I built my first Technic model this week. Set #8446
. Got it sight unseen from an auction, no guarantee as to completeness, for $27. Missing no major pieces (not missing a $5 part after all). It was missing a few minor pieces that I was able to replace from the pile I was sorting through yesterday, and I was able to complete the model while still missing one minor piece - that I may very well have sitting here somewhere when I’ve sorted through everything. Final Analysis: Score!!
But to the point of this thread - building it - I came to the conclusion that the people who conceived, designed and manufactured the Technic line are freakin' geniuses!! It seems like they thought of everything! And this was an old set too (1999). I bet new stuff like the BWE is really something!
I wonder how much development effort went into creating and perfecting the basic Technic design elements and how they went about it. Was it one guy thinking about it at night? Or was there a room of people given the task of coming up with "a way to build stuff with gears and such", or what?
Previously - I always thought the Technic stuff was kind of lame due to the appearance of the models - all the holes everywhere and such. But having built one now, I can say I find it far more interesting than building non-Technic Lego sets.
Hats off, to the Technic dev team!