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Insectoids was a theme consisting of aliens known as Zotaxians and their Droids. The Zotaxians owned vehicles called Insectoids that were insect-like in appearance. The theme lasted from 1998 to 1999.
It was also the last subtheme of Space that consisted of a single faction.
The Zotaxians fled their home planet of Zotax after a war with their "cruel leader" (it is not explained who this cruel leader is). They crash landed on the massive planet Holox, but the planet was too hostile on the surface for survival. They then tunneled underground, where they found an "inner world" full of wildlife and many areas, with an "inner sun". However, this inner world was home to large insects called "Bilgen Bugs", along with many other oversized creatures. To get past the Bilgen Bugs, the Zotaxians modified their vehicles to look like mechanical versions of the bugs (These were called Insectoids), and planted energy orbs, known as Voltstones, to harvest the energy of the inner sun. The Voltstones looked like the eggs of the Bilgen Bugs, but transparent neon-green in colour rather then dark green. They acted as batteries, capturing and storing the inner sun's energy over time, and were then picked back up by the Insectoid vehicles and taken to the surface. The bugs caught on to their trick, however, and attacked.
The theme's minifigures, the Zotaxians were primarily cybernetic, making them the second space theme to have cybernetic implants, and the third LEGO Space theme to have a female minifigure: Gypsy Moth, the queen of the Zotaxians. She was featured as the host of the 6th circuit in LEGO Racers.
Insectoids introduced many new parts, many of them insect shaped. They also introduced some parts in darker colours, using Trans Green in place of the Trans Neon Green, a colour which was more prevalent in Space. Their ships were insectlike, often having wings or insect-style "eyes". The names of these ships are also insectlike (except for the Arachnoid Star Base, because arachnids are not insects). They made use of a Light and Sound piece unique to the theme, which had three buttons for three different sounds, along with a light-up section which would light up when the buttons were pressed.
Many vehicles had magnets to pick up the Voltstones (whose stickers were magnetic).
|Image||Item number||Set||Number of pieces||Minifigures||Price||Release|
|2490||Insectoids Value Pack||167||3||1998|
|2965||Hornet Scout||73||Gypsy Moth, Gigabot||$8.00||1998|
|3071||Light Flyer||19||Insectoid Droid||1999|
|6837||Cosmic Creeper||55||Danny Longlegs||$7.99||1998|
|6905||Bi-Wing Blaster||114||Zotaxian, Gigabot||$15.00||1998|
|6907||Sonic Stinger||96||Gypsy Moth||$19.99||1998|
|6909||Sonic Stinger||97||Gypsy Moth||$19.99||1998|
|6919||Planetary Prowler||250||Zotaxian, Gigabot||$34.99||1998|
|6942||Space Sled||21||Danny Longlegs||1999|
|6943||Speed Sled||21||Danny Longlegs||1999|
|6969||Celestial Stinger||258||Zotaxian, Gigabot (2)||$50.00||1998|
|6977||Arachnoid Star Base||433||Danny Longlegs (Two), Gigabot (Two)||$79.99||1998|