Last April we got our first good look at one of the newest monster-builds in the LEGO Technic line. This was the Liebherr R9800 (42100), a gigantic excavator that’s been rendered in an equally-huge Technic build. It also boasts an incredible app-operated CONTROL+ multiple function mechanics system with motor engines moved by Smart Hub units.
The news then was that the LEGO Technic Liebherr R9800 (42100) will be released on August 1. However, a new update from German LEGO news source Promo Bricks has scratched that schedule. LEGO has instead moved the start of sale several months to October instead.
Why was this Technic set delayed? The description of the Liebherr R9800 set (42100) and its mechanical features answer everything. Apparently, some of the components that go into the build were taking too long to manufacture. It’s the holdup in production times that spurred LEGO to just postpone the release.
Both retailers and LEGO outlets – branded stores and Shop@Home – are now holding off on this Technic set until October. While it’s a bother for Technic collectors to wait longer, the reason is at least understandable. The Liebherr R9800 (42100) is another push on the furthest limits of what the Technic line can build after all.