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  1. WOW! very impressive. Interestingly, Markus Kossman said in this interview he wishes that he could do a new Technic space shuttle:
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    I was hoping for another 4000+ piece set. But maybe it is time I buy a supercar instead :) The Osprey could be technically interesting.
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Hi, I finished building 42100 yesterday, and also had some issues connecting to both hubs at the same time. Curiously I had no problems on my iPad, but on my iPhone 7 plus I could only connect to the lower hub (tracks and turntable) and not the upper hub that controls all the other functions. Ultimately I solved it by installing the Powered Up app 3.0 so I could update the firmware on the second hub. I then went into the Control+ app, selected 42100, then went into the Settings screen, then selected the "Model Data Reset" option. It is a screen with an arrow that curves tot he left. I selected this option, then closed and reopened the app. After doing this I could finally connect to both hubs on my iPhone. I agree that there are some teething issues with the app. One thing I don't understand is that when using the One Touch control mode everything moves faster, particularly the bucket opening and closing, compared to the regular driving mode. Is this because the regular driving mode is designed to emulate the movement of the real machine? I also had some issues getting my bucket to close fully. It now closes with a snap at the end, and takes a while to start opening. I guess it is possible that my bucket piece is a bit bent? I think it is very important to look at how far extended the linear actuators are meant to be when installing them. There are 1:1 diagrams that I didn't pay enough attention to. Other than that, the model looks fantastic, and the functions are great and move quite quickly. The long linear actuators look really cool, but what I'd love to see is Control+ integrated with an automated use of pneumatics :) I think 42100 and the Land Rover mark 2019 has a great Technic year, but this is just the start of Control+ so I can't wait to see what second half 2020 brings.
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    Instructions: Paper vs. Digital

    I'm a teacher at uni. These days we spend so much time using screens in lectures, tutorials, when marking work (everything is marked online these days), and of course when replying to dozens of emails. I like paper instructions simply because it takes me away from my computer / phone / iPad for a while and adds to the relaxation / recreational effect of the building process. If my only option was to look at the instructions on a screen then some of the meditative aspect of assembling a set would disappear.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    I'd like a Technic version of the 2020 Tesla Roadster: The Cold Gas Thrust function could be included using a motor, a pair of pneumatic pumps, and the tank part. Perhaps using Control+ to open one of the new valves.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    I hope the next supercar uses the tilt sensor in the control hub and pneumatics to create some sort of auto leveling suspension system.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Who thinks the two biggest (in terms of part count) for 2H 2020 sets will be better than 42100 + 42110? I think it's rare to get two such high quality 2H sets released on the same day.
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like the fact that building a set is one of the few things I do where I don't have to look at a computer screen of some sort. Turning physical pages and manipulating the pieces is therapeutic.
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    Technic General Discussion

    It's interesting that in Markus Kossman's interview with Sariel, he mentions one reason there is no B model on 42100 is they simply ran out of time to finalise a B model design.
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Just to add to the confusion, I wonder if the new version of the app is waiting iTunes / Google play store approval? Perhaps Lego has sent the new version, but it is yet to be approved. Of course this still implies poor organisation on Lego's part.
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    I worry that this set is so expensive that a lot of the regular stores may not carry it. It may be a special order. The suggested retail price in Australia including 10% tax is going to be $750. This compares to $400 for the recent Technic flagships Rough Terrain Crane, 6 x 6 Tow Truck, and Bucket Wheel Excavator. The Chiron was $600 so many department stores here simply didn't carry it, and you could only get it by special ordering.
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    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    1) Yes China does make actual Lego. Lego opened a factory in PRC in November, 2016, see this press release: It wouldn't surprise me if Lego did this strategically so that the Chinese government would start defending Lego's intellectual property. i.e. Lego could threaten to shut down the factory which will cost a lot of Chinese jobs both in the factory and in various logistics / transportation companies. The tactic seems to be working, e.g. 2) The tariffs announced last week include all products previously not subjected to tariffs including toys: "US President Donald Trump says he will impose a 10 per cent tariff next month on the remaining $US300 billion in Chinese imports he has not already taxed, which include a vast range of consumer products like phones and toys. " Lego is a toy, the material it is made from doesn't change this classification. This means that, as sirslayer suggested, any Lego sets exported from China to the U.S. will eventually be subject to this tariff. Of course Lego could try to work around this by sending the Chinese manufactured parts to a different country (probably Mexico?) before the sets are assembled and imported into the U.S.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    But won't this new one use Control+? So it will introduce Control+ to a much cheaper price point? Maybe 42095 was just a way to clear out a lot of the Power Functions part inventory.