Today I have another Throwback Thursday review, but again not in the traditional sense. I’ve received an advanced review copy of the upcoming Great LEGO Sets: A Visual History by DK that will be released in October. Included with the book is a LEGO Space Micro-Scale Space Cruiser (11910). If it looks familiar, that is because it is a mini version of one of the best LEGO Space sets of all-time, the Galaxy Explorer (497/924).
The set comes in comes separately in a box within the slipcover. The front of the box shows the Micro-Scale Space Cruiser with a rather large LEGO logo on the top left and the set number on the right. There’s also a window showing off some of the pieces of the set. The back of the box shows some action shots of the Space Cruiser.
Within the box, there is a polybag and a small instruction booklet included. The set is designed by Mel Caddick and it contains 102 pieces.
The build is very quick and easy to assemble and just like its larger counterpart, the back is able to open up by the hinges to reveal a 1×2 mini moon buggy.
Overall, the Micro-Scale Space Cruiser (11910) is a great little replica of the famous Galaxy Explorer. Again Great LEGO Sets: A Visual History will be available in October but you can pre-order it now on Amazon. I’ll have a review of the book itself after I have time to read through it.
Today is the last day to get the LEGO Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) Promotion at LEGO Stores and on [email protected]. The offer is only valid for LEGO VIP members with purchases of $99 or more. With the same purchase, you will also get the LEGO Legends of Chima Worriz’ Fire Bike (30265) and who doesn’t like freebies. Check out our review of the LEGO Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) to see what you’ll be getting with the promo set. It’s currently hovering around $20 on BrickLink and eBay and you can expect the prices on them to go higher after the promotion ends today. Also, if you’re heading to your local LEGO Store, you may want to call to be sure that they still have some in stock.
Today starts the month of September and that means we finally get the LEGO Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) promotion that the Europeans had a few months ago. In recent months, it appears that LEGO has been focusing more on classic Space sets like the Exo Suit (21109) and Benny’s Spaceship (70816) and this little promo set just adds to it. The set contains 19 pieces and is free with purchases of $99 or more.
Unlike other LEGO promotions, the box for the Classic Space Minifigure is made of a matte-like packaging material with a stud design all around. On either side of the box, there is a classic LEGO Systems logo which has a cool nostalgic feel to it.
The box opens up by sliding out the tray from the right side which shows the contents of the set: an instruction booklet and sealed bag of pieces. The tray itself also has the Classic Space logo.
The actual instructions in the booklet are just two pages to show how to put together the spaceman and the robot. The rest of the pages is a timeline from the last 38 years of LEGO Space sets as well as some of the Space minifigures. A majority of the Space-themed sets have been well represented on the timeline.
The white Spaceman minifigure is pretty much the same as the one in the Exo Suit except for the color. The helmet is not the classic one but the more modern one that you can find in sets today. The front of the torso has the iconic Space logo and that’s pretty much it. He also wears an air tank in the back.
The robot is very simple to put together and is the exact same one you get from the FX Star Patroller (6931) which is great homage to the Classic Space sets. The robot has some posability such as the head turning on the 1×2 jumper plate. The arms move up and down and can bend down with the hinge piece.
Although the set is a fairly small promotional item, it makes a great addition to you LEGO collection. The packaging is super cool and what makes this promo stand out from other exclusive promos we’ve had in the past and the contents are pretty cool as well. Again, it is free with purchases of $99 or more at LEGO Stores and on [email protected]. The Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002818) set will be available until September 14 or while supplies last. If you miss out on it by then, you can probably pick it up on BrickLink or eBay.
In our final set of the old school LEGO Space sets, we have the Blacktron Future Generation aka Blacktron II Grid Trekkor (6812). It contains 23 pieces and was originally released in 1991.
There is one minifigure in this little set and it is the Blacktron II Astronaut. His torso is a plain white one with the iconic green/black/white Blacktron logo right in the middle. The arms and hands are black. The legs are also solid white. The astronaut has the simple yellow minifigure head. He wears a black helmet with a trans-neon green visor. Finally we also has a large jet pack attached to him.
The Grid Trekkor is a very nicely built vehicle given the number of pieces that are available. It rolls on four rubber black wheels. The Trekkor has a trans-neon green radar attached to the front. The vehicle is operated by a control panel in the cockpit area. There is a trans-neon green antenna that is horizonal on the left side of the Trekkor.
We have come to the end of the review of the Grid Trekkor (6812) as well as our 3-part miniseries of the older LEGO Space sets. The Trekkor and the minifigure are both awesome. The only downside is that I didn’t get more of these sets back when I was a kid. Too bad LEGO doesn’t make sets like these anymore.
This Space miniseries was actually fun to do. Trying to find all of the old parts again from my bin was pretty fun and it brought back a lot of memories from when I was a kid. I hope you enjoyed taking a step back in time from all of the recent LEGO news to see and re-experience some of the cooler sets from the early 90’s. While finding these sets, I also found a couple of older LEGO City sets as well so you may be seeing some more old school sets being reviewed in the future.
Continuing with our series of our review of the LEGO Space sets, we have the second part of the series, the Ice Planet 2002 Ice Tunnelator (6184). The set contains 25 pieces and retailed for $2.99 back in 1993.
The minifigure included in the set is called the Ice Planet Astronaut. His torso has some printing of what looks to be a breathing apparatus which goes back to the white air tank piece attached to his back. He has the standard minifigure face printing but with some white hair printing as well. The Astronaut wears a white helmet with a trans-orange visor with antenna. His accessories include a chainsaw and a pair of trans-orange skis.
The Ice Tunnelator is a small vehicle with the chainsaw attached to the front. The seat is a 2×3 white bracket which is on a blue 2×6 plate. The skis are able to attach to the back of the seat. The Tunnelator rolls on some large white wheels.
Overall, the Ice Tunnelator is a neat set. It’s very simple but it works. I really liked the blue/white/orange color scheme of the Ice Planet 2002 sets and I wished I picked up more sets when I was a kid.
Recently, I found a couple of my brother’s old LEGO Space sets we played with before I went into my “Dark Ages.” I’ll be doing a short 3-part series of these small sets. Today we have the Space Police II Galactic Chief (6813). It was released in 1993 and sold for $2.99.
The minifigure is named Captain Magenta and he is the Galactic Chief of the Space Police. His torso is exclusive to the minifigure and has the Space Police logo printing. The arms are green as well as the legs. He also wears red epaulets to signify that he is the Chief. The head shows the Chief wearing a headset. His helmet is black with a green visor. His accessory is a white microphone.
The build itself is pretty simple. At only 23 pieces, the set was one of the smallest LEGO Space Police sets that was released 20 years ago. The front has a 3×2 sloped brick and has the words Space Police printed on it. The green windshield doesn’t cover the sides of the cockpit. Speaking of the cockpit, there are no controls so I’m not sure how Capatin Magenta is piloting the ship. Towards the back are a couple of thrusters on each side of the ship.
The Galactic Chief is a pretty cool nostalgic set. It also has some good swooshability. I remember flying it around as a kid and chasing other LEGO cars that I made. Although this was the only Space Police II set I have, it was one of my favorites.