Image 1: LEGO® Technic designer Aurelien Rouffiange with the 2015 Arctic Truck (42038)
What was the inspiration behind the 42038 Arctic Truck?
Since I was a kid, I have always loved reading about explorers and scientific discoveries. So much of our planet is covered in water and ice, and we have only explored a fraction of these big parts of our planet. The appeal of mystery in exploration is universal, I think. And polar researchers have the coolest equipment! I was inspired by two of the biggest polar vehicle types - a heavy-duty transporter and a tracked snow cat.
The result is a classic, futuristic-looking model of a vehicle that has to work in the harshest regions in the world. It has triangular tracks for all terrain transportation, a big rear bay and rotating crane for loading and unloading cargo and geological samples, and a huge cockpit with room for three scientists. There’s an antenna, because you need satellite communication, and on the dashboard, you can see the scanner and radar that help scientists navigate in extreme temperatures and altitudes.
The chassis is quite classic, and it is very similar when you rebuild the truck into the alternative model, a serious Tracked Pick up Truck. The Pick up has a crane for loading or unloading cargo, maneuvering on ice, rescue operations, or attaching or detaching the mobile antenna mounted on the rear. Both models have so much play value in their own way.
One of the first LEGO Technic models I got was the 8858 Rebel Wrecker (from 1994). I loved it! It was built for extreme adventure. I saw a chance to pay tribute to my coolest childhood toy vehicle, and that’s what inspired the design for the alternative model.
The logo and decorations were inspired by early real life polar expeditions. I’m French, and France has a history of Antarctic expeditions that goes back more than 200 years. This was my humble way of contributing to these polar expeditions, hehe!