When the new Emmet and Benny’s ‘Build and Fix Workshop (set 70821) came out a couple of weeks ago, I immediately bought a copy, along with Benny’s Space Squad because, spaceship! Spacship! SPACESHIP! In a previous video, I showed you my reMOC of 918 One Man Spaceship, the smallest ship from the old Classic Space theme. Since then, I have been thinking about doing the same for 924, Space Transporter.
A few months ago I acquired the LEGO Gift With Purchase set, 40291 Creative Personailities, showing Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen writing one of his books on a bench, complete with a swan lake and a small child passing by.
While the official scene was nice enough, I felt I wanted to create a custom insert for the book and chose science fiction, my favourite genre, to depict.
I teamed up the spaceship Micro build from the Dimensions Benny Fun pack, flying in the vacuum of space on one page, and the astronaut from Collectable Minifig series 15 sitting at a custom made control console on the other page.
I can see I’m going to have to make a Microscale space port for all these miniature craft – Star Wars gives us a tiny Y-Wing today, which works well on the sandy coloured background.
Meanwhile the 24-in-1 calendar shows us how to build a perfect little cube to represent a mini hedgehog.
I haven’t yet see The LEGO Movie, but Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (70816) set has taken my eye because of its cool shape and Classic Space colours. So I was pleased to find a used but complete set available from eBay a while ago.
It arrived as a box of bits, all jumbled up and in none of the numbered bags big sets tend to come in straight from the factory these days:
Undaunted by the challenge, I set to and sorted the bits out into a semblance of order before building the magnificent machine. It looks rather fab with its outrigger mini-ships and an adversary in a sleek black ship to chase. It’s also remarkably swooshable for its size. Yay! The top view is definitely the best – underneath there are a few of those blocky Technic frames on show, which could do with a few inverted slopes to cover them up.
Anyway, I was very happy with my craft and so was the pilot. No wonder he goes around with that stupid grin on his face all the time!
This is another craft, from recent Star Wars films, that I’m not very familiar with. But the internet tells me it’s Rey’s Speeder, and which way up it flies!
Meanwhile we are definitely down to earth with 24-in-1 today, which provides us with a big, beefy tractor. The headlights glow in that trans yellow colour, but I see it could do with some emissions testing as that big plume of smoke from the engine isn’t too good!
As well as having the big Classic Space fleet on my to-be-re-purchased wishlist, I’m also keeping my eye out for some of the smaller sets to add to the collection. A couple arrived from eBay today. Firstly, set 889 Radar Truck. I definitely remember having this one as a kid. The example I bought has one or two bits of a more modern vintage, but most of it is original, and I was very pleased with the price.
It came with some instructions and didn’t take long to put it together. The Minifig face has a little bit of wear but his torso print is very good, showing hardly any wear to the gold planet. He’s ready to roam the Moon’s surface and get on with his work!
The other set was 6803 Space Patrol, a small one-seater craft from 1983. I’m not sure I was still collecting Space LEGO by then, but it fits well with the other models and has a consistent colour scheme. (One reason I’m unlikely to acquire some of the more recent Space themed sets is I’m a sucker for the original grey/blue/trans yellow combo, so if it ain’t that, I ain’t interested!).
Again, it didn’t take too long to put together and the white-suited astronaut has a reasonable chest print and a nice smiley face. In the course of adding the trans-red cones to the nose, I managed to break the plate with bars which was provided by the eBay seller – gah! So for the moment, I’ve substituted the bley version until I can get an older authentic part.