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Lego Space
Sub‑themes Blacktron
Futuron
M-Tron
Ice Planet
Spyrius
Unitron
Exploriens
Roboforce
UFO
Insectoids
Life on Mars
Mars Mission
Space Police
Alien Conquest
Galaxy Squad
Subject 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,[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Classic Space (1978-1987)[edit]

The Classic Space logo.

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).

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
Early Space sets
358 Rocket Base 1973
367/565 Moon Landing 1975 3 White Astronauts These astronauts predate minifigures
801 Space Rocket 1964
Classic Space sets (U.S./European #)
453/305 2 Crater Plates 1979
454/306 Landing 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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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-

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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

Futuron (1987–1990)[edit]

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.)

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
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

Blacktron (1987-1988)[edit]

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.

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

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1875 Meteor Monitor 1990 Astronaut
6876 Alienator 1988 Astronaut
6894 Invader 1987 Astronaut
6941 Battrax 1987 Astronaut
6954 Renegade 1987 2 Astronauts
6987 Message-Intercept Base* 1988 5 Astronauts

* There are two versions of this set.

Space Police (1989)[edit]

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.

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 Space Police II was released by Lego in 1992.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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

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 Insectoids (1998–1999) theme.

Main sets
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.

Bonus sets, value packs and others
Reference Name Released Minifigures Elements Notes
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)[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
1462/1694 Galactic Scout 1992 Pilot
1479 Double Scout 1991 2 Pilots
1887 Rocket Detector 1992 Pilot
6710 Space Landing Pads 1991
6741/6861 Super Vehicle 1991 3 Pilots
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 2 Pilots
6981 Aerial Intruder 1991 2 Pilots
6988 Alpha Centauri Outpost 1991 5 Crewmen

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).

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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)[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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 Astronaut
1711/1731/3014 Snow Scooter/Space Diver 1994 Astronaut
6814 Ice Tunnelator 1993 Astronaut
6834 Celestial Sled 1993 Astronaut
6879 Blizzard Baron 1993 Astronaut
6898 Ice-Sat V 1993 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.

Unitron (1994–1995)[edit]

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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

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.

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).

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

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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)[edit]

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
6336 Launch Response Unit 1995 Technician, Helicopter Pilot
6339 Shuttle Launch Pad 1995 Astronaut, Technician, Scientist
6516 Moon Walker 1995 Astronaut
6544 Shuttle Transcon 2 1995 Astronaut, 2 Technicians
6614 Launch Evac 1 1995 Firefighter

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, 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).

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1737/6938 Scorpion Detector 1996 2 Space Explorers
1858 Cloud Cruiser 1996 Droid
6815 Hovertron 1996 Space Explorer
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

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. 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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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 (1997–1998)[edit]

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
2847 UFO Flyer 1997 Red Alien
3012/6800/6816 Space Hover 1997 Droid
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

Insectoids (1998–1999)[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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 eight 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
2965 Hornet Scout 1998 Insectoid, Droid
3070 Mosquito 1999 Insectoid
3071 Light Flyer 1999 Insectoid
3072 Mega Tack 1999 Insectoid
3073 Booster 1999 Insectoid
6817 Beta Buzzer 1998 Insectoid
6837 Cosmic Creeper 1998 Insectoid
6903 Bug Blaster 1998 Insectoid
6905 Bi-Wing Blaster 1998 Insectoid, Droid
6907/6909 Sonic Stinger 1998 Insectoid
6919 Planetary Prowler 1998 Insectoid, Droid
6942/6943 Space Sled 1999 Insectoid
6969 Celestial Stinger 1998 2 Insectoids, Droid
6977 Arachnoid Star Base 1998 2 Insectoids, 2 Droids

Space Port (1999)[edit]

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.

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1180/1265/3068 Moon Buggy/Radar Buggy 1999 Astronaut
1181/1266/3069 Spacecraft/Space Probe/Cosmic Wing 1999 Astronaut
3066 Cosmo Glider 1999 Astronaut
3067 Test Shuttle X 1999 Scientist
6452 Mini Rocket Launcher 1999 Scientist
6453 Com-Link Cruiser 1999 Ground Control Technician
6454 Countdown Corner 1999 Astronaut
6455 Space Simulation Station 1999 Astronaut, Ground Control Technician, Scientist
6456 Mission Control 1999 Astronaut, 2 Ground Control Technicians, Scientist
6457 Astronaut Figure 1999 Astronaut
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
6463 Lunar Rover 1999 Astronaut
6465 Space Port Jet 1999 Astronaut

Life on Mars (2001)[edit]

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.

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 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")
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 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)[edit]

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.

Main sets
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
5616 Mini-Robot 2008 Astronaut, Robot
5617 Alien Jet 2008 Alien
5619 Crystal Hawk 2008 Astronaut
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
7728 Jet Pack 2008 Astronaut Unreleased
7729 Alien Flyer 2008 Alien Unreleased
Value Packs
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
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)[edit]

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.

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)
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)

Alien Conquest (2011)[edit]

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.[2][3]

A short film based on the theme was made in 2012, and won an award.[clarification needed]

Sets[edit]

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)[edit]

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.

Sets[edit]

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
3365 Space Moon Buggy 2011 Astronaut
3366 Satellite Launch Pad 2011 Technician
3367 Space Shuttle 2011 Astronaut
3368 Space Center 2011 2 Astronauts, Technician, Ground Controller
30016 Space Satellite 2011 Astronaut Unreleased

Galaxy Squad (2013)[edit]

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.

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
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 Insectoids
1999–2000
2001 Life on Mars
2002–2006 Series on hold for Lego Star Wars
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]

A motorized Space Shuttle was released in 1996 as part of the LEGO TECHNIC theme.

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 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.

References[edit]

LEGO space