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Lego Space
Sub‑themes Futuron
Blacktron
M-Tron
Space Police
Ice Planet
Spyrius
Unitron
Exploriens
Roboforce
UFO
Insectoids
Galaxy Squad
Subject Space Warfare
Space Exploration
Availability 1978–Present
Official website
Classic Lego Space sets

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, before returning as a staple in 2009 with Space Police III. Galaxy Squad was released in 2013 and was seen as a tribute to the old "Insectoids" line by some fans.

Early Space (1964-1973)[edit]

Lego Space is one of Lego's oldest and most respected Lego themes, it is so old that it actually pre-dates the standard Lego minifigure. At least three sets were released prior to so-called "Classic" Space, which later came to be known as Futuron. Early Space sets had a simplistically modern yet colorful charm rivalled by no other mass-produced toy of the time. Many of the theme's more specialized pieces had not yet been 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: Space Rocket (1964), 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.


Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
358 Rocket Base 1973
367/565 Moon Landing 1975 White Astronauts x3 Lego - Set 367 (in the US - Set 565 in Europe) Moon Landing (1975).jpg
These astronauts predate minifigures
801 Space Rocket 1964

"Classic" Space (1978-1987)[edit]

The Classic Space logo.

The first Lego Space sets were a leap forward in Lego design, yet by today's standards, fairly primitive. Minifigure pilots often steered their spacecraft with steering wheels; rocket engines might be simple transparent cones affixed to fence] pieces; and visored helmets had not yet been introduced and often no inflight pilot protection other than a spacesuit, simple new constructs sparked builders' imaginations. In its earliest stages, Space sets consisted only of ships and basic wheeled vehicles. But as science-fiction designs grew, the basic pattern of ground-buggies, walking robots, small and large spaceships, and bases developed.

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.

Lego Classic Space minifigures

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).

The major surface bases were: Space Command Center (1978), Alpha-1 Rocket Base (1979), Beta-1 Command Base (1980), Intergalactic Command Base (1984), and Polaris-I Space Lab (1987).

Baseplates from this era: Space Landing Plates (1979), and Crater Plates (1979)

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
305 Crater Plates 1979 N/A
306 Landing Plates 1979 N/A Also sold as 454 outside the U.S.A.
442/891 Space Shuttle 1979 White Astronaut
452/894 Mobile Tracking Station 1979 White Astronaut
462/897 Rocket Launcher 1978 Red Astronaut, White Astronaut Lego Space - Set 462 Mobile Rocket Launcher (7465211322).jpg
483/920 Alpha-1 Rocket Base 1979 White Astronauts x2, Red Astronaut LEGO Space (Classic) - Set 483 - Alpha-1 Rocket Base.jpg
487/924 Space Cruiser 1978 White Astronaut, Red Astronaut
493/926 Space Command Center 1978 White Astronaut x2, Red Astronaut x2
497/928 Galaxy Explorer 1979 White Astronaut x2, Red Astronaut x2 Lego Classic Space 1979 - Set 497 Galaxy Explorer (USA) - Set 928 Space Cruiser and Moonbase (Europe).jpg
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 N/A May have only been available with 1510 Bonus pack
1499 Twin Starfire 1987 Yellow Astronaut x2
1557 Space Scooter 1986 Red Astronaut
1558 Mobile Command Trailer 1986 Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut
1580 Lunar Scout 1986 Blue Astronaut
1593 Lever Bros Space Set 1983 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut Europe only
1968 Space Express 1985 Red Astronaut
6701 Space Mini-Figures 1983 Yellow Astronaut x2, Red Astronaut x2, White Astronaut x2
6702 Space Mini-Figures 1986 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut, Blue Astronaut, Black Astronaut
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
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 Digger 1981 Red Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6822 Space Digger (1981).jpg
6823 Surface Transport 1983 Yellow Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6823 Surface Transport (7465209186).jpg
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 Lego Space - Set 6842 Shuttle Craft (7539330522).jpg
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 May have only been available with 1969 value pack
6849 Satellite Patroller 1987 Yellow Astronaut
6861 X-1 Patrol Craft 1980 Red Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6861 X-1 Patrol Craft (7539333692).jpg
6870 Space Probe Launcher 1981 Red Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6870 Space Probe Launcher (7465210126).jpg
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 Lego Space - Set 6880 Surface Explorer (1982).jpg
6881 Lunar Rocket Launcher 1984 White Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6881 Lunar Rocket Launcher (1984).jpg
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 Yellow Astronauts x2
6901 Mobile Lab 1980 Red Astronaut, White Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6901 Mobile Lab (1980).jpg
6926 Mobile Recovery Vehicle 1986 White Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut
6927 All-Terrain Vehicle 1981 White Astronaut, Red Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6927 All-Terrain Vehicle (1981).jpg
6928 Uranium Search Vehicle 1984 White Astronaut, Black Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6928 Uranium Search Vehicle (1984).jpg
6929 Starfleet Voyager 1981 Red Astronaut
6930 Space Supply Station 1983 Yellow Astronaut x2, Red Astronaut x2
6931 FX-Star Patroller 1985 Yellow Astronaut
6940 Alien Moon Stalker 1986 Red Astronaut, Blue Astronaut
6950 Mobile Rocket Transport 1982 Yellow Astronaut x2 Lego Space - Set 6950 Mobile Rocket Transport (1982).jpg
6951 Robot Command Center 1984 Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut
6952 Solar Power Transporter 1985 Red Astronaut x2, White Astronaut, Black Astronaut
6970 Beta-1 Command Base 1980 White Astronauts x2, Red Astronaut x2
6971 Intergalactic Command Base 1984 Blue Astronaut, Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6971 Inter-Galactic Command Base (7975748506).jpg
6972 Polaris-I Space Lab 1987 Blue Astronaut x3
6980 Galaxy Commander 1983 White Astronaut x2, Yellow Astronaut x2, Red Astronaut
6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager 1986 Yellow Astronaut, Black Astronaut, Red Astronaut, White Astronaut Lego Space - Set 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager (1986).jpg

