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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A Girls’ Day Out

You may remember.
A few weeks ago we at Stuck in Plastic had a VIP seat on The Blue Carpet.
We got to see the new Marvel Superheroes show off in front of the camera provided by our dear friends over at The LEGO Group. We decided that we also wanted to share the excitement with our new friends. So, we reached out on our Discord Chat Channel and asked a few lucky heroes and heroines to accept The Blue Carpet Marvellous challenge.
And they did.
So we ended up shipping a full box of Marvelness around the world, and this is what our heroines came up with.

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Santa’s Visit

We know, we know it’s only September, so don’t panic. But do read on as we anticipate the arrival of a Santa’ Visit in the form of the wonderful new LEGO Christmas Winter Village set 10293 due for release on October 1st. But wait, Santa tells us there is a presale starting on 16th September for all LEGO VIPs. When we had news that our dear friends at The LEGO Group were sending us two presents ahead of release, we couldn’t resist getting all christmassy. We gave Julien and Bev the task of creating some Christmas magic.

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To Photoshop, or not to Photoshop

To Photoshop, or not to Photoshop, That is the question? Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous editing. Or to take arms against a sea of images. And by opposing end them. To die – to sleep, No more … Yep you know the rest. Excepts taken from the Prince of Denmark’s most famous speech, with a little photographic twist added.

Which in fact leads me onto a discussion that came up on our Stuck in Plastic Discord Chat Room. And it had me thinking back to the long term debate around photoshopped images. It also had me thinking back to the history of photography and rethinking the photographers intent. And that is too photoshop, or not to photoshop?

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The Blue Carpet

Today at 15:00 Billund Time the RLFM media got invited to the blue carpet unboxing event of the brand new MARVEL STUDIOS Minifigures. And of course, we also tried to get a little spot at the table. The heroes were so excited to finally officially get out of their bags and talk to the Big Boys like Brothers Brick, The Rambling Brick, Brickset, and New Elementary that a little bit of chaos erupted on the blue carpet.

Our local SiP presser nonetheless got his camera out and tried to catch a glance of our heroes and heroines before they ran off to their respective press meetings.

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Porsche 911 Turbo or Targa

When LEGO and Porsche get together you just know the finishing touches would live up to a very high standard. And for me, this 911 model #10295 really takes me back in time. I was lucky enough to take this set out on a test drive and it did not disappoint.

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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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An Awesome Explosion of Colour

It was no ordinary Saturday, in fact the Stuck in Plastic #SiPSummerworkshop2021 was due to commence. When suddenly! The crew and friends, realised they had actually woken up to an awesome explosion of colour. The colours of the rainbow had spread across the world. The bricks had landed in all sorts of different locations. With help needed. The workshop participants called on a group of superheroes to restore the chaos that had dominated Planet Earth. 

To save the day. The awesome citizens were asked to create a magical heart made from their generated colour. This would help to restore the rainbow, bringing peace and love back to the world. 

Along the way, the superheroes thought it best to have help because after all, everyone is awesome especially those who were already starting to rebuild the hearts after the explosion …

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