Random set of the day: Vector Detector

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Vector Detector

Vector Detector

©1990 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6877 Vector Detector, released in 1990. It's one of 8 Space sets produced that year. It contains 62 pieces and 1 minifig, and its retail price was US$6.35.

It's owned by 4033 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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40 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This should be less crazy than yesterday then....

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By in Australia,

Wow, Galidor to M-tron. Talk about running the spectrum, yeesh.

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By in United States,

This was one of the first sets that was all MINE, not my older brother's. So much nostalgia!

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By in United States,

Interesting to note that $6.35 in 1990 dollars is roughly $12.50 today.

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By in Netherlands,

Oh heck yes.

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By in United States,

Nice, been needing to detect some vectors.

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By in United States,

No, no! Huwbot just wants us off his trail again, just like Power Miners last week! Tomorrow will be Znap! And First Order AT-ST the next day!

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By in United States,

Ah now we’re talking. With all the clikets recently, I had given up Huwbot for lost. Good thing he’s found his way again...

Or has he??

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By in United States,

@tspike: Great observation. This is why it gets under my skin when people endlessly complain about Lego prices increasing when in fact price per piece (with average piece size factored in) has always remained remarkably stable through the years - not even keeping up with inflation. The only thing that has changed are many more large sets in addition to the ever present small and very affordable sets.

As for this set, I think M-Tron was the last great Space theme, after that mostly garish and over the top sets that felt more cartoonish than sci-fi.

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By in Canada,

The only M-Tron set I had. Always wanted the Mega Core Magnetizer (and still do).

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By in United States,

I love that minifigures (both Ninjago residents, actually) have had shirts expressing fandom for both of the last two days' themes.

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By in Hungary,

"Frank, I see some strange vectors on my screen.
Good job Miles, go investigate it."
Or how should we imagine this?

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By in Australia,

^ Well, if he's already seen the vectors, he's clearly already detected them.

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By in United States,

Yay! Huwbot isn't broken! One of my favorite space themes (don't own any though:(

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By in Australia,

My first M-Tron set, brought especially for the new antenna pieces. I think I got three spares!

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By in United States,

@tspike:
Yeah, with a few hiccups in recent years, US prices have been largely flat at $0.10/pc since the first minifigs were produced. Gas prices are, what, 4x higher over that same timeframe?

BTW, in 1990, gas cost $1.15/gal, which was equivalent to $1.89 when adjusted for inflation to 2015. That means that the true cost of this set would have been equivalent to dropping almost $10.50 just a few years ago. If you picked out an equivalent set from 1978 those would have been closer to spending $20 in 2015.

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By in United States,

Nice, M:Tron! The only Space Theme I'm 100% complete in--though the others are not for lack of trying... These were so cool back in the day. First theme to introduce fluorescent parts, and I had a black light I used to display them all under.

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By in Bulgaria,

Loved this one as a kid, still remember saving up enough to buy it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm angry that I can't get angry at this.

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By in United Kingdom,

So we all agree the pilot is called Victor, right? Just to get the classic “what’s our vector victor?” line in

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By in Czech Republic,

Wonderful set back then. Remember, when I got this, amazed with the fluorescent pieces. Also, great fun collecting the rear magnetic box from the ground, while swooshing it around... a lot of nostalgia in it.

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By in Germany,

Yeah, finally time again for a RSOFTD that I own.

And @Brickalili: love it:

We have clearance, Clarence.
Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?

So stupid, so classic.

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By in Netherlands,

Yeah, magnets! How do they work though?

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By in United States,

Looking at this theme I see Lego issued instructions for a "super model" made from parts from 3 other models in the line. I would love if Lego did this today with the City sub-themes - for example a giant Arctic base or massive rolling driller for the Miners.

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By in Netherlands,

Ah one of my childhood favorites, I even got two of them but it was so cool that I did not complain about a duplicate present! :P
Still looking out for the largest two sets of this theme, as I never got around to receiving/buying them.

