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  1. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    @Qukie - thanks for the reply. I checked Amazon and a few other websites that sell the current sets, but nobody has it cheaper than RRP right now in the US. I do have plenty of PF parts, so that's not the issue, but I also understand that 42070 has a new version of the IR receiver, not sure if 42065 does as well, esp since it was released on your side of the pond in January. We didn't get these 1H sets until 1 August. I get what you are saying about it being fun for a while, I'm just a huge fan RC kits. Btw, what are buggy motors? Is it a Lego product or something else? I've heard of the S-brick, where do you go to buy such a part? I don't think Lego sells those. Thanks.
  2. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    I am wondering about the 42065 RC Tracked Racer. It is $99 USD, but most all of you probably know that. Has anybody bought and built the 42065? I realize it isn't very 'Technicy' since it has no gears, only PF parts. Is it worth the buy? I have everything now for 2017 except the 42064 boat, just doesn't interest me that much. Any feedback appreciated. They only have 1 left at a TRU, so I sorta have decide quickly. Thanks in advance. can't understand why he keeps messing with the camera about 20-25 min into the video, it was perfect really, but the blurring then clearing then blurring again is rather distracting. As far as his reviews go, he is definitely one of the best.
  3. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    Thanks Jim.
  4. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    I'm wondering, does the 2017 Set Discussion topic remain once the 2018 Set Discussion starts up? I can't save some items to my PC, so would like to be able to go back and look, such as reviews and such. I never really paid attention, but I had some q's about the 42069, and the responses I would hate to lose as a result. Some things just can't be copied and pasted.
  5. When comparing all the towing vehicles Lego has (besides the futuristic-looking 8462 which did have its perks, pneumatic w/ 2 air tanks but hardly any gearing as a result, plus it was model year 1998, Technic was quite different back in that era), I believe the 8285 from 2006 was the finest looking and functioning tow truck, and about on par scale-wise with the 42070, but with more of a finished look. Others had their querks. I loved the 42008 but it had the low-profile tires and small rims on it, not exactly fit for a vehicle like that. The 8052 Container Truck from 2010 also had those 'tiny' tires on it as well as the 8109. Then comes along the 42024 with more beefy tires. I since have converted my 8109 Flatbed Tow Truck with the taller tires, looks a lot better. I realize I'm going off topic here a bit. The 8285's boom didn't have extensions on it like the 8421 Crane or 42009, both of which are incredible in their own right. But, one quirk with the 8421 is that if you left the boom up and extended overnight, the pneumatic valves would not hold it up and by morning it would be sunk down. I guess point I'm trying to make is every model has its own issues, but after looking at Jim's pics and other replies here, there is much colour vomit here on the inside and I hate that. Its like a 6 year old putting together a building and using tons of different colour pieces (yes that was me in 1979). Back then things weren't <insert that tiresome argument> the way they have been for the past +/- 20 years on System sets. Since coming back to Lego in 2004 after a long hiatus and 'finding' the Technic series, I have owned or own just about every set made since 2003, and many older Technic sets. But, I hate colour vomit. I cannot understand why there a few or several parts in a build, especially on the large builds which I love, that are totally out of character for said set. Makes you wonder why the designer put in a few white parts, that like the 42070's innards aren't seen visually on the outside, instead of in keeping with the set's major colors. 8109 comes to mind also, lots of different colours on the inside. Did they 'run out' of the right colour parts, and just improvised using a totally different colour? All that said though, the price for the 42070 is a HUGE hinge point and unless the set goes on deep discount, I highly doubt they are going to get many buyers. Could be wrong, maybe ones with tons of extra cash will buy it, or as always the collectors of every set, me included, but I'm not flush with ready cash by any means, and the MSRP on this one definitely shocks me. As far as the many shades of blue that have arisen since 2015 first introduced the 42036 and 42037 in the 'new' medium blue colour, then the 42050 in 2016 with medium azure blue (which I really do like), the blues have kept coming. The 42066 is a bit blah, a great plane no doubt (both A and B models), but the boring colour kind of muted it for me. Wish they had just gone with standard blue. However, I do like the dark blue used in 41999 and 42064 and in one of the pull-backs couple years ago. That was a great blue colour. Haven't built the 42070 yet, so not sure what the dark azure blue will look like, its so hard to tell from the box art or even from pictorial reviews, guess I'll see. That's kind of why I bought it as well, I like to own everything now, although I admit I'm on the fence about the 42064 boat and think the 42065 RC racer. $99 for an RC racer with only 370 parts seems nuts, I'd rather go to a hobby shop and buy a real RC car or truck that can be used outside. The boat, like many have said, has very little function, except being a great display model, and City(sorry)boats of the same type are more refined looking and have the same functions. I'm not anything but a Technic fan since I got back into Lego, so I like function AND form. I was a bit disappointed that there was no ability to add on PF to 42069, and that model shines for 2H2016. I also really like the 42068. But, I did buy a 42070 on impulse really, but like you @TechnicRCRacer I wanted to own it even though it cut deeply into my pocket.
