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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) Designer Video and Interview

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056)

Earlier this morning, LEGO announced the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) and now the designer video is also available. LEGO has also sent over an interview with the product designers.

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, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
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, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
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, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
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, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
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, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
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, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
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, Senior Designer, LEGO Technic:
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.

Current position: Senior Design Manager LEGO Technic
– Andy Woodman, age 44, married with 1 daughter aged 4 who already shares her dad’s passion for speed and loves to ride around on her own Ducati
– Lives in a forest area of Denmark in a house they designed and built themselves
– Has a first class Hon’s degree in Industrial Design and Masters degree in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art, London
– Work experience includes RLE international, DAF Trucks Holland, Emap and Lego System A/S where he has worked since 2003
– Has a passion and interest for all forms of design especially Architecture, Vehicles and Yachts. Passes on this passion and knowledge for design by lecturing at local colleges, hopefully inspiring others to be interested in perusing a design career
– Loves cars and all things automotive, especially racing his rally prepared Porsche 911. Loves road trips and exploring new places, hates plane travel, not flying, just everything associated with it. Still looking for the ultimate family car, to use on a grand tour with the family and explore new places

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.

Current position: Senior Designer in the LEGO Technic department
– Uwe Wabra, has worked at the LEGO Group since 1996
– Lives close to Billund in a home he has renovated over a number of years and is constantly evolving to accommodate his fantastic collection of Auto Memorabilia
– Originally trained as a chef at a prestigious Danish Hotel before turning to his other passion, carpentry. Then in 1996 he got the opportunity to reignite his childhood passion for LEGO Building by accepting a position with the LEGO Group in the LEGO Technic department
– Since then he has had many roles designing for other departments in the company but his passion is for the LEGO Technic models and is very happy to be back working with the LEGO Technic team
– Has a passion for all things automotive – just take a quick look in his garage or at his model collection, which is spread all over his garage and house. It really is an eclectic collection of cars, bikes and trucks
– His passion is for classic vehicles and of course, Porsche has a strong past. He has always had a Beetle and now that he has worked with Porsche, he really wants a 356

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056)

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) Officially Announced

Yesterday LEGO did a teaser for LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) and today they have officially announced the set. It has 2,704 pieces, retailing for $299.99 and it will be availale globally on June 1 at LEGO Brand Stores and on [email protected] Check out the press release and some more images of the set below.

42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Ages 16+. 2,704 pieces.
US $299.99 – CA $349.99 – DE 299.99€ – UK £249.99 – DK 2599.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

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.

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) Teaser Video

News has been fairly quiet lately but today LEGO has posted a teaser of the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) on their Facebook Page. If you look closely, you can kind of see that it is orange as rumored before. The caption also shows it coming in 911 hours. I’ve been told official release of it in the US is in 911 hours or in 37 days which is June 1 while the rest of the world is on August 1. As for pricing, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) will be €299 and £249 as stated at the London Toy Fair. Now the wait is on for June 1st.

Update: The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been officially announced.

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) Details

Back at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, LEGO revealed the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) that will be coming out later this year but there were no details on it. Our friends over at PromoBricks has found out some concrete info on it including the release date of August 1 and will be priced at €299 and £249 which was revealed at the London Toy Fair.

In addition, a Swiss online shop does not mention that there are any batteries included like the other Technic sets so we can assume there are no Power Functions in the set so the pricing of the set will be mostly on the parts count which is still unknown at this time.

Another small detail that Michael has given is that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be a “lava orange” color and not the prototype camouflage that is shown in the image above which car makers use to disguise their future models.

Given some of the details, are you still on board with the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) or has it deterred you somewhat?

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Some LEGO 2016 City, Creator, and Technic Sets Now Available on [email protected]

It’s technically December 1st on the east coast and that means some new LEGO 2016 sets are now available for purchase on [email protected]. Some of the sets that are available include sets from various LEGO themes such as Cityicon, Creatoricon, and Technicicon. The two Disney Princess Frozenicon sets are also available today as well. I believe this is the first time that LEGO has officially released sets for the next year a whole month early. If you’re doing some Christmas shopping, this gives you some more options to choose from.

