Random set of the day: Thunder Driller

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Thunder Driller

Thunder Driller

©2009 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8960 Thunder Driller, released in 2009. It's one of 18 Power Miners sets produced that year. It contains 235 pieces and 3 minifigs, and its retail price was US$29.99/£21.99.

It's owned by 4199 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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50 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Cool. I remember I used to have these sets, were fun at the time.

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By in United States,

Ah, yes. A splendid set that I actually owned as a kid.

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By in United States,

Now that's one awesome set! I bought it just about two years ago after drooling over it sense it originally came out!
I bought the stone chopper (8956) in 2009 mainly because it was the only Power Miners set I could afford, it was still a neat little set with a (red) rock monster!

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By in Australia,

I didn't own this one specifically, but I did love the Power Miners theme. I loved the Crystal King, and the mecha that came out in 2010.

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By in United States,

Duuuude, power miners, what a classic, err at least modern classic, but I mean, it was a decade ago, actually. Either way, love these things, they make up like 90% of my lime green pieces tbh, and I've ALWAYS loved the rock monsters

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By in United States,

I wanted it but when I went to get it from Target for $19 they all somehow disappeared.

Thankfully in 2017 I bought about 75% of the Power Miner sets off of ebay for $200ish. So much fun.

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By in United States,

Aww yeah! Power Miners! Now we’re talking!

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By in United States,

I have a power miners set. Got it and then never built it until about 4 years later. It is now in my pieces bin, but this was and excellent theme. Someone I knew always played the miners as the bad guys and the rock monsters as the good ones. I never could understand that.

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By in United States,

I miss power miners. Lego, revive power miners and space police.

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By in United States,

@Muncher has it already been ten years? Daaaaannngg!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this was the first set to use that drill piece. Man have we got a lot of drill since then! I loved Power Miners, and wish I had gotten more of it.

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By in United States,

A set I actually have! Love this one!

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By in Jordan,

First random set that has some relevance to me. I don't own it anymore, but seeing it brings back some good memories.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow! Power miners is what got me really into lego for the first time! I never had this one but I wanted it SO MUCH! I should really pick up a second-hand one at some point; and rebuild the sets I actually did get.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish they'd re-do this theme the last yellow themed miners sets were a disappointment..

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By in United States,

The humans are the bad guys. The rock monsters are just living their lives and the humans come, steal their food and jail them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Iv got this set was my 3 set I got of this theme
Only to a few left until I’ve collected the whole theme!!
I hope lego redoes powerminers pe makes a other theme Close to it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Power Miners managed to achieve the ultimate goal of a reboot since I hold them to be equal to if not superior than Rock Raiders despite my nostalgia for that line. Though it does weird me out to realise that despite me thinking of Power Miners as a fairly recent line, Muncher is right and they were a whole ten years ago. I have been collecting Lego for far too long is what we learn from that, its clearly messed up my sense of scale for time

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By in United States,

Is this the most recent set we've gotten for Random Set of the Day? Have we had anything later than 2009? Is it because we are now in 2019 that 2009 has been made available for the algorithm?

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally speaking, I could never get into the Power Miners line... though maybe it's just I was the wrong age to appreciate them, as they came out right as my interest in Lego was waning. Design-wise, the sets were quite probably an improvement on their predecessor; but I felt like they lacked the 'aesthetic' and 'character' of the original take.

Give me the Rock Raiders over these guys, any day xD

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By in New Zealand,

The rock monsters weren’t the good guys? Someone I knew always played the miners as the good guys and the rock monsters as the bad ones. I never could understand that.

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By in United States,

Aaaaahhhhhh the nostalgia! This was one of my first major sets, along with others in the line and Bionicles. I really miss those times.

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By in United States,

I got this set on Easter! It was my first power miners set and I’ve been collecting them ever since!!

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By in United States,

I had the crystal king, and the "Hacker" as me and my cousin called it. Also a lot of the smaller sets, but this one was always wanted

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By in United States,

You AFOLs can reminisce fondly of space and trains all you want. This right here was my childhood.

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By in Finland,

I guess Huwbot selected it for the 10th anniversary of the theme? :)

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By in Ireland,

Power Miners really... rocks...

I'll go away now

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By in United States,

Yesss!! I wanted this set so so so badly when I was younger. Never could get the money for it though. But recently I traded for an incomplete one, fixed it up and bam! mint condition. This set and the Crystal King are currently the only ones I own. I want a reboot so bad...

