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Exploriens
Theme-exploriens.gif
Release years:

19961997

Main theme:

Space

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

Spyrius, Unitron, UFO, Roboforce

Exploriens was a subtheme of Space introduced in 1996 and discontinued in 1997.

Description

The logo of the Exploriens as seen on their vehicles and uniforms.

Returning to the clean white and transparent blue cockpits of Futuron (as well as their civilian role), Exploriens sets are known for their use of large, open structures and special image elements (e.g., foil-holograph stickers for view screens). The Exploriens searched for fossils in the form of flat plates that contained triple images: one in white, for the naked eye; one in blue, for viewing under transparent red scanners; and one in red, for viewing under transparent blue scanners.

Exploriens was the second Space theme to include a robot Minifigure, and was also the second Space theme to include a female minifigure, a robot named Ann Droid. Popular Exploriens vehicles include 6938 Scorpion Detector and their largest spaceship, the 6982 Explorien Starship. The base was 6958 Android Base (1996). A mini-base, 6899 Nebula Outpost, was also included. The theme was short-lived, with almost all of the sets and merchandise being released in 1996. The only product released the following year was 1130 LEGO Explorien T-Shirt.

Background

The eponymous Exploriens were a group of civilian space explorers. From their vehicles having a consistent theme of being equipped with decoding panels, tri-color alien artifacts, and various renewable/interstellar power sources, the Exploriens appear to be tasked with the pursuit of alien life in the deepest regions of outer space, far away from Earth and any usable fuel sources outside of solar and potentially alien sources.

Their design consists of a relatively small main base, a smaller outpost, a massive starship, and various vehicles all containing some form of terrestrial mobility indicating that both planetary observation and excavation were their main activities. In addition, the presence of Ann Droid among them suggests either a limited capacity to employ civilians, a limited quantity of civilians specialized in Explorien tasks, or a set of tasks too dangerous and/or distant to employ many civilians.

As though they appear to be few in numbers, the background of the 6938 manual shows a very large floating spacecraft with what appears to be a fully populated city enclosed in a glass dome, suggesting that the Exploriens are but a group of explorers in an advanced human society (possibly taking place in, or coming from the future) simply doing their job to explore what is in their surroundings. Also in the background of every manual is a wormhole or black hole of some type either sucking in matter or expelling it, suggesting that they might have accidentally traveled very far from the remainder of human civilization.

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
08544.gif08544Rose Art Floor Puzzle, Exploriens  1996
1737 Box.jpg1737Scorpion Detector1972 Exploriens$20.001996
1858-1-1-.jpg1858Droid Scout21Ann Droid 1996
4103787.jpg4103787Exploriens Poster 19961 1996
5129 Space Accesories.jpg5129Exploriens Accessories25$4.251996
6815 Box.jpg6815Hovertron28Nova Hunter$3.501996
6854 Box.jpg6854Alien Fossilizer511$6.751996
6856 Box.jpg6856Planetary Decoder791$7.991996
6899.jpg6899Nebula Outpost1462$15.001996
6938 Box.jpg6938Scorpion Detector197Explorien x2$24.001996
6958 Box.jpg6958Android Base2673$40.001996
6982 Box.jpg6982Explorien Starship652Explorien, Explorien, Nova Hunter, Ann Droid$79.991996


Minfigures

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With breathing
apparatus
Without breathing
apparatus
Nova HunterAnn DroidAnn Droid
with helmet

Notes

  • In LEGO Racers, one of the racetracks on the 1st and 4th circuits is an Exploriens-themed track named "Magma Moon Marathon", and the starter parts for building the player's car include Exploriens parts. Ann Droid and Nova Hunter are both CPU opponents.
  • In LEGO Universe, one of the kits exclusive to Crux Prime is the "Explorien Bot" kit, which consists of Ann Droid's legs, torso (with printings on both the front and back) and 1x1 round yellow transparent "light" hat that changes walking animations to a robotic style. The pants are awarded in a Crux Prime achievement.

See also

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