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  1. Do we have to Pm? Our cities are no secret, are they? Lobberich is my home town.
  2. Name: 75894 - 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally and 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy Theme: Speed Champions Year: 2019 Parts: 481 Minifigs: 4 RRP: 44.99 GBP, 49.99 USD or 49.99€ Brickset / Bricklink / Shop@Home Speed Champions have reached the fourth year of existence with the new collection of 5 new sets in 2019. This one being the biggest and most expensive of them all. TLC’s official notes to this set: “Stage a classic vs. modern rally race with these cool LEGO® Speed Champions 75894 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally and 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy car toys! The 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally features a roof rack with 2 spare tires, just like the original car, while the 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy has suspension to drive over rough terrain. Play out exciting rally racing scenarios with 4 LEGO minifigures and a fully equipped pit stop station, including a buildable car jack stand, a mechanic's creeper, tool racks, assorted tools and computer screen elements. Includes 4 minifigures: Mini Cooper S Rally driver, MINI John Cooper Works Buggy rally driver, race marshal and a mechanic. The race-ready, buildable 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally features a minifigure cockpit, removable windshield, wheels with rubber tires, roof rack with 2 spare tires, racing colors, race-graphics stickers, translucent light-style elements and authentic design details. The speedy, buildable 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy features a minifigure cockpit, removable windshield, wheels with rubber tires, suspension, racing colors, race-graphics stickers, translucent light-style elements and authentic design details. Remove the windshields to place a minifigure in each car. Pit stop station features tool racks, a buildable car jack stand, 2 mobile opening tool cabinets, a mechanic's creeper with wheels and assorted elements including 2 TV screens, a ‘MINI' sign, trophy, gas can, camera, flag and various tools. Place a car on the jack stand and use the mechanic's creeper to check underneath. Accessory elements include a helmet for each driver and the race marshal’s cap and checkered flag. 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally toy car for kids measures over 2” (6cm) high, 3” (9cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide. 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy measures over 2” (7cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide. Pit stop station measures over 5” (13cm) high, 11” (30cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep.” I always wonder when reading the official information about sets, if less (words) wouldn’t be more (fun to read). It's a nice set, no doubt, but almost everything is highlighted, from a mechanic’s creeper (consisting of three parts exactly) to a checkered flag (which is stickered…). Now, is that set worth all the words? Read on… The first thought which came to my mind when seeing this set, was “Yay, a cute Mini!” The second thought was: “What in all the world is this big ugly green thing?” And why are both of them in one set? The answer to the first question was easy: A car I have never heard of before: “Mini John Cooper Works buggy”. A type of car that wasn’t part of the speed champions family until last year, when 75885 Ford Fiesta M.Sport WRC marked the first release of a rally car. Now the answer to the second question was easy, too: This set is about rally cars! You may not have noticed, but the red Mini isn’t an every-day streets car, but also a rally rendition! The green … thing… somehow still is different to all the other cars within the speed champions range: It combines the rally car exception of the Ford Fiesta with the width exception and rubberband suspension of the Ford F-150 Raptor. Nevertheless while building this beast it grew on me and finally I’m happy to call it my own. The package: 38,2 x 26,2 x 7,1 cm are the measures of the box which comes in the stylish Speed Champions outfit in Black. The front shows the complete set in a rally surrounding, the back has got two detail images of each of the cars along with two photos of each real model. The Mini S seems prefers a snowy surrounding while the Cooper Works buggy is desert oriented. The contents: The set comes with 3 numbered plastic bags, a hefty sticker sheet and the instructions. Bag 1 contains the parts for the Mini S, bag 2 the dark green buggy and bag 3 the parts for the pit stop station. The sticker sheet consists of 35 (thirty-five!) stickers! Yikes! 11 will be used for the red car, 19 for the green one and 5 for the pit stop/flag. I mostly abstain from using the stickers – especially in the Speed Champions range. The cars really work well without! Of course they look a bit better with the stickers and are more detailed, but if have you ever had (like me) problems with older stickers crumbling from the bricks like here: or with the removal of older stickers on LEGO parts, you know the reason why I keep my models naked. And for me it’s somehow more ‘original’ LEGO, the way it should be: Made from bricks only. If you prefer to see images from the set with stickers on, follow the above links to Brickset or S@H. The parts: Bag 1 The most interesting parts in the whole set are included in bag no. 1. Here we see 3 unique black parts: A brand new mudgear, a small bracket and an ax. In red we have the new 1x2 plate with rounded corners (okay, not really rare, now in 13 sets) and the even newer 1x2 rounded brick (can only be found in Queen Watevra’s Build Whatever Box 70825). The 1x3 panel (new in 2017) in dark orange is quite rare (3 other sets), so is the white bar (only found in Daredevils stunt plane 31076). The so called double jumper, 1x3 plate with 2 knobs from 2018 is still rare (5 other sets), too. The unique windscreen is printed with a small red/silver stripe to indicate the a- and c-pillar. Bag 2 More interesting bricks: Here we find the new red rounded car roof, one of them is printed and unique. The 1x1 brick with side bar can be found in 8 other sets, we see a