Random set of the day: Jens

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Jens

Jens

©2002 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8312 Jens, released in 2002. It's one of 20 Galidor sets produced that year. It contains 13 pieces, and its retail price was US$10/£7.99.

It's owned by 228 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


24 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Huwbot strikes again! And brings us another classic.

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By in Netherlands,

>If you want to add it to your collection

>Galidor

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By in United States,

Here we go again!

"^It's at least not Theme -that-shall-not-be-named!" - Well that didn't work!

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By in United States,

Oh hell yes. Move aside, C-3P0, JENS is back in town!

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By in New Zealand,

Hi Jens!

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By in United States,

I own 300 of this set. I am this set.

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By in United States,

Ah Jens... I still want to make an in-depth video going over all of Galidor, including the TV Show and other tie-in material.
One day...

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By in Australia,

... okay, sure. Why not?

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By in United States,

Kinda reminds me of a SimBot from the Sims.

Galidor wasn't a bad idea, just A: executed very poorly and B: way outside of what LEGO's realm of expertise really is.

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By in United States,

Jens is the one Galidor set I wish I'd bought. I always thought he looked cool.

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By in Latvia,

I really hope this is not the Galidor version of Jens Kronvold Fredrieksen!

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By in United States,

This box art pose for Jens looks a lot like the "Take The L" emote in Fortnite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDzlM3OyjL8 so maybe Huwbot is plotting to overthrow us!
Anyone else out there think that there should be an official LEGO Fortnite theme now that we have LEGO Overwatch?

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By in United Kingdom,

ha, wow, threw us a real curveball there, possibly the most random Random Set we've had in a while

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By in United States,

Ah, the summer of 2002. I remember it well. "Attack of the Clones" had just come out, so I had four of the new Star Wars sets. I came home from summer camp at the end of June and bought the Exo-Toa set, freshly arrived on the local Wal-Mart toy shelves. And then I noticed this weird thing that, up to now, had been only glimpsed in thinly-veiled ads and comics for the TV show within the pages of the Lego Club magazine. Seeing these figures in their giant clamshells with the tiny Lego logo was plenty weird enough in a year that had already given us Lego Island 2: Xtreme Stunts! and the Kanohi Nuva for the BIONICLE Toa assortment. I never bought nor desired any Galidor sets, but unlike BIONICLE or Star Wars, it reminds me of 2002 better than those other two themes since it's lack of success ensured it would never see another full release year.

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By in United States,

As a kid, seeing these kits in the Lego magazines and catalogs, I was convinced they must be based off some TV show. But what? Nobody I knew ever talked about Galidor. It was never mentioned in the entertainment section of the newspaper.
There wasn't any other Galidor merchandise at the local toy store. I was so confused .... Things made a lot more sense once I learned that it was a grand failed experiment by Lego, and not a license at all.... Well, maybe not a LOT more sense. Just a little.

Here's Huw's review from 2015:

https://brickset.com/article/14936/galidor-was-it-all-bad

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the link. I'd forgotten about that article!

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By in Hong Kong,

Never heard of it! But as an action figure alone, Jens looks very cool, and head and feet are reminiscent of something one might see in a Hayao Miyazaki movie....the rest of the Galidor line don’t look too appealing though...

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By in Australia,

@huw it is easy to forget anything related to Galidor ;)

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By in United States,

I saw on Facebook that somehow a few costumes from the TV show, including Jens have been preserved at a midwest US Christmas museum.

I guess I got a few of these guys Christmas 2002, so the connection seems apt.

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By in Hungary,

We hitbtje bottom, folks!

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By in United Kingdom,

228 people admitted to owning this??

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By in United States,

Anyone who remembers the similar toy from the 80s knew this was doomed to fail, as the tech really hadn’t advanced that much in the intervening years, except to get smaller.

I don’t know why the “multimedia” concept won’t die. There haven’t been too many successes and lots and LOTS of failures.

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By in United States,

Galidor may have been a failure, but this guy legitimately looks pretty cool. Nothing like Lego though.

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