Should Classic Space return?

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LEGO began exploring space during 1964, when 801-3 Rocket was produced. However, the most prominent Space subtheme is definitely Classic Space. LEGO evidently recognises its enormous popularity, including excellent references to the range in myriad modern sets.

Important contemporary examples, such as 21109 Exo Suit and 70841 Benny's Space Squad, have elicited comments regarding the potential return of Classic Space. That definitely seems to have become increasingly possible but there has also been discussion concerning whether Classic Space should return or instead remain a highlight within LEGO's long history.

Parts availability:

Classic Space introduced copious new elements, many of which have remained in use for decades, albeit with some extremely minor alterations. For instance, the 1x1 brick with three rockets appears in both 497 Galaxy Explorer and the recent 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander. Others have returned more recently, including the classic astronaut helmets that were produced for 70841 Benny's Space Squad.

However, certain pieces were retired many years ago and have not returned. The crater baseplates are an interesting example, especially given the relative rarity of baseplates in modern sets. They now fulfil a purely structural role in the Modular Buildings whereas those found in Classic Space sets were often decorative. The small structure shown above, for example, would almost certainly be constructed on a standard plate today.

Design sensibilities:

Furthermore, I think the selection of available elements exerts an influence upon our expectations for modern sets. Classic Space models consist almost exclusively of bricks, plates and standard slopes whereas current designs are more reliant upon curved slopes and subtle mechanical details. Using those pieces might risk losing the unique aesthetic which distinguishes Classic Space vehicles from their later equivalent.

On the other hand, 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! demonstrates that LEGO can integrate Classic Space design with modern pieces. Its strong colour scheme seems significant in that regard as simply combining blue with trans-yellow and light bluish grey, or light grey, is often sufficient to convey the essence of Classic Space.

Modern themes:

Classic Space was focused almost exclusively upon exploring other worlds and collecting resources. That is undoubtedly worthy of admiration and the loose, almost non-existent, story structure enabled imaginative play. For instance, some LEGO fans have commented that astronauts wearing particular colours were characterised as villains.

Even so, conflict has become an increasingly important part of many LEGO themes so I can envisage some potential challenges in marketing a modern space theme without enemy factions. The dearth of alien characters might also present difficulties, particularly given the focus of modern themes such as Galaxy Squad or Alien Conquest which were split almost evenly between humans and aliens.

Possible demand:

Despite the existence of those fantastic ranges, dedicated Space themes have seemingly fallen out of favour at LEGO within the last few years. This may be because Star Wars dominates that market or Galaxy Squad failed to attract children. On that basis, creating any theme focused purely upon Space theme may be difficult at the moment and the return of Classic Space therefore seems extremely unlikely.

Recent sets such as 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! and 70841 Benny's Space Squad appear quite successful though. There can be little doubt that many adult fans would welcome the return of Classic Space and that market has become increasingly important, as demonstrated by the release of more expensive sets such as 75192 Millennium Falcon. Perhaps that would justify a classic Space revival.


Are you hoping Classic Space will return or would you prefer something entirely new? Let us know in the comments.

171 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I’d like to see it, but the Mars series is hugely successful. Kids are absolutely enamored with the sets in store...just wait for Christmas to see the theme skyrocket. It’s a safe bet that Mars might be this generation’s Classic Space.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes... Though Afols like Pete Reid, Tim Goddard and Alec Hole have kept the blue flag flying all the while

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By in United States,

Well, I still see Hot Wheels casting from the 1970s that are still in use, so why not? Maybe not Classic Space as we know it, but I feel it should be the only logo LEGO uses for their space agencies.

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By in United Kingdom,

Classic Space!!!Classic Space!!!!!!! Classic Space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i would welcome the return of Classic Space or something entirely new
#benny4life #ClassicSpace4life #Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP #LL 928

@ cody6268 one wag and reardonmj good point

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By in United States,

In a word? YES! Just reissue them exactly as they were in the classic packages. They did that recently with the original Star Wars figures, so I think it would be a major success :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

It'll never happen. Star Wars killed any chance.

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By in Netherlands,

Yes, it should return. Because why not?

Galaxy Squad didn't do that well, but it'd be foolish to assume this was because of it being a Space-theme; there's too many factors involved to pin its failure squarely on its genre.

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By in United States,

I’d never really considered it, but Star Wars seems to be what is holding it back right now. Regardless, the new space sets that were just released are gorgeous.

If anything needs a return, it is castle. Heck, I’d even take NEXO Knights at this point.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ GeordiePaul I think it would be a major success if They did that too

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By in United States,

Classic Space was before my time, I was only around to experience the very last vestiges of the Lego Space era with Insectoids being on shelves when I first got into Lego.

But, its got a pretty iconic color pallet, and Benny's Space Squad has brought back some of its most iconic parts (the old helmet being updated for Benny's Squad for example). My thought of the best way to bring it back so to say would either be in the occasional one off set like those in the Lego Movie, or to allow Lego designers the freedom to do something in a revived theme that isn't limited to an old school wedge; but still honors the original theme with its blue and yellow iconography. The bright colors would be one sure way to make sure it seems different than Star Wars when the two inevitably have to share the same store shelf together.

But would that theme be a success? Don't mistake AFOL nostalgia for proof that kids would be clamoring for a Classic Space revival (although arguably Benny might have paved the way for them to understanding the appeal). Its part of why I feel the Bionicle revival fell flat on its face, rather than give the new theme its own unique identity; Lego told a barebones story with heavily nostalgic designs almost hoping the now adult Bionicle fans from 2001 would return on nostalgia to support the theme. In my case it worked, but it became clear that kids just weren't buying the same nostalgia I and other adult fans had for the theme. Classic Space if revived would need a hook, something to make sure kids catch interest in it and not leaning so much on nostalgia it only appeals to the AFOL crowd.

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By in United States,

Personally I think a reboot would do better than a straight up rerelease. A couple of new designs in the vein of Benny's spaceship and space squad every year would appeal to both new customers and fans who already have classic space. A 'retro' theme that has one or two new sets from old themes would probably go over pretty well.

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By in United Kingdom,

I’d like to see a limited release of 497 or an updated version as a one off.

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By in Greece,

Since the Star Wars films are taking a break after EP 9 untill 2022,Lego could take advantage of this and introduce a new space theme.

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By in United States,

I'd love to see a new "Classic Space" combo theme where the sets are modern takes on the originals: Classic, Futuron, Blacktron, Space Police, and M-Tron.

That might even been too many subthemes for the first wave given the different variations those have. But then of course if there is success they could move on to Ice Planet, Spyrius, Unitron, Exploriens, Alien Conquest, Galaxy Squad, etc.

And I love GeordiePaul's idea of the throwback packaging!

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By in Netherlands,

I'd prefer it to remain a thing of the past, mostly because lego will try to force some kind of conflict into the theme which is completely unnecessary

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By in United States,

I don't know...Classic Space was before my time(though I have the Space Cruiser from Great LEGO Sets.) However, every modern reboot I've seen only makes me appreciate the original. (Lion King, Ducktales...)It seems to me that maybe remakes don't need to be... And yes, I'd say the same if they did Ducktales 2017 sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Legoloverman Supporting

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By in United States,

I’m a little biased because 483 (aka 920) Alpha-1 Rocket Base holds a very special place in my heart from Christmas 1980. Maybe a limited release of replica sets to test the waters? Even just 497 Galaxy Explorer?

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By in Germany,

I dont think that classic space should return. I've owed 70sets from 1978-1987. The plan was to owned all classic space sets. Finally I sold all of them. Classic space war great. But the time is up now. We should look forward not back and there are so many fantastic sets to come that we don't need to have those classic sets. This is my opinion

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By in Germany,

Not even just classic Space, also Castle, Pirates, Western, Modell Team and Trains.

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By in United Kingdom,

we should Write to lego (or via email)

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By in United States,

The modern space themes left no room for imagination--Space Police III was too-well defined, the characters all had pre-defined names, and often pre-defined roles, which leads to pre-defined play. Don't get me wrong, I love the Brick Daddy minifig and the Lunar Limo is one of my all-time favorite sets (see my review), but the theme as a whole I take a pass on because it's not really space, it's cops and robbers, and it just doesn't have that special spark that lets me play with it on my own terms. I used to take the FX Star Patroller on road trips and fly it in the back seat as we went down the high way. The front would detach and go on scouting missions, the rear would be left behind as a decoy evading some mysterious space alien. It was a space ship, it had a robot, and a rover--beyond that it was up to my imagination, and that's the idea Lego was founded on.

