living room, but so far I've been voted down. I'm very glad I got this one before it was too late. It's very pricey, but I have yet to run across a Lego set that wasn't worth it. If you're torn between this or an Arocs, I would say get the Arocs. It's an enormous build and an enormous truck, and it is more challenging, but this loader is a beautiful piece of machinery that operates like a dream. The "play experience" is phenomenal. You don't have to worry about switching the transmission around - you just turn it on and go. In conclusion, it's just another highly recommended, wonderful Lego product.
Date published: 2016-02-25