unique 1x1 half circled tile in black and a lot of rare dark green elements shown in the photo and one unique one: The inverted double baby bow (slope, curved 2x2 inverted). To my big surprise the light blueish gray plate 1x4 with two knobs is also unique! I would have expected this part to be far more widespread, but it’s the first time we see this part in lbg! Bag 3 Finally bag 3 contains some rare elements like the new rollercoaster rail piece, the vertical support 2x2x10, the bar from 1980(!) which - to my surprise - still occurs in less than 10 sets in this color and the dark tan curved slope 2x2. The minifigs: This set comes with four minifigs, three of them being unique (the torso at least), just the photographer is more widespread. I appreciate it's female drivers along with the dirty face on the mechanic. The female figures also sportan alternative faceprint on the back. (But I don't think this is telling us a complete different story in times of 'me-too') The build: Quite enjoyable! We are used to SNOT-building nowadays and these models are no different. With the new 1x1 brackets we can build even narrower! Perfect for a model as small as the Mini! The new mudguards are attached with an offset of a jumper plate. Curved slopes on the sides – Perfect! Note that the Mini is the first Speed Champion with a width of 5 studs! Including the mudguards it’s a bit wider though, it's fits snuggly between a gap of 6 studs. Isn’t it a beauty! Especially when compared with TLC’s first attempt to render a Mini in LEGO, the 40109 Creator car from 2014. Pimp guide: If you want to use the Mini without the wheels on top, just remove some parts and add some and voilá! And here's a quick try to MOD the Mini to a complete street version: I'm sure you can do better. On with the John Cooper Works Buggy. Again a lot SNOT building is used. It shares the same suspension technique with the Ford Raptor using the red rubber band and T-shape technic beams. The steering is located on an absurd height though. The steering wheel is right before the driver’s face. I doubt the original shares the same construction. Very clever is the solution for the front: Here upside down building creates the nose of the car. Note that the studs of the to-be-plugged submodel face downwards already, it's a 2x4 tile underneath. Here they go. The final car is full of power: Every detail breathes muscles and energy. This beast is more than 9 studs wide. It’s a nice build, but I have to say I'm a bit unsure what to say about the comparison to the original – which has 340 hp and 800 nm of torque by the way: The car to the left is the real Cooper Works buggy. Obviously TLC chose not to use the dark red color to have a better contrast to the 1967 Mini. But they could have also used dark green for the old rally car and dark red for the new one. That would have been a lot closer. The sides are well done, but the front is looking a bit weird, especially with those green bow parts facing to each other with the whole. I know those shapes are really a pain to build in LEGO, yet that may be no excuse. Both cars next to each other: Not taking into account the lack to original colors they look gorgeous and in LEGO the color selection works. Red and dark green/black look fantastic next to each other! The pit stop There is really not much to say about bag #3. No one will buy the set for this particular bricks, we all know it’s just an add-on to the cars. Yet with the hinge parts you can place it in different positions: Straight, angled or boxed. You can work on the underside of the cars, if you manage to somehow lift your car on the two poles - here with the hand of God of course, as there is no lifting mechanism. The obvious tools and some possibilities to store them complete the pit stop. Comparison to other Speed Champions I have written that the cars don’t fit to the usual size of Speed Champions: The red Mini is smaller and the John Cooper Works Buggy is wider that the ‘usual’ Speed Champions car. Is that a bad thing? NO! It transports the real thing into LEGO size. Compared to each other there is nothing wrong in either the Ford (which is indeed looking extremely weird without the front stickers), the buggy, the MCLaren nor the Mini. They all look wonderful next to each other, each one a close to perfect rendition of the original. Final verdict Design: - with a 10 for the red Mini, an 8 for the green one. The cars are simply wonderful. You may have to get used to the buggy, but the Mini more than makes up for it. The pit stop (6 points) adds nothing. Build: Enjoyable, non-repetitive, clever detail solutions. Playability: you get 2 cars, 4 minifigures and a pit stop = perfect playability! Price: You may reconsider to buy this at rrp - which is simply too much for my taste. Everything below 40€ is an instant buy recommendation. And you should easily be able to find someone selling it for this price. Btw. I strongly believe if they sold just the red Mini for the usual 14,99€ it would fly off the shelves! Overall: That’s always the question: Is it worth the money? It’s a ‘yes, but’. You have to be into cars to love this set. I bet almost no one knew the original Cooper Works buggy before it was made a LEGO set. So it’s hard to convince yourself to buy a 50€ set if you actually wanted just the red Mini. But rest assured: Both cars are great and a very nice addition to your car collection. The red Mini easily fits in every City layout, for the buggy it’s a bit more complicated. This set was kindly provided by the LEGO CEE team. I myself don’t have any dependencies on TLC, so I was able to build my mind on this set without any influence.
  3. Obviously there is someone at TLC () who decided they could earn more money with this set. In my opinion the red Mini alone would easily sell more than three times to make up for the smaller price. But you can find a similar decision on this set, too: Count the AFOLs who buy this set for the white Porsche RSR. But here the contrast of the two cars is smaller, even the RSR has appeal. Then again you can easily download the building instructions for the red Mini and build it yourself (if there weren't so many exclusive parts... ). Let's be glad LEGO actually released a wonderful Mini.
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    Modified Emerald Night

