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Instead of real, I think you mean more fantasy along the lines of Galaxy Squad, Alien Conquest, ... all the way back to Classic Space.
They are lacking in angled windscreens and swooping wings, but I can cope with that.
There always was a realism focused space subtheme of Town/City theme and it always was differentiated from the fantasy based Space theme and I think that's the main point here. We haven't had a fantasy based Space theme for years.
The truth is that if you look across all themes there's more 'Space' in the LEGO line-up than ever these days; I had a few Classic Space sets when I was a kid and loved them, but I can tell you that I'd have looked with wonderment and envy at the choice on offer today. The grass is always greener....
Which I think many believe a classic space line is not going to be made. LEGO will not compete against its main license in SW. Yeah, they had the ideas sets, but that is not really counting. LEGO would rather sell you an overpriced and (many times) underwhelming (and often times a redo of an earlier) set for Star Wars than have to come up with a whole line of fantasy space themselves. Even if you would not really have to come up with a storyline for Classic Space LEGO probably thinks that they need to do this for every line that is made now unfortunately.