Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

When the call came in over the trucker radio station, actually it was over our Discord chat channel. But we thought it sounded cool to get into the zone as a trucker. Our dear friends over at The LEGO Group have provided us with the LEGO Technic Heavy-Duty Tow Truck #42128. We asked Bev and Astrid to take the truck out for a days work. Bev based in the United Kingdom and Astrid onboard in Germany. And this was the highlights of their day.

The Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

The Tow Truck consists of 2017 pieces and is aimed at the aged 11+ age range. What is fair to say, this age group will love the working parts and the robust build. The whole set has some tricky little bits to put together. Saying this, it is well designed and engineered full of pneumatic functioning elements. This technic tow truck is no exception. It’s big, 58cms in length to be precise.

On both sides there are turning gears that control the moving mechanical parts such as the rotating crane arm, winch, outriggers, boom and the side stabilisers.

The front has an authentic grille, complete with air filters, lights and exhaust pipe. And a 6-cylinder moving piston engine that is incorporated above the front axle under the bonnet, linked to the rear. At the same time, there is a rear axle which raises and lowers one set of wheels in order to spread the weight of loads.

The truck is colourful, and there are around 30 stickers that add to the orange, blue and white bodywork. In fact, the stickers as cosmetic as they are, to us represent what we expect to see from classic tow trucks.

Bevvypix calling 10-4 for a copy

If you have seen the American road action comedy film, Smokey and the Bandit, you will have heard them talking on CB radio’s and probably already know what the lingo 10-4 means.

Truckers have developed a language of their own. And growing up Bev also has fond memories of sitting up front in the cab of her dear ole uncle’s wagon and thinking riding in trucks is so much fun, whilst listening to the lingo broadcast over the radio. Although the cab she rode in was completely different from the American wagons of today.

Bevvypix reflecting on the Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

Whist on a truck stop break, a call came in. A vehicle had hit a ditch travelling at high speed on a country lane, thus blocking the way. Answering the call was Bevvypix. She powered up the dragging wagon (Tow Truck) and headed out to recover the over turned vehicle.

Power Up The Dragging Wagon by Bevvypix

As she made her way toward the location, she noticed she wasn’t alone. Suddenly, a herd of bulls appeared from nowhere. They stood watching from the field behind the fence. Bevvypix stopped the truck and got out to take a photograph, because she knew no one would believe the audience that had appeared. Needing to share her story, she got straight on the CB Radio and put out a call, Breaker/Breaker One niner …

10-12 Visitors present as Bevvypix passes by.

Breaker One-niner

Bev to Astrid “What’s your handle?”
Astrid to Bev “Heylight”
Bevvypix to Heylight “Copy that! “

Astrid had come online and the conversation began between them. Ironically, she also received a call to recover an abandoned vehicle. Passing the harbour area in Bremen, where all the containers were stored. Her engines were in full drive mode as she headed toward the Weser Flow.

Heylight driving passed the harbour

As she approached the bridge, Astrid could see a beautiful place and wondered where the abandoned vehicle lay. There was no sign. So she continued looking …

Heylight crossing over the Weser Bridge

It was some time after setting off, and the sun had started setting. As she got closer to the position of the car. Astrid discovered it was quiet and she was all alone. The vehicle looked like it had slipped down a steep slope. Without a doubt, Astrid slowly headed down the slope. Suddenly, with no warning a big wave washed over the tow truck. It was the after effects of a passing ship. Then as everything settled she continued down the slope.

As the sun sets on the river bank, Heylight takes a break

Having recovered the vehicle and placing it on dry land, it was time to gather her thoughts with a beer. As the sun went down, she chatted with Bev over the radio and they laughed about their experience driving the big heavy-duty tow truck.

Technic fans around the world will have endless fun and hours of play recreating real-life tow truck adventures, just as Bevvypix and Heylight have explored this engineering brilliance.

Roger that, over and out!

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Dear LEGO Friend …

Have a Minute?

When was the last time you intentionally took a minute (sixty seconds) to think about the miraculous invention of words? Especially the written word? Words, put together from letters, can be very helpful. They can be powerful, too. With a text put together from words you can create an image. The reader will be able to see an entire scenery in his mind’s eye. Whoever reads can possibly go on a journey, thousands of miles away (if not lightyears) without leaving their home. This simple idea has just become so omnipresent that those who can read (there are still millions of humans worldwide who can’t) easily take this little miracle for granted.

Another massive miracle is for a human mind to find a solution to a complex task. One of these tasks was probably for Steve Guinness to create a moving model of a typewriter and we asked Stefan and Bev to write down their thoughts.

