So since I have watched The LEGO Movie I have been in love with the 1980s something space-guy, Benny. Apparently I’m not the only one. I have read on various social networking sites grown men and women admitting that they completely lost it when Benny was finally able to build a spaceship and he kept excitedly repeating; Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP! 🙂
I can hardly wait until the release of the #70816 The LEGO Movie Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (yes, that is the official name), and in the meantime I have been looking over images of the upcoming set, as well as pictures of the old LEGO Classic Space sets Benny’s ship is based on.
To be very honest with you I don’t think Benny’s Spaceship is the best LEGO ship ever, or that it even lives up to the legacy of the LEGO Classic Space sets (besides the color scheme). Yes, I will get it as soon as it gets released, but I’m already planning on how to modify it – which is of course totally in line with the spirit of The LEGO Movie, and I also know little Benny is going to help me out. 🙄
The most iconic LEGO Classic Space set is the #928 LEGO Galaxy Explorer released in 1979. There were also a couple of smaller ships designed in the same style and released the same year; the #918 LEGO Space Transport, and the #924 LEGO Space Cruiser. Many other sets came out of the LEGO Classic Space line all the way to 1986, when although the same logo remained, the color-scheme changed from gray & blue to white & blue. I don’t so much like the later sets, but the earlier ones are some of the best LEGO sets ever designed.
LEGO Classic Space is still a favorite of many LEGO fans both young and old, and is very much alive. Including Benny in The LEGO Movie is a touching commemoration of the original LEGO Space theme, and releasing an updated spaceship is making LEGO Classic Space fans dreams come true! I’m positive that Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! is going to be gobbled up as soon as it gets released. 😀
As I have mentioned though, I’m not particularly pleased with the design of Benny’s Spaceship. I don’t really like the elongated nose section and I find the details kind of messy at different sections. The LEGO Classic Space sets had that really pleasing delta shape and the lines were so much cleaner. I will see what I can do to bring that back once I get the set. Another thing to note is that LEGO Classic Space was strictly exploration based. There were no guns, only research instruments. On the other hand Benny’s Spaceship is fully armed with flick-fire missiles, the new spring-loaded missiles and giant cannons. How times have changed…
If you are interested in LEGO Classic Space designs, I highly recommend the book LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard. It is full of amazing LEGO Space creations in the spirit of LEGO Classic Space, and even includes instructions for some of the models. (Below is a beautiful updated rendition of the #928 LEGO Galaxy Explorer by Peter.) I have reviewed this book previously here: LEGO Book – LEGO Space: Building the Future
I’m not the only LEGO Classic Space fan who is just trying to keep busy doing something while waiting for Benny’s Spaceship to get released (come to think of it; it kind of makes us feel like Benny in the movie). For example several LEGO fans have tried to recreate the small ship that is visible in the background of The LEGO Movie poster with Benny (featured at the beginning of this post). Below is one that got it very close to the original by Peter Morris. The pilot has his helmet on backwards because he is embarrassed that his windshield is not the right color. 😕
Anyhow, I babbled on about my excitement for Benny’s Spaceship long enough, now it’s your turn; what do you think? Is this a set you are looking forward to? How do you like the design? Did you like Benny in The LEGO Movie? Are you a LEGO Classic Space fan? Feel free to share in the comment section below, and also check out the currently available The LEGO Movie sets at the Online LEGO Shop. 😉
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- The LEGO Movie Books & Guides
- The LEGO Movie Summer Sets?
- The LEGO Movie Sets – First Review!
- The LEGO Movie – More Updates & New Trailer!
- Unveiling of The LEGO Movie Sets!
- LEGO Collectible Minifigs Series 12 Details (The LEGO Movie minifigs)
- The LEGO Movie Video-Game, Sets & Minifigs
- The LEGO Movie – Coming to Theatres Soon! (first trailer)
- The LEGO Movie – Second Full Trailer!