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Classic Space
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Years:

1978-1988

Subtheme of

Space

Related themes:

Classic Castle
Futuron
Blacktron
The LEGO Movie
Mars Mission
Galaxy Squad


Classic Space is an unofficial theme in the strict sense, but rather a term that refers to the Space sets that were released before 1987, and shared some common characteristics that set them apart from the following Space sets. Most importantly, all Classic Space Minifigures featured the old visorless helmets, which were eventually phased out in favor of newer helmets with movable visors in 1987. There were also no truly different factions as in the time after 1987. All astronauts of Classic Space were peaceful explorers, and there were no antagonistic groups. The larger flying craft of the Classic Space sets all featured a brick with their set number on it.

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

Overview

Classic Space 1979

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 colours cheme 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

Space Police Classic Space Statue

The statue of a Classic Space astronaut that appeared in 5974 Galactic Enforcer.

  • A minifigure statue included in 5974 Galactic Enforcer 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 55000 LEGO Universe, completing all the Crux Prime Achiever missions awards the player with a black Classic Space Torso.
  • The LEGO Movie features a character named Benny, who is a 1980s-style Space astronaut with a cracked helmet and a faded Torso.

Vehicles and facilities

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

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
0012 Space Mini-Figures 0012  Space Mini-Figures  10  Red Classic Spaceman (2)     1979 
0013 Space Minifigures 0013  Space Mini-Figures    White Classic Spaceman (2)     1979 
0014 Space Minifigures 0014  Space Mini-Figures    Yellow Classic Spaceman     1979 
0015 Space Mini-Figures 0015  Space Mini-Figures  18  Red Classic SpacemanYellow Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1979 
1498 Spy-Bot 1498  Spy-Bot  66       1987 
1499 Box 1499  Twin Starfire  85  Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)     1987 
1507 Space Value Pack 1507  Space Value Pack  89  Black Classic SpacemanRed Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1986 
1510 1510  Unnamed Bonus Pack  151  Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)     1987 
1526 1526  Space Radar Buggy    Yellow Classic Spaceman     1986 (unreleased) 
1557 Box 1557  Space Scooter  25  Red Classic Spaceman     1986 
1558 Box 1558  Mobile Command Trailer  64  Black Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1986 
1580 Package 1580  Lunar Scout  67  Blue Classic Spaceman     1986 
1593 Lever Bros Space Set 1593  Lever Bros Space Set  313  Red Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1983 
1968 Box 1968  Space Express  177  Red Classic Spaceman     1985 
1969 1969  Space Value Pack  151  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
1977 1977  Space Value Pack  82  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1983 
No image 1983  Space Value Pack  97  Blue Classic SpacemanRed Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1984 
1999 1999  Space Value Pack  89  Yellow Classic SpacemanRed Classic Spaceman     1985 
305 Crater Plates 305  2 Crater Plates     $6.50  1979 
306 Space Landing Plates 306  Landing Plates       1979 
442 Box 442  Space Shuttle  35  White Classic Spaceman     1979 
452 Box 452  Mobile Tracking Station  65  White Classic Spaceman     1979 
453-1 453  Crater Plates       1979 
454-Lunar Landing Plates 454  Landing Plates       1979 
462 Box 462  Rocket Launcher  60  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1978 
483 Box 483  Alpha-1 Rocket Base  170  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman (2)     1979 
487 Box 487  Space Cruiser  155  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman   $10.00  1979 
493 Box 493  Space Command Center  161  Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)     1978 
497 Box 497  Galaxy Explorer  325  Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)   $32.00  1979 
5034-1 5034  Replacement Light & Sound 1x2 Lighting Brick with Coloured Globes       1987 
6702-Space Mini-Figures 6702  Space Mini-Figures  56  Black Classic SpacemanBlue Classic SpacemanRed Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman   $5.00  1986 
6750 Box 6750  Sonic Robot  103  Blue Classic SpacemanRed Classic Spaceman     1986 
6770 Futuron 6770  Lunar Transporter Patroller  118  Yellow Futuron Astronaut   $26.75  1988 
6780 Box 6780  XT Starship  201  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1986 
6783 Box 6783  Sonar Transmitting Cruiser  345  Red Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman   $50.00  1986 
6801 Box 6801  Rocket Sled  21  White Classic Spaceman     1981 
6802 Box 6802  Space Probe  20  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1986 
6803 Space Patrol 6803  Space Patrol  23  White Classic Spaceman     1983 
6804 Box 6804  Surface Rover  16  White Classic Spaceman     1984 
6805 Box 6805  Astro Dasher  26  Blue Classic Spaceman     1985 
