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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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Roadster_(2020) 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

    Incredible!
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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: https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2016/november/jiaxing-factory-grand-opening/ 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. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-police-smash-30m-fake-lego-ring 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. " https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-02/donald-trump-to-impose-more-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/11376766 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.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Could it be done using the new valve from 42080? It seems this valve has an axle hole, and one of the control+ motors could be set up as a servo. https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=bb874&idColor=86#T=C&C=86
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Hopefully 2H 2020 includes sets that integrate pneumatics with Control+
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    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    Surely a great way to introduce Control+ would've been to included an automated gear box to enable motorised shifting between high and low torque settings.