Random set of the day: Lunar Launch Site

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Lunar Launch Site

Lunar Launch Site

©1994 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6959 Lunar Launch Site, released in 1994. It's one of 10 Space sets produced that year. It contains 287 pieces and 3 minifigs, and its retail price was US$36.

It's owned by 1707 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


26 comments on this article

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By in United States,

While I have love for Spyrius, this base just seems....very un-LEGO. I usually like the raised baseplate, but it seems like overkill with the BURPs and the huge wedge trans dark blue piece. I know that same piece is used in many space bases in the 80’s and 90’s...it just seems phoned in.

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By in United States,

I literally just got a hold of this set after wanting it for a good number of years! While I understand Lego moving away from the raised baseplate, it's still very nostalgic for me. Spyrius, Exploriens, Roboforce and Ice Planet 2002 were MY classic space. The Spyrius droid minifigure might be one of the most iconic figures from the space line

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By in United States,

Spyrius my favorite space theme!!! I love mocing this one and have made some decent Spyrius mechs! I'm so glad one got chosen!

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By in United States,

The BURPs and LURPs might be the first dark gray parts in Classic Space; I don't think that color was used elsewhere in the theme before Insectoids...the functionality of a hidden rocket launcher is pretty cool, and I've always loved the color combination of this theme.

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By in United States,

Now those graphics on the raised base plate.

Spot on. Good stuff. I know a lot of people like them, but I prefer height being built with many bricks instead of one large piece.

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By in Australia,

Spyrius!

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By in Bulgaria,

Loved getting this as a kid. I wanted that ramp baseplate so badly. It went into so many MOCs space or otherwise.

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By in United Kingdom,

always wanted this set as a kid. when I got it for myself as an adult I was a little disappointed with the Thunderbirds-esque hidden missile silo, changed a few things to make the reveal flow better

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By in Turkey,

Colors are too dark for my taste. Besides, by 1994 I was out of my space phase.

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By in United States,

Wow. I did NOT know this existed. All right, fine, I was born in 1994.

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By in Sweden,

Found one of these in a random mix. Sold it for 270 sek, so like 29 usd. Was fun to build, but figured someone else would enjoy it more than me. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I remember this was the first space base that I saw in the catalogue and didn’t really care for - the beginning of the end as 18 months later and it was dark ages time...

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By in Netherlands,

I always dreamed of sets like these when I was a kid.

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By in Netherlands,

Spyrius was a great theme. But in each Space set with a raised baseplate, I get the feeling that Lego was limiting themselves with the parts. The raised baseplates are better used in Castle and Pirates. I love this set, but I do get the criticism of the raised baseplate.

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By in Netherlands,

@chuckschwa, I agree the Spyrius droid is a very cool minifigure (to me personally at least) as I believe it was not just cool looking with its trans clear helmet and contrasting colours, but it was also the first ever Space minifig with printed legs!

As for the set, I still have a copy of it Mint in Box. A friend of mine once suggested to buy 2 more, enabling to place a Spyrius Base at each corner of a Spyrius layout... Something I never considered, but my friend actually executed this plan, lol.

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By in United States,

LEGO needs to bring back an original Space IP so bad, come on you guys.

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By in United States,

@Harmonious Building
Bring back space!

And castle, of course.

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By in United States,

Definitely didn't care for this set compared to other Spyrius sets. Considering the Spyrius theme's defining motifs were flying saucers and robots, the much more mundane-looking rocket in this set feels rather out-of-place. And of course, of sets that used raised baseplates, this was far from one of the most innovative.

That said, Spyrius still has a very special place in my heart for having an otherwise very well-defined concept, a cool aesthetic, and some really impressive robot/mech and saucer sets for a time when there were so few curved parts and hinges at the designers' disposal!

@Chuckschwa: I loved the Spyrius droid too! Not only was it extraordinarily detailed for its time, but it had a really great balance of mechanical-looking patterns and traditional minifigure aesthetics.

Compared to a lot of space torsos back in the 90s that were either very simple or very detailed and hard to figure out what represented what, this droid's printing felt very purposeful, with a clear indication of where all of its mechanical joints were and how its armor plating fit together. And the cutesy facial features have aged a lot better than the weirder robots/droids from U.F.O. and Insectoids. I would love to see a revamped version of this figure in a future Minifigures series!

@Harmonious Building: Now that we know that Star Wars movies will be taking a break after the end of the sequel trilogy, I have my fingers crossed that LEGO will be a bit more willing to make another space theme, just as they were in between the prequel and sequel trilogies!

In the meantime, though, I think LEGO has had some great space stuff lately in The LEGO Movie 2, from classic stuff like Benny's Space Squad to funkier and more innovative stuff like the Systar System ships and Rex's fleet.

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By in United States,

I remember being young and getting this one with a large bin of LEGO parts from a neighbor, I felt really cool when I got this one built up! It was this, and the Spyrius theme in particular, that got me into LEGO space sets when I was younger.

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By in United States,

Remember, Space has never disappeared. We have had Life on Mars, Mars Mission, Space Police III, Alien Conquest, Space Theme in the City sets, and Galaxy Squad.

The problem we have, is that most of these sets have pit goofy loking explorers vs. cartoonish looking aliens.

What we want is to have an updated Blacktron.
We want our badguys to be bad, and dressed in black.(with white air tubes and some gold or yellow highlights)

If Lego would take the building techniques that they have learned throughout the years, most specifically through the Star Wars line, and combine that with a classic light gray and blue color scheme to create some updated classic spaceships, Spaceships, SPACESHIPS!!!! (and bases), with some Blacktron baddies as well, I just have a feeling that they would make a lot of money as well as making alot of people happy.

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By in United States,

I loved Spyrius as a kid. I was unfortunate I couldn't really afford much LEGO as a kid, but I loved the ships and robots they had. I was honestly underwhelmed when I saw this set even as a kid. The baseplate is really neat, but outside of that there isn't a whole lot going on.

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By in United States,

I got this in a tub of LEGO from one of my dad's co-workers, super cool set and is surprisingly sturdy. The main play feature works super good and has a nice smooth slide.

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By in United States,

BURPs--"Big Ugly Rock Pieces," for those wondering

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By in Poland,

I got this set for really cheap few years ago. When it arrived I was quite mad because the seller just threw all the parts in a plastic trash bag. But fortunately all the parts survived, the baseplate is constantly in use in my mocs and that big blue transparent part turns out to be quite expensive. Overall this set is quite bad- small parts number, lots of BURPS and mediocre figs. But I'm happy I bought it because of that baseplate and big blue visor.

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By in United States,

Still waiting for this year's space sets to be revealed.

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By in United States,

I like how the rocket is hidden, that way they can keep their nukes hidden from the Space Police!

Also, the pit below allows it to accommodate a much taller rocket, I wonder why the one included only fits in the BURPs.

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