Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Here's a press release, product information and designer interviews for what looks like the most super Technic Super Car yet. Make yourself comfortable, there's a lot to read...

42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 2,704 pieces.
US $299.99 - CA $349.99 - DE 299.99€ - UK £249.99 - DK 2599.00 DKK
Available June 1st from shop.LEGO.com worldwide and brand stores in Germany and Austria, then elsewhere August 1st. No early access for VIPs.

Discover the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS!

Experience the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS with this authentic LEGO Technic replica. Inside the box you’ll discover a special collector’s book chronicling the history of LEGO Technic and Porsche GT cars, together with 4 original-design rims bearing the RS emblem.

The sets of elements are boxed, and the building sequence gives an insight into the real-life vehicle’s assembly process. The model features detailed, orange bodywork, red suspension springs, detailed headlights, taillights, brake calipers and rims with low-profile tires.

The accessible cockpit features a detailed dashboard, working gearbox, steering wheel with gearshift paddles, racing seats and a glove compartment containing a unique serial number.

Functions include opening doors and hood with storage compartment and suitcase, and an opening rear lid that houses a detailed flat 6 engine with moving pistons.

This 1:8 scale model has been designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience

  • Features authentically designed aerodynamic bodywork, adjustable rear spoiler, headlights and taillights, red suspension springs, original-design rims with RS emblem, detailed brake calipers, low-profile tires, working gearbox, working steering wheel with gearshift paddles, detailed seating, glove compartment with unique model serial number, opening doors, opening hood containing a suitcase, and an opening rear lid with detailed flat 6 engine.
  • Includes a collection of authentic stickers.
  • Check out the orange color scheme.
  • Open the doors to access the detailed cockpit.
  • Lift the rear lid to access the detailed flat 6 engine with moving pistons.
  • Open the glove compartment to reveal the unique serial number.
  • Delivered in luxurious box packaging.
  • Includes a special full-color collector’s book including the history of LEGO® Technic and Porsche GT cars, plus comprehensive building instructions.
  • This LEGO Technic model is designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience.
  • This set includes over 2,700 pieces.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS measures over 6” (17cm) high, 22” (57cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.


There's more...

Product information

The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS: the art of engineering and design in 2,704 elements

One of the latest models in the legendary 911 family, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, is appearing as a detailed LEGO Technic model. The exclusive LEGO set of the exceptional sports car, which has been developed in close conjunction with Porsche AG, will initially be available at shop.LEGO.com from June 1st, 2016, as well as in the 13 LEGO stores throughout Germany and Austria. It will be available in other stores from August 1st, 2016.

Munich, April 25, 2016. Like every sports car with the Porsche emblem on the hood, the LEGO version of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS also combines design, performance, and functionality. Still concealed in black-and-white foil as a mystery model at the Nuremberg toy fair late January, the color of the characteristic bodywork has now been revealed and shines in bright orange. Thus, it corresponds to the special coating of the original sports car in lava orange authentically.

The model, which has 2,704 elements, also delights the beholder with sleek, aerodynamic lines and an adjustable rear spoiler. Besides many authentic features, the packaging and accessories that come with this complex LEGO Technic model also contribute to a building experience rich in variety: among other things, the box contains a comprehensive collector’s book with exclusive background information on the development of the model.

Furthermore, the elements of the individual assembly groups are packed in separate boxes for the first time and, together with the detailed instructions, provide an insight into the assembly process of the actual vehicle.

The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS combines design and functionality

According to Ferry Porsche, driving enjoyment is not created by comfort –quite the opposite is the case. Consequently, the LEGO model also features a few rough edges that give it identity and character, just like the powerful original on which it is based: the authentically recreated bodywork is convincingly realistic with its characteristically low and sloping design, the large cooling air intakes at the front, the surface contouring of its roof and compartment lid, the unique front wheel arch air outlets of the lightweight carbon fenders and the striking rear wings.

Both the performance and the sportiness of the original have been realistically reproduced in various technical features on the LEGO model. One particular highlight is the fully functional Porsche double-clutch transmission with four gears and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. But all technically minded LEGO fans will especially love building and playing with the six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons underneath the rear lid.

In addition to the technical features, the interior of the model is also authentic and close to the original. A detailed dashboard, a steering wheel with gearshift paddles, racing seats, and a glove compartment concealing a unique serial number can all be found in the easily accessible cockpit. Using this serial number, additional exclusive content can also be released from June 1st 2016 by following www.lego.com/technic.

Further product highlights on the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS for master builders aged 16 and over include:

  • Opening doors and hood
  • A trunk with case
  • Authentic stickers to give the model the faithful final touch
  • Rims in the original design with RS emblem

The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a 1:10 scale model and is 17 cm high, 57 cm long, and 25 cm wide.


And more...

Designers interview

The designers of the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS Andrew Woodman and Uwe Wabra are talking about their dream project – from the idea to the complete model.

What was the idea behind this project?

Andrew Woodman, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic: As a lover of design and high-performance cars, it was a dream to make the Porsche 911 our first model. When we started to collect ideas for this new LEGO Technic model, we realized that we wanted to create more than just a great building experience. It should be all over special. We knew that we needed a partner with the perfect vehicle that was both highly desirable and a true icon. So we reached out to Porsche.

How did the cooperation with Porsche run?

Andrew Woodman: The cooperation with Porsche was fantastic. The employees are incredibly passionate for the Porsche brand and showed huge interest in our LEGO Technic model.

From our very first meeting it was clear that Porsche shared the same passion for the vision of this concept and together we decided upon using the current 911 GT3 RS as the first vehicle in this LEGO Technic series.

How much time did the whole process take and what were the particular development steps?

Andrew Woodman: The whole process took almost two ages: From the development of initial design ideas concerning the concept in winter 2013 to the final approval of the model by Porsche in fall 2015.

Uwe Wabra, Senior Designer, LEGO Technic: When we started our initial drafts in 2013, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS project remained top secret. Therefore I had to build the first LEGO version using photos of the camouflaged prototype of the original from the internet. The first LEGO prototype was ready in a matter of weeks.