In order to boost flagging sales with classic Spaces sets, Lego introduced "value packs" which were released between 1983 and 1987 consisting of three separate sets. In later years these would proved popular with classic Space collectors.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1507 Space Value Pack 1986 Red Astronaut, Black Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut Includes 1557, 1558
1510 Heroic Twin Starfire with free Spy-Bot 1987 Yellow Astronaut x2 Includes 1498, 1499
1969 3 Set Special 1985 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut, White Astronauts Includes 6825, 6847, 6848
1977 Space Value Pack (I) 1983 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut, White Astronaut Includes 6801, 6822, 6823
1983 Space Value Pack (II) 1983 Blue Astronaut, Red Astronaut, White Astronaut Includes 889, 886, 6824
1999 Space Value Pack (III) 1985 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut Includes 6822, 6823, 6807

Other more obscure miscellaneous Classic Space sets include:

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
0012 Space Mini-Figures 1978 Red Astronaut x2
0013 Space Mini-Figures 1978 White Astronaut x2
0014 Space Mini-Figures 1979 Yellow Astronaut x2
0015 Space Mini-Figures 1979 Red Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut, White Astronauts
12 Blue Space Elements 1980 N/A
14 Space Mini-Figures 1982 Red Astronaut x2, White Astronaut x2
6711 Lego Minifigures 1983 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut, White Astronaut x2

Futuron (1987–1990)[edit]

Lego made the decision to create "factions" and separate "races" in its space theme. Therefore the current Lego line needed a name now. The older sets were retroactively given the name "Futuron" and an updated line was released. The new line kept the original's white-and-blue color scheme and was depicted on 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 part of the Futuron updated line, 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 are one and the same; the Polaris-1 Space Lab may represent the "upgrade" era of Futuron, just like the Meteor Monitor later would for Blacktron.)

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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
6875 Hovercraft 1988 Yellow Astronaut
6884 Aero-Module 1988 Blue Astronaut
6885 Crater Crawler 1988 Black Astronaut
6893 Galactic Starship 1987 Blue Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut
6921 Monorail Accessory Track 1988 N/A
6925 Interplanetary Rover 1988 Yellow Astronaut x2
6932 Stardefender "200" 1987 Yellow Astronauts x2
6953 Cosmic Laser Launcher 1987 Yellow Astronaut, Red Astronaut x2
6990 Monorail Transport System 1987 Yellow Astronauts x3, Blue Astronauts x2

Blacktron (1987-1988)[edit]

The first unified and truly themed Space sets, Blacktron took to the stars in black and red and yellow transparent pieces. (The odd man out was the Meteor Monitor, which was gray and black with red transparents.) Blacktron minifigures wore black jumpsuits akin to today's military pilots, with white trim and opaque black visors. Stylish, retro and intimidating, Blacktron was a major step up from the rather clunky design values of Classic/Futuron 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 was a staple of Lego Space until 1995.

