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Two motors, tracks and a remote control. Seems simple enough. Does this equal FUN? Or do you need more?

Contents:

Introduction
The Set
The Box
The Instruction
The Parts
The Build
Conclusion

Introduction

This is the 2nd remote controlled tracked vehicle with PowerFunction, after the 42065-1 RC Tracked Racer. The idea looks good. Remote controlled vehicles always means play fun. Let's see if it works.

The Set

Pull high-speed wheelies, spins and turns, and traverse rough terrain with this fully motorized LEGO® Technic™ 42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer. This tough model features large ground-gripping tracks with large rear sprockets for optimal acceleration, plus a modern design with a fresh yellow and blue color scheme and decorative stickers. Drive forward, backward, left or right and make 360° turns. Rebuild this 2-in-1 remote-controlled tracked vehicle to create a Remote-Controlled Racer for a double build-and-play experience.

The Box

The box measures 382 x 262 x 71 mm, and weighs 790gr. Inside we find 3 unnumbered bags, the instruction, a sticker sheet and the loose powerfunctions.

The Instructions

The instructions measure 279 x 211mm. It has 71 pages with 86 steps.

The pdf can be downloaded here.

The Parts

The set contains 323 parts and 7 spare parts, in 12 different colors, and 18 different categories, with a total of 78 unique parts/color combinations.

Main colors are:

Main categories are:

There is 1 new part in this set: 42529 Technic Tread Sprocket Wheel Large Diameter 7 Holes

There are 2 parts rare in Dark Azure: 11946 Technic Panel Fairing #21 Very Small Smooth, Side B and 11946 Technic Panel Fairing #22 Very Small Smooth, Side A. The only other set thses parts come in this color is the 42083-1 Bugatti Chiron , and recently the 42098-1 Car Transporter.

The Build

The build is very straight forward. Dare I say even boring? The focus clearly leighs on the playability. The build is little more than creating a chassis for the motors and tracks, and slap on some panels for looks. The only nice detail is the headlights. They used a paint roller as a bracket.

The endresult is not ugly, but it won't win any design awards either.

 

Because the build is so simple and quick, I've also build the B-model, which is similar to the A-model, but wider.

There is also a MOC for this set, that claims that by moving the motors from the small to the large sprockets, this version is faster than the B-model. I've build this MOC as well, to test the theory.

Conclusion

The first thing I noticed after building this set: It does not have any grip! I tested it on a stone tile floor. The tracks skid a lot, and taking a corner puts it into an uncontrolable spin. I can't understand why LEGO didn't include some 24375 Rubber Technic Thread Attachment. I've added 1 on every second track, and this improved the driveability a lot! These are cheap, small parts, that won't add much to the cost of the set.
A quick test on a short straight track shows the following results (with rubber inserts):
Model A: 5.2 sec
Model B: 6.1 sec
Model C (MOC): 4.8 sec

The build itself is uninspiring. There are no clever techniques used, and the endresults is a bit dull. The aim is clearly to play with this set. But that is also not great. Driving a straight line is tricky, because the motors aren't going the exact same speed, so there is a always a bit of wobble. Steering is also tricky and requires some practice.
And then there is the price. €119,- for 323 parts, that comes down to a whopping 37 cents per part. This is clearly because of the PowerFuntions, but still, it's a high price for what you get. Nope, this is not a set I have enjoyed.

Keep on BUILDING!

Disclaimer: This LEGO set was kindly provided for review by The LEGO Group. Anything said in this post is the opinion of the author and not The LEGO Group.
Parts- and build photographs by Tobymac (© 2019 Rebrickable)

6 COMMENTS

  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago Shandyman (7K)
    WoW Great review and great set for parts especially PF elements for cheap! Well done!
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago msk6003 (1842) MOC Designer
    I build remote car c model from this set!
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago fosamax (2K) MOC Designer
    Yes it's a nice  set for expanding power functions (got it for less than 50 € from amazon and it still selling for 55 € currently).
    It still strange that it came with PF when PU was already available. I second the fact that rubber technic should have been included. It's also a nice dark azure part pack if you already own rally car, tow truck or chiron.
    If bough only as a toy, I think a dedicated toy will do much more, for more or less the price (my son own a nikko velocitrax which is way faster and sturdy for the same price tag at the time of buying).
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago Frank_van_der_Most (3K) MOC Designer
    I saw a boy having tremendous fun with this set. He didn't mind at all that it was difficult to steer. Perhaps he even found it more fun. It did indeed skid a lot on a hard floor, but he didn't find that a problem either. The grownups however were not happy with the noise, so maybe for them the thread attachments are an improvement for them. On a more rough floor, the machine lifts the front up  (staggers, or what is the word for cars?) when it launches at full speed. So, altogether, wild, raw energy unleashed in this little racer! Perhaps boring to build but tonnes of fun for the children playing with it.
    • 1 week, 4 days ago LegoFarmer35 (299)
      I do agree with you, it skids a lot, straight lines are difficult to drive as it wheelies, but that it's because the designed itself, and let's not forget it's aimed at 9+ kids, so for them I do believe all these features proportionate them plenty of fun, I'm 35 and this is my PF set, and I enjoy it a lot as well.
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago astyanax (1682)
    By now, this set can be bought in my European home country for less than $65, while buying just the power functions components individually will set you back over $80 altogether. So if you want to expand your PF collection, this little guy is an excellent parts pack!
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