Andrew Woodman: We presented the result of the first model to the design team of the 911 GT3 RS at Porsche and discussed the basic technical functionalities as well as the shape of the body. On the basis of this feedback we designed the next model and simultaneously started with the development of the wheels rims which are an important part of the legendary design of the car. Afterwards we visited the Porsche Development Center in Weissach as well as the Porsche GT workshop area. During intensive working phases we worked out the elements and details of the car and perfected them. The final step was the approval by Porsche.

Did you experience a special moment during the development phase?

Andrew Woodman: During our visit at the Porsche GT workshop area we could see a preproduction 911 GT3 RS complete and finished in lava orange. This was the first time we saw the car in color – all the others had been black which made it difficult to see the proportions and details of the car.

How many persons were involved in the development process?

Andrew Woodman: Several persons participated in the development of this model: Among others, a graphic designer started working on the required decorations and stickers. In the meantime model designers worked further on the styling and on the development of particular components, for example the gearbox.

What were the challenges during the development of the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS?

Andrew Woodman: One of the biggest challenges for us laid in designing an element that works on the 911 GT3 RS, but also in general with all others LEGO Technic elements. Furthermore something that could work in our system for years to come.

Uwe Wabra: It was important to integrate as many of the advanced technical functionalities from the real 911 GT3 RS as we could. The steering and suspension were difficult enough, but our biggest challenge was the creation of the functioning double-clutch transmission with gearshift paddles.

About the designers:

Andrew Woodman is Senior Design Manager at LEGO Technic and working for the LEGO Group since 2003. The design lover has a passion for all kinds of vehicles, yachts and architecture. He passes on this passion and knowledge for design by lecturing at colleges hopefully inspiring and motivating others to become interested in his profession.


Uwe Wabra is Senior Designer in the LEGO Technic department. He has been working for the LEGO Group for already ten years. Uwe has a huge passion for all things automotive as a glance in his garage reveals. It really is an eclectic collection of cars, bikes and trucks, consisting of originals as well as models, which is spread all over his house.


We were not sent any pictures of the model's details so I've extracted these from the back of box image:

And here's the designer video!

What do you think?

153 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Is the scale 1:8 or 1:10?
Not that it matters - this is a day 1 purchase!

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By in United Kingdom,

The box says 1:8 but I see it erroneously says 1:10 (along with other mistakes) in the text.

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By in United Kingdom,

The sentence above the image of the back of the box says 1:10

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By in Ireland,

Will definitely pick this up. Price is painful, it's going to be an expensive year Technic wise. I was looking forward to a splash of colour, but I've to say that's it looked far more cohesive in the prelim's black, especially around the headlights. Not a fan of the shade of orange either.

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By in Czech Republic,

Looks great but 2700 pieces with price 300 euro?This is pretty overpriced cofee...

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By in United States,

Prices are getting out of reach

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By in France,

i like it but 300 euros is a big kick in the wallet!

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By in United Kingdom,

Day 1 purchase for me... I see more value in this than Hoth, Batcave and other sets that have prices inflated by minifigs and Hollywood taxes...

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By in United Kingdom,

£250? That's ridiculous. A great model for sure but common sense prevails... I'll pass.

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By in Ireland,

Wow! Looks gorgeous in orange!
Ouch! €300!

"...the elements of the individual assembly groups are packed in separate boxes for the first time..."
The first time since #8448 that is, which had boxes for chassis, front suspension, rear suspension, gearbox and engine.

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By in Poland,

I expected similar piece count, but I hoped it will include PF + RC for that price. It looks spectacular though, both in shaping and the colour.

Tough choice, but most probobably I'll only buy BWE this year.

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By in United States,

For $50 more you can get the Ghostbusters HQ which, in my opinion, is a much better model. It's a Technic car, not like these haven't been done before for so much cheaper.

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By in United Kingdom,

Beautiful, but orange?

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By in United Kingdom,

£250. for that!!!!!

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By in Ireland,

Lego is really going after the adult collectors this year. Does anyone want to do a figure for the cost of sets above 140euro vs previous years. And we've still got the Disney castle and some other huge sets to go. It does feel like they're especially money hungry at the moment

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for doing the research into the scale, that's going the extra mile!

Definitely getting this! £250 sounds a lot, but it's a good size and it works out at 9.2p a piece, which isn't excessive for a licensed set. Particularly one with the care that this one seems to have had in terms of packaging, booklet etc.

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By in Venezuela,

Wow, this is amazing. But a little too over piced

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By in Germany,

@Huw no Hollywood taxes, but Porsche taxes this time it seems.

But I wonder what is to expect from "using the current 911 GT3 RS as the first vehicle in this LEGO Technic series"? More to come?

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By in United States,

Wow, high price, but I think this will be my first Technic set. Love it!

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By in United States,

I've been told a friend who manages my local Lego store that this will be limited to 10,000 sets. VIP access on 5/15.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not normally a Technic fan, but that is a thing of beauty!

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By in United Kingdom,

Loved the black and white 'test car,' version trialled earlier in the year at trade shows and was pretty sure I'd buy this. But it doesnt look a tenth as cool in orange though.

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By in Germany,

I also wonder if this would be limited, but I think they would've clearly announced it.

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By in United Kingdom,

@cehable01, the material we were sent explicitly states there is no early VIP access and as far as I'm aware it's a normal retail set that, while initially available from limited places only, will find its way into regular shops in August. so is not limited in number.

It was, after all, shown at the toy fairs earlier this year, which exclusives and limited sets aren't.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the orange bodywork and for this alone it is a very tempting set. However, £250 does seem excessive.

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By in Sweden,

Similar piece count as 42043: Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 but €100 more, just ridiculous.

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By in Australia,

Looks very nice, and would tempt me to build my first TECHNIC set ever if it weren't for the AU$500 price tag...

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By in Belgium,

Loved it in black, don't like it in orange. I'm not going to buy it.

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By in United States,

I am loving that orange! The price, not so much. Still, this is the most tempted I've been by such an expensive set.

I wonder if Obi-Wan will fit in there...

