These small Lego Technic sets stay true to that old saying: good things come in little packages.
That’s why we here at Shrunk Collectibles are about to give you the lowdown on them!
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If you’re a Lego person looking for a quick project to satisfy your construction toy craving with something , then these are perfect for you.
It’s just enough to tide you over for the next big Lego set release.
Sure, everyone loves a good rough terrain crane or bucket wheel excavator, what with them being some of the largest Lego Technic set offerings available right now.
But sometimes, small Lego Technic sets hit just the right spot without eating too much of your time.
And we all know how fun it is for any given Lego fan to assemble their building kit and lose track of time in the process!
So, without further ado, here are 5 awesome small Lego Technic sets that you should definitely add to your collection right now!
Our TOP 5 Small Lego Technic Sets
“A Decent and Fun Set!”
Our Rating: 5
First up on our list of the 5 best small Lego Technic sets that you should get right now is the 42090 Getaway Truck.
And this set is perfect if you think that Lego Mindstorm kits are a bit needlessly technological, while still retaining some great action features.
As such, these small Lego Technic sets stay true to the line’s trademark “simple yet effective” approach to providing play features for any Lego fan.
Not So Simple
Don’t let the piece count on this one fool you, though.
At 187 pcs., you might think that this Lego kit might be an oversimplistic building experience, but it’s definitely not.
Because as opposed to the usual Lego brick stack, you’re dealing with Technic pieces here like the axle or motor.
It requires just a bit more effort and time to assemble.
That’s not to say, though, that you’re not going to have some fun building this Lego Technic set, because you absolutely will!
Pull it Back!
The main play feature on this Lego model is the pull-back motor function, which doesn’t require any batteries to use.
As the name suggests, you just literally pull back the getaway truck on a surface with some traction on it once you’re done assembling the thing.
You then let the motor wind up.
Once you let go, this Lego Technic car literally zips past you, so keep that in mind when you decide to play with this wonderful little thing.
About the Size
At around 7 inches long, you’re going to appreciate small Lego Technic sets like this, especially when you take into account the relatively low piece count.
That’s thanks in part to the larger pieces included in this construction toy, as opposed to buffing up the package with 1×1 bricks or an overabundance of studs.
The only downside is that this particular set isn’t to scale with any Lego minifigure (but then again, those things are meant for the System line).
“A Fun and Nostalgic Kit”
Our Rating: 4.5
When you think of cherry pickers, you might associate it with something similar to the Lego Technic crane.
Or a perhaps one of the largest Lego City set offerings you can get.
However, it’s actually one of the best small Lego Technic sets that you can get right now.
It’s perfect if you just want a casual building project that can last you anywhere between 30 minutes to about an hour and a half.
That’s because this miniaturized cherry picker is just made up of a humble 155 pieces.
But it’s more than enough to create you a respectable Lego model that you can play with or display on your shelf.
As expected, this Lego Technic car isn’t too similar to something like Lego Minecraft or Lego Marvel, since you’re not going to deal with any Lego brick here.
Much like any Lego Technic set out there, this is all axle and pin work that you’re going to do in order to build this wonderful construction toy.
Although to be fair, you’re also going to get around 4 studs here that serve as your cherry picker’s headlights.
You know, the kind that the company usually uses for their shooter play features.
Simple and Cleve Design
We here at Shrunk Collectibles won’t hold it against you if you thought that small Lego Technic sets like this belonged to the Lego Ideas line.
That’s because there’s just something nicely rudimentary about the overall design, as opposed to more elaborate design work on Lego Star Wars or Lego City sets.
This Lego Technic crane arm cherry picker looks like it’s been constructed with a more simplistic—that’s not a bad thing, mind you— design.
It’s reminiscent of small Lego Technic sets from the early 2000s.
So, this one gets extra points for the nostalgia factor, too.
And you’re going to definitely appreciate it if you’re a Lego person who has a fondness for their older construction toy offerings.
Just One Play Feature
There isn’t a motor or any shooters on this Lego model.
The only play feature being the crane arm and, of course, the working wheels on the thing.
On the plus side, you’re going to love how given its size, it’s a set that pretty much is to scale with the Lego minifigure.
However, this particular model doesn’t make any space for them.
“A Cute CLAASXerion Model”
Our Rating: 4.5
We just love it when small Lego Technic sets—and the company in general—create something in their Technic line that’s almost exclusively meant for younger builders.
Case in point: this mini version of the CLAASXerion is the perfect Lego Technic car if you want to turn your spawn into a Lego fan.
At 130 pieces, this is far and away from the largest Lego Technic car that you can get.
But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in sheer cuteness.
And that’s the main reason why this particular building toy is perfect for kids, though AFOLS can appreciate it too.
This construction toy won’t take up too much of your time when you decide to get it from the Lego store.
Since this Lego model has a low piece count.
As such, this is perfect to introduce someone to Lego sets without shocking them with the largest Legocrane arm that you can get out there.
Cute Function + Factor
At 2 inches high and around 5 inches long, this Lego Technic car can arguably be considered to be to scale with the Lego minifigure.
However, if you want your Lego Marvel Hulk or Iron Man to ride this thing, you’re out of luck.
That’s because the overall design doesn’t accommodate any minifigures here.
We at Shrunk Collectibles think that is a missed opportunity for the company to add more play features to this thing.
With a little bit of modding, though, you’re going to find that creating space for your minifigure on this CLAASXerion toy isn’t entirely impossible.
Small but Dynamic
And speaking of play features, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised at how the company packed in a couple of them within such a small set like this.
Normally, you just get working wheels here.
