Sometimes we get so busy looking ahead and trying new things that we forget to appreciate all the fantastic models that paved the way to where we are now. Milan takes us on a trip down memory lane in this three part series.
Milan, is there a red thread in the development of Technic models over the years?
The one thing all recent models share compared to the first LEGO Technic models is the solid building and play experience. In the early years, models consisted of a combination of Technic elements, like gear wheels, beams, etc., and system bricks. Authenticity was already a success criteria then. Models were iconic and you could always tell that this was a helicopter, or a crane, or a truck, but they would easily break apart when you played with them. I remember, because I used to do that when I was a boy.
The quality of the functions was also dependent on the element assortment at any given time. The first completely studless models were introduced in 2000, with the Technic Star Wars Battle, Destroyer and Pit Droids. The three-dimensional locking system used in those, and future Technic models, makes our designs more stable.
That said, I think we can still be very proud of all the models and their functionalities, and keep striving for the level of authenticity that has been behind every detail from day one. Every model was someone’s favorite toy at one point, and that’s something worth remembering.
Let’s start with a look at some of the milestones in cranes.