I've been collecting Technic since I emerged from my dark ages in 1994. I've amassed some 225 sets
in that time, apparently. I've kept most of the large ones built and once they'd been displayed for a few months they've been stored in zip-lock bags and in crates in my garage.
Trouble is, I'm running out of space rapidly and thus need to thin them out a bit, keep those I really like, maybe 30-40 or so, and sell the rest.
So before I start looking to put them on eBay or similar, are there any Technic fans here that would be interested in buying them as a collection?
All are 'as new', having been built and then stored and the instructions are as mint as when they came out the box. I don't have the boxes (no room to store them). Stickers have been applied to some sets, mostly the earlier ones, and some of them have subsequently peeled and cracked although I've been surprised to see many that haven't. There will be some inevitable discoloration of white parts in the earlier sets but it's not significant and not as a result of being left in the sun, just of ageing.
If you're interested we can discuss what's included and what isn't, prices, logistics and so on.
Oh, but Mrs Boo would kill me, then resurrect me by arcane means, just to be able to kill me again.
I would take that off you in a heartbeat, but I fear for the consequences.
If you decide to split it though, there are a whole bunch that are on my hitlist.
I'm likely to keep bikes, cranes, helicopters, forklifts and cool 'diggers' but all the cars, buggies and most others are up for grabs.
To anyone else reading - if Huw's letting the #8880 Supercar go, then it's mine, I tell you, MINE!
More here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brickset/sets/72157646037277033/
I want to shift everything on the table, and most of what's on the floor. Yes, that is a complete set of Arctic sets there :)
I'm not looking to profit from the sale: I've owned, built, played with and enjoyed the sets but now I have to let them go (to make room for more, probably!) and don't feel they owe me anything, as it were.
There will be some like #8880 which'll be in high demand but I suspect many are not so I'll try and shift those as a job lot.
#8851 (1984) Excavator (only one that's not complete, missing tracks)
#8620 (1986) Snow Scooter
#8640 (1986) Polar Copter
#8660 (1986) Arctic Rescue Unit
#8680 (1986) Arctic Rescue Base
#8852 (1987) Robot
#8853 (1988) Excavator
#8862 (1989) Backhoe Grader
#8825 (1990) Night Chopper
#8840 (1990) Rally Shock & Roll Racer
#8810 (1991) Cafe Racer
#8815 (1991) Speedway Bandit
#8820 (1991) Mountain Rambler
#8826 (1992) ATX Sport Cycle
#8828 (1992) Front End Loader
#8836 (1992) Sky Ranger
#8839 (1992) Supply Ship
#8868 (1992) Air Tech Claw Rig
#8818 (1993) Dune Buggy
#8824 (1993) Hovercraft
#8857 (1993) Street Chopper
#8872 (1993) Forklift Transporter
#8808 (1994) F1 Racer
#8812 (1994) Helicopter
#8816 (1994) Off-Roader
#8829 (1994) Dune Blaster
#8880 (1994) Super Car
#8210 (1995) Nitro GTX bike
#8225 (1995) Road Rally V
#8235 (1995) Front End Loader
#8280 (1995) Fire Engine
#8207 (1996) Dune Duster
#8223 (1996) Hydrofoil 7
#8230 (1996) Coastal Cop Buggy
#8286 (1996) 3-In-1 Car
#8408 (1996) Desert Ranger
#8425 (1996) Black Hawk
#8480 (1996) Space Shuttle
#8215 (1997) Gyro Copter
#8216 (1997) Turbo 1
#8222 (1997) VTOL
#8229 (1997) Tread Trekker
#8250 (1997) Search Sub
#8414 (1997) Mountain Rambler
#8437 (1997) Future Car
#8219 (1998) Racer
#8226 (1998) Mud Masher
#8248 (1998) Forklift
#8432 (1998) Concept Car
#8462 (1998) Tow Truck
#8444 (1999) Air Enforcer
#8445 (1999) Indy Storm
#8446 (1999) Crane Truck
#8448 (1999) Super Street Sensation
#8279 (2000) 4WD X-Track
#8457 (2000) Power Puller
#8465 (2001) Extreme Off-Roader
#8466 (2001) 4X4 Off-Roader
#8451 (2003) Dump Truck
#8453 (2003) Front-End Loader
#8454 (2003) Rescue Truck
#8433 (2004) Cool Movers
#8434 (2004) Aircraft
#8435 (2004) 4WD
#8415 (2005) Dump Truck
#8418 (2005) Mini Loader
#8281 (2006) Mini Tractor
#8282 (2006) Quad Bike
#8285 (2006) Tow Truck
#8272 (2007) Snowmobile
#8256 (2009) Go-Kart
#8262 (2009) Quad-Bike
#8264 (2009) Hauler
#8041 (2010) Race Truck
#8046 (2010) Helicopter
LMK what you're interested in and make me an offer.
You keeping the Williams F1 ?
Dave, sadly not. Not sure whether to sell the Williams and silver champ or not yet...
If you're selling the Williams or the big Ferrari F1 then I'm definitely interested.
You're selling 8480?? The best Technic set ever? Surely that's a typo...
For people who want an easy view of the list:
I had a few of those sets in the 80's and i played and played so much with those...
As I said above I've enjoyed owning them but now I'm happy to let someone else do the same.
They are in pretty much perfect condition so by all means make me an offer! I'd rather they went to a Bricksetter's good home for less than I might get in auction, than a potential trader if I put them on eBay.
A single Billy bookcase easily accomodates up to 100k parts. In fact, all my Technic stuff is neatly tucked away on a single shelf. That's 26 sets plus some 10k loose parts, so very much on par with what I'm seeing in your images. With those parts I can build absolutely any set at all released in the last eight years or so, plus a few select ones going further back. And yours cover a much larger time period still. Literally pounds of rare parts, and in pristine condition, too. Sounds like a keeper.
Plus, taking apart so many models at once will actually save you a great deal of time, as opposed to sorting in a set at a time every three months, as us mere mortals do. Synergy FTW.
And even with no time at all, you can hire someone to do it for you for a serving of fish and chips. I know I'd do it.
I do exactly as you suggest with my regular 'System' sets but even that has got to the stage where I'm running out of room to stack the storage boxes they are kept in.
Do not enter you message on the page right after clicking on his name, as that is writing on his "wall".
The thought of digging out instructions and sticker sheets, finding boxes, packing, traipsing to the post office, paying a King's ransom for postage and so on is also putting me off.
So, for now, at least, the sale is off.
I'm sorry for wasting everyone's time and getting hopes up but at least posting this has helped me achieve clarity about what I want to do with it all: I'm going to dismantle and bag up individual sets released before 2004 and for the > 2004 (new grey) sets, assimilate the parts into my collection given that those I was planning to dispose of are not much good anyway :)
Thank you @Schwallex.
But I'm sure everyone will understand. People have been there and know how it works.
1. First you frantically collect everything, amassing a collection the size of a small sun.
2. Then one fine day you can't sleep at night thinking, "great Scott, what have I done?"
3. Then you frantically sell everything, parting with a collection the size of a large planet. Maybe even doing a little dance, and thinking how for once, "Step 3: Profit!" actually applies.
4. Then one fine day you can't sleep at night thinking, "great Scott, what have I done?!"
The only difference between 4 and 2 is that you have enough room for a bed to weep in. A negligible and fleeting consolation at best, since the very next step is, invariably, "goto 1".
You probably made the right choice. If you change your mind in future you know where to find me.
At least now I have more pocket money for my trip to Windsor and Westfield in a few weeks time ;-)