    I'm facing the same problems. I believe the topic starter has removed his online photos.
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    Hi, I´m new here

    Hi Philipp and welcome to Eurobricks! That's quite a long dark age. So much the better you found your way back to the bricks and in here, too! You'll surely find a lot of Technic guys here. Have fun!
  6. Hello and welcome back to the old tradition of trading LEGO stuff before and on the event! This time we are quite a small group, but nevertheless I found some nice offerings in German shops that might be of interest for you! You may of course use this thread for your own old/new LEGO sets/parts that you would like to sell. Or you are in need of something? Then let us know! Here's what is on sale at Rossmann this week: 31088 9,99€ 75890 9,99€ 42091 14,99€
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    Günzburg 2019 trading post

    Three cheers for this!
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    Günzburg 2019 trading post

    Good news for you: I can give you two of each! Perfect would be, if you have these two minifigs: Queenie Goldstein and Newt Scamander Talking about Wizarding World and minifigs - I also collect the small papers in the CMF series showing all characters of the series. I missed out on one of the WW ones... Does anybody have a spare of this?
  9. What counts is constructive feedback - and I'm open for that. You say 'many nonsense' and your points are: I wrote TLC. You could have referred to our own abbreviation manual, but Jim already gave you an external link which also points out the meaning of this abbreviation. Did you follow that link? I doubt it, because your answer was that Lego Company never existed. Is that so? Brickwiki says "In the late 1990's, the group changed it's official name to "The LEGO Company". So who is right? Whatever - that's not the point! It is a company and this abbreviation is therefore valid. Where is the nonsense? you disagree with my comments on stickers. That's okay. Nevertheless I made bad experiences and stick to what I wrote and I do not apply them. What's nonsense about this? You say dark green is the color of the real Dakar car. Okay, you may have noticed that other members before found this colour as well. There seem to be two variants of Mini Cooper Works buggies. What I found in the web was this page (sorry, in my native language), this one and this Youtube video titled "MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Dakar Rally 2018", which lead me to the conclusion the original would be red. How could it not think this way? Now I even found there seems to be another third car in silver/blue. So what now? What's the 'real' colour? Green? Fine. Read my comments to that above. I have to problems to stand corrected. But again: Where do you see nonsense here? And you wonder why we don't appreciate your non-constructive feedback? Yeeezzz...
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    Günzburg 2019 trading post

    The tires you are looking for are part of the Technic set 42091 - currently on sale (see above). I don't own any other parts. @Peppermint_M Polybags! I think I post some spares I own, or bring them to the event, too!
  11. Wow - nice find! Thank you for the update on cars and colours!
  12. Thanks for your reply. This part I enjoyed most! @all: Interesting to hear I was right with my bet on the red Mini! Oh, thank you very much for letting us know! So if both cars would have been made in their original colors it would have been a red and dark red combination. Then I prefer this colour choice!
  13. You may have noticed, that this year's event was moved to Günzburg. Now it's time to nail it down. All information can be found in the information () topic . Short cut here: The event will take place from Thursday, 11th of April until Sunday, 14th of April. We'll visit the Legoland (and the Fabrik of course) and are planning to go to Munich as well. Like always Copmike and me will take care for the fun and contest part. We are short of time due to the changes, so please report here, if you are willing to join the fun! I have found a nice place to stay - no, it's not the usual Kirchenbauerhof! - and we have to tell them soon how many we are.
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    Günzburg 2019 trading post

