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Arctic
Arctic
Years:

2000 (2003-2004)

Subtheme of:

Town

Related themes:

Arctic Action

Arctic is a Town subtheme that was centered around arctic exploration. Most of the sets were released in 2000 and discontinued during 2001. The theme comprised a total of ten sets. It briefly returned in 2003 and 2004 with a few gear sets.

Description

This is the first Town subtheme that involved arctic explorers. Although the basic subject had already been touched before by a Technic theme (Arctic Action) and a Space subtheme (Ice Planet 2002), this was the most realistic take on the subject in the LEGO universe. The sets featured several snow vehicles and a research station. The release of the theme fell directly into an era wherein LEGO sets showed an especially high intention for younger audiences, and thus many of the models had a very simplistic design. They tended to have larger parts, but less total parts. The Arctic sets were used extensively on the Arctic level of LEGO Racers 2, which has several bases, and almost all of the vehicles are drivable.

Arctic-2001
A catalog scene from 2001.

The background story behind the theme involved meteors that were falling to Earth in locations around the Arctic. The explorers tracked down the impact sites to collect these meteors, which were transparent hollow rock pieces that contained exotic alien creatures, such as transparent orange scorpions.

This theme was the first to feature translucent blue Rocks with Craters, minifigure hoods with fur lining, and minifigure snowshoes. Many of the sets also had the first Polar Bears and ice picks (1998 had them first).

Sets

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
4271453-1 4271453  Arctic Food Placemat - Blue       2004 
6520 Mobile Outpost 6520  Mobile Outpost  216  Scooter, Captain Ross   $30.00  2000 
6569 Polar Explorer 6569  Polar Explorer  76  Captain Ross (2)Polar Bear   $10.00  2000 
6570 6570  Snowmobile    Scooter     Would have been 2000 
6573 6573  Arctic Expedition  119  CosmoScooter   $14.99  2000 
6575 Box 6575  Polar Base  435  Captain RossScooterCosmoArctic MedicArctic PilotArctic Explorer   $59.99  2000 
6576-1 6576  Sledge    Captain RossCrystal     2000 
6577 Box 6577  Snow Scooter  20  Scooter   $2.00  2000 
6578 Polar Explorer 6578  Polar Explorer  21  Captain Ross     2000 
6579-1 6579  Ice Surfer  42  Scooter   $4.99  2000 
6586 6586  Polar Scout  56  Captain RossPolar Bear     2000 
6626 Snow Scooter 6626  Snowmobile  20  Scooter   $1.99  2000 

Minifigures

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