Trying to make static LEGO pieces look like they’re in motion is sometimes difficult, but I like the way that “falling off the lighthouse” shot turned out. Hopefully this story answers the question of why Ronald didn’t venture further with his XT-5 space chair.
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If you spend any time watching reviews of LEGO sets on YouTube, you’ve likely come across the wonderful JANGBRiCKS. His soothing voice, professional presentation style, and dedication to reviewing seemingly every released set make him stand out among a crowded field of LEGO YouTubers. A few years ago, JANG embarked on a mission to review every Classic Space set. I of course was excited to watch his review of the Gamma-V Laser Craft (#6891). Imagine when I scrolled down to the comments on this highly regarded YouTuber’s review and saw statements such as, “Commander Schwartz and his ship! (Lego Space: The Comic anyone?)” and “Tempted to track this one down (only in the $20s on Bricklink!) thanks to the old LEGO Space comic featuring this set and it’s minifig as the star character. Long live Commander Schwartz!” I was delighted to see that, in some small way, to some people, the Gamma-V is seen as “Commander Schwartz’s ship.” Who knows if poor JANG knew what they were going on about? You can see JANG’s review here: https://youtu.be/gcK77LfgytQ
If you haven’t watched the recently released LEGO episode of “The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix, I highly recommend it. My favorite part was the absolute glowing reverence in which the Classic Space theme is described.
When I first introduced Ronald to the comic, I was sure of one thing – you would always see him sitting in his “chair,” which in reality was the XT-5 space mobility unit formerly assigned to his brother. Mikey gave Ronald the the XT-5, his old uniform and his former robot partner (later renamed Mr. Wobbly Droid) after they were decommissioned and Mikey graduated to his new Futuron uniform, service droid and Aero-Module craft. Mikey never expected that Ronald would take to wearing the uniform full-time, instead of just keeping it as a memento, like he was an actual, card-carrying member of the Space Agency. Mikey also didn’t expect that Ronald would come to rely on Mr. Wobbly Droid as a robot butler/hamburger stand co-worker.
One thing I wasn’t sure about when I introduced Ronald was the REASON he was always in the chair. But I had two possible scenarios in mind. I’ve never confirmed it either way. On one hand, I thought it would be funny if he was so lazy that you just never saw him get up and walk around. On the other hand, it kind of felt right to actually have him be a disabled character.
I’m not a fan of writing that sugarcoats and panders to the audience. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to accept that, yes, Ronald got dealt a bad hand in life that has thrown some roadblocks in his way and perhaps resulted in him getting babied a bit. But his immaturity, selfishness and bad habits are all him! Ronald is determined to stretch his comfort level and lack of responsibility as far as it can go. He’s a human being with comically rich flaws, and whether he can walk or not is generally not important to the story.
I’m reminded of a girl I knew in high school and college. She had a health condition that resulted in atrophied growth and an inability to walk. She got around in a motorized wheelchair and had a customized van that was automated to lift in her chair and was set up so she could drive. I originally made the mistake, as I think is common to do, to view her through her disability first. I initially felt uncomfortable talking to her because, I think, I was focused on her problems and figured she must be, too. But thankfully, as time went on, I actually got to know her a bit. And I realized that her disability was just a reality she dealt with and went on living. I also learned that the image I had of her as kind of a child – even in college, because she was very small – was completely misjudged. In fact, she would regale me with stories about her sexual conquests! She was more experienced than I was! She had a totally dirty mind and an irreverent sense of humor, and I remember thinking, “Wow, this is like the coolest girl I’ve ever met.”
So I guess you can take this as confirmation that I went with Option #2 for Ronald. I just don’t want you to view him any differently.
LEGO Creator #31051 Lighthouse Point was one of the sets I picked up when my local K-Mart was going out of business. I had wanted the set and missed out when it went out of production, then found it on clearance with the store closing discount on top of it. It’s a nifty set. I love lighthouses, and this looks like the ones I grew up seeing at the Jersey shore. Of course, there’s something innately creepy about lighthouses, isn’t there?
For someone who got married on the tenth anniversary of dating his girlfriend (and on April 1 no less), the idea of a lot of “maybe” and “eventually” being tied into nuptials in all too autobiographical.
When I heard about Elon Musk and SpaceX launching a Tesla roadster “driven” by an astronaut dummy into outer space, I was torn between finding it awesome and inane. On one hand, Starman has a “DON’T PANIC!” sign on the dashboard, which is a complete nerdgasm for me. On the other hand, Starman could potentially become a “biothreat” to Mars one day, which is certainly a downer. But in the end, it took me right back to the opening scene of the film “Heavy Metal,” and there is very little that’s more badass than that! The launch of Starman certainly seemed like something of which Commander Schwartz would approve.
That Walking Astro Grappler (#6882) just cracks me up every time I look at it. It captures that Classic LEGO Space aesthetic that toes the line between goofy and cool. It’s actually a cleverly designed set. The upright cockpit is unique and the swiveling walking mechanism is a lot of fun. I want to do more with the Walking Astro Grappler in the comic at some point, but decided it would be a fun cameo here.
YOU MUST BREAKDANCE!
And now you know what happened to the Star Hawk I.
The Ash and Carrie minifigures are of course not official LEGO products, but their quality surpassed what I expected. I bought them at a toy show, but you can usually find them on eBay, as well.
Although “N-POP Girl” appears in this comic, I ASSURE you this is not a lost scene from The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
And yes, it’s someone we know who happens to look a bit like her…