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[Master thread] Help identifying parts, sets and minifigs

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  • lnonglnong CAMember Posts: 4
    gelkster said:
    You're certain it was a retail release? A store-bought set?
    Retail for sure.  It was bought at a local store so maybe jc penney, sears, target or even fedmart.  Those were all in the southern CA vicinity where i grew up
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    I still have the outer sleeve from the box...
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907

    AstrobricksMr_Crossandhegmonkey76KungFuKenny
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    @Mr_Cross #6901 was a limited release? Interesting! The box says ©1979, but it's in my catalogs (US versions) for 1980, '81, '82, and '83! 
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,297
    @Mr_Cross #6901 was a limited release? Interesting! The box says ©1979, but it's in my catalogs (US versions) for 1980, '81, '82, and '83! 
    Aye, limited to United States and Canada! It wasn't available in europe and I didn't know about it at all until about 2003. I did not know it was available for so long, I'd thought it was only around for a short while! I'm thinking that means they were struggling to shift the stock. It is a pretty ugly an aquired taste, so it's hardly surprising.
    I think it's a fantastic set though, look what they did with so few pieces! Stop me before I start gushing about it again.
    560HeliportAstrobricksKungFuKenny
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,297
    @lnong here is another pretty good resource:
    https://www.1980somethingspace.com/
    I'm not seeing anything I wasn't already aware of though...
    Could you give a bit more description? As @KungFuKenny and @The_Rancor suggest, could you give us anymore details? Maybe even sketch something (doesn't matter if you're "no good" at drawing).
    560Heliport
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    I'll match your gushing! My friend saw it in a store and described it as looking like an elephant, with a flexible trunk and big, flappy ears. I thought he was either pulling my leg... or insane... but he was right! After I bought one, my grandparents gave me another for my birthday. I returned it to Kmart, without a receipt, and then spent the money on, IIRC, a cap pistol and lots of caps. I don't know why I didn't keep it for the parts! Lots of good Space parts.
    Mr_CrossKungFuKenny
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    ^ & ^^ simultaneous posts! Great minds think alike! 😁
    Mr_Cross
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    edited August 21
    Yeah, stupid me! Especially so considering I bought a second #6861 for the parts! I'm thinking of doing #6861 in all the various Space color schemes, inspired by your #918 variants. Plus one in white, teal, medium azure, and magenta- for Sweet Mayhem! (that gif is awesome!)
    Mr_Cross
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    Okay, now I remember reading your review- I even commented on it! This has been an... eventful... year.
    Mr_Cross
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,297
    I'm sure you've seen @KungFuKenny's Blacktron #6861 here. More gushing... I've got so many recolours/re-themes I'd love to do. In a box somewhere, I've got about 50% of a moc Classic Space Slave I I've been working on here and there for about two years!
    560HeliportandheKungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,330
    Mr_Cross said:
    @Mr_Cross #6901 was a limited release? Interesting! The box says ©1979, but it's in my catalogs (US versions) for 1980, '81, '82, and '83! 
    Aye, limited to United States and Canada! It wasn't available in europe and I didn't know about it at all until about 2003. I did not know it was available for so long, I'd thought it was only around for a short while! I'm thinking that means they were struggling to shift the stock. It is a pretty ugly an aquired taste, so it's hardly surprising.
    I think it's a fantastic set though, look what they did with so few pieces! Stop me before I start gushing about it again.
    Here is the one I have on display at my office...

    Mr_Cross560HeliportSwitchfoot55BumblepantspxchrisSAMAEL64
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,330
    Back on topic- I’ve looked at almost all of the sets from ‘80 to ‘87 and there are none I can find from any theme that have 6 or 8 arms coming off of the side.  I briefly thought of these two

    but they don’t fit the description well.  My guess is that the time frame is wrong or the OP is mis-remembering what the set looked like.  I’ll keep looking at later years but nothing has come up as of yet...
    Mr_Cross560Heliport
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    ...My guess is...the OP is mis-remembering what the set looked like....
    I'm thinking so too.
    560Heliportjason1976KungFuKenny
  • jason1976jason1976 LondonMember Posts: 143
    gelkster said:
    ...My guess is...the OP is mis-remembering what the set looked like....
    I'm thinking so too.

