Random set of the day: Tow Truck

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Tow Truck

Tow Truck

©1982 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8846 Tow Truck, released in 1982. It's one of 5 Technic sets produced that year. It contains 379 pieces.

It's owned by 645 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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7 comments on this article

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By in Singapore,

Yeah, another childhood favorite! This one stands out for the incredible number of functions relative to its small size. Back in those days it wasn't easy to build compact functionality with the limited array of Technic parts available. This one shows what good design and Technic skills can achieve! A real beauty and highlight in the Lego Technic world!

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By in Turkey,

This is the technic look I like. It's bare bones. Although it can be modfied a bit, with headlights and doors. Shortening the stick that controls the wheels also would improve the looks.

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By in Germany,

Also for me this was my favorite Technic set of my childhood. I remember that this was my first set using black pins with friction and the instructions showed black in a kind of dark grey for easier build. But after a while I could built this set by heart.

Also noteworthy is the B model, the truck. A kind of basis and the start for your own creativity coming up with your own truck.

Both, A and B model were great starting points for my own Technic or Model Team creations back then. Check out my old pickup for example: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=21833

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By in Portugal,

The new LEGO Technic sets are much more complicated than this.

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By in New Zealand,

The new LEGO Technic sets are much less imaginative than this.

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By in Germany,

The new LEGO Technic sets are different than this. ;-)

Coming out of my dark ages, I felt like Technic had drifted off, become studless and all! Today, I do see the potential of the new system but is it I still feel like it’s ‘not really Lego’ (as I knew it): different parts, different way of building, different look. To each his own though.

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By in New Zealand,

I recently restored & built this set for the first time, what an awesome model! As everyone says, so many cool features. I especially like how the steering wheel in the cab moves as you steer the Tow Truck from above. And I also really like how the manual shows it interacting with another model, the 8845 Dune Buggy, something you don't often see with the Technic range unfortunately. Next on my list is the 8848 Power Truck from the same fantastic era!

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