I believe CS should make a return, but in much the way retro games are making a return--there's no need to re-create it, but give us a theme that follows in the -tradition- of CS. And keep the call backs, the color schemes, the minifigs coming. Look to the Transformers Generations line, or to games like Axiom Verge to see just how retro can be done right. Benny's Spaceship is an excellent example, too. It's a bit busy for my taste, but that's easily forgiven--and since it's Lego, it's also easily fixed!

And Lego should keep in mind that while it's today's kids who are circling the things they want in the catalogs, it's yesterday's kids (us) who are seeing boxes on shelves, remembering how much fun we had, and purchasing them. Put the boxes on the shelves and we'll buy them for our kids.

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By in United States,

The Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control set is great. For AFOLs though I think something similar (small base, rocket ship, rover) and built on base plate would be great as an Ideas type set.

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By in Canada,

I'd say a lot of the classic themes should make a come back!

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By in Norway,

As I’ve said/suggested many times before; TLG should make an entirely new theme called
"Lego Retro" where they can re-release very iconical/classic sets, especially from the 80s and early 90s. Some classic space sets, airport monorail the Light&Sound system... Ah, dream on.

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By in United States,

I am a TFOL and I haven't touched a classic space set in my life. However, I believe Lego should bring this theme back for a new generation to enjoy. I think now is the perfect time too ^^ @ max villano.

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By in Canada,

yes ... bring back classic space!

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By in United Kingdom,

What kind of question is that?
Well obviously YES :D

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By in Ireland,

Let the past be just that, the past.. surely they can come up with something new and as exciting, not another licensed movie set though please!

Let’s not go Hollywood and try make remakes of the classics.. can you just imagine a remake of the goodies or back to the future!!! Hell if the world can’t come up with new ideas then we are doomed!

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By in United Kingdom,

I’m going to say no. I like the retro aesthetic of classic space stuff (and Lego’s occasional throwbacks to it in the last few years) but there’s no intrinsic value to it. It’s just a lot of people with fond memories of their childhood, and while there’s nothing wrong with that it’s not necessarily a good reason for it to come back.

I don’t think realism is important for Lego, or any toy, really, but I appreciate how today’s space stuff is inspired by actual space exploration. The play features they’ve added are ingenious, and I like the idea of today’s kids being inspired to pursue physics, or astronomy, or whatever by a range that decides to be a bit more grounded.

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By in United Kingdom,

Short answer is, Yes.
Longer answer is that as a theme, I could happily accept variations in colour using the classic logos. As part of the "xtra" theme I'd be delighted with printed parts, logos, 'LL' number-plate bricks and canopies. I'd love to see something like #928, #920, & #918 re-released as a combined set in a box like the ideas ones. I could easily be satisfied with another homage ship like Benny's. Even another minifigures set would work for me. So, unequivocally, YES, new classic space, please, in any format really.

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By in Canada,

Maybe a reboot of sorts. Something similar but not an exact comeback of the Classic Space. I think something space related on a consistent bases would definitely be successful and seems that LEGO love doing space related stuff as evidenced by many of the recent Creator sets that they have released.

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By in Netherlands,

No.

I mean, Space should come back (and Star Wars can go on an indefinite hiatus IMO, even though they'll keep milking that until the end of time). But making new sets specifically in the Classic Space mold seems too limiting. Repeating old stuff for the sake of repeating old stuff is something that's all too prevalent nowadays. I'd rather they come up with a new original Space theme that's made in the same spirit as original Classic Space, but is its own thing entirely.

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By in United States,

Yes! Can one say nostalgia? For sure, would be awesome!

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By in Sweden,

I'd love to see more space/sci-fi themes, but Classic Space coming back wouldn't really be Classic Space unless they restricted it to the same pieces, techniques and style of the original sets. Benny's spaceship, as nice as it is, isn't really a Classic Space set. I wouldn't want a fake Classic Space theme built with modern pieces and techniques, the charm of those sets are their primitive simplicity, and I don't see LEGO going back to that outside of perhaps some lavish D2C 2000 piece "Moon Base" set aimed specifically at AFOLs.

Outside of that, I'd love to see them reissue some of those old sets though, for those of us who wanted them dearly but couldn't pay the cost of the real ones. But I'm sure that wouldn't happen, there'd be too much complaining.

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By in Turkey,

I would love to see the Classic Space theme return. But I don't want to see the same sets, or the modernized versions of them (Although it would be cool). I just want new sets, designed with same mentality, simple and fun. Nothing too flashy like NinjaGo or Nexo Nights.

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By in United States,

Nice article, but ..some fans comments that certain groups are Villians?

Fairly certain that even LEGO at some point classified Blacktron as a 'bad guy' of the Space lines in their adverts... heck pretty sure one of the set lists showed the Blacktron I guys 'holding up' the #6990 monorail

The one thing I would detest though, are stickers. No stickers, as that is how LEGO seems to get around printing parts for certain themes at times. Printeed 'LL' bricks with classic space icons and large 1x6x5 panels with screens would be sweet given the tech LEGO has today to make parts.
I also would like to see a return of the all black suited Blacktron guys again

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By in Canada,

Past Space themes seemed to focus on people vs. aliens. I'm sure TLG like the possible 'conflict' which would allow for more play and story. However, the 'adult' nostalgia-seeker may not care for the aliens.

If a more Classic space aesthetic was reintroduced, there would need to be some of the story possibilities present. So, I would contest that if they could return Classic Space but in 'conflict' with, say, Blacktron or some other people-based force to keep all parties happy.

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By in United Kingdom,

Should TLG bring back space in general? Absolutely, sci-fi stuff has always been my jam and I always love seeing more of it.

Now, should TLG bring back *classic space* in particular? Ehhhh... I dunno. Classic Space is nice an' all, but I'd prefer it if they just went all-out with a brand new original space theme instead. No need to cling onto the nostalgia of the past when you can do something brand new innit.

That being said, I remember someone bringing up the idea of creator 3-in-1 having a classic-space-inspired set and I wouldn't mind that as a nice compromise - no need for a full theme innit.

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By in Hungary,

Having the occasional easter egg is cute and the movies allowed for some fortunate shoe-in possibilities but TLG primarily makes stuff for current day kids to whom a connection with CS is nonexistent. If there ever was another throwback it'd likely be in the vein of a singular d2c "big" set or something through ideas.
Personally I don't like how "codified" CS has become in terms of what counts as such and what doesn't for a theme primarily marketing itself as "exploring limitless imagination" - I'd imagine there would be extreme scrutiny whether it's 'CS enough'.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting reading, as I read all the comments, I don't remember any baddies in Proper Classic Space..... all spacemen (there were no women for some reason) with suits all the same Colour, and a palette of Blue, Grey and the Trans Yellow, Green, Red and Blue. Maybe they could be really clever and release a Classic Space pack (3-in 1 type) so you get Light Bluish Grey parts to make 2-3 of the original designs one at a time. There were far less pieces back then so you could very nearly make a lots of sets from one big one. Ultimately one being an LL928 kit that you could make either an LL928 (without the base plates or tower) or an LL924 or 2 x LL918 sets at once..... imagine..........

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By in United States,

I would LOVE to see a return to more exploration based play. Personally I think that’s what we’ve got with the current space theme. Those sets are AMAZING and my kids are pumped to collect them all.

Classic Space was just an extrapolation into near future. So I see no reason why they couldn’t go back to that if the current theme is successful. I know their research shows conflict sells, but what about environmental hazards? Deadly plants? Exotic animals? Dangerous pools of lava?

Maybe it wouldn’t sell but maybe public interest in exploration will grow as the new space race starts to gain steam.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've loved the recent nods to the classic theme, such as Benny's space squad and the red spaceman in that mobile game. Would be fun to see that continue even if just some appearances in a cmf series, or 'classic space' parts appearing in other sets as has been the case. Though I wonder what kids make of it.

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By in United States,

I'd love for them to bring out Classic Space again with new sets, and each "season" of new they release, one or two of the old gets a re-release to go along with it.

I think that would satisfy a lot of people.

Also, some space men with glow-in-the-dark parts would be amazing.

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By in United States,

The mars mission series, I have nearly all of the sets. They were fun builds and fun to play with. I love the aesthetics of the Galaxy Squad series, but my biggest issue, and I can't imagine that I'm alone on this, is that nearly every set had a different color scheme. I couldn't buy all the sets and build an "army" of blue astronauts or orange ones, every set had 1 or 2 in various colors, and the designs were too different for me to use well.

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By in United States,

There's no doubt that Classic Space has ongoing appeal, but the reasons for its appeal have arguably changed a lot over the decades. Back in the 70s and 80s, Classic Space sets represented cutting-edge visions of the future of spaceflight, interpreted via the highly boxy parts palette, limited color palette, and limited new elements budget available at that time.

