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In the original Aquazone line, the heroic Aquanaut miners fought against the villainous Aquasharks and their leader Thresher for control of the crystal mines. The Aquanauts were a group of miners based at the Neptune Discovery Lab, who utillised submarines and submersibles of all shapes and sizes to look for Hydrolator crystals, presumably to make oxygen, or to sell.
The yellow base colour of the subs and the bowl-shaped cockpit pieces gave the Aquanauts a rather realistic appearance that was close to actual mini submarines. However, the second wave in 1996 brought a vessel that featured wheels.
There are three Aquanaut minifigures, Jock Clouseau, the Diver and the Technician. All have standard black sleeves, zipped and belted suit with logo, white hips and blue legs. Also the standard top is the Aquanaut white diver suit, with built in propellor. Most have flippers and 2 knives as standard.
- The Commander or Jock Clouseau has a head with freckles and a red headband with the letter C in the middle. They are usually in the drivers seat in subs, and have Trans-blue visors.
- The Technician has a 'radio' head, with microphone, and a black visor.
- The Diver has a head with ginger hair and green sunglasses. Black visor.
New or exclusive pieces
With the Aquanaut range came all sorts of new pieces, most notably the printed control panels and hinged panels, as pictured below. The Large Transparent Blue Dome is thought to be a new piece for Aquazone too. Many fans were pleased the panels were printed and did not rely on stickers.
One of the most important pieces introduced, in Aquazone, both for Aquazone and many other themes, was Part 52. These were Silver Crystals, which have been used in a large number or themes (and all of the Aquazone subthemes), ranging from Rock Raiders in 1999 to Power Miners in 2009.
|Image||Item number||Set||Number of pieces||Minifigures||Price||Release|
|1822||Sea Claw 7||192||Aquanaut (2)||$20.00||1995|
|6104||Aquacessories / Aquanauts & Aquasharks||20||2||$3.00||1996|
|6125||Sea Sprint 9 / Aquanaut Octopod||28||1 Aquanaut||$4.00||1995|
|6175||Crystal Explorer Sub / Aquanaut DSRV II||160||2||$33.00||1995|
|6195||Neptune Discovery Lab / Aqua Dome 7||495||4||$88.99||1995|
|Aquanauts||Minifigure Pocket Clip||1||Aquanaut||1992|
- Other appearances
The set 6494 Mystic Mountain Time Lab included an Aquanaut helmet assembly.