Life on Mars
The Lego Space theme features astronauts and spaceships. It was introduced in 1978. It is one of the most expansive themes in Lego history, and contains over 200 individual sets. It was marketed under the Legoland banner until it became Lego System in 1992.
The Lego Space theme was dropped to make way for Lego Star Wars in 1999, but it made a brief appearance in 2001 with Life on Mars, before returning as a staple in 2007 with Mars Mission. More recent sub-themes are Alien Conquest and Lego City Space, both released in 2011. Galaxy Squad was released in 2013 and was seen as a tribute to the old "Insectoids" line by most fans.
- 1 Classic Space (1978-1987)
- 2 Futuron (1987–1990)
- 3 Blacktron (1987-1988)
- 4 Space Police (1989)
- 5 M:Tron (1990–1991)
- 6 Blacktron Future Generation (1991–1992)
- 7 Space Police II (1992–1993)
- 8 Ice Planet 2002 (1993–1994)
- 9 Unitron (1994–1995)
- 10 Spyrius (1994–1995)
- 11 Launch Command (1995)
- 12 Exploriens (1996)
- 13 Roboforce (1997)
- 14 UFO (1997–1998)
- 15 Insectoids (1998–1999)
- 16 Space Port (1999)
- 17 Life on Mars (2001)
- 18 Mars Mission (2007-2008)
- 19 Space Police III (2009-2010)
- 20 Alien Conquest (2011)
- 21 Lego City Space (2011)
- 22 Galaxy Squad (2013)
- 23 Timeline of Lego Space themes
- 24 Licensed Themes
- 25 Other Space-related LEGO sets
- 26 References
Classic Space (1978-1987)
The first Lego Space sets were a leap forward in Lego design. Compared to the Lego Company's previous releases of spacecraft sets Space Rocket (1964, only US market), Rocket Base (1973) and Moon Landing(1975) this new theme of sets boasted new parts and building techniques previously unseen. Although plenty of basic bricks were used, there were now parts with finer detail used in smoother-looking ships and multi-purpose vehicles.
Despite curiosities and oddities such as steering wheels used to direct spacecraft, and often no inflight pilot protection other than a spacesuit, simple new constructs sparked builders' imaginations. Starting with spaceships and basic wheeled vehicles, the theme developed, occasionally mirroring science fiction designs. As Lego Space expanded, the basic pattern of ground-buggies, walking robots, small and large spaceships, and bases emerged.
Early Space sets had a simplistically modern yet colorful charm unrivaled by any other mass-produced science-fiction toy of the time. Many of the theme's more specialized pieces had yet to be developed, although when Space was first introduced, many parts were new, or were older parts made in new colors. Examples of these early simple sets include: Rocket Launcher (1978), Space Shuttle, and Mobile Tracking Station (both 1979).
Perfectly suited for utilitarian Lego Space, gray had finally become a major color for a Lego theme, especially as more plate-type parts were made in that color. Most often, gray Space sets were paired with green windows. The other predominant colors were blue with yellow windows. With the introduction of the Starfleet Voyager in 1981, classic spaceships began to appear in white, with blue canopies.
Popular spaceships and vehicles from the Classic Space era include: Galaxy Explorer (1979), Starfleet Voyager (1980), Mobile Rocket Transport (1982), Galaxy Commander (1983), and Cosmic Fleet Voyager (1986).
|Early Space sets|
|367/565||Moon Landing||1975||3 White Astronauts||These astronauts predate minifigures|
|Classic Space sets (U.S./European #)|
|453/305||2 Crater Plates||1979|
|442/891||Space Shuttle||1979||White Astronaut|
|452/894||Mobile Tracking Station||1979||White Astronaut|
|462/897||Rocket Launcher||1978||Red Astronaut, White Astronaut|
|483/920||Alpha-1 Rocket Base||1979||2 White Astronauts, Red Astronaut|
|487/924||Space Cruiser||1978||White Astronaut, Red Astronaut|
|493/926||Space Command Center||1978||2 White Astronauts, 2 Red Astronauts|
|497/928||Galaxy Explorer||1979||2 White Astronauts, 2 Red Astronauts|
|885||Space Scooter||1978||Red Astronaut|
|886||Space Buggy||1979||White Astronaut|
|889||Radar Truck||1979||Red Astronaut|
|918||Space Transport||1978||Red Astronaut|
|1498||Spy-Bot||1987||U.S. only, may have only been available with 1510 Bonus pack|
|1499||Twin Starfire||1987||2 Yellow Astronauts|
|1557||Space Scooter||1986||Red Astronaut|
|1558||Mobile Command Trailer||1986||Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut|
|1580||Lunar Scout||1986||Blue Astronaut||Canada/U.S. only|
|1593||Lever Bros Space Set||1983||Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut||Europe only|
|1968||Space Express||1985||Red Astronaut||Canada/U.S. only though may have been on limited release in Europe|
|6701||Space Mini-Figures||1983||2 Yellow, 2 Red, 2 White Astronauts|
|6702||Space Mini-Figures||1986||1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Black Astronauts|
|6750||Light & Sound Sonic Robot||1987||Blue Astronaut, Red Astronaut|
|6780||Light & Sound XT - Starship||1987||Yellow Astronaut|
