LEGO Technic 42005 Monster Truck Review

Don’t be fooled by the box size or its price, the LEGO 42005 Monster Truck is one of the best LEGO sets that you can buy right now: affordable, with a good amount of parts and extremely fun.
I built this model from parts I own and well, it is pretty much exactly as the original Monster Truck.

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It has been a wonderful experience to build it from the parts I own, but I have realized that LEGO inventory isn’t 100% reliable… I have had to go back to my parts box several times to get a missing part.

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Model data

Name Monster Truck
Ref. Code 42005
Theme Technic
Year 2013
Parts 329
Price £34.99
Minifigs No
Where can I buy LEGO 42005?
Amazon

Model background

Create an extreme machine with the awesome LEGO Technic Monster Truck! This 2-in-1 model features 4-wheel suspension, all-wheel drive steering, flame detailing and monster-size rubber tires! Crush the competition and astound the crowds, then rebuild into a monster dune buggy with rear suspension, steering and moveable rear spoiler.

Features extreme 4-wheel suspension, all-wheel drive, flame detailing and monster-size wheels

Model Box

As I didn’t buy it I didn’t have the box on my hands so really I have no idea how big and full is it.

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Manuals

The model is built from a single manual

Building experience

This is a wonderful set. Really the more small sets I built the more I realize that it is the way to go. On these small ( and this one isn’t so small ) you always have a clear idea of what are you building and most of times why are you building it.

This model is very similar to the 4×4 Crawler but in a half scale, so the building process is interestingly similar. I like the way it is built.

There are two parts: the vehicle chassis and the top part.

Here it is the mandatory timelapse video

Complete model

So this is the Monster Truck

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Here you have a detail of the steering system that it is build using two 5×7 frames…

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And the gear that actually moves the wheels.

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And here you have all the springs that keep the model up.

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And the mandatory bottom photo :)

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And as I haven’t took it apart yet, here it is a side by side comparative of the Monster Truck and the 4×4 Crawler. The wheels are the one used in the Unimog.

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Overview

It is a fantastic set.

Miguel says 9.5/10
Building experience
Value for money
Playability
Parts

Pros

– It is lovely to build
– It has a good amount of parts
– The model is highly playable

Cons

– I miss some vehicle specific parts like differentials
– Adding IR capabilities would have been awesome.

Does LEGO 42005 worth the money?

Definitively. I loved it so much that I am thinking about getting one to keep it built. My sons loved it. You can buy it at Amazon.

LEGO 42005 Monster Truck Summary

Summary
Author Rating
Aggregate Rating
4.5 based on 3 votes
Brand Name
LEGO
Product Name
Technic 42005 Monster Truck
Price
GBP 35
Product Availability
Available in Stock

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