2nd half 2008 new TECHNIC sets box images, leaked at Eurobricks!
If I know something about this kind of leaks and what that yellow shadow on the excavator image top left corner means, they come from a retailer catalog in production or already distributed somewhere...
|8294 - Excavator|
So it seems LEGO decided to make an Excavator not in Yellow this time (wished it have been in Bright Light Orange...) ;)
This is not a PF set, but it seems to include a new TECHNIC part to "replace" or at least make the work of former pneumatic cylinders.
It avoids the pneumatic system (if any wants so), but it comes with a new mechanical solution still looking realistic.
These cylinders are longer than pneumatic ones, which is useful, and called at the box as 'Linear actuator'.
It looks like they are mechanically actuated by connecting an external rotating axle, which produces linear movement by rotating an internal cylinder mechanism (like a leadscrew into a fake hydraulic cylinder, as used by Jennifer Clark at their 'All Terrain Crane' seen here).
And we get a pair of these new cylnders with 8294! ;)
This may also turn to be the end of TECHNIC pneumatics, for a much easier system to control with PF motors and probably also with lower production costs. So I can say goodbye my secret wishes of electrical controlled pneumatic valves and integrated/compact PF compressors...
However I'm afraid the connection to these new cylinders could break under considerable load stress. It seems to rely on half of a 'Technic Universal Joint', which is not properly a strong part (even if it would be made of metal).
Just wonder if the treads are Black this time, instead of Dark Bluish Gray!? They look like...
|8295 - Telescopic Handler|
Well, this yellow set... uses also one linear actuator (the same from those used on set 8294, above) and is also not PF enabled from the box.
Some guess that, there could be two linear actuators, included.
It's huge and much larger than its predecessor 8283.
It features a Rear Wheel steering design (maybe 4WS, but not clear from the image).
However as someone wrote at Eurobricks, a bit disappointing is the use again of same way how to tilt the forks. Quite unrealistic!
Not much more to say, from the functional point of view.
|8297 - Off Roader|
And here it is finally the 2008 TECHNIC flagship, despite not in the 150€ range (European prices) as we believe, so not in the most functional sets class. That high-end TECHNIC sets seem now to be released once every two years.
However it seems to be a very good addition!
Look at the sticker on the door, where it is wrote "Extreme Offroader 2" (click on image, to enlarge). This makes me think it is not a successor for the 8466 (4x4 Off-Roader), but for its small brother 8465 (Extreme Off-Roader). Despite it looks closer to 8466, guess it may lack the 4-wheel drive transmission, the gearbox and even the direct driving wheel steering control for an Hand of God (HoG) replacement.
Long waiting for the Supercars return...
However it could be easily observed that we got a 4 wheel suspension, and from images on the box, it seems also to be adjustable for the real off-road duties ;). Look that the suspension seems to be connected to a longitudinal axle that possibly would allow to adjust its height.
But the most interesting features should be the brand new Power Function elements addition ;).
Real lights (PF) on the front (we voted for them in a LEGO poll at TECHNIC website a few months ago) and what seems to be a new PF Pole Reverser (from the pics, still wonder how this Pole Reverser connects and works with PF system power/control bus)..
And off course one PF Motor ('M' size !?) plus a Battery Box included, to make something to move/light.
This Off Roader also features a V8 TECHNIC engine, wing doors, as well as a real opening rear trunk or window...
Also the huge tires (Tire Technic Power Puller) from 8466, seem to have returned. ;)
Last but not least, the front Winch was also a great and simple addition to this set.
Edit (continuous update):
according to the last comments at discussion forums, some questions/doubts still persist and new arise for this new Off Road PF functions. Will try to keep a summary below,
- run/stop and switch the Winch turn direction.
- switch/adjusts suspension height.
- switch headlights on/off.
- switch vehicle movement direction (front/backward) since IR Sensors and IR Remote are not included in the set box. Probably this is not the case, since direction seems to be manually controlled by an HoG, and it would make sense to control electrically one and not the other.
- used to drive the Winch (look at the white clutch gear, just behind the Winch).
- used to make vehicle move forward/backward. Probably not the case since direction seems to be manually controlled by an HoG, and it would make sense to control electrically one and not the other. Also as the motor seems to be the 'M' size one, it wouldn't be powerful enough.
- are there one or two lights present in the model front?
- is there one light (a LED !?) behind a light splitter like those used in LEGO Trains?
- Looking in detail to the poster image on the box bottom left corner, we could clearly see to light spots. So most probably there are included two of the new PF light elements.
I keep the order for ideas/suggestions above, according to what I personally think at the moment, to be the most probable function (from higher to lower).
A new hope...
Look at the red shadows below the seats (the first from front) which could be a suspicious 'Technic Driving Ring', and the 'Technic Universal Joint' under the rear wheels axis. Both may be signs for the eventual presence of either a gearbox and/or a 4WD transmission. ;)
However is still uncertain if that probable gearbox is used for the tranmission or most likely to switch some motorized functions (e.g. Winch, Suspension, Headlights)!?
All these new sets, will come with a 23" poster included with the box.
...and this is my PREVIEW comments for the 2008, 2nd half TECHNIC sets.
IMHO all 3 sets, a 'must have' for all LEGO TECHNIC fans, I would say.
Thanks LEGO, for the great design work and continuous TECHNIC theme improvement!
However it may be now the time to say "Save TECHNIC Pneumatics", as it happened for the 9V Trains...
And now just rests to see pictures of the new TECHNIC Racers F1 1:9 car, that's expected to be launched this year to... (From the last picture made available, this 8157 model looks more like a Model Team or System, than TECHNIC).
Last Update: 2008.Jan.26 14:37 GMT