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Classic Space is an unofficial term retrospectively attributed to the Space sets that were released before 1987, and shared some common characteristics that set them apart from the following Space sets. Most importantly, all Classic Space Minifigures featured the old visorless helmets, which were eventually phased out in favor of newer helmets with movable visors in 1987. There were also no truly different factions as in the time after 1987. All astronauts of Classic Space were peaceful explorers, and there were no antagonistic groups. The larger flying craft of the Classic Space sets all featured a brick with their set number on it.

The initial introduction of the Space theme marks also the beginning of Classic Space.

Overview

Some of the first Space sets in a catalog from 1979

The first LEGO Space sets were a leap forward in LEGO design. Compared to the LEGO Company's previous spaceflight-related sets (801 Space Rocket in 1964, 358 Rocket Base in 1973, and 565 Moon Landing in 1976), this new theme of sets boasted new parts and building techniques never before seen in LEGO sets. Although the theme used plenty of basic bricks, there were now parts with finer detail used in smoother looking ships and multi-purpose vehicles.

Despite curiosities such as steering wheels used to direct spacecraft, and often no inflight pilot protection other than a spacesuit (with a visorless helmet), simple new constructs sparked builders' imaginations. Starting with spaceships and basic wheeled vehicles, the theme developed, occasionally mirroring science fiction designs. As LEGO Space expanded, the basic pattern of ground-buggies, walking robots, small and large spaceships, and bases emerged.

Early Space sets had a simplistically modern yet colourful charm unrivaled by any other mass-produced science-fiction toy of the time. Many of the theme's more specialized pieces had yet to be developed, although when Space was first introduced, many parts were new, or were older parts made in new colours. Examples of these early simple sets include 462 Rocket Launcher (1978), and 442 Space Shuttle, and 452 Mobile Tracking Station (both 1979).

Perfectly suited for utilitarian LEGO Space, gray had finally become a major colour for a LEGO theme, especially as more plate-type parts were made in that colour, even before LEGO Castle whose first predominantly grey castles were not introduced until 1984. Most often, gray Space sets were paired with green windows, and the other predominant colour scheme was blue with yellow windows. With the introduction of the 6929 Starfleet Voyager in 1981, there were also classic spaceships that appeared in white, with blue canopies, albeit this new colour scheme didn't really catch on until the introduction of Futuron in 1987. The advent of this new theme sounded the bell for the end of the Classic Space era. New parts, most notably the new visored helmets, were introduced as well as a distinct looking adversary faction, but it also reprised several elements of Classic Space such as the coloured spacesuits, the logo, and the concept of civilian space explorers, looking more like a visually updated continuation than a mere replacement.

New sets in the style of Classic Space were still released until 1988, but those sets sported the Futuron colour scheme, although they still included the old minifigures with their visorless helmets.

Notes

The statue of a Classic Space astronaut that appeared in 5974 Galactic Enforcer

  • Several of the ships in the Classic Space theme have a designation on their hulls, consisting of LL-and a number. Later, 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! uses this same type of marking, with it's apparent designation being LL-929, which is also a continuation of a pattern in these ship designations.
    • LL stands for LegoLand, which is the theme that Classic Space was a part of before becoming the actual Space theme.
  • A minifigure statue included in 5974 Galactic Enforcer resembles a Classic Space astronaut, although it does not feature a classic helmet but instead a normal one without visor. The Latin writing on the pedestal says "In annos triginta ad caelum infinitum construxit." ("In thirty years it built to the infinite sky"), commemorating the 30th anniversary of LEGO Space.
  • A Classic Space astronaut appeared in LEGO Battles as an unlockable hero unit.
  • In 55000 LEGO Universe, completing all the Crux Prime Achiever missions awards the player with a black Classic Space Torso.

Vehicles and facilities

Popular spaceships and vehicles from the Classic Space era include:

497 Galaxy Explorer (1979), 6929 Starfleet Voyager (1980), 6950 Mobile Rocket Transport (1982), 6980 Galaxy Commander (1983), and 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager (1986).

The major surface bases were:

493 Space Command Center (1978), 483 Alpha-1 Rocket Base (1979), 6970 Beta-1 Command Base (1980), 6971 Intergalactic Command Base (1984), and 6972 Polaris-I Space Lab (1987).

