Update: The link to the images became invalid already. Well, at least we had a glance at the new sets. Whoever missed this will have to wait.
Monday morning … a new week has started and motivation still needs to kick in. When checking the Eurobricks Technic forum for new replies I realized there has been some action in the “Technic 2015 Discussion and Speculation” thread. And finally, a link to the leaked pictures for the Technic sets for the first half of 2015 has been posted. In fact, all currently available leaked pictures for all available product lines have been publicized. Some lines are still missing and these are just preliminary pictures, so changes will most likely happen to the sets. I won’t post the pictures directly here, but here is the link:
When looking at all these box images, the first half of 2015 seems to become a great time for everyone. There are some really nicely designed sets with a lot of cool new pieces along all ranges. Also TLG tries to convince more girls of Lego with a lot of new Friends sets and a new line called “Elves”. Perhaps I’ll get my nieces to ditch their Playmobil with that. And there is good news for fans of “classic” product lines. Pirates AND Bionicle are both back again.
Here are some thoughts on the new Technic sets:
42031 – Platform Truck
This is the smallest set of the wave. To me it has no real appeal. It could work as a gift or I’ll get it for myself because of boredom. Something for a spontaneous takeaway. It seems that this set has no new parts.
42032 – Compact Tracked Loader
This set seems quite interesting. It is rather small, but seems like a good parts pack. It has a lot of the smaller wide track links and the small wide bucket (which I don’t yet have). I don’t see any particular new pieces, but I like the design of this set a lot.
42033 – Action Rocket Car
This is a pullback racer. I don’t like these in general. But this one seems to have some of the dark blue panels that appeared in 41999 Crawler. At least it looks like these panels. Also it could have 2 2×4 panels in dark blue. But that is just a guess from the picture. This is one of the sets I would just get for parts, not for looks.
42034 – Action Quad
Again a pullback racer. We always seem to get two of those. Nothing very special here, though it looks quite ok.
42035 – Dump Truck
This is one of those high load yellow dump trucks that you can find in the mining industry. Though, the scale is rather small. It is even smaller than the dump truck that has been released in City scale. It has those newer wheels from last year and also seems to feature new panels for the dump bed. The panels seem to be 5×11 in size, but one side is 5 studs long and on the other side it is 3 studs long, thus having a slope. This is the only set where this panel seems to occur, at least in the Technic line.
42036 – Street Bike
I have no motorcycles yet. So, this might find its way into my possesion. The color scheme is somewhat strange with blue and red. Also, the construction itself is not so nifty as other motorcycles have shown in the past. This seems to be one of two sets this wave that comes with flex axles, but it is “only” 2x 11L or 12L red flex axles. I also would have wished that this bike has a wider rear tire. From the picture, both tires look the same.
42037 – Formula Offroader
This set has some color problems. Obviously, racecars don’t care about color vomit. Sometimes, that is good. Other times it is bad. Here, I don’t like it that much. It has some light blue and lime green panels. The most of the rest seems to be black and dark bluish grey. I think the 3×11 long panels are new in light blue. The set seems to bring back the newer double wishbone suspension pieces (which seem to have gotten quite rare) and uses the newer wheel hubs introduced with 42000. Else, it has nothing else that is obviously new.
42038 – Tracked Arctic Vehicle
This seems to be the clear winner of the wave. It has a lot of orange parts and panels (even a 3×11 panel in orange), which is quite nice. Also it looks really good in my opinion and goes well with the arctic sets from the City line. It has four tracks which seem to be connected through the balljoints from the Unimog, which is a nice application and provides a nice suspension. Also, just the lot of track pieces is really nice. The model itself also features a crane, which gets its movement through 2 Mini-LAs. Unfortunately, the tracks don’t seem to power anything. There are no diffs and the likes. But, this set goes on my wanted list anyway. I am curious already, if someone will try to motorize it.
42039 – Long Distance Racecar
This is the biggest set from the first wave. From the picture it looks quite nice and has a nice color scheme with green, grey and white. I cannot really decide if this is dark bluish grey or light bluish grey. Could als be some kind of medium grey. We’ll definately need better pictures to know that. This set has some new fender panels, which seem to be different in the front and back. Also you’ll get some other pieces in new colors, like the slopes used in trans-clear for the headlights. We’ll get steering and there is a gear on the side which does trigger some unknow function. I assume it is for lifting the hood to inspect the motor. What you can clearly see is, that the car is pretty low on the ground. This could be a indication, that it doesn’t have suspension, but we’ll see that later. It could also be that the suspension is built horizontally like in 42000. I am not yet sold for this one. It is at least a good parts pack and provides a plethora of panels.
So, these were my thoughts on the new Technic Sets. What do you guys think? Please leave a comment below if you want to share your opinion.