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By in United States,

@Huw, I'm just sharing what I was told (as of a week ago). He showed me pics of this set with its orange paint job weeks ago. And on the American Lego store calendar, there is a VIP early release announced for May 18-21. If there is no confirmation that any of the other projected big sets for the year (that aren't part of a theme or seasonal) are coming in June that fit that bill, it makes sense that the VIP early access in the United States May 18-21 would be for the Porsche.

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By in Canada,

I love the paint job, and the sheer amount of effort put into this model. It looks like there was a designer video for the model, but it has since been removed.

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By in Australia,

Whoops! That's what happens when you leave your Porsche parked out on the street overnight! I hope the owner was insured.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not convinced by the colour, and not overly impressed by the bodywork either, particularly around the nose, but it's what's under the skin that counts, and it sounds like that's where the money's gone (well, that and the licence).

Working gearbox? Yes please!

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By in United Kingdom,

Ok, so I'm hugely excited by this set, and this press release is full of detail and makes it even more desirable. I do have some observations:

Was it translated by Google? Some of the mistakes and sentence structure and words hint that this wasn't written by someone with English as their first language. I don't mind the 1:8/1:10 typo, but "authentically" instead of "authenticity" in the second paragraph of the Product Description sounds wrong to me.

"Includes a collection of authentic stickers." & "Delivered in luxurious box packaging." Umm... so it comes in a box and it has *authentic* stickers? Okay! :-)

And the only problem I have with the car at all is the gap beneath the front headlights. Very conspicuous when the car is orange. But I can easily live with that - the rest of the car is just so good.

Finally, the price. I don't know if price per piece applies well to Technic models, but it doesn't sound too bad to me. Also, there may be a slight increase due to the brand being such an aspirational status symbol. Also, I think they are trying to broaden appeal outside the traditional Technic fan base with this - it's the most 'panelled' car I've ever seen, and it's why I'm interested in it...

Ooh - one more thing. The designer said "the first vehicle in this LEGO Technic series" - so it is intended that there will be more like this!

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By in New Zealand,

Lego has put up a designer's video for this set few minuets ago then removed, anyone saw it? According to the lucky people who saw the video there are 4 separate boxes within the BOX and one very THICK booklet.

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By in United Kingdom,

@cehable01, Minecraft The Village will be available mid May to VIPs ahead of a June 1st release.

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By in Australia,

Wow Lego doing stella work with these press releases lately ;) @Huw, I assume the they expect most places to just use one paragraph of the releases? If not then they repeat them selves a lot, a numbe or errors too.

Lastly what does 'authentic stickers' even mean, obviously they are licensed but I'd expect nothing but authentic stickers in a Lego set. Not sure why it's a selling point, now all printed parts would be worth talking about.

Anyway I think the model is great, will be geting this one.

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By in United States,

What happened to large technic sets having a fantastic price/piece ratio? I mean, obviously this isn't the first large technic set to not have a great ratio, but I always saw large technic sets as a great place to amass a large number of pieces. I guess I can see the Porsche lisence, large panels, or orange pieces adding to the cost, but still...

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By in United States,

VERY nice! I don't usually collect Technic, usually buying things more along the lines of Star Wars, and I would even get this given the choice between it and Insult on Hoth.

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By in Slovakia,

*heavy breathing* ..so sad i am out of money :D now i am going to cry for some days :D so beautifull ... :)

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By in United States,

Finally an official technic supercar with a level of detail that starts to compare with the MOC beauty's produced by the likes of sheepo and crowkillers! Super excited to get a hold of this!

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By in United States,

Just curious...does this come with an opening glove compartment with a unique serial number?

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By in United Kingdom,

Holy snot; the box is fantastic! I wish they'd do that with the large scale Creator Expert vehicles and other Direct To Consumer sets.

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By in Canada,

OMG!!! Must have. Looks absolutely awesome. Great model.

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By in United Kingdom,

I might just have to get this. It helps that my favourite colour is orange...

For some reason I seem to be getting more and more interested in Technic over the past few months. I also want the BWE.

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By in Australia,

Lots of comments re colour & bodywork - do consider the actual car model 991 2016. The colour & body details are faithful to the real; and it's neither a bog-standard nor backyard mod kit 911. Perhaps the C-pillar needs a meatier 'kink', other than that well done TLG.

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By in United Kingdom,

Being a Porsche driver this is a day one purchase for me. I'm a little disappointed that it is not purple which is the other exclusive 911 GT3 RS colour.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking forward to getting this. Should be getting this at my work (Toymaster) and as I get 20% off that would mean 'only' £200 lol

Not a Euro fan - I will always love JDM cars - but this looks the business! Think PF on this would make it more 'r/c toy' and less 'display piece' - and at that price you could get a brilliant Tamiya R/C racer that's fully upgradeable.

We should be getting this in August - will be putting a deposit down and paying £50 a month so be ready for me for Xmas ;)

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By in United States,

I have never really been a fan of Lego Technic, but this looks so superb I may well be getting it, even despite it's hefty pricetag.

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By in United Kingdom,

When I saw this in the Black and White preview pattern I thought it was just 'good'. Now with it coming out in Orange, which may I add is my favourite colour, I'm in love!

The designer video sells it to me even more. I initially did think the price was a little high but when you look at the video, you can see the lengths they've gone to and why it commands a higher price. The booklet is quite thick in size and looks of a high quality along with how the box internals are presented.

I don't have any space to even store sets of this size any more but I'll be sure to clear things out to make space for this beauty!

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By in United States,

"Includes a collection of authentic stickers."
Boo!

"Check out the orange color scheme."
I thought it looked better in black.

edit: For this price I would expect Power Functions and full RC.

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By in Netherlands,

whooww - really nice, but I will skip this one . . . this is way above budget . . . Lego is More and More a way of living for the wealthy among us :-( sorry LEGO

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By in United Kingdom,

I would have preferred black to be honest......

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By in United Kingdom,

Ha! Knew it was a GT3 RS!

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By in United States,

Black does hide the gaps more..

