Lego Technic 8068 Rescue Helicopter and Non-Rescue Helicopter – Year 2011

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By LEGO Technic October 19, 2011 00:24

Lego Technic 8068 Rescue Helicopter and Non-Rescue Helicopter – Year 2011

Lego Technic 8068 Rescue Helicopter is visually the nicest Technic helicopter released to date. The stickers make it look the part too. Composed of 408 parts, seems like a lot but many of them are pins and axles as it is a quite dense build and has substantial weight when finished. It's a small-medium model but the difficulty level is a bit higher from entry models and targets ages 9-16.  Included instructions cover both A and B models in detail and are easily to follow as the assembly has been broken down into many steps.

The A model resembles the great 1991 Whirlwind Rescue helicopter with similar functionality. The B model of Technic 8068 is another helicopter but  much lighter and less complicated  version leaving many parts unused. The main technical difference is the lack of landing gear compared to A model. Both A and B models use the winch system. As much as I love this model it always strikes me what Lego used for tail rotor in main model. I know it resembles modern real life rescue chopper but I would much prefer a proper propeller.

Still Technic 8068 Rescue Helicopter is a looker with it's modern lines and stickers add drama to the red and white theme. Functionality is limited to turning propellers (top and tail spun via knob on the side), hiding landing gear and rather basic rescue winch system plus opening sides of passenger area. Its quite a large model measuring 18 inches or 45 centimeters, certainly makes impression with lots of details.  The price is reasonable for the number of pieces in this set.

Its quite refreshing for  Lego lineup to include something that flies and the demand shows that Technic 8068 Rescue Helicopter is very popular. Price is reasonable for what you get in the set but it would be good to see something different than another/simpler helicopter as a second model. Also from the advanced user point of view the functionality is limited and the building process not challenging but kids seem to love it much, much more than adults and that's the main reason to highly recommend it!

Look at this Lego Technic 8068 Rescue Helicopter promo animation:

Here's what you can do with it in real life:

And this is what it looks like cleared for take-off with Lego Power Functions added, awesome:


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