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Classic Space

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Classic Space
Theme-space.gif
Years:

1978-1988

Subtheme of:

Space

Related themes:

Classic Castle
Futuron
Blacktron

Classic Space is a theme introduced in 1987. Classic Space Minifigures featured the old visorless helmets, which were eventually phased out in favor of newer helmets with movable visors in 1987. Classic Space featured peaceful explorers, with no antagonistic groups. The larger flying craft of the Classic Space sets all featured a brick with their set number on it. There were 5 astronaut minifigures, blue, red, white, yellow and black.

The initial introduction of the Space theme marks also the beginning of Classic Space.

Overview[edit]

Some of the first Space sets in a catalog from 1979.

The first LEGO Space sets were a leap forward in LEGO design. Compared to the LEGO Company's previous spaceflight-related sets (801 Space Rocket in 1964, 358 Rocket Base in 1973, and 565 Moon Landing in 1976), this new theme of sets boasted new parts and building techniques never before seen in LEGO sets. Although the theme used plenty of basic bricks, there were now parts with finer detail used in smoother-looking ships and multi-purpose vehicles.

Despite curiosities such as steering wheels used to direct spacecraft, and often no inflight pilot protection other than a spacesuit (with a visorless helmet), 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 colourful 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 colours. Examples of these early simple sets include 462 Rocket Launcher (1978), and 442 Space Shuttle, and 452 Mobile Tracking Station (both 1979).

Perfectly suited for utilitarian LEGO Space, gray had finally become a major colour for a LEGO theme, especially as more plate-type parts were made in that colour, even before LEGO Castle whose first predominantly grey castles were not introduced until 1984. Most often, gray Space sets were paired with green windows, and the other predominant colour scheme was blue with yellow windows. With the introduction of the 6929 Starfleet Voyager in 1981, there were also classic spaceships that appeared in white, with blue canopies, albeit this new colour scheme didn't really catch on until the introduction of Futuron in 1987. The advent of this new theme sounded the bell for the end of the Classic Space era. New parts, most notably the new visored helmets, were introduced as well as a distinct looking adversary faction, but it also reprised several elements of Classic Space such as the coloured spacesuits and the concept of civilian space explorers, looking more like a visually updated continuation than a mere replacement.

New sets in the style of Classic Space were still released until 1988, but those sets sported the Futuron colour scheme, although they still included the old minifigures with their visorless helmets.

Notes[edit]

The statue of a Classic Space astronaut that appeared in 5974 Galactic Enforcer.
  • A minifigure statue included in 5974 Galactic Enforcer from 2009 resembles a Classic Space astronaut, although it does not feature a classic helmet but instead a normal one without visor. The Latin writing on the pedestal says "In annos triginta ad caelum infinitum construxit." ("In thirty years it built to the infinite sky"), commemorating the 30th anniversary of LEGO Space.
  • The Classic Space astronaut appeared in LEGO Battles as an unlockable hero unit.
  • In Lego Universe, completing all the Crux Prime Achiever missions awards the player with a black Classic Space shirt.

Vehicles and facilities[edit]

Popular spaceships and vehicles from the Classic Space era include:

497 Galaxy Explorer (1979), 6929 Starfleet Voyager (1980), 6950 Mobile Rocket Transport (1982), 6980 Galaxy Commander (1983), and 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager (1986).

The major surface bases were:

493 Space Command Center (1978), 483 Alpha-1 Rocket Base (1979), 6970 Beta-1 Command Base (1980), 6971 Intergalactic Command Base (1984), and 6972 Polaris-I Space Lab (1987).

Baseplates from this era:

306 Landing Plates (1979), and 305 2 Crater Plates (1979)

Sets[edit]

