So, in working on an Ice Planet MOC recently, I've been looking up more information on the theme, and I was wondering what other tidbits about them might be out there. The LEGO wikia page says that the top of the #6973
Deep Freeze Defender reads:
The ice planet Krysto, with its vast network of frozen tunnels and
caves, is the capital of a remote part of the universe known as Ice
Planet 2002. It is from this snow covered planet that rocket technicians
are conducting top secret research. Their findings are coveted by the
Blacktron forces and even renegades within the Space Police.
I hadn't remembered the mention of frozen caves and tunnels, although the name of Krysto seemed to ring a bell. So I dug out my copy of the Deep Freeze Defender, and it's got DIFFERENT text:
Scientists on the frozen planet Krysto conduct top secret satellite research, but dangerous forces in the universe want their technology. With Building sets from the LEGO SYSTEM™ Space Collection, only you, the LEGO MANIAC™, can put Ice Planet foes into a deep freeze.
That's the North American box, with the same above text translated into both French and Spanish immediately following the English. So, does the one talking about tunnels and Blacktron and such come from the UK box? (Sadly, I can't seem to find my Ice Station Odyssey box, although I assume it's probably got the same text on it)
I also note that the Summer 1994 Bricks 'n Pieces magazine had a short article on Spyrius (also mentioning Ice Planet, once calling it merely "Planet 2002" rather than "Ice Planet 2002"):http://www.miniland.nl/LEGOclub/lego magazine lezen.htm
But I can't find any scans of 1993 Bricks 'n Pieces or Brick Kicks magazines that have anything similar for Ice Planet. (I have the Winter 1993 Brick Kicks, and from the looks of it, it seems unlikely that other Brick Kicks would have anything like it). Also nothing terribly interesting in the normal catalogs or [email protected]
catalogs (although the Spring 1994 [email protected]
catalog mistakenly refers to the skis in the Celestial Sled as "snow shoes").
Although not terribly noteworthy, the UK 1993 catalog says:
Located right in the centre of the Universe so their advanced rockets with satellites can reach any remote galaxy. Only special equipment makes it possible to survive the freezing cold climate.
The only interesting tidbit there being that it seemingly contradicts the reported statement in the #6973
box cover that says that it's "a remote part of the universe" as opposed to "right in the centre of the Universe".
I also know that the leader of Ice Planet was later referred to as "Commander Cold" in one of the LEGO Racers games, although it's not clear if it was invented for the game, or if it was actually taken from earlier internal summaries of the lineup. Given that it's the first space theme with apparent "characters", it wouldn't surprise me if LEGO had additional descriptions internally for them, though we may never know without some official input.
Anyone else have any other tidbits on Ice Planet?