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By in United States,

If anybody wants to see the video, LEGO has put it up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialLEGOshop/videos/1148756951823519/

This is a phenomenal design! The orange color looks fantastic and unique, and there's all kinds of great functionality that goes above and beyond even some of the LEGO Technic "Super Cars"! Sure, it's pricy, but it's not an outrageous value considering what all you get. I wonder what kind of online content the code tile will unlock.

Overall, this is a Technic set worth saving up for!

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By in Canada,

For the price I think it should be a limited edition.

I'm surprised that Lego didn't release this set on the 911's 50th anniversary a couple of years ago. (They could have raised the price even more!)

I just might buy this set, stash it in my closet and hope the value goes up. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel like I'm voicing a minority here, but OH MY GOD this is up there (or down there) with the Batcave and Hoth. For £250 I expect a remote control beast faster than anything Lego has ever produced, not this manual rubbish that's the colour of DOG DIARRHOEA! (And I'm speaking from experience there....)

Granted, the flappy paddle gearbox is cool, but I'm honestly very let down by this.

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By in United States,

Oh man, in love with this set! However, I'll only build it in my dreams. No chance of saving up. When my mother passed not long ago, I had to sell all of my Legos to keep the house. And I'm disabled so not really any options to make side money. I must find a way though! I will find a way, lol!

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By in United States,

Gosh, that is one great model, fantastic design, etc! But, I simply cannot spend that much on a set... These prices are getting out of reach. I'd rather buy a Modular building, and put the difference in my retirement account.

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By in United Kingdom,

So this is the first vehicle in this Lego Technical series... There's gonna be more!!!

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By in Australia,

This is a stunning set (the orange will have to grow on me.. which it already is...) and a must purchase.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with stet's points here. Full PF and pneumatics might reach the price tag but the cost of this set is mostly panels, wheels and the licence.

To release it in orange is definitely to aim for those who will make it once and keep it, without getting the value from the bricks, the collectors more than the builders. Reducing the rebuild value goes against LEGO's core values. It suggests TLG is in danger of enslavement as a revenue whore like other businesses :( There would have been more value from a black colour scheme; for those who like stickers (not me) it could have had the swirly stickers as an interesting option in the Test Car theme like 8865.

The idea of the double-clutch and flappy-paddle gearbox is encouraging. Car enthusiasts will have fun with that for years. Glad they have kept true to the system re-use of parts.

The assembly process might be interesting, though most Technic cars would not be far off a car assembly process by default - increasingly modular from the bottom up. Hope the "Luxurious ..." cardboard boxes are worth the environmental cost ;) The Statue of Liberty had white ones and I still keep bricks in some of the boxes.

"... the LEGO model also features a few rough edges that give it identity and character ..." gets 10/10 as a creative but unbelievable excuse that "it's LEGO, with gaps and corners" :) To LEGO fans, LEGO sells itself. Perhaps they felt the general press release needed more ABS!

"Both the performance and the sportiness of the original have been realistically reproduced in various technical features on the LEGO model." So it will do 0-12.5kph (1/8 scale of 100kph) in 3 seconds? Do we have a new miraculously-powerful PF motor, battery and speed controller? Nah! The performance might be hindered by the "lightweight carbon fenders" being heavier to scale in LEGO than in real life!

Glad it's not an exclusive limited-edition model. If it were then I wouldn't bother. The reduced rebuild value in orange makes it a casual purchase for me so as long as there's one available and I don't have to pay full price then I'll buy one. I won't keep it built for ever. Other than the clutch system, I think the other 2016 Technic sets will have more engineering value. What would make me rejoice is if the connection between the paddles and the gearbox used a new Flex system, but I won't get my hopes up.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've already bought the ghostbusters HQ, brick bank, batcave and Lego dimensions. I still need to get the hoth base, the other technic sets coming in the summer and now this comes along!!! Not to mention the Death Star and Big Ben which we haven't seen yet. Lego certainly have a nasty habit of emptying my bank account and adding to credit cards lol.

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By in United States,

dang it, I thought with the "meh" big sets this year, my wallet would finally get a break, but then this comes out. I'll probably have to choose between this and Big Ben, lets wait and see what that has to offer

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh, one reason for preferring black was that it would mean that those technic curved panels would be in one of the more common colours of black, although orange is fast becoming a common technic colour.

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By in United States,

@Mark_Bellis: I don't really see how you got to that conclusion. Choosing a rarer color like orange rather than a more common color like black means this set has loads of great new recolors. That, to me, makes it seem EXTREMELY useful for people who wish to build their own creations, since it opens up lots of new color palette opportunities.

That's not to say a black color scheme wouldn't have looked cool or been useful to MOCists, but I don't see how choosing a rarer color reduces the rebuild value one bit. Even as somebody who doesn't buy a whole lot of Technic sets, seeing rarer colors in Technic instead of just the run-of-the-mill red, yellow, blue, black, and white always gets me very excited about what new MOCing possibilities those recolors will offer.

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By in United Kingdom,

Model looks great but I'm glad I'm not a big technic fan. Big kick in the wallet there. Seems like it should be at least a third cheaper.

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By in United States,

While black would have been nice, it is obvious that Lego made the model in a color(or close to a color) that the actual car comes in, which makes sense..

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't fault the effort that TLG has put into this product. The presentation (even if preliminary; check out the designer video) is absolutely wonderful and reminiscent of older large-scale Technic sets. Honestly, I think more expensive sets should be packaged and presented this way, it's the least they could do for the amount you're spending.

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By in Slovakia,

Fortunately I am not into technic, even without this this it's gonna be quite expensive year for me :)

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By in Canada,

Pricey but I think worth it in the end! Looks awesome from what I have seen so far! Think I will end up getting it as I have slowly started to collect Technic cars and trucks since returning to the Lego world.

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By in Netherlands,

I guess you will pay for the whole experience too (just saw the designer video).

Just though about it, when will Technic sets have real windows? xd

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By in United States,

The "preliminary packaging" disclaimer makes me nervous for yet another unnecessary letdown when this is released.

That book, though! Good grief - looks like it will give the Studio book a run for its money!

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By in Germany,

The only thing that I like is that the Porsche HQ is in my home town. I won't buy it, I need the money for other sets,... But I adore the packaging and booklet!