The super model made from 3 other models was fun to build, albeit a bit weird in the end.

Awesome theme!

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By in United States,

I have many fond memories of M-tron.

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By in Canada,

I nominate that we change the name of the section from "Random Set of The Day" to "Whining about Huwbot".

Now, having said that, I wasn't into Space when I was a kid (stuck mainly to Castle and Pirate), and really wish I had been with retrospect. M-Tron in particular is an excellent wave. Colour scheme is strong, designs are lovely, and the use of magnets is fun (at 42 I still think magnets are amazing).

I'm dropping a lot of coin now to rectify my not-entirely-misspent youth, but it's worth it, because this really is a well-executed sub-theme.

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By in United States,

^ I agree M-Tron is an excellent Space Sub-theme, one of my favorites that still stands up today. However, I would have liked a base of some sort. The Mega Core Magnetizer is an amazing set, but I feel they could have easily had a monorail base with this theme. By 1990 Futuron was over; that same year the Airport Shuttle was released, so I could see they only wanted one monorail on the shelves at a time. But they could have easily used a lot of the same design cues, with the red color scheme they wouldn't have had to recolor any of the unique monorail parts. The monorail could have the ability to transport the mined materials to a storage facility or factory of some sort.

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By in United States,

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By in Netherlands,

Yeah. M-tron!

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By in Portugal,

I love M-tron.

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By in United States,

@Mr. Thrawn If only ads were usually that exciting...

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By in Netherlands,

Well well, if it isn't my favorite space theme.

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By in Venezuela,

Yay, Space! Out of all the Space themes, I think M-Tron is the one I'd like to get the most (probably Blacktron II is a close second). You can't beat that colour scheme of red, black, white and out-of-place-yet-somehow-still-working fluorescent parts. And all those magnets! MAGNETS!

Also, please stop saying Huwbot is "fixed" only to say it's "broken" two days later. It's an algorithm. As far as we know, it's not self-aware and therefore couldn't break or fix itself to give us some sets or others. Whatever pattern you think you're spotting is just randomness, functioning properly. That said, it's been a while since we've had any BIONICLE, hasn't it? Is anybody up for some L O R E ?

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By in Germany,

"Fix the randomizing algorithm, HUW."

"I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that."

;-)

And remember, "in space, no one can hear you cha-cha-cha" :-))

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers:
Sorry, there's no vector art here. It's just a basic photograph...

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By in United States,

He's got a radical shield protector, on his awesome Vector Detector!

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By in United Kingdom,

One of my first system sets.

This was the best, and a gateway into the magical world

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By in United States,

@dtobin123: I hear comments like this a lot of the time about themes people liked vs. ones they didn't, but to be honest I think it generally comes down more to subjective preference than any real differences in what's more cartoonish or more believable.

There are plenty of downright ludicrous Space sets from M:Tron or even earlier: consider #6951-1 (profoundly goofy giant robot), #6882-1 (top-heavy walker with a prehensile trunk), #6750-1 (speaks for itself), and #6923-1 (SPACE HELICOPTER).

Honestly, I think the vast majority of sets from classic LEGO play themes like Space, Pirates, Castle, and Town could be accurately described as "cartoonish". After all, their bright, eye-popping color palette was seemingly a conscious choice, since LEGO had been perfectly willing to invest in plenty of other colors for Modulex and Fabuland. Never mind the color-coded, vaguely pajama-like clothing patterns and the fundamentally cartoonish classic smiley faces!

There's nothing wrong with having aesthetic or nostalgic preferences for older sets/themes, but I'm frustrated by how often AFOLs tend to frame that by exaggerating the seriousness/maturity of the older sets they prefer and the silliness/childishness of the later ones they don't.

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By in United States,

I had 3 of these sets, one I purchased and the other two were gifts. Had a great time building with all of those angled wing pieces but never detected a single vector.

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