2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Techinc theme. As I mentioned in the winter 2017 rumor post, the sets will come with a commemorative brick to celebrate the event. LEGO has started to upload official images to their servers and sure enough, one of the bricks that will be included in the 2017 sets will be one of these commemorative bricks. As you can see above, it is a 1×3 beam with the words “40 1977-2017” printed on it.
Stunt Bike (42058)
Stunt Truck (42059)
Roadwork Crew (42060)
Container Yard (42062)
Ocean Explorer (42064)
RC Tracked Racer (42065)
Air Race Jet (42066)
BMW has just released a press release for the new LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS (42063). The set will contain 603 pieces and will be available on January 1. No pricing was mentioned.
A detailed model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure developed by BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic goes on sale from 01 January 2017. The model set – consisting of 603 parts – is the product of close collaboration between the LEGO Technic and BMW Motorrad design teams. Combining innovative design with the art of engineering, it is the first ever LEGO Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.
Munich. A detailed model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure developed by BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic goes on sale from 01 January 2017. The BMW Motorrad best-seller will now find its way into the homes of motorcycling enthusiasts of all ages. The model set – consisting of 603 parts – is the product of close collaboration between the LEGO Technic and BMW Motorrad design teams. Combining innovative design with the art of engineering, it is the first ever LEGO Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.
“BMW Motorrad is very pleased to be able to share the enthusiasm for this bike with the LEGO Technic community. Two companies came together, both of them with a longstanding tradition to make emotional products for their customers”, says Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing of BMW Motorrad.
Authentic reproduction featuring numerous of details
The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is designed to be as faithful as possible. The characteristic lines of the motorcycle – the so-called flyline – moving handlebars and even an adjustable windshield recreate the original in miniature along with numerous technical details. Enthusiasts will recognise the authentic BMW Telelever front wheel suspension and the shaft drive as well as the moving BMW Motorrad 2-cylinder boxer engine, which are set in motion as soon as the motorcycle is moved. Even the black spoke wheels with studded tyres resemble those of the model’s real counterpart. Thanks to the many details, the set is not only realistic but also fun and challenging to build.
“The proportions of the R 1200 GS Adventure have been recreated outstandingly well in the LEGO Technic model. We are excited to see how LEGO Design has reproduced so many visual and technical details of the R 1200 GS Adventure. The close and creative cooperation between the two design teams was particularly impressive – it went beyond a conventional licensing agreement”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.
The model is 18 cm high, 33 cm long and 10 cm wide, and an interactive LEGO app is available for the set that features 3D assembly instructions. The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure also has a surprise in store for collectors: the LEGO Group celebrates 40 years of LEGO Technic next year and to mark the occasion, the kit will contain a specially designed LEGO Technic piece.
LEGO has released an official statement in the LAN regarding the gear instruction issue for the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS. A few other reviews out there have expressed concern that the gears weren’t shifting in the correct order. If you read the statement below, LEGO did take this point into consideration and decided that the way that it was built in the instructions gave more of a smoother experience but that’s up for the individual builders to decide which way to build it.
Thank you to all our dedicated fans for the comments regarding the GT3 RS by LEGO Technic.
It is correct that the gears in this model are not sequential as in the real Porsche PDK. This is however, a deliberate decision taken to ensure that we make the best possible LEGO version of this amazing car that both meets our design requirements and gives everyone a great building and product experience.
It was a considered decision taken during development that the gears running in the correct order meant that it did not result in a great experience when driving the car. Too many gears are engaged at the same time and smooth running with all those tolerances is just not possible.
If you switch the build in steps 267 and 269 the gears will run sequentially, and everyone who feels that this is the better solution should feel encouraged to do so.
LEGO Technic really is the ultimate open source design product and now that it is finally available, we look forward to seeing all the ‘improved’ models our fans create. After all, that is what LEGO building is all about.
We hope everyone will have a great building experience and feel a strong sense of pride from creating both our version and their very own LEGO Technic representation of a Porsche GT3 RS. We are very fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated fans that can spot this small deviation from reality and would like to thank everyone for sharing their ideas and expert knowledge.
Back in January of this year at the 2016 London Toy Fair, there were some details of the new LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) and at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, we got our first look at it. LEGO fans and car enthusiasts alike were excited for the set and just last month, it was officially announced.
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