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We all know that space and LEGO(R)(and I'm too lazy to make that official) have a long history together. From classic space through Blacktron and Mars mission, we have each come to love one or more. My all time favorite was the old Mission to Mars sets. What was yours?
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| February 14, 2009, 9:53 pm
oooh, tough one, I have profoundly enjoyed building each of the space sets seeing they are all sublime and unique. But, I must say that I agree with karta deraji, the old mars mission sets were the best. They came from the time the lego company was GOOD (I,m not saying it's bad now, it was just better then) I mean, in this modern day, lego has gone to becoming mainly for making money. Before they primarily were just trying to make Lego (ooh funfact: lego comes from the greek word that means to rebuild, take apart and make something else.)I actually think Lego got a new CEO in, like 2004, or 2005. that's when legostarted comercialy advertising and started changing most of the kits. Infact the mindstorm kits changed quite a bit. The mars mission died out (endvy this)and soon... lego was becoming more and more and more and more and ect. like megablocks. they invented new peices later in 2007, and started using decals ALOT. I've always feared that the Lego&reg would change to inventing new peices than to using the ones they already have. (Oops, got off topic...) Basicly what I'm saying is that lego is worse now than it was then, because they are trying to lure in more individuals to get legos, when basicly, if you don't start building lego when your like 3,4,or 5 than oyu may bnever be a great builder. soon more and more lego builders that can't build well will be on mocpages... huh... The future of lego is very vague...
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| February 15, 2009, 8:27 am
No offence, but the best Lego Space series are old, now... Even Spyrius (by example),released in 1994, was a cool range, but was far from being as cool as the "real" Space series from the 80's and beginning of the 90's, such as Blacktron, Classic Space, Futuron, Ice Planet, Space Police...
Anyway, I love everything which is Lego and related to space (even some Star Wars sets), but the glorious days were in the 80's: But this is only my opinion :-)

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| February 15, 2009, 9:43 am
Quoting Crimso Giger
No offence, but the best Lego Space series are old, now... Even Spyrius (by example),released in 1994, was a cool range, but was far from being as cool as the "real" Space series from the 80's and beginning of the 90's, such as Blacktron, Classic Space, Futuron, Ice Planet, Space Police...
Anyway, I love everything which is Lego and related to space (even some Star Wars sets), but the glorious days were in the 80's: But this is only my opinion :-)


Well if you say the eighties was the best time for lego what was the worst? The late nineties (mainly starwars) I disliked as well as modern lego because they now are inventing peices every year.
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| February 15, 2009, 2:56 pm
The worst time, in my opinion, was 2008. The star wars sets, while flashy, were some of the most unstable sets I've ever built. I still have no regrets for ripping apart my at-te.

Yeah, the 80's, from what I've heard (I'm only 16 years old!), were among the best. My friend had all of the blacktron sets, and I tried to buy them, but his mother gave them away. I LOVED those old sets. I wish I could still play with them. I guess space police 3 will have to do.
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| February 15, 2009, 3:13 pm
Quoting karta deraji
The worst time, in my opinion, was 2008. The star wars sets, while flashy, were some of the most unstable sets I've ever built. I still have no regrets for ripping apart my at-te.

Yeah, the 80's, from what I've heard (I'm only 16 years old!), were among the best. My friend had all of the blacktron sets, and I tried to buy them, but his mother gave them away. I LOVED those old sets. I wish I could still play with them. I guess space police 3 will have to do.


YES! I wasn't a huge fan of the 2008 star wars sets either! One of the worst times in star wars lego history. It's just another example of Lego's extreme advertising and money making campaign. I do dissagree with you on one thing karta deraji, I thought the AT-TE was ver stable... except for the front. It was at least more stable than the old AT-TE (by the way the old star wars II sets were amazing!)The magna guard fighter was also bad, fell apart to easily. Oh, i'm not that old either, so I don't know what the 80's was like. From old Lego&reg magazines that featured "the past history of Lego" I have seen that the sets looked awsome!
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| February 15, 2009, 3:58 pm
Quoting karta deraji
The worst time, in my opinion, was 2008. The star wars sets, while flashy, were some of the most unstable sets I've ever built. I still have no regrets for ripping apart my at-te.

Yeah, the 80's, from what I've heard (I'm only 16 years old!), were among the best. My friend had all of the blacktron sets, and I tried to buy them, but his mother gave them away. I LOVED those old sets. I wish I could still play with them. I guess space police 3 will have to do.


