Random set of the day: Galaxy Commander

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Galaxy Commander

Galaxy Commander

©1983 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6980 Galaxy Commander, released in 1983. It's one of 9 Space sets produced that year. It contains 443 pieces and 5 minifigs.

It's owned by 2074 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


36 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Yay! A Classic Space set! And not some little one, one of the most iconic ships ever! Always have wanted to get my hands on this one, but honestly I would get Galaxy Explorer first...

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By in United States,

Don’t make em like they used to...

Unless they remade classic space...It would be better!

BRING BACK CLASSIC SPACE.

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By in United States,

This set is awesome! Classic space was great.

What was the retail price for this set when it was new?

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By in United States,

Am I the only one slightly bothered by the lasers on the front being assymmetrical and leaning to the port side (on account of the camera pieces)?

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By in Australia,

So many transparent pieces ...

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By in United States,

@zipper: The 1983 Sears wishbook lists it at $42.99 (equivalent to $109.72 in 2019 dollars).

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By in United States,

If only the 40-year-old iconic series that is Classic Space got the same love and care that the 20-year-old Star Wars got. If it weren't for the micro scale Galaxy Explorer and arguably Benny's Space Squad, you'd think they'd forgotten about good old-fashioned fantasy adventures in space.

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By in New Zealand,

Best space set ever made ever ever!

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By in United States,

Was this one of the sets that the gift with purchase from last year with the four micro builds based off of?

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By in United States,

I still regret not picking one up when they were less expensive. It’s such a fantastic set.

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By in United States,

@krysto2002: Usually LEGO only goes all-out for a big anniversary wave for stuff that’s been around pretty much every year since the original date being commemorated. If they had to revive every major theme for every major anniversary of its launch, then they’d never have room for any new stuff!

And anyway, the LEGO Movie 2 theme has plenty of other sets focusing on “fantasy adventures in space”, a lot of AFOLs just ignore the sets like the Rescue Rocket, Space Palace, Systar Starship, Rexcelsior, Rexplorer, and Party Bus that actually approach the idea of “fantasy adventures in space” in new and unique ways instead of just pandering to 80s nostalgia.

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By in United States,

$110 in inflation-adjusted dollars, eh? OK, I can see a modern build with a similar feature set and relative heft going for about that price (see: Rexplorer). In many ways, this is a great set. It's got lots of fun play features, and the blue-and-white color scheme is a striking contrast to the previous Space sets, marking this as the first instance of Lego's four-year refresh cycle for their most popular set materials. However, it also contains the seeds of what I didn't like about Space sets as a little kid, such that I wasn't really into Lego until the first Star Wars waves. By this I mean that the shape is very cluttered and chaotic - there are all sorts of harsh angles going every which way, it's hard to put a name to each part of the ship at first glance, and it looks poorly balanced for swooshing. Those characteristics of Space sets reached their nadir in the flagships of the Exploriens, Insectoids, and UFO lines just before the advent of Star Wars. I've always liked clean, sleek lines and relatively simple shapes, as exemplified by the most iconic Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy ships, so it was somewhat of a revelation for me when I first saw pictures of the Galaxy Explorer in a book at about age eight: here was a Lego spaceship that wasn't from Star Wars that had clean, sleek lines and a simple, easy-to-draw shape! After seeing that picture, I knew I wanted to get that spaceship someday - and decades later, thanks to Internet auctions, I got it.

That digression aside, I really do think this is a pretty nice spaceship that would, as the saying goes, be a fine addition to my collection if I were ever to decide I could afford it.

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By in Australia,

The buggies in this set are almost identical to Benny's Space Squad but with the bigger balloon wheels.

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By in Turkey,

I can't choose one or the other (Galaxy Explorer vs. this set). They are both amazing sets to me. Each have unique and distinguished look and functions. Love them both.

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By in Germany,

I really loved and still love this spaceship. It was my second spaceship I got, and is still my passion to get everything from classic space. As mentioned before the newer series like the UFO and Insectoids are really strange.
And as a comment, the laser infront looked unsymmetrical, but if you adjust the laser reverse they become symmetrical at the end. This point was in my opinion the weak point of the set. At that time there were so many features and I have since 1984 fun playing also with my kids with this set.