It is a pity that the only member of my family who worked at Porsche has passed away years ago. Maybe the get staff discount. ;-)

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By in Sweden,

A very interesting set, but:
1) It's a shame they chose orange, it doesn't do the 911 justice. The preliminary black version looked far better. 2) Without "hand of god" steering it will be hard to play with this thing. 3) The set is too pricey, it excludes most fans. Would have been better to take away all fancy stuff (such as books) to make an affordable set instead.

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By in Indonesia,

Skips my wanted list altogether straight on to number 1 on the must-have list. Fortunately cornering of even this fantastic Lego-Porsche 911 Super-Super car isn't good enough to prevent it from crashing into my piggy-bank, which in turn won't prevent me from racing to the Lego store as soon as it's available.

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By in Sweden,

- Jesus Christ, Allah and Buddah! This. I. Need. !! Preferably, uhm, Now!? xD

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By in United States,

Don't care for 911's... can't see myself giving up $300 worth of other Lego sets just for this, BUT what a great looking technic model this thing is! Orange is the new Black, so everyone calm down on the color chose ;-). I don't think the price is a problem, it's high, but not unjustified. For everyone wanting all those new parts (not really all that many) just be patient, the trickle down effect will happen and you will see all (maybe not the rims) the parts land in sets next year.

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By in New Zealand,

To wake up and find this post is fantastic. I will have to read the full article later.

Cost wise, it's 1:524. LOL.

This is a must buy. The end of 2016 is going to be expensive. Not that the first half of 2016 has been cheap

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By in Germany,

I'm not even interested in technic sets, or cars for that matter (so I won't be tempted to spend this kind of money :-)), but this set blows me away. Great job LEGO (in particular, after the "Assault on Hoth" disaster)!

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By in United Kingdom,

Someone above suggested this would be the late May VIP set trailed in the US store calendar, but I thought Big Ben was a shoot in for that?

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By in New Zealand,

That's a big wad of cash for a pre-crushed Porsche. Mind you, that *is* the best thing for them, so y'know ... faithful model, well done Lego.

I have to say, I've never been a fan of Technic and this just reinforces my standpoint. That is one butt-ugly model...

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By in United States,

Do Technic sets of this scale and price come with instructions for Power Functions integration?

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By in France,

An awesome model that captures perfectly the shape of this Porsche with:
- a great color choice
- some specific new parts

But
- an overpriced set
- to me too few real technical features

Conclusion : I'll be passing...

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By in United States,

For that price, I'm pretty sure I'll pass - but the build would be amazing. I would consider going in on this set with a couple of others - build it, take it apart, and hand it off. This would look great collecting dust on a shelf but it's an expensive paperweight.

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By in Australia,

So 300USD which means us Aussies (and our Asian neighbours) are going to get a screwjob on the price for this set... Fine but for that price, I would expect to see power functions and possibly remote control and at the very least some additional instructions for add on power functions and remote control. The Lego group owe it to us given this set costs a small fortune. And what the hell? Stickers? Given the cost I would have everything to be printed and no stickers. The price, lack of power functions and remote control (even if they charged extra for it) and the stickers is a disappointment considering the model is a work of art.

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By in United States,

I would love to own it, if I had an interest in Technic and had $300 laying around.

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By in United Kingdom,

If I am not mistaken, unlike exclusive sets, this set will be on retail and we should see some discount at some points?

As many, I am not a technical fan but I am really considering acquiring this beauty.

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By in Netherlands,

I'm quite the carfanatic but think it looks nothing like a 911. There's glimpses of Porsche hidden in there but that's about it, no way I'm spending 300E on something that just doesn't look that good on display. Such a shame.

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By in United States,

So long Hoth, hello Porsche!

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By in Denmark,

Wonder how some can complain about the colour - the model comes in THE signature colour of the actual car. Close to zero will be manufactured in black.

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By in United States,

HOLY CRAP. That's the best D2C I've seen this year!

Just skimmed through the press release of lengthiness, and am I reading it right when it says double-clutch transmission and brake paddles?! That's kind of amazing. Plus it looks really cool in orange... I'd have preferred purple, but I guess this works too. Only thing is, it's kind of pricey for 2700 pieces and no power functions, but there's a lot of new pieces in it.

Is there a B-Model for this thing?

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By in United States,

This looks incredible - I've never been a fan of technic - have 500 sets of Lego, and the only kind of technic one is the Dark Side developer kit. I have to say, this model looks beautiful, its a 'crossover' model - where it has appeal to fans outside of technic.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is how a UCS set should be done. Nuff said.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like this quite a lot (saying this as somebody who doesn't usually buy big Technic sets like this!) even if £250 is quite steep for what you get... but why is it only going to be available in physical brand stores in Germany and Austria when it is released online worldwide in June? So I can't go to a physical brand store in the UK on the 1st June and buy it there, I have to use the shambles that is [email protected] if I want to buy it in the UK on day one? Hardly seems fair for somebody like me who has practically renounced online shopping but wants to buy this when it's first available... in June

But for those complaining about the price, I used to be a scale car model collector, and I've seen some 1:8 scale models that retail for more than £3,000. And they come pre-assembled so you don't have the fun of building them either. Suddenly this doesn't seem like terrible value ;o)

I wonder if I can get a Bionicle figure behind the wheel of this beast though :o)

But overall, after what I call the Badcave, the Insult on Hoth and the Mediocre Village, this has somewhat redeemed my faith in LEGO's big sets this year, and I'm strongly considering purchasing it despite the hefty price tag :o)

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By in United States,

Have to agree the model is ugly--I've never yet seen a Technic car I consider visually attractive--but the build details sound fabulous! The first major set this year I consider absolutely worth the price, and then some. Space and price considerations may keep me from buying it, but I suspect knowing how much I'd regret letting it go will get me to overcome those reservations.

Except...what if the next Technic car they do is of a vehicle I actually *like* as opposed to respect? Dither, dither, dither....

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By in United States,

I wanted this until they made it orange.

