Random set of the day: Monorail Accessory Track

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Monorail Accessory Track

Monorail Accessory Track

©1988 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6921 Monorail Accessory Track, released in 1988. It's one of 12 Space sets produced that year. It contains 46 pieces, and its retail price was US$34.95.

It's owned by 792 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


23 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

Wow, I legitimately didn't know that the monorail system came out as early as the late 80s. I thought it was an early 90s thing. Hmm.

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By in Canada,

Something that does need to come back. One of the upcoming space sets has a small "monorail" train, but it runs on roller coaster track and of course isn't motorized.

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By in United States,

Now for a Disney World Series to put in the middle of it.

The Disney castle would fit. Now for a space mountain, splash mountain and such.

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By in United States,

Awesome! Are the monorails the epitome of anti-clickits?

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By in Portugal,

I dream with lego monorails every night, Lego, please, stop the pain and bring them back!

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By in United States,

I’ve got this one! But man, I didn’t remember it being $35! Which is nothing now haha.

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By in United States,

@nashikens that’s about $75 adjusting for inflation to today’s dollar. That’s a pricey accessory set.

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By in United States,

I remember buying a few of these around 1995 in OddJob discount stores in California for about $20. I should've but them all!

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By in New Zealand,

Hey Lego, I would buy a tonne of these.

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By in United States,

No kidding, talk about one that needs a re-print. Kinda surprised even third parties haven't bothered making monorail tracks.

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By in Netherlands,

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide electrified, six-car monorail
What'd I say?

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By in Norway,

I'm pretty sure there's a legal issue that prevents the monorail's return. I've heard that Lego sold the monorail molds (and rights) so they can't bring them back. Does anybody out there know more about this?

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By in United Kingdom,

I urge everyone to get themselves a little monorail setup for whatever theme they favour; it's immensely satisfying, especially with the grade changes possible using the ramps! (A feature which LEGO trains, other than Duplo, are sadly lacking...)

I spent last year buying lots of track on Bricklink and finally chanced upon a reasonably-priced motor on eBay. After piecing together, building, and disassembling the Airport Shuttle, 'Monorail City' is now under construction.

Seriously, LEGO's monorail is superb, needs a comeback, and is worth hunting down (he says, shooting himself in the foot by increasing aftermarket prices...!)

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By in United States,

I got this set and the futuron monorail in a craigslist bulk purchase recently. The cable is in bad shape so I'm thinking that's why it doesn't work, but it could be the motor. Haven't decided whether to sell it or try to get it working. Not that big into trains...

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By in United States,

Even though this set has a space background box, I picked up 6347 to expand my Unitron monorail because it had the track switchers.

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By in United States,

@ra226:
Someone has. I don't remember how to find them, but there's a 3rd party source that's making all of the existing monorail track, plus a few pieces that never went into production. The track is available in a small range of colors, including black and white. But I'm pretty sure it's limited to just track. If you want to run something on it, you'll probably have to buy the real deal. Fortunately, it's the track that has gotten super expensive over the years as hardcore collectors keep buying up whatever comes on the market. The actual train parts are a little easier to get your hands on, and the 3rd party track is priced below Bricklink prices (and may actually be helping to stabilize them, as people abandon the higher priced LEGO track in favor of custom track).

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By in United States,

@rab1234 Give it to me! XD monorails need a chance comeback, they are one of the few things that almost every one likes.

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By in United States,

@PurpleDave track is fine--in fact, just straight segments would be fine. The curves are cheap enough, but for some reason straight track is very pricey. Now if they really want to do it right, they'd need to manufacture it in OldGrey...

I still have my Futuron monorail I got for Christmas back then and we set it up two Christmas's ago--the kids loved it! I have this crazy dream of having it encircle the entire living room some day...

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By in Switzerland,

^ and ^^^: 4DBrix makes straight segments and more for the monorail, they have two Bricklink stores (one for the US, one for Europe).

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By in France,

I think there was even an article here on brickset about the 3d printing that compared quality

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By in United States,

@ra226:
It's the same way with train track. To build a circle, you need just curves. To build a small oval, you can maybe use curves and straights in equal amounts. To build a large layout, you need a ton of straights just to cover the long distances. For monorail, it's not quite as bad as it is for trains, where the track is primarily just run along the outer edge of most layouts. Monorail tends to weave through the layout a lot more, with track crossing over other track at different elevations, so more curves may be needed, but one of the primary reasons prices have been pushed so high is that there are a handful of collectors with deep pockets who are intent on securing and maintaining the claim of "longest monorail". With no new supply, and never-ending demand, prices just soared over time. With 9v, there's been a bit of a relief valve provided by RC track and PF motors. Since new builders don't need conductive rails, they've been able to buy RC track to fill their needs. As older builders have monitored price creep, or have had their 9v motors die, or have decided to get into steam engines, some of them have started unloading their 9v track in favor of cheaper RC track and reinvesting the remaining cash into buying PF gear.

As for the color, unless there are two people who have gotten into the 3D-printed monorail business, it appears that they've stopped making other colors of track in favor of just Old Light Grey (though the motor cover is offered in three colors). But I distinctly remember seeing black and white track as options when it was first announced.

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