|6783||Sonar Transmitting Cruiser||1986||Red Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut|
|6801||Rocket Sled||1981||White Astronaut|
|6802||Space Probe||1986||Yellow Astronaut||U.S. only|
|6803||Space Patrol||1983||White Astronaut|
|6804||Surface Rover||1984||White Astronaut|
|6805||Astro Dasher||1985||Blue Astronaut|
|6806||Surface Hopper||1985||Red Astronaut|
|6807||Space Explorator||1985||Yellow Astronaut||Europe only, may have only been available with 1999 value pack|
|6808||Galaxy Trekkor||1987||Blue Astronaut|
|6809||XT-5 And Droid||1988||Blue Astronaut|
|6820||Starfire I||1986||Blue Astronaut|
|6821||Shovel Buggy||1980||White Astronaut|
|6822||Space Shuttle||1981||Red Astronaut|
|6823||Surface Transport||1983||Yellow Astronaut|
|6824||Space Dart-I||1984||Blue Astronaut|
|6825||Cosmic Comet||1985||White Astronaut|
|6826||Crater Crawler||1985||Yellow Astronaut|
|6827||Strata Scooter||1987||Blue Astronaut|
|6841||Mineral Detector||1980||Red Astronaut|
|6842||Shuttle Craft||1981||Red Astronaut|
|6844||Seismologic Vehicle||1983||White Astronaut|
|6845||Cosmic Charger||1986||White Astronaut|
|6846||Tri-Star Voyager||1984||Red Astronaut|
|6847||Space Dozer||1985||Yellow Astronaut|
|6848||Interplanetary Shuttle||1985||Red Astronaut||U.S. only, may have only been available with 1969 value pack|
|6849||Satellite Patroller||1987||Yellow Astronaut|
|6861||X-1 Patrol Craft||1980||Red Astronaut||Canada/U.S. only|
|6870||Space Probe Launcher||1981||Red Astronaut|
|6871||Star-Patrol Launcher||1984||White Astronaut, Red Astronaut|
|6872||Lunar Patrol Craft||1985||White Astronaut|
|6874||Moonrover||1986||Red Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut|
|6880||Surface Explorer||1982||Yellow Astronaut|
|6881||Lunar Rocket Launcher||1984||White Astronaut|
|6882||Walking Astro Grappler||1985||Black Astronaut|
|6883||Terrestrial Rover||1987||White Astronaut|
|6890||Cosmic Cruiser||1982||Red Astronaut|
|6891||Gamma-V Laser Craft||1985||Black Astronaut|
|6892||Modular Space Transport||1986||2 Yellow Astronauts|
|6901||Mobile Lab||1980||Red Astronaut, White Astronaut||Canada/U.S. only|
|6926||Mobile Recovery Vehicle||1986||White Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut|
|6927||All-Terrain Vehicle||1981||White Astronaut, Red Astronaut|
|6928||Uranium Search Vehicle||1984||White Astronaut, Black Astronaut|
|6929||Starfleet Voyager||1981||Red Astronaut|
|6930||Space Supply Station||1983||2 Yellow Astronauts, 2 Red Astronauts|
|6931||FX-Star Patroller||1985||Yellow Astronaut|
|6940||Alien Moon Stalker||1986||Red Astronaut, Blue Astronaut|
|6950||Mobile Rocket Transport||1982||Yellow Astronauts|
|6951||Robot Command Center||1984||Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut|
|6952||Solar Power Transporter||1985||2 Red Astronauts, White Astronaut, Black Astronaut|
|6970||Beta-1 Command Base||1980||2 White Astronauts, 2 Red Astronauts|
|6971||Intergalactic Command Base||1984||Blue Astronaut, Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut|
|6972||Polaris-I Space Lab||1987||3 Blue Astronauts|
|6980||Galaxy Commander||1983||2 White Astronauts, 2 Yellow Astronauts, 1 Red Astronaut|
|6985||Cosmic Fleet Voyager||1986||Yellow Astronaut, Black Astronaut, Red Astronaut, White Astronaut|
Value packs were released between 1983 and 1987 consisting of three separate sets and proved popular with classic space collectors.
|1507||Space Value Pack||1 Red, 1 black, 1 yellow astronaut||Includes 1557, 1558|
|1510||Unnamed Bonus Pack||2 Yellow Astronaut||Includes 1498, 1499|
|1969||3 Set Special||1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 White Astronauts||Includes 6825, 6847, 6848|
|1977||Legoland Space System Value Pack||1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 White Astronauts||Includes 6801, 6822, 6823|
|1983||Value Pack||1 Blue, 1 Red, 1 White Astronauts||Includes 889, 886, 6824|
|1999||Space Value Pack||2 Yellow, 1 Red Astronauts||Includes 6822, 6823, 6807|
Other more obscure miscellaneous Classic Space sets include-
|0012||Space Mini-Figures||2 Red Astronauts|
|0013||Space Mini-Figures||2 White Astronauts|
|0014||Space Mini-Figures||2 Yellow Astronauts|
|0015||Space Mini-Figures||1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 White Astronauts|
|12||Blue Space Elements|
|14||Space Minifigs||2 Red, 2 White Astronauts|
|6711||Lego Minifigures||1 Yellow, 1 Red, 2 White Astronauts|
Taking over from Classic Space and inheriting its white-and-blue color scheme, "Futuron" depicted an austere yet bustling settlement on the surface of a planetary body, probably Earth's moon. Its minifigures came in many colors (red, blue, yellow and black), but all shared the same uniform - a zipper crossing from hip to shoulder, with color on top and white below - as well as light-blue-tinted helmet visors. Instead of a big ship, the theme centered around the Monorail Transport System, which featured a battery-powered train system and some twenty linear feet of track.
