LEGO Technic 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition Set 41999 Review
The Lego 41999 4 x 4 Crawler Exclusive Edition build has been out in stores since August 2013. You can purchase it exclusively from the Lego Website.
The packaging of the build is just excellent. It would be great if Lego’s future models came in a completely reusable box similar to the one used in the 41999, since sometimes you have to destroy the box itself just to get to the goods, which is a total waste, in our opinion.
The build serves as a really good representation of a standard monster truck build. Lego hasn’t been producing too many of those vehicles lately. But when you compare it to an actual toy monster truck, we feel like the 41999 could use bigger wheels.
Sometimes, in regards to Lego Technic models, you’ll occasionally get the feeling that these designers tend to skimp on the amount of body work when you utilize curved panels a little too much, or by using lots of flexible tubes to give a strong impression of bodywork, but this isn’t really the case when it comes to the 41999. Its body is nicely constructed with the help of beams, and there aren’t any gaps found inside it either – Probably because the build has been designed with older Lego fans in mind, and this is how they normally prefer to build up those models.
We didn’t bother purchasing the Lego 9398, the Lego Technic 4 x 4 crawler released in 2012. The chassis found in that model and the one in 41999 were pretty much the same thing, albeit in a different shade. Unless you place those stickers on, it would have looked ugly – Since half of it is covered in black, while the other half is white. Placing stickers on a Lego Technic model is normally a huge mistake, since they tend to flake and peel off over time, even when you’re not handling them. Lego has also discussed about the color scheme issue, and this brand new build looks great in both white and dark blue, instead of black and white – Both with and without stickers attached. The sticker beams utilized for the vehicle’s bumpers, as well as the other places in it look amazing.
Until you’re completely done with the build, you won’t find anything to criticize about it. The build in itself was pretty interesting, but it wasn’t too repetitive, contrary to other Lego Technic models released lately. It doesn’t contain a multi-functional gearbox that’s also parts-dense. These usually take you weeks to build, and you could even stumble and make mistakes along the way.
We switched the 41999 on, and were slightly disappointed at its speed. It crawls at a snail’s pace. We probably expected it to be as fast as the Lego 8369 Dirt crusher RC, which moves at a rather decent speed.
There’s a four-steering wheel feature included here, and we thought that was very clever of Lego to put that in. It also works nicely when you use the brand new FF servo motor. However, we also figured that the rear-side wheels that turned around looked a tad bit daft. You can easily fix it if something goes bad though. This problem is solved when you open up the rear axle assembly joint, take out one of the 3L axles and utilize one of the Lego Technic pins to lock in the rear side of the axle in a fixed position. It doesn’t contain a rather tight turning circle, but this isn’t really that big of an issue.
The Lego 41999 is a fantastic-looking model all in all. It’s filled with loads of functionality, but playing with it is rather disappointing in the long run.
Because the average pricing for a Lego 41999 has since gone through the roof since its initial release, we have decided to check out the instructions in the regular blue book instead. The result was just great – And we decided that we like this one so much better than the original one.
The bright blue colors of the build give the 41999 a more Lego-ish feel to it. It’s definitely much more vibrant, and the bright blue elements of the set contains nearly every needed part here. We ended up replacing the silver shades with a light bluish gray part or a white one, depending on its current location. The steering wheel and the mirrors both come in a white shade too. It’s just unfortunate that we don’t have enough blue-grey liftarms in 3 x 7, since they would’ve looked nice in this build too. Other than that, the same color is a pretty good choice for bumpers instead of the silver ones.
The original box for the build just looks fantastic. We would love to see a couple of other Lego Technic builds inside a box like this one – Too bad there isn’t no real box meant for this kind of build. It didn’t come with original instructions either. The instructions found on the official Lego Website do work, however, but they’re so much hard to read thanks to the font. The dark blue hue is a tad bit too dark when viewed with a PDF, and they don’t even switch to a white contour much like what happens during the black parts.
The original car contains a great deal of parts for its cash. There are two L-ones, four motors, a servo, and a medium one. There’s also an infrared receiver and a pair of lights. Our copy of the 41999 didn’t get its own V2 receiver – We had a regular one instead. Other parts in blue include a pair of liftarms, mainly eleven long ones for studs.
The original one, meanwhile, has around three pairs of wing panels, all measuring 3 x 11, along with three other sets of 3 x 5 wing panels. The ones that measure 3 x 5 all come in a regular blue shade, but we still ended up replacing them with something else. The ones that work really nicely are the two 2 x 5 wings that were paired up with a five-unit liftarm.
Both of the 2 x 5 wings work wonderfully on the doors. They can also serve as a type of replacement for the 3 x 11 doors found at the back of the build.
One more part that’s missing here is the 3M crossblock, also in a regular blue shade. We had to replace each of them with either a three-unit regular liftarm, located near the headlights, or with more 2M crossblocks. And because a lot of these 3M crossblocks come in two parts, it’s much more easy for you to get them replaced with 3 x 2M crossblocks. This won’t affect the build’s sturdiness too much. Perhaps Lego just wanted to keep these tiny bricks to a minimum, and this is most likely the reason why these 3M crossblocks also serve as a 3-unit liftarm at certain points.
The build is just excellent. You do spend a huge chunk of your time constructing its base. It covers up a big pile of red parts. The whole thing technically isn’t that hard to build. The only challenging part here is when you align that servo to both of the build’s steering racks, during a time when the frame is fully flexible. Helper constructions make the whole thing so much easier.
In the end, we really did enjoy how the model was build, along with its hue. We even liked it a little bit better than its original color. It certainly feels a lot more like Lego, and it shows up better in photographs too. Maybe if we had built the original one, then we would be saying the opposite - But fortunately, this was not the case here.
The Lego 41999 contains amazing playability as well. it rides through loads of great obstacles, while the maximum torsion and its clearance is completely one-of-a-kind. It’s got loads of good details, such as opening doors, a liftable hood, and an opening luggage compartment.
In regards to the PF functions, we discovered two kinds of strange things here: First, the V1 receiver is having trouble when you use high currents. But the weird thing is that it works so much better when you use a half-empty set of batteries, instead of the full ones. When you use full ones here, it does seem to run into several current limiting protection for steeper climbs. These look so much easier when you use full batteries.
You have to take off the white coupling gear from the winch. If you use it, the entire thing isn’t that strong. You do get a rather nice cable when you use this, and it can even pull the car in a vertical motion with complete ease. If you use the white gear instead, you will notice that the whole thing slips all the time.