Lately, however, Classic Space throwbacks in themes like The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Movie 2, LEGO Ideas, etc. exemplify a specific vein of retrofuturism — a quaint, nostalgic vision of the future directly informed by long-surpassed limitations in both real-world technology AND the capabilities of the LEGO System. After all, things like Classic Space's original gray, blue, and yellow color palette were not even the designers' first choices.

LEGO Space lead designer and minifigure inventor Jens Nygaard Knudsen mentioned in an interview in BrickJournal issue 6 (http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=781) that if his team had been allowed more color changes, the wings of those earliest LEGO Space vehicles probably would have been white (as used on later Classic Space ships) rather than grey.

The Classic Space theme's purported lack of weapons or conflict was also a concession to the LEGO Group's de facto nonviolence policy, which was at that time interpreted very rigidly. From the aforementioned BrickJournal interview with Niels Milan Pedersen and Jens Nygaard Knudsen:

NIELS: "There were a lot of disagreements about the aerials and other elements that pointed forwards on the ships because of the ‘no war’ policy."

JENS: "We were not allowed to make weapons, and these things we built looked aggressive, so there were a lot of ‘radar dishes’ added and ‘sensor probes’, but to us they were really guns!"

All in all, for Classic Space to come back in any form even resembling the classic sets, it has to lean hard into this retrofuturistic vibe. In today's world, arrowhead-shaped spaceships with boxy cockpits, Apollo 11 style moon rovers, boxy robots covered in knobs and dials, and unmanned cylindrical rockets that deliver tiny satellites into orbit are no longer all that impressive as an actual vision of a spacefaring future. The lasting appeal of these designs is specifically rooted in the fact that they are what people 30 or 40 years ago imagined that the future of spaceflight would look like.

Certainly you could make a truly futuristic theme using Classic Space inspired figures and a Classic Space color scheme, but with curvier and more futuristic designs like those which appear in themes like Galaxy Squad or Ninjago. But at that point, is it really worth it? All you're doing is dressing up a modern sci-fi or action-adventure theme in a paint job or "skin" that superficially resonates with a shrinking audience of people who enjoyed a particular LEGO theme over 30 years ago. Wouldn't it be just as worthwhile to focus on creating new memories for today's kids that feel just as revolutionary and state-of-the-art as Classic Space sets felt to kids of the 70s and 80s?

It's not that a Classic Space theme couldn't be made to feel exciting to kids and adults alike, but I think there's a tendency among some nostalgic AFOLs to actually close themselves off to actual new ideas based on a frivolous notion that as long as new sets CAN rehash older color schemes, premises, or characters to pander to nostalgia, there's no excuse for them not to do so.

It's this mindset that led many AFOLs to attack Power Miners, Atlantis, Ninjago, Ultra Agents, Elves, and City Jungle Explorers, and City just because they weren't designed as Rock Raiders, Aquazone, Alpha Team, Ninja, Agents, fantasy-era Castle, or Adventurers reboots or continuations. From this point of view, bringing back old stuff whenever possible is the ideal for any LEGO theme, and actually trying to approach similar subject matter in a new or different way can never result in anything but a meager substitute.

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By in United States,

@Guyon2002: Funny you should mention that… in the same interview I quoted above, Jens describes the intent behind the original classic space minifigure colors: "We started with only Red and White figures, we considered the red ones to be the 'bad' guys, and that they were two competing factions." Seems like space sets being designed for conflict play scenarios is not as new an idea as a lot of folks looking back with rose-tinted glasses would like to believe…

@ra226: Space Police was ALWAYS designed for cops and robbers type play. The fact that you played with the FX Star Patroller's obvious prison cell segment and Blacktron prisoner for something other than the scenario they were intended for simply goes to show that sets designed with specific "good guy/bad guy" play scenarios in mind don't actually restrict kids' imaginations the way you believe they do.

@peterlmorris: Truth be told, as much as I disagree with the way some people act as if conflict-based play is somehow toxic to kids, I think your comments about environmental hazards and so forth are a lot of what I would like to see more of in space themes going forward.

There's something that's kind of boring to me about how a lot of space themes of the past (even ones I've enjoyed, like Spyrius and Space Police 3) tend to focus on repetitive, desolate lunar settings. By contrast, many of the themes I've enjoyed most over the years like Bionicle, Ninjago, and Elves have depicted varied, vibrant, and otherworldly settings that inform the lifestyles of the societies inhabiting them.

I suppose in short, I'd love if the next space theme were a little less "space opera" and a little more "planetary romance":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_opera
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_romance

I kind of think this could potentially even work as a LEGO Movie TV spin-off featuring Benny and a crew of fellow astronauts with diverse personalities and backgrounds — sort of like the "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" TV series several years ago — traveling the universe, visiting all kinds of varied planets and people, and helping to solve problems wherever they find them.

An antagonistic faction such as Blacktron could be featured, but there'd be no requirement that the conflict with them be the central conceit of the storyline, just that they be present as a disruptive force that causes trouble for the heroes from time to time or gets increasingly fed up with their do-gooder interventions and seeks to put a stop to them, sort of like Master Frown in the "Unikitty!" TV series or the villainous toads of Toad Tower in the new Disney show "Amphibia" (which I've been greatly enjoying as of late).

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By in United Kingdom,

An new monorail ? For space that would be good to see in a space set.

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By in United States,

I really wish TLG would create a "neo-classic" line, but not just Space, but also include Pirates and Castles. Release 1 set per year of those lines with inspiration from them, but using modern build techniques and pieces. Benny's Spaceship would be a prime example that it can be done.

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By in United States,

I don't care about classic space, but I'd love to see another Castle theme.

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By in Canada,

Classic Space should most definitely return! I guess the main reason for it's long absence is the insane popularity of Lego Star Wars. However, I think both themes can thrive at the same time, no question.

One main difference is that with a few exceptions like many vehicles in battle packs and the Freemaker sets, all Star Wars sets are generally based on something in cannon and legends. People get them because they want an X-Wing or a TIE Fighter.

Whereas in Space, Lego can be completely original with their sets and not worry about superfans nitpicking all the things they feel aren't accurate to the source material.

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By in United States,

Not only YES but multiples of each.

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By in United States,

Nostalgia aside - I do think there's a plenty big enough market for Retro-Future design. It always captures the imagination, no matter the age of the viewer. From wacky rayguns, boxy robots, elaborate Jetson's-style machines covered in blinking lights that accomplish mundane tasks.

I always keep thinking of the potential behind a Lego Space/Town fusion - a "Futuron City", if you would. All drenched in timeless Retro-Future aesthetic.

That being said
Absolutely 1000% Lego should relaunch the Legends line again, putting a new selection of classics back on the shelf.

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By in United Kingdom,

Would be fantastic if LEGO re-released the best of CS such as

- 497/928 Galaxy Explorer/Space Cruiser
- 493/926 Command Centre
- 452/894 Mobile Ground Tracking Station
- 6927 ATV
- 885 Space Scooter, and
-886 Space Buggy

...both in their original forms and with extra parts and instructions in the box so you could give them a *neo* CS look.

The neo CS version would use today's building techniques and parts but still retain the look 'n' feel of CS, sort of like this mod of a 2019 set: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/AmperZand/Fantasy/neo_classic_spaceship_small.jpg

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By in Australia,

70816 seems a good example of how to modernize classic Space but still keep the same aesthetic. I wouldn’t be opposed to a new line of sets that had the same basic design as back in the day but upgraded to a more modern look, but also keeping that simplicity of the sets of old.

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By in Germany,

Oh please don't bring it back. Most sets were mediocre back then and would be far worse nowadays. I found Benny's space ship disgusting, and would have never bought it. BUT what I would certainly buy is a Peter Reid-style LL 497. For that I don't need any theme brought back. And even then: everytime I took 497 up back in the day, I whished it would have been a Milenium Falcon.

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By in United Kingdom,

Bringing it back SOUNDS like a nice idea, but let's be honest it just wouldn't capture the magic of the original. I would absolutely love to see Lego keep dropping the odd set based on classic sets like Benny's space squad, but a full blown theme would probably be disappointing. Lego has changed a lot since then after all.

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By in Greece,

Every year they make hundreds of sets, so satisfy demands of different categories of customers, let us give to us that we love the classic castles, classic space and pirates,minimal sets every year not more than 10 sets for all three themes,"LEGO Legacy:Classics themes sets"

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By in United States,

Can you hear my “YES!” through the vacuum of SPAAAAAACCCEEEE????

