Random set of the day: Ice-Sat V

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Ice-Sat V

Ice-Sat V

©1993 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6898 Ice-Sat V, released in 1993. It's one of 11 Space sets produced that year. It contains 135 pieces and 1 minifig, and its retail price was US$15.

It's owned by 4048 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


33 comments on this article

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By in New Zealand,

I always loved the color schemes in Ice Planet 2002 sets, but I never got very many of them. Most of the ones I have are smaller sets. In fact, I only have four of the Space sets from 1993. That being said, I regretted never getting the Deep Freeze Defender. That thing was awesome! I think I was just too obsessed with Pirates and Castle at the time.

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By in United States,

I was too young for these sets at the time but I loved them in retrospect, and Ice Planet is still my favorite logo of all time! I bought this set used relatively recently, and it’s a delight to see it show up here!

I love that this incorporates many of the features of this summer’s 60229 space center, too, despite its modest scale.

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By in United States,

That’s some nice orange there.

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By in United States,

I always thought of Ice Planet as peaceful explorers. But the “satellite” looks more like a giant missile to me.

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By in Australia,

^ That's just what they wanted you to think.

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By in New Zealand,

What a beautiful vehicle. The set’s page has a nice video review which is worth a watch.

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By in United States,

This was my first and only Ice Planet set to come brand new. I acquired the complete pieces to several others (including Deep Freeze Defender), but they came in used condition with no box and instructions. Therefore, I look back fondly on the experience of opening and building Ice Sat V for the first time. Strangely, I recall it being a gift from an elderly neighbor across the street who had gotten to know our family modestly well over our first year in the neighborhood. I just remember my parents coming in the front door one day and plopping this set in front of me, saying it was a late birthday gift from Mr. ??? across the street. Never one to look gift Lego in the mouth, I got to work building it. Definitely loved the rocket and the launching mechanism on the back of the vehicle. This was also the first time I got those space wheels. And of course, I loved all the trans-neon elements!

Sadly, getting more new Ice Planet sets was out of the question. It was late 1995 or early 1996 when I got the Ice Sat V, so the theme was already around three years old. Even with longer shelf lifecycles back in the 90s, Ice Planet didn't seem to stick around. A shame, really. Even greater shame was seeing how badly sunlight discolored a lot of the white pieces in this set by the time my family moved in 2003. It now looks as used as the other Ice Planet sets I came across later. Part of me wants to tackle the major task of refurbishing the white pieces, but another part of me is lazy, and hopes I might come across some windfall of like-new replacement parts. Time will tell.

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By in Canada,

Looks like a precursor to Nexo Knights.

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By in United States,

Sadly I got into this as a kid 2 years too late. As @Lego_Lord_Mayorca said, the shelf life and being a young kid, plus no internet LOL, it was hard to track older sets per say. I got one of the tiny one, I remember loving the helmets.

I miss the 90's

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By in United States,

Yeah! This was THE Lego Space at it's finest. It's sad, that they don't do anything like this anymore. I can only hope that they re-surrect the 90s space at some point, I would buy everything for sure.

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By in Singapore,

We owned this set. Not mine but my brother's. The pieces are still lying around, including the minifig, the prints, the magnets and the, uh, missile-definitely-not-a-satellite. I used the wheels in a MOC back then. But I was never familiar with the theme Ice Planet until the mid-00s.

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By in United Kingdom,

@natro220 well because it technically is. the actual satellite bit is that spindly thing with all the lever pieces on it, the big tube being carried around is the rocket intended to get that satellite up into orbit.

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By in Germany,

I owned only very little Space, but including this as probably one of my last Lego sets before my dark ages lasting till 1999 and Lego Star Wars..

I loved this, as it is really heavy and almost military looking but with great colors and lots of playability. I would buy something similar today. Miss the Space theme.

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By in United States,

Never had any Ice Planets as a kid. However I literally search online every day now for some. Great set!