Popular Blacktron vehicles include Renegade, Invader, Battrax (all 1987) and Alienator (1988). The base was Message Intercept Base (1988).

For clarification, Blacktron is sometimes referred to as Blacktron I, as Lego released Blacktron Future Generation in 1991. Though the original Blacktron officially ended in 1988, the Meteor Monitor was released in 1990. Considering Blacktron Future Generation's slightly altered color scheme, Meteor Monitor could be viewed as being from between the "upgrade" era of Blacktron I 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 Future Generation.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1875 Meteor Monitor 1990 Astronaut
6876 Alienator 1988 Astronaut Lego Space Blacktron - Set 6876 Alienator (1988).jpg
6894 Invader 1987 Astronaut
6941 Battrax 1987 Astronaut
6954 Renegade 1987 Astronauts x2
6987 Message-Intercept Base* 1988 Astronauts x5 Lego Space Blacktron - Set 6987 Message Intercept Base (1988).jpg

* There are two versions of this set.

Space Police (1989)[edit]

"Space Police" redirects here. For the Edguy album, see Space Police: Defenders of the Crown.

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 is considered to have the oddest color scheme in Lego Space, blue and black with red/purple neon transparencies, giving it a more "construction" feel than police; complete models of the largest ship, the Mission Commander.

Popular Space Police vehicles include Spy-Trak I and Mission Commander (both 1989). The base was Space Lock-Up Isolation Base (1989).

Space Police is often referred to as Space Police I as the more popular Space Police II was released by Lego in 1992.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
6781 SP-Striker 1989 Space Police Officer, Blacktron Prisoner
6831 Message Decoder 1989 Space Police Officer Only Space Police set not to include a Blacktron Prisoner
6886 Galactic Peace Keeper 1989 Space Police Officer, Blacktron Prisoner
6895 Spy-Trak I 1989 Space Police Officer, Blacktron Prisoner
6955 Space Lock-Up Isolation Base 1989 Space Police Officer x2, Blacktron Prisoner
6986 Mission Commander 1989 Space Police Officer x2, Blacktron Prisoner
9402 Space Police Team 1993 Space Police Officer x2, Blacktron Prisoner Combo pack which included sets 6895 and 6831

M:Tron (1990–1991)[edit]

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.

Popular M:Tron vehicles include Stellar Recon Voyager and Mega Core Magnetizer (both 1990). 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 villainous Insectoids (1998–1999) theme.

Main sets
Reference Name Alternate British 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 Center 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.
Bonus sets, value packs and others
Reference Name Released Minifigures Elements Notes
1478 Mobile Satellite Up-Link 1991 Space-Civilian 26 Part of value pack 1476.
6862 Secret Space Voyager 1991 Space-Civilian x3 N/A Building instructions only. Uses parts from sets 6877, 6896 and 6923 to build a Super Vehicle.
6704 Space Mini-Figures 1991 M:Tron Civilian x2, Space Police Officer, Blacktron
Crewman, Blacktron Future Generation Crewman x2
Contains some tools and weapons too.
9401 M:Tron Team 1993 Space-Civilian x2 25+38 Contains Pulsar Charger and Beacon Tracer.

Blacktron Future Generation (1991–1992)[edit]

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.

Popular Blacktron II vehicles include Spectral Starguider and Aerial Intruder (both 1991). The base was Alpha Centauri Outpost (1991).

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1462 Galactic Scout 1992 Pilot Also sold as 1694
1479 Double Scout 1991 Pilot x2
1887 Rocket Detector 1992 Pilot
6710 Space Landing Pads 1991 N/A
6861 Super Vehicle 1991 Pilot x3 Also released as 6741 in 1993
6812 Grid Trekkor 1991 Pilot
6832 Super Nova II 1991 Pilot
6851 Tri-Wheeled Tyrax 1991 Pilot
6878 Sub Orbital Guardian 1991 Pilot
6887 Allied Avenger 1991 Pilot
6933 Spectral Starguider 1991 Pilot x2
6981 Aerial Intruder 1991 Pilot x2
6988 Alpha Centauri Outpost 1991 Crewmen x5

Space Police II (1992–1993)[edit]

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).