6806 Box 6806  Surface Hopper    Red Classic Spaceman     1985 
6807-1 6807  Space Scooter with Robot  23  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
6808 Box 6808  Galaxy Trekkor  31  Blue Classic Spaceman     1987 
6809 Box 6809  XT-5 And Droid  37  Blue Classic Spaceman     1988 
6820 Starfire I 6820  Starfire I  32  Blue Classic Spaceman     1986 
6821 Box 6821  Shovel Buggy  32  White Classic Spaceman     1980 
6822 6822  Space Shuttle  32  Red Classic Spaceman     1981 
6823 Box 6823  Surface Transport  25  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1983 
6824 Box 6824  Space Dart-I  43  Blue Classic Spaceman     1984 
6825 Box 6825  Cosmic Comet  37  White Classic Spaceman     1985 
6826 Box 6826  Crater Crawler  26  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
6827 Box 6827  Strata Scooter  28  Blue Classic Spaceman     1987 
6841 6841  Mineral Detector  44  Red Classic Spaceman     1980 
6842 Box 6842  Shuttle Craft  44  Red Classic Spaceman     1981 
6844 Box 6844  Seismologic Vehicle  40  White Classic Spaceman     1983 
6845 Cosmic Charger 6845  Cosmic Charger  48  White Classic Spaceman     1986 
6846 Box 6846  Tri-Star Voyager  66  Red Classic Spaceman   $4.45  1984 
6847 Box 6847  Space Dozer  47  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
6848-1 Box 6848  Interplanetary Shuttle  50  Red Classic Spaceman     1985 
6849 Box 6849  Satellite Patroller  39  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1987 
6861 Box 6861  X-1 Patrol Craft  53  Red Classic Spaceman   $3.99  1980 
6870 Box 6870  Space Probe Launcher  52  Red Classic Spaceman     1981 
6871 Box 6871  Star-Patrol Launcher  66  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1984 
6872-1 Box 6872  Lunar Patrol Craft  85  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
6874 Box 6874  Moon Rover  63  Red Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1986 
6880 Box 6880  Surface Explorer  80  Yellow Classic Spaceman   $7.50  1982 
6881 Box 6881  Lunar Rocket Launcher  94  White Classic Spaceman     1984 
6882 Box 6882  Walking Astro Grappler  86  Black Classic Spaceman     1985 
6883 Box 6883  Terrestrial Rover  99  White Classic Spaceman     1987 
6890 Box 6890  Cosmic Cruiser  111  Red Classic Spaceman   $11.00  1982 
6891 Box 6891  Gamma-V Laser Craft  132  Black Classic Spaceman, Robot     1985 
6892 Box 6892  Modular Space Transport  141  Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)     1986 
6901-1 Box 6901  Mobile Lab  135  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1980 
6926 Box 6926  Mobile Recovery Vehicle  147  Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)     1986 
6927 Box 6927  All-Terrain Vehicle  167  Red Classic Spaceman (1) ,  White Classic Spaceman (1)   $14.50  1981 
6928 Box 6928  Uranium Search Vehicle  196  Black Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1984 
6929 Box 6929  Starfleet Voyager  243  Red Classic Spaceman   $15.00  1981 
6930 Box 6930  Space Supply Station  200  Red Classic Spaceman (2), Yellow Classic Spaceman (2)     1983 
6931 Box 6931  FX-Star Patroller  218  Yellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
6940 Alien Moon Stalker 6940  Alien Moon Stalker  259  Blue Classic SpacemanRed Classic Spaceman     1986 
6950 Box 6950  Mobile Rocket Transport  202  Yellow Classic Spaceman (x2)     1982 
6951 Box 6951  Robot Command Centre  278  Black Classic SpacemanRed Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1984 
6952 Solar Power Transporter 6952  Solar Power Transporter  299  Blue Classic SpacemanBlack Classic SpacemanWhite Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1985 
6970 Box 6970  Beta-1 Command Base  254  Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)   $36.99  1980 
6971 Box 6971  Intergalactic Command Base  312  Black Classic SpacemanBlue Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman     1984 
6972 Box 6972  Polaris-I Space Lab  386  Blue Classic Spaceman (3)     1987 
6980 Box 6980  Galaxy Commander  427  Red Classic SpacemanYellow Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)     1983 
6985 Box 6985  Cosmic Fleet Voyager  404       1986 
6990 Box 6990  Monorail Transport System  715  Blue Futuron Astronaut (2), Yellow Futuron Astronaut (3)   $155.00  1987 
6991 Box 6991  Monorail Transport Base  573  4   $178.00  1994 
885 Space Scooter 885  Space Scooter  19  Red Classic Spaceman     1978 
886 Space Buggy 886  Space Buggy  23  White Classic Spaceman     1979 
889 Box 889  Radar Truck  23  Red Classic Spaceman     1979 
891 Two-Man Scooter 891  Two-Man Scooter  35  White Classic Spaceman     1979 
894 Box 894  Tracking Station  65  White Classic Spaceman     1979 
897 Box 897  Launcher  60  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1978 
918 Space Transport 918  Space Transport  85  Red Classic Spaceman     1978 
920-2-1 920  Launch Pad  170  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman (x2)     1979 
924 Box 924  Transporter  155  Red Classic SpacemanWhite Classic Spaceman     1979 
926 Command Centre 926  Command Centre  161  Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)     1978 
928 Galaxy Explorer 928  Galaxy Explorer  325  Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)     1979 

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