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  1. Using only 120 parts or 185?!
  2. Yeah, I felt bad grading this set. But to be honest; you can do more with six panels and 120-odd parts.
  3. Jim

    REVIEW: 80102 Dragon Dance

    It could very well be the case that designer takes this into consideration. However, I am convinced this is a collateral bonus, next to the overall production/design strategy. The fact remains that I see lots of "unusual" colored parts in sets and when I dig deeper, I see that these parts are necessary in other sets, so they are in production anyway. This certainly goes for Technic. The truth probably lies in the middle, but I don't think TLG has the warehouse space (anymore) to store all the necessary/different parts at the same time. Or its simply more profitable to re-use common parts during production runs. The "shared part" strategy makes it possible to use more new parts in sets. I have called this the "Only the most profitable is good enough" philosophy in one of my recent reviews Maybe this warrants a separate topic, but take a look at the helicoper's landing gear and you will see what I mean. There's no valid reason to use white parts there.
  4. Exactly. They always were expensive because of the motor, but at least you got a decent number of parts to go with it. By the way; this is officially the lowest ranking set I have reviewed.
  5. They are a welcome addition to the family.
  6. Jim

    REVIEW: 80102 Dragon Dance

    It’s not to make AFOLs happy (I think). It has something to do with minimizing the number of different parts used during a production period. I see this in Technic a lot too. Apparently, it’s better/cheaper to use a part which they are using in another set and make more of those. It’s probably related to warehousing (space is limited and the number of different parts is growing and growing), so they can use the same stock. It’s something like that, I’m pretty sure about it. If you look at the Technic helicopter you see that TLG uses white parts in the landing gear, which obviously should be black. But the white ones are already used in other sets, so it’s better to simply use white ones. I do see more cost (or profit) optimizations like this. So TLG is minimizing the number of different parts used for the entire Technic line-up, which will be the same for other themes.
  7. Jim

    Technic Pub

    I'm sorry for talking about LEGO, but it's not Technic, so hopefully allowed here I am building the 76105 - The Hulkbuster Ultron Edition. That is a very cool set!!
  8. That is pretty obvious indeed.
  9. Jim

