Random set of the day: Century Skyway

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Century Skyway

Century Skyway

©1994 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6597 Century Skyway, released in 1994. It's one of 29 Town sets produced that year. It contains 894 pieces and 12 minifigs, and its retail price was US$109.

It's owned by 1211 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


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32 comments on this article

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By in United States,

A true classic! One which I cherish a lot.

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By in Australia,

Gosh, Lego knew how to make a good airport back in the day, didn't they? And there were some good airports in the 80s and 90s, but by gosh, this one was gorgeous, wasn't it? I love that you get two helicopters (and the larger freight chopper was a thing of beauty), and even the design of the terminal. That internal suspended walkway? I mean, that's just freaking cool.

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By in Malaysia,

Being fairly poor in my childhood, I dreamt of owning a LEGO airport and train. This set came out at the right time after my dark ages and I immediately snagged it (reissued/legend) without giving a second thought... and it has been on my display shelf till today after I moved into a new house (7 years and counting)

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By in United States,

Ah yes, the set that got me into Lego (after deciding between a Lego or Playmobil airport). Bought it with all the money I had saved up. My mother even stayed up late to place the winning bid on the ebay listing (this was in 2006). Unfortunately all of the translucent blue lights that lined the runway were missing, so much for "100% complete" claims on ebay. A great set that provided fun until I got into my dark ages, but I never found a good use for those large 'A' shaped beams for the control tower...

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By in Australia,

Best Lego airport set ever. Great value too. Shame Lego doesn't make proper airports anymore. Even if one were to blindly ignore all the aircraft and runway base plates (awesome) there is that great terminal and a proper, separate control tower.

We really need a proper terminal building to be released.

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By in United States,

This brings back so many memories. This is "the big one" I wanted so badly as a kid. I loved airports and aircraft deeply as a kid (and still do), and I will never forget seeing this set for the first time in the Lego catalog. I remember wanting it so badly, and dreaming of all the adventures and fun I could have. It wasn't much later that my birthday rolled around, and between the money I had saved and birthday money, I had enough to go to Toys "R" Us and purchase it. I'll never forget walking out of the store with my mom, and the excitement thinking of all the adventures and fun I would have. I spent hours working on this set and building it, and it absolutely lived up to my dreams. To this day it is still one of my favorite sets. I loved (and love) everything about it to this day. I wish we would see another airport of this caliber again soon. Thanks for the memories.

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By in Australia,

It’s a beautiful set.

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By in United States,

I love the old airports, with baseplates, proper terminal and control tower, and a awesome brick built airplane. The new ones look nice, but the build is so juniorized with giant pieces. This is the best airport LEGO has made.

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By in Australia,

Honestly, this is just me, but personally, '94 was about as good as Lego got. Like, in terms of City (and definitely Train), everything just rose to a natural apex around about the mid 90s. And yeah, there were some great sets and themes that continued in '95 (I'm looking at you, Aquazone) and continued through until about '98 (I'm looking at you, Ninja and Adventurers) ... and then it was an unfortunate (and steep) downward slope through the turn of the millennium ... but for me, that mid 90s period in Lego City was the source of many, many happy and cherished memories.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't believe that it comes with five and a half baseplates! That big chopper should be called the bumble bee as I'm sure it shouldn't be able to fly with those tiny rotors :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I have the rerelease of this set, I want to say it was free with the purchase of #7237 from Argos but that can't be right; definitely got the two together in some special offer though.

What a fantastic model. Wish LEGO would still include this many baseplates in their sets!

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By in Slovenia,

I got this set in a terrible condition! All white bricks were yellowed. But peroxid does miracles! After cleaning it was like new.
And of course- It is beautiful, classic town set.

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By in Germany,

This set came out just before I entered my dark ages, so it kind of went by more or less unnoticed by me. Unfortunate, because it is a great set. Might try to get it one day, just as I got myself the Neptune Discovery Lab and Aquabase Invasion a while ago. Love such classics.

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By in United States,

I miss sets like this with actual baseplates.

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By in Denmark,

You cannot have a proper airport without a proper runway - read: base plates.

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By in United States,

Yup. this was a great time of baseplates - I mean look at what you got? Not so much the case today...

