Random set of the day: Blue Thunder vs. The Stinger

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Blue Thunder vs. The Stinger

Blue Thunder vs. The Stinger

©1998 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8233 Blue Thunder vs. The Stinger, released in 1998. It's one of 27 Technic sets produced that year. It contains 120 pieces and 1 minifig.

It's owned by 755 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


24 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Hey look, its one of the 16 billion Lego sets that have a motorcycle

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By in Canada,

In 2020 there is going to be another Lego Star Wars game containing all 9 episodes. The wait is finally over

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By in Australia,

^ At least this motorcycle is an appropriate size for the person riding it, and not the size of a jumbo jet.

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By in China,

This set is a metaphor for the inevitable escalation that follows an initial incident of violence, and itself argues for pacifism between Technic creations of different chromatic dispositions and, more generally, all entities. Thank you, Huwbot, for bringing this lesson to a world in need of it yet two decades later. Clearly the geopolitics of the 90s did not pay adequate attention to the Technic messengers of the day.

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By in Venezuela,

1998 - 8233- Technic human battles against purple Technic scorpion.
2001 - 8548 - Purple Technic scorpion returns, now with a blue brother. Technic humans are essentially extinct.

...looks like this Competition has a clear winner.

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By in Australia,

Anyone else not realise those weird rounded gears were this old? I thought they were introduced for the Toa Hordika

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By in United States,

Bring on the technic figures. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a missile launcher in the sidecar. Then again, they’re always find bold and original new ways to stick on missile launchers. Me? Well I would try to smoothly integrate it. But hey, if you want to just stick it on top or to the side then go with it.

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By in New Zealand,

Technic dudes can do everything!

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By in Turkey,

Of all the Technic sets that would have been better with a Technic figure, they wasted the potential on sets such as this. Yes, bring back the Technic figures back, please...

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By in Hungary,

Got this for a xmas from my grandma, I remember us having a lot of fun with it.

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By in United Kingdom,

The low point of Technic...

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By in United Kingdom,

Man, the 90s were a wild time. The Technic figures were brilliant, though.

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By in France,

Magman Frost, the rounded gear first appeared in 1991's 8856 - Rescue Helicopter/Thunder Rescue :) First step to 4 wheels driving and steering cars like the iconic 8880.

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By in United States,

@Huw: Maybe for you... I was way into it as a kid. I would love to see a Technic set or subtheme return to more conceptual sci-fi type subject matter instead of just realistic vehicles, especially now that set design has come so far.

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By in United Kingdom,

Why is Blue Thunder Green?

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By in United States,

This is quite an interesting one. I actually like it.

@dmcc0
It's teal

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By in United States,

It was easy to slag on this set back in the day because I didn't understand what those huge ribbed pieces were in each model. Thanks to BIONICLE, I know those were the first bullet shooters. This wasn't the exemplary model from the Cyber Slam sub-theme of Technic. That honor would go to Cyber Strykers, a two-for-one punching vehicle duel so cool Lego decided to revisit the concept for the Tarakava set in 2001. For Christmas 1998, however, I didn't get the Cyber Strykers and had to settle for Robot's Revenge. That set turned out to be fine, though, and I had many hours of fun having the scorpion and the punching buggy duke it out. I would go on to get Cyber Strykers on eBay in 2009, so my collection of desirable Cyber Slam models is complete.

P.S. I want to say the Technic figure in this set was named "Nick ____", and his purple antagonist in other sets was named Sam Stryker. "Nick" and "Sam" were popular hero/villain names for Lego at the turn of the century!

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By in United States,

@Lego Lord Mayorca: You're close. I believe the teal one is Nick Stryker and the purple one is Sam Cyborg.

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By in United States,

You're right, @phi13, I actually recalled the correct names after the edit window passed, so I had to leave it be. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Mr. Thrawn
Fair enough, it's not green so I'll rephrase: Why is Blue Thunder not Blue? :)

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By in United Kingdom,

So, the target for each vehicle is mounted on the trigger for the opponent's launcher. That seems kind of odd, a successful strike means that you're likely to take a hit in return

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By in United States,

I have this, only Technic figure I have but I like the molded detail on his robotic arm, and I just realized it has a yellow "human" hand... so either it's not a robotic arm at all or his arm was destroyed but his hand was salvaged and reattached. Also I realized google recognizes Technic as a word as long as it is capitalized. The Competition subtheme gave us many Technic parts in rare colors so I'm thankful for that.

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By in United States,

"1998 - 8233- Technic human battles against purple Technic scorpion.
2001 - 8548 - Purple Technic scorpion returns, now with a blue brother. Technic humans are essentially extinct."

Long live the victor of the arena, the Nui-Jaga! :)

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By in Netherlands,

Rubber tipped missiles were the best legacy of those battle sets.

While the design changed over the years, and their use in sets is varied or could look oversized, they still got some of the better playability and balistics of any LEGO projectile.

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