10/21/2019 Out now: The LEGO® Technic™ Liebherr R 9800 excavator

The 4,108-piece model of the R 9800 excavator.

The 4,108-piece model of the R 9800 excavator.

Developed in partnership with Liebherr, the 4,108-piece model of the R 9800 excavator comes with an array of true-to-life features and functions, introducing LEGO builders to advanced elements of engineering, while the LEGO® Technic™ Control+ App puts the builder in complete control of the model. The Liebherr replica is not only the new flagship of LEGO® Technic™ models but also the first smart device connected kit, which allows programming. The feature enables the user to control the model entirely via a smart device, reproducing the operations and applications of its original Liebherr counterpart.

“I think that for any brand, being contacted by LEGO Technic for a project like this is a great honor! Even more, when it’s to develop the flagship of the range for the year to come, this is clearly a strong signal. This means that your brand is attractive and conveys values of quality and performance. We experience the fascination for our huge machines and the sophisticated technology behind them – for example with visitors at our trade fairs. We believe that the LEGO team has done a great job in capturing this fascination and turning it into an impressive model, that can ignite the joy for engineering,” said Grégory Schuh, Marketing Manager at Liebherr-Mining Equipment Colmar SAS in France.

“We wanted to give fans an even more authentic experience when they build for real with LEGO Technic elements. This new way of controlling your LEGO Technic set bridges the physical and digital world and gets you even closer to the real-life model replicas that you build,” said Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director at the LEGO Group.

In the course of the partnership, Liebherr provided comprehensive support to the LEGO project team; not only during the development of the model but also for the development of the marketing campaign revealed in early October on the LEGO Technic and Liebherr social media channels. LEGO team gained unrestricted access to the machines, logistical support and contact with the customer to make this project possible.

First LEGO® Technic™ set with new Control+ App

As an innovative brand and committed to digital transformation, Liebherr is also pleased to be associated with the launch of the Control+ App, a major innovation that complements the consumer experience. This new smart device connected platform that delivers a richer and more immersive LEGO play and building experience for LEGO Technic fans, regardless of age, replacing the Power Function system.

The sophisticated app technology enables super-precise movement and functionality, while delivering authentic digital play combinations. The multi-function control screen on the app enables users to drive the excavator in all directions, rotate the superstructure, extend and raise the boom, open and tilt the bucket, play realistic sound effects and get real-time feedback, such as boom position, power usage and drive distance – authentically mimicking the original.

With the One-touch screen, LEGO fans can use drag patterns to control the boom, arm and bucket, while the Custom-built movements screen enables users to choose pre-set commands or record the model’s actions to create complex movement sequences. Finally, with the challenges & achievements screen, users can complete challenges to unlock reward badges.

Impressive excavator from Colmar: The Liebherr R 9800

The Liebherr machine, on which the LEGO model is based on, is produced at a Liebherr site in Colmar, France. Since 1961, Liebherr has produced hydraulic excavators in Colmar. Along with earthmoving, demolition, and other industrial products, Liebherr also offers machines for the extraction and loading of material in the open-cast mining industry. Liebherr in Colmar today operates under the name of Liebherr-Mining Equipment Colmar SAS.

The mining excavator is one of the heaviest machines in the Liebherr universe. With its 810-tonne weight, the Liebherr R 9800 weighs approximately three times more than a large passenger aircraft. The bucket size comprises 42m³ and can hold 80 tonnes of material in one bucket – as much as filling 300 bathtubs. Because of its size and heavy parts, 28 trucks are required for the shipment of one R 9800. For assembling the full size R 9800, 12 weeks are required.

The replica model LEGO® Technic™ Liebherr R 9800 excavator can be put together faster and comes in just one box. It is now available in stores and in the Liebherr-ShopShop (please note the delivery area of the Liebherr-Shop): www.liebherr.com/liebherrshop/

LEGO® Technic™ Liebherr R9800 set

Facts and product features:

  • Includes 3 XL Motors, 4 L Motors and 2 Bluetooth-controlled Smart Hubs.
  • Operated via a smart device with 4 alternative control screens:
    • Multi-function control: Drive forward, reverse, steer, rotate the superstructure, extend, raise and lower the boom, open and tilt the bucket and get model feedback, such as boom and superstructure position, power usage and drive distance.
    • One-touch control: Select an on-screen drag pattern and see the excavator respond to your command.
    • Custom-built movements: Use pre-set commands or record the model’s actions to create complex sequences of movements.
    • Challenges & achievements: Complete challenges to unlock badges
  • Smart Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, activation button, 6 axis sensor (3 gyro and 3 accelerometer sensors) and 4 connectivity ports.
  • The app allows users to connect to multiple hubs, ensuring precise and true-to-life movements.
  • Not compatible with the Power Functions systems.
  • Liebherr R 9800 Excavator measures over 15”(39cm) high, 25” (65cm) long and 10” (27cm) wide.
  • The LEGO® TECHNIC™ CONTROL+ app can be downloaded from the App Store or GooglePlay. Ask your parents’ permission before going online.
  • 4,108 pieces.
  • Price: 449,00 €
  • The product is available worldwide starting October 1, 2019

The Liebherr R 9800 Product Fact Sheet:

  • 810 tonnes, approx. 3 times more than a large passenger aircraft.
  • 4,000 HP (2x V16 diesel engine – 60L each – 2,000 HP each).
  • Bucket size is 42m3 = 80 tonnes of material in one bucket or 300 bathtubs.
  • Max travel speed = 2,6 km/h.
  • 10 meters high – 25 meters long – 9 meters wide.
  • Designed to work from -50° to +50°.
  • 1 track pad weighs more than a small passenger car.
  • 12 weeks are required to assemble a R 9800.
  • 28 trucks are required for the shipment of one R 9800.
  • The R 9800 is manufactured in the Liebherr mining equipment production site in Colmar, France.

About the Liebherr Group

The Liebherr Group employs over 46,000 people in more than 130 companies across all continents. In 2018 Liebherr achieved a total consolidated turnover of more than 10.5 billion euros. As a global family-run technology company the Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machines and is recognised for developing technically advanced and user-oriented products and services. Liebherr was founded in Kirchdorf an der Iller in southern Germany in 1949.

For more information: www.liebherr.com

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine.

The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “Play Well”.

Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide. For more information: www.LEGO.com