Category: Lego Technic

Lego Unimog – Review (Set 8110)

Lego Unimog BoxThe Lego Unimog is the largest Lego Technic set ever made- and that is saying something!

When images of this Lego model of the Mercedes Benz masterpiece were first released (leaked) fans went nuts over the Unimog’s design.

It is without a doubt one of the most awesome Lego models ever made and a definite must have if you can endure the hours and hours of painstaking (but ultimately rewarding) construction involved in putting this model together.

Lets Take a Closer Look

Lego UnimogLego Unimog – Details

Lego Set Number: 8110
Pieces: 2048
Minifigures: N/A
Price: US $199.99 / £154.99
Ages: 11-16
Released: 2011
Theme: Lego Technic
Our Rating:  (5/5 – A Recommended Set)
Best Prices: We recommend Lego Shop At Home for the Unimog or Amazon (More Expensive at time of writing).

Lego Unimog – A Closer Look

This is a big model and really only recommended for older Lego Technic fans who have already wet their feet in the world of beams, pins and cogs. All up you are looking at around 8 hours of construction so be prepared to set aside some serious time!

Having said that, the build may be long but if you or your child is interested in the details it is never boring.

The Lego Unimog box is big and heavy. Seriously consider getting this shipped to you for a flat rate or be prepared to pay alot for postage. If you plan to buy from a physical store, don’t park your car too far away :0)

Lego Unimog InstructionsThere are 5 instruction books in total, each full of detailed construction.

Unlike many Lego instruction books where one can spend a long time discerning whether a piece is supposed to be Black or Dark Grey, these particular instructions makes the difference easily identified.

Which is a blessing because, with a 2048 piece count, you do not want to get half way through building the Lego Unimog only to discover you have put the wrong color piece in 30 steps ago!

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The pieces are sealed in 4 different bags – 1 contains the chassis, 2 has the cab, 3 the dump tray, and 4 for the rest.

…8 hours later…

Wow! Seriously…wow!

The completed Lego Unimog model is so full of playable goodness and just looks so impressive.

The model rolls very easily on the large rubber tires and the suspension is very bouncy.

The crane (which operates using Pneumatics) is a very cool addition. It is powerful, and would be interesting to test the amount it can lift (if you are interested in that sort of thing).

Really describing the Lego Unimog in words is a little difficult for me because I don’t know all the technical terms to convey the various elements accurately enough…Perhaps I’ll let others do the talking (and video-ing).

Value For Money: Big and Expensive but SO worth it /5
Play Experience: Good build experience and great powered functions – 5/5
Pieces & Minifigures: Some great new pieces for Technic fans– 5/5
Value For Kids:  If your kids are into Technic this is THE model of 2011 5/5

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Lego Review Ratings 5/5

Lego Unimog – What Others Are Saying

  • “This really is the greatest Technic set for me, and I would love to see TLG top that with next year’s flagship, but I’m not looking forward to that yet, I would just enjoy my Unimog a little more.”
  • “Look past the price if you like technic you’ll love this set this is the most impressed I have ever been with a technic set the only thing it’s missing is full RC capability”
  • “This set is one of the best LEGO Technic sets out there. The detail is incredible and it works very well.”

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Where To Purchase The Lego Unimog

We recommend Lego Shop At Home for the Unimog orAmazon (More Expensive at time of writing).

Lego Technic – Set Guide And Reviews

Lego TechnicLego Technic sets are a little different from regular Lego sets in that they focus on technical aspects of construction and design rather than play.

Based on a system of beams that connect with small connector pegs and then move with axles and cogs,  the sets are more complicated to build than regular sets, take more time and concentration so are generally aimed at older Lego fans.

Technic sets are perfect for tweens and teens who may have played with Lego when they were younger but have become more interested in detailed design and construction rather than imagination and role play.

The sets are wonderful tools to teach the essence of mechanical design and engineering concepts.

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Lego Technic

Lego Technic is one of the oldest Lego themes.

The first set of this particular style was released in 1977 under the banner of “Expert Builder”. Due to the success of the sets the Lego Group then renamed the theme “Technic” in 1984 and started releasing the sets on a regular basis with an emphasis on cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Lego Technic Unimog InstructionsTechnic sets are highly detailed and generally based on actual existing vehicles like the Mercedes Benz Unimog (pictured). The sets are constructed using beams that connect together with small connector pegs. Early Technic sets used Lego brick beams with holes in the side but modern technic sets use “studless construction” beams.

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The models often come with moving parts and this dynamic movement is achieved using axles and cogs. The sets are sometimes motorized using a Lego motor, more recently the Power Functions mechanism, while others utilize pneumatics elements.

Constructing Lego Technic sets generally takes more time and concentration due to the need to connect the beams using the small connector pegs.

As the sets also integrate movement into the model’s design the instructions are often more complicated than regular Lego sets (see picture).

Lego Technic in Other Lego Themes

Apart from the main Lego Technic theme, Lego has sometimes used the Technic components in other themes including Ben 10 and Star Wars but the sets are few and far between.

Lego ‘s Robotics theme, Lego Mindstorms, also uses a large number of the Technic pieces and concepts in it’s construction.

Lego Technic continues to be a strong theme for the Lego company and each year larger and more complex models are released to challenge and inspire mechanics and engineering aficionados.