42001 Hovercraft / 14,99€/$19.99* / Jan
42002 Mini Backhoe / 19,99€/$24.99 / Jan
42003 Action Racecar / 19,99€/$24.99 / Jan
42004 Action Race Buggy / 19,99€/$24.99 / Jan
42005 Motocross Bike / 19,99€/$24.99 / Jan
42006 Material Handler / 59,99€/$69.99 / Jan
42000 Grand Prix Racer / 99,99€/$119.99 / Feb-Mar
*USD prices are estimations; they may or may not be accurate.
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TechnicBricks quotes: "42000 - The Grand Prix Racer is a large sized F1 car or alike (57cm long) and shows a nice combination of red/white panels, for a change.
Functions seem to be: steering, rear wing tilt adjustment and removable cover of the engine. Whether it has front and rear suspension remains to be seen. 8674 had suspension and 8386 did not - this ones lays some where in the middle of both.
It doesn't seem associated with any real Formula car maker as we can't see any stickers on it, however it looks like the F3000 car from the Finnish driver, Valtteri Bottas. The use of the 'Grand Prix' name for the model also sounds like a strong association with a powerfull and well known name, from the motorized racing sports.
Taken the example of previous sets it also doesn’t seem to be a model suited for optional motorization, via official building instructions."
"42006 - The Wreckage Crawler, or whatever its official name will be, is yellow and somehow similar in functions and size, to the 8294 Excavator from 2008, when the Linear Actuators were introduced for the first time. Although this time we get two large and one small Linear Acturators.
It seems to feature a different tool, more adequate to handle wreckage, and unlike its ancestor it features several of the actual Technic panels, which were not yet available at that time, giving it a more closed look.
Also it seems to be one of the largest Technic sets for the next half and likely to offer optional motorization for its own functions like 8294 also did. We will have to wait and see!"
42000: Not much else to say about this one, TechnicBricks has already described it in detail. It seems to be about the same size as other sets (namely the 8070 and 9397) released at this time of year. This set will have about 1200-1300 pieces.
42001: A Hovercraft is a type of model not often pursued in technic sets. The only technic hovercraft in the past was 8824. This set will probably be a similar size to that set. This set will have about 200 pieces.
42002: This is the set that I am most interested in. Backhoe loaders tend to have plenty of functions; despite being over 600 pieces, the functions in 8069 still had to be made very compact in order to fit. I am not quite sure what to expect in this set. Assuming that it is a mini version of 2011's 8069, the functions are most likely not all controlled via gear train; it is likely that most are controlled by knobs directly attached to the function. However, this is just speculation. This set will have about 250 pieces.
42003: Not really sure what to expect with this one, but it will likely be an F1 style racer (two similar racecars in one year!). That the set name of this set and 42004 begins with the word action reminds me of some older sets, such as the shock and roll racers from a while back. It is likely that these sets will both have a pull back motor. Maybe we can hope that, rather than just using a simple one-piece motor, the mechanism must be assembled with gears and rubber bands :) If so, this could be quite an interesting set!
42004: Continuing the "Action" line, we have a race buggy. It is likely going to be similar to the old 8475, though with a pull back motor and (hopefully) better aesthetics. Not much to say about this one that I haven't already said about 42003.
42005: According to TechnicBricks, this is an orange motocross bike. It features new wheels. It will have four black (soft) shock absorbers. Functions: working drivetrain via chain, all wheel suspension, steering; the usual in bike sets. This set will have about 250 pieces.
42006: As stated by TechnicBricks, this set seems remarkably similar to the 8294 Excavator, both in size and functions. It also, in terms of panel placement and color, reminds me of the 8043 Motorized Excavator. Definately it will have optional motorization, that rear area is surely big enough! Functions, as indicated by the box art, seem to be opening/closing of the tool, arm's elbow joint, lifting of arm, and pivoting of superstructure. This set will have about 700 pieces. Permalink
I'm starting to really like 42004 and 42002.
Actually, someone managed to reverse engineer 42004. Lots of functions, about te same number as the large one.
The prices on the first post are wrong, of course. 42004 is accurate, and possibly the pull-back racers and the material handler, but the grand prix racer seems too expensive, and the motocross bike too cheap. The hovercraft, also, is most likely going to be about $13, like the small sets (9390, etc) from previous years. Permalink