Popular Futuron vehicles include Stardefender 200 (1987) and Monorail Transport System (1987). The base was Cosmic Laser Launcher (1987). (Although not officially a Futuron set, the aforementioned Polaris-I Space Lab is often considered a Futuron base as it was released at the same time, and shares Futuron colors and design, perhaps hinting that the Classic and Futuron factions are one and the same.)
|1616||Space Combi-Pack||1990||Yellow astronaut, Blue astronaut|
|1620||Astro Dart||1990||Yellow astronaut|
|1621||Lunar MPV Vehicle||1990||Blue astronaut|
|1974||Star Quest||1989||Black astronaut with white helmet|
|6770||Light & Sound Magma Carrier||1988||Yellow astronaut|
|6810||Laser Ranger||1989||Black astronaut|
|6828||Twin-Winged Spoiler||1988||Blue astronaut|
|6830||Space Patroller||1989||Yellow astronaut|
|6848||Strategic Pursuer||1988||Yellow astronaut|
|6850||Auxiliary Patroller||1989||Yellow astronaut|
|6885||Crater Crawler||1988||Black astronaut|
|6893||Galactic Starship||1987||Blue astronaut, Yellow astronaut|
|6921||Monorail Accessory Track||1988|
|6925||Interplanetary Rover||1988||2 Yellow astronauts|
|6932||Stardefender "200"||1987||2 Yellow astronauts|
|6953||Cosmic Laser Launcher||1987||Yellow astronaut, 2 Red astronauts|
|6990||Monorail Transport System||1987||3 Yellow astronauts, 2 Blue astronauts|
The first unified and truly themed Space sets, Blacktron took to the stars in black with yellow trim, and red and yellow transparent pieces. (The odd man out was the Meteor Monitor, which was white and black with red transparents.) Blacktron minifigures (or "minifigs" for short) wore black jumpsuits akin to today's military pilots, with white trim and opaque black visors. Stylish, sleek and intimidating, Blacktron was a major step up from the rather clunky design values of Classic Space. It featured a large spacecraft, the "Renegade," which set the tone for all future big ships by splitting into a number of smaller modules, including a storage bin for a small wheeled vehicle; these modules could be recombined not just with each other, but with modules from other vehicles in the set as well, specifically the "Invader" and "Battrax." This modular interchangeability has been a staple of Lego Space ever since.
For clarification, Blacktron is often referred to as Blacktron I, as Lego released Blacktron II in 1991. Though Blacktron officially ended in 1988, the Meteor Monitor was released in 1990. Considering Blacktron II's slightly altered color scheme, Meteor Monitor could be viewed as being from between the "upgrade" era of Blacktron to Blacktron II.
In 2010 LEGO made the new alien minifig in a set 5981 Raid VPR from the Space Police III theme (year 2010). The alien minifig were called Rench which was a tribute to both old Blacktron themes (I and II). The Rench minifig has the Blacktron II logo on his torso and an upgraded Blacktron I uniform. In 2011 the LEGO Group made another updated Blacktron minifigure, which comes with the Series 3 of "Collectable Minifigures" (8803) called Cyborg/Space Villain, with the Blacktron II logo on his chest and the Blacktron I color scheme. In 2013, LEGO had released yet another minifigure with homages to Blacktron in Series 11 of the Collectible Minifigures. Its name was Evil Mech and it had the original Blacktron's yellow triangle on its chest armor as well as black and lime green color schemes for Blacktron II.
|6987||Message-Intercept Base*||1988||5 Astronauts|
* There are two versions of this set.
Space Police (1989)
In 1989, Lego made a storyline decision. Blacktron, previously operating in a moral void, were now declared the "bad guys" of Lego Space; opposing them and defending Futuron from them were the Space Police, a series of brave individuals whose spacecraft were black, blue, with red transparent elements. This would be a continuing theme of space, having "bad guy", "good guy" and "civilian" factions. Space Police re-introduced the idea of modular systems on a smaller but also grander scale. The Space Police theme features three spaceships, two wheeled vehicles and a ground-based space station; all but the smallest buggy comes with a Space Police jail cell, supplied with a Blacktron occupant. These jail cells were identical from set to set and could be freely switched between vehicles. This theme marked the beginning of Lego Space's greatest period of success, and is one of the most well-loved themes of the collection; complete models of the largest ship, the Mission Commander.
Space Police is often referred to as Space Police I as Space Police II was released by Lego in 1992.
|6781||SP-Striker||1989||Space policeman, Space criminal|
|6831||Message Decoder||1989||Space policeman|
|6886||Galactic Peace Keeper||1989||Space policeman, Space criminal|
|6895||Spy-Trak I||1989||Space policeman, Space criminal|
|6955||Space Lock-Up Isolation Base||1989||2 Space policemen, Space criminal|
|6986||Mission Commander||1989||2 Space policemen, Space criminal|
|9402||Space Police Team|
In an effort to increase interactivity, Lego introduced magnets in the next Space theme, M:Tron, who took over the "civilian" role of the Futuron faction. Vehicles in this set, distinctive for their red hulls, gray trim and neon-green canopies, are devoted primarily to mining out precious ores. They often featured crane-like attachments with magnets for picking up small cargo and storage boxes. These boxes, unfortunately, were generally not interchangeable. The figures wore white trousers, a red shirt with an "M" logo in the middle, and a black helmet with glowing green visor.