SW 2008 were not very good, I'm agree... I don't own many SW sets, to say the least... I've got only 4 or 5 sets. I loved the Imperial Shuttle and the TIE interceptor.

Most of the old space sets are available from Bricklink or Ebay, but it's true that most of the time, it's expensive, unfortunately...

I think you're right about SPIII : for what I've seen, it's a nice come-back to the golden age of space :)
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| February 15, 2009, 6:47 pm
Quoting Cupid Love

YES! I wasn't a huge fan of the 2008 star wars sets either! One of the worst times in star wars lego history. It's just another example of Lego's extreme advertising and money making campaign. I do dissagree with you on one thing karta deraji, I thought the AT-TE was ver stable... except for the front. It was at least more stable than the old AT-TE (by the way the old star wars II sets were amazing!)The magna guard fighter was also bad, fell apart to easily. Oh, i'm not that old either, so I don't know what the 80's was like. From old Lego&reg magazines that featured "the past history of Lego" I have seen that the sets looked awsome!


I guess you know this website ;-)

http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/space



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| February 15, 2009, 6:48 pm
Quoting Cupid Love

YES! I wasn't a huge fan of the 2008 star wars sets either! One of the worst times in star wars lego history. It's just another example of Lego's extreme advertising and money making campaign. I do dissagree with you on one thing karta deraji, I thought the AT-TE was ver stable... except for the front. It was at least more stable than the old AT-TE (by the way the old star wars II sets were amazing!)The magna guard fighter was also bad, fell apart to easily. Oh, i'm not that old either, so I don't know what the 80's was like. From old Lego&reg magazines that featured "the past history of Lego" I have seen that the sets looked awsome!

My AT-TE had a cracked piece, which, to my dismay, buckled the whole thing in two. I was so frustrated with the thing that I took it apart. The parts are being used to renovate the back half of my republic gunship, which can be seen in my WIP folder.

In response to Crimso, yep, they look like a step in the right direction! I also like the return of the BIG ships. Have you noticed that there aren't many big sapcecraft in recent years? That's all about to change! I can't wait for those new canopies. My space police cruiser looks to have company in the coming months...
Does anyone know when they will officially come out? I have a load of birthday money to bleed off.
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| February 15, 2009, 7:20 pm
Quoting Cupid Love
oooh, tough one, I have profoundly enjoyed building each of the space sets seeing they are all sublime and unique. But, I must say that I agree with karta deraji, the old mars mission sets were the best. They came from the time the lego company was GOOD (I,m not saying it's bad now, it was just better then) I mean, in this modern day, lego has gone to becoming mainly for making money. Before they primarily were just trying to make Lego (ooh funfact: lego comes from the greek word that means to rebuild, take apart and make something else.)I actually think Lego got a new CEO in, like 2004, or 2005. that's when legostarted comercialy advertising and started changing most of the kits. Infact the mindstorm kits changed quite a bit. The mars mission died out (endvy this)and soon... lego was becoming more and more and more and more and ect. like megablocks. they invented new peices later in 2007, and started using decals ALOT. I've always feared that the Lego&reg would change to inventing new peices than to using the ones they already have. (Oops, got off topic...) Basicly what I'm saying is that lego is worse now than it was then, because they are trying to lure in more individuals to get legos, when basicly, if you don't start building lego when your like 3,4,or 5 than oyu may bnever be a great builder. soon more and more lego builders that can't build well will be on mocpages... huh... The future of lego is very vague...

I started building at age 12. I've only had 4 years of practice. I'd say I'm a good builder.

The future is looking a little brighter, what with them returning to making stuff up rather than using existing franchises.
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| February 15, 2009, 7:37 pm
Quoting karta deraji


In response to Crimso, yep, they look like a step in the right direction! I also like the return of the BIG ships. Have you noticed that there aren't many big sapcecraft in recent years? That's all about to change! I can't wait for those new canopies. My space police cruiser looks to have company in the coming months...
Does anyone know when they will officially come out? I have a load of birthday money to bleed off.


Yeah, I think I couldn't buy all the sets unfortunately, but I'll try to buy the big one, mainly for the awesome canopy.

I think it will be released for august 2009 :)


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| February 16, 2009, 4:12 am
Quoting karta deraji
I started building at age 12. I've only had 4 years of practice. I'd say I'm a good builder.

The future is looking a little brighter, what with them returning to making stuff up rather than using existing franchises.



