logo
Universal Sets
Universal Set Comparisons

Universal Sets


The Universal Sets represent generic Technic.  These sets typically have no primary model, but have full instructions for anywhere from 3 to 14 models using the same parts.  They vary from very simple with as few as 100 parts to amazingly complicated with well over 1000 parts.  In fact, the Control Centers and Code Pilot are among the most complex Technic sets there are and have no peers among the "normal" Technic sets.  Several sets feature motors and, in fact, Universal Sets were the only sets to include motors for many years.  Several sets also include pneumatics, flex system, fiber optics, or other Technic special features, especially the year these features were introduced.

My favorite non-motorized set is 8062.  Both Control Centers (8094 and 8485) are among the best Technic sets there are, and each model is good enough to have been sold on its own.  The 8479 dump truck may be the best of all, and is absolutely unique among all of LEGO.


 

Sets

3057 Create N Race

8020 Universal Building Set
8020

8022 Technic Starter Set
8022

8024 Universal Building Set
8024
8030 Universal Building Set
8030

8032 Universal Building Set
8032

8034 Universal Building Set
8034
8035 Universal Building Set
8035

8040 Pneumatic Universal Building Set
8040

8042 Pneumatic Universal Building Set
8042

8044 Pneumatic Universal Building Set
8044
8050 Motorized Universal Building Set
8050

8054 Motorized Universal Building Set
8054
8055 Motorized Universal Building Set
8055

8062 Universal Building Set
8062
8064 Motorized Universal Building Set
8064

8074 Universal Building Set with Flex System
8074

8082 Multi-Control Set
8082

8090  Universal Building Set
8090

8094 Control Center
8094

8277 Giant Model Set
8277

8456 Fiber Optic Multi-Set
all
8479 Barcode Multi-Set
8479

8485 Control Center II
8485
 

Feature Comparison

Set
# Models
Motors
Pneumatics
Other
3057
14
-
-
-
8020
6
-
-
-
8022
4
-
-
-
8024
4
-
-
-
8030
5
-
-
-
8032
6
-
-
-
8034
4
-
-
-
8035
5
-
-
-
8040
5
-
Old style, 1 short cylinder
-
8042
4
-
New style, 1 small cylinder, 1 large cylinder
-
8044
4
-
New style, 1 large cylinder

8050
5
4.5V, 1 motor
-
-
8054
4
4.5V, 1 motor

8055
6
4.5V, 1 motor -
-
8062
7
-
-
Storage case
8064
4
9V, 1 original motor
-
-
8074
4
-
-
Flex system
8082
4
9V, 1 original motor, 1 micromotor
-
-
8090
5
-
-
-
8094
4
9V, 2 original motors
-
Control center
8277
3
-
-
-
8456
5
-
-
Fiber optics
8479
4
9V, 1 mini motor
-
Code pilot
8485
3
9V, 3 original motors
-
Control center, flex system

Contact me with comments on this page.