Baseplates from this era:

306 Landing Plates (1979), and 305 2 Crater Plates (1979)

Sets

1978

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
462 Box.jpg462Rocket Launcher60Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman$N/A1978
493 Box.jpg493Space Command Center161Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2) 1978
885 Space Scooter.jpg885Space Scooter20Red Classic Spaceman 1978
897 Box.jpg897Launcher60Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1978
918 Space Transport.jpg918Space Transport85Red Classic Spaceman 1978
926 Command Centre.jpg926Command Centre161Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2) 1978


1979

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
0012 Space Mini-Figures.jpg0012Space Mini-Figures10Red Classic Spaceman (2) 1979
0013 Space Minifigures.jpg0013Space Mini-Figures White Classic Spaceman (2) 1979
0014 Space Minifigures.jpg0014Space Mini-Figures Yellow Classic Spaceman 1979
0015 Space Mini-Figures.jpg0015Space Mini-Figures18Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1979
305 Crater Plates.jpg3052 Crater Plates2$6.501979
306 Space Landing Plates.jpg306Landing Plates2 1979
442 Box.jpg442Space Shuttle35White Classic Spaceman 1979
452 Box.jpg452Mobile Tracking Station65White Classic Spaceman 1979
453-1.jpg453Crater Plates2 1979
454-Lunar Landing Plates.jpg454Landing Plates2 1979
483 Box.jpg483Alpha-1 Rocket Base170Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman (2) 1979
487 Box.jpg487Space Cruiser155Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman$10.001979
497 Box.jpg497Galaxy Explorer325Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)$32.001979
886 Space Buggy.jpg886Space Buggy23White Classic Spaceman 1979
889 Box.jpg889Radar Truck23Red Classic Spaceman 1979
891 Two-Man Scooter.jpg891Two-Man Scooter35White Classic Spaceman 1979
894 Box.jpg894Tracking Station65White Classic Spaceman 1979
920-2-1.jpg920Launch Pad170Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman (x2) 1979
924 Box.jpg924Transporter155Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1979
928 Galaxy Explorer.jpg928Galaxy Explorer325Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2) 1979


1980

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
6821 Box.jpg6821Shovel Buggy32White Classic Spaceman 1980
6841.jpg6841Mineral Detector44Red Classic Spaceman 1980
6861 Box.jpg6861X-1 Patrol Craft53Red Classic Spaceman$3.991980
6901-1 Box.jpg6901Mobile Lab135Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1980
6970 Box.jpg6970Beta-1 Command Base254Red Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2)$36.991980


1981

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
6801 Box.jpg6801Rocket Sled21White Classic Spaceman 1981
6822.jpg6822Space Shuttle32Red Classic Spaceman 1981
6842 Box.jpg6842Shuttle Craft44Red Classic Spaceman 1981
6870 Box.jpg6870Space Probe Launcher52Red Classic Spaceman 1981
6927 Box.jpg6927All-Terrain Vehicle167Red Classic Spaceman (1) , White Classic Spaceman (1)$14.501981
6929 Box.jpg6929Starfleet Voyager243Red Classic Spaceman$15.001981


1982

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
6880 Box.jpg6880Surface Explorer80Yellow Classic Spaceman$7.501982
6890 Box.jpg6890Cosmic Cruiser111Red Classic Spaceman$11.001982
6950 Box.jpg6950Mobile Rocket Transport202Yellow Classic Spaceman (2×) 1982


1983

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1593 Lever Bros Space Set.jpg1593Lever Bros Space Set313Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1983
1977.jpg1977Space Value Pack82Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1983
6803 Space Patrol.jpg6803Space Patrol23White Classic Spaceman 1983
6823 Box.jpg6823Surface Transport25Yellow Classic Spaceman 1983
6844 Box.jpg6844Seismologic Vehicle40White Classic Spaceman 1983
6930 Box.jpg6930Space Supply Station200Red Classic Spaceman (2), Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1983
6980 Box.jpg6980Galaxy Commander427Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman (2), White Classic Spaceman (2) 1983


