The 42053 Volvo EW 160E is one of the three new Technic sets being released in the second half of 2016. It is also based on the pneumatic system v2 which don't come along too often.

There have not been too many pneumatic sets released, and this is only the third one I've owned. It is an interesting system and very different from all the other LEGO mechanics. The recent sets 42043 Mercedes Benz Arocs and 42008 Service Truck both came with Power Functions in addition to the Pneumatics. The 42053 Volvo however leaves out the Power Functions as an optional extra, although it does have comprehensive instructions for how to integrate them.

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The LEGO Group kindly sent me a pre-release copy of the LEGO 42008 Service Truck Technic set to play with review. This is actually my first pneumatic set since my 8851 Excavator when I was a kid, and I was very keen to see how things have progressed since 1984!

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