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By in United States,

Yes, please! Bring back classic Space and classic Castle. You don't have to get rid of the big licensed themes to do so - they can quite easily exist side-by-side!

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By in United States,

I would be happy to see a new theme patterned after Classic Space, by which I mean focused on blue and gray wedge-shaped spaceships with yellow glass, lunar rovers and lunar environments, and happy smiling astronauts in simple spacesuits of different colors, all doing their jobs. There's very little chance that such a theme would continue for years on end, and it's quite unlikely that it would match my own interpretation of Classic Space in modern builds, but it would undoubtedly make a lot of parts available for Classic Space MOCs. It's only really become possible to build really satisfying updates of the 1978-1980 sets in the last five years, because of the printed parts and trans-yellow canopies and windscreens from TLM1, TLBM, and TLM2. A full-fledged revival of Classic Space would expand the parts palette for MOCs substantially. However, I'm sure there would be a storm of complaints from AFOLs whose visions of what CS "should be" wouldn't match the style or features of the revival, and I'd find those complaints very tedious.

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By in United States,

A return of classic Space theme would be cool but I'd much rather have the Castle & Forestmen and Pirates themes return.

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By in Australia,

If they did an internal IP of space theme set alongside a TV series like Ninjago has done it would be possible to find success, but I don't think it would work using just Classic Space theme. I love SW for the ships, but have no interest in the current City space sets or for something blue and grey like Benny's Spaceship set.

If they went more for a similar styling as General Mayhem's spaceship, that would be good. White or light tan even with a bold coiour in interesting curvy spaceships you could imagine are straight from a SyFy movie rather then the blocky Classic Space sets with the offputting colours.

I appreciate there is a lot of nostalgia for AFOL's but I can't see Classic Space appealing much to children today and I can't see there being enough interest from Adults to make it more then a 6-10 set once off run. Personally didn't like the sets in the 80's when they came out and have no interest in copies of them now. While I'm a middle aged women, at least 80% of my collection is SW, Ninjago and cars of any type - so about the same as when I was a child lol!! Didn't have much as a child but my favourite two sets where 6371 Shell Service Station and a yellow Lego truck from early to mid 80's. Loved those two sets!!

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By in United States,

@aanchir I think you're confusing the FX Star Patroller for another ship... It had a rear compartment where a rover and robot were stored. It's not a Space Police set, it predates those and is firmly Classic Space.

As to SP III, that was my point--it was designed as a cops and robbers theme. If there's some kind of CS revival, I'm asking that it be more open-ended. I'm aware that kids are capable of playing with cops and robber sets outside a cops and robbers scenario. But why even direct it that way? Star Wars has the same problem--yes, they're great sets, but you lose some of the imagination since you're now in the Star Wars universe.

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By in Canada,

I reeeeeallllly don't understand the hardcore 'Classic Space' contingent. Yes, it was amazing when I was a kid. But in all honesty, I was usually using those sets as a substitute for Star Wars, a licence that Lego actively churns out new sets for now.

Do I have nostalgic affection for them? Yes. Do I prefer them to the surreal fantasy space sets we recently got for TLM2? Not at all. I'd much rather see Lego produce new, interesting designs than to regurgitate the 'Classic Space' blue & grey.

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By in United States,

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oh, and.....yes

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By in United States,

I'm thinking they should bring back Classic Space too, be it just plain classic or making it more modernize for today's standard. Also, they should include a diverse cast of characters like aliens or robots. For the environments, it should be diverse not just depicting the background like they did in the old set boxes but somewhere on an alien world like a swamp planet or on a comet. Plus, they should if Lego were to make a modern version of their Classic Space theme, they should re-release their Ideas Exosuit with the overall nostalgic blue and gray classic color. I also think that their needs to be a subtheme to Classic Space theme called the Classic Space Federation. Think of it like the Star Trek Federation but with Classic Space theming and it should be a potential successor to Galaxy Squad. But that just my opinions, what do you guys think?

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By in United Kingdom,

@xboxtravis7992
"Don't mistake AFOL nostalgia for proof that kids would be clamoring for a Classic Space revival"

Excellent point and definitely worth considering. For my own personal experience, when I displayed my LEGO Ideas proposal at a LEGO expo - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/8598b6d2-ecf9-45f6-b232-adbef5c306f2 - all the little ones kept ooo-ing and aaaa-ing at what they were seeing, so I think there might be some traction for non-Star Wars sci-fi Classic Space-esque LEGO sets.

Obviously this is just an anecdotal experience...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Omni-Bryx
I like your idea :D
But mind you, I'm a huge Star Trek fan so I might be a tad biased lol

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By in Brazil,

Would be a nice return, but Lego would definitely need to add a storyline, villains and all... in short, make it close to what is Ninjago now.

Just nostalgia wouldn't be enough to keep the theme running for a long time.

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By in United States,

I love some of the original Space sets. That being said I really think they've done an awesome job with the new Space themed sets they released this month. Apparently the SW stuff sells better than generic Space so they cycle through that over & over. I have one of the original Millennium Falcons so I can't bring myself to spend the $ on any of the remakes. My vote would be for them to create a "retro" line where they revisit & update some of the old themes like Space, Western, Castle, Pirates, adventure, etc. Obviously the licensed stuff sells when it's new but some of the more generic themes are quite well done. For the pricier sets I tend to wait & try to get them with some sort of discount for most of them. I did pick up a couple of the new HP ones during Double Points but will wait for the rest to go on sale. I'm currently considering if I want to pay full retail on one or two of the new space sets or wait for the deals to start.

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By in United States,

You may not read tjis but know that you are awesome no matter who you are. I want a lpt of calssic themes to come back but mostly for pieces which I can get on Bricklink, it will certainly be a bit troublesome to bring back the Wild West theme with todays sensitive media looking for the next: "who is offended by what story."

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By in United States,

Dear Lego,

If you decide to resurrect Classic Space (and Castle) I will have no other choice then to buy every set. In the event that I run out of money I will gladly work a second job, donate plasma, or do nefarious things to pay for additional sets. In other words...PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!

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By in United Kingdom,

I would definitely like to see a proper space theme make a return to Lego. The city mars sets look nice enough but don’t quite cut it for me and I’m sick of star wars sets too. Classic space was just before my time although I would love to own some of the sets. I’m currently buying quite a few second hand sets from the blacktron 1, space police 1 and 2 themes, Ice planet too and they are every bit as good as they looked in the catalogues I browsed as kid. I’d welcome a return of classic space because if I end up collecting all the original sets I’d be broke. It’s going to take me some time to get the entire range of just the themes I mentioned as a few sets command astronomical prices.

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By in United States,

Yes. I’ve found that my CS sets and stuff like the Exo Suit are interesting to quite a large group of people. Plus, 80s nostalgia is a big thing right now.

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By in United States,

As a kid in the early 1980's, I loved the Lego Space sets. The only "vintage" Lego I own is a Classic Space red astronaut, though I think of him as a cosmonaut named Dmitri. He happily pilots Benny's Spaceship while Benny is out having adventures (currently having a conversation with the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, on Destiny's Bounty). I'm happy to have a new Classic Space set every year, or every other year, to give me the warm fuzzies. I don't know that there is enough support out there to make a regular Classic Space line work, though.

Then, too, I'm a sucker for anything Benny. Benny makes me very, very happy.

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By in United States,

I’ll keep this brief...YES! Although I really like the current City subtheme of space, and I hope it continues!

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By in United States,

@ra226: Ah, my bad! I recognized by the name it was a light and sound set, but I guess I mistakenly assumed it was one of the various names for the Space Police 1 set #6781-1 !

On the whole I can respect the value of open-ended play scenarios without a built-in "good vs. evil" conflict, but personally I find stuff without any kind of story or setting to contextualize it rather boring and uninspiring. The themes that have typically motivated me to create original characters, MOCs, and stories are ones like Bionicle, Agents, Space Police, Hero Factory, Atlantis, Ninjago, or Elves that provide enough story elements to serve as a framework that I can personally try to expand on or fill out with my own additions.

Furthermore, having stories told to them is an essential part of how kids learn the tools and skills to create their OWN stories. Acting as though the most open-ended premise possible will lead to the most imaginative play scenarios is like acting as though a pile of identical red 2x4 bricks will lead to the most imaginative builds possible. When in reality, it's having something more specific to latch onto as a starting point, source of inspiration, or challenge (e.g. "what can I do with this?") that often gets both kids' and adults' minds racing.

After all, that's a big part of why LEGO has "themes" to begin with!

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By in Canada,

This article kind of misses the obvious answer to "LEGO needs conflict now and Classic Space doesn't have any": just bring back Blacktron too :P

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By in United States,

Classic Space, Galaxy Squad reboot, Space Police reboot, something that isn't Star Wars!

