New images of LEGO Technic 42100 Liebherr R 9800

Following its unveiling at Nuremberg Toy Fair in January, clearer pictures have emerged of the latest LEGO Technic flagship set, 42100 Liebherr R 9800.

Liebherr provided Dutch LEGO fan site Bouwsteentjes with the images, which give us our best look yet at the enormous 4,108-piece model. It’s set to retail in Germany for a mighty €449.99, which should put it at £399.99 in the UK, or $449.99 in the US, based on similar-sized sets.

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42100 Liebherr R 9800 will also introduce a new power functions system, CONTROL+, which includes two new Smart Hubs. Each one can drive up to four engines, with 42100 packing seven engines into its frame in total. It’s all controlled via an app, which should theoretically allow multiple functions to be executed at once.

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Whether CONTROL+ is just an extension of the new Powered Up system introduced in 2018, or something else entirely, remains to be seen. We’ll find out for sure once 42100 Liebherr R 9800 arrives on shelves on August 1, 2019. It will do so alongside three other Technic sets: 42099 4×4 Extreme All-Terrain Vehicle, which can also be upgraded with the CONTROL+ system; 42098 Car Transporter; and 42097 Spider Crane.

The current range of LEGO Technic sets is available to buy now, including the inimitable 42083 Bugatti Chiron, which arrived on shelves last year. To continue to support the work of Brick Fanatics, please buy your LEGO sets from and Amazon using our affiliate links.

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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