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People like it, and are buying it, but are finding it very easy to criticize because it's just too damn expensive. Lame insider linkage spin aside, if this were $250, I feel it'd be garnishing a lot less hate.
I personally don't see the harm in giving them out and was actually quite surprised to see them in single cartons. I don't recall them being any different to a regular shipping box in terms of box thickness but I can check tomorrow.
I would just make sure to catch them before they unpack all of the cases.
Shipping was a bit pricy though.
Yes, I am a fan of the Porsche, but I am trying to be objective regarding its value.
Fair points. Especially when you compare it to the Arocs. That's why I have to wonder about how much money Porsche wants from each sale. Seeing as this is supposed to be a premium set, it is entirely possible that Porsche wants a premium amount of money from each one sold.
I am still considering getting it. I really want the Arocs but I feel like it would better to try and build #42039 and this Porsche before attempting a much more technical set like that. Plus as I said earlier, I just sort of have VIP points sitting there I haven't used yet and I'm fairly certain a good amount of them expire by the end of this year.
If so, their cut of the purchase price would be the last thing on their minds,
With the old Beetle set and new one coming, as well as the camper van, Lego seems to have had a long standing good relationship with VW which is continuing with the Porsche model.
They're also rather upset that it means Toyota have overtaken them again with regard to the number of sales, having only managed to stay top dog for three months.
They need all the goodwill they can get at the moment.
Everyone is beginning to realise all the car companies are manipulating outputs during the conditions experienced under the EU testing cycle (VW's published and actual mpg aren't remarkable in the European car market to imply they're doing something that no-one else is doing to achieve market beating outputs, and the average consumer cares far more about running costs than environmental issues in the main.
It wasn't long ago that Toyota and Honda had some major recalls on their hands for various safety feature concerns (mainly the airbags) and their share price got a hammering with an accompanying drop in sales - that blew over and the VW scandal is blowing over too.
The Americans wouldn't pursue one of their own (GM, Ford etc) with such vigour, but they smelt free money coming from Germany and now they've realised everyone is at it their enthusiasm has waned a little because they'll have to sue their domestic manufacturers too.
The whole emissions/mpg issue has been a consumer con anyway - with the advent of stop-start tech all the manufacturers posted an increase of 20% in mpg, after about 6 months when their customers reported that they weren't seeing noticeable gains with these new cars they had to start advertising "mpg achieved on test cycle is for comparison purposes only and may not reflect real life driving conditions".
Yep. But the place where the mud has stuck is VAG and their market share has taken a hammering. Most people know little about cars, so it's all about on trust. Whatever the rights and wrong, VAG are the ones that got the bad press. They're the ones that have got to work double time to boost their image.
That's the bit that's relevant here. The suggestion that a significant cut from #42056 is heading in their direction may be unfounded for the reasons I have mentioned. We should be interested in that, because it might mean we are seeing a shift by TLG towards expensive AFOL sets. Recently, there was the Firehouse, but until then, it's only tended to be true for sets aimed at Star Wars fans.
I don't care whether VAG sink or swim, but I'm very interested in whether TLG are upping the ante.
Still, a truly amazing set...
I ordered a copy anyway. Need to call them tonight though, because the fountain hasn't shipped (it's labeled as "In Process") and I'm worried if they withhold it until the Porsche is ready to ship that either 1.) I'll miss it or 2.) It'll damage the box.
I disagree, the 4 wheel steering used on cars only turns the rear wheels by a few degrees. Hardly visible and not worth it, it wouldn't be like an 8 wheel crane so to say
For those that have built the set and are familiar with it, would it have been hard to implement?
As for Lego implementing it, the biggest problem is that the way 4-wheel steering works is greatly dependent on the vehicle's speed. At high speeds, the wheels all turn in the same direction, which results in a strafing effect (useful for lane changes, drifting, etc.). At low speeds, the front and rear wheel pairs each point in different directions to effect a tighter turning radius. If Lego were to do it, they would probably pick the low-speed one if only because it looks more dramatic. It'd be totally doable.
"Rear axle steering
Fitted as standard, the new rear axle steering with sport tuning combines performance and everyday driveability. An electromechanical adjustment system at each rear wheel enables the steering angle to be adapted based on the current driving situation, steering input and vehicle speed.
The advantage for day-to-day driving: during low-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This has the virtual effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is reduced to make it easier to park. The advantage for sporty driving: during high-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as that of the front wheels. Driving stability is increased by the virtual extension of the wheelbase and agility is enhanced by the simultaneous steering of the front and rear axles, especially during overtaking maneuvers on the racetrack."
Don't get me wrong, engineering wise, yes it's perfectly feasible and would be cool, but what I meant was in real life it's barely visible; it's 1.5 degrees max either way. So to do that in scale on a model would be invisible, you can probably force more than 1.5 degrees with the press of a finger on a model :)
...At speeds below 50kph (31mph), the rear wheels are steered up to 2.8 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels.
This effectively reduces the car’s wheelbase, making it more manoeuvrable at low speeds. As a comparison, 2.8 degrees of turn on the front wheels would equate to 45 degrees of steering lock.
When the car is travelling over 80kph (50mph) the rear-axle steering turns the rear wheels up to 1.5 degrees in the same direction as the fronts. This effectively lengthens the wheelbase, making the car more stable in high-speed corners.
I make that half a hat to eat :) 50mph+ is 1.5 degrees, I just forgot to read the whole article....oops!
Still, 2.8 degrees on a scaled model? Noticeable?
(I didn't mention this to start another discussion of the headlight holes. Just comparing the two aspects.)
I give TLG a pass on this one.