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By in Australia,

For me this ticks all the boxes, i think its one of the closest representations of an actual vehicle they have done with sticking to actual lego pieces rather than just moulding a full scale body panel, as for the orange, i love it, the black and camo leaked photos i didn't like, while it did look cool i'm so glad they when with the orange like the actual RS. The other thing that appeals to me is the exclusive parts like the wheels and the packaging, i for one like to keep my boxes as i love the colours and print quality and having the detail instruction book with additional Porsche info will be awesome, they have really lifted the bar with this one. I'll have my order in as soon as its available.

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By in United States,

I just watched the designer video and I'm even more impressed. The working dual clutch gearbox and paddle shifters are going to make this build a really fun experience! Seeing how things work is one of the reason I love the Technic line. It may lack a modest piece count to cost ratio, but the collector's box, serialized number piece (you can see it in the video), the HUGE scale, new pieces and license are totally worth the pricing. LEGO is really targeting the AFOL crowd here. Can't wait!

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By in Canada,

I've never cared for Technic nor cars. This is almost changing my mind. Incredible set!

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By in Hong Kong,

black

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By in Italy,

I support the precedent comment:
"It's a shame they chose orange, it doesn't do the 911 justice. The preliminary black version looked far better."
But... It's A MUST! I want that. Please, UCS and LIMITED EDITION!

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By in United States,

Can't express how excited I am for this set. It looks even better than I thought it would. I love that it doesn't rely on the stickers to capture the iconic look of the 911, and the brakes look amazing. This is a great year for Technic.

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By in United Kingdom,

Orange... I know its the signature colour of this model....but ....orange...
...I do love those rims....but orange.....orange and the price tag, as much as I love Porsche .....but it's a Porsche.....but orange...

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By in United States,

Fantastic model, I would love to have this! But, $300 seems a little too much. =(

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By in United States,

guys we know it 300 dollar or 250 pounds or 300 euros, but look at that packaging the box at least takes 15 dollars to make and 10 dollars to print and the the inside boxes and tire holders and and the book its HUGE! its at least 200 dollars to print all the pages and have somebody put the damn book together with writing and detailed instructions and all the new parts they have to compensate for it takes hundreds of dollars to get new parts made. stop saying it over priced and appreciate all the care that went into making a mass produced set, thats the least you can do.

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By in United Kingdom,

My only problem with it is that I prefer Ferrari or McLaren to Porsche but apart from that it is simply stunning. The way it's packaged in smaller boxes inside the main box puts me in mind of 8448, the last great technic car in my opinion, until now that is!!! Can't wait to get this. My finances taking another kicking, looks like living on beans on toast for a bit but it's well worth it.

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By in United States,

While the packaging is very nice it is the actual product that matters. I would rather see this come with standard packaging and save $20.

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By in New Zealand,

A similar sized set (2794 peices) 42043 Mercedes Benz Arcos sold for £169.99 / $229.99 / 199.99€ in August last year.
This means this set has increased in price by 30% (USA) or 47% (UK) over a similar sized, licensed set.

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By in Canada,

Glad they made it orange and not the ugly black with the ugly camouflage stickers on it. What a change to the first technic car 853.
Do not really like the big gap below the headlights.

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By in France,

Well, for those that are complaining that this is "too expensive" and wanted a 911 made of bricks of the non-technic variety, there is always this: http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Porsche-911-GT-Finish-Line-75912

The Creator-series VW Camper, Mini Cooper and Ferrari are a different (less expensive) beast. I don't find the comparisons apt. However, the Mercedes Benz Arcos is a fairly apt comparison and as FlagsNZ pointed out... it was about 1/3 less (almost 1/2 less in the UK!). I can appreciate some good packaging, nice photos, sturdy box, awesome book, et cetera... but that's a hard pill to swallow.

What I'm curious about is the "specific content" that is linked to each model via the number on the glovebox. Alternate builds? More history of the Porsche? What could this be?

Personally, this doesn't fit into my collection... but I'll probably fight to make space. The build looks like an incredible experience. The idea of building alongside how an actual Porsche is built in the factory appeals to me. I'm not even a big car fan (heck, I don't even own a car) and this looks like fun.

Interestingly, on the designer's video, he notes that there are few pieces that are unique to this set. The wheels/rims and (if I remember right) one body panel. If one wasn't concerned too much about color coordinating, it seems like you could pretty much brinklink this... something to consider, particularly for those that are thinking this would look better in black.

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By in United States,

Didn't read all the comments, and someone else may have posted this, but did anyone else catch that this set is the first of a series? Saying that there will be other Technic cars to come that will be done in this manner (maybe like the modular buildings) for the next several years to come? So we could see many supercars and possibly classic cars come out of this. I have the past "supercars" with working gearboxes, and to see them return is wonderful! I actually just ordered from bricks and pieces enough parts to make a 5+R gearbox from the go cart set pieces. I won't likely get the Porsche, as my Technic purchase this year is the mining excavator, but I am excited to see if future models will come.

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By in Belgium,

Wow is LEGO pushing it's luck with sets like this? OK it's a Porsche and it's a big set, but 299€. For that price you can have a beautiful scale model which is better for a LEGO Technic car imo :) If it's that amount, I only spend it on big buildings like the ghostbusters HQ.

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By in United States,

All the moaning about the price...its 2700 pieces and a gigantic numbers of panels plus its licensed merch from porsche no less. I'm actually surprised there isn't another 50 dollars on the price tag!

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By in Netherlands,

€300 is a lot of money, but looking at the complete 'package' with the special box, custom rims, extreme book with information, history and the special - factory conform - building steps, I think it is justifiable. At least much better than the fault-on-Hoth set.

Also, take into account that this is a Porsche set, with licensing fees to be paid and the fact that a sports car has a much bigger appeal than a truck.

Don't know if it will be a day-1 purchase for me, but it sure is on my list of wanted sets. After the purchase of Ghostbusters HQ, Shield Helicarrier and Brick Bank already in 2016, my wallet needs a rest. :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a nice model, but absurdly overpriced. You'd expect a Technic model like this to be about £100 cheaper. I imagine that some of the extra price has gone into the Porsche license, but some of the lame things being touted as special ("red shocks, fake brakes, stickers, a nice box... wow!") really aren't going to excite most Technic fans. Pretty disappointed, and think I'll probably pass on principle.

