Random set of the day: T-3 Trike

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T-3 Trike

T-3 Trike

©2001 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7312 T-3 Trike, released in 2001. It's one of 24 Space sets produced that year. It contains 99 pieces and 1 minifig, and its retail price was US$10/£8.99.

It's owned by 2036 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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22 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I still really want to get one of those aliens from this theme one of these days. All-in-all I find this to be one of the weaker vehicles of the theme but at least it's realistic.

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By in Australia,

Another odd Life on Mars set, although this one wasn't too bad, all things considered. I love how the canopy there is about as airtight as flyscreen, but meh.

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By in United States,

I miss the days when LEGO made $10 and $15 dollar sets that weren’t just poly bags or minifigures.

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By in United States,

This set is neat. This was back when rubber bands weren't used very often in non-technic sets, so to get a System car with a suspension system was cool. It was also probably the most realistic human set in a theme where they were trying to shoot for a degree of realism. Modularity is also a big plus. Gets a thumbs-up in my book.

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By in United States,

I have a great fondness for this theme, this set included... good times!

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By in United States,

Love this set, it's what started my love of LEGO. First set I ever got.

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By in United States,

I feel like this theme got overlooked by a lot. I have this set and it's kind of a neat theme. This trike is way better than the ridiculous one in the later Mars Mission theme.

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By in Australia,

Air-tight canopies? Bah- back in the 80s we didn't even need air-tight helmets.

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By in Poland,

WAY better than the later mars rover. ANd it can be mixed with other LoM sets!

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By in New Zealand,

I love this model too.

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By in Germany,

The spiritual sucessor Mars Mission has with #7694 almost the same set. I do posses that one but I think today's random set is much more realistic.

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By in United States,

This was my first Life on Mars set that I got in the week before Christmas 2000. My aunt and uncle were visiting us that year, and my aunt was with me in Wal-Mart when I discovered this and other LoM sets were already on the shelves prior to their 2001 launch date. The trike's design really grabbed me, as well as all the new pieces. My aunt bought it for me and I built it excitedly once I got home. The non-airtight cockpit didn't bother me because I reasoned Doc was wearing a spacesuit already. The canopy piece from the Divers theme was cool because it was now in dark translucent gray (or black), but I marveled at the tires, the Vitruvian man 2x2 round tile, and the new flexible hoses on either side of the vehicle.

Playing with it was great! I loved how those wheels clicked and clacked over my decaying LEGO Island road baseplates, and the modularity of the set (it comes in three sections) was interesting. I would often eject the central portion with the antenna and keep the front and rear ends together for a "sport" model to cruise the Martian dunes. Thankfully, it wasn't long before my Life on Mars collection grew even more, as on the Eve of Christmas Eve, I received the Red Planet Protector. But the T-3 Trike started it all!

And although I may be misremembering, either this set or the RP Protector contained a 2001 mini catalog that gave me my first glimpse of that upcoming year's most pivotal theme, one that would make me soon forget all about Life on Mars...BIONICLE!

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By in Italy,

I own this set and didn't realise that blue tile was a vitruvian minifig until a few weeks ago.

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By in Sweden,

I think it's a very neat set! Granted it looks a little better on the photo than in reality maybe, but with the suspension it's very playable and overall has a nice design and some useful parts. I own at least two of these :)

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By in {Unknown country},

Excellent stuff. And the possibility to combine this one with Solar Explorer was just great!

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By in United States,

I picked up two of these for some reason - think they must’ve been on sale. But after Star Wars pulled me out of my dark age I was really hungry for regular Space sets - that having been my favorite theme when I was a kid - and these Mars sets were very fun.

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By in United States,

@AdamDaLegoGuy: They… do, though? Like, the $10–$15 price points for this year alone include one Classic set, three Juniors sets, three Creator 3-in-1 sets, 28 BrickHeadz sets, six Friends sets, an Elves set, a Disney set, a Technic set, two Minecraft sets, two Unikitty sets, four Speed Champions sets, five City sets, ten Ninjago sets, six Star Wars sets, a Harry Potter set, and four Marvel sets. Several of those like #41342, #31073, #41451, #41190, and #75885 have considerably more bricks than this set did!

I had this set, but in general the human Life on Mars vehicles didn't excite me nearly as much as the Martian mechs. Loved the "Vitruvian minifigure" tile, though!

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By in Hong Kong,

I agree this is a neat little set and imaginative design. Great suspension and love those wheels which look like they would really belong on a Mars rover. Far superior to the later 7694. (You had to buy the small set 7310 to get a 4th wheel!) Great clear dome canopy; don’t really understand the fuss about it being non-airtight. Just have fun with it! I only didn’t like the “Doc” minifig very much.

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By in United States,

Great mix of futuristic and retro. Why aren't the new Mars missions 10$.

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By in United States,

I love when the SOTD is one I forgot I had owned as a kid.

Oh, nostalgia, here we go again!

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By in United States,

One of my favorites from one of my favorite childhood themes. I think I loved it most because of the wheels. Combine it with the Mono Jet, and then you have four wheels to use for MOCs!

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By in United States,

Ah, the T-3 Trike... i remember ye fondly...

This was one of my childhood favorites, if you couldn’t guess.

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