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Classic Space - Space Hopper
An unusual way of travelling across rough terrain.
About this creation


We all know that many day to day objects were invented during the "Space Race". These included Gore-tex clothing and non-stick frying pans. Children also benefitted, as the "Space Hopper" toy was derived from an unusual transport of the Classic Space era.



The Space Hopper had an elastic, inflated ball on which it could bounce over the rough terrain and craters found on the moons and planets of Classic Space. The low gravity on the moon allowed wide craters to be leaped over in a single bound.



The Space Hopper was steered with twin fins and propelled by two small engines. Strangely, there was also a blue, square brick at the back, which could be pushed by a giant finger.



The main disadvantage with the Space Hopper was that all of the bouncing around soon made pilots feel very sick. Journeys were often slow, as the pilot would have to stop and empty the vomit from his space suit at regular intervals.



The Space Hopper was equipped with various instruments and the normal Classic Space steering wheel.



The space inside the ball provided a hangar for a remote controlled rover.



The rover was covered with cameras and sensors for exploring environments which were too hazardous for spacemen. Unfortunately the sensitive electronics in the rover were often shaken to pieces by all of the bouncing around on the journey to the exploration zone.



The hangar could be lit up by a red light, activated by pressing the big, square,blue button on the back of the ball. This was quite tricky for the mini-fig sized pilots to do.

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Just in case you're too young to have had a space hopper, here are some examples. Mine was actually blue, though they were normally orange.




Comments

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  November 16, 2012
awesome one! vary Classic looking!
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  November 5, 2012
Wow, that's so 80s! :-)) A great combination of two classic designs, it really made me smile! Great job! :-))
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Eric Landreneau I'd totally travel by space hopper. Where do I sign up? Great, goofy build. Glad you put the pix at the end - I was a little slow getting what you were going for. But I finally caught on and had myself a giggle.
Glad you enjoyed the MOC! Erm, before you volunteer to fly one of these, have a close look and you'll see there's no seat belt. Another problem which Space Hopper pilots suffered from was being bounced out of the cockpit onto the floor and then being crushed by the big blue bouncy ball. Just thought that I'd better warn you first! :)
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  November 4, 2012
I'd totally travel by space hopper. Where do I sign up? Great, goofy build. Glad you put the pix at the end - I was a little slow getting what you were going for. But I finally caught on and had myself a giggle.
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  November 2, 2012
Neat spacecraft! The balls are a nice touch...
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  November 2, 2012
Nice spacecraft. The orange and blue things are neat!
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  October 30, 2012
Hilarious as usual but I especially like the Rover and its little compartment.
David Roberts
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Chris Melby
  October 29, 2012
very nice!
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  October 29, 2012
I loved Skippy ballen!
David Roberts
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White Knight
  October 28, 2012
Classic Space Lego is surely a `favourite thing`.....Great Space Hopper, rather unique, so good !>.....well done
  October 28, 2012
I LIKE IT!
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  October 28, 2012
This is great, from the greebled up cockpit section to the cargo bay and everything in between.
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  October 28, 2012
This is awesome! You really make me miss my Classic Space sets!
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  October 28, 2012
Cool build! Like the rover!
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  October 28, 2012
The remote controlled rover was a surprise! Awesome!
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  October 28, 2012
Haha, very clever concept and writeup! Wish they had those things around when I was four! :P
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting Daniel Calleri David - a great classic build. Internal rover is a great addition. And since we seem to be gathering a list of space race items let's add mylar.
Thank you! I couldn't leave all of that empty space inside, so I had to build the rover. Making the door hinges work was tricky. Mylar! Another thing from the space race: I'm learning loads from this MOC. It's great fun :)
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  October 28, 2012
Wow, great idea, very well built. A very original MOC, I like it a lot.
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  October 28, 2012
David - a great classic build. Internal rover is a great addition. And since we seem to be gathering a list of space race items let's add mylar.
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! You forgot Tang...Anyway, really cool build here, Dude, especially with that rover inside. Wicked!
Thank you! I did Leave out "Tang"! You can't buy it in Britain but I've had it in Chile & Argentina. It's great stuff to mix in your water bottle when you're having to melt snow on expeditions. Until your comment I didn't know that it had been drunk in space.
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  October 28, 2012
You forgot Tang...Anyway, really cool build here, Dude, especially with that rover inside. Wicked!
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  October 28, 2012
Lol, very cool idea! Very nicely built, too. Nice greeblies and rovers and such- all necessities in Classic Space.
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) Delightful vehicle! And I love all your backdrops too! :)
Thank you! I'm afraid that I don't make the backdrops myself, they're free wallpapers that I've found on the interweb.
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  October 28, 2012
Delightful vehicle! And I love all your backdrops too! :)
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  October 28, 2012
very cute moc!! good & nice photo!! great work!! please comment my new Moc: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/344900
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  October 28, 2012
Great build. I like the rover/probe.
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  October 28, 2012
More fun than anything with wheels! Marvellous!
  October 28, 2012
Haha! I think you'd still be able to buy a new classic space hopper today, if you looked in the right place :)
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  October 28, 2012
Cool & cute :)
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Very clever idea! Love the detail, that mini rover is spectacular, worthy of its own page! Love the write up, too. I had one of the classic orange space hoppers, but that was only 10 years ago..
Thank you! I thought that space hoppers were a toy of just 70s & 80s. MOCpages is educational too!
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith Fun retro pod. Possibly the least practical form of transport (if you can call space hopping transport) made to look strangely practical. I wish I had some of these tail fins still intact - I hear Bricklink calling.
The idea of this made me giggle, so I had to build it! Those old tail fins are were quite fragile. The one from my LL918 broke decades ago when I trod on it :(
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  October 28, 2012
Very clever idea! Love the detail, that mini rover is spectacular, worthy of its own page! Love the write up, too. I had one of the classic orange space hoppers, but that was only 10 years ago..
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  October 28, 2012
Fun retro pod. Possibly the least practical form of transport (if you can call space hopping transport) made to look strangely practical. I wish I had some of these tail fins still intact - I hear Bricklink calling.
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  October 28, 2012
very interesting vehicle concept
 
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