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Aquazone was an underwater theme first introduced by the LEGO Company in 1995. The setting of all the Aquazone lines was the ocean, and usually involved two sides fighting each other for certain valuables (such as Hydrolator Crystals and other treasures). As the series progressed, new factions were introduced and the older ones were phased out of production. There were five subthemes of Aquazone. Its last new releases were in 1998.

Aquazone was the second entirely new LEGO System theme (after Pirates) that was introduced after the initial three classic major themes Town, Castle, and Space from 1978.

History and Factions

Aquanauts (1995-1996)

See Main Article: Aquanauts

Aquazone based atraction in Florida Legoland.

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 utilized submarines and submersibles of all shapes and sizes to look for Hydrolator crystals, which they depended on for survival and possibly trade.

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.

Aquasharks (1995-1996, 1998)

See Main Article: Aquasharks

The Aquasharks were villainous underwater miners who competed with the Aquanauts for control of crystals and crystal mines. The Aquashark subs sported a colour scheme that was similar to Space Police I and their streamlined design, with eyes and shark teeth on the cockpit windows giving them an aggressive appearance.

In 1998 the set 6100 Aquashark Dart was released. The colour scheme was unlike any previous Aquashark set. Only the minifigure's torso was a distinct Aquashark piece.

Aquaraiders (1997)

See Main Article: Aquaraiders

In 1997, the Aquanauts and Aquasharks subthemes were discontinued and the Aquaraiders were introduced as an alternate villain faction that competed with both the Aquanauts and Aquasharks. Their fleet consisted of three vessels in black with green accents and trans-neon green window pieces. The front windows sported stickers with angry eyes on them. The ships had accessories that looked like drills and grinders and had quite an exotic look for submarines. (Note that actual drills were not introduced until the release of Rock Raiders in 1999). One "ship" even featured an excavator bucket. Another one had wheels. The focus changed from simply collecting crystals to underwater mining.

A new theme called Aqua Raiders was introduced in 2007. This was not a part of Aquazone.

Hydronauts (1998-1999)

See Main Article: Hydronauts

The final years in the Aquazone line involved a battle between the Hydronaut miners and the fish-like Stingrays. One of the main differences was that the Hydronauts would actually capture the Stingrays and lock them up in the Hydro Crystallization Station. The protagonists included Hank Hydro, Hip Waders, and Crystal Miner.

The colour scheme was similar the one of the Aquanaut line, the only difference being the transparent pieces which were now exclusively transparent green instead of blue and trans-neon orange. But the designs looked even more exotic than in 1997. Like the Aquanauts and Aquaraiders, the Hydronauts had also a wheeled underwater vehicle, but unlike their predecessors from 1997, they didn't make any use of drilling equipment.

The minifigures had unique masks printed onto their faces which gave them a very alien look.

The Hydronauts used suction cups to move their storage boxes in contrast to the commonly utilized magnets.

Stingrays (1998)

See Main Article: Stingrays

The Stingrays were fish-like mutants and enemies of the Hydronauts who used underwater vessels that resembled sea creatures like rays or crabs. The villains included Commander Manta Ray and Raven Ray, who despite his great intelligence, often found himself in a Hydronaut holding cell.

New Pieces

The piece Rock 1 x 1 Crystal 5 Point made its debut in the Aquazone theme.

With the start of the Aquazone line some new pieces that later became ubiquitous were introduced. However there were also some pieces that were never seen again outside of this theme.

  • Crystals
  • Silver knife and short harpoon
  • Minifigure flippers
  • Propellers
  • Hydronaut helmet: These parts first appeared in the Hydronauts sets and reappeared only in the 1999 Town-Spaceport theme.
  • Octopus

Minifigures

Exclusive pieces

  • Aquazone underwater visors: These pieces were only used in Aquazone sets. Other underwater themes used diving masks with snorkels.
  • Aquanaut helmet: This element was never used outside the Aquanaut subtheme.
  • Aquashark helmet: This element was only used in the Aquashark and Aquaraiders subthemes.
  • Stingray helmet and minifigure head: These parts were never used outside the Stingray subtheme.
  • Suction guns: These parts were never used outside the Hydronaut subtheme.

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1095.jpg1095Super Sub24Aquashark$3.001999
1728 Crystal Crawler.jpg1728Crystal Crawler91Aquanaut$10.001996
1749 Paravine.jpg1749Aquanaut Paravane16Aquanaut$2.001996
1806 Underwater Scooter.jpg1806Underwater Scooter161 1996
1822 Box.jpg1822Sea Claw 7192Aquanaut, Jock Clouseau$20.001995
2160-1.jpg2160Crystal Scavenger105Scavenger Sam$15.001997
2161 Aqua Dozer.jpg2161Aqua Dozer131Rocky the Reef Wrecker$25.001997
2162 Hydro Reef Wrecker 2.jpg2162Hydro Reef Wrecker279Scavenger Sam, Rocky the Reef Wrecker$40.001997
5160.jpg5160Aquazone Accessories21$3.001995
5382-1.jpg5382Aquazone Accessories281 (Skeleton parts) 1998
6100.jpg6100Aquashark Dart24Aquashark 1998
6104-1.jpg6104Aquacessories20Jock Clouseau, Thresher$3.001996
6107 Recon Ray.jpg6107Recon Ray20Commander Manta Ray$2.991998
6109 Sea Creeper (Better Picture).jpg6109Sea Creeper79Navigator Stinger Ray$9.991998
6110 Box.jpg6110Solo Sub22Crystal Miner$4.001998
6115 Box.jpg6115Shark Scout28Aquashark$3.501995
6125 Box.jpg6125Sea Sprint 928Jock Clouseau$4.001995
6109 Sea Creeper (Better Picture).jpg6140Sea Creeper78Navigator Stinger Ray$9.991998
1728 Crystal Crawler.jpg6145Crystal Crawler91Aquanaut$11.991996
6150 Box.jpg6150Crystal Detector101Navigator Hip "Muddy" Waters$19.991998
6155 Box.jpg6155Deep Sea Predator103Aquashark$22.001995
6159 Crystal Detector.jpg6159Crystal Detector104Navigator Hip "Muddy" Waters 1998
6160 box.jpg6160Sea Scorpion292Raven Ray, Commander Manta Ray, Navigator Stinger Ray$34.991998
6175.jpg6175Crystal Explorer Sub160Aquanaut, Jock Clouseau$33.001995
6180 Box.jpg6180Hydro Search Sub274Crystal Miner, Raven Ray, Navigator Hip "Muddy" Waters, Captain Hank Hydro$50.001998
6190 Box.jpg6190Shark's Crystal Cave256Aquashark, Thresher$50.001996
6195 Box.jpg6195Neptune Discovery Lab495Jock Clouseau, Aquanaut (x3)$88.991995
6198-1.jpg6198Stingray Stormer398Raven Ray (x2), Commander Manta Ray, Navigator Stinger Ray$70.001998
6199 HCS.jpg6199Hydro Crystalation Station472Raven Ray, Commander Manta Ray, Crystal Miner, Navigator Hip "Muddy" Waters, Captain Hank Hydro$99.001998
Aqweird.jpgAquanautsMinifigure Pocket Clip1Aquanaut 1992
Coffeemug.jpgAquasharksDrinking Mug1 1995
6135 Box.jpg6135Spy Shark62Thresher$8.751996
6109 Sea Creeper (Better Picture).jpg6140Sea Creeper78Navigator Stinger Ray$9.991998


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