2013 - Design Contest
|41999 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition
||42000 Grand Prix Racer
|42001 Mini Off Roader
|42004 Mini Backhoe Loader
||42005 Monster Truck
||42007 Moto Cross Bike
|42008 Service Truck
||42009 Mobile Crane MK II
|42010 Off Road Racer
||42011 Race Car
A new set of wheel hubs were released in a couple variations. One had steering arms with ball joints and the other did not. Both used a large bearing surface for the rotating hub with much lower friction than the old hubs, but also with more clearance and wobble.
A new set of smooth curved panels (#21 & #22) were released in a size which made it possible for even the smallest sets to use them.
The curved 3x11 panel was supplemented with a new version that had additional pin holes. This was apparently needed to add strength to the boom of the 42009 crane. The old panel remained in production.
The 8 tooth pinion gear which had been in production since 1977 was updated with a reinfornced version. The old version had been designed to be compatible with studded parts and therefore had a small diameter sleeve that fit between the studs of a plate. This older version did not work very well with studless beams because it dropped into the counterbore of the holes and therefore did not sit flush. The new stronger version solved this problem. The new version is always dark gray.
A second version of the 8 tooth pinion was released with an oversized axle bore to allow it to slide smoothly on an axle. This allowed powered rotation with a translating axle and was critical for the outriggers of 42009. The frictionless version was always red.
A new version of the thin 5L liftarm was released with axle hole at the ends instead of pin holes.
The range of Technic axles was increased to include a 16L in black. This part had previously been available outside the Technic line in white.
Finally, an L-shaped pin connector was made available, although it was mostly used outside the Technic line.
Wheels and Tires
A new knobby off-road tire was released for the motorcycle wheel from 2010.