LEGO® Technic turns 40 this year! To celebrate the anniversary, we took three of this year’s new sets and combined them into a unique 3-in-1 build. A mix of the high-tech innovation of the 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, the powerful 42061 Telehandler and the aerodynamic 42057 Ultralight Helicopter, the 40th anniversary model is a modern interpretation of one of the earliest retro car models. The build would not be complete without the emblematic 40th anniversary element.
Have you ever wondered where it all started? Whether you’re new to Technic, or you’ve been a fan since the early days, you’ll know how much work goes into designing our sets, and this was no different when the first models were conceived forty years ago. In the early 1970s, the first LEGO® designers to play with the idea of building cars used large square LEGO Mobil bricks in yellow, red and blue with white cross-axles and cogwheels. These were only showroom models and were not intended for sale. Over time, they experimented with the creation of different elements that would improve stability and sturdiness – a journey of discovery that resulted in the release of the first technical models in 1977. Find out more about the story of the early days of Technic, and read other fascinating facts about how far we’ve come, on the LEGO Technic blog.