Random set of the day: Hyperspeed Pursuit

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Hyperspeed Pursuit

Hyperspeed Pursuit

©2009 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 5973 Hyperspeed Pursuit, released in 2009. It's one of 10 Space sets produced that year. It contains 456 pieces and 3 minifigs, and its retail price was US$49.99/£39.99.

It's owned by 2467 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


34 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Even as a big Star Wars fan, I think we might be due for another wave of Space anything. 2007-2013, while changing subthemes every couple of years, was the longest run of Space sets running alongside Star Wars. I say this, but as I type, I'm remembering that City is doing Space right now. But still, you either die a specialty theme, or you live long enough to see yourself become LEGO City.

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By in United States,

I bought two of this one.

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By in New Zealand,

These beasts Swoosh so well. One of Lego’s best. Swoooooosh!

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By in Canada,

Didn’t know this police range got a second year

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By in United States,

The police ship here is nice and swooshable, but quite dated in terms of building techniques by now. The cockpit is especially fragile, without any good way to open it. Parts developed since 2009 have made it possible to use the same windscreen and still open the cockpit easily - for example, see 60226 and 60229.

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By in Turkey,

This was a great theme with great sets. I loved the alien minifigs especially.

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By in Hungary,

Not the greatest Space Police line, but still, it's Space.

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By in Australia,

I liked this line of Space Police, but what I really liked were the alien criminals. You had, like, an entire rogue's gallery of dastardly criminals for your heroes to chase. It was great.

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By in Greece,

Nice set with nice parts to build spaceships and above all a nice subtheme due to it being different for once...

Bring back castles!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Space Police III and Exo-Force where my sons Lego era and probably responsible for reigniting my love of Lego, so they’ll always have a soft spot in my heart. In fact I kept his 5974 Galactic Enforcer once he gave upon Lego and still love it!

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By in Netherlands,

This is a really great set. Great vehicles and nice minifigs. Space Police III was just something else.

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By in Netherlands,

This set looks super awesome. I'd play with it and I'm pretty sure my son would love it. Flying cars are always good.

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By in Germany,

Would buy it instantly if available on shelf today. Top notch set.

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By in Switzerland,

Easily the best of the late non-SW space series. Absolutely love them. Especially 5894 - the limo.

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By in United Kingdom,

I loved the black vehicle. It has a real Robo-Hunter feel to it (from 2000AD). Especially if you take the fins at the sides off.

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By in United Kingdom,

So much swooshage. The massive thrusters on the police cruiser were always my favourite part

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By in Romania,

Those space ships are a million times more appealing to me than any Star Wars ship that was ever produced...

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By in Netherlands,

Space Police 3 had interesting "alien" figures for sure but I like the ships from Space Police I and II more.

Maybe it's the roundness that give those sets a certain different feeling compared to the 80s/90s style.

I really liked when LEGO went back to sharp angled canopies with Nexo Knights.

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By in United Kingdom,

This series was awesome and this set really was the main one to get, loved the design and the theme with the aliens was excellent.

STUPID of Lego not to release this in stores readily for people, what is it with Space series outside of America not being seen by the general public? you could only get this series online in the UK unless your local toyshop bought them in (at an increased price - thanks Lego for allowing people to scalp items!)

Yeah I'm angry, decisions like that should not be tolerated. Just ruins it for everyone but Lego has said they will not do this anymore.

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By in United States,

This is one of the best modern space sets Lego made. I am proud to have it.

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By in United States,

This theme came out when I was like 7 and I loved it. I didn't get many of the sets, but I had this one. I thought all of the alien vehicles were so cool. I don't even remember that Police ship though.

Am I the only one who hoped today's RSotD would be something like Monster Fighters? :P

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By in United States,

One of the best of all time, IMO. Mark Stafford at his finest. The whole line was amazing, but this set was like the overture. It’s just oozing charm and style.