1984

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1983-1.jpg1983Space Value Pack97Blue Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1984
6804 Box.jpg6804Surface Rover16White Classic Spaceman$1.971984
6824 Box.jpg6824Space Dart-I43Blue Classic Spaceman 1984
6846 Box.jpg6846Tri-Star Voyager66Red Classic Spaceman$4.451984
6871 Box.jpg6871Star-Patrol Launcher66Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1984
6881 Box.jpg6881Lunar Rocket Launcher94White Classic Spaceman 1984
6928 Box.jpg6928Uranium Search Vehicle196Black Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman 1984
6951 Box.jpg6951Robot Command Centre278Black Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1984
6971 Box.jpg6971Intergalactic Command Base312Black Classic Spaceman, Blue Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1984


1985

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1968 Box.jpg1968Space Express177Red Classic Spaceman 1985
1969.jpg1969Space Value Pack151Red Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
1999.jpg1999Space Value Pack89Yellow Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman 1985
6805 Box.jpg6805Astro Dasher26Blue Classic Spaceman 1985
6806 Box.jpg6806Surface Hopper Red Classic Spaceman 1985
6807-1.jpg6807Space Scooter with Robot23Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6825 Box.jpg6825Cosmic Comet37White Classic Spaceman 1985
6826 Box.jpg6826Crater Crawler26Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6847 Box.jpg6847Space Dozer47Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6848-1 Box.jpg6848Interplanetary Shuttle50Red Classic Spaceman 1985
6872-1 Box.jpg6872Lunar Patrol Craft85Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6882 Box.jpg6882Walking Astro Grappler86Black Classic Spaceman 1985
6891 Box.jpg6891Gamma-V Laser Craft132Black Classic Spaceman, Robot 1985
6931 Box.jpg6931FX-Star Patroller218Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985
6952 Solar Power Transporter.jpg6952Solar Power Transporter299Blue Classic Spaceman, Black Classic Spaceman, White Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1985


1986

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1526.jpg1526Space Radar Buggy Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986 (unreleased)
1557 Box.jpg1557Space Scooter25Red Classic Spaceman 1986
1558 Box.jpg1558Mobile Command Trailer64Black Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
1580 Package.jpg1580Lunar Scout67Blue Classic Spaceman 1986
1507 Space Value Pack.jpg1507Space Value Pack89Black Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
6702-Space Mini-Figures.jpg6702Space Mini-Figures56Black Classic Spaceman, Blue Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman$5.001986
6750 Box.jpg6750Sonic Robot103Blue Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman 1986
6780 Box.jpg6780XT Starship201Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
6783 Box.jpg6783Sonar Transmitting Cruiser345Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman$50.001986
6802 Box.jpg6802Space Probe20Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
6820 Starfire I.jpg6820Starfire I32Blue Classic Spaceman 1986
6845 Cosmic Charger.jpg6845Cosmic Charger48White Classic Spaceman 1986
6874 Box.jpg6874Moon Rover63Red Classic Spaceman, Yellow Classic Spaceman 1986
6892 Box.jpg6892Modular Space Transport141Yellow Classic Spaceman (2×) 1986
6926 Box.jpg6926Mobile Recovery Vehicle147Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1986
6940 Alien Moon Stalker.jpg6940Alien Moon Stalker259Blue Classic Spaceman, Red Classic Spaceman 1986
6985 Box.jpg6985Cosmic Fleet Voyager404 1986


1987

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1498 Spy-Bot.jpg1498Spy-Bot66 1987
1499 Box.jpg1499Twin Starfire85Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1987
1510.jpg1510Unnamed Bonus Pack151Yellow Classic Spaceman (2) 1987
5034-1.jpg5034Replacement Light & Sound 1x2 Lighting Brick with Coloured Globes5 1987
6808 Box.jpg6808Galaxy Trekkor31Blue Classic Spaceman 1987
6827 Box.jpg6827Strata Scooter28Blue Classic Spaceman 1987
6849 Box.jpg6849Satellite Patroller39Yellow Classic Spaceman 1987
6883 Box.jpg6883Terrestrial Rover99White Classic Spaceman 1987
6972 Box.jpg6972Polaris-I Space Lab386Blue Classic Spaceman (3) 1987


1988

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
6809 Box.jpg6809XT-5 And Droid37Blue Classic Spaceman 1988


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