  6. I think 42068 is on par price-wise. Just my opinion...
  7. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    @Aventador2004, thanks much.
  8. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    @Jim - did you ever do a review of the 42070? I like the video reviews just fine by ALF and Sariel, but I also like the text reviews you write as they provide a lot of information. Just wondering...Your review on the 42069 was best I've ever read. Thanks for providing these.
  9. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    Thank you @schraubedrin I really appreciate it and sorry for the delay in posting, been a busy few days. And thank you @Jim for more clarification. I knew I'd seen it, and I knew that Jim was trying out different wheel combinations. I still think 42069 looks better with wheels. I just needed to know what to take off after the track assemblies.
  10. Worst Technic Sets of all Time

    Somehow I figured there would be at least 1 or 2 members commenting in this old topic... 42070 if not just for the brutal price...although of all the larger/flagship sets in the past several years this really doesn't stand up well against so many other good ones. Still stand by 8041 as dismal, and since I posted on this topic in 2013, a re-release (42041) of the same??? What was TLG thinking? So many other excellent, popular sets they could have re-released and they chose the Race Truck? Why?? They used to re-release many good sets, sometimes 1 or 2 times, and within a couple years of each other. 2 come to mind, 8459/8464/8439 in that order, and even though its chunky looking, 8460/8431/8438, its still a great crane. Have to say I rather like 8053A and B, the tower crane is just kind of bad a-- looking IMO. Especially if you do some mods to it as I did years ago when it was released.
  11. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    Local TRU closest to me is almost picked clean of the new kits, I believe 7 of them here in the US. I just happened to stop in today and all they had we're 2 42070's(no surprise there with the high price), 1 Ocean Explorer, 1 Air Race Jet and a couple of the Container Yards. They still had plenty of stock on the older stuff though. Last time I was there end of last week, they had everything and in abundance, and there was no sale going at the time. Sales at TRU here are few and far between.
  12. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    I can't seem to find the post where 42069 was changed from the tracks to wheels. It was a short video, pretty sure it was a vid. I believe maybe Jim posted it. I just need to see what all comes off and what needs to be put on to accept wheels. I would be most appreciative if anyone could post a link, possibly a YT video. I know it was short as said above. If I recall, the wheels connected to the 3-pin hub and the grey axle protruded quite a bit out, that's all I remember, but I know I watched it. Thanks in advance. Did you buy it? I first saw them in TRU's about 3rd week of July. Haven't built mine yet. Btw, which pull-back did you get? I'm kind of nut for the pull-backs, I've got all them going back to when Lego started marketing them. Sometimes the small models can be a load of fun to play with. Scares my cats to death, one of the cats snarled and went after it.
  13. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    Was just going to post that as well...have to say though 42069 doesn't look as great as thought it might, but I may be pleasantly surprised...
  14. Technic 2017 Set Discussion

    Back to my original question though...when do the B model instructions get loaded?? I was looking at doing the 42069 B-model. Thanks. Ah, maybe they didn't have it put out, the Technic floor space is not very large even though I live in a large metro area with 4 TRU stores within easy driving distance. I'm not so interested in that one just because I think its way overpriced for what you get.