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42055-1

Bucket Wheel Excavator

Bucket Wheel Excavator is LEGO set 42055-1. It has a score of 81. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 1 reviews, based on 6 scored reviews and 11 reviews total. It is ranked in the bottom 49.66% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2016, and it is categorised in Technic.

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42055-1 Bucket Wheel Excavator

Review breakdown

Scored reviews

Brickset 4.75 / 5 → 95 / 100

LEGO 4.55 / 5 → 91 / 100

amazon.com 4.5 / 5 → 90 / 100

Sariel's LEGO Workshop 4 / 5 → 80 / 100

Sariel's LEGO Workshop 4 / 5 → 80 / 100

Brick Fanatics 2.5 / 5 → 50 / 100

Unscored reviews

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Recommendations

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This set is average compared to all other sets. Read more about the ratings distribution chart here.

Compared to other 2016 sets

Rating

Average score for 2016 is 85.22. This set has 81, which is worse.

Price per part (PPP)

Average PPP for 2016 is 0.23. PPP for this set is 0.07, which is better.

Set information

Set ID: 42055-1
Name: Bucket Wheel Excavator
Parts: 3929
Retail price (USD): 279.99
Price Per Part (USD): 0.07

2016 Technic

Brickset LEGO Amazon

Brickset

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Recommendation: yes average 4.75 / 5 from 4 reviews

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LEGO

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Recommendation: meh average 4.55 / 5 from 92 reviews

After spending hours on the internet to find which set should I buy I found 42055 BWE. At first I wasn't impressed with it as there is a small amount of Power Functions here. BUT... don't be decevied, the mechanism you build is very sophisticated and it gives you so much fun! It was my first set in a while and I bought it as a dream come true (when I was young I wanted to have those big sets but always got small ones). As for the build itself; I don't have much experience with Lego Technic but if you carefully build and always check if the gears can move freely you will have no problems with the end result. A must have!

This score from LEGO is an aggregate of 92 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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amazon.com

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Recommendation: meh average 4.5 / 5 from 133 reviews

I bought this for my husband for Christmas and he loved it. Awesome looking and it arrived very quickly.

This score from amazon.com is an aggregate of 133 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Sariel's LEGO Workshop

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Recommendation: meh average 4 / 5 by Paweł Kmieć

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Recommendation: meh average 4 / 5 by Paweł Kmieć

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Brick Fanatics

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Recommendation: no bad 2.5 / 5 by David

Die-hard Technic fans will ignore all the criticisms and have probably not only bought this already but will be working on modifications and improvements to solve some of the issues we've talked about. But for those who are wavering… £180 is a lot of money to spend on a set that has limited play value, is awkward to put on show due to its size, and struggles to carry out the functions for which it's designed.

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New Elementary

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by caperberry

It is a fascinating and in some ways unusual build, resulting in a truly giant piece of mining equipment. Aside from the various functions I have described throughout this review there are a lot of fulfilling play features, including the addition of the white mining truck. However the main function, the scooping and transportation of dirt, only works well if you give it a hand; the bucket-wheel does not always move in a constant fashion and is jerky. Like the real thing, most of the other motorised functions are sluggish to the extreme but this merely emphasises the physical limits of how big a LEGO Technic set can become. Indeed, perhaps 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator stretches the boundaries of what is possible with axles, gears and beams.

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by Huw

It's a great set to build and to behold but its operation lets it down a bit. Also, its size -- while impressive -- will make it difficult for many people, myself included, to display. It's not something you could take into work and put on your desk, for example! I am therefore not able to wholeheartedly recommend this set: Personally I think it's pushing the boundaries of what's possible with Technic, particularly the Power Functions system, a bit too far and the model has suffered as a result.

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by Huw

If the 'rocks' were LEGO footballs and 1x1 spheres (which don't exist) I am sure it would work perfectly, but as it is, yes, it works, but not without problems. Nevertheless it's a very interesting machine to construct and operate and if you have the opportunity to build it for yourself I encourage you to so do. Perhaps you'll come up with some fixes for the other issues... [Editor's note: This review is for the alternate model.]

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Rebrickable

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by TobyMac

Get this set! It's a great model with lots of play features. And if you don't like the model, you will get a lot of good rebrickable parts.

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Eurobricks

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by Blakbird

What can I say other than to utter lots of superlatives? This is the biggest Technic model ever in terms of dimensions and in terms of parts. It's complexity is right up there with the best, it works great, and it is a wonderful parts pack. Yes it costs a lot, but if you were starting a Technic collection from scratch this one model would provide everything you need for years of building (except, strangely, wheels).

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