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M-Tron
Theme-mtron
Release years:

19901991, 1993

Main theme:

Space

Colour scheme:
solid:
transparent:
Concurrent faction(s):

Futuron
Blacktron
Space Police I
Blacktron Future Generation
Space Police II

M:Tron is a subtheme of the LEGO Space theme and started after Futuron in 1990 and lasted until 1993 along with Blacktron.

Overview

M-Tron-1991

A large M:Tron presence in a catalog from 1991.

In an effort to increase interactivity, LEGO introduced magnets in the next Space theme, M:Tron, who took over the "civilian" role of the Futuron space races. Vehicles in this set, distinctive for their red hulls, gray trim and neon-green canopies, are devoted primarily to mining out precious ores. They often featured crane-like attachments with magnets for picking up small cargo and storage boxes. These boxes, unfortunately, were generally not interchangeable.

M:Tron was the first major Space theme that did not include a base of any kind; all sets were vehicles.

1992 USA BTRON MTRON SPII

M:Tron was also the last space theme to carry the LEGOLAND banner. LEGO System was the name used starting in 1992.

The most popular sets included the Stellar Recon Voyager and Mega Core Magnetizer. The Mega Core Magnetizer was the M:Tron's mobile base, that served as a home, repair station, and launching/landing center.

Features

Red and black bricks is what defined the M:Tron. The transparent windshields and windows were trans-neon green.

M:Tron was the first theme to use magnets in their sets to hold containers, vehicles and parts together.

The minifigures shared the exact same uniform - white legs, red torso with an M logo, white arms, and a black helmet with trans-neon green visor. The M:Tron also had robots, most notably in the Particle Ioniser.

Many of the spaceships and vehicles carried smaller land or air based craft. Mainly of the four wheeled vehicles had a magnet on it to allow for attachment and pickup with a bigger M:Tron spaceship or vehicle.

The M:Tron, along with the Blacktron, showed weapons only in the form of vehicle based or the "loud-hailer" utensil parts.

Backstory

The M:Tron were depicted as a civilian nomadic style of minifigs searching for the trans-neon green 1x1 rounds. The M:Tron were fairly peaceful except when encountering their opposite the Blacktron Future Generation theme as depicted in this 1991 catalog picture.

The M:Tron had no base units, only large space ships such as the 6956 Stellar Recon Voyager and 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer.

Sets

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
1478 Mobile Satellite Uplink 1478  Mobile Satellite Up-Link  31  M-Tron Astronaut     1991 
6704-1 6704  Space Mini Figures  44  Blacktron AstronautBlacktron Future Generation Astronaut (2), Space Police I OfficerM-Tron Jetpack AstronautM-Tron Astronaut     1991 
6811 Box 6811  Pulsar Charger  25  M-Tron Astronaut   $3.00  1990 
6833 Box 6833  Beacon Tracer  38  M-Tron Astronaut   $3.00  1990 
SSV 6862  Secret Space Voyager  300  M-Tron Astronaut (x3)     1991 
6877 Box 6877  Vector Detector  62  M-Tron Astronaut     1990 
6896 Box 6896  Celestial Forager  87  M-Tron Astronaut     1990 
6923 Box 6923  Particle Ionizer  187  M-Tron AstronautM-Tron Robot   $24.00  1990 
6965 Box 6956  Stellar Recon Voyager  221  M-Tron Astronaut(x2)   $36.00  1990 
6989 Box 6989  Mega Core Magnetizer  486  M-Tron Astronaut (x3)   $59.99  1990 
Pocketmtron M-Tron  Pocket Clip  10  M-Tron Astronaut   $5.99  1991 

Minifigures

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