Traditionally, both LEGO designers and fans have assigned their colored Classic Spacemen different jobs/roles. With LEGO's introduction of the long-awaited orange classic spaceman, it's time to consider identifying his potential role in the classic space community. What do you think?
Below is what I currently understand the existing spaceman roles to be. With an exception of the pink spaceman, this is based on what Jens Knudsen
& Mark Stafford
have shared via articles (provided links are for those articles).
- Blue: interchangeably technicians/mechanics and security/soldiers/commanders
- Red & White: interchangeably pilots and explorers
- Yellow: scientists
- Black: warriors/spies
- Green: mech operators
- Pink: possibly dubbed "medic" by the fan community (I believe that I've read this somewhere before on a brickset article... but am now having trouble finding it)
This is my take on the orange spaceman's potential role. Mining is a common element found in other LEGO space adventures like Mars Mission
, Rock Raiders
, Collectible Minifigures (example: series 12 Space Miner
), and even the 2019 City Space subtheme
. Across these themes, the color orange is often associated with mining and rock collecting (if you're wondering about this theory in regards to Rock Raiders, Sparks has an orange mining suit). I think that a defined miner role seems to be missing in Classic Space, and personally believe that a miner's role could be very nicely filled with the orange spaceman.
But these are just my thoughts. What do you think?