Random set of the day: Crystal Explorer Sub

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Crystal Explorer Sub

Crystal Explorer Sub

©1995 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6175 Crystal Explorer Sub, released in 1995. It's one of 6 Aquazone sets produced that year. It contains 167 pieces and 2 minifigs, and its retail price was US$33.

It's owned by 4201 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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By in United States,

From 1996's ignominy to 1995's magnificence! Aquazone was a radical new theme that really shook up the System (Town, Space, Castle, Pirate)! It introduced two new science-fiction factions at once, the hydrolator-seeking Aquanauts and the fiendish thieving Aquasharks. My first Aquazone set was the Aquashark Shark Scout, which was fascinating enough to confirm I needed the whole theme! But at stage in my Lego fandom, that was a wild dream. I might as well have envisioned owning TLG one day.

Then, an unexpected and horrible event occurred in my life: I contracted walking pneumonia, and enough water filled up my lungs that I had to be sent to the hospital, where I spent the next several weeks hooked up to life support and all manner of unfriendly-looking things. For a six year old, it was a bewildering, surreal experience. I had no idea how scared my parents were for me; apparently, pneumonia can be a death sentence for the very young or very old if left untreated too long. But thankfully, I made it out alive, and came home to a much-relieved family.

They were so relieved, as it turns out, that they made my homecoming extra-special. There on my bed were TWO Aquazone sets: Deep Sea Predator and the set feature today, the Crystal Explorer Sub! Finally, an Aquanaut set and some of those cool chrome crystals! So many fascinating new parts in general, and given to me not for a birthday or Christmas occasion! I thanked my parents profusely and got to work on the two sets. While Deep Sea Predator looked the coolest, the Crystal Explorer Sub had more playability with the multiple stations for minifigures, the working compass, and some sea life in the form of an octopus (!) and seaweed! The poster included really showed off the environment of Aquazone really well, further honing my imagination. Many undersea battles were fought between my CES and DSP (with the Shark Scout often acting as a getaway vehicle). Later in the year, the Lego MANIA Magazine introduced instructions for a hybrid vehicle of 1995 sets from each theme, and I gleefully transplanted the propeller section from the CES onto my Royal King's Carriage.

The set is still treasured by me, and I recently dusted it off before carefully repacking it in the original box. It's definitely a quality set that I will hopefully pass on to my children someday, though I hope not after a near-brush with death!

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By in United States,

Greatest set of all time. Fight me.

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By in Australia,

Cyno01 - 6195 Neptune Discovery Lab = Greatest Set of all time.

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By in Australia,

@Cyno01 ... I was just about to say, best set ever. Literally, best set ever. Anyone who disagrees is objectively wrong and I can prove it with graphs.

To be serious for a fleeting second ... no, you know, I stand by it. I was entranced by the original Aquazone theme in '95, and I fell in love with this submarine as soon as I saw that year's catalogue. This is right in the feels today, I tell you.

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By in United States,

I love this set so much I bought a second one of eBay last fall. Sadly it was missing a piece in those horrible arms that always brought, which is why I bought another one.

Two things of note in the set.
I love Aquazone but it's HUGELY juniorized and yet everyone loves them.
The directions were so small. Now LEGO shows you where every 200 pieces in the set goes. Back in 1995 there was 15 new pieces added every page. It's amazing how much things changed in 15 years.

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By in United States,

One of the best. Also that thing looked absolutely massive to my younger self.

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By in Australia,

My parents spoiled me in the mid-90s as I went crazy on this theme as a kid. I had the Explorer, Discovery Lab, Shark's Crystal Cave, and Deep Sea Predator.

I still have all my original sets! Great memories.

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By in United States,

@ZordBoy - I am legitimately interested in said graphs. Definitely one of my favorite sets growing up and it still holds a special place in my heart.

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By in Hungary,

Oh, those arms which always broke :) Like the wings of the Insectoids series creatures.
Anyway true, aquazone is one of the best themes ever. They were always marked on my wish list, but only received the smallest, 6115 set.

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By in United Kingdom,

What a great story Lego Lord. It sounds as if this particular set is special to many of us.

It was the first one I bought that had minifigs after exiting my dark ages and I have to agree that it's one of the best sets of all time.

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By in United States,

I miss the chunky old-style manipulator arms. They were kind of a hassle but they looked really cool.

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By in Serbia,

When LEGO Space went underwater!
Welcome to Feelandia...

Got to agree: Crystal Explorer + Neptune's lab - the joy combo with somewhat UCS veil around them.
Add the Shark's Crystal Cave and you're that kid from the block.

But, however, let us not forget M-Tron Mega Core Magnetizer (oh, how ignorant am I).

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By in United Kingdom,

Ah the nostalgia, one of the sets I had back in the day, and I have to echo the thoughts of many above that this set and theme was one of the greats.

Is it not time we had an underwater fantasy theme again. This sort of set what I miss most and wish they would bring back from the classics days, the one or two wave creative, original idea fantasy themes, without the need for tie-in cartoons or app gimmicks, just cool designs and play features/opportunities.

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anyone know why Lego marketed sets with different names in the US and the UK in the 90s? To me this set will always be the DSRV-II. Also, is there any way to get those old names in the database? I have old catalogues that should have a lot of them in.

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By in United Kingdom,

We have field in the database for other set names but haven't fully populated it yet

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By in Sweden,

Agree with you all above. Still has this set completed along with some additional sets from the same theme! Great set =)

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By in United States,

Aquazone is definitely one of the themes I got most into as a kid, at least prior to Bionicle! In hindsight many of the sets were really pricy for their size and piece count (no doubt due to the number of big specialized parts… it WAS the 90s), but I still have fond memories of them even if I wouldn't pay those prices for them today.

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By in United States,

The subs from Aquazone were some of the best LEGO produced. They had an incredibly grounded and realistic feel with a touch of magic and wonder. While I loved the sea monsters from Atlantis and slightly less so Aquaraiders, the idea of competing diver factions with their own subthemes was great! The specially molded parts are also great for use with space craft and sci fi builds.

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By in Canada,

One of my favourite lego sets from my childhood! I was very fortunate, and ended up getting basically all of the Aquanauts sets over the course of the mid 90s.

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By in United States,

Weird that it has a huge front compared with the rest of it. But that probably is part of its appeal.

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By in United States,

I wish I had the money because there have been some great deals on eBay with these sets. I recently went on a Power Miner spree, but I think these will be the next ones I rebuild / buy.

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By in United States,

After a hiatus for years from Legos, I started working at a hobby/toy shop, as the Aquanaut/Aquashark sets hit the shelves.

All I can say is that my first few paychecks went right back into the store, and my yellow and black piece count went up exponentially that spring.

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By in United States,

For me, this wasn't just a great set, but also the first large set I was ever given as a kid, and thus partially responsible for my obsession with the brand. Cool to see that so many other people value it too.

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By in Denmark,

Love the deep sea diver... and crystals!

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By in Netherlands,

I have a rather similar experience as Lego Lord. Recovering from surgery and getting this as a gift. Therefore it holds a special place in my heart. One of the greatest sets ever indeed. Tot bad the underwater themes in the following years were such a disappointment

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By in Austria,

I have always loved this set - so much, I NEVER disassembled it since I got this back in those days

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By in Austria,

I loved these sets when i was young, soo good!

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