Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #44 - This Roller Coaster is so incredible!

Built by Brickride (LEGO Rollercoasters) this large Roller Coaster totally made out of LEGO pieces, is so amazing that I could not miss to highlight it here right away!



It features a totally new track system, which includes two lift hills, a loop and a corkscrew.

Really amazing model and nice video production too!


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More images on 1H14 LEGO Technic sets

Someone posted images for the 1H14 LEGO Technic sets, at techlug.fr forum, which we cannot post here.
Although after some hours they should have become widely available and stored in many fan's hard disks...

I'll refrain to comment on the functions, to avoid conflict of interest, but will have great reviews for you, at the proper time.


Enjoy while they last!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

42024, Container Truck first image

Today we got to see the first image for the upcoming 42024 Container Truck set, without watermarks and good detail.
It seems part of a new brochure for 8293 Motor Set, probably found earlier than it should.
This is consistent with the fact that the set does not have included PF, as we can see from the box, but instructions to optionally motorize the truck.



You can now clearly see the new tires and model's functions! It's your turn, to discuss them...

To my eyes the truck looks really nice, have a good color schema and interesting functions.
Quite close to 42008 in terms of the outriggers, but why should that be a problem?

Finally the 5x11 panels in blue! I can now replace my 3D printed ones, at Dunechaser.



Meanwhile one Dutch online store have disclosed their and expected average retail prices (as TLG does not provide target retail prices).
And here they are:
  • 42020, Twin Rotor Helicopter
    Their Price: 9,00€

  • 42021, Snowmobile
    Expected retail price: 15,99€
    Their Price: 14,50€

  • 42022, Hot Rod
    Expected retail price: 32,99€
    Their Price: 29,50€

  • 42023, Construction Crew
    Expected retail price:  69,00€
    Their Price: 62,00€

  • 42024, Container Truck
    Expected retail price: 79,00€
    Their Price: 71,00€

  • 42025, Cargo Plane
    Expected retail price: 129,99€
    Their Price: 119,50€

  • 42026, Black Champion Racer
    Expected retail price: 19,00€
    Their Price: 17,00€

  • 42027, Desert Racer
    Expected retail price: 19,00€
    Their Price: 17,00€



December 1st, will be the day!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TBs TechPoll 40 - Will Sheepo's Land-Rover Defender, pass the CUUSOO review?

In the sequence of the LEGO CUUSOO review results published today, decided to setup a poll, to know what do you think.

Will Sheepo's Land-Rover Defender 110, pass the CUUSOO review?

  • Yes, think so!
  • No, don't think so!

Never a TBs poll had so few possible choices...
Tell us your guess! The poll is running for a week.

Good news, bad news or postponed news?

... well news, after all!

Today Tim Courtney from LEGO CUUSOO announced the results of the latest LEGO Reviews (Winter 2012, Spring and Summer 2013).




There were 10 projects under review and #006 Exo Suit from Peter Reid (Legoloverman) will be the next CUUSOO official set.



I'm really happy with this outcome, as I really enjoyed Peter's model, even before it was on CUUSOO, as many of his other awesome models. IMO this was proposal that really gathered a genuine LEGO fans community support!
And after all it includes some nice Technic parts with it! At least in the original model, as we don't know yet what the final model will look like in shelves.
It will definitely become my first LEGO CUUSOO set!

While this was already enough to make a post here at TBs , there's still something else in the end of the video that could make many of us here hold breath for a while. I must confess I was not expecting it when the announcement was already getting into the end, neither that Sheepo's Land-Rover Defender 110 could go that far in the evaluation process.



That's it, there is not yet a final decision on this one, and it will remain in the evaluation process until there is a decision on whether it will be released as a set!
At least there is still an hope. While something could still prevent this to become a LEGO CUUSOO set, at least it seems it already passed some difficult steps in the review process.

Certainly a good excuse for the next TBs poll!

Who wants a tiny slice of cake?

