42128 Lego Technic Heavy-duty Tow Truck
Lego Technic 42128 Lego Lego Truck

42128 LEGO Technic Heavy-Duty Tow Truck. Search out discounts to buy this LEGO Truck. LEGO Technic is not just your average building block set – it’s a game-changer for the LEGO lovers who love to tinker around with motors and gears. Introduced as the Expert Builder series and originally Technical Sets in 1977, it was renamed Technic in 1982. With LEGO Technic, you can create complex and intricate models that can move and operate just like the real deal. Say goodbye to simplistic towers and hello to working cranes, race cars, and even robots. They not only look cool but are also a great way to learn about engineering concepts. Plus, let’s be honest, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your creation come to life with just a few twists and turns. So, whether you’re a seasoned LEGO veteran or just looking for a new challenge, Lego Technic is the perfect way to add some excitement to your build.

Set Details

Check out the LEGO® Technic Heavy-duty Tow Truck (42128) model, designed for kids 11 years and older! Consisting of an impressive 2017 pieces, the truck boasts authentic detailing including an iconic grille, air filters, tailpipe, and a fresh colour scheme. And, that’s not all! Explore the toy’s pneumatic and mechanical functions to observe how realistic it is. The tow truck comprises working, impressive features such as a six-cylinder inline engine with moving pistons, and a lifting axle to distribute weight of loads evenly. Steer through the roof pin rotation, extend the outriggers and work the crane, winch, and pump up the boom. Moreover, it is a great tribute to the world’s most beloved tow trucks!

Model Name Heavy-duty Tow Truck
Model Number 42128
Theme Technic
Sub Themes N/A
Pieces 2017
Minifigures N/A
Launch Date August 2021
Current Status Available
Date Retired N/A
RRP £160

Investment Potential

Not a set that would usually scream investment to us but we’ve had a look in detail at this LEGO Technic truck, the LEGO technic theme in general and also some older retired LEGO technic trucks.

Launched in 2021 and expected to be retiring in the next 12 months it is currently available at LEGO.com for the £159.99 RRP or at a 20 discount at Smyths for 139.99.

Launch RRP £160
Price Per Piece £0.08
Launch Price per piece £0.08
5th Year Value £213
Percentage Increase 33%
Expected Annual Growth 10%
Theme Growth 10%
Sub Theme Growth N/A

Theme Analysis

The general LEGO Technic theme performs at a respectable 10% annualised growth over a very big sample size. We took a look at some of the non-car LEGO Technic sets and the majority demonstrated performance in and around the 10% a year growth. The best LEGO Technic set we looked at was LEGO Technic Crawler Crane (42042) which has more than doubled in value since retiring in 2016 and delivered annualised growth of 13%.

Set Number Set Name Retired Date RRP Current Value Total Growth Annualised Growth
42098 Car Transporter December 2020 £140 £177 26% 10%
42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader December 2016 £170 £326 92% 11%
8258 Crane truck December 2011 £130 £381 193% 10%
42042 Crawler Crane December 2016 £110 £250 127% 13%

Comparable Set Analysis

We reduced our sample size to look at the 30 most closely related LEGO Technic truck sets and found a very similar story with average annualised growth across this group of 10%. The highest total growth came from LEGO Technic Tow Truck (8285) which is worth more than 5x its price when retiring in 2008. Another LEGO Technic set that has done really well is LEGO Technic Service Truck (42008) which has shown annualised growth of 13%

Set Number Set Name Retired Date RRP Current Value Total Growth Annualised Growth
8285 Tow Truck December 2008 £90 £491 446% 12%
9395 Pick Up Tow Truck December 2013 £50 £128 156% 10%
42029 Customised Pick Up Truck December 2015 £70 £144 106% 10%
42008 Service Truck December 2015 £100 £243 143% 13%


Steady if unspectacular performance from the theme and the smaller comparable sets group, both delivering annualised growth of 10% over decent sample sizes. It’s a set we would look to invest in if there were decent discounts available, if not then it looks a cracking set to build and potentially display.