From the simple Duplo, Lego has moved on to make more awesome items under its name.
Car Lego sets such as the highly-realistic Lego Porsche have wowed many collectors. But somebody has to say this, they aren’t really meant for playing, are they?
Thus, the creation of Lego Technic Sets. It’s a line that emphasizes on moveable parts, more apt for children.
As of now, I won’t consider them collector item-worthy.
But hey! Isn’t Lego more about having fun than completing a collection?
If you or your kid loves vehicles that can actually move like the real thing, check this out. I’m sure that you’ll love every Lego Technic set on this list.
LEGO Technic Set Mining Truck
Transport the stones, the minerals, and everything else valuable from the mining site to the factory with this awesome Mining Truck.
Even at 3″ high, 7″ long and 3″ wide, Lego managed to capture the most significant features of this vehicle.
From the big wheels, the strong AF bumper and grill guard, to the tipping cargo bed, it’s an exact replica. The only thing that made it different is it’s made of plastic and it doesn’t cough out smoke.
Aside from that, this model also features a detailed engine with moving piston and transmission belt as well as the driver’s cab.
It may be a simple vehicle, but it’s a sure attention-grabber. With all the dirt and environmental destruction a mining site has, it’s sure to be completely visible because of the dominant black and yellow colors.
For another building fun without spending another dime, transform this to a Wheel Dozer.
LEGO Technic Set 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator Building Kit (3929 Piece)
Number one is saved only for the biggest and baddest.
No, I’m not even kidding. This is the biggest one up to date. It’s humongous.
Measuring 16″ high, 28″ long and 11″ wide, the Bucket Wheel Excavator is a force to reckon with. Get digging into the dirt with this baby, and you’ll have your minerals in no time.
It doesn’t just look like the real thing. That wouldn’t be enough for something this glorious.
It OPERATES (yes, operates) like the real one too! Through the Lego Power Function, a huge array of motorized tasks.
Aside from moving forward and backward, the bucket wheel and the superstructure also rotate. Plus, there’s a moving conveyor belt and a working bucket wheel boom.
What more can you want? Honestly, I can’t think of anything else, but there’s more to this great Lego purchase.
You’ve collected the minerals and whatever else is under all that dirt. Now what?
Rebuild it to become Mobile Aggregate Processing Plant. Standing at 8″ high, 34″ long and 8″ wide, it’s still a measurable toy. Wow, right?
Also included in the set are the XL motor, battery box, and mine truck.
LEGO Technic Set Drag Racer 42050 Building Kit
Speed through the lanes and beat your enemy to the finish line. No, I’m not talking about running. Nobody has the time for that stuff!
Just kidding! Encourage your kids to exercise. Still, this isn’t some scheme to get your lazy butt off the couch, if that’s what you think.
This is about the Drag Racer, not good enough for the professional races, but good enough for some street bets.
Check under the hood and you’ll find a huge, powerful, and detailed V8 engine with moving pistons. Not only that, it also comes with working steering. This beauty doesn’t just drive in one direction.
Everything about this authentic dragster replica pops out. The gigantic rear spoiler, the huge rear tires, the large exhaust pipes… all details would get your attention.
Ready for motorized driving, take a peak under the body shell. It’ll reveal a detailed chassis, a working transmission, and the exhaust pipes.
Last but not the least, this dragster’s wheelie function will allow you to pull long wheelies.
Of course, all that is meaningless without an equally awesome body shell. This one is painted with vibrant blue and black tones, plus the optional flame stickers.
Here’s an idea. Have your first mini drag race and upgrade this set with the 8293 LEGO Power Functions set.
See you on the tracks!
LEGO Technic Set 42029 Customized Pick Up Truck
Not all adventures are in the city. Why not take a ride at rough terrains?
For that, you’d need a powerful pick-up truck. Well, good news! Lego Technic has the perfect one just for you.
Actually, for everyone who can purchase it. But hey! It’s still a nice pickup truck, customized for the roughest conditions Mother Nature could bring.
So to Mother Nature, we say BRING IT ON! The customized pickup truck can take it.
Measuring 7″ high, 16″ long and 7″ wide, the red, white, and gray color truck is packed with features that you’ll love. It can even be rebuilt to be a Forest Skidder!
What I love most about it are the huge wheels and independent suspension. No matter how rough the roads get, the body wouldn’t get damaged at all.
Next, the tipping bed. Unload the cargo without going out of the truck easily. Make sure those aren’t fragile, though!
With a map on your hand, the distance wouldn’t matter. This allows front steering so make as many turns as you like.
The opening doors especially because I can fit a minifigure in there just fine without moving anything around.
For the grill guard with working winch, it’s another thing altogether. That feature is a must-have for any worthy set in this Lego line.
To fully enjoy all of this amazing set’s features, upgrade with the 8293 LEGO Power Functions set. With it, you can enjoy LED headlights plus a motorized winch and bed.
LEGO Technic Set 42031 Cherry Picker
Small isn’t necessary bad, especially when you see what this Cherry Picker can do.
Having incredible realistic details for its price, it’s a great build for kiddos who haven’t tried building a Lego Technic set before.
Reach high altitudes with this ride, and pick cherries from there? Just kidding!
But I’m not kidding about the fact that you can make it into a tow truck.
You’d love its lifting mechanism, and surprisingly sturdy wheels. That’s what it’s for anyways, right?
Make sure people see you nearing the area with the four hazard warning lights and two warning beacons.