    Me too....I spent a while searching and couldn't find anything, but did find https://www.backoftheboxbuilds.com which has brought back a lot of memories!

    Someone mentioned Tente too and I found https://www.latenteteca.com/modelos/?serie=Astro and thought they had some cool builds (oops did I say that out loud?)


    KungFuKenny560Heliport
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    If I had a time machine... I'd go back and save the back of every LEGO box I ever had! And I'd take better care of the instructions. 
    jason1976Mr_Crossgmonkey76davetheoxygenman
  • jason1976jason1976 LondonMember Posts: 143
    edited August 21
    If I had a time machine... I'd go back and save the back of every LEGO box I ever had! And I'd take better care of the instructions. 

    If I had a time machine I'd go back and make sure I got two copies of every set I had, and make sure one set was never unboxed and went somewhere safe and secure!

    I'd also get #928 (Space cruiser) and #6399 (Airport Shuttle)....actually I'd buy two copies of both!

    Mr_CrossKungFuKennygmonkey76davetheoxygenman
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,297
    I know you said LEGO, but could it have been this?


  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 473
    Tried finding this one with no luck


    Mr_Cross
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,330
    edited August 21
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 473
    yup! that's it. I had searched. Dome, rock, roof, cone, quarter, and Panel with no luck, lol .
    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,330
    I knew it from BrickLinking #6748

    panchox1
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,308
    panchox1 said:
    yup! that's it. I had searched. Dome, rock, roof, cone, quarter, and Panel with no luck, lol .
    One of the more reliable methods is to search by dimension in “brick” units. So, 3x3x2 for that piece.
  • lnonglnong CAMember Posts: 4
    I appreciate everyone's input and feedback and tips thus far.  Unfortunately, my search continues as none of the suggested sets match what I remember having.  It's not the mobile lab because it doesn't have the skinny legs nor the small wheels at the bottom.  I remember my toy had the puffy wheels just like Surface Explorer.  It's not the Sonic Robot nor the Alien Moon stalker.  It can't be a set from after 1989 because I was in my early years of elementary school when I had this toy.  (I was in 6th grade in 1989).  Are there any variants of the Surface Explorer?  Any alternate builds for it, or for another set that has those extendable arms?
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    ^^^^ so the only thing to do now is see which sets that style of wheel appears in, & that should end this mystery.
    Mr_Cross
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,297
    These are all the sets from '78 to '89:
    https://brickset.com/sets/query-5532

    Here are all the sets with the bubble tyres:

    As you say, it's not #6880 and it's not #1580 because that doesn't have any arms, but most of the other candidates from the 'Space' sets with bubble wheels are more blue than grey...

    Here, again, are all the sets with the wiggly, bendable "extending" arms:
    https://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemIn.asp?P=3612&in=S

    We have to assume that over the 20 years that the databases here on Brickset and over at Bricklink have developed, all the official LEGO sets will have been catalogued and documented.

    I don't know what else to say. I honestly want to help, but right now, I have to say that your recollection of this being an official LEGO set is most likely incorrect. Perhaps it's an alternate model within a set, but I haven't seen anything like it on https://www.backoftheboxbuilds.com/ that @jason1976 linked to (great find by the way!).

    I have searched other major brands of the time, most notable for the era, as suggested previously, Tyco and Tente to no avail. As always, I'm very much prepared to be proven wrong and furthermore would be delighted to be enlightened to the existence of a new Classic Space LEGO set.

    Good luck in your quest.
    KungFuKennyjason1976560Heliportoldtodd33
  • Boyband700Boyband700 UKMember Posts: 128
    I have just been given a lot of star wars lego and wondered if anyone was able to help identify the sets.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,330
    You will get some quick responses if you post in this thread...
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/513/master-thread-help-identifying-parts-sets-andminifigs#latest

    off the cuff you have a Yoda Starfighter #75168  and some mini builds from the 2015 SW advent calendar #75097 ... if you type landspeeder and snow speeder search terms in to Bricklink you can browse and see exactly which ones you have of those...
    https://www.bricklink.com/v2/main.page
    andhe
  • jason1976jason1976 LondonMember Posts: 143

    I'm afraid to say that I think @Mr_Cross has hit the nail on the head here....