I hope the future of lego is brighter! I'm beginning to doubt it though because SW is still going strong with the clone wars theme :(

the only lego that still builds as if it were "the golden age of lego" is city. They barely advertise and are still mainly about building... maybe if they keep it up then Lego will be saved. The future of lego primarily depends on all the new sets that will be coming out, like space police. Hopefully, they will be sturdy, no broken peices (like your AT-TE) and will be more like city. I'm actually not a big fan of city, but at least they still arn't a huge money making campaign like star wars. I AM SICK OF THIS CLONE WARS! when will they save their reputations, make actual star wars legoes again! There making it sound like lego is only for small children.
Actually in late 07 when they first released the new star wars sets with those already made guns, and made the AT-ST (which was really stiff and bad) I actually had something telling me that it was going to get worse...
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| February 16, 2009, 6:55 am
Quoting Crimso Giger

Yeah, I think I couldn't buy all the sets unfortunately, but I'll try to buy the big one, mainly for the awesome canopy.

I think it will be released for august 2009 :)


I'm at least going to get two of them. I really, REALLY want that galaxy enforcer.

August, hmm? I can wait that long...
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| February 16, 2009, 4:25 pm
Quoting Cupid Love


I hope the future of lego is brighter! I'm beginning to doubt it though because SW is still going strong with the clone wars theme :(

the only lego that still builds as if it were "the golden age of lego" is city. They barely advertise and are still mainly about building... maybe if they keep it up then Lego will be saved. The future of lego primarily depends on all the new sets that will be coming out, like space police. Hopefully, they will be sturdy, no broken peices (like your AT-TE) and will be more like city. I'm actually not a big fan of city, but at least they still arn't a huge money making campaign like star wars. I AM SICK OF THIS CLONE WARS! when will they save their reputations, make actual star wars legoes again! There making it sound like lego is only for small children.
Actually in late 07 when they first released the new star wars sets with those already made guns, and made the AT-ST (which was really stiff and bad) I actually had something telling me that it was going to get worse...

Star Wars is a franchise, and in order to keep the series, the owner of the franchise decides who gets to build what. And the prices can be shot up just for fun. The one city set I bought was the plane. It was mainly for the engines, because I'm still trying to work those parts into models. And the other parts are HUGE, so what's a guy to do? Personally, it was better built than the AT-TE.
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| February 16, 2009, 4:29 pm
I said before... I am not a huge fan of city and only bought 3 of their legoes. Their plane, like you said was bad due to the fact it's peices are big. It also had engines that were... I'll be nice and say annoying. I just wish lego was like it was in the "golden ages"
when sets were cheap, and more fun to build. They also had better peices (more lego freindly)

actually dickens quote sum those times up quite nicely:

"Those were drinking days, and most men drank hard"

Ohh wait another of his quotes sums it up:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of wisdom, it was an age of foolishness..."

Another of his quotes somes lego up now:

"the leprosy of unreality disigured" or is disfiguring "every human creature to come in contact" with clone wars... I don't know why, I just have always hated clones...(but lego I will give credit they did do a pretty good job on them, not their best) the first veiw star wars I liked IV,V,VI,I but after...
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| February 16, 2009, 7:27 pm
I'm not as learned on the details of history of the various sets, but I'd have to agree that "classic" space (which im calling the sets that have the little ship and planet emblem on the minifigs) is great. I grew up with M-Tron and Ice Planet which I think are great subthemes and will always be some of my favorites. I would love to see TLG redo Ice Planet. Lastly, while I feel is was conceptually great but poorly executed in set design, is the Insectoid subtheme.
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| February 17, 2009, 10:25 pm
Quoting Cupid Love
I said before... I am not a huge fan of city and only bought 3 of their legoes. Their plane, like you said was bad due to the fact it's peices are big. It also had engines that were... I'll be nice and say annoying. I just wish lego was like it was in the "golden ages"
when sets were cheap, and more fun to build. They also had better peices (more lego freindly)


I'd have to agree with you there. Those engines are a little annoying. But I find that sticking a 2x2 engine block fills it up quite nicely. Half of an AT-TE turret can go up front, and BAM! You've got a decent space engine.

Big pieces have their perks, too. They cover up a lot of space, where normally I'd have to exhaust my plate collection to fill in gaps. I'm actually planning a new model, which will be based off of those aircraft pieces. I'm trying to empty my bins before space police comes out.

That wing on the aircraft, though, is hideous in size. I'm sick of it. I haven't been able to fit it into anything!

For the engine parts, I started my DE series. They are all currently used up. I have three ships; one of which has not been posted.
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| February 18, 2009, 4:37 pm
Make a huge aircraft.