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By in United States,

I still have this set and once I get my monorail set up with my upcoming BL and B&P orders that my wife doesn't need to know about I'll bring it from my parents' house to mine where it will live proudly next to #1682 in the corner of my city. At this point this project has reached the point where I'm almost sick of it as I've invested a good three years now off and on. Looking forward to it being done.

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By in United Kingdom,

Too bad most modern Lego planes are too big to use with these old airport sets.

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By in Hungary,

Best LEGO airport to date, strongly followed by 6392, which is more classic to me. Wonderful terminal, control tower, airplane and helicopters. Just look at the number of base plates and minifigures that come with this set. Those were the days. I usually build this together with 6399 Airport Shuttle and fun never ends.

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By in United States,

I am a happy owner of both 6392 and the following 6396. However both I got as an adult. I`` was dreaming about this one just as "eggbert20." And recently I missed an offer of this set + box! "Oh nooooo!"

Golden are of Lego Town.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd really like to see Lego reintroduce their 'Lego system' on sets again, so that sizes are compatible across the board. Some of the joy of mix-and-matching is gone IMO.

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By in Slovenia,

^ The 'Lego system' is about the bricks, not the sizes... It would be fairly hard to pair a Millennium Falcon with gas station, or a constraction figure with an Elves dragon...

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By in United States,

@sid3windr--While you're right about the definition of "system" in this case, Sparky Ham does have a point. Let's just look at City, for example, and forget about cross-theme scale. City vehicles seem to be built on different scales. Sometimes it even happens within the same set. Look at last year's police station, 60141. It has a pickup truck that's four studs wide and a police cruiser that's six studs wide. It looks odd to have a sedan that's bigger than a pickup truck. I've noticed this a lot about City sets recently. There's a greater focus on detail, but a much lesser focus on connectability/compatibility. That's not necessarily a bad thing (though I prefer the older way when most sets were in scale with each other, and designed to work around road baseplates), but it is a tradeoff.

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By in Netherlands,

So in 1994 Lego was more expensive then than it is today? Not even 900 pieces (even no license although there are quite a nice handful of minifigs) for 110 bucks would not sit well with AFOLs today...

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By in United States,

@PaNic--I'm not sure how accurate the $109 is compared to prices today; there are a lot of factors. For example, Lego used to include sales tax (and maybe shipping? I can't recall) in its prices in US catalogues. It no longer does this--so it was probably a $100 set. $100 in 1994 is still more expensive than $100 in 2018 due to inflation--but since wages in the USA have grown much more slowly than inflation, it can be hard to figure out the real value.

However: it is noteworthy that this set has around 200 more pieces than both of the recent City airports (60104 from 2016 and 3182 from 2010), which were priced around $100.

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By in United States,

^The 04 Re-release was only $90 US/70UK (10159)

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By in United Kingdom,

I definitely got this as a re-release around 2004-2005ish? Oh the days of baseplates!

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By in Denmark,

Century Skyway was probably the last set, I purchased as kid (teen), before LEGO went into its dark age ;op It took another five to seven years before I purchased LEGO sets again. - I still picked up the catalogues, but apparently there was nothing important enough to be purchased.

It was on offer in a local hypermarket, so I went with my friend and his parents when they went shopping to buy it. It remained built for years. I look forward to build it again once I go for buildings airports.

I must say, I also prefer the old, four studs wide airplanes, compared to the big ones nowadays. And this airport certainly marked a peak of the LEGO airports.

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By in Austria,

Yeah, a great set with soo many details and love!

I got mine about seven or eight years ago: It was an opened box with all but one bags still sealed. Seller didn´ t know if it was complete. I bought it for 40-50€ (about that, not really sure anymore) and built it. And luckily it was actually complete! :) I still have it on display in my legoroom - new, mint, built just once, absolutely complete and with perfect instruction and very good box. One of my best finds! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

You're right Lewis97. That Argos promotion was mindbogglingly brilliant. Got this set free when you bought the police station... bargain!

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By in Japan,

There is always that tug at the gut when I see these older sets. Love the colors and that grainy feel to the picture. I still have fond memories of my childhood with LEGO.

Recently, I visited my folks and they still had my toys for some reason. Found and old LEGO bin with my cherished figures still in there all worn and beat up with their faces fading off. Heck they each greeting me with a smile, even the knights and the pirates hah hah. Such a good feeling. Like seeing friends you haven't seen in years and years.

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