    Negotiations are Copmike's business.
  15. Perfect! We (Copmike, Peppy and me) expect to be there around 3 o'clock p.m. Did you check our building contest already?
  16. Hello and (still) happy new year, everybody! It's 2019 already and we haven't been talking about this year's event. According to our normal schedule, it will be held in lovely Windsor this year! EDIT: For a few reasons we are plannig differently this year: The event will be moved to 11th -14th of April and will be held in Günzburg/Germany once more. That's one day shorter than what we usually do: Thursday - Sunday. EDIT: changed the picture from LEGOLAND Windsor to LEGOLAND Germany We had some behind the scenes talking about the date and we finally came to the conclusion to set the dates 12-16th of June. (Wendesday - Sunday) We do know that this date interferes with Brickworld in Chicago which will beheld exactly at the same time. So if that is an issue with you and you would like to attend to both dates, please raise your voice here! Experience tells us, that there are just a few people going to both events and we valued other dates of course as well, but these period seemed to fit best. The core of the event will be Thursday - Saturday. The program isn't fixed yet, but this could include - visit of Legoland Windsor (almost obligatory) - visit of LEGO Consumer Services, Slough - visit of Harry Potter Studios (on public demand ) - visit the City of London - visit Windsor Castle and of course a lot of fun stuff, like games, contests and so on... So if you are interested and would like to join and have a special interest in something other might like as well, please tell us here! We are an open community and the event is what the eventees make out of it. Your input is needed and appreciated! Copmike and me are the ones to put all the interests together and knit a nice program out of it. We would love to see a local Englishman/-woman work with us on special issues that are easier manageable from the UK than from abroad. This may count for the accomodation for example. We had two very friendly and cosy places to stay four and eight years ago. The latter doesn't do hotel any more and the Oakley Court Hotel from last time was considered a bit too expensive from some eventees. (although I really liked it!!! ) So please give feedback here and sign up in the according sign-up topic, which will be opened soon when we are sure about the date! EDIT: please scroll down to take part in a doodle survey to find a date for the event!
  17. So do I! Maybe we should aim for the store first? But then we would have to handle big shopping bags... Lockers at the central station?
  18. Lucky you and lucky all the other members who still want to join our event: Today I got the information that there are still rooms in the hotel left! I put you, Aredhel and RC1136 on my list.
  19. I forgot to mention we will browse the Pasing LEGO store of course in the evening - it's AFOL shopping day on Saturday. Do you all have the RLUG-sticker on your VIP card? And there will be some other retailers in Munich as well.
  20. We're coming closer and I would like to talk about the program. Friday is a no-brainer as we're going to the park and of course the Fabrik. Im trying to fix a program for Saturday. We have to decide if we go to Munich by train or by car. This time all eventees would fit in two cars so this is an option. If we go by car I propose to split the fuel costs for the drivers. Advantages: Cheaper, faster. Disadvantages: We have to split for the ride, parking in Munich, tickets for local transport eventually still needed. Going by train will cost around 10€ per person. (53€ for a group of 5, 46€ for 4). Advantages: We can stay together all day, don't need extra tickets in Munich Disadvantages: More expensive, longer trip, dependent on train connections. Train connections: 09:42- 11:21: Train from Günzburg to Munich central station 21:07 - 22:41: Train from Pasing station to Günzburg station (there is also an earlier option) Are there special places in Munich you would like to see? Or something you under no circumstance want to see again? Please tell us. Here's a list of what is interesting - and what we haven't seen the last times : - Viktualienmarkt - Englischer Garten - might be interesting with good weather only - flea market in the Olympia Park - BMW World, also close to the Olympia Park - Bavaria Movie City - 27,50€ p.p. and quite outside Munich Besides all that there's still: Frauenkirche, Marienplatz, Hofbräuhaus, Nymphenburger Schloss. Where will we have lunch, where dinner? We have been to Hirschgarten in 2013 and to https://www.augustinerkeller.de/home/ in 2017. Both attractive places when sitting outside in the Biergarten, but that's propably not an option early April. Still nice inside, too. Please raise your voices to put a nice course for Saturday together.
  21. There's no prize to win for finishing first.
  22. I can take you back to Stuttgart on Sunday, but I will leave something around 9 o'clock in the morning and it's around a one hour drive to Stuttgart. Copmike will depart at 19:45 on Sunday.
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    Cutting panels (heresy)

    Ctan, your pictures have been reported by another member. They are bigger than they should be. Please read the guidelines (following the links in my signature for example) and think again, if your pics couldn't be smaller while still transporting the same information. Smaller images save bandwith, sometimes time, money and nerves. So if the same could be expressed with smaller images, please resize them. Thank you for your understanding!