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By in United States,

The wackier themes of 2008-2010 were my childhood. I LOVED this stuff. Always wanted this set so bad...

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By in United Kingdom,

@MCLegoboy - Exactly, sets released in 2009 are now available for the algorithm to choose.

Roll on #10193-1 Medieval Market Village!

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By in United Kingdom,

Everyone has that one theme that they just don't get why everyone loves - Power Miners is mine. Not sure why. It might be the lime green and orange not working for me, it might be the huge chunky plastic wheels, but mostly I suspect it's the fact it just doesn't have the class of Rock Raiders.

I'll admit, most of those RR sets would benefit from fewer huge pieces and a bit more substance, but that grey-yellow-teal combo, the (then) new boulders that could be carved open to find crystals, those SWEET chrome drills... and the characters, they all just oozed personality. I could never tell the Power Miners apart.

Plus the video game. I suspect the nostalgia is strong here, but one day I'll collect them all.

Back to the set at hand, of all the Power Miners sets, this was the one I liked best, but it's still a bit disappointing to me - the weird wheels work as drills but not as wheels, and I was sad to find out there's no real back to this. It just sort of... stops. Awesome gearing though. Counter-rotating drills? Yes please!

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By in United States,

A theme I loved and probably my favorite set from it. Thunder Driller is still assembled in my attic.

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By in United States,

This set was also the first time the differential/ spinning gear system was used to drive the drill with the movement of the front wheels. Done much better here than in Titanium Command Rig.

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By in United States,

MisterBrickster, do you own any Rock Raider sets? They were even more juniorized with huge baseplates for the wheels to connect to, cockpits, big wheels...

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By in Denmark,

I think this was one of the best-selling sets of 2009.

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By in United States,

Ah, the thunder driller. My all time favorite set. I remember how excited I was when I first got this set. :)

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By in United States,

Ah, the thunder driller. My all time favorite set. I remember how excited I was when I first got this set. :)

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By in United States,

The Thunder Drilled the "flag ship" of it's line. I think this might one of the first set with the "Jupiter rotation" as it was called for the drill.
As for the Rock Monsters weren't they causing earthquakes on the surface. So that is why they were considered the "bad guys".

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By in Finland,

This is the set that introduced me to Power Miners, the theme that made me go online with my lego hobby, and thus indirectly introduced me to this website. The circle is now complete. A drill that will pierce the heavens.

I'd say it's a fine set.

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By in United States,

Well, that didn't take long for a 2009 set to show up.

Although i don't own this set, I do have the largest (45 sets of 421 total) from this year.

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By in Canada,

One of my favourites!

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By in United States,

Nostalgia.

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By in Portugal,

This theme should come back.

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By in Venezuela,

Boy, do I wish I paid more attention to themes like this one back then... For some reason, I didn't want to leave SpongeBob and Creator alone and check something else...

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By in United Kingdom,

@David1985 Yes I do, and you're absolutely right. You have to remember I was a kid then though, and smack bang in the target audience. I still think they look great, but I totally admit that there's a huge nostalgia element for me that might not be there for others. The power miners sets are definitely more complex, I just don't think they look very good. Might be better in person though, the only one I own is the Granite Grinder (vastly inferior in appearance to the Rock Raiders set of the same name!)

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By in United States,

God I miss Power Miners. Why can't we get a good, original IP like that again?

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By in United States,

Oh man... my first set that I’ve still got built. Love this thing.

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By in Belgium,

Great sets! Bought 4 of the power miners series on short time notice for a great price and happy to add them to my growing collection.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is one of my favourite sets. It's great with big wheels, spined driller and bright lime colour.
Seeing it again as the random set of the day, it brings back me some good memories.

When I saw it first sight, it attracted me in 2009. I still remember that I purchased it in Bluewater Lego store at its original price of £19.55 and then I built and played it with my 6 years old son. From then on, I got really into Lego and collected all the Power Miners sets (except two polobags). In my opinion 8960 8190 8709 8964 are the best sets of this theme.

Now ten years have been passed, my boy has been grown up to a young man and he has lost interest in Lego, but I am still an AFOL, although now my interest has shifted more to Technic sets.

Now I often take it out of my bookcase to play and it can bring me a lot of fun and sweet memories everytime.
If the Power Miners recome in furture, I'll still collect the complete sets of it.

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By in United States,

I think Huwbot struck a vein of love. Look at all these comments praising Power Miners! That's amazing. I never really looked into the theme because I was still getting my fix from Star Wars (and I still do) but I love seeing all the love for this theme. I can certainly see the appeal.

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