But the CLAASXerion stands as a more than decent Lego Technic set for fans of all ages if you take its play features into account.
Packed with Play Features
First off, there’s the obvious: you get working wheels on this thing.
They allow you to move the model with ease (not to mention that we love how Lego tires have nice durability and traction to them).
It’s also nice that the company added a working steering feature here, which just increases its play value all the more.
But the primary play function of this CLAASXerion is the rotary cutter, which automatically rotates whenever the wheels on this thing move.
Of course, you can’t forget about the fact that as is usual—at least, usual for these days— this set has a 2-in-1 build feature.
On one hand, you can build that CLAASXerion, but if you get tired of that, you can also turn it into a cute little harvester.
Then, of course, since we’re talking about Lego sets here, you can always do an MOC (My Own Creation) and let your imagination go wild with this thing!
“A Compactor that Looks Amazing!”
Our Rating: 4.5
Now, this Lego Technic Dozer Compactor is one of those rare small Lego Technic sets that just seem to hit all the right buttons overall.
And at 171 pcs, it’s even more impressive that the company has managed to create a decent alternate build on this model that doesn’t look forced, too.
The Technic Dozer Compactor is the kind of Lego kit that proves you don’t need the largest Lego set to have some fun building with bricks.
Well, to be exact: axle pieces, rods, and gears, since we’re talking about Lego Technic sets here, but you know what we mean!
Not Too Rudimentary
Going back to the Dozer Compactor, the first thing that you’re going to notice is how this particular model doesn’t look too rudimentary.
That is more often than not the case when it comes to smaller Lego sets.
And we’re not just talking about the Technic line here, too.
Even Lego Star Wars, Lego Marvel, Lego Minecraft, and even Lego Ideas tend to fall for that design approach to their models given the limited pieces.
Believe us when we say that you won’t doze off (yeah, we won’t say sorry for that pun) when you see how cool this particular small model looks.
Lego didn’t opt for a more basic look here, where instead they opted to create a more solid construction for the exterior of this compactor.
Usually, we see smaller sets like this opt for Technic bars lined next to each other in order to create the vehicle’s chassis.
But this one opts for plates instead.
The result is that you get fewer gaps in the overall design.
And you have a more solid visual that slightly veers toward a more realistic look for this Lego kit.
Compatible with Minifigures
And we here at Shrunk Collectibles really appreciate how the company incorporated a functional driver’s cab where you can put your Lego minifigure.
Now that’s a great bonus feature here.
And yes, this thing is in minifigure scale, as it stands at about 3 inches tall; 7 inches long; and around 4 inches wide.
Short of Play Features
Like we said, this is a great Lego Technic set if you just look at it from a design perspective; its play features are honestly a bit lackluster.
On one hand, it’s great that you get the 2-in-1 feature here.
It allows you to convert the build from a compactor to an articulated truck, which adds value for money.
However, the only play feature that you’re going to get from this compactor is that it’s got an articulated bulldozer blade.
It’s got a steering function as well.
You can control steering using a wheel in front of the driver’s cab (not the actual steering wheel in the driver’s cab).
But that’s to be expected from a set like this one.
Made of ABS Plastic
Additionally, the tractor wheels on this thing are made of ABS.
It is the same material used for the Lego brick and axle pieces that you find in this set and most other kits out there.
That means you don’t get much traction if you choose to roll this toy around on the floor.
Not to mention that you can easily damage and dent the tractor wheels given how brittle the material is.
“Great Alternate Build Here!”
Our Rating: 5
Last up on our list of the best small Lego Technic sets to add to your collection is this mini skid steer loader.
It’s probably one of the cutest construction kits we’ve seen in a while.
So much so, that the design on this thing would fit right at home with System sets as well.
That makes it a pretty versatile model visually speaking.
Quick and Easy Build
At 139 pieces, this is a great option for a quick and easy build that’s just packed with a lot of nice play features for its size.
That’s not to mention how elaborate the designers at the company went with when it came to providing the minutest of details to this particular toy.
It’s rare for the company to do that, so credit where credit is due: great job on this set, we hope you guys keep it up!
So, let’s go ahead and take a closer look at this pocket rocket that you’re getting, because there’s a lot to unpack here!
Great Model Overall
When it comes to the design, you’re going to love how the company was able to fuse a more rudimentary visual element with a more solid look.
Instead of purely opting for an exterior that’s made entirely of Technic bars, the designers threw in a few small plates here and there.
That gives it a more relatively realistic design.
Nice Play Features
The play features on this thing is also really nice.
You get a working bucket that you can lift and tilt and the driver’s cab on this model opens and closes.
They even dedicated a bit of space for the control panel in it.
Turns Into a Hot Rod
Then, it’s nice that the 2-in-1 feature—the alternate build— that you can do on this thing isn’t another industrial or farm vehicle.
It’s a hot rod, which honestly looks way cooler than the steer loader.
Of course, building that means you’re sacrificing the play features that you get from the primary build here.
But hey, no one says you can’t mod this thing!
Lastly, you’re going to appreciate this model if you’re a Lego fan who’s on a budget as well.
This is one set that’s very affordable for its size!
Small Lego Technic Sets Verdict
Sometimes, the largest Lego kit out there might not be the best option for you to build.
Given how those things—impressive and fun to construct as they are— tend to take up a lot of time.
Additionally, younger Lego fans probably won’t appreciate it if you let them dive into humongous building kits without letting them enjoy something more casual first.
With these smaller options, though, you get to have all the fun of creating a construction toy without taking too much of your time.
That’s why these small Lego Technic sets are the best options to go with: they’re still tons of fun, but they won’t take ages to build!