M:Tron was the first major Space theme that did not include a base of any kind; all sets were vehicles. M:Tron was also the last space theme to carry the Legoland banner. Lego System was the name used starting in 1992.
Unlike previous themed Space series, the M:Tron sets did not look like they were made for fighting, either for good or evil. While the theme was meant to represent a mining/cargo transporting faction, note that the British names for sets, while not as flashy and extreme sounding as their American equivalents, give an erroneous impression of vehicles meant for rescue and research. This theme of a nomadic faction (without any permanent bases) mining or looking for ore/energy would be revisited with the Insectoids (1998–1999) theme.
|Reference||American name||UK name||Released||Minifigures||Elements||Notes|
|6811||Pulsar Charger||Micro Bike||1990||Space-Civilian||25|
|6833||Beacon Tracer||Inspection Buggy||1990||Space-Civilian||38|
|6877||Vector Detector||Search Craft||1990||Space-Civilian||59||2 magnets|
|6896||Celestial Forager||Astro Wrecker||1990||Space-Civilian||87||4 magnets|
|6923||Particle Ionizer *||Cosmicopter||1990||Space-Civilian||187||2 magnets|
|6956||Stellar Recon Voyager||Rescue Star Cruiser||1990||2 Space-Civilians||221||8 magnets|
|6989||Mega Core Magnetizer||Mobile Recovery Centre||1990||3 Space-Civilians||486||7 magnets|
* There are two versions of this set. The earlier one is on all boxes and the cover of the building instructions. There's a little difference with the rotor assembly, slightly different parts needed to build.
|1478||Mobile Satellite Up-Link||1991||Space-Civilian||26||US only, part of value pack 1476.|
|6862||Secret Space Voyager||1991||3 Space-Civilians||(no parts included)||Building instructions only. Uses parts from sets 6877, 6896 and
6923 to build a Super Model. Released in US only.
|6704||Space Mini-Figures||1991||2 "M:Tron" figs, 1 "Space Police I" fig,
1 "Blacktron I" fig, 2 "Blacktron II" figs
|Contains some tools and weapons too.|
|9401||M:Tron Team||1993||2 Space-Civilians||25+38||Contains Pulsar Charger and Beacon Tracer.|
Blacktron Future Generation (1991–1992)
In 1991, Blacktron received a makeover: black with white trim, neon green canopies, as well as new uniforms. It also replaced the creative but haphazard interchangeability of Blacktron I with refined and mostly-uniform cockpit globes (best seen here), which could be switched unimpeded between those ships. To the dismay of fans, however, only four sets of eleven featured them (the Alpha Centauri Outpost, Spectral Starguider, Aerial Intruder, and the Allied Avenger). Some fans were also disappointed that, aside from a proliferation of small (50-element-or-less) vehicles, Blacktron II seemed to be mostly a rehash of Blacktron I on a set-by-set basis.
According to the official story, Blacktron are thieves, always stealing technology from M:Tron. The space police was unable to stop them until 1993. In the 1993 story, the Blacktron try to steal technology from Ice Planet, and are easily captured because their equipment is not efficient enough in extreme cold environments.
|1479||Double Scout||1991||2 Pilots|
|6710||Space Landing Pads||1991|
|6741/6861||Super Vehicle||1991||3 Pilots|
|6832||Super Nova II||1991||Pilot|
|6878||Sub Orbital Guardian||1991||Pilot|
|6933||Spectral Starguider||1991||2 Pilots|
|6981||Aerial Intruder||1991||2 Pilots|
|6988||Alpha Centauri Outpost||1991||5 Crewmen|
Space Police II (1992–1993)
Space Police was the next theme to receive a makeover, becoming Space Police II, remodeled into black and grey with green canopies and red trim. The standardized jail cells were retained, though only three vehicles could accept them; the theme also lacked a permanent installation like Space Police I's Space Lock-Up Isolation Base (1989). It was the first Space set to replace the Lego standard smiley face minifig head with a more complex graphic (in this case, the face augmented by a fringe of hair and an ear-mounted microphone). Finally, Space Police II ships were known for being under-armed; several vehicles sported no overt weapons (such as the Galactic Chief, whose epaulet-wearing pilot is armed with only a hand-held blaster that might actually be a megaphone), and the others featured only two small cockpit-mounted weapons (including the theme's heavyweight multi-module spaceship, the Galactic Mediator).
|1916/3015||Starion Patrol/Space Police Car||1993||Space policeman|
|1969||Bot Assistant||1993||Space policeman|
|6813||Galactic Chief||1993||Space Police Chief|
|6852||Sonar Security||1993||Space policeman|
|6897||Rebel Hunter||1992||Space policeman, Space criminal|
|6957||Solar Snooper||1992||2 Space policemen, Space criminal|
|6984||Galactic Mediator||1992||Space policemen, Space Police Chief, Space Criminal|
Ice Planet 2002 (1993–1994)
Ice Planet took over the civilian role from Futuron, as evidenced by the similar emblems on their uniforms and ships. It featured new elements such as a distinct setting (an ice planet), skis (both on vehicles and personnel), bright neon canopies (orange), and bright neon chainsaws (orange). As befitting an icebound theme, most of its vehicles were ground-based; many of its smaller vehicles also showcased satellite dishes.
