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Based on a bricks with (mechanical) technic functions like gears, pneumatic cylinders, differential etc.), children to create solutions to mechanical problems. Sets show basic principles of how real machinery work by use of LEGO bricks.
LEGO technic was introduced in 1977 under the name 'Exper Builder'. There are various 'themes' within the Technic line to allow childeren of different ages to play with Technic. Technic creations can be controlled with programmable bricks.
Jim Hughes has created a Technic reference: Technica.
The LEGO sets are divided in many groups. In the current line of products there are several groups: Freestyle, Belville, Duplo, Primo, Technic and System. Each of these series have themes of their own. For example the 'System' series is divided in many sub-series: Adventurers, Aquazone, Boats, Town, Trains etc. These themes can have subgroups of their own like 'Town' has subseries like 'RES-Q'.
Browse the LUGNET Guide for an overview of themes and their sets.
Once in a while LEGO fans aim for the record 'Tower building'. In 1993 the Swedish team build a LEGO tower 21,63 meter high, a team in South Africa broke that record (23,20 meter). The current record holders is a team from Turkey with a LEGO tower of 24,17 meter (1998).
Once the largest part of the LEGO assortment. The town series was introduced by the System of Play and got developed over the years. In the early years (1955) LEGO towns had prefabricated plastic cars. Later under the name LEGOLAND a whole host of town related sets (cars, busstops, hospitals, police and firestations etc.) were released.
The town series has many subthemes. Search the LUGNET Set Guide for Town sets, warning this query results in ~500 matches!
The new Town series has bigger bricks, aimed to make the switch between DUPLO and SYSTEM more easier. Introduced in 1997. Town Jr. was replaced by 'City Center' in 2000.
Search the LUGNET Set Guide for Town Jr sets
Search the LUGNET Set Guide for City Center sets
The 1955-65 first phase of LEGO Town. It included a Town Plan board (#200 in USA/Canada, and #246 in Europe), several kits for different Town Plan buildings (in Europe only), and the Town Plan sets (#725 in USA and Canada, #700 or #810 in Europe).
The supplemental parts pack sets (bricks, windows & doors, sloped bricks, trees & bushes, cars & trucks, plates, street signs, street lights, flags, and garage door kits) were all made to supplement the Town Plan.
Search the LUGNET set guide for classic town sets
The LEGO trains, aimed at kid aged 7-12, combine well with the Town theme. The current train series is the third incarnation since the introduction of the LEGO trains.
This theme is probably very popular among the Adult Fans Of LEGO. This demonstrates once again that the age indication is of no value to AFOLs!
The current line (9V) is available since 1990/91, the long awaited cross track (set 4519) was released in 1999(!). The trains are powered by the metal wheels running over electrified track.
Before the 9V era (1969-1989/90) the track (first in blue, later in grey -1980) was constructed from seperate pieces and a central electric element to power (12V) the motor. The powersupply was modular and several extra pieces could attach to it like: remote operated points, signalposts and remote decoupers.
The oldest system was introduced in 1965 as push-train, in 1966 the 4.5V, battery operated saw the light. Track was the same as the 12V version except for the middle electric element. Push and battery operated train were also used in the '12V era' (1969-1989/90), the last battery operated train was released in 1985 (set 7722).
Search the LUGNET Set Guide for 4.5V Trains
Search the LUGNET Set Guide for 12V Trains
Search the LUGNET Set Guide for 9V Trains
Search the LUGNET Set Guide for Trains