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. Popular Space Police II vehicles include Rebel Hunter and Galactic Mediator (both 1992). Space Police II did not include any bases. Though Space Police II officially ended in 1993, Starion Patrol (1993) was re-released as Space Police Car in 1999. Because of their distinct look, these are the sets most people associate with the Space Police.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1916 Starion Patrol 1993 Space Police Officer Re-released as 3015 Space Police Car
1969 Bot Assistant 1993 Space Police Officer
6813 Galactic Chief 1993 Space Police Chief
6852 Sonar Security 1993 Space Police Officer
6897 Rebel Hunter 1992 Space Police Officer, Blacktron Prisoner
6957 Solar Snooper 1992 Space Police Officer x2, Blacktron Prisoner
6984 Galactic Mediator 1992 Space Police Officer, Space Police Chief, Blacktron Prisoner

Ice Planet 2002 (1993–1994)[edit]

Ice Planet took over the civilian role from M-Tron, 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. It is unclear who the Ice Planetiers were, popular theories were that they were scientists who had come to study the Ice Planet, that they were a faction of Futuron who became marooned on the world and were sending up distress rockets in an attempt to attract recuse or that they were in fact native to the planet and lacked the technology to move their culture to a more temperate world.

Popular Ice Planet vehicles include Ice-Sat V and their largest and possibly only starship the Deep Freeze Defender (both 1993). The base was Ice Station Odyssey (1993). All three sets included Apollo type rockets.

Though Ice Planet officially ended in 1994, Snow Scooter (1994) was re-released as Space Diver in 1999.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1704 Ice Enlarger 1994 Ice Planetier
1711 Snow Scooter 1994 Ice Planetier Also sold as 1731 and re-released as 3014 Space Diver promotional only in Japan
6814 Ice Tunnelator 1993 Ice Planetier
6834 Celestial Sled 1993 Ice Planetier
6879 Blizzard Baron 1993 Ice Planetier
6898 Ice-Sat V 1993 Ice Planetier
6973 Deep Freeze Defender 1993 Ice Planetier x3
6983 Ice Station Odyssey 1993 Ice Planetier x3 Called "Ice Station Krysto" by accident in a UK magazine in 1995

Spyrius (1994–1995)[edit]

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.[1] This nine-set theme was the first to feature robot minifigures. Spyrius and Unitron are widely considered to the peak of the Golden Age of Lego Space.

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 races). The base was Lunar Launch Site (1994). The theme also included two robot vehicles, Recon Robot and Robo-Guardian (both 1994). A unique robot was released in the company of what appeared to perhaps be a Futuron robot in the Crater Critters which oddly featured no minifigures.

Though Spyrius officially ended in 1996, Surveillance Scooter (1995) was re-released as Space Jet in 1999.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1843 Space/Castle Value Pack 1996 Spy, Royal Knight This was a combo set that included an aerial Spyrius vehicle and a mobile catapult for the Royal Knights
1954 Surveillance Scooter 1995 Spy Also sold as 1714 and released as 3014 Space Jet promotional only in Japan
6835 Saucer Scout 1994 Spy
6889 Recon Robot 1994 Spy Master
6939 Saucer Centurion 1994 Spy, Droid
6949 Robo-Guardian 1994 Spy, Spy Master, Droid
6959 Lunar Launch Site 1994 Spy, Spy Master, Droid

Although not officially part of the Spyrius line, this set showcased on the same pages as Spyrius in catalogs and features a robot in Spyrius colors. No minifigures were included.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1785 Crater Critters 1995 N/A Spyrius colored robot with a Futuron colored robot

Unitron (1994–1995)[edit]

Taking over the "good guy" role from the Space Police II was the Unitron, a military themed group. 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 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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1787 Crater Cruiser 1995 Unitron Soldier, Unitron Sector Chief
1789 Star Hawk II 1995 Unitron Soldier, Unitron Sector Chief
1793 Space Station Zenon 1995 Unitron Soldier x2, Unitron Sector Chief
6991 Monorail Transport Base 1994 Unitron Soldier x2, Unitron Sector Chief, Spyrius Droid

Exploriens (1996)[edit]

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, some also considered this the second Space theme to include a female minifigure, however this minifigure was actually a feminine robot named Ann Droid. The theme was heavily inspired by the popular Star Trek TV Series, with the race's main focus being with exploration, special new Lego pieces called "phasors", their robot figure's name being a play on "android" and their race's insignia resembling Starfleet's insignia.