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By in Hungary,

I am more excited than before. This set is absolutely stunning and day-1 purchase for me. Not just because it has great functionality and nice design but because it is worth the price. Just look at the comparsion with 8448's price (adjusted for inflation) by FlagsNZ. I like the orange as chosen colour but probably purple would have been more exclusive. Working steering wheel, suspension and fake engine is a must in this league. One thing I really miss function-wise is working brakes so I will try to modify it that way after some time.

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By in France,

thanks @FlagsNZ for your comment iro inflation. I was just wondering last night how much the 8860 would cost / compare in todays money. I remembering it being 'a lot of money' when i was 10 and i nagged my parents to get it for me as a birthday/xmas present combined. But what a set that was, and look at how much more advanced this car is (plus all the Porsche info etc). Yes it is a lot of money, but i think it looks value for money (if i can find some spare!!). thumbs up from me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great model but ludicrously overpriced. Lego needs to sit down, put £250 into context with real life and come up with sensible prices.

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By in Denmark,

^It is not "overpriced" - look above. LEGO is just not a bargain. Never was and should never be. The high price is part of the "magic".

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By in United Kingdom,

@Greendude....Well said. Its ludicrously overpriced. Anyone thinking otherwise, needs their head tested.

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess when you consider you can buy a fridge for £100 and a washing machine for £150 that does put it into context.

But it is right, from a company perspective, that LEGO caters for those who already have fridges and washing machines and disposable income and want to spend it on its products.

Nobody is forced to buy it after all, and if you can't afford it, well, there are plenty of alternatives: either off-brand clones or smaller sets.

I guess the question might be: is it right for LEGO to make people who can't afford expensive products desire them?

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By in Denmark,

^Or: is it right for Porsche to make people who can't afford expensive cars desire them?

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By in United Kingdom,

Exactly :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aanchir: The reason I say "reduced rebuild value" is that I use black or white more than orange, leaving more orange parts unused and therefore not valuable. These days I think more about making use of the parts; I don't buy LEGO just to possess it because it takes up space at home, plenty of space with 1.2M parts! I look at each piece and think what it builds best. Apart from the obvious "other orange cars", the new wheel arch piece might make a railway tunnel if it were grey or dark grey.

One piece I can definitely use a few of (e.g. 6 in the front fender) is the orange Liftarm 1 x 2 Thick with Pin Hole and Axle Hole, perhaps for my Technic BB-8 droid https://ideas.lego.com/projects/126131/updates but those pieces are a small proportion of the value of the set. Most of the value is the panels, wheels and instructions, so the re-use of the panels is of primary concern to overall value. I generally find flat and straight panels more useful than curved ones, though the large 5x11 curved ones are aerodynamic for flight experiments and the small 3x5 curved ones help with jet engine vanes and sphere segments. There's more than a hoop of the 3x13 panels, so an orange ring to go with the green one from 42039. I have found a use for various panels in reviving Classic Space themes with Technic functionality to go alongside a new monorail. This uses quite a few colours but the themes so far have not used so much orange, yellow or green. That's not to say there would never be an orange Space theme!

Each time I buy a Technic car I imagine building a decent RC car with the techniques I've learnt from the build and with the new parts, but I never get round to it. I prefer to leave that to the experts and build something else where I have more skill.

The best thing I hope for from the new clutch pieces is that it might be possible to control it remotely, to add PF remote controlled gear change to a Technic car.

As for the Porsche being the first of a series of models as @Bergie2 says, I hope it would not just be cars. A fully-functional, fully-pneumatic modern JCB, to out-do 8455, would be great. 8455 was £70 for a medium-sized model so a lot more could be done for £250, with larger wheels than 42054 and hot-swappable buckets and drill on the rear. Modern plant has more hydraulic functions than the 7 functions 8455 had; so does a bin lorry which would make another possibility. There's definitely scope for UCS versions of many of the standard Technic model types. I guess (hope) TLG has a few under wraps! And if they can solve the magnet-through-shell issues, maybe £250 would make a fully-functional PF BB-8 droid as I have tried to do.

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By in United States,

I'm not complaining about the price but for the price that it is I expected more. For this price I expect some level of Power Functions integration, preferably full remote control. For this price I would love to see more painted parts and no stickers.

But what we are getting as a bonus for this price is a premium book and packaging.

While the premium packaging and book is nice, if given the option I would rather have had the extra cost go into the actual product instead.

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By in New Zealand,

I posted a comparison to last year's 42043 Mercedes Benz Arcos which sold for £169.99 / $229.99 / 199.99€ . This showed an increased in price by 30% (USA) or 47% (UK) over a similar sized, licensed set.
42043 Mercedes Benz Arcos included a power functions L motor and all the new pneumatics.

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By in United Kingdom,

Fab.
Can we have a Nissan GT-R next please!

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By in United Kingdom,

I find it interesting (and a little funny, actually) that many people are complaining about the price yet would happily drop the same for a Star Wars UCS set that hasn't had anywhere near the love put into it that this has. The 2-3 year development time (which as I understand it is longer than usual for Technic) and the fact that whole package has the same (or even more) level of attention that you normally find in architecture sets probably contributed a fair bit to the price.

As it is, the fact this is going on wide sale means it'll probably be on Amazon, which in turn means it'll probably have a bit of a discount at some point; while it won't be the first Technic set I buy this year, the designer demonstration of that gearbox (!) certainly convinced me.

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By in United States,

@Mark Bellis: I understand how it is to use neutral colors a lot in your MOCs. I often have a hard time resisting the urge to use Titanium Metallic, Black, and Silver Metallic extensively in my Hero Factory and Bionicle MOCs, both because they're such common colors and because their neutral color means they can go with anything. But I think the challenge of using more varied colors is one worth confronting, and sets like this that make extensive use of less common or neutral colors make confronting that challenge a lot easier.

I guess I understand what you mean about it being hard to come up with other uses for bright colors. Since my background is mostly as a Bionicle builder, "realism" generally isn't a big concern for me (after all, robots and fantasy vehicles can be any color), but for somebody with a background in Technic, trains, and town it would be a much more important factor.