Image # Set Pieces Minifigure(s) Price Released
0012 Space Mini-Figures.jpg 0012 Space Mini-Figures 12 Red Classic Spaceman (2) 1979
0013 Space Minifigures.jpg 0013 Space Mini-Figures 12 White Classic Spaceman (2) 1979
0014 Space Minifigures.jpg 0014 Space Mini-Figures 12 Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1979
0015 Space Mini-Figures.jpg 0015 Space Mini-Figuers 16 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1979
1498 Spy-Bot.jpg 1498 Spy-Bot 66 None 1987
1499 Box.jpg 1499 Twin Starfire 85 Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1987
1507 Space Value Pack.jpg 1507 Space Value Pack 89 Black Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1986
1510.jpg 1510 Unnamed Bonus Pack 151 Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1987
1526.jpg 1526 Space Radar Buggy Unknown Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986 (unreleased)
1557 Box.jpg 1557 Space Scooter 25 Red Classic Spaceman 1986
1558 Box.jpg 1558 Mobile Command Trailer 64 Black Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1986
1580 Package.jpg 1580 Lunar Scout 67 Blue Classic Spaceman 1986
1593 Lever Bros Space Set.jpg 1593 Lever Bros Space Set 313 Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1983
1968 Box.jpg 1968 Space Express 177 Red Classic Spaceman 1985
1969.jpg 1969 Space Value Pack 151 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1985
1977.jpg 1977 Space Value Pack 82 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1983
1983.jpg 1983 Space Value Pack 97 Blue Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1984
1999.jpg 1999 Space Value Pack 89 Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1985
305 Crater Plates.jpg 305 2 Crater Plates 2 None Flag-US.png $6.50 1979
306 Space Landing Plates.jpg 306 Landing Plates 2 None 1979
442 Box.jpg 442 Space Shuttle 35 White Classic Spaceman 1979
452 Box.jpg 452 Mobile Tracking Station 65 White Classic Spaceman 1979
453-1.jpg 453 Crater Plates 2 None 1979
454-Lunar Landing Plates.jpg 454 Landing Plates 2 None 1979
462 Box.jpg 462 Rocket Launcher 60 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1978
483 Box.jpg 483 Alpha-1 Rocket Base 170 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman (2)
1979
487 Box.jpg 487 Space Cruiser 155 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Flag-US.png $10.00 1979
493 Box.jpg 493 Space Command Center 161 Red Classic Spaceman (2)
White Classic Spaceman (2)
1978
497 Box.jpg 497 Galaxy Explorer 325 Red Classic Spaceman (2)
White Classic Spaceman (2)
Flag-US.png $32.00 1979
5034-1.jpg 5034 Replacement Light & Sound 1x2 Lighting Brick with Coloured Globes 5 None 1987
6702-Space Mini-Figures.jpg 6702 Space Mini-Figures 56 Blue Classic Spaceman
Black Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
Flag-US.png $4.99 1986
6750 Box.jpg 6750 Sonic Robot 103 Blue Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
1986
6770 Futuron.jpg 6770 Lunar Transporter Patroller 118 Yellow Futuron Astronaut Flag-US.png $26.75 1988
6780 Box.jpg 6780 XT Spaceship 201 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
6783 Box.jpg 6783 Sonar Transmitting Cruiser 345 Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
Flag-US.png $50.00 1986
6801 Box.jpg 6801 Rocket Sled 21 White Classic Spaceman 1981
6802 Box.jpg 6802 Space Probe 20 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
6803 Space Patrol.jpg 6803 Space Patrol 23 White Classic Spaceman 1983
6804 Box.jpg 6804 Surface Rover 16 White Classic Spaceman 1984
6805 Box.jpg 6805 Astro Dasher 26 Blue Classic Spaceman 1985
6806 Box.jpg 6806 Surface Hopper 16 Red Classic Spaceman 1985
6807-1.jpg 6807 Space Scooter with Robot 23 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6808 Box.jpg 6808 Galaxy Trekkor 31 Blue Classic Spaceman 1987
6809 Box.jpg 6809 XT-5 and Droid 37 Blue Classic Spaceman 1988
6820 Starfire I.jpg 6820 Starfire I 32 Blue Classic Spaceman 1986
6821 Box.jpg 6821 Shovel Buggy 32 White Classic Spaceman 1980
6822.jpg 6822 Space Shuttle 32 Red Classic Spaceman 1981
6823 Box.jpg 6823 Surface Transport 25 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1983
6824 Box.jpg 6824 Space Dart-I 43 Blue Classic Spaceman 1984
6825 Box.jpg 6825 Cosmic Comet 37 White Classic Spaceman 1985
6826 Box.jpg 6826 Crater Crawler 26 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6827 Box.jpg 6827 Strata Scooter 28 Blue Classic Spaceman 1987