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).

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1858 Droid Scout 1996 Droid Also called the Cloud Cruiser and was not available in the U.S.A.
6815 Hovertron 1996 Explorien
6854 Alien Fossilizer 1996 Explorien
6856 Planetary Decoder 1996 Explorien
6899 Nebula Outpost 1996 Explorien x2
6938 Scorpion Detector 1996 Explorien x2 Also sold as 1737 which was available earlier exclusively in the U.S.A.
6958 Android Base 1996 Explorien x2, Droid
6982 Explorien Starship 1996 Explorien x3, Droid

Roboforce (1997)[edit]

Taking the "good guy" role was another four-set theme, Roboforce featured various large robots in varying color schemes, run by similarly uniformed pilots. Neon Orange Class features a rescue function in humanoid robos, equipped with buzz saws for rescuing trapped civilians. The "head" of each robot was also a small space ship that could be used as an escape pod or secondary vehicle. Neon 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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
2151 Robo Raider 1997 Robot Operator Neon Orange Class
2152 Robo Raptor 1997 Robot Operator Neon Green Class
2153 Robo Stalker 1997 Robot Operator x2 Neon Orange Class
2154 Robo Master 1997 Robot Operator x2 Neon Green Class

UFO (1997–1998)[edit]

UFO was the first Lego space race to look alien instead of human. The UFOians (as they are often called) are the most powerful and militaristic looking of all the races in Lego Space. 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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
2847 UFO Flyer 1997 Red UFOian
6816 Cyber Blaster 1997 Blue Droid Lego Catalogs referred to this set as the Outrider; also sold as 3012 and 6800
6818 Cyborg Scout 1997 Blue Droid Also sold as 4305
6829 Radon Rover 1997 Blue Droid
6836 V-Wing Fighter 1997 Andy Droid (Red) Not to be confused with 6205 V-Wing Starfighter of Star Wars
6900 Cyber Saucer 1997 Blue UFOian Also sold as 6999 with a free promotional "Invader Mask"
6901 Space Plane 1998 Andy Droid (Red) Also sold as 6902
6915 Warp Wing-Fighter 1997 Red UFOian, Andy Droid (Red)
6975 Alien Avenger 1997 Red UFOian, Blue UFOian, Alpha Draconis, Blue Droid
6979 Interstellar Starfighter 1997 Red UFOian, Alpha Draconis, Andy Droid (Red)

Insectoids (1998–1999)[edit]

The second alien race to actually look alien, 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. Insectoids are unusual in that Lego had never before in Lego Space released two "bad guy" factions in a row. 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. After escaping the planet, the Insectoid went out into the galaxy to make life miserable for the other races with their mischievous and pest-like nature, while looking for more "energy orbs" to power their technology.

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 second Lego Space theme to have a female minifigure, the Insectoid Queen, Gypsy Moth. It also featured droids, utilizing the old Spyrius droid helmet.

Popular Insectoids vehicles include Bi-Wing Blaster and Celestial Stinger (both 1998). The base was the mobile and insect-like Arachnoid Star Base (1998).

After the theme ended, Lego Space would not be seen again for nine-to-ten years, being replaced by the much more popular and profitable Lego Star Wars line of toys.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
2964 Space Spider 1998 Insectoid Promotional set in Germany
2965 Hornet Scout 1998 Insectoid, Droid Promotional set in Germany
3070 Mosquito 1999 Insectoid Promotional set in Japan
3071 Light Flyer 1999 Insectoid Promotional set in Japan
3072 Mega Tack 1999 Insectoid Promotional set in Japan
3073 Booster 1999 Insectoid Promotional set in Japan
6817 Beta Buzzer 1998 Insectoid
6837 Cosmic Creeper 1998 Insectoid
6903 Bug Blaster 1998 Insectoid
6905 Bi-Wing Blaster 1998 Insectoid, Droid
6907 Sonic Stinger 1998 Insectoid Also sold as 6909 with an insect like mask included
6919 Planetary Prowler 1998 Insectoid, Droid
6943 Space Sled 1999 Insectoid Also sold as the 6943 Speed Sled
6969 Celestial Stinger 1998 Insectoid x2, Droid
6977 Arachnoid Star Base 1998 Insectoid x2, Droid x2