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By in United States,

Nice! This was the one vehicle I didn't have from Ice Planet back in the day--but I recently got the parts on Bricklink and built myself my own copy, so now other than the base, I'm Ice Planet complete! Loved this theme, so clever, creative, and well-designed. Lots of great ships and vehicles. Trans-fluoro Orange looked awesome under a black light, and who couldn't love Ice Babe, Ice Grouch, and Ice-other guy??

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By in United Kingdom,

Fond memories of this set, I remember my dad making a stop motion film with it one day. Happy times.

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By in Spain,

I love this set, was one of my first video to reach 1000 views in youtube and It has a lot of trans-neon orange, my favorite lego color.

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By in United States,

Odd, but cool at the same time.

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By in United States,

Between 1993 and 2003, I was able to collect every Ice Planet 2002 set and I still love them. Great color scheme and playability. I have modified my collection so that no two minifigures have the same face.

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By in United States,

One of the first Ice Planet sets I ever received. It just looks so cool sitting there, with the curved windscreen and long chassis supported by 10 wheels. I always thought it was odd that the Ice Planet vehicles were wheeled rather than tracked for snow operations, but I guess those big plastic wheels were the "it" part back in the day...redesign this theme with today's track part designs and it would be a nice modern refresh for the theme. But with all the recent City Arctic themes, I doubt we'll see the same in a Space theme anytime soon. Love the Ice Planet theme, thanks Huwbot!

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By in United States,

My dad surprised me at Christmas one year with the 6973 Deep Freeze Defender he found on sale. That next week I took my Christmas cash to the store & bought this set!

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By in United States,

The design of these sets is magnificent.

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By in United States,

Found this in a $25 bin.
Now my 26 years old Ice Tunnelator finally has a buddy.

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By in United States,

I really enjoy this sub theme. Id love to see Lego's take on it today.

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By in United States,

Pretty sure this was my first LEGO Space set! I remember building it at Sweet Briar College (my mom's alma mater) when we accompanied her to a reunion. I remember vividly how even though the room we were staying in was dark and kind of small, it didn't mask the glow of those those Tr. Flu. Reddish Orange pieces!

That said, I wasn't ever really passionate about the Ice Planet 2002 subtheme in particular, and don't think I ever got any other Ice Planet sets except possibly 6814-1. I ended up being a lot more excited for the flying saucers and robots of Spyrius (which I suppose either foreshadowed or helped inspire my later interest in themes like Bionicle, Exo-Force, and Ninjago) and the high-tech submarines and feuding factions of Aquazone.

I do think it would be interesting to see another sci-fi leaning theme with an emphasis on mining or excavation in an icy environment. When Power Miners moved on to a magma-based environment in its second year, there was a part of me that couldn't help but fantasize about similar sets in an icy environment, thereby completing the trifecta of biomes from the old Rock Raiders computer game! And there are certainly a lot of cool saw elements these days that would be awesome to see lit up with a warm orange glow like those Ice Planet chainsaws…

@natro220: In this particular case, I think the inclusion of a fairly innocuous looking satellite/probe to mount atop the rocket, as illustrated on the back of the instruction manual, helps to establish peaceful (or at least, non-destructive) intent.

By comparison, I could much more easily imagine the rocket from 6959-1 functioning as a guided ballistic missile, considering it has no detachable payload and appears to have radio antennae on the missile itself.

And then there are Classic Space sets like 6881-1 with an adjustable angle of fire that seems to be inspired by Cold War era truck-mounted rocket launchers! Such mechanisms hardly seem necessary if the objective is putting a rocket or payload into space, rather than firing at a planetary or atmospheric target…

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By in Germany,

I hated that colour scheme back in the day, but over time it has grown on me.

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By in New Zealand,

Loved this set as a kid. Lego + magnets what was there not to love.

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By in United States,

The Ice Planet guys saw the Saturn V and made a ripoff of it. Lol.

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By in United States,

When I was a kid I tried to collect all of the Ice Planet sets. Let's just say I didn't complete my collection until my adult years but I have them all!

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By in United States,

This was my second favorite space set I had as a kid, behind 6981-1 Aerial Intruder from Blacktron 2. As a kid I thought that the trans-neon orange chainsaw and skis were the coolest pieces ever. Fun reminder!

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