Life on Mars
The Lego Space theme features astronauts and spaceships. It was introduced in 1978. It is one of the most expansive themes in Lego history, and contains over 200 individual sets. It was marketed under the Legoland banner until it became Lego System in 1992.
- 1 Early Space (1964-1973)
- 2 "Classic" Space (1978-1987)
- 3 Futuron (1987–1990)
- 4 Blacktron (1987-1988)
- 5 Space Police (1989)
- 6 M:Tron (1990–1991)
- 7 Blacktron Future Generation (1991–1992)
- 8 Space Police II (1992–1993)
- 9 Ice Planet 2002 (1993–1994)
- 10 Spyrius (1994–1995)
- 11 Unitron (1994–1995)
- 12 Exploriens (1996)
- 13 Roboforce (1997)
- 14 UFO (1997–1998)
- 15 Insectoids (1998–1999)
- 16 Life on Mars (2001)
- 17 Mars Mission (2007-2008)
- 18 Space Police III (2009-2010)
- 19 Alien Conquest (2011)
- 20 Galaxy Squad (2013)
- 21 Timeline of Lego Space themes
- 22 Licensed Themes
- 23 Other Space-related LEGO sets
- 24 References
- 25 External links
Early Space (1964-1973)
Lego Space is one of Lego's oldest themes, that actually pre-dates the standard Lego minifigure. At least three sets were released prior to so-called "Classic" Space. 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.
|367/565||Moon Landing||1975||White Astronauts x3||
These astronauts predate minifigures
"Classic" Space (1978-1987)
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.
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).
|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|
|483/920||Alpha-1 Rocket Base||1979||White Astronauts x2, Red Astronaut|
|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|
|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|
|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||May have only been available with 1969 value pack|
|6849||Satellite Patroller||1987||Yellow Astronaut|
|6861||X-1 Patrol Craft||1980||Red Astronaut|
|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||Yellow Astronauts x2|
|6901||Mobile Lab||1980||Red Astronaut, White Astronaut|
|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||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|
|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|
|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 introduced "value packs" which were released between 1983 and 1987 consisting of three separate sets.
|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:
|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|
Lego made the decision to create separate factions in its space theme. An updated line was released, given the name "Futuron". 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.)
|1616||Space Combi-Pack||1990||Yellow Astronaut, Blue Astronaut|
|1620||Astro Dart||1990||Yellow Astronaut|
|1621||Lunar MPV Vehicle||1990||Blue Astronaut|
|1974||Star Quest||1989||Black Astronaut with white helmet|
|6770||Light & Sound Magma Carrier||1988||Yellow Astronaut|
|6810||Laser Ranger||1989||Black Astronaut|
|6828||Twin-Winged Spoiler||1988||Blue Astronaut|
|6830||Space Patroller||1989||Yellow Astronaut|
|6848||Strategic Pursuer||1988||Yellow Astronaut|
|6850||Auxiliary Patroller||1989||Yellow Astronaut|
|6885||Crater Crawler||1988||Black Astronaut|
|6893||Galactic Starship||1987||Blue Astronaut, Yellow Astronaut|
|6921||Monorail Accessory Track||1988||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|
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.
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.
|6987||Message-Intercept Base*||1988||Astronauts x5|
* There are two versions of this set.
Space Police (1989)
In 1989, Lego made a storyline decision. Blacktron, previously operating in a moral void, were now declared the "bad guys" of Lego Space; opposing them and defending Futuron from them were the Space Police, a series whose spacecrafts 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.
Space Police is often referred to as Space Police I as the more popular Space Police II was released by Lego in 1992.
|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|
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 rescue and support. 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.
The theme was meant to represent a rescue and research faction. This is evident from the various pictures in catalogs where M:Tron astronauts are shown repairing Futuron vehicles, the 1990 Idea Book that features an M:Tron ambulance-like vehicle, the theme's description in the 1992 catalog in most languages, and perhaps also the color scheme that is reminiscent of a fire brigade. Note however that the American 1992 catalog describes M:Tron as a faction revolving around mining and cargo transportation. Also, the American names for sets do not refer to rescue, unlike their British counterparts along with the names in all other languages.
|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.
|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)
In 1991, Blacktron received a makeover: black with white trim, neon green canopies, as well as new uniforms. It also replaced the creative but haphazard interchangeability of Blacktron I with refined and mostly-uniform cockpit globes (best seen here), which could be switched unimpeded between those ships. To the dismay of fans, however, only four sets of eleven featured them (the Alpha Centauri Outpost, Spectral Starguider, Aerial Intruder, and the Allied Avenger). Some fans were also disappointed that, aside from a proliferation of small (50-element-or-less) vehicles, Blacktron II seemed to be mostly a rehash of Blacktron I on a set-by-set basis.
