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  1. This is exacly how Lego Technic should be. Small, not too demanding to build, inexpensive and plenty of functions to play with. Larger Technic sets are now a chore to build.
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    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    I think this Chiron is more complex than it should be. I feel Lego Technic has crossed the U-curve. More parts does not mean better model. The happiness does not become double if transmission is 8-speed compared to 4-speed. Based on the reviews I watched so far, I don't think I have the patience to assemble the Chiron. On top of that, Chiron is not that much different from Porche 911. A 4WD Landrover would have been better.
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    42078 - Mack Anthem

    That's my question too. TLG seems to introduce models with scales all over the places. I think among the trucks, Mercedes Arocs is still the best. I'd skip this Mack truck. Just can't get excited over it. Hopefully 2018 2H would see more interesting Technic sets.
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    42078 - Mack Anthem

    So that makes it smaller scale than 42043 Arocs then? I think 42043 is 17 cab 19 stud chassis IIRC.
  5. Is the Mac truck in a smaller scale compared to Arocs truck?
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    TLG to Axe 1400 Jobs

    From the same Brickset news link
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    TLG to Axe 1400 Jobs

    I am not sure if bootlegs are to be blamed here entirely. Lego historically never had market outside developed world, due to high cost (compared to per capita income in most Asian/African countries). Bootlegs are doing good in those markets and it is bit naive to think that without bootlegs people would have bought the real thing (similar to claming big films losing money to pirates, as if all watching pirated films would have gone to theatres instead). Also, for complex themes like Technic, bootlegs are no match. However, for basic/easy themes, bootlegs are often as good as real Lego. Since, we don't know Lego sales numbers by geography and theme, all we can do is speculate. I heard rumors that their USA market has performed poorly. But I agree about the comment on having too many lines/themese. Tesco has decided to reduce 90 types of cereals into 20 because they discovered Lidl is doing much better with only 10 types! Same for Apple, they just sell iPhone, iPads and Macbooks. It is better to have fewer themes and focus on them.
  8. How the Mack truck will be different in terms of functions compared to Merc Arocs truck? Unless a gearbox is added, it is hard to beat 42043.
  9. What happened to next super car? There were rumors that Porsche was one of many such yet to come!
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    TLG to Axe 1400 Jobs

    It was kind of expected especially when last CEO left after a very short tenure. However, getting rid of so many people just because revenue is slightly less does not look very good on TLG.
  11. Not very exciting sets for 2018 so far Anyway, based on this news, Lego is not doing good lately. It would be very interesting to see Lego's sales figures grouped by Themes and Geography. I wonder whether this is at all disclosed (being a private company).
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    42070 Replica by dokludi

    Awesome replica. Is the official model having motorized function to run the whole truck, rather than operating auxiliary functions only?
  13. I visited London Toy Fair today. But was not allowed inside Lego stall as it was appointment only* They also raised walls along all sides of their stalls which prevented from peeking Most other toy stalls were open for all. If you live/work nearby, worth a visit (entry free if you register online prior to visit). * = allegedly only registered retailers can get appointments.
  14. Use wheels from and then it can be run on G scale (45 mm gauge) tracks like Garden Railways
  15. I have now finished the Porsche chassis with transmission. So far looks like it is working as expected. I only applied 3 changes - step 5, step 151 and step 267-269. Wondering how to place the motors on the chassis. Most YouTube videos are showing 2 XL motors at the back. I only have M motors from 9398 set and L motor from 42043 set. Can it be motorized using these motors only? While rotating the engine output shaft by hand, I could feel some good resistance in top gears. So not sure if M or L motor can provide enough torque. Why there is such a big free space at the front - just below steering shaft? Is it a good place to fix motor?