There is something timeless about the 1980’s Space themed Lego sets. Also known as Classic Space. The grey, blue, black, and yellow colors combine perfectly. This was a time when Lego space focused on exploration for its general theme. No wars here. The worst that could happen is the Minifigures would get into fights with megaphones.
Lego builder Billy Burg has taken the Classic Space theme and brought it up to current Lego standards. These MOCs are simple looking, but are carefully put together with popular SNOT techniques. No stray studs showing here. The Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost (LEGO) features the LL-1923 Spaceship, a Spacetruck, Speeder, Communications Satellite Dish, 2 Robot Drones, and a Robot Dog. All this equipment is operated by a team of 6 explorers. They are ready to find space gold on the moon.
“It’s essentially a recreation of the old classic space theme given a new twist, using modern building techniques, but keeping the ethos of the original theme: which to me is to fire up the imagination, have fun, play well, pretend you’re an astronaut and explore space! Very topical at the moment I feel.” — Billy Burg
Check out the Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost (LEGO), by Billy Burg, over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billyburg/28021772196/
The Crystal Voyager is ready to cruise across the moon in style. This space buggy is the creation of Flickr user Karf Oohlu. They found a great use for the various Lego clear spheres. Even the most obscure, and seemingly useless Lego piece can be used creatively with a little imagination. The tiny T. Rex style hands are a nice touch too. Perfect for taking samples of moon rocks. The Crystal Voyager is a great example of retro futurism, just make sure your classic Lego spaceman has a lot of Tang, and freeze-dried ice cream for his journey. Hey, maybe he is listening to Journey too.
You can find The Crystal Voyager, by Karf Oohlu, over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragon55/16522287665/
Have you ever thought that the Lego Minifigures are too small? Maybe they could be improved by making them 6 times larger? Well that is exactly what CrayonBricks did with their Classic Spaceman Blue build. This guy could easily be Benny’s big brother. The 6x scale Lego Man (can’t really call it a Minifigure) is fully posable, featuring all the movable joints as the smaller Minifig. This big guy even has the jetpack/air tanks on the back. What exactly are those intended to be anyway? I say jetpack. The only thing missing here is a broken helmet chin strap.
Check out this 6x Scale Posable Classic Lego Spaceman Blue over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/crayonbricks/15896782071/
“You cannot hide, Federation!”
If one Lego theme could sum up the 1980’s it would be Blacktron. Jeremy Williams has created the Alienator, a Neo-Blacktron reboot of official Alienator (6876) from 1988. The iconic black and yellow color scheme, the laser gridded star field, and the clunky design is all perfectly represented. The first thing to be updated were the swinging skies which are now four hydraulic legs. One of the best features of this walker is the hidden Pulse Generator hidden in the central body.
Check out this Lego Neo-Blacktron Alienator over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bricking-it/15175684850/
Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (70816) might be the most anticipated release based on The Lego Movie. It certainly has an awesome name. This ship comes in at 940 pieces at a $99.99 price tag. It should start showing up in stores in June (2014) and if your lucky it may already be there (UPDATE: Now on Amazon!) . This retro styled spaceship is a perfect modern recreation of that 1980’s nostalgia. This set has a lot of huge expectations, and most of them have been met.
New Elementary has received Benny’s Spaceship early, and has reviewed it with a focus on detail and parts. There are a lot of rare and updated versions of classic parts in this new set. The classic blue, grey and yellow color scheme has been preserved. The yellow trans pieces are especially nice, and while all of them have been updated from their 1980’s inspiration these updates have been improvements.
“It’s gorgeous and sleek and Spacers will feel like they’ve got several Christmases at once.”
One thing that reviews of Benny’s Spaceship have in common is how surprising the size of the set is. This thing is huge. The final build comes in at 64 studs long, which is equal to 2 of the normal sized baseplates.
The spaceship comes with 4 Minifigures, 1 Unikitty, and a few brick built robots. There is Robo Emmet, which is Emmets slick robot disguise. Wyldstyle in a spacesuit, including a cool blue hoodie piece. A Robo Pilot, with a Space Police color scheme. Unikitty is dressed up in a slick blue spacesuit and nicknamed Astrokitty. And, last but not least there is Benny.
Check out the full review of Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP (70816) over at New Elementary, there are detailed photos and a focus on parts information: http://www.newelementary.com/2014/05/bennys-neo-classic-space-ship.html
Benny’s Spaceship is now available on Amazon here: LEGO Movie 70816 Benny’s Spaceship
This Thing Actually Works?
Classic Pirates or Classic Space?
Benny played a pivotal role in the Lego Movie, and after retiring in his spaceship (I would like to think) went to celebrate with this Classic Spaceman statue. This little Lego vignette is the creation of Vanjey_Lego. I had no idea that the classic spaceman helmet came in grey, and it turns out to be a really rare piece from 1982! Thats not the only rare piece on display here…
Check out Benny’s Celebration over on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanjey/13166392633/
Legoland in Carlsbad, California has recently opened a new exhibit. Finn’s Basement, which is the actual set that was used in the filming of The Lego Movie. It is a massive set with almost every scene from The Lego Movie built in Lego. The whole set up is just like every kids (and adults) dream. A massive basement level Lego studio, with a whole collection of Lego spanning decades of collecting. Even though this is only a set, it is extremely awesome!
It appears that these photos were taken before the final exhibit was finished. In newer photos there is a plexiglass wall surrounding each set, making sure that hands stay away from all the hard work on display. The amount of work that went into building this set is staggering. A few poor souls are probably still recovering from calloused hands. The detailing involved in this set is amazing. With hand drawn signs, warning labels and posters which all appeared in The Lego Movie.
Finn’s Basement is organized into different sections. Each one representing a theme from the film. Represented are City, Castle, Wild West, Pirates, Space, Cloud Cuckoo, etc.
Based on the Classic Space section it looks like Benny got his spaceship! Spaceship!
Legoland California has a great exhibit here. Hopefully it will stick around for a long while.
Check out the full series from Finn’s Basement posted by ared22 over on Imgur: http://imgur.com/a/w3WB2
Lego and Roadshow Films recently shared a behind the scenes look at the new Lego Movie. Titled “Behind the Bricks’ this video is an amusingly animated look at the drama behind the upcoming film. These videos are always impressive because the amount of work it takes to animate a full 4 minutes of video must be insane. Everything about this movie just keeps getting better. Now I’m off to make my own Space Dog and Space Cat…
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