Off-Road Buggy is LEGO set 42124-1. It has a score of 84. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 1 reviews, based on 3 scored reviews and 6 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 32.94% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2021, and it is categorised in Technic.
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The model itself is fine. It's fast, and tough enough to do what it's supposed to. It looks cool, it's a great take on a LEGO RC buggy. This model falls flat on its control scheme through the app. As others have stated, it uses single stick control for speed, direction and steering. I have never seen a RC car of any kind that uses single stick controls like this one does. This is a fast RC buggy that demands twin stick controls to properly enjoy. It is frustrating to the nth degree to even try to pilot this model down the hallway and back. LEGO, please update the controls to twin stick so we can really enjoy this model. Otherwise, it's just a frustrating pile of LEGOs that will more than likely get repurposed into other models.
It's not perfect, but as a replication of an RC car, many things are passable. The colors are striking, and the angles/shaping of the car really lend themselves well to form as well as function. In my opinion, it is certainly more pleasing and "fun" to look at than the messy Top Gear car, and I love that it embraces such a wild design instead of going for realism.
I do really like this set: it looks great and the new tyres and other parts are fantastic. On a technical level, the app works fine and perhaps for smaller fingers the virtual controller would be adequate.
App-controlled vehicles are not cheap and consideration to the budget is important when picking up something like this. In comparison to buying the hub and motors separately, then, 42124 Off-Road Buggy offers immediate, clear value. And then, once the Technic set is built, six AA batteries (bought separately) are put in and it's whirring around the house in combat with the cat, there's no glancing at the receipt. This is absorbing fun, dynamic play and a great-looking model to build. Cheaper than the last two most comparable app-controlled Technic vehicles to have come out, 42124 Off-Road Buggy may not have as many of the functions, but is easily more immediately enjoyable, as it has been designed to be.
I certainly had a great time playing with it and I'm really happy to be able to try out the new beams and tyres. I still feel the set is a little on the expensive side, but I certainly do like it.