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Aquanauts
Aquanauts-Logo
Release years:

1995, 1996

Main theme:

Aquazone

Colour scheme:
solid:
transparent:
Concurrent faction(s):

Aquasharks

The Aquanauts are one of the two factions that appeared with the introduction of Aquazone in 1995.

The Hydronauts from 1998 were called Aquanauts outside the US.

Details

In the original Aquazone line, the heroic Aquanaut miners fought against the villainous Aquasharks and their leader Thresher for control of the crystal mines. The Aquanauts were a group of miners based at the Neptune Discovery Lab, who utillised submarines and submersibles of all shapes and sizes to look for Hydrolator crystals, presumably to make oxygen, or to sell.

The yellow base colour of the subs and the bowl-shaped cockpit pieces gave the Aquanauts a rather realistic appearance that was close to actual mini submarines. However, the second wave in 1996 brought a vessel that featured wheels.

Aquanaut Minifigures

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An Aquanaut Commander Minifig

There are three Aquanaut minifigures, Jock Clouseau, the Diver and the Technician. All have standard black sleeves, zipped and belted suit with logo, white hips and blue legs. Also the standard top is the Aquanaut white diver suit, with built in propellor. Most have flippers and 2 knives as standard.

  • The Commander or Jock Clouseau has a head with freckles and a red headband with the letter C in the middle. They are usually in the drivers seat in subs, and have Trans-blue visors.
  • The Technician has a 'radio' head, with microphone, and a black visor.
  • The Diver has a head with ginger hair and green sunglasses. Black visor.

Gallery

6195 Aquanaut Blue
6195 Aquanaut Black
6195 Aquanaut Blue 2
Commander/Jock ClouseauDiverTechnician


New or exclusive pieces

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Some Aquanaut-Unique pieces

With the Aquanaut range came all sorts of new pieces, most notably the printed control panels and hinged panels, as pictured below. The Large Transparent Blue Dome is thought to be a new piece for Aquazone too. Many fans were pleased the panels were printed and did not rely on stickers.

One of the most important pieces introduced, in Aquazone, both for Aquazone and many other themes, was Part 52. These were Silver Crystals, which have been used in a large number or themes (and all of the Aquazone subthemes), ranging from Rock Raiders in 1999 to Power Miners in 2009.

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1728 Crystal Crawler1728Crystal Crawler911 1996
1749 Paravine1749Aquanaut Paravane161$2.001996
1806 Underwater Scooter1806Underwater Scooter161 1996
1822 Box1822Sea Claw 7192Aquanaut (2)$20.001995
51605160Aquazone Accessories21$3.001995
6104-16104Aquacessories / Aquanauts & Aquasharks202$3.001996
6125 Box6125Sea Sprint 9 / Aquanaut Octopod281 Aquanaut$4.001995
1728 Crystal Crawler6145Crystal Crawler911$11.991996
6175 Box6175Crystal Explorer Sub / Aquanaut DSRV II1602$33.001995
6195 Box6195Neptune Discovery Lab / Aqua Dome 74954$88.991995
AqweirdAquanautsMinifigure Pocket Clip1Aquanaut 1992


Other appearances

The set 6494 Mystic Mountain Time Lab included an Aquanaut helmet assembly.

See also

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