Popular Ice Planet vehicles include Ice-Sat V and their largest and only starship the Deep Freeze Defender (both 1993). The latter is often regarded as one of the best all-time Lego starships. The base was Ice Station Odyssey (1993). All three sets included Apollo type rockets.
|1711/1731/3014||Snow Scooter/Space Diver||1994||Astronaut|
|6973||Deep Freeze Defender||1993||3 Astronauts|
|6983||Ice Station Odyssey*||1993||3 Astronauts|
Set 6983 was called "Ice Station Krysto" in a UK magazine in 1995.
Taking over the "good guy" role from the Space Police II was the Unitron, a more military themed group, although most of these sets were only released in the US. Unitron also features elements from the classic Futuron line, as it revolved around a large monorail system powered by a 9V battery; it retained Lego interchangeability in the form of small, sleek cockpits which could dock on the front or top of its vehicles. Unfortunately, aside from a ground installation, a large buggy, an advanced looking spaceship, and aforementioned monorail, the theme was underdeveloped. A unique robot was released in the company of a Spyrius robot in the Crater Critters which oddly featured no minifigures. A single Unitron Soldier also appeared in the minifigure only set: Space Explorers.
The two Unitron vehicles were Crater Cruiser and their largest starcraft Star Hawk II (both 1995) (which was only half the size for most of the other factions largest starships). The Star Hawk II's name is another oddity, as there is no Star Hawk I in any previous Lego Space themes. The base was Space Station Zenon (1995). The monorail system was Monorail Transport Base (1994). This set was the last Lego monorail set released.
Dark gray quietly made an appearance as a new Lego Space color in Unitron minifigure torsos. The color appears in no other parts in this theme but for a rock feature in the Space Station Zenon set.
|1787||Crater Cruiser||1995||2 Space Soldiers||US release only|
|1789||Star Hawk II||1995||2 Space Soldiers||US release only|
|1793||Space Station Zenon||1995||3 Space Soldiers||US release only|
|6991||Monorail Transport Base||1994||4 Space Soldiers|
|1785||Crater Critters||1995||No minifigures||Shared with Spyrius|
Red and black, with transparent blue canopies, Spyrius homeworld appeared to be a craggy, desolate moon. The Spyrius took over the "bad guy" role as a group of spies out to steal technology and valuable data from the other factions. Official evidence of a Spyrius attack against Unitron is documented in this 1994 catalog picture (found on Peeron). Commercial clips also featured a high scale attack of Spyrius against the monorail.
This nine-set theme was the first to feature robot minifigures.
Popular Spyrius vehicles include Saucer Scout and their largest starcraft the Saucer Centurion (both 1994) (which, like the Unitron's Star Hawk II, is smaller than the largest starships of other space factions). The base was Lunar Launch Site (1994). The theme also included two robot vehicles, Recon Robot and Robo-Guardian (both 1994).
|1714/1754/1954/3013||Surveillance Scooter/Space Jet||1995||Space Spy|
|1843||Spyrius Attacker||1996||Space Spy|
|6835||Saucer Scout||1994||Space Spy|
|6889||Recon Robot||1994||Space Spy|
|6939||Saucer Centurion||1994||Space Spy, Droid|
|6949||Robo-Guardian||1994||2 Space Spies, Droid|
|6959||Lunar Launch Site||1994||2 Space Spies, Droid|
Launch Command (1995)
Launch Command was released in 1995 as a Lego Town subtheme. It was the first dedicated Lego theme that attempted to depict real-life contemporary efforts of space exploration. Prior to the theme's official launch in 1995, two sets were released in preceding years that are considered predecessors to the theme. Space Shuttle Launch, released in 1990, featured NASA logo, unlike subsequent releases. Shuttle Launching Crew, released in 1992, featured the characteristic "V" pattern seen on Launch Command sets released in 1995. The two shuttles released in 1995 were in fact labeled "2" and "3", leading one to believe that shuttle 1 was contained in 6346 Shuttle Launching Crew.
|6336||Launch Response Unit||1995||Technician, Helicopter Pilot|
|6339||Shuttle Launch Pad||1995||Astronaut, Technician, Scientist|
|6544||Shuttle Transcon 2||1995||Astronaut, 2 Technicians|
|6614||Launch Evac 1||1995||Firefighter|
Returning to the clean white and transparent blue canopies of Futuron (as well as their civilian role), Exploriens sets are known for their use of large, open (sometimes rickety) structures and special image elements (e.g., as foil-holograph stickers for viewscreens). The Exploriens were searching, evidently, for fossils, certain flat plates contained triple images: one in white, for the naked eye; one in blue, for viewing under transparent red scanners; and one in red, for viewing under transparent blue scanners. It was the second space theme to include a robot minifigure, and was also the second Space theme to include a female minifigure, a robot named Ann Droid.