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Raya and the Last Dragon

In this post, I will review the three sets from Disney’s latest movie: Raya and the Last Dragon. These are 43181 Raya and the Heart Palace, 43184 Raya and Sisu Dragon, and 43185 Boun’s Boat. As a fan of both Disney movies and Dragons, I had high expectations for both the movie and the sets. As for my previous reviews, I don’t intend on being exhaustive. Instead, I will focus on what I found interesting from a photographic point of view. If you are looking for generic exhaustive reviews, you can most likely find plenty of them online.

(Note that the sets were provided by our friends at LEGO.)

While this post won’t spoil anything major about the movie, it might still contain light spoilers. (That said, the LEGO sets contain light spoilers themselves.) Still, if spoilers are an issue, I’d recommend not reading this post and go watch the movie first ;-)

Before talking about the sets, I want to focus a bit on the movie.

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RLFM 21 Show & Tell …

Ooooh did I spy a SiP badge ;) on Hasan Jensen’s lanyard? I certainly did.

This session we got to see fan designed sets that are coming in the future. These were new unreleased, and not yet even in production just at the working stage. However, with the latest news of the impending Typewriter set, scheduled for release on July 1st, 2021. I’m sure we can say we saw this particular secret reveal.

Stuck in Plastic gets a little mention. Photo by Boris
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Can you ever have enough Brickheadz?

(No, you can’t)

When the crew of Stuck in Plastic asked us who might like to review some hot off the press LEGO Brickheadz I was quick to volunteer. Not least because my husband had suggested I can’t buy any more Brickheadz until I find a suitable way to display the ones I already have. Unsurprisingly one of the other SiP friends recommended that I look into a divorce lawyer with grounds of unreasonable behavior…

The mystery theme

I had no clue what theme these Brickheadz would be, so the parcel from LEGO HQ was hotly anticipated. Just imagine my heartbreak when the courier had delivered early one morning. While I was out walking the dog and although my neighbors had kindly taken the parcel in and then promptly left for work! 

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It is Looney Tunes Times

The latest CMF (Collectible Minifigure Series) that LEGO is about to unleash on the world is a toy photographers dream (at least if you like classic American Cartoons) and features the all-star crew of the immensely popular Looney Tunes cartoon series.

The full crew of the new Looney Tunes 71030 series

Looney Tunes is almost 100 years old and started in 1930 as a competition for that other classic mouse named Mickey. Originally the first shorts were created to promote the music of Warner Bros, and were the front runners of what later would become MTV (we think).  The oldest still standing Looney Tune is Porky Pig who made his debut in 1935 “I haven’t got a hat” . The series continued and started to introduce one star after another. Daffy joined the show two years later in Porky’s Duck Hunt, and Bugs made his intro in 1940 with a Wild Hare. If you want to dig deeper in the wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this article on Wikipedia can keep you entertained for a couple of hours.
But we are here for the review of the new series.
And not just a trip down memory lane.

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Twenty Years of UCS

An Easter Surprise For YOUR Coffeetable?

About twenty years ago The LEGO Group decided to sign a licensing agreement with Lucasfilm to produce sets based on the Star Wars saga. Shortly after the official announcement LEGO started a new series called Ultimate Collector’s Series. Last year author Rafael López from Spain published a book to celebrate the first twenty years of said series.

Describing this book with few words isn’t an easy task. The U2-CB Ultimate UCS Collector’s Book, Unofficial Guide is far more than just another fan book. It is more than a list of sets that have appeared under the name UCS so far. And no, on its 236 pages it doesn’t only contain SW material…

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Spring is in the air

We like our BrickHeadz. We loved them since they were first announced on the RLFM days in 2017 when travel was the most normal thing in the world. And we took our SigHeadz along to Paris the year after. You can even find photo proof of yours truly laying on the ground in front of the LEGO store shooting his sigfig Brickhead. And then they kind of found their place on my desk. Not forgotten, yet not so prominent in the day to day bag of toys we travel with. So when LEGO asked us to review the latest BrickPetz it is only fair to say not everyone in the crew jumped up and down to take these Petz in front of their lens.

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CMF21 – Space… the final frontier

Just a few more nights before the CMF21 (read the collectible minifigure series twenty-one also known as 71029) gets released into your local stores around the world. We packaged up a few of these wonderful green bags and shipped them to our crew and friends alike for a good old creative crowd review.

We let them images and little stories speak for themselves…

To boldly go…

Ian takes the space police and space bug for an intergalactic ride, and ends up with the bounty hunter from series nineteen.

Run Forest, Run.

Stefan takes the spacebug for a run. A diamond run.

The Party

Space Police Pulup keeps the Space Punk Parties and their creative crowds under control. Or so they.

Diamonds are a bugs’ best friend…

And Beverley mines her diamonds in space. Afterall, diamonds are a space bug best friend.

Stay tuned for more awesomeness!