Lego 42025 Technic - Cargo Plane Review
Every chance we get, we enjoy reading the latest Lego news. Obviously, because we are major fans of everything Lego – to date, we have put everything from Lego Star Wars sets to Lego city sets together and every year, it seems as if they get even more interesting. Back in 2014, when all of the Lego Technic sets were emerging, we had nothing but pure excitement and today, we are going to jump back to one of those sets. It’s the Lego 42025 set – is this something you’re familiar with?
This is a Cargo Plane build. There are a total of 1297 pieces found in it and like we previously said, it was released back in 2014. Looking through everyone else’s reviews pertaining to Lego’s, we find some complaints about repetitive vehicle types and colors or even repetitive construction. However, with Lego 42025, this is not the case – when you put this together, if you’re familiar with Lego builds, you’ll see just how unique it really is – it even comes in a rare color that you don’t normally find – blue and white. Personally, we enjoy the blue and white and believe that is one of the aspects that makes it stand out from the crowd.
This Lego build is means to be the 1.5 flagship in regards to the builds, but back when it was first released, it wasn’t available in other countries outside of America.
The box Lego 42025 set comes in is huge, especially when you compare it to the box that Lego 42000 build came in. It’s not as big as the Lego 71040 set, but close to it. We can compare the size of this box to the Lego 10697 set or the Lego 42056 set. We have heard rumors that Lego is having problems when it comes to placing their popular polybags inside smaller boxes, so we will probably start to see boxes that are larger in size, so it’s easier to fit the parts in them. Regardless, we believe the box designs always look wonderful as they showcase the build in an attractive way – they definitely did a good job at showcasing this particular build on their box.
When you look at the back of the box, there’s a build picture of the replacement build. You will also see the Hovercraft-B model. Amongst Lego fans, we find that the Hovercraft-B is more popular and it has been built countless times. Personally, we believe it looks good enough to become a standing set.
Here’s some pictures of the box:
Finally, it is time to open up the box where the contents will be revealed. During this time, to our surprise, the box was only half-full, but that’s okay because this is normal for a box of this size. We really like the plastic bags (there’s eleven in all) that are responsible for holding all of the brick parts, along with the battery box. Also included in this set, you’ll find Lego Building Instructions (all sets come with Lego instructions, so that’s no surprise) and a big sticker sheet that is sized A4. Take it from us – this build requires a large amount of stickers, so you need to be prepared.
Here’s a picture of the instruction manuals:
Once we were able to sort out the parts, we found that the build contained a large portion of white bricks …no joke, when we say “large portion,” we’re not lying. We also found a large amount of curved and flattened panels, along with six variants of the narrow-type panels and a good amount of liftarms.
We find it interesting how Lego chose to use the older version of the curved panels – they don’t have many holed in them. We believe Lego will continue to produce both types in the future and use them in as many builds as they possibly can. It’s not all one shade of white, by the way, there are different accents of white, but you can’t really tell on the finished product.
We also couldn’t help but to notice how a new narrow panel has been included in this set. We have witnessed this in past builds, but with this set, we feel that it isn’t really necessary. There’s a new axle pin that you will find – this is a common element that is present in a lot of Lego builds from the year 2014.
In this build, we don’t find very many builds and it doesn’t contain any comprehensive mechanisms in the set either, unless you were to count the gearbox. You will find some of them in a blue shade, which you are able to decorate using stickers.
Also found in the box is the M-motor along with loads of pins. We personally believe they could have used the older L-type model and been just fine instead, but that’s okay.
We have been putting Lego sets together for ages now and when it comes to Technic builds, it always seems to start out with the transmission. However, you’re going to find that this is different, because it doesn’t start out with the transmission. To our surprise, it started out with undercarriage mechanism.
The gear box is placed on the top part of the set, and later on, it is tossed into the build. Then, you have the standard four-way transmission, which isn’t exactly new in a Technic set. After all of this is done and you have connected both the upper and lower parts, you will see that the plane starts to take shape. It’s interesting to see these instructions force the builds to use the mini-LA parts while they’re still building.
Last, you have the wings – no plane would be complete without wings, right? When you attach the wings to the plane, the size will automatically increase, but on the same note, this makes it hard to handle, so build with caution. From here, you can start to cover the parts up with stickers and watch your plane come to life right before your eyes. We personally believe Lego could have put more stickers in this set, but that’s okay, because we still think it looks good …even if it does seem a tad bit empty to us.
Build and Functions
When you use the levers found right above the plane, plenty of functions work. There’s two levers on the left side, which work on the stage four transmission, along with the following functions: lifting up the front cabin, operating the landing gear, lowering the gear’s own access ram and spinning the planes propellers. We like how these functions work quickly and yes, they are a bit fast, but that’s okay. Don’t worry though, because each propeller contains safety mechanisms, which means if they were to encounter an obstacle, they would automatically stop.
There’s a lever in the middle that is used for function as well and this personally came off as a surprise for us. The slats that are normally used in order to increase the plane’s wingspan work nicely.
On the right side of the plane, you’ll find their level, which is responsible for dealing with the wheels of the plane along with the elevator (it lowers and lifts the plane up). Also here, you’ll find the rudder.
The function of the plane includes landing gear, lowering and lifting the cabin and the back ramp. The wheels aren’t hidden, they flatten down. When viewing the plane from a side angle, we believe it looks much better. Once the wheels move downwards, the wheel’s covers move up. The final function here would be the propeller rotation. The remaining functions are all manual. The flaps are another big surprise – they are only comprised of two inner panels. The outer ones are referred to as “allerons” and they control the “roll” of the plane. The inner ones move up, while the outer ones move in the opposite side. The two functions can be used to turn the plane alongside the elevators and they are both found in the tail of the plane.
Here’s a picture of the side angle of the plane:
All in all, we believe the Lego 42025 set is a good choice. While we were in the process of putting this set together, we were reminded of some classic Lego sets, so it can really take you back in time.