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For a 541 time in the early s, the LEGO Group decided to re-release a number of sets that were popular back in their heyday. Among these old sets was a stylish ride from the Model Instrucctions line that was re-released as the Hot Rod back in instructiohs The line, while long gone now, was a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation at the time like me to experience sets that were first sold years or even decades before. So hop inside, get behind the wheel, and take this baby out for a ride But before we begin, a little history Credit goes to Bricklink.

The last set to be released within the Legends series, the Hot Rod was a re-released version of set Blue Furyoriginally sold in as part of the Model Team series. All of these sets used a generous amount of both Technic and System pieces to replicate numerous highly detailed vehicles, mostly trucks and racing automobiles. Although I was but a wee kid playing with his Duplo when these sets were available instructioons in some cases non-existentin retrospect I think that these sets were some of the best that LEGO has ever made.

I admire the beautiful details found especially on the trucks, as well as the seamless integration of both Technic and System into these sets. I wish we had something like this today.

Indeed this is a re-released set, however there instrucfions some differences between the Hot Rod and the Blue Fury. I will point these differences out along the way. Now it’s time to hit the road.

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Credit goes to Peeron. It certainly lacks all the pomp and flair that you’d find on box art today. Its uneventful design wouldn’t make it all that attractive for kids, but in this case it’s alright – this isn’t really a set for younger kids anyway. The art screams 90s These instructions are unique in that they display photos for both the main model as well as the alternate model on the front. Nevertheless, the design is actually identical to the instructions for the Blue Fury, only that these indicate the Legends series on top instead of Model Team.

It’s rather plain, but I like that in this case – it’s nice to get a break from all the CGI imagery today and just enjoy the simplicity here.

An overhead picture of the instructiosn smack-dab in the middle of the booklet? Great way to showcase all of the nice features this roadster has. The instructions for the alternate model are conveniently located in the latter half of the booklet.

As you istructions probably tell, the insets for the axle length guidelines are slightly different than what modern sets have. All of the guidelines are located in the very beginning of the instructions as opposed instructiins being located wherever an axle is needed during construction. A well seasoned builder would be able to tell apart the lengths by sight, but this can understandably be a minor inconvenience for someone who is not as well acquainted with Technic elements.

I like how the graph paper background gives the instructions that “engineer’s blueprint” feel, but at the same time it’s a little difficult to make out the numbers from afar.

Some wonderful shots of the vehicle. Believe it or not, there is not a single advertisement in this booklet – just these great photos. These stickers are the transparent kind, meaning only one thing Applying them is always a pain as with any sticker, but I’ve found them easier to remove than the ones on regular paper.


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The designs are all basic, and do well to act as the finishing touches to the Hot Rod. Find anything peculiar with the license plate number?

Many basic pieces to drool over here. Some of these grey and black pieces will be used to supplement the primary elgo color scheme, while the rest are just used for the base of the model. The Hot Rod was released inwhich was right after the LEGO Group had decided to change the light grey, dark grey, and brown color hues on their palette. While the original Blue Fury had the old “light grey” colored pieces, its counterpart from the future was released with the new “light bluish grey” colors.

This is the major difference between both ’95 and ’04 editions of this set, and I will give this topic credit for shedding some light on this to me.

The main attraction here is the copious amount of arch pieces for all the sleek curves on the Hot Rod. It’s interesting to note how a significant number of pieces in this set consist of just basic plates, and how these smaller pieces add to the fine gradient levels and details on the finished product. Forget about the Technic pieces and just adore that chrome!

Actually, there is one Technic piece worth mentioning. This universal joint is the little bit of magic that makes the driving mechanism work so smoothly – you’ll see! As mentioned before, the arch pieces are wonderful to have in high amounts. We certainly cannot forget about those sweet macaroni elements.

Very reminiscent of 20th century sets, the printed slopes with odometer and button patterns are cool details for any vehicle. Last and best of all, the shiny chrome which thankfully hasn’t gotten chipped away over the past few years.

