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A History Question: When did the Technic parts begin to mingle with regular sets?
In the decade of 1980, when I was a wee lad, the LEGO System sets were very separate in their parts from the LEGO Technic sets. The System sets were "solid" sets and the Technic sets were the one with the holes in them that made, in my young opinion, mere representations of vehicles. But the Technic sets were much more mechanically minded than their System counterparts.
Having come back to LEGO within the past year, I have been building the SW Clone Turbo Tank and the AC Earth Defense HQ with my boys and it struck me, looking at the other sets we also built, just how many "Technic" pieces were being used in "regular" sets. When did this begin to happen? How has this transition been received?
Or was it always there and I just missed it?
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