Set number: 41999
Being a designer of the base model Boss Crawler and a winner of "You design it, we make it!"competiton, I got a chance to be the first who saw this set 41999 directly from the conveyor.
Little remind: according to the competition terms competitors had to create their own model using 9398 set chassis. Winning model was released exclusive limited set.
P.s. There many photos here, much more than text:) All for you-enjoy!
1. Opening the box
Box size is really noticable. It is smaller than its 9398 predecessor with less parts number.
- Exclusive silver metallic elements
- Number plate with unique number
- Exclusively decorated wheel rims
- Never seen before - exclusive dark blue LEGO Technic elements
- LED front lights
- Motorized winch
- 4x4 steering & extreme off-road capabilities
Box side parts:
On the top box side we can find all the variety of Power Functions included. Not enough?
This set is unique due to its parts variety and quantity: none of all LEGO sets has as many electric parts as this has.
The colouring of the cover has to be marked – some pictures covered by UV varnish. The box looks very smart and considerable. Excellent choice for a present!
Let’s open the box.
Suprisingly the box has no folding cover and tear lines. Upper part is not connected with bottom one and can be removed. To do this you simply need to cut 4 round stickers attached on the box sides.
Inside we see bags with details compactly laid, cardboarded instructions with sticker sheet and tyres mounted on wheel rims.
Stickers add model some sport looks and situated on one sheet only:
Here is the parts list from the last page of booklet:
Set functions description:
Remember to use this set only indoors (read: drive over socks, boots and kids’ toys scattered all around). Outdoors some plastic parts could be probably broken so to cause less productivity or total disfunction of a crawler.
Back side of one of the booklets – very interesting.
No photo of 42009, maybe because its’ photos were not approved when booklets were printed?!
OK, let’s open the bags. The main parts after the sorting process:
Beams and liftarms:
Notice the thickness of a cord for the winch:
Here is wheel rims, 41999 left and 9398 right:
The model incudes some white details used for decoration the body (stripes along and an spoiler)
So to build 41999 body in alternate colour you need white and dark blue parts shown above.
All in all the quantity of dark blue panels is high enough. On the other hand it would be difficult to use it in MOCs due to the little edition and limited parts variety. You simply won’t be able to buy more parts.
Doors and boot-lid
Moreover, doors are fixed here the other way than in 9398 - with the use of small rubber connectors.
Unlike 9398, body of 41999 is represented in single dark-blue color scheme with some black and white elements. Car looks good with stickers and without them. This can not be told about 9398, which is mottled and only stickers make it look better.
Stickers make the car looks like "Trans Am" racing cars.
V8 sign and air deflectors make car look sporty and american;)
Two white stripes go through hood, roof and boot-lid. Such stripes were the usual decoration of muscle cars like Ford and Shelby.
That is not a secret that american cars have many shiny details. We can't miss this oportunity in such an exclusive set: 41999 includes parts with "metallic silver" color. These details are: bumpers, side steps, exhaust pipes, side mirrors and bull bar. Yes, that is not a real chrome, but much better than nothing.
Bull bar and bumpers:
Exhaust pipes are situated under the side steps right behind the doors.
The masterstroke - new 6-radial black rims with 6 pin holes. Except new design, they painted with black glossy color (9398 has flat rims) and decorated with white circle. It reminds me the white side of classic cars' tires.Very shiny!!!
Seats are performed by System parts - curved slopes and tiles with tan "leather" color. It is sad that only seatback...
Model reflects exactly what it was from the start - classical american sport car from 60-70's of the past century: brutal with muscles! All my thoughts and proposals has been brought to life in this model with the help of Markus Kossman (with agreement to all LEGO building rules). To say the truth, I was sure that TLG would not leave motorized winch and LED lights for economy. It is double pleasure for me that all additional functions were left untouched and price stayed the same as 9398.
All functions work perfect: remote controlling, 4x4 chassis with offroad capabilities, LED lights and motorized winch. Some of you met this chassis in 9398 set. It was time-proved: strong and effective. Do not wait too much from the standard winch: it was built safe using clutch gear to prevent it from damages. If you have some spare parts - you can upgrade your crawler for better crawling performance and higher winch efficiency.You can also make boot practically usable by adding the bottom. That's why I love LEGO.
For the same price as 9398 is you will recieve more parts and electrics. You will be surprised not only by the model, but also by the box. Box is very nice and stylish. It looks like a very good present not only for kids, but also for adults. Hurry up, only 20 000! That's not too much...
This set of course is a historical milestone for the company. I'm not sure if sales would cover all expences related to this competition and producing this set. But despite all difficulties of producing a new set in such short period of time, LEGO Technic Team made a huge work and became one step closer to its' fans.
It is hard for me to give an unprejudiced and objective opinion on my own creation. Hope other bloggers and set owners will do it soon.
As for me: being a co-Creator of this set I am glad and fully satisfied with our collaboration with LEGO Technic Team and with its' final results. I strongly reccommend this set for a purchase.
Have a nice building!
I also want to thank TLG. Personally Lego Technic Team.