LEGO Technic 42029 Customized Pick Up Truck Review
Surely, everyone here can remember their first Technic build – there’s just something about it. Our first Technic build really pulled us in and made us crave more. Technic sets are popular and they are known for be intricate and sometimes fiddly. Often times, they are packed full of functionality and detail, which is why we really like them. Speaking in something being full of detail and functionality, that reminds us about the Lego 42029 build. The size is the first thing we noticed about this particular set - it’s pretty big. In fact, it’s really big and that’s no joke. Here, let us give you the exact measurements so that you can see for yourself just how big it is – it’s 41cm long, 20cm wide and a little under 20cm high. As a 4x4 fan, we couldn’t wait to get this project started. Now, let’s jump ahead to the review of the Lego 42029 set …
It’s always the box that catches our attention and draws us to a Lego set. When we first saw the Lego 75054, Lego 60095 and Lego 76023 sets, we recall the box – the details on the front and the back made us just have to have it and this set right here is no different. The box really does make it stand out from the crowd.
The box isn’t all that big, but it is big enough to fit everything needed. On the front of the box, you’ll find a picture of the actual model – that is how it’s going to look once you put it together. Pretty cool, right?
Flipping over to the back of the box, you are going to learn all about the main features, along with the model B.
When we opened up the box, we found some plastic bags (plastic bags are something Lego always uses to separate their parts and we hope they never get rid of this because it does a good job at keeping us organized during our build). To be exact, here, there are a total of eleven bags along with four big tires.
Here’s a picture of the front of the box:
Here’s a picture of the back of the box:
As far as Lego instructions run, we despise when a set comes with one book because sometimes, we have a partner building next to us. When there are multiple books to work from, we can freely work apart from each other on different areas of the build. In the past, when a set only came with one instruction manual, we would make copies for our friend so he would have his own book to work from. With the Lego 42029 set, we were happy to find that there were a total of 3 instruction manuals to follow – this way, our friend had his own book to work from, without us having to make copies – this helped us save time, paper and ink.
As far as the building steps go for this model, the steps are straight forward and easy to follow – this set would be good for a first time builder.
In the last booklet, there’s a section to add powerfunctions that are used to operate the back part of the pickup as well as the front crane.
With this set, there are now brand new moulds, but there are two panel parts (there’s the bowed and the flat) that are new in the color red. Aside from those two, there are plenty of parts that are fairly useful in our opinion, but they are common in a lot of the Technic sets. We’re not going to list all of the parts because in all honesty, there are way too many to list. So, take it from us – when we tell you this box is packed full of goodies, it really is. In all actuality, we found that we could make different vehicles from these parts, which is pretty cool.
From time to time, while building Lego sets, we come across spares. However, with this particular set, there’s nothing special with the spares. With this, you have everything you would expect from a Technic set. You have pins, a gear and some transparent 1x1 plates.
Our last Technic model was a service truck and it felt really good to start back in the Technic field again. Step by step, we enjoyed the build and don’t really have any complaints about it.
Here’s a picture of the underside of the vehicle:
We were surprised because the building process is straight forward. First, you start out by building the chassis, then you move forward to building the front part of the cabin and finally, you have the storage section, which is located on the back of the vehicle. Once we got the set put together, we felt that there was more than enough room to properly motorize this build, without having to make any major modifications on the lower portion of the chassis.
Doesn’t it look cool inside?
However, while it was straight forward, you don’t get to skip the complexities and gears that are usually there when building Technic vehicles. Mind you, building it isn’t all that challenging, but there are times where it was a bit too fiddly for our likings.
We start with the rear differential. This is a tight knot of cogs and it works great. After this, you move along the chassis and start the constructions of the tray tipper. Then, moving forward to the cabin, which just so happens to be attached to the chassis, is an easy process. Afterwards, we focused on the engine. Speaking of the engine, we really liked how we could watch the pistons pumping through. Then, you’ll get to add the basic frame to the hood and then close the first book, because you’re done with it.
Unless you already have a partner working out of the second book, you’ll now be ready to move to the second manual. With the second book, you’ll be starting out with working on the doors, afterwards the front axle and the steering mechanism. At this point in time, the build should be coming together and looking good.
When we were building the winch, we found that it was a tad bit stiff and tight, but no complaints because it worked. With more use, we believe the stiffness will go away.
Moving on, you have details such as the mudguards, front grill, side steps, mirrors and finishing off the hood. We personally enjoy the headlights that are at the top of the cab and believe Lego did a good job at adding this neat little decoration. Finally, you will be building and attaching the tray, and wheels will be added. The model is complete and it is a beauty.
Once the model was complete, we couldn’t believe how durable and strong it felt. It really does look good and when we added a power functions get in order to get the winch and tray moving by themselves, it was even better. It really is fun to sit back and watch it. All we did was make a couple of tweaks and our upgrade was finished.
We’re going to be honest with you – we were a tad bit on the disappointed side because we couldn’t motorize the steering and drive train, but there’s always a possibility of doing this. Perhaps this is going to be the next step.
Overall, we believe this is a brilliant model and right now, as we are writing this review, it’s sitting in front of us on our display shelf. There is another model that you could create with the bricks, but we cannot bring ourselves to take this apart yet. We are thrilled with this set, it looks mean and we believe it could take a beating if it had to. Basically, if you are a fan of vehicles and you enjoy Legos as your hobby, then this set right here is highly recommended.