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Which, if we're being honest, could have been utterly marvellous.
I didn't live through Classic Space (child of the 90s here), but I inherited a certain amount of nostalgia for it from the old idea books and printed elements I would get from yard sales. It was a truly momentous occasion in LEGO design, not only because it launched a theme but because it launched the FIRST theme that was not, in some explicit way, based on things that had existed in real life. Although it borrowed from visions of an extraterrestrial future that had been cemented in popular culture, it was still groundbreaking to have a theme that indulged so deeply in things purely imagined and never truly seen. Since the themes I have loved most over the years are things like Aquazone, Spyrius, BIONICLE, Ninjago and Hero Factory that are inspired by science-fiction or fantasy and set in "invented worlds", I feel like I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the classic space sets.
It's fantastic to see how such a "classic" look can be recreated and even renewed with modern parts and building techniques. There have been "Neo Classic Space" MOCs that attempt to demonstrate the same thing, of course, but sometimes I feel like they go too far when it comes to updating the fleet. This one is still unquestionably a modern set, but has the characteristic wedge shape and angular cockpit glass, among other features that come together to give it a retro look.
I have been a bit uncertain about whether I'll be collecting LEGO Movie sets. I certainly don't think I'll be collecting all of them, but I'm becoming convinced I need to get SOME of them, and this one stands out as a must-have.
Anyway, it's a cool looking set and I'll leave the sensible posters on this thread to resume their discussion.
Not that it will make any difference in sales figures as i think most people will buy it for what it is, a classic space ship, not so sure about the other sets though
(obviously not Benny from Crossroads, as his woolly hat was blue IIRC)
On the ship itself, I love it. I'll have to dig out my classic space guys so they're ready to go.
How I know he'll appear like this is because the other character pictures somewhat differ from the film, and are identical to their appearance in the official sets, Vitruvius is a good example as his staff is regular parts, not a chewed up lolly pop as seen in the film. And Benny's blue. Hope that makes sense...
The new ship doesn't really adhere to the established 'AFOL' Neo Classic Space (NCS) look & feel, but I don't expect that to impact sales of the set very much. I do expect to see some 'proper' NCS versions of it as soon as that trans-yellow canopy becomes available ;-)
Unfortunately there aren't any trans clear ones for sale on Bricklink - I could do with a head start.
Looks like there will be quite a few pieces (I counted at least 7 slopes/tails) with the CS logo; I hope they will be printed... I wish the same for the LL929 name, but I have less hope there...
Anyway, I now want to built my 928 again. :p
Benny actually have his own facebook page (so does Emmet, Batman etc, and it's pretty funny if you have time to read through what "they" say).
Anyway, Benny the 1980 something space guy said on fb he is submitting a petition to LEGO to release the Classic Space line again. But he need more supporters on his page. There's currently about 4800 fans on his page.
Not sure if many of you know about this, but if you want it to be released again (I know I do!!), please go fan his page :) Please help Benny spread the words.
Type this in the Search box: Benny the 1980-something Space Guy you'll find him.
It's not a fake, it's run by LEGO I believe, because Batman, Emmet etc is on there too, but of course Benny is everyone's favorite.
Oh well ... now to start saving for the #70810 (MetalBeard's Sea Cow ) ...
I have the same issue with plenty of other petitions or polls I see online. As a brony, I love to see My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic win online polls, whether it's for "best fans", "best girls' TV show", or whatever. A lot of other people do also. Some of them like it so much that they create scripts to repeatedly vote for the show and thus artificially inflate the vote count. This kind of thing drives me crazy, because what could have been a useful measure of how the franchise or fans are perceived online becomes utterly meaningless, and for anyone aware of the fraud it ends up reflecting badly on the entire fandom. If it's a poll for "best fandom" then this becomes the height of folly, because winning these polls in this manner actually reduces the fandom's ability to do well in them when playing fair.
I hope you understand why casual, flippant remarks like that bother me. Even if a person is well-intentioned, you don't make your point-of-view look significant by saying things that throw the measure of its significance into question.