Get another of the wings.

Use the wings as tailplanes.

Problem fixed.
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| February 18, 2009, 5:08 pm
Quoting Areetsa C
Make a huge aircraft.

Get another of the wings.

Use the wings as tailplanes.

Problem fixed.

Honestly, one of them almost made it into a MoC. But then the connections undid themselves of their own accord, and the whole thing disentegrated.

That was with one. Imagine what could happen if I had two! No, if I can't find a use for the FIRST one, I won't even consider the grotesque, wildly abstract concept of getting another.

That, AND I suffer from the same thing Shannon Y. has. I have just enough patience to build medium sized vehicles at most, and I don't do that often. And I have no idea where I'd put it in my room once it was done!

But what the heck, I'll give it a shot some day.
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| February 18, 2009, 9:59 pm
I was thinking to get another of the blue tail peice and slant the tails so they're like shuttle wings.... it would make a nice medium sized space air craft. hmmm, maybe I'll try it. As for the more prodigous wings, I don't know...I guess you could use the peices you didn't use to make a boring private jet... The ceiling peices make good armor for space tanks and robotoids...
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| February 19, 2009, 6:53 am
I'm actually in the process of getting a 6x8 tinted canopy. I'm going to try to make an AXS t2 police version.

Maybe I could use that wing piece in another upcoming MoC...
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| February 19, 2009, 4:21 pm
Quoting karta deraji
I'm actually in the process of getting a 6x8 tinted canopy. I'm going to try to make an AXS t2 police version.

Maybe I could use that wing piece in another upcoming MoC...



good for you, hope forward to seeing it. But what about the wind sheild nose peice? actually, if you got two you could make an awkward blimp thing... boy, so many possibilities with TWO! I only have one! ...sigh those planes don't even sell in stores anymore... you can get them on amazon and ebay htough for like 300$, and I won't spend my money on another!...
sigh... I guess I should just keep it built, no reason to take it apart... It will stare at me forever... What other lego parts were like these and you couldn't think what to do with them? I'm just curios, I want a part that can really stump me on how to use it.

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| February 19, 2009, 5:43 pm
Quoting Cupid Love


good for you, hope forward to seeing it. But what about the wind sheild nose peice? actually, if you got two you could make an awkward blimp thing... boy, so many possibilities with TWO! I only have one! ...sigh those planes don't even sell in stores anymore... you can get them on amazon and ebay htough for like 300$, and I won't spend my money on another!...
sigh... I guess I should just keep it built, no reason to take it apart... It will stare at me forever... What other lego parts were like these and you couldn't think what to do with them? I'm just curios, I want a part that can really stump me on how to use it.

It's not so much how to use the pieces. I have several ideas to use them. It's getting it to look right while giving it a firm connection.

For the longest time, I couldn't figure out how to use those exo force parts. They didn't fit into anything I built. Finally, they all came together in my AXS t2.

I got a piece I can't use: the old mars mission shuttle canopy. Every model I've made with it never comes out right.
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| February 19, 2009, 7:20 pm
Quoting karta deraji
It's not so much how to use the pieces. I have several ideas to use them. It's getting it to look right while giving it a firm connection.

For the longest time, I couldn't figure out how to use those exo force parts. They didn't fit into anything I built. Finally, they all came together in my AXS t2.

I got a piece I can't use: the old mars mission shuttle canopy. Every model I've made with it never comes out right.

Well, the exo force parts... I ALWAYS had a use for them, they make good armor for space vehicles, like you did with your AXS t2.
The old mars mission canopy though... I'm forgetting it, other lego parts are blocking it right now, can you explain it more? I think I know what your talking about but I am not sure...
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| February 20, 2009, 7:12 am
Quoting Cupid Love
Well, the exo force parts... I ALWAYS had a use for them, they make good armor for space vehicles, like you did with your AXS t2.
The old mars mission canopy though... I'm forgetting it, other lego parts are blocking it right now, can you explain it more? I think I know what your talking about but I am not sure...

Remember, if you will, the huge space shuttle, with the split dorsal fin, and the solar hangar in the middle? It broke up into three sections. It also had a small rover in the hangar in the center.
The canopy piece dominated the front of the model. It was painted over to make it look like it had a small windsheild. It's 6x8, but the front shrinks to only 4 studs wide. Does this help?
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| February 20, 2009, 11:03 am
But this is getting off topic. We need to start a new conversation to discuss this further.
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| February 20, 2009, 11:57 pm
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