LEGO Technic 40th anniversary: live from the vault

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Later today LEGO is celebrating Technic's 40th anniversary by broadcasting live from the vault [1] on Facebook:

On the 40th anniversary of LEGO Technic, you'll have the unique chance to get a sneak peek into the LEGO Technic vaults. Take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of milestones that have happened during the last four decades with three special guests: Jan Ryaa, the first LEGO Technic designer, Andrew Woodman, Senior Lead Designer on LEGO Technic and Signe Wiese, Culture Mediator at LEGO Idea House.

During the event, you'll have the chance to ask questions to the guests and maybe even see your favourite (unbuilt) models right from the vault’s shelves.

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You can view and participate on the LEGO Technic Facebook page at 3pm GMT which, assuming they actually mean GMT and not current London time, will be 11am New York, 4pm London and 5pm central Europe. Otherwise it'll be an hour earlier!

[1] An underground archive in Billund housing nearly every retail LEGO set.

11 comments on this article

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By in Ireland,

Is the vault nuclear hardened?

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By in South Africa,

Maybe they should sell some of the sets to offset their losses and keep their workers employed.

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By in United Kingdom,

If LEGO are looking to reverse fortunes, maybe they should consider reintroducing some (affordable) technic sets... I'm thinking specifically about the gears and motor sets you could buy in the 80s. These were very educational and came with an assortment of gears. To get your hands on a similar number of gears now, you need deep pockets - they tend to be found in either larger sets or at auction sites to stock up on . The smaller sets are poor value when it comes to the quantity of gears you get. And the motor functions set isn't usable without having the gears / sets to use in the first place. Those older gears / battery pack sets would probably be in the circa £20 range if they were out now. Not only affordable but massively educational (by stealth). Bring back gears!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Very disappointed with this year's offerings. Not sure why it was so poor this year. Only planning on getting #42070 6x6 All Terrain Tow Truck since I want all flagship sets even if i'm not excited about them! The broadcasts didn't help me understand why 40th year was a total letdown. :(

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By in United Kingdom,

There were a few questions asking why this year was a let down, but they chose not to answer these. I didn't think the video was that interesting and didn't show anything that we hadn't already seen. I was secretly hoping for a surprise announcement of a new large set to satisfy the 40th anniversary.

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By in United States,

I wonder weather or not they'll count the first few years of BIONICLE? It stared out as a subtheme of Technic, but only showing the first year or so might seem odd, and they probably wouldn't show the while thing.

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By in United States,

Thought Technic would be younger XD

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By in Netherlands,

I've seen it, to bad that after 11 minutes the connection dropped. The vault has very thick walls probably ;-) Overall it wasn't that interesting, some questions where answered, but not the most interesting ones. And I also hoped for a surprise reveal, too bad that didn't happen.

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By in Ireland,

Is this available as a recording somewhere for people without Facebook accounts?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd been away from Technic for literally decades, 80s and early 90s play.

I bought a bunch of kits in 2015 to occupy myself. They were all built and displayed and sold again within 6 months.
Play was ok.
Excavator was good but linear actuators a bit poor vs pneumatics.
Race car poor.
Green pickup truck ok but controls poor.
Skip lorry best overall, just simple but effective. Felt most like 'old' Technic.

It's really hard to make things with this studless stuff. As a kid I could make all sorts of things but this new stuff is baffling a lot of the time.

I get it has vast potential planning forward (adults, great), but the organic build style is much more cumbersome.

I wonder if Technic today is as fun for kids to learn/play with, or if they just build off instructions?

The kits today also seem very explicit rather than implicit. Ie, lots of panels to make things look 'solid' whereas 80s kits just conveyed the 'technical' design and forfeit the finished appearance.

I'm not a fan of where Technic has gone.

I certainly won't be using 'new' Technic to play with with my son.

Lego really need to do white-box digital instruction kits of their entire back catalog.

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By in United States,

Millennium falcon is huge Ok. It is not my cup of coffe but ok it is nice but commonnn Technic got 40 years this year. I expected someting like Millennium falcon but it Technics universe. I am big fan of Technics but 2017 line up is big disappointment for me especialy if it is 40 years of anniversary.

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