Since the release of The LEGO Movie there has been a huge revival of LEGO Classic Space. And not just LEGO blogs and forums are reaching back in time to LEGO Classic Space, but even more so people who haven’t touched LEGO for decades or are just now discovering LEGO Classic Space the first time. There is something magical about these sets. 🙂
I have seen on popular social websites like Facebook, Google+, Reddit, etc, people excitedly sharing stories of digging out their childhood LEGO sets or asking for help with trying to rebuild their old collection. And it is not just those who grew up with these sets who appreciate them. A lot of the younger generation also got interested in LEGO Classic Space. Whether this is due to the influence of their parents, or the contagious enthusiasm of little Benny from The LEGO Movie, or just because LEGO Classic Space is just plain awesome with a timeless appeal, I don’t know, but the fact remains that right now LEGO Classic Space is hot – very hot. 😀
If you are not familiar with LEGO Classic Space but would like to learn more about it, or you grew up with the sets and would like to re-live some old memories, one of the best ways to learn about LEGO Classic Space is through JANGBRiCK’s YouTube channel. JANG is one of my most favorite LEGO set reviewers, and he recently really got into LEGO Classic Space; meticulously researching, acquiring and rebuilding old sets, and reviewing and showcasing them on his channel. I learned quite a bit from his LEGO Classic Space videos about the history of these great sets.
I’m embedding here JANGBRiCK’s YouTube playlist dedicated to LEGO Classic Space sets. There are something like 40 videos in the series, so you will have lots to check out. They will play one after another if you would like to watch them all, or use the drop-down list on the left of the video-player to navigate to the videos you would like to see. Some of my favorite videos in the series are comparing the old style LEGO Space helmets with the new ones (including Benny’s broken helmet), looking at the whole fleet of LEGO Classic Space ships, and also showcasing JANG’s entire collection of LEGO Classic Space sets. And there are also individual set reviews.
If you are interested in LEGO Classic Space I’m sure you already know that Benny’s Spaceship from The LEGO Movie is going to be released later this year (see links at the end of this post). Although not exactly like the original LEGO Classic Space ships, Benny’s spaceship is definitely a wonderful tribute to the old theme both in style and color. And we just talked about the upcoming LEGO CUUSOO Exo Suit set the other day, which is also going to be tied in with LEGO Classic Space. If I were LEGO, I would release even more – riding on the wave of popularity! But even if we only get those two sets these are good times for LEGO Classic Space fans!
And if you would like to acquire the original LEGO Classic Space sets, eBay is your best friend. Right now LEGO Classic Space is very popular, so expect a bidding-war on the most popular sets, but you can also find some good deals on both old sets and minifigs. LEGO Classic Space usually refers to the blue and gray (and later blue and white) sets from the ’80s with the LEGO Classic Space logo, but also don’t forget about some of the other iconic old LEGO Space sets like Futuron from the late ’80s, Blacktron from the late ’80s and early ’90s, M:Tron from the early ’90s, Unitron and Exploriens from the mid ’90s, and even Ice Planet, RoboForce, Insectoids, and Space Police I & II from the late ’90s. Check eBay listings here: LEGO Classic Space Sets & Minifigures on eBay
One of the nice things about LEGO Classic Space is that it is not always conflict-based like today’s LEGO Space sets. There was a lot of exploration and research going on, although I have read that LEGO designers always tried to sneak in some covert guns and shooting abilities even when this was against company policy. The fact is that blowing up badguys and stuff is fun… for whatever reason… I’m not a psychologist…
What do you think? Do you prefer the old LEGO Space sets or the new ones? Or do you like them both? Do you own any LEGO Classic Space sets? Are you planning to get some? Or do you prefer to get Benny’s Spaceship and whatever other LEGO Classic Space inspired sets LEGO is going to release? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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