During this year’s Bauma construction and mining machinery show in Munich, Swiss heavy equipment maker Liebherr presented the brand’s latest machinery, along with a little surprise. It was quite literally ‘little’ in contrast to the juggernauts Liebherr had on the show floor because, the surprise was a LEGO version of its massive 800-ton mining excavator, the R 9800.
The R 9800, btw, is the world’s largest crawler excavator that towers at 16.2 meters (53 feet!) tall and it is equipped with a bucket with an enormous capacity of 42 cubic meters (about 1,483 cubic feet), or about 400 typical bathtubs, according to Liebherr.
The set, the LEGO 42100 Liebherr R 9800, looks right at home as a LEGO Technic set. In fact, from the images we have saw, it appeared to be as imposing as the real deal despite its size. And imposing it certainly was because, this set packs a mind-bending 4,108 LEGO and LEGO Technic elements. Over four freaking thousands! Imagine that! There’s no need for LEGO or Liebherr to let you in on the build dimension to know this thing IS FREAKING MASSIVE.
Gargantuan proportion aside, the LEGO 42100 Liebherr R 9800 also brings to the table a new power functions system known as CONTROL+. CONTROL+, in the case of the 42100, includes a pair of new Smart Hubs, each capable of driving up to four motors. Speaking of which, this beast has seven which, via an app, should allow for execution of multiple functions simultaneously.
The LEGO 42100 Liebherr R 9800 was first unveiled at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg back February earlier this year and it is expected to hit the stores on August 01. As for the price, well, it is, not surprisingly, as a massive as the set, coming in at a bank-breaking €449.99. The price, if based on LEGO pricing strategy, should put the set around $449.99 in the U.S.
Source: Promo Bricks [GR].