Lego Technic 2016 Sets (with Pictures and Prices!)

For 2016, several Lego Technic sets were scheduled and some of them are still currently available. The first one appeared in January, and the second ones appeared in August 2016. You will find below the list of sets with a quick analysis, description, parts, availability, and prices. Enjoy!


Lego Technic 42044 Display Team Jet

Lego 42044 Box Lego 42044 Display Team Jet Lego 42044 B-Model

FUNCTIONS
• Retractable landing gear
PIECES
• 113 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 7 to 14
PRICE
• 12,99$ 9,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

Lego has made several planes, but recently no small planes. Here we have a very nice aircraft, strong construction, with yellow and white colors (black colors is on stickers, not Lego Parts), cockpit and seat. Pretty nice, well-designed, and in addition, there is one function, a very cool one: retractable wheels! Front wheels move backward, rear wheels move forward under the wings, which are made with panels and are perfectly aligned. Like the previous set, be warned that without stickers this aircraft will look less pretty. The airplane is very strong, it’s easy to play with it. No glitches, no difficulties, this set is highly recommended for beginners.

B-Model is an old-style aircraft with two wheels on the front and blade motor. The blade is “free of movement”, and there are no functions on this B-Model. The cabin is quite strange but globally for a B-Model, it’s not bad at all.

We can note also that there are interesting parts on this plane: 10 Lego Technic white panels (2 big, 2 mediums and 6 smalls), and 4 yellow axles (5L length). There are also many white panels, which may be interesting if you build you own models (also known as MOCs, “My Own Creation”, by Lego community).

Lego Technic 42045 Hydroplane Racer

Lego Technic 42045 Hydroplane Racer Box Lego Technic 42045 Hydroplane Racer Lego Technic 42045 Hydroplane Racer Lego Technic 42045 Racer B-Model

FUNCTIONS
• Inline 4-cylinder motor
• Rotating propeller
PIECES
• 180 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 8 to 14
PRICE
• 19,99$ 14,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

The Lego Technic 42045 is a very nice racing boat. Here, a 4 inline cylinder is included, and a rear propeller should be visible on the white rim at the back of the boat. 2 wheels are hidden under the boat, they are linked to the motor. No other functions, but there is a good detail level, particularly in the front seat and exhausts. The style is very well-designed but it’s also due to stickers, so if you don’t apply them (mainly if you want to reuse parts later), the boat will not be so nice. The only complaint I can do is the propeller position, which is very high and will not correspond to real life: it should be lower, like “immersed in water”, but the boat will not be playable at all so that’s a good compromise.

B-Model is also a boat, like a speed boat with 2 big seats, and 4-cylinder boxer motor (cylinders are in opposite position). Let’s be honest, like all Lego Technics B-Models, this one is not as nice as the principal version, but it’s not bad at all, especially with this rare motor architecture. Wheels are hidden, they are linked to the motor. There are no other functions on this B-Model, but globally for both A-Model and B-Model, it’s very cool and instructive to have a motor with animated pistons: youngest builders will appreciate understanding mechanical basics!

Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer

Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer Box Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer

FUNCTIONS
• Pull-Back motor
PIECES
• 170 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 7 to 14
PRICE
• 19,99$ 14,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

The Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer is a very nice hot rod with Pull-Back motor. Unfortunately, there are no other functions, and it’s quite easy to build it. Like 2015 sets, I think sets with Pull-Back motor are not very interesting, and if possible prefer another Lego Technic sets as shown above. One of the only interest for a child is the construction of the vehicle, but even if the set is nice, try to prefer another set, more instructive (like the Lego Technic 42045 Hydroplane Racer, which includes a 4-cylinder motor) or why not a Lego Creator set.

