Four reasons to buy LEGO Technic 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator before it retires

42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is among the 14 LEGO Technic sets scheduled to retire by the end of 2021 – so here’s four reasons not to miss this record-breaking vehicle.

You can click here for a complete rundown of every LEGO Technic set on the way out by the end of the year – as part of a wider list of every single LEGO set retiring by the end of 2021 – but the fact that 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is heading out the door isn’t the only reason it’s worth your time and attention.

4 – It’s the largest LEGO Technic set of all time

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Trumping 2018’s 42082 Rough Terrain Crane by 51 pieces, 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is yet to be beat in terms of the sheer number of bricks included in a single LEGO Technic set. You’ll find 4,108 pieces in the box, which isn’t quite enough to rank it among the largest LEGO sets of all time, but it does place it in pole position among its technical peers.

3 – It’s a great showcase for CONTROL+

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The LEGO Group’s successor to Power Functions is well-established by this point, but if you’re yet to dip your toes into all that CONTROL+ has to offer, 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is a great place to start. When paired with a smart device, you’ll be able to (deep breath): drive the excavator forward and backward; steer; extend, raise and lower its boom; rotate its superstructure; open and tilt its bucket; and get feedback on the model, including the position of its boom and superstructure, drive distance and power usage.

2 – It’s packed with expensive tech

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If you’re interested in making the most out of CONTROL+ even beyond this set, 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is basically the best value way of doing so. Its two smart hubs, four large motors and three XL motors would cost £359.91 to buy individually, which means even at retail price 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is the equivalent of buying 4,108 pieces for just £40.08.

And better yet, you don’t actually have to pay full price at the moment…

1 – It’s currently cheaper than ever with Brick Fanatics

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Originally retailing for £399.99 in the UK, 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is currently on sale at Zavvi for just £299.99. That’s a huge £100 saving (quick maths), but you can save an extra £10 using Brick Fanatics’ exclusive code BFTECHNIC10, bringing the final total down to just £289.99.

Given the aforementioned cost of its electronics bought separately through official channels, you’re effectively getting two motors and more than 4,000 LEGO pieces for free, depending on how you look at it. And when it comes to big LEGO purchases, that’s a very nice way to look at it.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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