At £399.99, the LEGO Technic 42100 Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is not a set to be sniffed at. It’s a lot of money – but boy, is it an impressive set when it’s build. We can attest; and you can read our review here.
Though while forking out £399.99 for a remote control digger might sound like a lot of money, it’s currently on offer at Smyths Toys at a much more palatable price. Currently, it’s reduced to £274.99 at the toy superstore – that’s a whopping saving of £125, or over 30%. That’s a saving not to be sniffed at.
The Technic Liebherr has been around since 2019, which to us is an indication that it’s likely not going to be around much longer before it’s ready to be retired. So if this is something you’d like to add to your collection, we’d recommend jumping on it quickly. This is the cheapest we’ve seen it – and while it could get reduced further, it’s probably unlikely.
The price is partly due to the sheer size of the set – it’s made up of 4,108 parts – and because it includes several motor functions. You can move it around, rotate its body, control the arm and the scoop using LEGO’s Control app.
Here’s what we had to say about the set in our review:
“Despite being marked as age 12+ on the box, it’s a complex build that requires a huge time investment. You also need plenty of space. Up to eight bags of parts, the partially built model and a sizeable instruction manual will easily occupy a dining room table for a hours at a time. And once it’s built you’ll need somewhere to keep it: you won’t be wanting to take this model apart anytime soon.
If you have the money, the Liebherr R 9800 is a worthy investment; it really is an impressive (and huge) set. After all the hard work building it, you’ll become pretty attached to the thing.”