I won a couple of lots on eBay recently containing some great Classic Space parts. I’m not sure what I’m going to build with them yet, but I’m excited by the possibilities. Those trans yellow plates are particularly hard to find, so I’m pretty pleased to have acquired these.
As well as having the big Classic Space fleet on my to-be-re-purchased wishlist, I’m also keeping my eye out for some of the smaller sets to add to the collection. A couple arrived from eBay today. Firstly, set 889 Radar Truck. I definitely remember having this one as a kid. The example I bought has one or two bits of a more modern vintage, but most of it is original, and I was very pleased with the price.
It came with some instructions and didn’t take long to put it together. The Minifig face has a little bit of wear but his torso print is very good, showing hardly any wear to the gold planet. He’s ready to roam the Moon’s surface and get on with his work!
The other set was 6803 Space Patrol, a small one-seater craft from 1983. I’m not sure I was still collecting Space LEGO by then, but it fits well with the other models and has a consistent colour scheme. (One reason I’m unlikely to acquire some of the more recent Space themed sets is I’m a sucker for the original grey/blue/trans yellow combo, so if it ain’t that, I ain’t interested!).
Again, it didn’t take too long to put together and the white-suited astronaut has a reasonable chest print and a nice smiley face. In the course of adding the trans-red cones to the nose, I managed to break the plate with bars which was provided by the eBay seller – gah! So for the moment, I’ve substituted the bley version until I can get an older authentic part.
I’ve waited over 35 years for this to happen! YES! I have finally got the Holy Grail of sets for Classic Space fans, Galaxy Explorer (928) [also known as Space Cruiser & Moonbase, depending if you are in the UK or US].
I never owned this one as a child, it was always that set which was out of reach that I used to pour over the catalogue page and imagine what it would be like if I got it. Well now I know!
One of the hardest parts to get in good condition is the aerial element on top of the moonbase – thankfully this one is all in one piece and no bent tines. As you can see, Benny is already in on the act and directing the operation.
The astronauts are smiling and happy dudes – and who can blame them when they are at the helm of such an awesome machine?
This is a noisy old photo taken with my phone, but here are all my Classic Space sets together on some Moon baseplates of varying colour.
Benny was also keen to show off his ship with these venerable oldies too. They make a grand display.
I was very pleased to recently re-acquire a Classic Space set which I had as a kid, but sold as I went into my Dark Ages – the Space Transporter (924). It was in very good condition, with decent prints on the minifig torsos and all the pieces in order. It came ready built, with some home-printed instructions, but to be honest I’m not that bothered about the box or the instructions – I just want the bricks!
And even better – I got it in a double lot with the Holy Grail of Classic Space – 928 Galaxy Explorer!
Ever since I emerged from my Dark Ages, I have regretted selling my Classic Space sets as a teenager, just before going to University. I used to keep them very well and I’m sure that they would still be in great condition if I had only put them away in a box somewhere. Hey ho.
But it has meant that I have been keeping an eye open on eBay to replace some of my favourite sets. I’m not sure I ever owned the famed 928 (it was a big set) but I definitely had 918 and I recently found this specimen for a reasonable price.
The bricks are in decent condition – although I suspect one or two may be bley rather than vintage old light grey. Benny’s red buddy has a broken chinstrap! But it doesn’t really show that much, and at least the gold on his chest print is still in evidence.
The set arrived in a made up condition, parts of it are a bit dusty so I think I will carefully dismantle it and give the pieces a gentle wash. Then it will look as good as new! 918 Has Landed!