EB user menad, reported to have found extra info from 2H2012 LEGO Technic sets, at an Hungarian online LEGO shop. Namely prices and partcount:
- 9398 - 4x4 Crawler:
47.250 HUF (approximately 150-160€)
- 9396 - Helicopter:
24.180 HUF (approximately 80€)
- 9393 - Tractor:
7.800 HUF (approximately 30-40€)
These same names also appear now listed at Brickset. So the flagship name is now again referenced as '4x4 Crawler' and the still unseen 9393 Tractor comes up once more.
There has been in the past years always one set per semester whose images tend to appear sometime later than the others. This has been usually related with some sort of limited availability like being an exclusive from shop.LEGO.com and some large toys retailer like Toys'R Us (it varies for each country). This is the reason why the images are not included in the dealers' catalog, which tends to be the first source of information 'widely' available and thus the delay for us in getting early images from such sets.
But it seems to be one set missing still, against the numbers from the most recent years - 9 sets (6+3) against 10 (6+4), excluding promotional Super Packs.
Either the prices here advanced are some sort of discounted prices (typical from some online stores) or these look a bit strange for the 2H sets.
- The Tractor at 7.800 HUF (bellow 30€) is not an usual price for the smaller 2H set. Typically set at 40€.
- The second largest reference seems also below the usual target. 2011 Flatbed Truck (8109) retails around 90€ - Ok here there is a PF motor included which we still don't know if it will decome the case in 9396 (so far the information retrieved from the box images is contradictory).
- As for the flagship, everything is still open. Price is lower than in 2011, but so it is the anticipated number of parts. In this perspective the price could even be seen as relative high. It will all depends whether new valued PF motors will confirm or not.
As a matter of curiosity the part count is now at the level of 8275 Motorized Buldozer, released in 2006 when the LPF system was introduced for the first time. These sets are also comparable somehow, when the PF main function of both is the ability to drive them remotely. Then the active PF elements, number of parts (size and weight) are necessarily comparable also, for the same PFS specifications.