    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    I know it's waaaaay less interesting than the 2H sets, but I have published reviews for the two pull-back racers. 42090 - Getaway Truck 42091 - Police Pursuit
  10. REVIEW - 42090 - GETAWAY TRUCK INTRODUCTION The Getaway Truck is the "other" Pull-back Racer of 2019. Since TLG has introduced the "cops and robbers" theme again, this set is considered to be the antagonist, or bad-guy if you will. The picture below shows the previous Getaway Truck from 2016. That set looked Bad-ass with a capital A. The latest versions follows TLG's new design philosophy (for smaller sets anyway), which is using less parts and more panels. Check out the picture below to see all the cool details. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42090 Title: Getaway Truck Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 128 Box Weight: 297 gram Box Dimensions: 26,2 x 14,0 x 7,1 cm Set Price (RRP): € 19,99 Price per Part: € 0,16 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX As usual this model can be combined with the other Pull-back to create a combined model. This time it is a rather unconventional tank-ish vehicle. You can see the image on the back of the box. The combined models are often odd vehicles, but this one is taking the cake. CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 1x Pull-back motor 4x Tire 2x Unnumbered bag HIGHLIGHTED PARTS The only interesting parts in this set are the dark bluish grey panels. The 7x3 Curved Panels on the left have been introduced in 2017, so they aren't new. But the #3 and #4 Panels on the right are new in dark bluish grey. The previous Getaway Truck also used these panels, but they were black with stickers. PART LIST The complete part list for the 128 parts. COMPLETED MODEL Granted, the completed model definitely looks better than the Police Pursuit. But like that one, this model also relies heavily on panels. It's basically six panels connected with some liftarms. Spared no expense? On the contrary. Spared all expenses and made it as cheap as possible. Where are the wheel hubs?! The mandatory bottom view. The pull-back motor is dark bluish grey, but it looks like old dark grey in this pic. The usual left-over parts. SUMMARY I will repeat here what I said in the Police Pursuit review. The pull-back models confirm my suspicion that TLG is drastically looking at ways to optimize profit, instead of delivering cool sets. One can argue that kids will hardly notice the difference when they get a pull-back set, but only using a couple of panels and liftarms is totally different than the setup of the previous Getaway Truck. That one had a very cool design and cool details. PROS The design is better than its Police counterpart CONS Mostly comprised of panels Simple design Way less detail than the previous version SCORE How do I rate this set? (most scores are copied from 42091 - Police Pursuit) 6 DESIGN Okay-ish. 4 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Done in a minute. 7 FEATURES On par with other pull-back sets. 7 PLAYABILITY I have rated other pull-backs the same grade. 4 PARTS 42 parts less than its predecessor. 5 VALUE FOR MONEY The low part count makes this set less attractive than previous versions. 5,5 AT LEAST IT LOOKS LIKE A NORMAL VEHICLE FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  11. REVIEW - 42091 - POLICE PURSUIT INTRODUCTION Every year two new Technic Pull-back Racers appear in the line-up, so it's no surprise to see two new ones this year. What is a surprise though, is that TLG has chosen the "cops and robbers" theme from 2016 again. Obviously, kids love this theme, so it's understandable, but it feels like a cop out....you get it?! The 42047 - Police Interceptor doesn't really look like its successor, although the stickers use the same color scheme PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42091 Title: Police Pursuit Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 120 Box Weight: 287 gram Box Dimensions: 26,1 x 14,0 x 6,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 19,99 Price per Part: € 0,17 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX As usual this model can be combined with the other Pull-back to create a combined model. This time it is a rather unconventional tank-ish vehicle. You can see the image on the back of the box. The combined models are often odd vehicles, but this one is taking the cake. CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 1x Pull-back motor 1x 19L Flex axle 3x Unnumbered bag PART LIST The complete part list for the 120 parts. COMPLETED MODEL Looking at the completed model, I can't help but think; what exactly am I looking at?! "Don't worry about it. Just use a couple of panels and turn in into some sort of Police vehicle!". And this vehicle turned out to be a formula one style vehicle. Choosing formula one style isn't a problem. The actual design of the set IS a problem though. I bet that most AFOLs could easily come up with a way better rendition, using more or less the same parts. Basically this set is comprised of four wheels, a couple of panels and a pull-back motor. Looking at other (smaller) sets, I do notice that they heavily rely on panels. This made me compare the part count of this set with the version from 2016. The sets respectively contain 120 and 185. I know you can't judge a set by its part count, but buying (more or less) the same set, gives you 120 parts instead of 185. That's a difference of 65 parts, which is a major difference given the total part count. It's no secret I am big fan of panels, but this is pushing it. The fun of LEGO is building a model out of different parts. Using 120 instead of 185 parts greatly deminishes the building experience. It probably optimizes the profit though. Only the most-profitable is good enough. Move along, nothing to see here! And another picture of this wond.........drous vehicle. Turns our this is the bad guy after all. The usual left-overs. SUMMARY Being a pull-back racer, I didn't expect any functionality besides pulling it back and letting it go. What I do expect, is a decent design. I am very disappointed with the design though. Especially the use of panels, combined with the decreased part count. This set screams profit optimization. The combined model doesn't really help either. However, since the combined models are often quite odd I won't judge this set by that criterium. PROS None CONS Horrible design Part count seems intentionally low Horrible design Horrible design SCORE How do I rate this set? (Wow, I needed to search for images I don't use often) 2 DESIGN One extra point for the trouble. 4 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Done in a minute. 7 FEATURES On par with other pull-back sets. 7 PLAYABILITY I have rated other pull-backs the same grade. 4 PARTS 65 parts less than its predecessor. 5 VALUE FOR MONEY The low part count makes this set less attractive than previous versions. 4,8 IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  12. The emoticon kinda gave it away, didn't it?!
  13. Jim

    The dice reader

    Sweet! Recently I threw away a pair of dice we used for Catan. 3 and 11 came up more often than 6 and 8....every single game. I would have loved to see these tested