Space Police III (2009-2010)[edit]

As "crime is crime" for Space Police III, they are pitted against criminals, sometimes petty but always non-human, continuing the Lego trend of humans (or at least human-looking) versus aliens started in the Lego Town theme of Mars Mission. This is the first time the Space Police have been pitted against monstrous looking aliens instead of human looking aliens, 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 Future Generation logo on his uniform (which is an updated original Blacktron 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 far future. In another stopmotion, a Spyrius droid is seen showing a slideshow.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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) Lego Space Police III - Set 5974 Galactic Enforcer (2009).jpg
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
8400 Space Speeder 2009 Snake
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)

Galaxy Squad (2013)[edit]

The latest official space theme, Galaxy Squad, features a team of intergalactic heroes and robots trying to defeat an alien race of humanoids with insect features (known as Insectoids) intent on "cocooning" the galaxy with special 2-piece coccoons which trap a standard minifig. According to the Lego plot tie-in, the insectoids were summoned by Lord Vampyre from Monster Fighters. The vehicles of the heroes feature a notable "split function" ability, which allows a tank to change into two vehicles.

Reference Name Released Pieces Minifigures Notes
70700 Space Swarmer 2013 86
70701 Swarm Interceptor 2013 218
70702 Warp Stinger 2013 310
70703 Star Slicer 2013 311
70704 Vermin Vaporizer 2013 506
70705 Bug Obliterator 2013 771
70706 Crater Creeper 2013 171
70707 CLS-89 Eradicator Mech 2013 440
70708 Hive Crawler 2013 560
70709 Galactic Titan 2013 1012

Timeline of Lego Space themes[edit]

Year Villains Civilians Heroes Parallel Themes
1978–1987 Classic Space
1987–1988 Blacktron (I) Futuron
1989 Space Police (I)
1990 Blacktron (II) Futuron / M:Tron
1991 M:Tron
1992 Space Police (II)
1993 Ice Planet 2002
1994–1995 Spyrius Unitron
1996-1997 Exploriens
1997 UFO Roboforce
1998 UFO / Insectoids
1999 Insectoids
2000
2001 Theme on hold for Lego Star Wars Life on Mars
2002–2006
2007–2008 Mars Mission
2009–2010 Space Police (III)
2011 Alien Conquest
2013 Galaxy Squad

Licensed Themes[edit]

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.

2010's Toy Story theme produced Buzz's Star Command Spaceship, which is based on the Buzz Lightyear toy's background from that universe.

Since 2012, Lego has produced sets from both the Marvel and DC comic book universes, both of which feature many elements derived from space.

Other Space-related LEGO sets[edit]

Lego Town "Space" Subthemes[edit]

Lego has produced three subthemes with space-related content for its Town and City themes - Launch Command, Space Port, and City Space. Each of these subthemes involves a realistic, Earth-based approach to space exploration. These subthemes are not considered to be official Lego Space themes.

Lego Mars[edit]

Life on Mars (2001)[edit]

In addition to Lego Space and Lego Star Wars, Lego also released a third line of space-related lego sets. Earthlings and Martians. This line was originally released around to the public around a time of much curiosity about the red planet, and concept that primitive life that could possibly exist there.

Life On Mars was the first one of three "humans and aliens" themes, featuring Lego Town astronauts and Martian aliens. The sets denote peaceful coexistence between the two species on the planet Mars. The Life on Mars theme pioneered several unique aspects in 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.

