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  1. andythenorth

    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    For supercars? Via TLG collaboration, Bugatti get extra coverage from people like Tim Schmee (Schmee150). We used to work with Audi and Mercedes. Getting coverage from people like Schmee was a key goal of the video work we did (along with entertaining people, a lot). I doubt TLG pay a license fee.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    I wonder what the licensing costs. It's not going to be known, because it will be contractually confidential. But. I doubt TLG pay anything at all for Volvo, Mercedes, Porsche, Bugatti licensing. This isn't Star Wars or Iron Man. Movie franchise licensing is very different to trucks. I spent an earlier part of my life in brand marketing. Getting TLG to make a Lego set featuring the product is the kind of thing a brand like Volvo or Mercedes would kill for. There is probably no money transferred, but a contractual agreement about contributions in kind. TLG will commit something like: "we are the world's #1 toy brand, with undisputed quality, and unprecedented access to current and future consumers with an interest in your product" we will commit our designers' time to a (reasonably) faithful replication of your product we will commit to feature your brand prominently in promotion and box art we will take care of all your intellectual property we will make €x worth of videos and other marketing material, and do one or more international launch events we will achieve €x worth of PR coverage The brand will commit similarly to: access to intellectual property a defined review and sign-off process €x worth of marketing and PR coverage This will increase the cost TLG overhead, vs. an original model. But you're not paying extra sticker price specifically for the license fee. The extra cost is the extra time spent by TLG. I could be wrong. We'll never know. But that's my guess.
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    Powered UP AFOL Community Answers

    It's a good question. The only answer I can think of: the bluetooth receiver is tiny. So a separate receiver would be a needless SKU for a part that can just be in the battery box. Changing the wire protocol - they already explained that
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    Powered UP AFOL Community Answers

    Sometimes. 4 L motors won't trip the thermal protection on the AA box, but it won't perform well if performance is a concern. If motors are only run intermittently, then it's much less of a concern. Also, some (wild) guesses based on actually reading the TLG official answers and not just 'omg it's all awful posts :) 1. Nowhere in the TLG official answers does it say that the final form factor for all time is 2 outputs. It just says no daisy chaining / stacking in the official plugs. TLG have a track record of multi- motor sets like 8043 (excavator) or 42030 (Volvo loader) or 9398 (crawler). There'll be nothing in the electronics that prevents TLG doing a 4 output control hub. There's also no promise of course that they will. It's a definite 'wait and see'. 2. Power Functions is dead for any future development. The official answers are quite clear about that. But the official answers are a nothing-burger about when PF parts will be discontinued. I can't see them keeping the SKUs around for a long time though. It's likely they'll want a big back-inventory for providing replacements on recent sets, but how long for sale on, anyone's guess right now. 3. I'm with M_longer that soldering is daft. It's just interesting that TLG are aware of the issue and provide the hint. The undertone seems to be an interesting open-ness to modding outside the official system. PF and 9v were very closed complete systems compared to the 4.5v/12v system where you could literally unscrew the wires. My school had Lego Education and Dacta sets where this was directly encouraged, to integrate Lego with primitive robotics systems like the Deltronics buffer box. The bold move would be opening up the connector design for third parties, but sadly I doubt TLG will do this. 4. Every time Lego changes an electrical system (Technic or Trains), the sky falls in Lego communities. Search for the "OMG Power Functions is the plague" thread. There is a certain type of AFOL who likes posting on the internet and dislikes change. Takes all sorts to make the world eh. I'm on the fence about PU being awful or awesome until I've got my hands on some. "On the fence" literally means holding judgement until I have experience. Maybe TLG got it right, maybe they got it wrong. I know that the Boost component is solid though, my kids have it. And the PU education stuff is also solid, I've worked with it.
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    Powered UP AFOL Community Answers

    My £0.02 on 'power functions let me have lots of motors'. I've built MOCs with 4 motors for drive, 1 for steering, and 1 or 2 more for additional functions. These need multiple IR receivers, as 4 motors overload a single channel on an IR receiver (thermal protection kicks in) multiple battery boxes, as one battery box can't deliver enough power for 6 or 7 motors So I'm not traumatised by the idea of using multiple PU hubs with batteries included. Also, don't miss the bit where they say that there are 2 power lines in the PU cable, and they perform the same as the 2 power lines in the PF cable. This is blatant hint for people who can work a soldering iron So I'll wait and see on PU. The automated train layout video in the train forum is pretty impressive imho.
  6. +1 to the other comments, this isn't epic fail. It has character.
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    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    Eh, it's been done to death, but those colours I *like* colour barf when it codes functions or breaks up blocks, or includes parts in unusual colours, or just makes it easier to build. But colour barf doesn't have to be ugly. This is ugly. Looks like someone sicked up pizza.
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    Axle colour - which would you prefer?

    Black and grey, gets it done. Red for L2 axles.
  9. Is it just the casing, or is this li-ion expansion?
  10. Really nice. Small, but looks hench
  11. That set raised the bar at the time. I found it in the loft a few days ago. It looks tiny now, but for functions, it's not far behind much much bigger flagships. The functions are performant, and fun to play with 8459 pneumatic front-end loader also nailed it. . Still got that assembled, kids love it. The only missing function was a pendular axle, and it might have been less playable with that (wobbly when pressing the pump). Nostalgia is kind of boring, I don't think these sets outclass anything we have now. But they nailed playability, and they were affordable, and they don't take up much shelf space.
  12. Eh dunno. Seems like if designers have to spend months placing and re-placing 1500 black and blue pins in a huge set....they might not have so much time for designing neat mechanisms 8109 remains a high point in neat designs for me. It kicks bum for a mid-range set. Mechanism is really nice. But if we wanted to nitpick....the battery box access sucks, and the winch is pretty lame. But I dunno. Where's the quality bar?
  13. andythenorth

    42080 Forest Harvester

    Well yeah, but the flow on motorised compressors is always **** poor eh?
  14. Not so much 'we' as there's always the ones with the axe to grind innit? And if they're challenged, then they retort that everyone else are uncritical sheep, allowing TLG to walk off the cliff of quality. The internet: clearly the future, right? At least when @allanp kept going on about pneumatics vs. LAs, he didn't throw his toys out of the pram when he was asked to shush.
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    42080 Forest Harvester

    Should I eBay mine?