LEGO Creator Harley-Davidson Fat Boy review! 10269

LEGO Creator Harley-Davidson Fat Boy review! 10269


hello everyone this is the Lego creator
expert Harley Davidson Fatboy now I need to admit right from the start that I am
NOT a motorcycle guy however I think I can give you a decent overview of this
model regardless at least I’ll try I want to start with something simple and
fundamental how much does this look like the source material the thing that it’s
supposed to be this is a picture in the instruction manual of the exact model
that this is supposed to replicate just in a different color scheme and at first
glance I’d say that’s pretty dang good now I’d say that’s really dang good and
it doesn’t matter how close or how far away you get the look is there as a
matter of fact from many angles if you’re not right on top of the thing
you’d be forgiven for not recognising that it’s made of Lego at all in terms
of size the official measurement from tip to tip is about 13 inches or 34
centimeters so if we look at this in relation to a standard Lego minifigure
it’s pretty big but it’s not huge and on first impression to me it doesn’t look
like a $100 model of Lego it doesn’t look large enough to be worth a hundred
bucks however this is made from over a thousand pieces so the value on paper is
pretty good and even I as a non motorcycle guy very much enjoyed putting
this together not just as a model but being able to recognize a lot of the
motorcycle stuff you know a lot of the mechanical stuff that’s built into it
and the way that a lot of stuff is is made is actually constructed is
enjoyable to behold in my opinion the most important thing here and probably
my favorite part of the whole model is the engine which has moving Pistons
inside and a working crankshaft and it’s all a custom build it does not use the
traditional kind of prefab LEGO Technic cylinders and pistons it’s all built up
kind of from scratch but you’re not able to appreciate that unfortunately from
the outside so when I rotate the rear tire you
this chain here and it’s actually rotating a gear train down inside there
and you can see a couple of the gears moving but that’s about it for exposed
mechanical goings on this computer generated full cutaway image on the back
of the box shows you what all you’re missing so this is all fully custom
built up in there with the con rods and pistons themselves which are actually
made from large spools that are intended to be used with with winches with string
going around them but they fit inside of custom-made or custom built up cylinder
heads and look at those heads I mean that’s a lot of pieces stacked up
vertically yet the whole mechanism is pretty smooth the pistons do not get
caught in there they they move back and forth and everything is just nicely
aligned and it works personally not everything is hidden away
you know a lot of the details that you build up are things that you can
appreciate from many distances you can even change the angle a little bit of
your shifter this is pretty solid the footrest there got the clutch cover some
people will probably complain that this doesn’t have a belt you know it should
be a belt drive for the actual proper full-on drive to the to the rear wheel
but the belts on these things are actually pretty narrow in real life and
I think this looks pretty smooth this this chain that Lego used here is about
the right set of proportions I think at least amongst parts that they have and
it looks pretty proper it would be nice to have a little bit of a cover over it
but I think it’s actually pretty good I also love the rear tire look at how wide
that thing is it’s a new tire that they built and they also did a new tire for
the front that we’ll see in a minute but what’s so cool what’s most cool about
this to me and how its built is that this actually uses two front wheels side
by side to make up the extra thickness so they didn’t make a second wheel and I
think that’s just awesome it’s it’s Lego you know it’s perfect Lego just putting
different pieces together to make other thing
I love how that works out I think the shaping of the exhaust here looks really
good although if you recognize these tips as trash cans that are barrels at
the least it’s difficult to unsee that I think it’s a little bit more obvious
even where those are used on the front fork so we’ll get to very shortly over
on this side you’ve got a couple of stickers that are used so this is
representing one specific version of there I think it’s their newest engine
design which I did have to look up and interestingly this engine this family of
engines uses eight eight valves per engine four valves per cylinder which is
why they call it the Milwaukee eight it’s actually listed down there on this
little chrome writing on the sticker but only one single camshaft
so really the pushrod tubes should all taper together that’s one thing that’s a
little bit a little bit off here one camshaft in particular for that to run
that many valves is is surprising that kind of blew my mind when I when I saw
that detail but I appreciate the fact that there are pushrod tubes back here
and that there’s nothing custom man you know they didn’t come up with any custom
designed molds for any of this it’s all proper Lego building here so I think
this is actually set up pretty nicely I think that it looks pretty good and over
here you got your no break and you can angle that just a little bit I have this
right now on a stand we can take it off but for the moment I want to leave it on
just for the sake of convenience for display it’s not really attached very
well there but it’s it’s well enough it holds it in a nice vertical position for
the sake of display but there is a kickstand that you can throw out on the
other side and I’ll show you what that looks like so here’s the front wheel
with the different tire so it’s got the narrower or a tire but this is the width
that you get from using just one single one of those wheels and there’s another
one of those garbage can pieces used they’re really nice fender it’s built in
two sub assemblies but you don’t really see the gap for
most angles it just looks like it’s in shadow when in fact there’s actually a
gap there that you can see from just some specific angles
I think the shaping there is pretty nice the overall shaping for the front end is
pretty good but the forks are a bit thick I don’t know how they could have
made them thinner without making them too thin I really like the shaping also
around this headlight housing I think this actually could have used a printed
piece they have a specific signature shape for their their headlight it’s
actually an LED driven unit on the new ones but I think that again from a
distance from any reasonable distance you recognize what this is supposed to
be it’s just not one of the strong points probably the weakest thing in
terms of how this looks relative to the real thing is this area right here right
around the the shoulders and the eye of it the handlebars are shaped up nicely
lots of good small details I appreciate the fact that you you know actually
build up all these smaller things individually got the little brake lever
over here which is a little bit small overall it could have been a little bit
larger but I do I do think that the overall construction here makes sense
and you have the indicators there also the mirrors use some some chrome
stickers so each one has a chrome just plain chrome there there’s a single
