The box contains:
- 8 x unnumbered bags of parts.
- 4 x 56 x 28 Tyres.
- 2 x instruction booklets (just for the A-Model).
- 1 x Sticker sheet
See the full inventory of 607 parts.
The 8041 set was released in 2010 (during my dark ages!), and presumably was popular enough to warrant releasing again. According to the Rebrickable ownership stats, it only ranks about 630th in terms of number of users who own the set, so doesn't indicate it was terribly popular.
Does anyone else have any ideas as to why it's being re-released?
We can use Rebrickable to compare 42041 vs 8041 to see if it is the exact same set. It turns out there are some very slight differences.
- 2854 originally came in Dark Bluish Gray up until 2012, at which point it switched to Tan.
- 8041 came with 41896 (Wheel with 3 pinholes), but 42041 comes with 56908 (Wheel with 6 pinholes).
- The inventories indicate that 8041 came with 30367b 2x2 Dome with the blocked open stud (I can't verify this), but 42041 comes with 30367c with the hollow/recessed stud.
- Part 32269 20-Tooth Bevel Gear has also been replaced by a slightly newer mold variant in 18575.
The base framework for the truck is actually pretty thin - just a single layer of technic beams. The rear axle with differential and front steering with the usual HOG connection is added, and of course the obligatory V8 engine.
The rest of the truck is made up mainly from panels. The driver's seat is actually a blue mudguard panel (which looks pretty uncomfortable to me!). The front cabin is made to swing forward using a couple of technic beams connected as a hinge via friction pins so it holds in place ok.
The silver flexible hose used to connect to the engine needs to be cut (!) to size, a technique that has mostly been faded out in preference for providing the correct pre-cut lengths. The side panels and front and rear guard are added on giving the truck some depth.
I left the stickers to the end so you can see the difference they make. Since the stickers change the colors of the panels so dramatically, it's a bit hard to compare before and after. They definitely improve the look of the set in my opinion, but maybe that's just because I'm not really impressed with it's looks in the first place.
The front cabin swings forward after removing two locking pins. There's not much to see underneath though, and it reveals just how little framework there is keeping the truck together. The cabin doors can also open.
The B-Model is a race car and the images of it grabbed my attention more so than the truck, so I decided to build it.
The completed model is a little bit flimsy in places as there are insufficient left over parts to make the framework stronger. It mostly affects the rear of the car which hangs over the back wheels without connecting to anything.
I don't know why the 42041 Race Truck has been re-released, supposedly there was enough demand to justify it. I don't think LEGO do that too often. The set is ok, but doesn't really do much for me.
Personally, I prefer the B-Model to the Race Truck, a truck without a trailer just doesn't look right to me. I think the B-Model looks pretty good but is a bit flimsy in places.