Random set of the day: MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit

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MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit

MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit

©2008 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7648 MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit, released in 2008. It's one of 11 Space sets produced that year. It contains 130 pieces and 2 minifigs, and its retail price was US$9.99/£7.79.

It's owned by 2295 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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24 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Had this way back then, along with the Switch Fighter (got it for Christmas). Neat little set with a ton of play features. The green aliens were pretty cool. I still come across a few of the parts from this set in my bin from time to time.

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By in United States,

Interesting sets, but something was 'missing' from them I felt. I do not remember this one though for some reason (maybe because I was only interested in the mechs).

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By in United States,

It's a cute little set from a theme LEGO didn't quiet think 100% through.

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By in United States,

When I saw the excavator as the random set 2 days ago, I immediately thought of this set as a space version of it. No kidding. Go figure that this one showed up 48 hours later. I think I reengineered it so the drill was part of the main vehicle and not on a trailer.

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By in United States,

A little over-reliant on stickers (especially the cockpit details), but a nice introductory set for the theme (the small robot is well-done for so few parts). Overall I really enjoyed the color scheme for both the astronauts' and the martians' vehicles, just looked great on the shelf.

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By in Australia,

This Mars line, I don't think I own a single one of these (wait, no, I own the little white ship that came out the year before).

I just didn't really get this line at all. And the trans-green aliens? To me, they were just kind of ... odd. Although I gotta be honest, looking at this mining vehicle? It's kind of cool, I can see the appeal. I like the big orange wheels.

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By in United States,

The first set I bought with my own money way back in 2018, I still rebuild it from time to time. It will always hold a special place in my collection, I just wish I had more Mars Mission sets to go with it.

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By in United States,

Yay, a set I have! Super nostalgic for it. It’s a nice display piece, and fun to play with. Too bad mine is broken and in bins now...

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By in United Kingdom,

What a cool set! and for that price! if this was released today it would be £25 no questions asked. I love the in-house space themes the alien and astronaut designs were always so unique and exciting. this set is definitely a standout!

@ZeeEssBS
You bought it way back in 2018?

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By in Netherlands,

Liked this one, but never did bother getting it. Those wheels were always a no-no for me, and the vehicle not being close to air-tight put me off.

That being said, I really hope they remake the cockpit windscreen piece, because it's a part that's missing from LEGO's current inventory. I am sick of the tiny windscreens they use nowadays.

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By in United States,

Major Chief.
I meant to say way back in 2008:)

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By in New Zealand,

Beautiful. Always room for more space vans

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By in United States,

One of the few sets I have a double of, as even though I listed the sets I had at the time to my friend so as to not get a repeat, she forgot and gave me this set as a birthday present. At least its a good army builder and I learned to be polite by accepting gifts even if I didn't want them.

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By in United States,

One of the first sets I have and it’s still on display, good price for some great play!

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By in United States,

I had 2 of these.

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By in United States,

Love this set! Bought it myself immediately after I was gifted the MT-31!

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By in France,

This one reminds me of some Playmobil 80s space ships and bases in shapes, colors schemes ...

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By in Canada,

Hooray, finally a set I have! :D This is the only Mars Mission set I own (as of now, but that will change). Love it. It's a good one...even though there's no ground clearance. I have this one built and displayed by my night table, so I can look at it whenever I'm lying down or reading.

Looks terrible without stickers though, which it actually a good thing I think. It's more of an individual that way, you can't build it and say it's complete without them.

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By in United States,

This whole series was basically Lego trolling with the good/bad persona. While peaceful the explorers did invaded the red surface of Mars and the Martians could be interpreted as combatting their Invaders, unless there were two Martian factions or the Martins were planning to invade Earth and the random arrival of astronauts interrupted their plans.

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By in United States,

Oh wow, I loved this theme! It was one of the last themes that I collected before going through my Dark Ages, I must have about 5 or 6 sets from this theme, still built and in a box in my room. This set was my favorite from the 2nd wave, since it was so cheap and had so many play features, I thought the mobile lab/mining trailer was a pretty great idea. It paired well with the other mining vehicles from the same theme. I ended up selling the robot tank set from the same theme a few years ago, but I still have this set, the dropship, the alien assault ship that came with the mining robot, and the small human attack ship; good times!

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By in United States,

This was one of the sets that brought me out of my Dark Ages, which began in 2004 (so they were relatively short!). It may be the nostalgia talking, but I still think this is one of the best $10 sets Lego has put out.

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By in United States,

I bought a few sets from this theme, but overall I found it disappointing. Great parts packs, though.

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By in United States,

With Nexo Knights on the way out, hopefully, this opens up the way for a new space theme.

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By in United States,

I had a whole bunch of the late 2000s Mars sets shortly before I went AWOL from the Lego world. I still have them in pieces beyond (simple) repair in a bin.

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