Last year, TechnicBRICKs' anniversary cake was delayed because of oven problems, and this year there were "bigger" problems, but it has finally arrived! Better late than never, huh? ;D


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Friday, October 18, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #42 - Scania Truck

We are used to see some really nice looking and very realistic LEGO trucks, like those made by 2LegoOrNot2Lego or bricksonwheels, just to give a few examples. These often have several Technic functions, under a SYSTEM built cover and lots of custom made chrome parts to make them look even more realistic.

This week I wanted to bring here a different work done by Marcelo Raus, who built a couple of large scale American style truck tractors made with almost only LEGO Technic elements, but which still have quite a realistic appearance.



This is also a really great way to build with Technic.
Enjoy the model!


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We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

TechnicBRICKs turned 6

Today it was the sixth anniversary of  TBs , wasn't it?


Last year we had "problems" with the oven, which delayed the cake, but today was not a day for cakes at all and consequently this year we have no cake!...
One post more, one post less.

Anyways we hope to continue here for another year and to bring you some interesting posts, some reviews, some good news, or no news at all...

This was also not a day for big posts, but I'll leave you with the usual 'pageviews' evolution graph, just in case you're curious about.



No more growth, besides the big spike (likely some leak...), but also not much time in the past year to keep the pace of most interesting posts, due to other personal affairs.

I can't promise you an huge amount of posts for the next year too. But some good ones, will eventually come out.

Monday, October 7, 2013

1H14 LEGO Technic sets - A sneak preview

Seen the 1H14 LEGO Technic sets, together with the rest of the portfolio for the 1st semester few days ago.
Since other news have started popping-up, I have been doing the memory exercise to recall all the details and write them down. Here we go!...

At this point obviously any pictures or official watermark images are still not allowed.


This time I'll start with the new parts (a big fart of them...), as I'll mention below which are the sets where I've found them:

  • The Dog Bone beam (LBG) is a new type of beam/frame. A 3x5 beam with a form similar to a dog bone. Somehow resembling the recent Technic frames like the 5x11 (64178).
     
  • Long axle pin with friction ridges (in DBG). It is a 3L pin similar to 43093, but with double length on the pin side (2+1L). A very useful element IMO, which I've been missing occasionally when building with Technic.
     
  • A new type of worm gear with 3L overall (DBG for the pre-production seen in one model, LBG as seen in the catalog). It has axle bush connectors at each side, hence it does not have the sliding function from the traditional 2L worm gear (4716) anymore. The worm gear itself is quite shorter than the former one and it is placed in the center module.
    Given the differences between them, I think it is unlikely that the new element came to replace the previous one.
     
  • New steering elements for small scale models
  • Steering arm with rounded towball socket (LBG), similar to 57515 but in a single beam form factor. I mean 1L wide, hence no fork shape like in previous steering arm elements.
     
  • New type of connector that works with the new steering arms above (Black colored). A small element not easy to describe as I don't remember all the exact details, but it has a 3L shape with one pin-hole in the center.
     
  • Steering gear (Black if I remember right), similar to 32186, but where the 3 ball joints connect directly to the center pin-hole, instead of two and one third with 1L displacement.
     
All in all, the new steering elements will allow to easily add steering functions, into even smaller classes of LEGO Technic vehicles.
     
  • A new type of Tire for the 56145 wheels (30,4mm x 20mm), with higher profile and a tread similar to that on 32019 or the much larger 92912 Unimog tires. The same approximate proportions and appearance in a smaller tire.
    Didn't remember to memorize the tire dimensions, usually embossed at the side of some LEGO tires like these.
    In fact you may eventually recall that Niels told us once, we were going to see new tires in 2013 and 2014 [1] ...
     
  • And finally new 3 x 11 Technic panels (White). The same we have seen images some years ago, used into an early prototype of the 8110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400 [2].
     

Additional to these there are also some other existing elements now released in new colors. However we will talk about these along with the description of each model below.