6841.jpg 6841 Mineral Detector 44 Red Classic Spaceman 1980
6842 Box.jpg 6842 Shuttle Craft 44 Red Classic Spaceman 1981
6844 Box.jpg 6844 Seismologic Vehicle 40 White Classic Spaceman 1983
6845 Cosmic Charger.jpg 6845 Cosmic Charger 48 White Classic Spaceman 1986
6846 Box.jpg 6846 Tri-Star Voyager 66 Red Classic Spaceman Flag-US.png $4.45 1984
6847 Box.jpg 6847 Space Dozer 47 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6848-1 Box.jpg 6848 Interplanetary Shuttle 50 Red Classic Spaceman 1985
6849 Box.jpg 6849 Satellite Patroller 39 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1987
6861 Box.jpg 6861 X-1 Patrol Craft 53 Red Classic Spaceman Flag-US.png $3.99 1980
6870 Box.jpg 6870 Space Probe Launcher 52 Red Classic Spaceman 1981
6871 Box.jpg 6871 Star-Patrol Launcher 66 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1984
6872-1 Box.jpg 6872 Lunar Patrol Craft 85 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6874 Box.jpg 6874 Moon Rover 63 Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1986
6880 Box.jpg 6880 Surface Explorer 80 Yellow Classic Spaceman Flag-US.png $7.50 1982
6881 Box.jpg 6881 Lunar Rocket Launcher 94 White Classic Spaceman 1984
6882 Box.jpg 6882 Walking Astro Grappler 86 Black Classic Spaceman 1985
6883 Box.jpg 6883 Terrestrial Rover 99 White Classic Spaceman 1987
6890 Box.jpg 6890 Cosmic Cruiser 111 Red Classic Spaceman Flag-US.png $11.00 1982
6891 Box.jpg 6891 Gamma-V Laser Craft 132 Black Classic Spaceman
Robot
1985
6892 Box.jpg 6892 Modular Space Transport 141 Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1986
6901-1 Box.jpg 6901 Mobile Lab 135 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1980
6926 Box.jpg 6926 Mobile Recovery Vehicle 147 Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1986
6927 Box.jpg 6927 All-Terrain Vehicle 167 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Flag-US.png $14.50 1981
6928 Box.jpg 6928 Uranium Search Vehicle 196 Black Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1984
6929 Box.jpg 6929 Starfleet Voyager 243 Red Classic Spaceman Flag-US.png $15.00 1981
6930 Box.jpg 6930 Space Supply Station 200 Red Classic Spaceman (2)
Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)
1983
6931 Box.jpg 6931 FX-Star Patroller 218 Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6940 Alien Moon Stalker.jpg 6940 Alien Moon Stalker 259 Blue Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
1986
6950 Box.jpg 6950 Mobile Rocket Transport 202 Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1982
6951 Box.jpg 6951 Robot Command Centre 278 Black Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1984
6952 Solar Power Transporter.jpg 6952 Solar Power Transporter 299 Black Classic Spaceman
Blue Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1985
6970 Box.jpg 6970 Beta-1 Command Base 254 Red Classic Spaceman (2)
White Classic Spaceman (2)
Flag-US.png $36.99 1980
6971 Box.jpg 6971 Intergalactic Command Base 312 Black Classic Spaceman
Blue Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1984
6972 Box.jpg 6972 Polaris-I Space Lab 386 Blue Classic Spaceman (3) 1987
6980 Box.jpg 6980 Galaxy Commander 427 Red Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)
White Classic Spaceman (2)
1983
6985 Box.jpg 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager 400 Black Classic Spaceman
Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
Yellow Classic Spaceman
1986
885 Space Scooter.jpg 885 Space Scooter 19 Red Classic Spaceman 1978
886 Space Buggy.jpg 886 Space Buggy 23 White Classic Spaceman 1979
889 Box.jpg 889 Radar Truck 23 Red Classic Spaceman 1979
891 Two-Man Scooter.jpg 891 Two-Man Scooter 35 White Classic Spaceman 1979
894 Box.jpg 894 Tracking Station 65 White Classic Spaceman 1979
897 Box.jpg 897 Launcher 60 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1978
918 Space Transport.jpg 918 Space Transport 85 Red Classic Spaceman 1978
920-2-1.jpg 920 Launch Pad 170 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman (2)
1979
924 Box.jpg 924 Transporter 155 Red Classic Spaceman
White Classic Spaceman
1979
926 Command Centre.jpg 926 Command Centre 161 Red Classic Spaceman (2)
White Classic Spaceman (2)
1979
928 Galaxy Explorer.jpg 928 Galaxy Explorer 325 Red Classic Spaceman (2)
White Classic Spaceman (2)
1979

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Facts about "Classic Space"
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