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Unitron
Theme-Unitron.gif
Release years:

19941995

Main theme:

Space

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

Space Police II
Ice Planet 2002
Spyrius
Exploriens

Unitron was a subtheme of the LEGO Space theme in the years 1994 and 1995.

Description

Taking over the "good guy" theme space race from the Space Police II was the Unitron, a more military themed group. Unitron also features elements from the classic Futuron line, as it revolved around a large monorail system powered by a 9V battery; it retained LEGO interchangeability in the form of small, sleek cockpits which could dock on the front or top of its vehicles. Unfortunately, aside from a ground installation, a large buggy, an advanced looking spaceship, and aforementioned monorail, the theme was underdeveloped, a fact that is still lamented today.

The two Unitron vehicles were 1787 Crater Cruiser and their largest starcraft 1789 Star Hawk II (both 1995) (which was only half the size for most of the other space races' largest starships). The base was 1793 Space Station Zenon (1995). The monorail system was 6991 Monorail Transport Base (1994). This set was the last LEGO monorail set released, and the only Unitron set that was released outside of America.

Dark grey quietly made an appearance as a new LEGO Space colour in Unitron minifigure torsos. Aside from the rocks they built their bases on, the colour appears in no other parts in this theme.

Background

In Europe, no Unitron sets other than the monorail were released, which made the faction not credible as "good guys fighters" challenging Spyrius. Instead, catalogue pictures showed them as civilians being attacked by Spyrius to steal their technology. They also faced a Spyrius assault during TV commercials.[1] The set 6705 Space Explorers, which featured a single Unitron Chief minifigure was also released in Europe (titled in UK catalogs as Commander Bear and the Spyrians).

Minifigures

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1787-1.jpg1787Crater Cruiser1802$18.001995
1789 Box.jpg1789Star Hawk II288Unitron Astronaut, Unitron Chief$27.001995
1793 Box.jpg1793Space Station Zenon3403 1995
5039.jpg5039Monorail Stop/Reverse Switch for Space Track3 1989
5040.jpg5040Monorail 9V Motor for Space Track1 1989
5041.jpg5041Space Track Connector Lead 9V1 1989
6347 Monorail Accessory Track.jpg6347Monorail Accessory Track54 1991
6704 Space Explorers.jpg6705Space Explorers34Commander Cold, Spyrian (x2), Major Kartofski, Unitron Chief 1994
6921 Box.jpg6921Monorail Accessory Track46$34.951988
6991 Box.jpg6991Monorail Transport Base573Unitron Chief, Unitron Astronaut (x2), Major Kartofski$178.001994


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