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Lego Technic: Studded or Studless construction
Huw posted a very good article on a Lego catalog from 1995 that raised an interesting point about the Lego Technic line. He mentioned that 1995 was the last year before Lego Technic pieces changed forever. Sets in 1996 started incorporating the new studless pieces, and as the years went on the ratio of studless to studded pieces changed more and more in favor of studless.
It's been about 20 years now since that momentous occasion, enough time for us to look back and reflect. I was wondering (because I often wonder that myself) what kind of Technic sets people generally prefer - sets that utilize mostly studless construction, sets with only studded pieces, or a hybrid set with both types? Or perhaps not just sets - which construction style feels more natural?
Personally I am torn - I find the build to be more enjoyable when the construction has more studded pieces. But at the same time I tend to like the look of the final models more when studless pieces are involved. Studless sets can also pack more functionality in the same amount of space, but tend to feel less moddable, in my opinion.
A good example to illustrate this conundrum is the evolution of a Lego super car line. Which one did people like to build/look at/play with more? Personally, my favorite was 8880, but I could be biased because that was the first Technic set I had the pleasure of building :)
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