sticker sheet for the entire thing but you can change the angles of those a bit
and looking up from the top the speedo has a sticker on it of course and then
there are just a couple other stickers going down the center there the build of
the tank is very nice the shaping is pretty good this actually does use
prints for the side and they actually created two different prints because
just one would not do to do that correctly so that’s definitely a good
thing anytime they do prints it’s very much appreciated by pretty much
everybody versus stickers the shaping of the seat
is actually pretty nice it’s it’s built with a couple of different May
your assemblies this is built at an angle this is pretty much built studs
just in normal configuration straight up and that brings us back to the tail to
the rear fender which is also pretty smooth it has slightly sharp shines
around the edges but it doesn’t bug me I think that the the color is maybe some
colors would show that a little bit more strongly but just as it is I think it I
think it looks smooth enough and rounded enough and then at the rear most point
on the whole thing I have the license plate there which normally with LEGO
sets would have a reference to the designers name or at least to the set
number but in this case it was Harley Davidson that actually decided on
exactly what to put on the on the license plate there and I think I think
the company actually had a lot of input into specifics of this you know they
chose a recent bike rather than an older possibly more or iconic version because
they want to tie into you know something that people who might get inspired by
this could actually buy today and they also want to show off their a newer
engine design and everything I don’t think I showed you the radiator there
just a little bit on the small side I guess the motor itself overall is a
little bit small in size visually relative to the rest of the frame but
again it’s not bad in my opinion and then let me show you what this looks
like with the stand removed so your kickstand just comes out right here it’s
just on a single swivel that is perpendicular to the ground and just
leans over nicely like so it’s not the most secure thing it has a little bit of
flex in it but it does its job it works and there’s just a look at the angle at
which the whole thing leans when it’s on that stand I think it’s a little bit
exaggerated I think the lean is a little bit much but it’s not too far off from
reality if there’s one thing that I don’t like about this model one thing
that disappoints me it’s the suspension or rather the lack
thereof there is none you know this is a soft tail
it’s a modern bike it’s a soft tail bike that’s one of their major little sub
brands almost it’s it’s it’s something that the company harley-davidson is
proud of and they reference quite frequently and there’s just no
suspension movement here whatsoever they have a suggestion of the shock adjuster
off on the side and the real thing has a single shock for the rear but there is
not even any flex so they have that that hard tail look which is proper which is
simulated on the real thing as well but there is no moving swing section to it I
think that having no suspension is completely forgivable on the front
because that would just be so difficult to pull off without custom specially
designed pieces there especially with the forks being as thick as they are at
this scale but at the rear again I’m not a motorcycle guy but I am a suspension
guy so I really want to be able to do this and I kind of can’t all I’m doing
is flexing the entire frame and the tire a little bit and then this is something
that I just had to do because it’s a bike and bike needs a writer and I chose
Darth Vader in particular because it’s a really really large figures a pretty
large scaled bike and more of the normal sized figures that they’ve made in the
past like the stormtroopers stuff like that just wouldn’t quite fit even at
this I had to add on a small piece at the at each of the hips or each side of
the hips to lengthen the upper legs just a bit but gosh it would be nice if they
made a proper rider for this bike it would just make it more of a toy because
honestly as it is right now it’s not much of a toy you know you can’t really
ride a bike around without a rider and this just doesn’t have enough going on
with it but but invader on there really completes the package here are the
leftover spare parts for the set and what stands out to me the most is the
red color for the half round one by one tile at the end of the day
this is a good set in my opinion very enjoyable to put together but the whole
thing is not without its flaws chief among them being the fact that you can’t
see and appreciate the very nice fully custom built up engine mechanics
mechanicals inside of there once you’ve finished the model when you build it you
get it you’ll like it but once it’s done I mean even adult collectors want to be
able to show this to a friend or family member
visiting or whatever and you know spin the rear tire and show look look the
pistons go up and down but you can’t do that you know it’s it’s not play value
is not always just about kids certainly kids can appreciate stuff like that and
they can they can learn from it as well but us old folks like things that move
and do things in models as well and the fact that that stuff is there is
fantastic the fact that it actually works well is even better more the fact
that you can’t see it can’t appreciate it afterwards can’t share that with
others it’s kind of a drag and you know they encountered the exact same thing
with their large Technic only models of cars where they have these great working
engines and transmissions everything and once it’s all put together you just
never see it again also right there that one piece is not
pushed on not connected all the way so the box is there for failure in terms of
value like I said actually pretty early on in the video on paper the value is
there the price part ratio is fantastic especially for something that has a new
very large mold actually three new very large molded pieces and it also has some
specialized prints and it doesn’t have too many tiny tiny pieces so definitely
the value is is there in terms of the parts that go into making this the some
of those parts though is very compact you know it’s very dense and it’s not
large on the outside so again it’s easy to look at this as a complete
model and not really see $100 us of value there especially when you can’t
see the the nice working internals of the engine and it doesn’t have working
suspension or anything like that you know it doesn’t have stuff that you can
appreciate from the outside to really get that value in to feel that value you
have to go through the building process and the more removed you are from the
building process I think the less you can appreciate the value that is here if
you do want to see how this all goes together including the nice stuff inside
the cylinders you can check out my full real-time pure build which has nothing
cut out of it and just the plain sounds of pieces going together or you can
watch the speed build version which is the same footage just sped up quite a
bit so you can see it much more quickly rather than just having something really
running for a long time in the background and the speed build also has
a little bit of music to go with it thank you very much for stopping by
check out one of the builds if you’d like to I’ll talk to you soon