And now let's proceed with the new Technic sets themselves,

The boxes were really early mockups, and some elements in these were notoriously not correct. It was for instance the case of some typical 1:1 scale illustrative elements at one the side of these boxes, and some text filler descriptions.
Also there were some noticeable differences, between the images in the boxes artwork and the actual models at exhibition.
Hence I have listed below the names of the sets as written in the mockups, and inside parenthesis also the names we have been reading in some other early descriptions.
Again, I can't be sure the indicated part count numbers are correct (at least one of them is obviously wrong), or just fillers/early estimates. At least they may give you some relative size indication.



42020: Helicopter (Twin Rotor Helicopter)
No part count indicated for this set, as it was the one that I found obviously wrong (442...).

This is the smallest set, a Chinook helicopter, in blue and white colors. It uses six 99012 small rotor blades (3 in each rotor).
Instead of the need to swirl the rotors manually and since there are two of them, there is a knob in the back to make them rotate simultaneously, for which they are obviously geared together.
No new parts in this one, that I was able to find.

And that's all about this new model and functions.



42021: Snow Mobile
141 pieces

Together with the pull-backs this is amongst the second smaller sets.
The predominant colors are lime and black, it is a smaller version from the older 8272 released in 2007, and it uses the smaller 3873 wide tread links (black version).

In what regards new elements, it is the one and only one set using all the new steering elements described above (all the three: new arm, connector and gear).
As a small set, the functions resume to the manual steering on the handlebar, suspension and tread rolling.



42022: Hotrod
414 pieces

This is a classic hot rod vehicle with a 6 piston engine in the front. Probably its most noticeable aspect is the dominant color, where we get some Technic beams and panels in Medium Blue color. We haven't seen this color in Technic sets for years, and by then only in a small set of parts and fewer sets.

It features an HoG knob wheel for steering and a nice retractile roof - that's it! The front grill is brick based and the doors do not open...

In the model I've seen, it had 44309 tires (43.2 x 22 ZR) at front, and the new tires in the rear axle. Although the box and catalog images show the first ones at all wheels. Probably because they're preliminary images, but can't be sure about what we will get in the end (someone may have misplaced the tires in the model).

The box has some space in the upper-right corner, reserved for a new "marketing campaign" (3D Build In), which means there will be available 3D media building instructions for iPad and Android tablets. Such media files should be read on App Store and Google Play apps, based on Autodesk Inventor Publisher, like we have seen on the new 31313 MINDSTROMS EV3 [3, 4]. A more than expected movement I'd say!
I was told this was going to be also available for the other models (at least the B-models), but can't be sure whether this is a correct statement, as there weren't such references in the preliminary boxes. Although the dealer's catalog have a mention to "digital media support to strengthen the experience".

No new parts that I've noticed in this model too.



42023: Multi Set (Construction Crew)
680 parts

This is a quite innovative set for the LEGO Technic theme, as it features several vehicles/machines in one single box, that could be played together in one construction scenario. Somehow it reminds me the old Universal Sets, although with an obvious different concept.

The vehicles are:
  • One Red Excavator (looks close to the old 8294 from 2008, in a smaller and simplified version).
  • One Yellow Front Loader with articulated steering. Similar to 8453 from 2003.
  • One Blue/LBG Dump Truck similar to 8052 (at least in the color scheme), but smaller and the tipper does not get-off the chassis. The cab is American style (blue big rig shape cab) and LBG tipper.
As for the functions we have:
  • Excavator: 1 knob to rotate the upper structure (geared), 1 knob to lower/raise the boom and one lever to manually articulate the dipper arm plus bucket.
  • Front Loader: 1 knob for the articulate steering, another one in the rear to raise/lower the front arm and a lever to move the shovel in a nice articulated solution.
  • Dump Truck: 1 HoG wheel on top of the cabin for steering and one knob to dump the tipper which has a dump rear door.
All the vehicles are about 9 studs wide.

As for the new parts, I've found 3 dog bone beams in the excavator, 3 long axle/pins (2 in the excavator and one in the front loader), plus the new worm gear in the Front Loader also. There could be more dog bones or long axle/pins, but these were what I could find or remember from a quick inspection, without being able to take pictures or write notes...

