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The n3rdabl3 elves are at it again, with yet another gift guide for your Christmas shopping convenience. In this article I am taking a look at LEGO’s Technic rage, a slightly more grown up version of LEGO that features moving parts and real-life tiny engineering.

These sets are brilliant for those of us that love engineering and mechanics. Each set is like a massive jigsaw puzzle that can take anywhere from one hour to several days.

Without further ado, here is our recommendations.

Street Motorcycle

Cruise on the open road with the awesome LEGO Technic Street Motorcycle. This cool, sturdy model has all the features of the real-life machine, including full fairing, rugged front and rear suspension, chain drive, working steering, kickstand, detailed engine with moving pistons and a sporty, light blue and red colour scheme. Experience the joy of motorcycling! This 2-in-1 model rebuilds into a cool Retro Bike.

The Technic range is most definitely aimed at a slightly older audience of LEGO fans. The build is rather complex and extremely well detailed. For those of you that are interested in machinery, mechanics and anything motorised this is a real treat.

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All of the moving parts of the model interact like they would in a real life counterpart. The pistons pump, the chain drives the gears and suspension really works.

Whilst the build is complex, completing the model is a very rewarding experience.

  • Price Range: £30
  • LEGO 42036
  • 375 pieces
  • Recommended age: 9+
  • Recommended for: Fans of machinery, vehicles and those that enjoy a challenge.

24 Hour Race Car

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Scream around the circuit in the lightning-fast 24 Hours Race Car! This robust, immaculately detailed LEGO® Technic model has all the features of a real-life race car, including a detailed V8 engine with moving pistons, opening gull-wing doors, all-round independent suspension, working front steering, high fenders and an opening front trunk and engine hood. Put on your racing gloves and step on the gas! Upgrade with the 8293 Power Functions motor set (not supplied) and you have bright LED headlights plus motorized gull wing doors and engine cover. This 2-in-1 model rebuilds into a SUV Racer.

The first thing to note is that this is an intense build! I built this bad boy over the course of several days and an abundant amount of caffeine.

The engine is fully functional with pistons and gears. Everything, and I mean everything, that should move does move. There is a complex intertwining mesh of gears that allow you to control the steering of the vehicle as well as opening the engine cover and the drivers cab. It is a truly magnificent piece of micro engineering that covers everything from differentials side gears, pistons, gear changing and suspension systems.

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This is a seriously impressive kit.

  • Price Range: £80-£100
  • LEGO 42039
  • 1219 pieces
  • Recommended age: 11+
  • Recommended for: Fans of machinery, vehicles and those that enjoy a challenge.

Cherry Picker

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For something a little bit easier, we have the Cherry Picker!

Reach dizzying heights with the LEGO Technic Cherry Picker! This tough 2-in-1 model is packed with realistic details, including a working boom with basket, 4 warning lights, sturdy wheels and a detailed lifting mechanism.

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This is fairly simple build that is a great little toy that kids love. It comes in at around £10 so its a great little stocking filler.

  • Price Range: £10
  • LEGO 42031
  • 155 pieces
  • Recommended age: 7+
  • Recommended for: A great entry level introduction to the LEGO Technic series. Brilliant stocking filler.

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