LEGO Technic 42022: Hot Rod

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LEGO Technic - For ages: 9 Years +

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published 08/09/2016 | danielclark691
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Pro Good quality, versatile, educational, affordable.
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"Lego Technic Hot Rod"

LEGO Technic 42022: Hot Rod

LEGO Technic 42022: Hot Rod

First impressions

There are so many Lego sets in their ranges that it is often a near impossible task to select the right one for the child you have in mind. If they like cars then they will be pleased by a lot of the Lego sets, and if they are between the ages of 9 and 16 you could do worse than look at the Lego Technic range. This range has a more technical look and feel to it, concentrating on the mechanics and engineering side of how a vehicle works as opposed to just the looks.

In terms of looks we have a model that is certainly lacking a finish. It almost looks as though the designers at Lego became bored and just shoved the half finished model in the box! There are a few cosmetic panels, which are baby blue in colour, but it is worth remembering that the Technic range is not all about the looks.

My experience

If a child can get over the fact that this is more an educational toy than one to be admired I am sure they will get on with it just fine. The idea behind the Technic range is to introduce children to the technical and mechanical side of vehicle design. The engine, suspension and control of the vehicle, as opposed to looks.

With a whopping 414 pieces in this set I would say that it is going to be a bit of a challenge for a child, but not something that would defeat a 9-16 year old in a hurry. Full instructions are provided, though they will need them with so many of the grey pieces on the engine looking alike. 414 pieces would probably fall into the medium sized set, but this is not a huge set in terms of size, so the pieces are all concentrated into a smaller area, making it a bit more fiddly.

Once the hot rod is built a child will stand back and admire their handiwork. A very small child would not appreciate the design, but a slightly older child will hopefully see the work that went into the design of the product. A hot rod is not about looks at all, or not when it comes to the serious point of racing the thing! The fancy panels keep a child interested and give the vehicle more definition, but ultimately this is about how the vehicle gets from A to B.

With its own rubber tyres and a V6 engine complete with moving pistons this one is sure to catch the attention of a child as they slowly allow it to roll across a hard surface for the first time. The steering wheel actually works, and the roof can be folded down to create a more streamlined model.

The final cool feature is a little bit hidden away. This hot rod transforms into a rally car by following a different set of instructions.

Price and availability

With an RRP of £29.99 this is certainly not a pocket money item. This is not one of the latest designs, though you can still pick the set up for a fair price. Expect to pay from £10 for one in used condition and just below the RRP for a brand new one. This is the kind of set that is priced perfectly for the collectors.

Final thoughts

This is a great model from the Lego Technic range that will capture the imagination of a child. It is worth noting that this is not so much a toy, but more of an educational item with a fun element to it. The build process is technical but can be followed by any competent child. This is one worth looking out for at a bargain price.

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  • bettyboo47 published 09/09/2016
  • 2mennycds published 09/09/2016
    cool hot rod!
  • Secre published 09/09/2016
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LEGO Technic - For ages: 9 Years +

Product Details

Long Name: Technic 42022: Hot Rod

EAN: 5054230329450

Age: 9 Years +

Character: LEGO Technic

Manufacturer: Lego


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