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LEGO 2016 Official Images Surfacing Online

LEGO has started to upload official images of a few of the 2016 LEGO City, Creator, and Technic sets to their servers. A few of the sets have also been listed on [email protected] if you can find the link with them being scheduled for release on December 1. This is probably the first time I’ve heard of 2016 sets being released before Christmas so if the listings are indeed true, there are more options for your holiday shopping. Check out some of the official box images below.

City

Fire ATV (60105)

LEGO City Fire ATV (60105)

Fire Starter Set (60106)

LEGO City Fire Starter Set (60106)

Rally Car (60113)

LEGO City Rally Car (60113)

Race Boat (60114)

LEGO City Race Boat (60114)

4×4 Off Roader (60115)

LEGO City 4x4 Off Roader (60115)

Ambulance Plane (60116)

LEGO City Ambulance Plane (60116)

Garbage Truck (60118)

LEGO City Garbage Truck (60118)

Prison Island Starter Set (60127)

LEGO City Prison Island Starter Set (60127)

Police Pursuit (60128)

LEGO City Police Pursuit (60128)

LEGO Creator

Super Soarer (31042)

LEGO Creator Super Soarer (31042)

Chopper Transporter (31043)

LEGO Creator Chopper Transporter (31043)

Park Animals (31044)

LEGO Creator Park Animals (31044)

Ocean Explorer (31045)

LEGO Creator Ocean Explorer (31045)

LEGO Technic

Display Team Jet (42044)

LEGO TECHNIC Display Team Jet (42044)

Hydroplane Racer (42045)

LEGO TECHNIC Hydroplane Racer (42045)

Getaway Racer (42046)

LEGO TECHNIC Getaway Racer (42046)

Police Interceptor (42047)

LEGO TECHNIC Police Interceptor (42047)

Race Kart (42048)

LEGO TECHNIC Race Kart (42048)

Mine Loader (42049)

LEGO TECHNIC Mine Loader (42049)

Drag Racer (42050)

LEGO TECHNIC Drag Racer (42050)

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LEGO Technic Design Contest Held on Rebrick

The LEGO CEE Team has sent over some details on a new LEGO TECHNIC contest being held over on Rebrick with some awesome prizes for the winners included an unannounced set as well as the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 (42043). Check out the details of the contest below.

Build THE Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future!

One day during the early 1920’s Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler sat down in Germany and agreed to merge their two car companies into one and start producing Mercedes-Benz cars. They had each made their own versions of the world’s first petrol-driven cars back in 1886. Within years, Gottlieb Daimler sold his first truck – almost 120 years ago!

Some of the first Mercedes-Benz branded diesel powered trucks were built in Stuttgart in 1923. Today, in 2015, half of all trucks on the German roads are Mercedes-Benz trucks.

Just imagine how Karl and Gottlieb would react if they were time-warped from 1925 to 2015 to witness just how big, fast and capable the Mercedes-Benz trucks have become 90 years later! What would they say if they could see what their vision has led to?

Your vision…

Think the new LEGO® Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 is the coolest Technic set ever made? (Yeah, we like it, too!) And have you thought about what the perfect truck would look like if you could design your own?

Hold that thought, and now, imagine yourself traveling 30 years into the future, to 2045. You’re taking a brand new Mercedes-Benz Truck out for a spin. It’s the truck of your dreams! What does it look like? How does it move, and what will it haul? What will be required of a truck in the year 2045? What will it be fueled by – diesel, electricity, recycled waste, or something completely different?

Be a visionary, and build the ultimate Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future with LEGO Technic!

Ready, research, design!

How to join:

Look back 30 years: how have truck designs evolved since 1985? And looking ahead, can you spot the latest trends in truck design, alternative fuels, transportation needs, infrastructure changes, and combine it all into the perfect future truck?

To join the competition, research, design, and build your model, take a great picture and upload it, and if you feel like recording a video of your design process, feel free to send that to us, too.

Rev up your engines, and join the competition on ReBrick.com! (http://rebrick.lego.com/technic) You will find all the fun details and small print there – we can’t wait to see your designs. Enter now until October 5th, 2015!

Win:

One talented design winner will take home an exclusive first prize: LEGO Technic models worth 1,000 EUR, a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 box, and a specialized Winner certificate.

Nine runners-up will each be awarded a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 box, and a specialized Winner certificate.

Happy building, and good luck from the LEGO Technic Team!