Popular Exploriens vehicles include Scorpion Detector and their largest starcraft the Explorien Starship (both 1996). The base was Android Base (1996). A mini-base was also included, Nebula Outpost (1996).
|1737/6938||Scorpion Detector||1996||2 Space Explorers|
|6854||Alien Fossilizer||1996||Space Explorer|
|6856||Planetary Decoder||1996||Space Explorer|
|6899||Nebula Outpost||1996||2 Space Explorers|
|6958||Android Base||1996||2 Space Explorers, Droid|
|6982||Explorien Starship||1996||3 Space Explorers, Droid|
Taking the "good guy" role was another four-set theme, Roboforce featured various large robots in varying color schemes, run by similarly uniformed pilots. Orange Class features a police-like patrol/rescue function in humanoid robos, equipped with buzz saws for extracting criminals or rescuing civilians. The "head" of each robot was also a small space ship that could be used as an escape pod or secondary vehicle. Green Class featured a more military theme with animal shaped robots. The Robo Raptor was the only set not to feature a space craft, while the Robo Master's small starcraft strongly resembled the Unitron Star Hawk II as a tribute to the fan favorite set. Roboforce "Robos" were powered by "secret" "robo disks" which were oddly enough rectangle-shaped power sources.
None of these sets were released outside the US.
- Orange Class: Small Variant Robo Raider (1997)
- Orange Class: Large Variant Robo Stalker (1997)
- Green Class: Small Variant Robo Raptor (1997)
- Green Class: Large Variant Robo Master (1997)
|2151||Robo Raider||1997||Robot Operator||US release only|
|2152||Robo Raptor||1997||Space Soldier||US release only|
|2153||Robo Stalker||1997||2 Robot Operators||US release only|
|2154||Robo Master||1997||2 Space Soldiers||US release only|
UFO was the first Lego space theme to look alien instead of human. All of UFO's minifigures were cybernetic in nature, and featured two wholly robot figures (the red one was said to be "Andy Droid", Ann Droid's brother stolen from the Exploriens, according to the Lego Company), and as befitting its name, many of its spaceships used saucers or half-saucers as elements. It has the smallest proportion of wheeled ground vehicles to ships (two to nine) of any Lego Space theme before or since. UFO was the first theme to introduce what has since become a staple of Lego System sets in general: large pieces meant to provide effects (such as curvature) that would be difficult to achieve with traditional Lego pieces.
Popular UFO Ships include Warp Wing Fighter and their largest starship the Interstellar Starfighter (both 1997). The UFO had no primary base however when the smaller saucer detached from the main hull of the Alien Avenger (1997) the bottom half was converted into a command center.
|2847||UFO Flyer||1997||Red Alien|
|4305/6818||Cyborg Scout||1997||Blue Droid|
|6829||Radon Rover||1997||Blue Droid|
|6836||V-Wing Fighter||1997||Red Droid||not to be confused with 6205 V-wing Fighter of Star Wars|
|6900/6999||Cyber Saucer||1997||Blue Alien|
|6901/6902||Space Plane||1998||Red Droid|
|6915||Warp Wing-Fighter||1997||Red Alien, Red Droid|
|6975||Alien Avenger||1997||Red, Black, and Blue Aliens, Blue Droid|
|6979||Interstellar Starfighter||1997||Black and Red Aliens, Red Droid|
The second alien appearing faction, the Insectoids were insect-like humanoid cyborgs especially interested in "energy orbs" which included magnetic stickers so that magnets attached to cranes could lift them. According to the LEGO Group, the Insectoids had crash-landed on an alien planet filled with enormous bugs, and in order to steal their giant egg orbs to refuel their spaceships and escape, they were forced to disguise themselves and their spaceships as bugs. Eventually, their disguise failed, but not before they had stolen enough energy crystals to escape from the angry bugs. Predictably the Insectoids utilized a number of pieces designed to look like insect components, particularly legs and wings. Its minifigures were primarily cybernetic, and the third Lego Space theme to have a female minifigure, Gypsy Moth, also known as Queen. It also featured droids, utilizing the old Spyrius droid helmet.
After the theme ended, Lego Space would not be seen again for eight years, being replaced by the much more popular and profitable Lego Star Wars line of toys.
|2965||Hornet Scout||1998||Insectoid, Droid|
|6905||Bi-Wing Blaster||1998||Insectoid, Droid|
|6919||Planetary Prowler||1998||Insectoid, Droid|
|6969||Celestial Stinger||1998||2 Insectoids, Droid|
|6977||Arachnoid Star Base||1998||2 Insectoids, 2 Droids|
Space Port (1999)
Space Port was released four years after Launch Command and is often seen as a continuation of that theme due to its similar logo and status as a Lego Town Subtheme. Space Port took the Launch Command concept and expanded upon it into new areas such as astronaut training and scientific experiments. The Space Port theme took a slightly less realistic approach to set design compared to Launch command, and some sets featured special Light & Sound bricks to enhance playability.
|1180/1265/3068||Moon Buggy/Radar Buggy||1999||Astronaut|
|1181/1266/3069||Spacecraft/Space Probe/Cosmic Wing||1999||Astronaut|
|3067||Test Shuttle X||1999||Scientist|
|6452||Mini Rocket Launcher||1999||Scientist|
|6453||Com-Link Cruiser||1999||Ground Control Technician|
|6455||Space Simulation Station||1999||Astronaut, Ground Control Technician, Scientist|
|6456||Mission Control||1999||Astronaut, 2 Ground Control Technicians, Scientist|
|6458||Satellite with Astronaut||1999||Astronaut|
|6459||Fuel Truck||1999||Ground Control Technician, Firefighter|
|6460||Unknown||1999||Ground Control Technician||Unreleased|
|6461||Surveillance Chopper||1999||Space Port Security Guard|
|6465||Space Port Jet||1999||Astronaut|
Life on Mars (2001)
Life On Mars is one of three Space themes with both Humans and Martian aliens. The sets denote peaceful coexistence between the two species on the planet Mars, and were timed for release to the public around a time of much curiosity about the planet, and the life that could possibly exist there.
