Random set of the day: Power Pack

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Power Pack

Power Pack

©1978 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 960 Power Pack, released in 1978. It's one of 9 Technic sets produced that year. It contains 22 pieces.

It's owned by 290 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


25 comments on this article

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By in United States,

That would be nice if they still had these technic starter sets on shelves! Love the concept and opens up more creativity for building!

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By in United States,

This is suspicious...

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By in Australia,

Is Huwbot trying to hint that something on him is broken and he's in need of spare parts?

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By in United States,

From yesterday, I echo similar comments. This gem of a set was great in its time, as long as you were able to gear down the motor speed to get it to work the way you wanted it. It was perfect when mated with the expert builder (technic of days gone by) sets. Mine still is in its original box and still works after 40 years.

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By in United States,

Keep it simple stupid. Everything from this old 4.5V motor to Power Functions was analog and idiot proof. Didn't need RC--no problem. If you did, the accessories for it were add-on. Powered Up! won't exactly work right without Bluetooth control, either by a remote or a smartphone/tablet. Even in the kinda damp basement my Lego parts are stored in, my stuff's never failed. I'm sure Powered Up is going to be incredibly fragile, subsceptible to all kinds of environmental factors, and may become obsolete and unusable. With these old things, as long as some dummy didn't put it away with batteries inside and the wiring/contacts are in good shape, they should always work, despite being more than 40 years old.

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By in United States,

now more technic

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By in Australia,

*everybody rushes to build Huwbot out of yellow technic*

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By in United States,

Again?

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By in United States,

Huwbot: Clickits, Yellow Technic and Hellish-Volcano Trains, since 2018.

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By in United States,

Today's random set: #960-1 Power Pack; Technic; 1978.

Yesterday's random set: #961-1 Parts Pack; Technic; 1978.

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By in United States,

I feel like Huwbot is a broken record.

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By in United States,

Nice! This, 961 from yesterday and 948 Go-Kart were for my brother and I our first three technic sets (and I think we received them all together Christmas of 1978, iirc). We mostly used the battery pack and motor from this set together with the Go-Kart to motorize it - a bit of a hassle tho with too short of a power cord you had to follow the kart around closely to keep from having too much tension between hand and ground, lest you end up lifting the kart off the floor.

Still in my collection and as others have attested to, motor and pack still operate perfectly. And the rubber band is just as good as the day we got it! LEGO certainly knew the right formula for manufacturing quality long-lasting rubber parts.

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By in China,

@phi13 That's the weirdest thing about this! Not only the same theme, but literally the very next set!

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like Huwbot is now researching parts to build a robot army with which to rule the world!

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By in Latvia,

Oh no! Parts packs are the new Clickets! Huwbot's reign is returning!

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh wow, have we ever stuck within the same theme like this?

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh wow, have we ever stuck within the same theme like this?

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By in Australia,

^ You clearly missed the terror of Huwbut's Clikits phase.

No, but Huwbot tends to get stuck on certain themes. Last week, he was stuck on 2003 Racers sets, this week, it's Technic spare parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a hint. Huwbot has a broken leg and gets stuck in one region of the vault for days at a time.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ No, I remember the clikits phase, but I don't remember us ever going straight from clikits to more clikits, there was usually a brief gap between them. they were frequent, not successive

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By in United States,

nice, i've got this one--but don't know where i put it! >.<

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By in United States,

That's two technic sets. Clearly Huwbot is rigged.

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By in United States,

Thoughts about 960:
On my set, I've had to replace the wires a few times. The wire inside the insulation wears out eventually and you have to disassemble the connectors, insert new wire, and screw them back together again.

The battery pack for this was *heavy*. Unbalanced several creations back in the day.

This motor was nothing like the PF motors we have today. It spun extremely fast, as in drill-speed fast. You pretty much had to gear it down no matter what the application. If you stuck a basic wheel-and-tire on it, the speed would separate the tire from the wheel, so that it would literally slide off!

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By in United States,

Rocket-boosted power pack, he's a Lego maniac!

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