100 thoughts on “LEGO Creator Harley-Davidson Fat Boy review! 10269

  1. One thing I failed to address in this video is the grey color, which a lot of people have suggested should be chrome. While a chrome finish may have been nice & fancy, it would have been prohibitively expensive for as many parts as need the treatment, plus the real bike has mostly "satin finish" parts, not shiny. Regular molded silver would probably have been a better choice and the best compromise, and they surely decided against it due to the number of parts they'd need to recolor for this one specific model. The fact that the color issue didn't come up in the video is a reflection of how little the grey actually bothers me in person, though.

  2. Jang, something to consider is to rate the set you are reviewing out of 10 after every video. No criticism, I just think that a lot of viewers would like that.

  3. Jang, I believe that whenever a licenced brand is made as a LEGO set, the excessive price is due to the licence to use the brand name. I'm certain HD recieve an agreed percentage of the income from each set sold, boosting the MSRP/RRP.

  4. It looks a little like chrome on the box. I think the weird lighting is intentional. I'd call it false advertising.

  5. if any LEGO fans are into the Sons of Anarchy series like i am, this set will attract them to buying it

  6. I love the look of this. Considering a own one, I’ll definitely be out this up! But I might paint the gray chrome. I know that’s a taboo with lego, but I think it will look great once done.

  7. This year’s Creator Expert sets have all been a hit with me at least. Let’s hope the Winter Village set is too!

  8. Are these stickers? Is the harley davidson logo seriously a sticker??
    How can a company a successful as lego be so cheap in there production? And how can a company as powerful as Harley Davidson approve on sich lousy design decisions
    Terrible…

  9. I do like this set, but I had rather see them leave the moving pistons out completely and instead spend those bucks on prints instead of stickers.

  10. As a Harley Rider and a Lego enthusiast (wonder how many people love both) I have to say it’s an awesome model hard to see how they could have done it better. The only gripe I have is that there should have been more chrome or silver pieces the grey parts just grate on me. In my opinion as it would have been mega expensive to do chrome pieces then they could have made a model of an Iron 883 which has a better colour scheme which Lego could easily replicate. All in all it’s on my wish list 👍🏻

  11. 100$ and they still cheap out with stickers over printed pieces? Creativity hampered by LEGO being simultaneously lazy and greedy, something that is way too common with the brick these days…

  12. Later in the video when you were mentioning that the piston movement is hidden in the cylinder heads, I think there was an opportunity to show the window on the bottom which at least lets you see the cranking of the pistons. I think this somewhat makes up for not being able to see the pistons directly, so it doesn't get docked as many points for that from me.

