If you feel like you are missing out on the good times, raise your hands Rock Raiders sets. They were huge, brutal and were all about fighting rock monsters and crashing rocks — and that was cool. Technically, the act crashing rocks with large machines is still cool. However, something went wrong when the Power minersIn 2009, sets were available in stores. They were bright and new but something has changed. The new Volcano ExplorersThe CitySub-theme is an attempt to revive an old classic. 60122 Volcano Crawler is the most well-balanced set of this year, containing 324 pieces, 3 minifigs and retailing at the price of $39.99 / 29.99€ (currently on sale for Amazon 20% off), and includes almost everything the new sub-theme has to offer.
The concept of the set is ordinary: one main huge vehicle, another tiny means of transportation and some themed accessories — e.g. a lava rock. I love the minifigures. I don’t buy City sets too often, but this time I was delighted by the minifigs’ designs. Despite the fact that their uniform is olive green, they look incredible.
I don’t remember the last time I spent so long examining and admiring minifigures while building an ordinary City set. This set includes three minifigures as well as three heads, torsos and headgear. The amount of details the prints contain is extremely pleasing; LEGO’s graphic designers should be proud of their work. The olive green torsos, headgear and legs look great together with the sand-blue legs. I love the new construction helmet with a dark brown ponytail. We already got this piece with a red hardhatIt looks great in white. I’m in love with the design of the female minifigure. Its special torso with rope over the shoulder and the aforementioned helmet make it a hidden gem of the set.
Some new pieces have been added to the Volcano Explorers theme, but only a small number of these pieces are included with this set. This crawler’s front features the new artwork. 1 x 6×3 bar with 4 studsThis fuel is ideal for building space stations and starships. The four studs on the bar’s ends can be used in many ways. A minifig-harpoon extra in flat sterling is a great idea.
Are there other great features to the set? Oh, right, stickers! They are awesome! They are simple, sharp and make the pieces better indeed… except for the green one, which is attached to the lime 6×4 wedge. The problem is that the stickers and the piece’s colors don’t match. The difference is very noticeable, so I’d better hide this part away.
As I’ve already mentioned, this minifigure is my favorite of all the. CityThis year, sets. And it looks gorgeous at work as well, either examining rare crystals…
…or driving a tiny adorable jeep around the explorers’ base.
By the way, the jeep and the rock holder by themselves look like a they could be a smaller set. They look great together, and they offer some impressive playability, even without their main vehicle.
There are two options when it comes to cutting the poor lava rock. You can either go with an old good pickaxe…
…or use something more powerful!
The red rubber band does exactly what you’re thinking it does: jackhammers! It’s a nice simple solution, and you can really crack a couple of rocks using it!
The crawler is an excellent example of a vehicle that can be easily equipped with any kind of drill bit/gun/radar/fishing rod/etc. Its modular (sorta) design is sturdy and solid. I was also inspired by the ability to attach any item. And not to mention those extremely smooth and good-looking tiled edges of the crawler. Awesome!
But it wouldn’t be so much fun if one wouldn’t be able to roll the crawler all over the house. The secret of its easy-rolling nature hides inside; it’s a regular middle-sized TechnicThis wheel provides smooth rolling on all surfaces and makes the tread link move steadily. The crawler used the exact same technique at minimum once. 60036 set.
If you think the crawler is a bit huge, you’re right — it is large and bulky, and it is very wide, but that’s what makes it look cool.
You won’t find many details it its exterior, but those that are there work amazingly well. All in all, the crawler is exactly the vehicle that you won’t want to disassemble for a long time.
In case you missed the Volcano Explorers sets or are still in doubt which one you should get, rest assured — this crawler offers you the best of this line. The set is large, smooth and stylish in its own way. You can also find minifigures and even an adorable jeep! To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be so delighted, but there are a bunch of reasons for this. And I believe your impressions will be no less upbeat than mine.