Sunday, December 21, 2008

Not much, but still about 2H2009 sets

Kiddiwinks, the same online South African store, where last year we first saw the prices for 2H2008 TECHNIC sets, listed already some of the sets expected for 2H2009.

At least we got to know their references and again comparative prices, which already give us some indications about these sets.

  • 8258, Crane Truck - 1.800,00 Rands exactly matches the price of the 8275 Bulldozer at the same website, which should make this as the new TECHNIC flagship for 2009.
    Some rumors also point this set above the 1.800 parts, like its presumably predecessor 8421, Mobile Crane.
    Is it a coincidence, or will we get a PF redesign of it . No one yet knows (well, some should, but not us...).
  • 8265, Wheel Loader -1.080,00 Rands, so a bit above the 8295 Telescopic Handler (2nd largest TECHNIC set in 2008).
    Maybe this Wheel Loader will get a higher part count, or includes some PF elements too.
    We will see...

The rumored 'Pisten Bulley' or 'Snow Groomer' is the only we don't know nothing yet, but it seems, it will be the smaller TECHNIC set for 2H2009.

1 comment:

Alex Campos said...

Oh dang, it appears my bet about the Snow Groomer being next year's flagship set went down the drain... unless it is even bigger than the Crane Truck, which I doubt.

Still, if my memory isn't failing me, the last time we saw pneumatics was in 2006, with the 8285 Tow Truck (except for the hard-to-see educational add-on). A snow groomer's shovel, for example, would be a nice application of the small cylinder, and could still be in the mid-size set range.

Anyway, I hope the 8258 uses LA(s) for the boom lifting: pneumatics are too imprecise for this application. Newer pneumatic elements (PF valves! PF compressor!) could be used instead on other mechanisms, like the stabilisers.

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