Lego Technic 42047 Police Intercepter

Lego Technic 42047 Police Intercepter Box Lego Technic 42047 Police Intercepter

FUNCTIONS
• Pull-Back motor
PIECES
• 185 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 7 to 14
PRICE
• 19,99$ 14,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

The Lego Technic 42047 Police Intercepter is another Pull-Back set, but bigger than the previous one. It’s a police 4×4, with a good level of details. The green color is quite strange, but why not it’s original. Note the very small white panels, they can be very useful for other Lego creations. No openable doors or hood. No technical interesting or advanced functions, one of the rare interesting points is the construction of the 4×4 for a child: as an adult, you will easily supervise the construction and correct errors if any, but in comparison of sets presented before it’s not the best choice.

Lego Technic Police Car (Lego Technic 42046 + 42047)

Lego Police Formula 6 Wheels

FUNCTIONS
• 2 Pull-Back motor
PIECES
• Approx. 300 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 7 to 14
PRICE
• 39,99$ 29,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

There are no B-Models for Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer or Lego Technic 42047 Police Interceptor, but you can combine both of them to create a police car with 6 wheels. Two “Pull-Back” motors are present on this vehicle, for the 4 rear wheels. No other functions, just a fast vehicle without any supplemental functions which can be fun for the youngest Lego Technic fans.

Lego Technic 42048 Race Kart

Lego Technic 42048 Race Kart Box Lego Technic 42048 Race Kart Lego Technic 42048 Race Kart (2) Lego Technic 42048 B Model

FUNCTIONS
• Front wheels steering
• 2 speed gearbox + neutral
• Animated fake motor
PIECES
• 345 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 9 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• 29,99$ 26,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

Wow, that’s a very nice kart! You may like or not the colors, without or with stickers, it’s up to you. Personally, I really like the style, and there are a lot of details, like the 2 pedals or the very nice seat. There is also a motor with 1 cylinder, the tank, and the exhaust details. The steering wheel can orientate the front wheels. On the side, red lever operates a gearbox with 2 speeds and neutral position, like competition kart. Very cool, even if there is a small bad point on this set: turning radius is quite small and steering is not very efficient, a classic steering with gears can improve it if you have parts and skills.

B-model is a “Track Car” which includes steering for front wheels, a fake motor for the rear wheels, tail lights, exhaust. The steering wheel is for decoration purpose and doesn’t steer the model, but gear at the center of the car steers wheels trough a connecting rod. The rear part of the can be opened to see the motor. All things considered, this B-Model is high quality and instructive for younger builders, like A-Model also.

Lego Technic 42049 Mine Loader

Lego Technic 42049 Mine Loader Box Lego Technic 42049 Mine Loader Lego Technic 42049 Mine Loader (3) Lego Technic 42049 B Model

FUNCTIONS
• Steering
• Container clamp functions
• Inline 2 cylinder fake motor
PIECES
• 476 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 9 to 16
PRICE
• 49,99$ 36,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

This vehicle works under the ground, so the vehicle has low height dimensions. Normally there should be a shovel at the front but here we have a clamp, which can be handled front the rear of the vehicle. The clamp can also be lifted up with a small lever, but there are only 2 positions: up or down. On the roof of the cabin, a small wheel (HOG) allows articulating the truck and so turn right or left, and it gives very good handling with small turning radius! Only one rear wheel is connected to a linear 2-cylinder engine. Several details also, like exhaust, antenna (+1 in extra parts, maybe because we often hit it when we play with vehicle), and headlights. All things considered, a nice and strong vehicle even if a shovel would be adequate at the front. Personally, I’ve planned to buy this mine loader, I would like to install a shovel on the front and if 4 wheels drive with V4 engine.

B-Model is also a mine vehicle, designed to dig rock. Chassis contains inline 2 cylinder motor surrounded by a red cylindrical housing (very nice combo !), and front wheels steers. Lots of details also: roof lights, tail lights, antenna, blue seat… On the front, a very nice arm with digging tool can be raised, oriented, and tool rotates. Effective, and very nice!

Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer

Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer Box Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer Lego Technic 42050 B Model

FUNCTIONS
• Steering
• Wheelie position adjustment
• 8 cylinder fake motor
PIECES
• 647 Pieces
AGE RANGE
• 10 to 16
PRICE
• 79,99$ 59,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

This dragster is a mid-size vehicle, mainly designed for the US market. This set is very strange, but the real model reproduced also. Let’s be honest, hood and front bumpers are not really nice, functions are very limited, and construction is not well designed at all. There are few functions for this set: rear wheels drive the V8 motor, front wheels steers, the body can lift thanks to a lever on the side of the body, and front of the dragster can be raised up. These last 2 functions are totally ugly, not useful at all and not instructive.
Some parts of the body are quite incomplete, like rear “dump” or headlights. Construction of the body is really disappointing if you compare the Lego Technic 42050 Drag Racer to other vehicles, even older. If possible, choose another set, except if you’re looking for parts like new light-blue panel, few colored axles, or the two rear wheels which have been seen only on the Lego Batman Tumbler 76023.

B-Model is better than A-Model. It’s a dragster, also with a V8 motor. Front wheels’ steers, aileron height can be adjusted, a wheelie bar is visible on the rear.

Lego Technic 42051 Airport Rescue Vehicle (cancelled)

No Lego Official Picture

This set was planned for mid-2016, but it has been canceled and will never be produced. It was a big airport fire truck, with red color, modern style, arm with water cannon which could be lifted up and oriented. 6 wheels with 4 wheels steering and lots of details also: lights, mirrors, few stickers… Seats were designed with new white panel parts, like the wing of set 42045 Hydroplane Racer.

Non-official images are available on the Internet, but it’s not allowed to publish them. However, a Lego Technic builder has made a “replica” of this vehicle. Even if small difference may appear to the originally scheduled vehicle, the job done is fantastic and the vehicle looks like exactly the scheduled one. You can see pictures here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=562786

Lego Technic 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter

Lego Technic 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter Box Lego Technic 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter Lego Technic 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter Lego Technic 42052 B Model

FUNCTIONS
• Motorized rotors
• Motorized cargo door opening
• Motorised cargo tray opening
• Motorised winch
• Manual adjustable flight surfaces
PIECES
• 1042 Pieces
• Power-Functions: 1 “Medium” motor, battery box
AGE RANGE
• 10 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• 139,99$ 119,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

The Lego Technic 42052 is a big helicopter with 2 main rotors and no tail rotor. This architecture is not popular, we often see helicopters with one main rotor and one tail rotor, but in Swiss and in Russia some helicopters have this architecture, which provides more stability and reduces danger during take-off and landing phases (the tail rotor can hurt people or objects). The helicopter is fully covered with white and orange parts, there are few stickers on sides.

The helicopter is very huge, wide, with a massive tail. Regarding functions, there are 4 mortised functions: contra-rotors rotation, winch, bottom cargo bay doors opening, and rear cargo bay ramp. Like on the Lego Technic 42025 Cargo Plane and other Lego Technic recent sets, it will be difficult to activate several motorized functions together and rotation direction of the rotor may be stopped and reversed, which is not realistic. 2 manuals function also: landing gears, operating tail rudder, operating tail aileron, tail rudders and aileron. Construction of the helicopter is not common, the owner has to build one side of the helicopter, then the other side. Batteries are easy to change, the battery box is under the fuselage (front landing gear is fixed to it). In conclusion, this helicopter is very nice, huge, detailed, it includes a lot of functions, and contra-rotors rotation reminds us that that kind of helicopters exists.

B-Model is a tandem rotor helicopter with a totally different architecture. A door on the side opens, and a winch can be deployed to lift objects in the helicopter. Sadly, the door isn’t fixed very well and moves a lot, and style is not very nice. Like several Lego Technic sets, prefer A-model which is more instructive and nicer.

Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW 160E

Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW 160E Box Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW 160E Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW 160E Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW 160E Lego Technic 42053 B-Model Lego Technic 42053 B-Model

FUNCTIONS
• Front wheels steering
• Rear stabilizers deployment
• Front shovel deployment
• Pneumatic arm
• Pneumatic bucket
• Liftable cabin
• Excavator rotation
PIECES
• 1166 Pieces
• Pneumatic system
AGE RANGE
• 10 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• 129,99$ 119,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

The Lego Technic Volvo EW 160E is an excavator with pneumatic functions. It includes a pump, 3 actuators, 3 switches which allow operating the digging attachment and arm position, and lots of tubes. The cabin can be lifted to give better visibility (the same feature exists for real excavators), outriggers on the back can be extended manually the front shovel can be lifted up and down manually, and front wheels steer with a gear at the back of the excavator. Regarding the manual outriggers, the lock system is simple but manual, I’m a little bit disappointed on this point: the front shovel doesn’t lock in the upper position very well. Globally, chassis of the Lego Technic 42053 doesn’t include advanced technical mechanisms, we would enjoy having more efforts on this, but this chassis will allow to put the battery box (Power Functions) and motorize the pneumatic functions.

Regarding style, the excavator is highly detailed with several lights, stickers, seat, and danger stickers for example. For pneumatic, sadly there are no air tanks to store air under pressure, but the new pump (Pneumatic V2) allows to have better pressure and better efficiency for the pneumatic system: only 1 compression of the pump allows to open or close the shovels, and 3 compressions are necessary for the first part of the arm and the second part of the arm. If you don’t want to pump, additional electric motor “Power Functions” can do it for you.

In conclusion, the Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW 160E is very instructive with the pneumatic system in addition to “classic” mechanical functions, even if the chassis have manual functions which are a little disappointing. I recommend this Lego Technic set for experienced and expert builders, personally, I’ve ordered it for Christmas 2016 🙂

Lego Technic 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 TRAC

Lego Technic 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 TRAC Box Lego Technic 42054 B-Model Lego Technic 42054 Class Xerion 5000 Lego Technic 42054 Class Xerion 5000 Lego Technic 42054 Class Xerion 5000 Lego Technic 42054 B-Model

FUNCTIONS
• 4 wheels steering with 3 modes
• Motorised arm
• Motorised cabin rotation
• Opening hood
• Adjustable front counterweight
• Adjustable rear crane height
PIECES
• 1977 Pieces
• Power-Functions: “Medium” motor, battery box
AGE RANGE
• 11 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• 179,99$ 149,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

First of all, let’s describe the style of this tractor. It’s a replicate of “Claas” tractor, a famous brand for farm vehicles. The style is excellent, there are a lot of details (lights, stripes panels on wheel arch, cabin, seats) and new tires. At the front of the tractor, a counterweight can be adjusted up and down. In the upper position, the hood (with battery box under it) cannot be opened, but that’s not a problem. No fake motor for this set, despite the interesting size of the tractor. At the back of the Lego Technic 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 Track, there is a red arm with mechanical functions and stabilizers, which is common for those vehicles.

Technical features of this Lego Technic set are amazing: first of all, wheels can turn in different modes (2 wheels steering, 4 wheel steering, 4 wheels steering for slide translations) thanks to a lever. This feature hasn’t been seen on any Lego Technic models before, and it’s pretty efficient! Several functions are motorized with “Power Functions” elements: cabin can rotate 180 degrees, the arm can be oriented and lifted up. Each one of motorized functions works correctly and movements aren’t too slow (which is the case for some motorized functions of the Lego Technic set 42055 Bucket Excavator for example).

B model keeps the essential of the vehicle, the only one difference is the arm which is replaced by a tool for work the land, like a grader.

The Lego Technic 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 is one of the rare Lego Technic sets on agriculture theme. The last one was the Lego Technic 8274 Combine Harvester which was released in 2007. Technical gap between the Lego Technic 8274 Combine Harvester and the new Lego Technic 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 is very important and the introduction of new tires will enjoy people which build their own Lego Technic models.

