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I haven't built mine yet, so can't comment on the speed, but I've heard people say the exact opposite thing, that the 41999 is actually faster than the 9398. I have no idea who's been smoking how much of what, but I can vow to report back with my results some day.
Of course, wouldn't it be awesome if there was a printing screwup at the factory, and all the "limited editions" had license plate # 20000? :)
From what we have been told (and have known for a bit):
1) The set # is #41999
2) Only 20000 were made
3) Each box has within it, a license plate printed with a unique # from 1-20000
4) Yours is # 18799
What'd I miss?
Is 42003 an RC car?
If so, then what will be in/on the sets from the "expected ship date 11 sep 2013" - was august 22 some days ago... (btw, note the "nine-eleven")
So will the plates be like:
"28345 out of 20000 40000"? or like: "the new batch" or what?
Also, will the box will be updated, like "2nd x 20.000" or "not-so limited edition"?
However, I think if they make more, they will drop the limited edition and unique plate, all plates would have a 41999 sticker.
This is 20,000 and done.
The truth is, who would care that much? Who is going to bring a lawsuit over a $200 item?
To add to what LFT stated above, I sort of doubt any attorney would waste their time with this (at least any attorney that likes to be paid for working). Further, you would have to demonstrate that you incurred damages as a result of Lego "lying" to you. Good luck proving that...
In my opinion, the greatest loss Lego could experience if they produce more than 20k of this set is future sales. If people know Lego will produce more than they say they will for a limited edition set, people probably wouldn't rush out and buy that set like they did with 41999. That's probably the principal incentive for Lego to keep their word.
I'd take them to court over this if they refused to refund. We have the small claims court in the UK, I'm not sure if you have such a system in the US but it make it extremely cheap and easy to bring legal action over such matters. I'd do it out of principle.
I'd honestly be surprised if they produced more than the 20k though so I doubt it would come to this.
But lets see here, while you might sue, and 50 other people might sue... how much is earned by selling 80K more copies of the set vs. having to refund 50 people?
Just because shop.lego.com says 20K doesn't mean it is the same 20K as shop.lego.co.uk
Not saying they did that, just pointing out a thought...
But they would be foolish to continue to sell a product that directly conflicts with one of their other products in the 9398, especially when it has more parts(including a motor) for the same price...
I would rather see Lego release an upgrade kit for like $50 that has all of the parts to upgrade the standard 9398 to the 41999...
But that's precisely why I don't think TLG would allow it to become an issue.
Creating a second lot of 'limited edition' would not work as everyone would see through it and I would have thought they were keen not to completely kill the sales for #9398.
So I would guess all this kerfuffle will be for nothing...
06662 for me!
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