    Mention of the balloon style wheels made me think it could possibly be an alternate model built from #1593 but this isn't on back of the box builds and a quick search of the instructions doesn't show an alternate build, and none of the pics of the box I can find show any.

    It may well be something you built yourself from parts from several sets?

    Time does play tricks on the mind, I know that full well as when I started putting sets back together from a big box containing my late 70s / early 80s Lego collection I worked out I had sets that I could not remember having. And strangely had some unique pieces from sets I never had!

    Anyway good luck with your quest - if you do find it let us know what it was!
    560HeliportMr_Crossandhe
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    First picture: #4494 Imperial Shuttle, #75030 Millennium Falcon Microfighter, #30240 Z-95 Headhunter. Second picture: #75079 Shadow Troopers, #7913 Clone Trooper Battle Pack, #8031 V-19 Torrent, #30053 Republic Attack Cruiser.
    Mr_Cross
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 473
    Can the experts id this torso?


  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,297
    @lnong, one last thought I had was that perhaps looking through some period correct catalogs Sears & JCPenney et al. might help find something akin to your description?
    There is a wealth of the old catalogs here on wishbook.com and although it's not the best interface, there are some delights to behold if you can be bother trawling through!

    In a casual "flip" through a Sears Wishbook I did find another brand, "loc blocs" and they had a space range too, known as "space raider" that theme looks like it was circa 1984. IMO it all looks very similar to classic space. I did a quick google search that threw up some promising looking models but again, sadly, I drew a blank... is it worth considering these other (non LEGO) brands?
    560Heliport
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 473
    Thank you! I obviously need to work on my search game. At least I got ninjago right
    560Heliport
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 491
    Can anyone identify this train please
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 491
    ....and I cant find the set to this door also
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 491
    The color of the door is the old dark grey
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 491
    Can someone help me in identifying these figs. I can't find a pilot that has all the printing on it. And I couldnt locate the other 2 also. Thanks
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 1,259
    edited September 4
    From left to right: Juno Eclipse, Mix of parts (see note below), ACU from Jurassic World,  Grand Moff Tarkin.

    The TIE pilot seems to be a mish mash of parts including Imperial Ground Crew torso. Someone else might be able to add more detail before I get chance to look in more depth.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    The "TIE pilot" has the torso and legs from either Imperial Ground Crew Technician from set #75154, or Jyn Erso Imperial Ground Crew Disguise from set #75171. I think the helmet is from #75211 Imperial TIE Fighter.
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 491
    Thanks every one. I got just two more to idenify
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 1,259
    edited September 5
    Kanjiklub Gang Member (Star Wars Episode VII) and Barry (helps Owen with the raptor wrangling in Jurassic World).

    Barry is from quite a rare and desirable set (albeit not for him specifically, more to do with the raptors) so worth almost $15 at the moment. I think his head is rare in terms of populating a collection with more ethnicities.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    The top one (with the eyepatch) is Kanjiklub Gang Member, from #75105.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    The other is Barry, from #75920.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,330
    edited September 7
    Just to be clear, I know this is an old 2x3 brick 🙂 — I wanted to see if you guys had seen the upside-down logo on an older brick like this before... is this a common occurrence or fluke?  I would think that the mold would have to have been cast that way, meaning there are probably lots of these out there...

    Astrobricks
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,907
    I think I remember seeing pictures of bricks with logos facing in various directions. I'm sure it was here, since I seldom get Lego information anywhere else. 
    KungFuKenny
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,525
    edited September 8
    If I remember correctly, Gary Istok said they are fairly common in the US because Lego would send Samsonite old worn out molds from Denmark and Samsonite would retool them backwards sometimes. 
    KungFuKennygmonkey76Astrobricksrd1899pxchris
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,308
    I have a few. They seem to be fairly common.
    KungFuKenny
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