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Technic and power functions --can someone help me understand for my son's birthday?
So, my kiddo turns 6 next month. Before you tune me out for asking about technic for an almost six-year-old, hear me out, please. He's been building Lego pretty much all his life (he even had the huge infant lego before he got the big megablocks then duplo). He built Destiny's Bounty pretty much by himself a year ago. After Christmas, he did his Tie Fighter independently. Plus, he MOCs (we call it free building) all the time. He recently went to a birthday party put on by a lego education outfit (Play-well Teknologies) where they used the Technic power functions and built cars. He loved it. He's going to a summer camp put on by these folks a few weeks after his birthday.
So, I'm thinking I need to get him some of these power functions for his birthday, but I must admit I'm lost and can't find a good primer on the subject. I assume he needs the motor and the battery pack and some sort of cables. But, honestly, I'm lost. Do I just buy 8293, the power functions accessory pack and call that done? Or, is there some piece you always end up needing two of that I ought to just get an extra one of now? Or, is there some reason why the m-motor in the accessory pack isn't what I want? Did I mention that I'm lost?
As a follow-up, in looking at power functions, I found myself in the foreign world of technic. So far, he's just been doing basic lego brick sets and Hero Factory. Technic is another whole new world of Lego. Based on what I've told you so far, is he ready for a technic kit, maybe one of the minis? They say age nine and up...but so do many of the other things he's building.
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If you really want to go Technic, my advice would be #9395 + #8293, it has instructions to add motorized, but you need to buy the #8293 motor set separably. The motor set on its own does not do anything, it is only meant as a complement to many existing Technic sets.
I love technic...good luck.
The thing about all of this that, honestly, blows me away, is that no one else seems to "get" what I saw as the joy of letting the little ones use the motors in really simple, basic MOCs. Is it that most families don't MOC with their kids like we do or that they just want to keep their bricks as a non-electric toy? Just food for thought ;0