Key to the IndexThe Technic set index is a general survey of all Technical, Expert Builder, Technic and Mindstorms sets and idea books, as well as many supplementary sets, produced from 1977-2002.
|Set No.||Set name COUNTRY Year
Release dates. Release notes.
Number of pieces, Special elements. Set colors: primary/ secondary.
Instruction manual: number of pages (paper size). Description.
|Images:||Set images are typically from European or US catalogs,
although boxes and instruction books are used when there is no suitable catalog image,
which is now occuring more frequently. Every thumbnail links to a full size image.
with the source listed. The size of the images is listed to the right. All images are
used in accordance with the Lego Fair Play policy.
|Set numbers:||Technic sets can have different set numbers for the same set
(852 Helicopter, 954 Sky Copter),
different set numbers for different versions of the same set (8428 or
8432 Turbo Command), or different sets with the same number
(8858 Auto Engines, 8858 Rebel Wrecker).
Sets have a separate entry for each of their possible set numbers.
|Set names:||Names are listed alphabetically by market using the ISO-3166 2 character
country code (1). The year is listed primarily to show when a name in a given market changed,
it does not necessarily indicate the release date of the set. Although expanded from previous
versions of the Index, the list of names is by no means complete.
Starting in 1998 with the Mindstroms sets, Lego began standardizing the set and subtheme names in all markets to a single English name. This process now includes everything execpt for several of the accessory and promotional sets. These names are not indicated by a market.
|Piece counts:||Piece counts listed on US boxes and US Shop at Home catalogs are considered
official counts. Inventories from new sets or piece counts from instructions are considered
|Paper sizes:||Most Lego instruction books are ISO-216 standard paper sizes (2).
A0 841 × 1189 mm
A1 594 × 841 mm
A2 420 × 594 mm
A3 297 × 420 mm
A4 210 × 297 mm (8.27 × 11.69")
A5 148 × 210 mm
A6 105 × 148 mm
A7 74 × 105 mm
A8 52 × 74 mm
Full size instruction manuals and Idea Books are A4, half-size instructions are A5. Note that in US sets sometimes A4 books are actually 8½ × 11".
(1) ISO 3166-1 "Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions - Part 1: Country codes" Which is maintained by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA):
(2) ISO 216 "Writing paper and certain classes of printed matter -- Trimmed sizes -- A and B series". A series paper has a width-to-height ratio of the sqrt(2) (1.4142). When cut in half parallel to the shorter side the resulting paper still has the same width-to-height ratio.