Theme: Creator Expert
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AU $159.99
2019 saw two very strong large scale vehicle sets – 10265 Ford Mustang, and this one – the Fat Boy. Both are iconic American brands, but does the Harley size up to the perfection that was the Mustang?
Inside the box are a separate bag with the tyres and rims, seven numbered bags across four stages, a sticker sheet with nine stickers, and an instruction booklet. This set features a couple of brand new elements, mainly in the three solid rims and fat boy rear tyre. There’s also a bunch of items in new colours. There’s quite a few that appear for the first time in dark red, and also a few in light bluish grey, such as the barrels used at the ends of the exhaust pipes.
The instructions, as is customary with IP sets, begins with a brief history of Harley-Davidson, including a double page timeline of key moments in the company’s history. There’s also a page on the Fat Boy, and a brief section from Mike Psiaki, the LEGO designer of the set, before lauching into the build itself.
The first bag is dedicated to the engine, framework and piston mechanism. It looks very interesting with the two large piston heads in interspersed colours. they look fantastic when completed. Additional Technic framework is added in the second stage, with a little bit of hidden colour, followed by the fat rear tyre being added. The mounting point for the front fork, and the dark red rear guard is also built. It’s finally starting to look like a Fat Boy! It’s interesting to note that the rear fender, without the light grey braces on the outside, would rest on the tyre. It hovers just over it. I thought I did something wrong at the start, but as you progress and the braces are added, it lifts up slightly.
Also in bag two is the chain. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these little chains! It certainly brought back a lot of memories of a certain Technic dirt bike I had as a kid.
Bag three adds in the fuel tank and the seat. These sweeping curves are beautiful, in both the seat and the tank. There’s also a slight offset in the Technic pins used to connect the fuel tanks (and hide the bright bricks) which is clever.
The last bag creates the front forks, mudguard, tyre and handlebars. It all starts with the mudguard, with the fork being added using a three-way axle connector. The forks are added backwards, exposing the bottoms of the bricks to attach the headlight. It’s really well thought out. Lastly, the handlebars are built separately and clipped into place. They’re rather skinny and feel flimsy, but they hold in place well enough.
The final result is stunning. My wife described it as smooth, and she’s right. It’s a very sleek build, with very few visible studs. The drive train works well, rotating through as the rear tyre turns. For motorbike fans, this is a must have set. If you’re a fan of the large scale vehicles, this will be a bit different, but the build process may teach you a thing or two.
The bike can roll, steer, and even sit on it’s in built kick-stand (although at a serious lean). If you want to display it standing straight, simply mount it on the unobtrusive brick-built stand and it will stay put. The pops of colour in the dark red really stand out. It’s an eye-catching display piece, and looks fantastic when compared to the actual bike.
If I have to be nit-picky, there are a couple of things. Surprisingly, there’s a typo on one of the stickers – spelling Milwaukee wrong. Also, there’s no way to see the pistons move, aside from turning the bike upside down and seeing the bottom of the mechanism. It would have been good to have a little door or window to the side.
There’s been a few large scale motorbikes over the years, but this one is something else. We’ve also seen a Harley-Davidson before, although it was very different, going back to 1976! This set is beautiful to look at and a lot of fun to build.
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 20/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 9/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.