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By in United States,

@iwybs What do you mean? The 1x4 curved slopes were introduced in 2008 I believe and were used on the cockpit in 8633.

The Space Police III theme leaves a sour taste in my mouth. It hit too close to home (in the United States). All-human police force against all Alien crooks. Not a single innocent alien or guilty human ever. The white, sleek police ships bristling with guns, more than once using violence against unarmed aliens. The aliens impoverished and having black vehicles which look like something out of Mad Max rather than the future, being led by the pimp-like "Brick Daddy."

The aliens only committing nonviolent crime and only using violence when provoked by the police. Most of the aliens don't seem like bad people and are driven to crime by human suppression and their poverty. Squidman owns a pitstop, an honest business, and it is attacked by the police (5980).

These black and white, racist, xenophobic ethics were also in Mars Mission and Alien Conquest but to a lesser extent. In Alien Conquest humanity was victimized rather than the Aliens, and in Mars Mission it was a conflict for resources by seemingly equal factions. In Crystalien Conflict and Lego Battles, both the aliens and the humans were potrayed sympathetically.

However Galaxy Squad may well have been worse than the explicitly racist Space Police III, with its unabashed focus on complete genocide of the buggoids and vehicles with names like the "Vermin Vaporizer" (which are also white again!)

tldr: This theme was bloody racist!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Maybe we need to start having trigger warnings on these articles for the benefit of @norikins . Hopefully (and apologies if) the sarcasm just went over my head.

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By in United States,

My childhood!!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

Wish I got more of these sets when they were out. I think I passed on this one, sadly...

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By in United States,

Haha, I'll have some of what @norikins is having!

Hyperspeed Pursuit was the first of the Space Police 3 sets I had my eyes on. But it wasn't an immediate purchase because of my college budget and my own still extremely rigid selection criteria for sets that weren't Star Wars or BIONICLE. My big beef was that the connection to "space" seemed tenuous. In this set, the Skull Twins' "ship" has openings on the side windows. Hardly seemed space-worthy to me. It even looks more like a beefed-up flying car than a craft that can handle interstellar space. And on the police side of the things, the officer didn't have a proper helmet. Sure, he had an airtank, but what good would that serve for EVAs or chases on the surfaces of inhospitable worlds? It left this guy confined to his spaceship.

I got over this before the theme was EOL'd, and got it and the Galactic Enforcer. The 2010 wave was better in my opinion because it remedied these little issues I had with the series. So I would've loved to see more in this line. When is Blacktron 3 coming out? Or M-Tron 2? Spyrius redux? Man, it's hard to be a 90s Lego Space fan these days.

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By in Germany,

@Norikins : I would say you are overthinking some things. I am well known for critizising TLG for all kinds of stuff they do wrong imho, but reading that much into set names and themes and thinking those were their intentions? I absolutely don't think so.

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By in United States,

@norkins
I never gave it quite that much thought, and I assume that at least part of your comment might be tongue-in-cheek. It was highly implied, for example, that Squidman's pitstop was a chop shop, and outright stated that it was a hidden weapons depot. Kranx seems to have some kind of rocket launcher, most of the alien vehicles had huge weapons, and 5972 Container Heist suggested that the gang had killed at least 13 Space Police officers. Even in this set, the Space Police ship has six small lasers, while the other one has four small lasers and two huge missile launchers.

HOWEVER

It did always leave a bad taste in my mouth that all the police were humans and all the villains were aliens. I always added a couple human villains and switched out some of the officers' heads with various alien ones in order to make it less uncomfortable.

As for Mars Mission, I really wish that they had brought back the Life on Mars aliens to fight on the side of the humans.

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By in Australia,

The criticism of species politics in "Galaxy Squad" is interesting, personally. I'm Australian. Here, the giant insects *are* trying to murder you, and it is a kill-or-be-killed situation.

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By in United States,

Well well, not quite Classic space, but close enough--I'll upvote some of that!

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By in United States,

One of the only Space Police III sets I didn't get.

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