According to the official story, Blacktron are thieves, always stealing technology from M:Tron. The space police was unable to stop them until 1993. In the 1993 story, the Blacktron try to steal technology from Ice Planet, and are easily captured because their equipment is not efficient enough in extreme cold environments.
|1462||Galactic Scout||1992||Pilot||Also sold as 1694|
|1479||Double Scout||1991||Pilot x2|
|6710||Space Landing Pads||1991||N/A|
|6861||Super Vehicle||1991||Pilot x3||Also released as 6741 in 1993|
|6832||Super Nova II||1991||Pilot|
|6878||Sub Orbital Guardian||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)
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.
|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)
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.
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.
|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|
Red and black, with transparent blue canopies, Spyrius homeworld appeared to be a craggy, desolate moon. The Spyrius took over the "bad guy" role as a group of spies out to steal technology and valuable data from the other factions. Official evidence of a Spyrius attack against Unitron is documented in this 1994 catalog picture (found on Peeron). Commercial clips also featured a high scale attack of Spyrius against the monorail. This nine-set theme was the first to feature robot minifigures. 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.
|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|
|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.
|1785||Crater Critters||1995||N/A||Spyrius colored robot with a Futuron colored robot|
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, and the only set released outside America.
Dark gray quietly made an appearance as a new Lego Space color in Unitron minifigure torsos. The color appears in no other parts in this theme but for a rock feature in the Space Station Zenon set.
|1787||Crater Cruiser||1995||Unitron Soldier, Unitron Sector Chief||US release only|
|1789||Star Hawk II||1995||Unitron Soldier, Unitron Sector Chief||US release only|
|1793||Space Station Zenon||1995||Unitron Soldier x2, Unitron Sector Chief||US release only|
|6991||Monorail Transport Base||1994||Unitron Soldier x2, Unitron Sector Chief, Spyrius Droid|
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).
|1858||Droid Scout||1996||Droid||Also called the Cloud Cruiser and was not available in the U.S.A.|
|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|
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.
The theme was only released in USA.
|2151||Robo Raider||1997||Robot Operator||Neon Orange Class
US release only
|2152||Robo Raptor||1997||Robot Operator||Neon Green Class
US release only
|2153||Robo Stalker||1997||Robot Operator x2||Neon Orange Class
US release only
|2154||Robo Master||1997||Robot Operator x2||Neon Green Class
US release only
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.
|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)|
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.
After the theme ended, Lego Space would not be seen again for nine-to-ten years, being replaced by the Lego Star Wars line of toys.
|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|
|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|
Life on Mars (2001)
Life on Mars is a space theme released in 2001, around a time of much curiosity about the red planet. The theme revolved around the concept that primitive life that could possibly exist there.
This was the first Space theme to feature two types of minifigures: human 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.
|1195||Alien Encounter||2001||Martian ("Vega"), Astronaut Assistant||Only set in theme to feature both Humans and Martians|
|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")|
|3750||Life on Mars Accessories||2001||None|
|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)
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 (a different breed of Martians) and humans were pitted against each other as children had been fond of doing with the original line.
|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|
Space Police III (2009-2010)
As "crime is crime" for Space Police III, they are pitted against criminals, sometimes petty but always non-human, continuing the Lego 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 box art 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 stop motion, a Spyrius droid is seen showing a slideshow.
Alien Conquest (2011)
Alien Conquest was released in May 2011, and is the first Lego Space subtheme to take place on Earth. A new wave of aliens 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.
|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)|
Galaxy Squad (2013)
The latest official space theme, Galaxy Squad, features a team of intergalactic heroes and robot sidekicks trying to defeat an alien race of humanoids with insect features (known as Insectoids) intent on "cocooning" the galaxy with special 2-piece cocoons which trap a standard minifigure. 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 them to split into two different vehicles.
|70707||CLS-89 Eradicator Mech||2013||440||2|
Timeline of Lego Space themes
|1989||Space Police (I)|
|1990||Blacktron (II)||Futuron / M:Tron|
|1992||Space Police (II)|
|1993||Ice Planet 2002|
|1998||UFO / Insectoids|
|2001||Life on Mars|
|2009–2010||Space Police (III)|
Several licensed Lego themes have featured space elements as well. The most notable licensed theme with space elements is Star Wars, produced since 1999. Nearly 300 Lego Star Wars sets have been produced so far, as well as three video games and numerous other licensed merchandise.
2003's Discovery theme produced six sets related to past and present NASA efforts at the time, including the Apollo Program, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Mars Exploration Rover mission.
Lego Town "Space" Subthemes
Lego has produced four subthemes with space-related content for its Town and City themes - Launch Command, Space Port, City Space 2011, and City Space 2015. 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 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(voiced by Charlie Day) is a blue Classic Space minifigure with notable signs of wear and tear.
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