I really love your Technic BB-8 in part because of that background I mentioned. Modern-day Technic doesn't tend to have much in the way of fantasy or sci-fi subject matter like we used to see in the Cyber Slam/Competition, Bionicle, and Star Wars themes, all of which I greatly enjoyed as a kid. Part of the reason I got into Technic in the first place when I was a kid was because I thought robots were really cool and wanted to build my own. It turns out I'm not that great at the engineering side of things, so making working robots with LEGO Technic or LEGO Mindstorms never really clicked with me, but that love of robots is part of what steered me towards Bionicle in the first place. It will be cool to see if some of the orange parts in this set help you make BB-8 even better!

Your idea of using the new wheel arch as a tunnel opening is inspired, and hopefully it won't be too long before that part appears in more colors so that you can try that out. In orange, the arch pieces might be interesting components for a bridge of some kind!

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By in United Kingdom,

Have gone away, had a think about it, come back........ohhh it is still orange

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By in United States,

Jeez 300 dollars? This is getting out of hand.

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By in United Kingdom,

So now that I am on the way to getting over, not getting a black Porsche, back to dreaming for the next set a Blue (Deep Blue Pearl) Nissan GT-R please

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By in Canada,

@Wiseman_2 - couldn't have said it better myself.

As for the Porsche - WOW - what a stunning model. I think it looks fantastic and I love the color scheme. It's nice to see a large model car as the flagship model for the year. This is a first day buy for me as well (not just because I can afford it, but because it caters to the themes I LIKE AND BUY).

For those complaining about the price - Don't buy it!

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By in United Kingdom,

"You know when you've been Tango'ed!" :)

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By in New Zealand,

I have posted a few comments on the price of this set and made some comparisons with the inflation adjusted price for 8448 Super Street Sensation and last year's 42043 Mercedes Benz Arcos.

I would like to comment on the engineering of this set as shown in the teaser video. I am impressed with the paddle controlled gear shifts as well as the overall look of this set.

I wonder whether the paddle shift gear box construction has been borrowed from somewhere else.

Whilst writing the review for 42050 Drag Racer, I was thinking of 'what new parts are on the horizon.' I was thinking there could be a Technic Panel Curved 3 x 3 and then this week LEGO announce a Technic Panel Curved 7 x 3.

I am looking forward to the new wheels and wheel carriers. They look to be at least as good as the swirl wheels and low-profile tyres found in 8448.

Looking at 42050 with the medium azure parts and seeing the orange Technic parts in 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter, I wonder whether there is a flagship set coming out in 2017 in medium azure. Or am I over thinking this?

A common criticism of Technic cars is the lack of wheel arches. The new panels must become universal and released in more colours in the next few years. Sets like 42056 will allow a better range of LEGO and MOC signature cars to be made.

For me, this will be a 'must buy' set.

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By in United States,

Comparing it to the Mercedez Benz set is not a useful comparison either - there is no precedent for this set, either in the detail that is gone into it, the licensing or the quality of the packaging.

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By in Switzerland,

What a load of nonsense! How can it not be compared?

Mercedes also costs a license fee - it doubt it was for free.
It also included an L-Motor and pneumatic V2 - this alone should cover the cost of a few extra cardboard boxes if not the printing of the silly over-sized booklet.

Then all we have left is the price markup of 100 EUR on top of that.

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By in United Kingdom,

What an amazing model. I like it. Gonna get me one of these.

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By in Germany,

It's nice but I'd rather get some Speed Champions and still have 200€ left to spend on other things.

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By in United States,

It's now listed in the Lego store.. So, between this and The Village for my son, I'm looking at an expensive $500 June... jeez

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By in United Kingdom,

Saw the designer video for this, was quite impressed however £250 is abit much, I'll have to pass tho ??

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By in United States,

Nice box, but I am not convinced that the price premium is justified for a model with no electrics or pneumatics just based on the box and license. The current strategy of Technic to push models with ever more shocking part counts and license fees feels misguided. Tell me, which average working family adult has time to build such mega-massive models and expend luxury-level disposable income on licensed sets? Sure, there will always be some folks with time, money, or appetite for luxury who will buy, but how many are these?

My personal bottom line is, I will pass on the Porsche like I passed on the Arocs. I got the Volvo last year, but it was a hard decision. Don't know if I will keep it or put it up for sale. Still undecided on the Bucket Wheel Excavator - need more information on it. Somehow, from 2013 on Technic has managed to venture into the "Death Star" or "Taj Mahal" super-massive set territory, which is not my particular piece of cake. I admire such mega sets on pictures, but don't have time, space, and money to bring them home.

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By in Hungary,

@DrFrankenstein I understand your decision and feel sad about that. I also think that TLG's strategy is a bit misguided with this set. They ask premium price for a set that lacks premium functionality which should be the cornerstone of Technic (paddle shifting is breathtaking but I miss all wheel steering and working brakes which would have made this set much more innovative and authentic IMO). I agree that this set is for wealthy collectors in the first place and costs a fortune. This also means that many Technic fans will not purchase it either because they don't have the money or they do not think it is worth the money. I consider myself lucky in respect of being able to pay that price easyly but on the other hand I remember the time when much smaller and cheaper Technic sets had wow factor. Anyway, I hope you will have the chance to buy and review this set sometime.

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By in United States,

Thanks, @kari. I am only human and have to make the best of my free time. We will see some great reviews of the set soon enough anyhow. On the upside, the time I would have spent on the current mega sets will now go towards building/reviewing some of the classics that have been waiting for some love. Space Shuttle - here I come! :)

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By in United States,

The drag racer 42050 is $80 for 650 pieces. No licence, no power functions and no special packaging. The arctic truck 42038 is $85 for 900 pieced. So the Porsche is good value compared to these other 2015/2016 set.
I agree that having power functions would really add to this model.

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By in United States,

I've honestly never really bought technic sets before but I this will definitely be a day one purchase for me. Any money I would have spent on Inuslt on Hoth will be going towards this. Excited for this to be my first real technic set. This should be a fairly challenging build and I'm excited for it

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