Main sets
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1195 Alien Encounter 2001 Martian ("Vega"), Astronaut Assistant Only set in theme to feature both Humans and Martians
1413/7301/7309 Rover 2001 Astronaut Assistant
1414/7300/7308 Double Hover 2001 Indigenous Martian
1415/7303 Jet Scooter 2001 Indigenous Martian
1416/7302 Worker Robot 2001 Indigenous Martian
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 Three (3) Astronauts ("Mac", "BB", "Doc")
7316 Excavation Searcher 2001 Three (3) Martians ("Canopus", "Pollux", "Vega")
7317 Aero Tube Hangar 2001 Five (5) Martians ("Arcturus", "Cassiopeia", "Mizar", "Rigel", "Vega")
Accessory sets, value packs, and others
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
3750 Life on Mars Accessories 2001 None
7320 Vega 2001 Martian ("Vega")
7321 Mizar 2001 Martian ("Mizar")
7322 Altair 2001 Martian ("Altair")
7323 Guard 2001 Martian ("Centauri")
78777 Alien Discovery 2001 Three (3) Martians Includes 7308, 7309, and 7311.
K7317 Life on Mars Kit 2001 Three (3) Astronauts, Seven (7) Martians Includes 7313, 7314, 7315, and 7317.
kabmars Life on Mars 4-Pack 2001 Astronaut, Three (3) Martians Includes 1413, 1414, 1415, and 1416. Japan only.

Mars Mission (2007-2008)[edit]

Mars Mission is the second theme to feature both humans and aliens and is a reboot of Life on Mars. Unlike Life on Mars, the aliens (a different breed of Martians) and humans were pitted against each other as children had been fond of doing with the original line.

Main sets
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
5616 Mini-Robot 2008 Astronaut, Robot
5617 Alien Jet 2008 Martian
5619 Crystal Hawk 2008 Astronaut This name maybe a homage to the Star Hawk II
7644 MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft 2008 Three (3) Astronauts, Martian, Martian Commander
7645 MT-61 Crystal Reaper 2008 Three (3) Astronauts, Two (2) Martians, Martian Commander
7646 ETX Alien Infiltraitor 2008 Two (2) Astronauts, Martian, Martian Commander
7647 MX-41 Switch Fighter 2008 Astronaut, Martian
7648 MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit 2008 Astronaut, Martian
7649 MT-201 Ultra-Drill Walker 2008 Two (2) Astronauts, Martian Lego Mars Mission - Set 7649 MT-201 Ultra-Drill Walker (2008).jpg
7690 MB-01 Eagle Command Base 2007 Four (4) Astronauts, Four (4) Martians
7691 ETX Alien Mothership Assault 2007 Two (2) Astronauts, Five (5) Martians
7692 MX-71 Recon Dropship 2007 Two (2) Astronauts, Four (4) Martians
7693 ETX Alien Strike 2007 Astronaut, Two (2) Martians
7694 MT-31 Trike 2007 Astronaut, Martian
7695 MX-11 Astro Fighter 2007 Astronaut, Martian
7697 MT-51 Claw Tank Ambush 2007 Astronaut, Two (2) Martians
7699 MT-101 Armoured Drilling Unit 2007 Three (3) Astronauts, Two (2) Martians
7728 Jet Pack 2008 Astronaut Unreleased
7729 Alien Flyer 2008 Martian Unreleased
Value Packs
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
K7690 Mars Mission Collection 2008 None Includes 7690, 7691, 7692, 7693, 7694, 7695, and 7697
K7699 Complete Mars Mission Collection 2007 None Includes 7690, 7691, 7692, 7693, 7694, 7695, 7697, and 7699

Alien Conquest (2011)[edit]

Alien Conquest was released under the Lego City theme. It was released in May 2011, and is the first Lego City series with aliens to actually feature Lego City itself (on Earth). A new wave of aliens (possibly a new breed of Martians) begins attacking Earth. Multiple cities around the globe report massive abductions and UFOs in the night sky. The UFOs are finally identified as aliens in saucer-shaped space-craft, who are abducting humans for brainpower to power their spaceships, which bear resemblance to the Classic UFO line of space. 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. See more here.

Other[edit]

2008 saw the release of two space sets through the LEGO Factory theme. Star Justice and Space Skulls were fan-designed sets released as special edition sets available only through LEGO.

LEGO Ideas (previously known as 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 addition, it has released one set based on the Classic Space Futuron line, the Exo Suit (set #21109), which includes two minifigures in a new green version of the Classic Space uniform.

In 2014, a set titled 'Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!' (set #70816) was released as a tie-in to The Lego Movie, which featured many references to past Lego Space themes. The spaceship itself is highly reminiscent of Classic Space spaceships, with a predominantly blue and grey colour scheme. The pilot of the ship, Benny, is a blue Classic Space minifigure with notable signs of wear and tear.

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