The Life on Mars theme pioneered several unique aspects in Lego Space as well as Lego in general. It was the first Lego theme to utilize a pneumatic pump system that was capable of sending Martian minifigures through tubes in the 7317 Aero Tube Hangar set. This system would later be seen in the Mars Mission theme to shoot missiles. The theme also introduced several new muted colors to the Lego color palette, including Sand Green, Sand Blue, Sand Red, and Sand Purple. Sets were designed to separate into segments easily to encourage children to mix and create their own unique vehicles out of both human and alien sets.
Martians in the Life on Mars theme were unique in that they were named after real-life stars and constellations - Altair, Centauri, Antares, Canopus, Pollux, Vega, Arcturus, Cassiopeia, Mizar, and Rigel.
|1195||Alien Encounter||2001||Martian ("Vega"), Astronaut Assistant||Only set in theme to feature both Humans and Martians|
|1414/7300/7308||Double Hover||2001||Martian (nameless)|
|1415/7303||Jet Scooter||2001||Martian (nameless)|
|1416/7302||Worker Robot||2001||Martian (nameless)|
|7310||Mono Jet||2001||Astronaut Assistant|
|7311||Red Planet Cruiser||2001||Martian ("Altair")|
|7312||T-3 Trike||2001||Astronaut ("Doc")|
|7313||Red Planet Protector||2001||Martian ("Centauri")|
|7314||Recon Mech RP||2001||Martian ("Antares")|
|7315||Solar Explorer||2001||3 Astronauts ("Mac", "BB", "Doc")|
|7316||Excavation Searcher||2001||3 Martians ("Canopus", "Pollux", "Vega")|
|7317||Aero Tube Hangar||2001||5 Martians ("Arcturus", "Cassiopeia", "Mizar", "Rigel", "Vega")|
|3750||Life on Mars Accessories||2001||None|
|78777||Alien Discovery||2001||3 Martians||Includes 7308, 7309, and 7311.|
|K7317||Life on Mars Kit||2001||3 Astronauts, 7 Martians||Includes 7313, 7314, 7315, and 7317.|
|kabmars||Life on Mars 4-Pack||2001||Astronaut, 3 Martians||Includes 1413, 1414, 1415, and 1416. Japan only.|
Mars Mission (2007-2008)
Mars Mission is the second Space theme to feature both humans and aliens and is a reboot of Life on Mars. Unlike Life on Mars, the aliens and humans were pitted against each other as children had been fond of doing with the original line.
|7644||MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft||2008||3 Astronauts, Alien, Alien Commander|
|7645||MT-61 Crystal Reaper||2008||3 Astronauts, 2 Aliens, Alien Commander|
|7646||ETX Alien Infiltraitor||2008||2 Astronauts, Alien, Alien Commander|
|7647||MX-41 Switch Fighter||2008||Astronaut, Alien|
|7648||MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit||2008||Astronaut, Alien|
|7649||MT-201 Ultra-Drill Walker||2008||2 Astronauts, Alien|
|7690||MB-01 Eagle Command Base||2007||4 Astronauts, 4 Aliens|
|7691||ETX Alien Mothership Assault||2007||2 Astronauts, 5 Aliens|
|7692||MX-71 Recon Dropship||2007||2 Astronauts, 4 Aliens|
|7693||ETX Alien Strike||2007||Astronaut, 2 Aliens|
|7694||MT-31 Trike||2007||Astronaut, Alien|
|7695||MX-11 Astro Fighter||2007||Astronaut, Alien|
|7697||MT-51 Claw Tank Ambush||2007||Astronaut, 2 Aliens|
|7699||MT-101 Armoured Drilling Unit||2007||3 Astronauts, 2 Aliens|
|K7690||Mars Mission Collection||2008||Includes 7690, 7691, 7692, 7693, 7694, 7695, and 7697|
|K7699||Complete Mars Mission Collection||2007||Includes 7690, 7691, 7692, 7693, 7694, 7695, 7697, and 7699|
Space Police III (2009-2010)
As "crime is crime" for Space Police III, they are pitted against criminals, sometimes petty but always non-human, continuing the Lego Space trend of humans versus aliens. This is the first time the Space Police have been pitted against monstrous looking aliens instead of humans, like Blacktron or Spyrius. It is also the first Space Police theme to include enemy ships instead of just prisoners and is the first Space Police theme in 16 years. A gang including, Kranxx, Snake, the Skull Twins, Slizer and Squidman, are the main troublemakers for Space Police III with independent, Frenzy, keeping them busy as well. However, Rench bears the old Blacktron II logo on his uniform (which is an updated Blacktron I uniform), hinting that he may have a connection with the old Blacktron faction, as well as hinting that the Space Police are in the same continuity as their older versions. In the boxart for the sets, it shows a large future-like city trapped in an airtight, glass bubble, hinting that this takes place in the future of the current LEGO timeline. Also, in the stop motion series on the website, it shows spacesuits of former Space Police themes I and II, indicating these are the Space Police of the future. In another stopmotion, a Spyrius droid is seen showing a slideshow.