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By in Belgium,

My second set ever! Yellow castle was the first. Still have both. I Was a little young when I got them from Santa but I guess my parents already saw my destiny as an AFOL.

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By in United Kingdom,

Behold my great white whale, the one that I still don't have in my Classic Space collection. I get close on occasion but I as of yet, alas it has escaped me. For now, the hunt continues . . . . .

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By in Poland,

@namekuji Yeah it's really good, but not as good as 6783: Sonar Transmitting Cruiser which is the best set ever made.

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By in United Kingdom,

Had this as a kid and loved it. I could be thinking of a different ship, but isn't there a (now) illegal build technique in the back with that trans blue plate rammed perpendicular into the antistuds of another plate? That always gfelt wrong to me even as an eleven year-old.

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By in Canada,

I received this as a gift and 1983 and still have my copy albeit with some missing`/broken pieces as well as some with teeth mark (mine and the family dog).

Unfortunately this was one of my last sets before my dark ages.

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By in United States,

@Anchor Thanks! My frame of reference for LEGO prices is the 90s, so it's interesting to see what older sets cost.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Norikins You're not alone there. Plus the clutch grip was pretty variable, so they'd never all sit right at the same time.

Also... the antenna on the sides. I had real trouble getting the blue antenna to go through the holes of the white clip rings. The transparents were an older plastic type, and had a tendency to become brittle and chip/crack after too much handling.

I still love this set, though.

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By in Netherlands,

@Brainslugged, must be another set then? There’s no illegal building technique in the detachable space lab’s hinged roof/door. The set’s unique Trans Blue 4x8 plate ‘window’ is connected to the roof using two 2x2 classic space brackets and doesn’t interfere with any other parts of the build AFAIK?!

Great set indeed which I never got as a kid. Bought mine years later at either Bricklink or Ebay. Don’t remember... Still in great shape incl. original instr. No box though, couldn’t afford a copy including one at the time and now I’m just happy without it! Classic Space rules, it was my first love for LEGO and it ignited my collecting DNA, haha.

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By in United States,

This invokes a lot of memories playing with my brother. I had the Galaxy Explorer and he had this set. Both were (still are) nice builds.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was always puzzled by the design of that ship which was quite a departure from the previous more "traditional" classic spaceships.
But I do like the colour scheme - I think those were the colours the original designers wanted to work with from the start, but as they weren't available, they settled for grey/blue and trans yellow instead :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Bengh_Zeran - Thanks for the clarification. I could have sworn there was a classic space set with what I've described. I can't find anything like that though (having just looked through the database). Maybe it was just having the antistuds of than trans plate on display that I found so objectionable.

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By in United States,

While it's a shame we haven't gotten an actual Space theme in a while, the Space subtheme of City this year is looking fantastic!

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By in United Kingdom,

I’m excited about the new City Space theme too. But check out LEGO Ideas: there’s quite a few Classic Space inspired projects there. Maybe one of them will make it through?
(Full disclosure: I have one too ;)

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By in United States,

@captain mutant funny you should mention the colors--i love this design, but would like to see it in the original classic color scheme (trans yellow, gray, blue). guess that can be another project for which to make a nice bricklink order list one day . . . .

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By in United States,

Dang, huwbot is buttering us up for the clickits apocalypse. It is no good we are all doomed.

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By in United States,

Nice, loves me some Classic Space! Hey Lego, bring back Legends and re-release something like this!

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By in United Kingdom,

Got this for christmas as a child, and still own it. Wonderful memories playing for hours on the living room floor (Goland Spelac was the planet!). I think I have another one and the box somewhere too. I consider myself very lucky to have been a child in the golden age of lego space!

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By in United States,

^ Goland Spelac is acronym of "Legoland Space" in case anyone reading this wonders.

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By in United States,

^ I think you meant an anagram.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love this set - an outstanding piece in a classic line.

Sigh, I miss Classic Space.

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By in United States,

It is nice to see another classic space set. Definitely an area long forgotten by the creators at LEGO. Most of my classic space sets are from the original first two years, so this one would have never made it to my collection. I guess I live my Galaxy Explorer (497) just to much. However, Benny's Spaceship from the LEGO movie certainly was a teaser, and I had to have it.

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