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LEGO Classic Space, I want to understand, and try to help those fans.

ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
edited January 2019 in Building and Techniques
So, before I begin, I have two caveats. Only one hand works well, and I've never owned a Classic Space set.They predated me, by 10 years, I guess? Well, anyway, my dream is to design a LEGO set for sale, and make somebody really happy. My Up house isn't doing as well as I'd like on Ideas, so, I decided while fixing  improving, and promoting it, I wanted to try to step out of my LEGO comfort zone, and build a CS ship. Are modern curves allowed? If I have a roof, do I need windows, more than just the windshield? Is it a problem that while I wait for Benny's Space Squad, I only have Benny himself? I've been looking at Brickset, obviously, but I want to do this as authentically as I would a Disney build... I started a prototype, a few days ago...
Also, I've come to realize that Brickset can be friendlier than Eurobricks, sometimes, so, although I use both, I went here, first. 


  • tmgm528tmgm528 Member Posts: 457
    Ive never been the biggest classic space buff as it predates me by something around twenty years - however - I do have an appreciation for it, as I have a number of them in my posession that were hand-me-downs. 

    Personally speaking, I think a sort of modernized take on Classic Space would be a blast. Curves, Smoother exteriors, etc. I think would be welcome changes, but having the designs be relatively simple (ie. not akin to Space Police 3) and of course sticking to the simple light grey + single color designs would be ideal.

    just my thoughts though! Maybe older - er - wiser Bricksetters who love CS more have different opinions though!
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,833
    edited January 2019
    My advice is to check out the classic space sets to get a better understanding of what is classic space:

    Somewhat basic,, but yet elegant, designs and open to imagination IMO. Loved the few sets I had as a kid (never really had a large Classic space set either growing up) and loved having almost a complete collection of classic space once I became old enough, and got an eBay account, to start buying old LEGO lots that had many of these sets. IMO Blacktron I was the chief classic space type of set, but I really love everything from the start of Classic Space through to the later space themes
  • DeMontesDeMontes Member Posts: 745
    edited January 2019
    @Modeltrainman Even better than just Classic Space, here are ‘the rules’ for building Neo-Classic Space

    Peter Reid has a Neo-CS spaceship on Ideas that’s worth supporting because it’s a thing of beauty:

  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,559
    Hadn't spotted Pete Reid's ship.  Just needs another 41 votes to make it to 1k
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,828
    If you chose Classic Space as a theme solely because you think it will sell, you are probably choosing the wrong theme. You need to figure out something to build that truly inspires YOU, and also happens to be something other people might want. 
  • shikadishikadi Member Posts: 140
    DeMontes said:
    @Modeltrainman Even better than just Classic Space, here are ‘the rules’ for building Neo-Classic Space
    The NCS site is a great resource, but "the rules" are pretty arbitrary and probably the least useful thing on that site. Here's a rebuttal by another NCS designer (who has a beautiful MOC by the way)

  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 4,237
    Puh-lease. "Rules"? Build what you like! I think you'll have better results if you build something you really like, rather than trying to please someone else.
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!
  • DeMontesDeMontes Member Posts: 745
    Yes that’s why I said ‘the rules’ as it was more about the general idea if Neo Classic Space thanthe actual rules themselves 😁
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    When I meant rules, I meant the Classic Space aesthetic, actually. I just wanted to build something that looked like it belonged in CS. But, since others have told me I should do what makes me most excited, I'll improve my Up house for me, then work on something I've always wanted to build: a giant tracked space truck thing. 

  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,727
    ^ Like a Sandcrawler? 
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    No, like a truck that has wheels too, is a lab, living quarters, base in all. 
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Member Posts: 5,555
    ^ So, #60195 in space.
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    @astrobricks, nope. It's hard to explain, I'll have to build what I see it my head.

  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda Member Posts: 1,295
    So, something like set #70704, but more sophisticated?
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    @Baby_Yoda Something more like: But not quite this, even. Picture like the front of a big rig tractor, with tracks on the back 4 wheel spots. But with a base over the hitch area...with rockets for off planet travel.

  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,828
    ^I'd be more likely to be interested in something like that than in the "Up" house, particularly if it was designed for adding power functions. 
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    edited January 2019
    @datsunrobbie I was actually considering BOOST support, and if I could, PF/PU for other functions. Too much?

  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,828
    It would all depend on what the motor functions end up doing. If you make it non-powered, take a look at the options LEGO has for add-on power in existing sets, like  #10194. If LEGO already sells the parts required for motorizing as a separate set it will help. As far as I know the only way to get the BOOST electronics is the $150 BOOST set, and that's a bit steep for somebody who just wants to add parts to another set.
  • natro220natro220 Member Posts: 545
    Are you thinking about something like a tracked version of #7066?
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    @natro220 Not quite. No 'trailers'.

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