Based on a system of beams that connect with small connector pegs and then move with axles and cogs, the sets are more complicated to build than regular sets, take more time and concentration so are generally aimed at older Lego fans.
Technic sets are perfect for tweens and teens who may have played with Lego when they were younger but have become more interested in detailed design and construction rather than imagination and role play.
The sets are wonderful tools to teach the essence of mechanical design and engineering concepts.
- 8065 Mini Container Truck
- 8066 Off-Roader
- 8067 Mini Mobile Crane
- 8068 Rescue Helicopter
- 8069 Backhoe Loader
- 8070 Super Car
- 8071 Bucket Truck
- 8081 Extreme Cruiser
- 8109 Flatbed Truck
- 8110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400
Lego Technic is one of the oldest Lego themes.
The first set of this particular style was released in 1977 under the banner of “Expert Builder”. Due to the success of the sets the Lego Group then renamed the theme “Technic” in 1984 and started releasing the sets on a regular basis with an emphasis on cars, trucks and other vehicles.
Technic sets are highly detailed and generally based on actual existing vehicles like the Mercedes Benz Unimog (pictured). The sets are constructed using beams that connect together with small connector pegs. Early Technic sets used Lego brick beams with holes in the side but modern technic sets use “studless construction” beams.
The models often come with moving parts and this dynamic movement is achieved using axles and cogs. The sets are sometimes motorized using a Lego motor, more recently the Power Functions mechanism, while others utilize pneumatics elements.
Constructing Lego Technic sets generally takes more time and concentration due to the need to connect the beams using the small connector pegs.
As the sets also integrate movement into the model’s design the instructions are often more complicated than regular Lego sets (see picture).
Lego Technic in Other Lego Themes
Apart from the main Lego Technic theme, Lego has sometimes used the Technic components in other themes including Ben 10 and Star Wars but the sets are few and far between.
Lego ‘s Robotics theme, Lego Mindstorms, also uses a large number of the Technic pieces and concepts in it’s construction.
Lego Technic continues to be a strong theme for the Lego company and each year larger and more complex models are released to challenge and inspire mechanics and engineering aficionados.