  13. I'm glad you have addressed the lack of chromed pieces, I agree probably too expensive and Lego seems to have moved away from the chrome finish (shame) but I do think they should have at the very least used the new silver finish….. as sung by the late great Lemmy in the hawkwind song " I… I took a ride…on my silver machine… an' I'm still feelin' mean…" ps absolutely love your reviews you are passionate, informative and a pleasure to watch. Keep posting and we'll keep watching from two big fans from over the pond in Liverpool

  14. I supposed to be going to the Harley museum later this year so I'm hoping I can see something like this there!

  15. I wonder if they'll consider doing modern sports bikes in the future like the BMW 1000rr or Kawasaki ninja h2r. The last couple of years have seen great real vehicle releases by Lego.

  16. There’s a company that chromes bricks. Just send off the engine block, exhaust, forks… well 2/3’s of the bike really lol

  17. Nice video. Have you ever thought about doing LEGO stop motion? There are tons of tutorials on YouTube to get you started.

  18. Thanks for another awesome and honest review, Jang! I love the view of the set from a non motorcycle enthusiast. Keep up the good work.

  19. I believe this is the first time that Lego has made a Harley-Davidson motorcycle! I'm sure adult fans will have a field day with this one, cool review, Jang!

  20. JANG, you should do a full collection video on all the large-scale, brick-built vehicles from LEGO Creator Expert.

  21. Great review Jang!

    I'd love to see some reviews of old theme sets, maybe from around the turn of the century… I just think a series where you look at those kind of 'Alpha Team' or 'Orient Expedition' sets (or some other old theme!) and compare them to today. The Orient Expedition sets I think would be especially interesting, because I remember many of those sets having awesome play features that I think could actually hold up very well to todays standards, and each set also came with a few cards or even board pieces that could be used in combination with other sets from the series to play a huge game- I think it'd be super cool to hear your (highly sought after) opinion on those kind of older themes!

    I equally get that this could be unlikely given the amount of time it must currently take you to build and review such a large portion of the newly released stuff from LEGO, not to mention work on your city or even moderate comments… but still- if one day you for some reason wanted to do a different type of series, this is what I'd love to see from one of your channels!

  22. For me personally, I'm actually cool with not being able to see the pistons. Like, it would honestly be fine for me to just know they're in there, and that they're moving, that I can think something like, "to think, there're moving pistons in there and no one can see them, but they're in there out of respect for the real thing." It's almost cooler to me than having them visible. But that's my personal opinion.

  23. It's so ugly. Both in the pic and the LEGO version. Keep in mind, I ride. All bikes. But Harleys have gone backwards.

  24. The shoulders/eye bother me way too much and distract from the overall design, but actually posing a rider on the bike made it much less noticeable

  25. 14:45 I always notice those mistakes! Every time I go to our local Lego Store I go like "these dudes didn't properly assemble that model! There's one piece at a wrong angle! 😠"

  26. ~ fat boy ah yeah ~

    Like you mentioned in the pinned comment – the grey color is the only thing that really bothers me. The bike looks fantastic.

  27. After a quick look at the build video and a little search on bricklink, I think it might me possible to build modified bike with (one side) of the cylinders from trans clear plates. While these would not show very clearly what is inside, they would show the movement of the cylinders.

    However, knowing what's inside might be enough for some people…

  28. there are actually four new molds in this set, the fourth is the grey double bevel gear on the outside of the engine which is used in several of the fall technic sets

  29. Most of the Lego cars have similar issues; I build up the gear boxes and motors and can't see a darn thing in it! I agree, it is cool to build….but annoying.

  30. Hey, really great review, but I have to call out the background music's volume. It's just at a strange level that at first I wasn't sure if it was coming from the video or from the background. Then for the rest of the video I found it quite irritating as it was just noticeable, but not enough to hear properly.
    So I would recommend to either leave it completely, or bring it up a notch.

  31. The look may be there – the chrome surely isn't.
    I would really have preferred my own dream-Harley: a classic HD Electra Glide in blue

  32. 1. Bashing together your own rider from buildable figure parts shouldn't be a problem
    2. Do you see moving pistons on a real bike? Then why should you on a model? It's not technic after all

  33. It's good, but I hate the front forks: their thickness throws off all of the bike's proportions. It makes it look short and stubby, and, like Jang said, it makes the engine look too small (it isn't: the engine is correct, just the forks are throwing it off). When Jang lined it up with the reference photo at the start you can see that the length of the bike, and most of its elements are the correct size, but your eye keeps getting tricked by the overly large front. I would have preferred that the forks be too thin (just a series of technic double ended connectors would have been fine).

  34. Grate review! Im still not convinced to this model, front suspension is sooo thic! Its bugging me since i saw early pictures.

  35. Hey Jang awesome review as always, cool you used DV to ride the Harley, how and which lego brick did you use to make DV fit the bike

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