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[UK] I need to pare down my large Technic collection

HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
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.


  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,533

    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.
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    Happy to split, I'm not expecting anyone to be able to take them all. LMK which ones you're after.

    I'm likely to keep bikes, cranes, helicopters, forklifts and cool 'diggers' but all the cars, buggies and most others are up for grabs.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,533
    I'll work up a list - cheers!
    To anyone else reading - if Huw's letting the #8880 Supercar go, then it's mine, I tell you, MINE!
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    Yes I think I will let #8880 go. I've just unboxed it, actually, and it's in remarkably good condition, hardly any yellowing of the white pieces.
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    edited July 2014
    Here's a fraction of the problem:


    More here:

    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.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,533
    Clearly you and I have a a different definition of the word 'problem'.
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    Here's what I want to shift:

    #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.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Administrator Posts: 6,755
    edited July 2014
    All those lovely boxes discarded - it's like a dagger to the breast, @Huw. Did you not keep ANY of them ? For shame.

    You keeping the Williams F1 ?
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    What's that I see on the wall? Is it Wills's Railway Locomotives?
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    Yes it is, I have quite a few sets of Willis's train cards.

    Dave, sadly not. Not sure whether to sell the Williams and silver champ or not yet...
  • IckelpeteIckelpete Member Posts: 15
    Huw you are a bad man there is so much there I would like but am afraid my funds would not be sufficient!
    Peter S
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    Thanks Duq. 8258 is staying. 8480 is cool, but it's white and white discolours. I had to replace the 1x16 beams 10 years ago and I haven't rebuilt or looked at it since.
  • IckelpeteIckelpete Member Posts: 15
    I agree with duq I am surprised to see 8480 in the list also 8868, 8880 and 8448 all of which I have been looking for in good condition for years.
  • SupersympaSupersympa Member Posts: 534
    Brings back so much memories!
    I had a few of those sets in the 80's and i played and played so much with those...
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    edited July 2014
    ^^ Yes they are all great sets, but there is only a finite amount of space in my house! They've been in storage for years and although it would be great to get them out to display them, my cabinets are full with newer stuff.

    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.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    I never even look at new Technic sets but I may have to buy #8680 which I owned as a boy just for the nostalgia.
  • IckelpeteIckelpete Member Posts: 15
    Huw I will send you an. Email when I get home.
  • SchwallexSchwallex Member Posts: 121
    This might be a dumb question since I can guess your answer, "I don't have any spare time at all", but still: have you not considered simply taking the models apart?

    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.
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    You make a fair point. I guess one has to question whether, having taken them apart, one would ever build them again and thus is it worth holding onto them? Particularly given that there's a constant stream of newer, cooler, better Technic sets every year.

    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.
  • Wiseman_2Wiseman_2 Member Posts: 1
    A lot of nice sets there, and I'd like to make an offer on a couple of them; but while I've been using Brickset for years, I've only just gotten around to joining the forum, so I'm not sure on the established procedure for doing so, and I'd certainly appreciate a pointer in the right direction :)
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    ^ Click Huw's name, then on the next page click "Message". That will allow you to send him a message.

    Do not enter you message on the page right after clicking on his name, as that is writing on his "wall".
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,088
    Yes that is the way to do it, but... Schwallex might be onto something. My motivation for selling is space, not money, and given I'd have to take many of them apart to post I might as well dismantle them and store in as little space as possible.

    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.
  • zipsforbananaszipsforbananas Member Posts: 250
    I totally understand, I'd have loved to get #8868 back, but not at the expense of causing a far bigger AFOL than me to fall for that dreaded stage 4 that I felt with Lego, Scalextric and Star Wars action figures after my teenage guitar-hoarding years. :D
  • DuqDuq Member Posts: 26
    Hmm... Let me talk to my legal team about this...

    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 ;-)
  • IckelpeteIckelpete Member Posts: 15
    I completely agree with your decision I am sure you would have regretted it after a few months.
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