Some of you have been wondering and asking when LEGO will make the new PF motors (L and Servo), available for ordering as individual elements.
These new elements are highly demanded by many for individual MOCs, and up to now "mostly" available only in sets (9398 and more recently 42009, 41999) or through BrickLink sellers at premium prices and exorbitant markups (or not), who have parted-out these from sets.
On several occasions and different sources, LEGO has been announcing future availability for March 2013, then May, June and finally July, always failing to deliver on their commitments... No further dates communicated since then.
Almost 14 months have elapsed since first sets commercial availability, and this is still kind of a mystery.
Whether this is due to production or third party supply shortage, or even deliberate to increase new sets sales, we don't know!
On top, some are also missing availability of the new PF IR Receiver v2...
And suddenly I found that probably LEGO may have not failed for much on their last info. Although the information was not very complete or accurate, neither availability lasted for long. :P
The new motors have been listed at LEGO Education (US) website for about a month (don't know the exact dates) and are currently "Temporarily Out of Stock"... - Hence my reference above 'up to now "mostly" available only in sets...'.
The bad news are the official prices - Hence my previous reference to "premium prices and exorbitant markups (or not)"
And the fact that they have not yet been available from LEGO.com/Shop, which is quite unfair for non-US costumers, neither we know when they will be.
Furthermore we can already imagine the prices, when these will become available in Euros.
The comparison with other PF motors at LE US (M-motor $7,95; XL-motor $9,99) and respective prices at S@H Europe (M-motor 8,99€; XL-motor 11,99€) against the exchange rates (as usual...) can already provide a good hint on what the prices will become...
Anyways... looking forward for general availability!