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By in United States,

Yes as a subtheme of creator to keep everything that made classic space, well, classic.

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By in United States,

@aanchir you probably confused it with the XT Starship (also light and sound) or the SP Striker (light and sound Space Police 1). I guess we really liked our two-letter prefixes back then, huh? ;)

Fair points--I guess I see the classic space ships as your "pile of red bricks." Completely agree with Elves (my daughter loves them) but I will add that she's not familiar with the stories so I'd say it's got just the right amount of built-in direction. There's a perfect middle I think, more than identical red bricks, less than Star Wars.

Good point about the story telling. My kids are crazy readers so I imagine they get a lot from that. I wasn't, but being an 80's kid, I had the TV teach me how to make stories (for better or for worse...).

Anyway, I'll just close by saying I love all the call-backs we've been getting lately and I'd be happy to see more of it. I wouldn't mind one or two re-prints (of maybe Galaxy Explorer or something similarly iconic), but I'd be far more interested in revised versions of classic sets, similar to the Transformers Generations toy line.

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By in United Kingdom,

The new city space is pretty close, with robots, different colours of astronaut, and a focus on peaceful exploration. I think I prefer the modern aesthetic for something like that. And kids these days deserve originality, not constant reboots like hollywood gives them.

With the end of nexo knights lego presumably need a new theme with named characters. I would love for this to be space opera styled, with many different aliens those themes seem to get more creative, and also run for longer than most space subthemes.

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By in United States,

I really don’t see how it would be successful. AFOL’s aren’t enough to warrant a rerelease of an old and dated series. And as others have mentioned, Star Wars is really the space theme that LEGO wants to focus on.

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By in United States,

The real problem with any re-release or reboot of Classic Space lies in the color palette. With the original light gray no longer produced, any CS set using the medium stone gray won't match up well with the original sets (just put Benny's Spaceship or Space Squad next to the Galaxy Explorer and see for yourself). It's fine if you don't own any other CS sets, but I wouldn't be able to integrate any new or re-release sets into my space base without it looking off-kilter. Much as I wish Classic Space had continued after Star Wars was launched, I'm content with scouring the internet searching for those ever-more-expensive classic sets and parts to get my CS fix and leaving today's kids with their own favorite themes (and future nostalgia trips...).

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By in United States,

No. Beyond a truly tiny (relative to the whole) niche, the market doesn't need a reboot of classic space. The market needs modern space, and LEGO has given it to us this year. They just need to continue with it, possibly letting it marinate for a year before coming out with the next series of sets to avoid oversaturation. They should also explore a slightly more fanciful "what if" side in the next series IMO. Now is the time because interest in space exploration IRL is finally a thing again after a generation of dearth.

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By in United States,

YES!!!

SATSQ

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By in United States,

As a kid in the late 70's and early 80's. I was fortunate enough to garner all of the classic space sets of the first two years of releases except the Command Center ( a highly prized commodity). Although I may welcome a reboot of the classic space line, I fully agree with others on here it may not go so well. I do agree the colors (like on Benny's Spaceship) will not seamlessly match. I also believe that the classic space line, given its introduction so early with limited special parts allowed the kid in all of us to really be creative and let out imaginations take us where we wanted to go. Since the introduction of Star Wars as a more commercial space theme in my humble opinion and the slew of newer parts and pieces needed to make the them come alive, I feel some creativity has been lost. Gone would be the days when I dump all of my classic space theme sets on a pile and I just start picking through the pieces to create my megaspaceship ( larger than Benny's) from sets 487 and 497 or a colossal space station. So I guess that although I may like to see a reboot happen, I don't think it will and I don't think it would live up to my expectations (or memories).

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By in United States,

Yes, in the form of Neo Classic Space.

Recent space themes have been more of the good vs bad gameplay LEGO usually incorporates. Classic space was more about exploration.

The latest Space subtheme of City is Classic Space in spirit. The new space theme is like future concept of current technology. Neo Classic Space would be a more futuristic version.
Hopefully current Space Subtheme sells really well.

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By in United States,

Coming from A TFOL from which classic space was before my time(like by a whole lot), I think it should definitely come back, classic color scheme, classic minifigs, definitely.

Though if Lego added in some conflict, then that would kind of suck, it's good how it is, I own quite a few of them, great sets.

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By in United States,

Classic space “Legends” sets would be my vote. No need to reboot, just rebuild the early sets. Switch out whatever parts they have to, to make it in present day (without new or non existent molds). These sets are practically all plates, bricks and slopes anyway.
Other companies bring back old “classic” toys over and over( looking at you G1 Transformers). No harm in trying the Legends line again with these.
If they truly wanna make it foolproof... let us pre order and only make what we are willing to buy.

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By in Hong Kong,

Yes, bring back Legends please!
No, a reboot is never going to please everyone.
Let Classic Space rest in its glory as a warmly cherished highpoint in the history of Lego!

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By in Latvia,

Wait, where's the petition at the end?)
Awesome article, well-researched, and as always interesting to read!

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By in United Kingdom,

100% yes to more space, 100% no to classic space. I think many are getting caught up in nostalgia. I’d guarantee if classic space was a new theme today people would be all over the ugly colour scheme of grey, blue and yellow.

Personally I loved Galaxy Squad, great vehicles and the aliens were fab.

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By in Australia,

I'm happy with the current mix. Just the occasional callback set or minifig to give some love to us CS AFOLs, while moving towards the future with the current range.

To be honest, the CS stuff we had as kids wasn't all that good, but it was all we had. 918 was the only set I rebuilt repeatedly, the rest went into my own mocs. I would have given anything for the current Star Wars and space stuff when I was a kid.
I love the new City Sub theme space stuff, and hope to see more as SpaceX Blue Origin and ULA kick off the new space race in the next few years.

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By in Australia,

Absolutely classic space should return! For some reason Lego and a decent amount of the FOl community have this warped idea that if classic themes returned, they would have to be all blocky and exactly as they were so theyll never work.

Galaxy squad was a good idea but just like 2015 Pirates it failed because LEGO DID BUGGER ALL FOR IT!!!

Things like Nexo, Ninjago etc. have got a 'push' by Lego, as in proper publicity and an optimistic approach to the theme while 'modern' versions of classic themes are just randomly dumped on shelves. No wonder kids dont buy them because the general public barely knows these themes exist and they are not given a 'wow' factor.

If Lego put proper TIME AND EFFORT into a classic theme revival, it would work! Now Western maybe not, but the rest of the classic themes would, if they had modern takes which I think would be fine. Why cant we have a Space Police 4?

Or how about another Nexo Knights-like theme Space Pirates, that has 'normal' pirate stuff but 'space-ified' such as 18th century ships with rocket boosters and perhaps even 'space whales' etc. such as in that kids film Treasure Planet. The vehicles could also be able to travel on water when they land on planets and there could be Islander-inspired aliens.

I personally would love to see a Alien Conquest theme set in the 1950s. There could be 1950s fighter jets (making use of the helmet and breathing mask from Sky Police) in dogfights with flying saucers and 1950s American police cars or Willys Jeep under attack from an alien space craft. Diner Attack would be a cool set... And the 'big' playset could be Area 32 (as in 1932)

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By in Australia,

Just release the occasional adult-aimed set - that would be perfect. Modern updates of classic space sets, with increased difficulty and detail, and the parts count and price to match.

Release something at the detail of the 80s and most AFOLs will go 'huh, cool' but never even dream of purchasing. But pop out a 2500 piece update of the classic 'Monorail Transport' and I'm going to seriously consider it...

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By in United Kingdom,

I would love to see the original space theme again. It's my personal favourite. They certainly seem to be hinting. Hope it comes true.

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By in France,

No.
If it did it would no longer be ‘classic’.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, it should return in one form or another.

I'd be happy with any way that gives me access to updated CS parts.

I can see a re-release of Galaxy Explorer being incredibly successful. As would a modern take on it, like Peter Reid's Ideas set:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/d30ce870-6ede-486a-9d84-bcc9b9c6b5f9

A whole new theme would be welcome by me, at least. But comments here show that it might not be the right approach.

Something big, expensive, and targeted at AFOLs seems like a winner, to me.

Either way, I still want a load more minty red, blue, and black classic spacemen...

