I thought it was pretty neat that LEGO retroactively added Classic Space and Futuron astronauts in the color green. The original Classic Space-style astronauts turned up in the fan-designed “Exo Suit (#21109)” set in 2014, and the green Futuron astronaut appeared in the 2015 “City Square (#60097)” set of all places. They aren’t perfect recreations. The astronauts in the Exo Suit set of course have the newer-style helmet, and the Futuron uniform has extra detail that wasn’t present on the original. Still, they’re cool additions. But since they aren’t “authentic” to the original spacemen, I decided to give them a slight twist in the comic. You’ll of course learn more about what the heck is going on here at some point…
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Do deer scream? I don’t know, but they sure can be noisy, a fact which surprised me when I first encountered them at a petting zoo. They sound kind of like sheep, and they really want your corn.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Unitron excited me when it came out because it was reminiscent of Classic Space, but it was a bizarrely short-lived series in the LEGO canon. There were only four sets released over two years, and one of them was the massive Monorail Transport Base! There was also Space Station Zenon, the Crater Cruiser (seen here) and the Star Hawk II (Why II? There wasn’t a Star Hawk I.) I only ever had the Crater Cruiser, but always wanted the sleek Star Hawk II. It seems to now be a rare and somewhat pricey set, but I might have to finally cave. (Merry Christmas to me…) Here’s a secret. You can add the parts list for a LEGO set to your want list on Bricklink, then use the “Easy Buy” feature to find all the parts in various Bricklink stores. Often, this will end up being cheaper than purchasing an intact set.
I believe the Crater Cruiser (#1787) from the short-lived Unitron series was the first LEGO set I purchased with my own money. Back then, I mixed all my parts together instead of keeping them by set like I do now. While this was better for creativity when building, it makes it harder to rebuild the original sets for use in the comic. Therefore, when I decided to include Unitron in the comic several years ago, I dug out the parts for the flying module of the Crater Cruiser and never got around to rebuilding the land vehicle. The Unitron pilot in the flying module became Ralph Gunbar and fit well into storylines, but it always bothered me that I never showed the rest of the vehicle. While recently visiting my Dad’s house, I FINALLY dug out the rest of the parts from my old storage bins and completed the Crater Cruiser. I couldn’t wait to put this sleek set in a comic, but realized I needed to explain who Gunbar’s (never-before-seen) partner was. Now you know.