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Insectoids
Theme-insectoids
Release years:

19981999

Main theme:

Space

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

UFO

Insectoids was a theme consisting of aliens known as Zotaxians and their Droids. The Zotaxians owned vehicles called Insectoids that were insect-like in appearance. The theme lasted from 1998 to 1999.

It was also the last subtheme of Space that consisted of a single faction.

Description

The Zotaxians fled their home planet of Zotax after a war with their "cruel leader" (it is not explained who this cruel leader is). They crash landed on the massive planet Holox, but the planet was too hostile on the surface for survival. They then tunneled underground, where they found an "inner world" full of wildlife and many areas, with an "inner sun". However, this inner world was home to large insects called "Bilgen Bugs", along with many other oversized creatures. To get past the Bilgen Bugs, the Zotaxians modified their vehicles to look like mechanical versions of the bugs (These were called Insectoids), and planted energy orbs, known as Voltstones, to harvest the energy of the inner sun. The Voltstones looked like the eggs of the Bilgen Bugs, but transparent neon-green in colour rather then dark green. They acted as batteries, capturing and storing the inner sun's energy over time, and were then picked back up by the Insectoid vehicles and taken to the surface. The bugs caught on to their trick, however, and attacked.

The theme's minifigures, the Zotaxians were primarily cybernetic, making them the second space theme to have cybernetic implants, and the third LEGO Space theme to have a female minifigure: Gypsy Moth, the queen of the Zotaxians. She was featured as the host of the 6th circuit in LEGO Racers.

Insectoids introduced many new parts, many of them insect shaped. They also introduced some parts in darker colours, using Trans Green in place of the Trans Neon Green, a colour which was more prevalent in Space. Their ships were insectlike, often having wings or insect-style "eyes". The names of these ships are also insectlike (except for the Arachnoid Star Base, because arachnids are not insects). They made use of a Light and Sound piece unique to the theme, which had three buttons for three different sounds, along with a light-up section which would light up when the buttons were pressed.
Arachnoid Starbase (33)

Voltstones from different angles, with stickers and without them.

Popular Insectoids vehicles include Bi-Wing Blaster and Celestial Stinger (both 1998). The base was the mobile and bizarre Arachnoid Star Base (1998).

Many vehicles had magnets to pick up the Voltstones (whose stickers were magnetic).

Notes

  • The large Bilgen bugs seen in the Time Cruisers resemble the large insectoid aliens from Galaxy Squad, hinting at a possible connection between the two.

Minifigures

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LocustLocust (Air Tanks)Danny LonglegsDanny Longlegs (Air Tanks)Danny Longlegs (Grey Armor)Danny Longlegs (No Armor)Insector LeonCaptain WizerCaptain Wizer (Air Tanks)Gypsy MothGypsy Moth (Air Tanks)Lt. MaverickGigabot

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
24902490Insectoids Value Pack1673 1998
2964 Box2964Space Spider46Danny Longlegs$6.001998
2965 Box2965Hornet Scout73Gypsy Moth, Gigabot$8.001998
3070 Box3070Mosquito21Locust 1999
3071 Box3071Light Flyer19Gigabot 1999
3072-13072Mega Tax23Captain Wizer 1999
3073 Box3073Booster21Gypsy Moth 1999
6817 Box6817Beta Buzzer32Lt. Maverick$4.001998
6837 Box6837Cosmic Creeper55Danny Longlegs$7.991998
6903 Box6903Bug Blaster24Insector Leon$3.001998
6905 Box6905Bi-Wing Blaster114Lt. Maverick, Gigabot$15.001998
6907 Boz6907Sonic Stinger96Gypsy Moth$19.991998
6909 Box6909Sonic Stinger97Gypsy Moth$19.991998
6919 Box6919Planetary Prowler250Insector Leon, Gigabot$34.991998
6942 Space Sled6942Space Sled21Danny Longlegs 1999
6943 Package6943Speed Sled21Danny Longlegs 1999
6969 Box6969Celestial Stinger258Captain Wizer, Gigabot (2)$50.001998
6977 Box6977Arachnoid Star Base433Danny Longlegs , Gigabot (x2), Locust$79.991998
Kabinsect-1Insectoids4-Pack654 1999


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