With a total of twelve chrome colored pieces, the Hot Rod clearly has one of the highest number of chrome pieces out of any LEGO set. Designed for an older age demographic, it’s needless to say that the build will be more challenging than your typical set. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully as there are an ample amount of pieces called for in each step. The instructions at one point even call for 30 pieces in just one step.

I won’t call this a quick build with respect to the overall time it takes to build the set, but you’ll be able to see here how much the build progresses with just a few steps. We’re already halfway through the build at this point, and the foundations for the steering mechanism have been set in place.

The shape of the vehicle starts to come together, particularly in the back. Inatructions to our universal joint and some clever work with hinge bricks, the steering mechanism is installed snugly into the model. As neat as it is to see the engineering behind it, it’s all covered up with an equally neat engine.

The finishing touches are added isn’t that always the best part of the build? And now for the unveiling Out of all the LEGO sets I’ve built, this must be one of the select few sets that really gives that “wow” feeling after completion. In general, the designers did a great job with replicating a retro style that fits in with the designs of real world hot rods that you would see at car shows. As far as I know, this isn’t a model of a particular automobile, but instead one of LEGO’s original designs.

It does however bear a semi-close resemblance to the T-bucket which is based off of the Ford Model T. I love looking at this thing from the side. The way it slants towards the front gives it a risky, edgy persona that goes with its robust design.


Stickers do actually improve the appearance here, I think – the font that ‘Hot Rod’ is instructins in is evocative of a lot of counterculture artwork in the 60s. It seems like the perfect ride for rebellious youngsters back then. The colors and design are certainly remindful of American culture in the days of the greasers, although actual hot rods do typically tend to be American cars for the most part.

This is a rather clever integration of the mini-ladder pieces into the grille. So seamless inshructions I didn’t instfuctions notice it at first! There’s not too much leeway to work with, but the chrome light reflectors would look even cooler if there were LED lights attached to them. The trunk is rather small, but I think a large trunk would be unnecessary anyway. The rear view also shows how thick the rear tires are – those are actually two of them placed adjacently to each other!

I can just imagine the skid marks this would leave on the road. Another difference from the original model to point out. The funny thing is that the instructions indicate to use the bushes with teeth, which implies that they probably weren’t updated.

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Not that it’s significant. And the last alteration can be seen here. The hinges used in the new version are those of the locking variety, while the older one used a regular hinge that can be moved freely. While we’re at it, you can also take a peek inside that tiny trunk that can maybe hold a few bricks at best. Complete control of this baby right at instruction fingertips! The steering wheel isn’t just there for decoration like most LEGO cars, but jnstructions one will actually Taking into account that this is a one seater, I think it’d make more sense to have the steering wheel located in the nistructions.

And here we have this flamboyant red chair that stands out in all the blue. Luxury seating for a radical ride. If nothing else screams ‘hot rod’ to you, then surely this must. The exposed V8 engine is quite iconic of many hot rods, and I think the designers nailed its general shape.

It also cleverly covers up the driving mechanism, which isn’t obtrusive in and of itself. That’s what I like so much about the design of this set – a functional element that doesn’t leyo an awful lot of room and doesn’t compromise aesthetics for play. I’ve obsessed about the chrome enough already, but hey, how many LEGO sets do have shiny details like this? Salvaging fences to use as the windshield?

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Now that is customization! There are also windshield wipers, even though it would seriously stink if it rained without the protection of a retractable roof, which I think is represented by the black section in the back.

It’s alright if you didn’t get it before – it was only until I did this review seven years after I received this set that I finally realized that “MT ” was a tribute to the Blue Fury! The arch bricks partially covering the rear wheels help add a little width to the vehicle. I like how the antenna is secured onto the arch with a clip, making it just about impossible to accidentally knock off. Just like in real cars, the Hot Rod uses a rack and pinion mechanism for steering.

The engine has been removed for viewing purposes. The alternate model is some kind of street racer. For an alternate build, it’s actually very nice. The side walls aren’t very high, so maybe this can pass off as some kind of oversize go-kart too?