Lego Technic 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator

Lego Technic 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator Box Lego Technic 42055 B-Model Lego Technic 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator Lego 42055 Wheel Bucket Excavator Lego 42055 Mining Truck Lego 42055 Mining Truck

FUNCTIONS
• Motorised trails
• Motorised rotation
• Motorised extraction wheel
• Adjustable lateral convoyer
• Truck: steering
• Truck: dump movement
PIECES
• 3927 Pieces
• Power-Functions: “XL” motor, battery box
AGE RANGE
• 11 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• 279,99$ 229,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

This excavator is one of the biggest Lego sets ever made. It contains 3927 parts and includes a similar white version of the Lego Technic 42035 mining truck. The excavator is really impressive in comparison to other Lego Technic sets, the mini cabin and mining truck give a “human scale” to imagine how an excavator like this can be massive in real life.

Functions and build are interesting, but handling and playability are not so good: it’s not possible to dig the ground or gravels, user have to dig into Lego boxes. Several functions are motorized: conveyors, tracks (both of theme are linked, it’s not possible to turn), and tower rotation. Regarding those last 2 motorized functions, they are amazingly long and inefficient due to the weight of the excavator: more than 1 minute is necessary to rotate completely the tower, and the motorized tracks run very slow.

All materials can be oriented to a small white mining truck, which looks like the Lego Technic 42035 but a little bit smaller and without single piston engine. This small truck helps to imagine how bigger is the excavator, that’s cool, and if you have other small Lego Technic sets you can combine them to get a unique scene, with the masterpiece: the Lego Technic 42055 Bucket Wheels Excavator!

Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Box RearLego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego 42056 Rear View Lego 42056 Front Opened Lego 42056 Chassis

FUNCTIONS
• Front wheel steering
• 6 cylinder motor
• 4 speed sequential gearbox
• Opening doors, hood, trunk
• Adjustable spoiler
PIECES
• 2704 Pieces
• Power-Functions: “XL” motor, battery box
AGE RANGE
• 16 to 99
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• 299,99$ 299,99€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017

So, finally, the “ultimate licensed car” is not a Mercedes or McLaren as predicted by Lego Technic fans, but a Porsche 911 GT3. The body of the car is orange, with big dimensions (the biggest Lego Technic cars ever made). The car is beautiful, new parts really help style: new rims, new panels for wheels arch, and some other new smaller panels.

Regarding functions, this Porsche includes a flat 6-cylinder engine at the back, sequential gearbox on steering wheel, opening doors, opening hood with a suitcase, and a glove compartment with a unique model serial number. Lots of details also, like yellow brake calipers, lights, low profile tires. The box is very nice, and it this set includes a book which describes the history of Lego Technic and Porsche cars.

The Porsche 911 GT3 has also few kinks. The major one is the sequential gearbox in two parts: front/reverse lever, plus 4-speed sequential gearbox. In consequence, this Porsche has 4 normal gears and 4 reverse gears, which is ugly. Moreover, speeds are difficult to operate and sometimes systems get stuck, so it’s necessary to shake all transmissions components to fix the issue. Turning radius is not so good as expected on Lego Technic cars. And finally, the 6-cylinder motor don’t work with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears, it works only with the 4th gear due to friction… Why such architecture in a Lego Set sold approximately 300$/300€? Regarding price and license, glitches of the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 are not acceptable.

Lego 42056 Black Version Lego 42056 Black Version Lego 42056 Black Version

The first images of the Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS show a black Porsche with white stickers. This black version will not be available because it was specific to the “teaser”.

According to the designer, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the first car of a new collection, which will very probably includes other amazing popular cars like Ferrari or Mercedes. Very cool, but there’s an additional information: the black version of the Porsche shows new black panels (small dashboard panel, black curved panels, wheels arch panels), and those black panels have never been released. They will very probably took place on another model, then it will be possible to build a black version of the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.