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By in Ireland,

No.
Classic space was great in the 70s and 80s and I was lucky to be just the right age when it came out. The few recent nods to classic space mainly worked because of nostalgia. As much as I like Benny's ship, it's not classic space. It just has the colour scheme as a tribute.
Re-releasing sets has been tried and has mostly failed, I can't see that happening with classic space.
I would welcome a new exploration based space theme. To me the red and white guys were never good guys and bad guys and I think Lego is sometimes going too far with putting that good vs bad conflict in various themes. In World Racers for example it just didn't work. In my opinion there's nothing wrong with competition between good guys...
City currently has a number of space sets to nicely coincide with the anniversary of the moon landing. With new visits to the moon on the horizon and increasing activity on Mars I'd say before too long the time will be right for more space exploration sets. They should definitely carry the classic space logo but there's no reason to stick with the classic space colours.

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By in United States,

You know how LEGO releases a carnival d2c every year? What if when they stop that subtheme they have a d2c classic space set every year, like maybe a large ship or base. What if each year was a different faction?

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By in United States,

I would love to see slightly updated versions of all the classic lego themes, especially classic space, castle and pirates. I wasn’t alive for any of these classic designs, and I certainly can’t afford to buy the from eBay.
I would love to see 2 or 3 sets from each of the themes reissued every year, with some changes when necessary. I think it would could be popular for both children and AFOLs.

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By in United States,

My first thought on seeing this article’s title

“Is this even a question?? Of course”

I can’t believe all the hate that this question is getting. I believe I have the solution:

To accompany a new line of classic space style sets, the release of the “Lego Space Movie,” starring Benny, would undoubtedly be a success—of course if the story is good. The sets from it will draw adult fans who love and cherish the older sets, plus simultaneously drawing in younger fans who enjoy the movie. This will allow for updated prints and pieces, while also allowing for the return of some favorites of the same. In short, this would seem to appease those who love that series, while also drumming up enough excitement to support the new series with the younger audience.

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By in United States,

Alien Conquest was the Classic Space reboot. Those sets were a love letter to AFOLs right down to the Classic Space Vic Viper.

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By in South Africa,

I think it would work great to do a direct to consumer large homage set; target the nostalgic AFOLs directly.

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By in Germany,

All of these concerns are much less important if LEGO would just release a one-off D2C set.
It's a far less serious investment than an entire giant line available at all retailers, you can even brand it as Creator or Lego Movie and those types of sets rarely have clear bad and good guys.
Just release one set with a moderately sized spaceship as close to 497s design as possible, it even justifies including a modern crater baseplate and landing pad baseplate since those parts are nowadays exclusive to these types of expensive big sets.
But the most important parts to include would be the few classic Spacemen missing from the Bennys Space Squad set (red, black and maybe even green because that was canonized lately) and a few more printed parts with the classic logo and transparent yellow windscreens and plates that are not as modern as the X-Wing canopy. Just getting reissues of all of these in new conditions would open the world for new MOCs and either the set doesn't do well and whoever wants it gets his fill for MOC parts or the set does well and can be a yearly or so highlight or the idea of a full line can be considered more clearly.

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By in United Kingdom,

They should definitely bring back the Classic Space range for the AFOLs who grew up with it. Maybe this could spark a range of d2c set specifically for the older LEGO fan with a few sets being released each year.
This could be under a "LEGO Classic" range that also includes sets from the classic castles and pirates themes.

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By in Hungary,

To an extent yes - as others stated above: as a re-release of some old classics or a new Ideas set incorporating legendary parts for which they still have active molds.

Old baseplates and more importantly monorail, you can all stop dreaming we cannot get it back.

A way to convince Lego to making more space themed sets is ensuring the new Nasa related line is a success - as it seems to be the "exploration" theme for City this year. I absolutely love the concept, the figs so I really hope after a successful launch this year, we get more orbital sets next year.

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By in Canada,

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

I'd rather see more medieval themes than space since we have Star Wars and the Mars series.

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By in United States,

@Captain Mutant
I completely respect that you're a Star Trek fan and a tad bit biased but I have ideas for this Classic Space Federation subtheme that it should have. This includes a villanous faction like the dreaded Blacktron or the nosy Spyrius. I'm also thinking the CSF should crossover with older space subtheme like Ice Planet 2002, Exploriens, or Roboforce. For sets though, I'm thinking they should have battle packs like Benny's Space Squad around $9.99, medium sized sets like a starfighter or ground vehicle around $14.99-29.99, large sets like a small fleets around 39.99-59.99, and XL sets around 69.99-109.99. These sets should also bring back the classic crater baseplates and put them in more varied colors to simulate an alien planet. These sets should also include an interactive AR app like the upcoming Hidden Side theme so that way you could play within the storyline. Plus, these sets should also come with some small quantites of Classic Space Federation Marines cuz you can't have a sci-fi space story without the awesome might that is space marines.

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By in Canada,

yes

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By in United States,

I know some people are saying we have Star Wars now so we don’t need Classic Space coming back, but seriously, do we need another Landspeeder? X-Wing? Y-Wing? TIE Fighter? Death Star? They don’t seem to mind regurgitating the same stuff over and over in that theme!

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By in United States,

Also, if they brought back Classic Space that doesn’t mean they can’t continue to make new sets elsewhere. It doesn’t require any designer work because the sets are already designed! And they don’t have to drop a crazy amount of sets right away. Test the waters with a few of the original sets and see what response you get.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don’t think they should bring classic space back.

But maybe in the way that Modulars were the grown-up version of Lego City, I think there’s room for a fantastically designed new AFOL Space range - kids would love too.

A continuation of the excellent City NASA inspired sets this year, let’s have some sets on another planet, terraformed by all sorts of robots, with city-domes and huge mobile live-in construction vehicles, strange plant-life etc, and of course a space port back to Earth. One set to come out each year at double the price of modulars, we can all build a home extension to make room for our new planet...

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By in Austria,

I own a few of those classic space set when I was young. At that time, I can let my imagination runs wild and make lots of combination, weapon options, cool features by rearranging the pieces and create something new.

Nowadays Lego looks more like a delicate model than a play set that used to spark imagination. Due to too many computer generated detail model and fine pieces included, so to make it look nice. There is a drawback to everything and being too detail and beautiful, makes it less easy to change. Still good, but not so easy to modify, especially when the set gets bigger.

So I still remembers the good old days, and how time have (and sometimes not) changed for the better.

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By in United States,

this would make a lot of people happy, so yeah definitely bring it back

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By in Japan,

I'm a forever defensor of the 4 classic themes, City, Castle, Space and Pirates.
YES, Classic Space should be back, with Castle and Pirates as well. It would be nice if TLG did some kind or yearly rotation among those themes. Keep City as a staple theme, and every year rotate among Space, Castle and Pirates. Or in pairs, City (Explorers)/Space one year, Castle/Pirates in another.

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By in United States,

There are really two questions that people are getting confused. SHOULD it come back and do you WANT it to come back. They think that because they want it to come back that it should. But that’s not the case. The Jurassic Park quote applies: they’re so worried if they could bring it back that they didn’t think if they should.

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By in United States,

We all know that Lego hasn't hurt for sales, and so they need not rush themes like they once had to (2001, I'm pointing at you!).

I'd like to see just one set, not a theme, but one set per year released to honor Lego history. Give me a classic space in May, a classic Pirate set in September, a classic Castle set in January.

I know most people want themes, but themes don't always turn into sales. Limited releases and one-per-year (like the Holiday village) are now proven techniques to increase sales with Lego-created themes and Lego-owned logos. Benny's Space Ship, the Exo-Suit, and Benny's Space Squad have proven that limited releases with Lego-owned themes are highly wanted by new and old Lego fans... just don't make us wait for a new movie. Give us one set a year... something that we won't be afraid buying multiple copies of :D

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By in United States,

If it were brought back, I think the way to go would be an AFOL-targeted D2C release, possibly in the range of modular or UCS-size sets, instead of doing a full line. Aside from that, the occasional GWP exclusive. I know I'd buy it, and I doubt I'm alone.

The complaining about this however, that can go away at any time. I can't believe the amount of complaining that goes on around these topics. Classic Pirates had an expansive, outstanding line just 4 years ago, and I fully expect it to return again every 5-6 years. Castle wasn't going to come back during NEXO, which was an experiment, but it's been an evergreen theme for decades - do you really think they are never going to do another Castle line? It'll happen. Wouldn't be surprised if one is around the corner.

Classic Space may be the exception because of the Star Wars lines, but the recent City Space subtheme moves in a classic space direction, and there are great components released all the time that people can MOC into reimaginings of classic Space.

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By in United States,

I would like classic space if it did an update on brick-built minifigure size robots, plus all the other fun stuff that Lego can do. Even an occasional set like Benny's Spaceship would be great.

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By in Germany,

@theJANG: I'd never thought I'd ever get to say that but I think this time you are totally wrong.