The box for this set has a new "logo" which states '3X models' and no '2 in 1' like the other boxes. Presumably there are no "B-models" for this box. Here an interesting challenge for you, to try to come out with some alternative models for this set.



42024: Container Truck
828 pieces

This is the largest set for the January releases. It has an European style Skip Truck with an yellow cab (13 wide plus the mudguard beams - 15 wide overall at the wheels), DBG bumper and black front grill. The rear chassis and and lifting arms come in red, and the skip in blue.

It has 6 wheels with the new tires mentioned above and a two-function switch box to control the the skipping functions. With the yellow lever at one position, the knob on the other side controls the rear outriggers with one small LA (similar principle as used in the 42008 Service Truck, but flat feet instead of panel "blades"), and at the other position it rotates the lifting arms via two large LAs.
There is an automated mechanism the locks the skip when the rear outriggers are raised and then it dumps the rubbish, and when the outriggers are lowered the lift arms unload the skip out of the truck. A very smart and well done mechanism, indeed!

I don't remember any new parts here, but likely I'll be proved wrong...
Although we get two 5 x 11 panels (64782) in blue for the first time, and one in yellow (still not the return from the already rare red ones...)
The skip is tied to the lifting arms with some pearl dark gray Bionicle chain links (53551).

This set can be upgraded and functions motorized, with supplemental Motor Set 8293.



The Pull Backs

These use the same pull back motor released in 2013 with 42010 and 42011.

42026: PB3 F1 (Black Champion Racer)
160 pieces

This is a sleek and nice Black/Orange F1 car, in a small and pull back version.

Here I almost got the biggest excitement of the day...
Despite the catalog shows a couple of long rigid 3mm hoses to make the apperance of the smooth cockpit and front nose curves, the real model has a couple of nice black soft axles... For some time I believed to be in the presence of the so much desired and rare 19L soft axles return.
Then I realized on the name written in the box (which btw is probably not the name of the final product) - "PB3 F1"... I immediately though about my friend Crowkillers (Paul Boratko III) who created a big demand and desire for the rare 19L black soft axles, when he used them in his mythic Vampire GT. All these put together, I imagined some kind of homage from the Designers teams, to the fans community. If it was not really the case somehow, for when we rest in doubt as we get to see the first preliminary and blurry images...
Although then I decided to take one axle apart and measure it, jut to make sure... and they're 16L instead!!... However they were never released in this color/length combination before, which constitutes an even bigger advantage of this release.
After all "PB3" may also read as "Pull Back 3", as we are now getting the third and fourth pull-back racers in the series, and this may have not been nothing more then a result from my fertile imagination...

Seen form the underside, this model also looks fantastic because of the way the Designer have used some black panels. It really mimics the aerodynamic ground effect used in sport cars (F1 in particular) to create a down force.

Also no new parts that I found in this model, although it comes with some really nice stickers (which are present in all 1H14 sets from the Technic assortment, except presumably the last one below) with a fantastic silver light or chrome effect.



42027: Off Road (Desert Racer)
160 pieces

This is another pull back racer with an off road look, and lime color.
It has a manual front winch and ofc the pull back function.

Again, no new parts that I've seen in this, but that's me...

It was not indicated whether both pull back models could be combined in one single and larger model, from official building instructions provided by TLG, like with their ancestors from 2013.
Usually such information comes in the rear side of the boxes, but the mockups currently available still didn't have the artwork for the rear side, and consequently no information about the B-models, for these and any other new sets.
The dealer's catalog also do not make a mention, but rumors say the two sets could be combined to build a larger 6-wheeled pull back truck! Besides the two models to use different tires (respectively 55978 37 x 22 ZR and 61481 43.2mm D. x 26mm Balloon Small )...



42025: Cargo Plane
1308 pieces

This is the largest set for the season and as usual it is planned for general availability in March.
Probably it will appear about one month earlier, at Argos or some other large retailer as an exclusive launch, like it has been the case in the past 3-4 years.

