LEGO® Technic - Volvo EW 160E (42053)

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Enjoy a rewarding building experience with this awesome 2-in-1 LEGO® Technic model. Developed in partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment, this meticulously detailed replica of the Volvo EW160E, with its classic yellow and black color scheme, has all the features of the real-life wheeled excavator. Operate the versatile pneumatic boom and grabbing bucket, rotate the massive superstructure and elevate the cab for optimal visibility. If you need extra stability, extend and secure the outriggers, lower the front blade and lift the entire structure into the air! The authenticity of this model is without bounds, right down to the detailed cab with seat, armrests, sun visor and adjustable mirrors. Upgrade with the LEGO® Power Functions 8293 motor set (not supplied) and you have a fully motorized boom and working lights! When you feel like another building challenge, rebuild it into the heavy-duty Volvo L30G compact material handler.
• Features an extendable boom and working bucket, powered by an advanced pneumatic system, plus an array of manual functions including a height-adjustable cab, rotating superstructure, rear-controlled front steering, working front blade and extendable outriggers.
• Cab features a detailed interior with seat, armrests, sun visor and adjustable mirrors.
• Check out the authentic yellow and black color scheme.
• Extend, raise and lower the pneumatic boom.
• Open and close the pneumatic bucket.
• Raise the cab to dizzying heights!
• Rotate the superstructure through 347°
• Lift and lower the front blade.
• Extend the outriggers, lock them into position, lower the front blade and lift the entire structure into the air.
• Upgrade with the 8293 LEGO® Power Functions motor set (not included) for a fully motorized boom and working lights.
• This LEGO® Technic model is designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience.
• This set includes over 1,100 pieces.
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 10-16.
• 2-in-1 model: rebuilds into a Volvo L30G.
• Volvo EW160E with boom and outriggers retracted measures over 6” (17cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide, and over 11” (29cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide with boom and outriggers extended.
• Volvo L30G with bucket lowered measures over 6” (17cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide, and over 10” (26cm) high with bucket raised.


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LEGO® Technic - Volvo EW 160E (42053) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feature-rich, fun and fantastic to play with! For the last 3 years our family has built a Lego set for Christmas. In previous years we've built the Volkswagen T1 Camper van, the Mini and Wall-E. The Volvo EW160E was our first foray into Lego Technic. It was more of a challenge than our previous builds and we were daunted by the 250 page instruction manual at first, but it has been a wonderful kit to work on. This is the first Lego set we've built with pneumatics and the manual and pneumatic functions have proved a wonderful addition to this great replica of a real life Volvo wheeled excavator. The pneumatics work like a charm and its great fun working the boom arm etc. It looks great too! It was such a satisfying and rewarding build for our family, (including 10 yr old and 14 yr old). Once we've enjoyed playing with it we'll think about making the alternative build. My husband fancies getting the motor too! We think this kit is great value for money and we'd certainly try another Technic kit. Thanks Lego!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Reviving the true spirit of Lego pneumatic on a beautiful model and smart model for a more affordable price. Highly recommend the optional motorized upgrade.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing Set! The Volvo Ew160e is an amazing set! It was my longest build I've had but is was my first "real" technic. The build was fun and the final product is awesome. The pneumatics work very well and all the functions are great! I did get the motor pack and it is even better. I did find a way to intergrate the switch by moving some wires.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 15 older son love it Thought this was a fantastic price . Have to have a ruler to build up as you need to measure the plastic pipes Will not be disappointed with this item
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rather simple but joyful set. Excavators were always one of favorite Technic theme and it will be forever. This set is one of many LEGO Technic excavator set and delivers what really Technic stands for. First of all, for the price, this set provides decent list of functions. The main function, the boom+arm operation is adequately implemented with limited number of parts. I would like to have regular bucket type hand (which may require three regular sized pneumatic cylinders) but having a little cylinder isn't too bad in terms of part collection. The wheels doesn't have any drive-trains, differentials, or any shock absorbers but they have steering system with least backlash I've had. Yeah, the steering works like charm. One gripe is that you need to always press the blue button to power the pneumatic cylinders (or air cylinders) to operate the boom structure. It's ok to have some chore but the superstructure is not so rigidly fixed for a furious pumping action. So, I recommend always lowering the outrigger when you operate it. But, here's another catch: the outrigger doesn't work well on uneven (like carpet) surface. The panels actually open and reveals the pneumatic hoses. You know, those hoses always slide off or at least loses pressure. So, you need to tighten those hoses time to time. The 'Maintenance Mode' (See one of pictures) helps a lot. The cabin elevation is also a nice bonus but one thing I would recommend is to lose the small 2-stud sized blocker at instruction step 107 if you're not planning to motorize it. With the blocker, the superstructure can only turn like 355 degree. I guess this limitation is due to power function integration. You don't want damage cables. In term of building experience, the difficulty is not hard at all but not too easy since the small superstructure packs all the pneumatic hoses and some gears to operate the cabin elevation. But then again, putting it together is a breeze compared to applying stickers. Yes, the real letdown of this set is the stickers. You need really really carefully apply stickers unless your excavator would look weird at least. Especially the back lights(red lights) are literally stickers!! So, you need to apply them exact fit positions or your excavator would look weird. Also, some stickers needs to be removed when you're planning to make B-model which is a kind of a bummer... However, it's much more playable with the excavator arm, anyway. You can challenge a friend to carry out Skittles or M&Ms distribution. Note that the arm reaches below the wheels!! Must be fun to dig out some Skittles from a secret labyrinth, right? Overall, it's a nice playbility/price set and a good source of pneumatic cylinders if you don't want to buy the humongous 42043 Arocs truck.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great set! Great Lego set! Good if you want to get into Lego Pneumatics. I love the little features such as the dozer blade and outriggers. It really looks like the real thing with all the stickers and the lifting cabin. One drawback: when you add the power functions lights, the cabin becomes hard to lift. Otherwise, a great Lego Technic set!
Date published: 2016-11-02
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