Perhaps your sentiments hold true for the US market, where licenced themes appear to be very popular and everything that is not "modern" is frowned upon - or so is the image we over here in the "old world" get. But over here I get the feeling that classic themes like Space, Castle, Western and Pirates would sell incredibly well. Certainly better than duds like Superheros and even the latest lines of Star Wars LEGO sets, a line which is getting ever more stale, just like the movies that are getting worse with every new outing.

Of course I am not suggesting TLG should simply do a rehash of Classic Space of the late Seventies and early Eighties. Nor should they imho think all those space themed stuff from the late Nineties to when they ended the space efforts in exchange for Star Wars are anything we would want back.

But like others have mentioned, there are awesome MOCs by guys like Peter Reid that show how a modern version of Classic Space could look like to incorporate both the classic feel and the modern need for details and sophistication.

Just look at some of these creations to see what I mean:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/legoloverman/

Just for one prime example, wouldn't an offical version of this
https://www.flickr.com/photos/legoloverman/47960252507/
be totally smeggin' awesome? I know I would buy several of those and anything that looked the kind.

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By in Netherlands,

I would love re-imaginings of classic space, or another sci-fi / cyberpunk theme, preferable with more urban settings and not just vehicles. SPIII had just two buildings :( and that's more than many others. I also adore the plantimals from TLM II, and rex's vehicles are pretty sweet, despite that hole in the top of the Rexplorer being a bit weird.

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By in Australia,

I’d be happy with a “Classic Space” theme, done a similar way to the most recent Castle and Pirates waves from a few years ago. (While they’re at it, they could do a Western revival too!)

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By in Germany,

Of course it should return.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes please! Playmobil may not be a huge multiple pieced, inventory based system but their historical and theme range is superb. Lego may not be able to match that but I think 6 fundamental on-going themes should be

Castle
Pirates
Western
City
Space
Creator

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By in United Kingdom,

No. TLG could not resist tinkering with this classic lines, parts and colours. Just look at Benny's spaceship - a lovely homage to classic space, but a classic space set it was not. The original space sets appear basic when compared against current sets - and for me this is part of their charm. I suspect such simplicity would not appeal to any one other than AFOLs and TLG would have to "tinker" with the sets in order to increase their appeal. I agree with others, I would be happy to see the occasional release (in the homage bracket), but please please please, leave classic space alone.

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By in Hungary,

What most people forget - this is Brickset. TLG will not make something exclusively for us.
Let's say we are a 20.000 strong base or xFOLs, from their perspective it is a negligible fraction of the market. Just look at the BrickLink AFOL Designer comp and Lego Ideas - all those opportunities could have produced classic space themed sets and yet only the Exo Suit made it through.
Having been to Billund and knowing for a fact that a lot of designers hold Classic Space close to their heart, I'm sure there is no lack of drive. Just think of the lovely little rocket ride we got as GWP or the small easter eggs in sets (robot as present, galaxy explorer micro builds etc.).
But numbers don't lie, they have tested the waters and it remains a very small niche.

Don't get me wrong - I would be the first to buy the whole range BEFORE discounts (which is quite rare these days) - but not if it comes as a range that could backfire and hurt TLG in the long run.

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By in Greece,

I think Lego some time have to listen the 80s and 90s AFOL like me and some others from here. They have just to understand that we don't need others batman and etc sets in 456454544 times every year to buy it. We need some old good sets that we all love. And don't forget that Lego need a target group like the 80s and 90s people.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've found that with the sets focussed on conflict I'm drawn to one side or the other; rarely both.
With Galaxy Squad the large alien sets didn't appeal; they were just plain ugly. The insect colour scheme was a good contrast with the squad ships, but really didn't work on its own.
The squad vehicles had a nice touch with the different colour themes present in the vehicles and the minifigures, but that felt like a way of forcing purchases of very large sets to complete a collection, rather than simply offering a range of sets at different prices.

With Alien Conquest I was completely on the side of the aliens, with their outlandish B-Movie flying saucers and vehicles. Even the blue theme of the human vehicles didn't appeal. And with Ninjago Movie I loved the sand-blue fish invaders but the other side just didn't inspire me to buy the big mechs.

I hope LEGO are leaving these forced conflicts behind them now, and keep going forward with the open-ended themes of exploration and discovery that we've seen spinning off from City in recent years. And maybe a revisit to Classic Space would fit in well with those ideals.

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By in Netherlands,

NO!
We must move forward! Not backwards or not at all!
Make a new space faction theme with new ideas.

Continue the space themes and build upon what has gone before. But don't re-release one particular theme just because of nostalgia. I get that Classic Space is beloved by many. But deliberately trying to recreate it would be a big no-no for me! Make a new space theme with rovers and ships and bases on planetoids. I'd even be fine if they use the livery, colour schemes and figures if they want to. But trying to retread what has gone before would make only a few happy. The rest would be whining how it's different from the ACTUAL Classic Space. I think it would be important to not only modernize it, but to give it a unique spin. I like Benny's Spaceship (3x) because it's not just a recreation: it's largely its own thing while paying homage to the classics.

I want to see new classics appear. The old ones will always be available. We need to go forward, not backwards! But more impartantly we need to move with space at all! City Space 2019 is a great step in the right direction. But I would love to see a dedicated spaceship sci-fi theme again besides Star Wars!

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By in Germany,

Well why just classic space? Bring back nice vintage sets for AFOLs like LEGO Legends where they rereleased Model Team and other cool sets from the past.
I think the only real consumer base who whished for these kind of sets are AFOLs though. The same applies for City Skylines and Architecture sets I guess.... So LEGO does do themes for more ADULT users.

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By in United States,

I Think it's time for the legendary LEGO's Classic Space series to make a meteoric comeback with Benny Astro as the main character of this rebirth for real!

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By in Germany,

Would love it, but it's not going to happen. Space Police went ok, Galaxy Squad not, the Alien Invasion theme (forgot the name even) was not doing well. I predict the current City space theme will do well, and that's what they will do. In these times, it became so difficult to create an own story, characters, a universe. It's not enough to just put the toys in the stores. Or was it ever? Remember 80s toys, all accompanied by TV series, comic books, music, records, etc. Like MOTU, GI Joe, MASK, Bravestarr etc.
It was and is always easier to jump on an existing story. That's why there are so many Licenses, so few own ideas. Playmobil will go the same way very soon.

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By in Venezuela,

YES please!!!!

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By in Singapore,

YES definitely!!! And by Classic Space, I mean Classic Space 1978-87. Not a reissue of older sets, but sets reimagined for kids today. With so many new bricks now in production, a CS set today should reflect somewhat modern aesthetics, while keeping to the limited CS colour palette. From experience, CS isn't CS once you deviate from said colour schemes. Case in point, Galaxy Squad is not Classic Space.

For those with concerns that this will not be of interest to kids today, then Lego needs to create a vehicle to showcase the sets. Let Benny and his space buddies take them on an adventure of a lifetime and kids will want to play along, just as what they did for Ninjago.

For the AFOLs, new sets would mean more parts and sets to supplement what is already in their collection. For those who missed the 80s altogether, it is a second chance to own some CS sets or maybe even re-create some of the older builds on their own.

And Lego will need to work on a new monorail system. The two-track rollercoaster tracks will not cut it for Classic Space. They are just not futuristic enough.

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By in Italy,

Classic Space now would be a plague: I should stop to buy anything else or I'll end up in bankrupt! ^____^

Jokes apart, it is surely a theme that will hit the hearts of all that adults that played with classic space sets in the 80s. I'm one of those and classic space has a great appeal for me.
Anyway I think that space themes has been overshadowed by space licensed themes, especially Star Wars, leaving a very narrow space for a standard space theme.
PS: agree with the whole discourse of xj550 and his considerations about the new Space subtheme of City.

Bringing again Classic Space to life obviously will require a modernisation of the design, but I think this is not a real problem: Neo Classic Space mocs are a great example of Classic Space sets brought to modernity.
This is a perfect example: www neoclassicspace com/sites/neoclassicspace/files/u3/497-box-art-med.jpg
Many other example are available in the site where I took the image.

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel the need to clarify: The iconic badge should continue regardless of what amazing new design Space has as a theme. Classic spacemen could be released at some point to please collectors but with the badge, new designs should otherwise prevail. To be honest it would be great if a non-earth based setting could be maintained for an ongoing fictional /sci-fi theme.