Only a nut job with a driver’s license would miss those!
With a working boom with basket, this could be a blessing for the parent readers there.
Think about it. You can send your kids to a “mission” of lifting small stuff around the house with this toy.
Wouldn’t that be great?
Reaching over 7” high, the Cherry Picker is an entry-level item that is just as detailed and beautiful.
LEGO Technic Set 42046 Getaway Racer
Reminiscent of the old gangster movies, the Getaway Racer is sure to make you look like a badass no matter what your age.
Oh, you’re six? Maybe you’re trafficking peanut butter sandwich in your class!
Again, I’m just joking around.
If you’re actually doing that, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t see or hear anything. I swear!
As stylish as it is in daylight, its dark-gray and black tones go unnoticed and lurking into the shadows at night. Will you be to pull off your latest heist?
Maybe you’d see its extra-wide rims, but after that, it’d just disappear in the shadows.
Reminding me of the devil’s horn, its huge vertical exhaust pipes are a standout. It’s such a standout that the police might even spot it
So, hurry now!
The sturdy front bumper may save you from impact, but it’ll prevent a quick escape.
Don’t get caught!
Pull back the Getaway Racer on the ground, and flee from the crime scene.
LEGO Technic Set 42040 Fire Plane Building Kit
Wildfires are becoming more rampant, and thus the death of enchanting greens surrounding the city.
Tame the roaring flames with this airborne fire truck, the fire plane. Measuring 6″ high, 13″ long and 17″ wide, this flying machine can aid in getting the job done quickly.
It features a spinning 3-blade propeller, because how are you going to fly?
Also, it can’t be complete without the water drop function. It’s not like you can remove the oxygen from the area, can you?
Move around easily to the wildfire location as this model comes with joystick-controlled elevators and ailerons.
Indulge yourself in this firefighting aerial adventure in power and style. Having a detailed 2-cylinder engine, it also boasts a neat red and white color scheme that’s both simple and wonderful.
After the fire’s controlled, you can leave on a jet plane. Yes, you really can!
Transform the fire plane to a jet plane, and to greater heights you go!
LEGO Technic Set Compact Tracked Loader
Clear the ground and have it ready for the latest city project with the Compact Tracked Loader.
Or… clean the carpet and have it ready for another batch of mess. Whatever. Where you use it is completely up to you.
The point of Lego Technic sets is to mimic real-life machines. But this isn’t just an attempt to do that. It has all the features of the real one.
Lego’s version features warning beacon, so you don’t accidentally wipe people off the road and the world. Aside from that, it also comes with roof spotlights, vertical exhaust track, and gear lever.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a tracked loader without the gigantic tipping bucket with working grabber.
Still, that’s not my favorite part about this machine masterpiece.
The sophisticated rear-hinged boom engine allows full control of the bucket. Perfect for soft grounds, the large triangular crawler tracks makes better movement and traction possible.
All these features come in 3″ high, 6″ long and 3″ wide Lego toy that is beautifully shaded with white, gray and black hues.
Transform this awesome item into a Snow Groomer, also having the stylistic greatness of the original.
LEGO Technic Set Formula Off-Roader
Even the ride on the open road isn’t always on the well-paved lanes we all know and love.
Sometimes, you have to get dirty. For that, you’d need this vehicle.
Donning a lime green and blue tones, the Formula Off-roader boasts a detailed 4-cylinder engine.
It has the strength and the power to get you on the top of rough mountain ranges without accidentally killing yourself.
The large roof-mounted spotlights come in handy because there aren’t any street lights in the mountains. You need to be prepared.
Aside from that, the sturdy car frame assures you that you won’t encounter any problems in the middle of the road (or forest).
Think of the vertical exhaust pipes as some kind of smoke signal, because they don’t add anything to the vehicle but aesthetics.
However, the hinged cab cage actually has some use. If you’re a little “healthy”, you’d need it to get off the off-roader.
Measuring 5″ high, 11″ long and 7″ wide, it looks very realistic. It even has suspension! Awesome, right?
Tired of your off-read journey? Easily rebuilt it to a muscle car, and get back to the easy and familiar well-paved roads.
LEGO Technic Set 42053 Volvo EW160E Building Kit (1166 Piece)
Developed with Volvo Construction Equipment, it’s one of the most accurate and functional Lego Technic sets on this list.
With the boom and outriggers retracted, the Volvo EW160E stands at 6″ (17cm) high, 9″ long and 4″ wide, and over 11″ high. It doubles in size with those extended!
My favorite feature is definitely the boom and working bucket that is powered by an advanced pneumatic system.
Its other functions are also worth looking at. The rotating superstructure, height-adjustable cab, working front blade, and rear controlled front steering all make it seem more lifelike.
Having a dominant yellow and black tones, this model becomes an accurate miniature of the original.
Want another building challenge? Transform it to a Volvo L30G, a compact yet heavy-duty material handler.
I never list items according to what I think is the best among the best. Besides, how good one Lego Technic set is largely depends on your personal favorites.
But I’m going out on a limb here to say that my ultimate favorite from this list is the LEGO Technic 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator Building Kit. It’s huge, but it doesn’t compromise its style and functionality.
For kids, I’d recommend the Lego Technic Cherry Picker because it’s easier to build and it’s not heavy. I consider it cute yet still wonderfully-designed. However, it’s not as detailed as its pricier counterparts.
Still, everything in this list is awesome. All are great opportunities for building challenges, resulting to something lifelike and accurate.