|5969||Squidman Escape||2009||Squidman, Space Police Officer|
|5970||Freeze Ray Frenzy||2009||Kranxx, Space Police Officer|
|5971||Gold Heist||2009||Frenzy, Space Police Officer|
|5972||Space Truck Getaway||2009||Snake, Space Police Officer|
|5973||Hyperspeed Pursuit||2009||Skull Twin (2), Space Police Officer|
|5974||Galactic Enforcer||2009||Kranxx, Slizer, Space Police Officer (3)|
|5979||Max Security Transport||2009||Slizer, Snake, Space Police Officer||Special Edition|
|5980||Squidman's Pitstop||2009||Squidman, Skull Twin, Snake, Space Police Officer||Limited Edition|
|8399||K-9 Bot||2009||Space Police Officer|
|5981||Raid VPR||2010||Rench, Space Police Commando|
|5982||Smash'n'Grab||2010||Squidtron, Space Police Commando|
|5983||Undercover Cruiser||2010||Jawson, Space Police Commando|
|5984||Lunar Limo||2010||Jawson, Brick Daddy, Space Police Commando|
|5985||Space Police Central||2010||Jawson, Craniac, Space Police Commando (2)|
Alien Conquest (2011)
Alien Conquest is one of the newest series to be released under the Lego Space theme. It was released in May 2011, and is the first Lego Space series to be set entirely on Earth.
A new wave of aliens begins attacking Earth. Multiple cities around the globe report massive abductions. The aliens come in with round UFO's and abduct humans, turning them into slaves to use against other humans. Panic breaks out worldwide, and the Alien Defense Unit takes up the cause. Using their ubiquitous blue vehicles, they fight back against the aliens, stopping abductions in their tracks.
A short film based on the theme was made in 2012, and won an award.[clarification needed]
|Set #||Name||Date Released||Minifigures Included|
|7049||Alien Striker||2011||Alien Defense Unit trooper, Alien trooper|
|7050||Alien Defender||2011||Alien Defense Unit trooper, Alien pilot|
|7051||Tripod Invader||2011||Alien Defense Unit trooper, Alien Trooper, Civilian|
|7052||UFO Abduction||2011||Alien Defense Unit trooper, Alien pilot, Farmer|
|7065||Alien Mothership||2011||Alien Commander, News Reporter, "Alien Clinger"|
|7066||Earth Defense HQ||2011||Alien Defense Unit trooper (x2),Maintenance Worker, Alien Trooper,Alien Android, Alien Clinger|
|7067||Jet-Copter Encounter||2011||Alien Defence Unit trooper, Alien Pilot (x2)|
Lego City Space (2011)
Lego City Space is the third and most recent attempt at depicting contemporary efforts in space, this time through the Lego City theme. The theme was preceded by Shuttle Adventure, which was released in 2010 under the Lego Exclusives line to coincide with the retirement of the Space Shuttle. The set proved to be extremely popular among children and was re-released in 2011 as Shuttle Expedition with several re-designs to improve playability.
Both of these sets as well as all sets in the Lego City Space theme feature a logo inspired by the classic Lego Space logo.
|3365||Space Moon Buggy||2011||Astronaut|
|3366||Satellite Launch Pad||2011||Technician|
|3368||Space Center||2011||2 Astronauts, Technician, Ground Controller|
Galaxy Squad (2013)
The latest space theme, Galaxy Squad, features a team of intergalactic heroes and robots trying to defeat an alien race of insectoid humanoids intent on "cocooning" the galaxy. The vehicles of the heroes feature a "split function" ability.
|70707||CLS-89 Eradicator Mech||2013||440|
Timeline of Lego Space themes
|1989||Space Police (I)|
|1990||Blacktron (II)||Futuron / M:Tron|
|1992||Space Police (II)|
|1993||Ice Planet 2002|
|2001||Life on Mars|
|2002–2006||Series on hold for Lego Star Wars|
|2009–2010||Space Police (III)|
Several licensed Lego themes have featured space elements as well. The most notable licensed theme with space elements is Star Wars, produced since 1999. Nearly 300 Lego Star Wars sets have been produced so far, as well as three video games and numerous other licensed merchandise.
2003's Discovery theme produced six sets related to past and present NASA efforts at the time, including the Apollo Program, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Mars Exploration Rover mission.
LEGO Cuusoo, a program which allows users to submit their own ideas for commercial sets, has produced two sets related to real-life space efforts so far. Hayabusa is based on the spacecraft Hayabusa created by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover is based on Curiosity, a rover created by NASA currently exploring the surface of Mars.
In 2014, a set titled 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! will be released as a tie-in to The Lego Movie in the summer, which featured many references to past Lego Space themes. The spaceship itself is highly reminiscent of Classic Space spaceships. The pilot of the ship, Benny, is a blue Classic Space minifigure with notable signs of wear and tear.