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By in Austria,

i'd not stop at classic space, but extend that to all ranges that have exploration as a common base – so the transitionals between classic and futuron, futuron, m-tron, ice planet, exploriens.
whether there should be blacktron, space police, spyrius, unitron etc. i'm not sure (i'd like most of them, but they were the start of more story based themeing already)

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By in Canada,

A little late but here are my thoughts.
Do a classic space minifig pack like the minecraft skin pack with the colors that were not in Benny's space squad (red, black, green, maybe a "young" (non-scratched logo) Benny). The bricks in the bottom of the pack could be printed with the classic space logo (2x3 slope 1x2 brick etc).
Then just keep making regular sets in different themes with trans-yellow parts in them to create new trans-yellow parts and increase the inventory of existing ones.

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By in United States,

After reading all of the comments, I went ahead and downloaded catalogue from 1988. One can argue that classic space is old now (maybe the very first sets - yes, they feel a bit bulky and boxy) - but do yourself a favor - download that catalogue here on brickset and go to the space section. And just see the designs. Don't get me wrong - I love the 2019 city space, but this is different. Just look at the designs. Nostalgia has nothing to do with it - I've never seen these sets before in my life. My first catalogue was 1992 or 1993. My personal opinion - lego back then was feeling more like a construction toy and imaginative toy, less like a normal toy (current sets) or a collection toy (creator expert, modular stuff). I want these designs and color pallets, those crazy transparent pieces and just generally that feel of exploration and space, which died (for me) with UFO.

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By in United States,

I would love to see a return of classic space!
I think it would work more successfully if they released sets in a similar pattern to the winter village sub theme. If they released 1-2 sets intended as a rare, but collectible series, it would allow for people to get into the theme.

I wasn’t alive to buy any of the “classics”. I certainly can afford to buy well preserved used copies; but I would love to buy them.
I don’t want some new space theme. I want the style and design language of classic space. You can’t get that from star wars or any other recent space series.

We have never been closer to having people land on the moon. Now would be the perfect time to see a return to classic space.

I am sick of hearing how some themes shouldn’t return. I’m not saying all space sets should be classic space, but I would prefer it if some could.
Also I dislike how the majority of throwbacks and adult oriented sets are $200 USD. Not everyone can afford half a grand of LEGO each year. I

Sorry for the rant... I just don’t see why we can’t have some reissues/updates the the classics.

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By in United States,

@Gatorbricks, we HAVE been closer than now to landing on the moon...in 1969 when we actually did it.

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By in Costa Rica,

Yes, simple, make a return accompanied with cartoon as ninjago season 11 is doing: 10min episodes.
With that sales will raise

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By in United States,

I would like a return of the Classic space. The sets had to be made with the existing parts of today, so a redesign of old sets or new sets in the same colors is welcome.

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By in United Kingdom,

No, because i'm running out of money :/

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By in United States,

It should return.

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By in United States,

The answer of the question, "Should LEGO resume classic space?" I have just two words: YES, Blacktron.

But a few more words: When I say Blacktron, I mean the original not Blacktron II. The original three yellow triangle logo shows up time to time and a little flicker of hope happens.

I do enjoy Starwars greatly, and it does provide a lot of parts that can be used for space MOCs. In the same way I like Harry Potter, but I buy it for the parts that can be used in Castle MOCs.
Somewhere I heard the issue is allocation of designers. The guys that used to do space now do Starwars; I'm not sure how true this is. Not that I want to see Starwars end . . . but it seems in my mind it is the main thing keeping classic space out of production/the market.

Though I do love the idea of more Blacktron sets, I do think specifically returning just Classic Space from the past isn't the best idea. A few sets for AFOL of specifically the old school space themes would be great; especially if it is Blacktron. But LEGO needs to do new story lines and themes also. Not specifically Classic Space, but just Space LEGO needs to come back with new themes. It is a big universe, so adding to it and discovering more of it is best. Although a few familiar faces would be nice, I think the way forward is to continue to expand to new regions of the LEGO Space universe.

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By in Romania,

We really NEED Classic Space back. There is no denial of that. Unfortunately, LEGO right now is basically all about licensed themes such as Star Wars, so seeing a new original space theme is not gonna happen any time soon. Unless Star Wars retires or at least takes a break, bringing back Classic Space or any Original Space theme isn't going to happen.

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By in Australia,

Yes yes yes! Please bring back classic space!

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By in United States,

YEEEESSSSSS PLEASE!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Most definately YES.
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By in United States,

I don't see 1) letting in a bit of retro nostalgia and 2) opening things up to new ideas/designs as mutually exclusive. One look through the MOCs in places like http://www.neoclassicspace.com/ or LEGO Ideas contributed by Pete Reid and others https://ideas.lego.com/projects/d30ce870-6ede-486a-9d84-bcc9b9c6b5f9 (supported) and one can see that nothing is being hampered by paying homage to the older theme(s).

While any LEGO official theme might end up defined by market research to deliver yet another conflict-based theme, I would still take that over no space theme at all. If that is what we'd end up with, I'd still welcome more canopy pieces in trans-yellow and more elements in blueish gray, blue, and white. I would also welcome additional printed elements...some updated control panels/screens and liberal use of the CS logo (printed) on bricks and slopes. And I would love to see an updated version of the CS minifig...I'm thinking maybe the same head-to-toe solid color uniforms (in a variety of colors)...maybe with some subtle detail added here and there, with updated air tanks, helmets and visors.

Regarding 70841 Benny's Space Squad...that set and other LEGO Movie sets honoring the classic theme are a dream come true for an old spacer like myself. I have enough squads to man an entire cosmic navy at this point.

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By in United States,

YES!

To those saying no, you know you'd buy them anyway. So, YES!

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By in United States,

Let's encourage TLG toward the more likely outcome: expand its City Space subtheme. It could capture the essence of Classic Space (clean design, peaceful, open-ended story line) while creating its own distinct style (white, black, orange color scheme, specific design language). Space is currently in the popular conscious thanks to SpaceX, Mars exploration, and the moon landing anniversary. Perhaps because of this, TLG made a full range of City Space sets in 2019, the most in six years. Let's encourage them to keep this momentum and push the boundaries of imagination. First develop Mars settlement, then asteroid mining, outer space manufacturing, and deep space research. Eventually they could make sets around the colonization of neighboring systems and the discovery of whatever wonders may be there. Surely there are children who want peaceful, exploratory, scientific play, and the boundless reaches of space can give it to them.

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By in United States,

I want the return of crater plates as well as other 3D plates.

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By in United States,

@FireFox31 that is exactly what they should do. I would encourage the return of more color pairings like blue and yellow, dark green and LB Gray, dark red and DB Gray, as opposed to just orange and black. Also I would stay away from aliens as the antagonists. They have tried that in the past five iterations and it has not been successful. Time to go back to a tried and true formula with updated building techniques.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes bring it back see benny when he was younger.

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By in Austria,

I think, those set should be rereleased. Why? Because so many AFOL never get them in their childhood (for certain reasons) and this will be a good way to fullfill their wishes.

Also those sets have the unique LEGO style of early sets which is missing in the new sets. Don't misunderstand - some new sets are incredible. But there is something in those old sets....

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By in United States,

As much as I love Lego Space (the classic space is what sparked my interest), the only reason these classic new space sets do so well is because there aren't that many of them. Sure it would be cheap to produce (no new pieces necessary except for recoloring), but I feel if too many 6+ entered the market, it would have mixed demand. But what do I know.

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By in United States,

Blacktron III is calling.

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By in United States,

I'm in and I'd buy multiples of each.

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By in Australia,

Space Lego is best Lego :)

I really hope they bring it back. Would be my fave.

(I thought Galaxy Squad was great, own all the human sets, wasn't a big fan of the alien ones though)

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By in Austria,

I'd be happy if TLG put away Star Wars and finally does something original and inspiring with space theme.
Even though I like Star Wars I do not understand the hype around it.
The less licensed sets like Star Wars, the better.

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By in United States,

I would like Classic space to make a comeback. I've personally recreated some classic sets with minor updated tweaks to them to make them slightly less boxy. I even went so far as to create a Blacktron version of Benny's spaceship. Of course you can't have classic space without bring back the monorail system! I'd love to get another monorail set going, even though I seriously doubt Lego would create one.

My other favorite has to be the castle theme. I so wish Lego would bring that back as well. I've tinkered, being the castle guy of my LUG, with doing modular castle walls and what not trying to come up with something that Lego and everyone else would like.

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By in Netherlands,

I have every set from the original series and I've built a special showcase for that collection. I like the fact that Lego brings out a classic space themed set every now and then, but an entire line of them will never have the same feeling as the original one. Bach then, you didn't need a gazillion different parts to make a ship look good, we just used our imagination. I love benny's Spaceshiiiiip, but it's just not the same. So for me it's a "no".

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