This is a large bi-motor cargo aircraft with about 70 studs wing span, for you to get an idea of the dimensions.
It is mostly white, with just the vertical rear stabilizer and rudder (not functional, I think) colored blue.
The rotors in the motors use the same blades (99012) as in the Chinook.

This set will be a bit more expensive than its counterpart in 2013 (The 42000 Grand Prix Racer), as it will come with motorization out-of-the-box (one PF M-motor and the respective Battery Box).
As for the functions, it includes:
  • Motorized spinning rotors
  • Motorized landing gear. Guess this is valid for the front and rear landing gears. For the rear ones there are some fairing panels which cover/uncover the wheels, although I don't know whether these also raise/lower, or if it is only the fairings that move up and down.
  • Motorized front cargo bay - The whole plane cockpit moves upwards, giving access to the interior cargo bay. One mini-LA is in charge here.
  • Motorized rear cargo bay - A descent 5 x 11 panel like in the 9396 Helicopter. Another mini-LA is also in charge here.
  • The flaps and ailerons move manually, although not sure whether they move independently (guess they do) - Several black knob wheels (32072) in use to make these functions work.
  • Don't know whether the elevators also move, but guess not.
  • We can see several red levers (4 of them) on top of the fuselage and behind the wings, which I presume to be there to control the switch box (likely two of them) and to move the flaps/ailerons (likely another two of them).

And... here we get the new 3 x 11 Technic panels. Six of them at least, in white ofc!!
In overall this is a set with abundant number of Technic panels, or weren't they perfect to achieve very nice rounded effects, so characteristic from airplanes because of their intrinsic aerodynamics. Counted at least 42 panels in this model...

Again a reference in the catalog to "New internet page and digital media for additional support" - Probably also a reference to 3D building instructions being available soon.
Still I don't think the paper building instruction booklets will disappear for the main models, at least in the next few coming years.


Looking forward to find these available from LEGO.com/Shop, not that far...

I maybe adding new details to this post as you raise questions, if I remember further details to answer or clarify your questions.



Edit:
Seen this image from the wonderful Cargo Plane in a couple of forums. It looks to be taken from a fabric promotional retail display flag (something I don't see in Technic for many, many years) and someone's hair in front, looking at it. No watermarks here!...




Last Update: 2013.Oct.08


Saturday, October 5, 2013

2013 LEGO Technic commercial

While most have not yet seen the 1H14 LEGO Technic sets, and for the case you have also not seen this, here it is the new LEGO Technic commercial, for the 2H13 sets, featuring the impressive 42009 Mobile Crane MK II.




Nicely made! For the moment in a German version, but who cares?...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Daywalker at auction, for charity

Paul Boratcko (Crowkillers) in his singular generosity and solidarity, decided once more to auction at eBay one of his models for charity.
This time he will be auctioning the white version of his magnificent Vampire GT, aka Daywalker.

All the proceedings generated with this auction, will be donated to help a young boy (Brayden Yorchak) diagnosed with a brain tumor to fight for life (you can read the full story from the promo image below).



Only one day has elapsed since the auction started and it already raised to $640 after 77 bids at the time I'm writing this post (The previous Vampire GT auction raised $1.626 for Make-a-Wish, after 10 days and 42 bids).

Guess there are not much here, who can afford helping this cause. Nevertheless for those who can, or those just curious to see till where the bids grow, here it is the auction link.

Good luck with the auction Brayden!


PS: The chrome wheels with the red ring are amazingly awesome!!! Drooling till I get one set for my cars...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #40 - Custom Tracks

From time to time, fans has come with different proposals to build their one tracks, out of small LEGO elements (always lots of them).

Most recently jorgeopesi (Jorge Garcia Reyes) came with his own proposal.




Although it doesn't use just LEGO Technic elements (see the bars), it seems a very nice solution and the frictionless half pins make it very flexible.
A highly partcount intensive design, though!...


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


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