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    <p> I am a Technic builder, from the United States, and I love building Technic creations, although I think the theme itself is headed the wrong direction, with models having high part counts but being low on functionality and feeling empty. </p>

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  1. I think your light yellow part might just be discolored. I have several older parts in my collection that have some sun fading.
  2. Hey @Jim, where do you draw the line in regards to "Unrealistic Sci-Fi designs"? @cyberdyne systems has an entry of a fictional airship aircraft carrier, but somebody said that it was unrealistic. I don't think the wording is specific enough, and I think some examples should be included. For instance, I interperate the wording as not allowing designs that require antigravity, but I don't know how you feel about that.
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    [TC15] Iron Vulture AirCarrier

    I'd say that this isn't too unrealistic, given that it is something that could plausibly work in real life. I think the spirit of the rule is more along the lines of no anti grav.
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    I have to ask, would anyone be forgiving of this sets enormous number of shortcomings if this were just a standard set and not a Porsche? I for sure would not. Heck, I don't now. I think the real issue here is Porsche micromanaging, and demonstrating a clear lack of respect for Lego's decision making. For instance, with 42056, you have the terrible transmission, and lack of adjustable suspension and rear wheel steering. Lego could have easily included all of those things, but Porsche nixed it, for whatever asinine reason. I think the same thing happened here. I also don't understand how Porsche bought off on this model, given the bad looks. You're free to like it, but I sure don't. What I, and I presume several people want out of a Technic set, is to have a model where you have interesting functions to discover as the model is built. But this model does not have any of that. It has 3 functions, at best, and they are all dead simple, leaving this set with a lot of flash and next to no substance. If Lego is so insistent on making cars with minimal functions out of Technic pieces, then they should not be Technic. That should be Racers.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    You know, I've run the numbers, and 42095 is actually a much better value than 42065, largely due to the L motors. But, the fact that Lego basically charges retail price to include PF in a full RC set is a little bit annoying.
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    Mercedes Arocs 42043 (MOD)

    I'm sorry to say, but a lot of you links are not showing up properly. But, from the pictures that do show up, this is a rather nice model.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Ditto. I checked the US site, they have 42096, 42094,42093, and 42088 listed, all dropping in January. But for some reason, none of the small sets are listed. Or 42095. 42088 is weird. We've had re-releases of sets before, but never recolors. But, it should have some interesting parts in orange, like the 90 degree axle connector.
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    Teaser - Guess what I'm building

    I second that. Boy, that chain is complex. It reminds me of the notorious Audi timing chains, but is hopefully much better.
  9. Then that bars gliders, does it not? I think the distinction is whether or not the craft is designed to be atmospheric or not. A space plane, even if it were a glider, would not qualify. I dunno, I don't make the rules.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Good. Hopefully that will show Lego that City sets belong in the City theme, and not in Technic.
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    No, Erik got it right. Anybody who wants a big racecar would be disappointed by the looks, and any kid who would want a Technic set would be disappointed by the lack of complexity. It needed to be a Racers set. This thing makes me mad. Lego seems to have forgotten what Technic is all about. This thing has no functions, and does not look that good. It feels sloppy and unfinished. I'm also tired of people trotting out the old "It's for kids, they won't care." What is your opinion? Also, whatever happened to Lego saying that only the best is good enough? This set does not fit into that ethos at all.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Or a big freaking crawler crane. Or a larger scale bulldozer. Or any of a number of things. I just hope that whatever it is, is really cool. 42095 is utter garbage, overpriced and ugly, but it is better that the other one by virtue of having two L motors instead of the M ones, and the new large sprockets. It's still not really a Technic set, though. 42096 is horrendous. The body shaping is clunky, the front end looks terrible, the headlights look all wrong, the front splitter is super thick, and looks more like a bullbar, and it is completely hollow, with only 3 functions. Suspension, fake engine, and steering. That's it. For a set with a $150 price tag. That is not acceptable. Also, it has no B model. I have not been happy with the direction that Lego Technic has been taking since 2016. More and more sets are becoming either like Racers sets, cars and other racing vehicles with minimal functionality, or hollow City sets with a lot of simple functions. I feel as if Lego has forgotten what Technic is about, in a futile and stupid move to broaden the appeal. Then why even bother having different brands? Lego should stop trying to make Technic like City sets, and focus on Tehnic's core tenets of Authenticity, and Functionality, which is what people who are in to Technic want. Anybody in the market for Technic does not want a City set made out of Technic parts. If Lego really feels as if that is the case, they should reintroduce Racers, to give Technic fans what they want, and have a separate theme for pullbacks and RC models that are for driving. I seriously hope this trend line does not continue, and the second half is better. I don't have high hopes, though.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    It looks like 42031, but in orange.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Man, the lineup this time around is weak AF. The tracked loader looks hollow, the Corvette is not attractive, and neither is the tracked racer thing. Here are my thoughts on the individual sets: 42088: 42088 for all intents and purposes looks like a recolored version of 42031. Kind of surprising. 42089: A good basic set, also good parts pack. 42090: It's okay, I guess. 42091: 42092: Mediocre. Not bad, but just does not stand out. 42093: Man, this thing is tiny. Shaping is very jagged. Looks to have smaller versions of the existing wheel arch pieces. 42094:Looks very hollow and primitive. Loading arm only has one mini linear actuator. At least the tracks seem to have spring loaded sprockets to maintain tension, but all in all this is a bad set. 42095: C'mon Lego, how hard could it be to give us an actual car vs this abomination? At least there seem to be new large track sprockets. 42096: I dunno, hoping for something good, but that seems unlikely. BTW, I do have some screengrabs from the video, showing all these sets, on my Brickshelf. Should be public soon.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Hey @Jimand @Milan, would it be okay if I mentioned I have some screengrabs from the video on my Brickshelf without linking?