Special Features / Compatibility
Decals: None, all decorated bricks
A cockpit module uses the pre-fab fuselage and sloping windshield pieces to form an arrow shaped cockpit. The underside is blue, and connects to two long white skis (an element originally released as part of the Technic line). Above those skis sit neon-orange skis that fit the Mini-Figure pilot driving the craft. Two black jets on the back sides of the craft, near the top, provide propulsion. On either side of the craft are two accessory clips for attaching tools. They are usually occupied by a phaser and a chainsaw blade in neon-orange. These modules connect to the rocket module through traditional connector peg and beam construction (with connector pegs permanently attached to bricks).
The middle 'rocket' module supports the first set of main wings, and houses the rocket launching station and satellite storage bay. The front of this bay is a sloped cockpit piece with the Ice Planet Logo embossed into it. Once raised, this sloping piece allows access to the top of the rocket, where the satellite can be attached. A hinged armature in the center of the mod allows the rocket to be raised into launch position and then launched into orbit. Convenient arrows at the front of the module indicate the docking connect-points for the front cockpit modules. The underside of the rocket module supports the 6 drive engines that help propel this module through space.
The rear 'bay' module is the most massive on the ship. It is roughly rectilinear in shape, broken up by large wings to the sides, and modular octagonal outer bay lights around the perimeter. The front of the mod owes to its massive size: Two connector pegs are needed to keep the intermodule connection with the middle module, and two hinges, appropriately marked with arrows, hinge down securely to form a tight seal when the middle module is in place. Two black jets up top and six white jets on the bottom provide propulsion. By far the most impressive feature of the bay module is the rocket sled launch pad. Once the top jets are safely moved up and off to the side out of harm's way, a segmented bay door is rolled forward to open the top of the launch bay. Automatically and concurrently, the sled will rise into launch position. Once it is launched, the door can be sealed again for protection from the vacuum of space, with the launch arm lowering back into position. The procedure can be repeated upon the return of the sled from its mission.
The rocket sled is a small, single pilot vehicle featuring pilot-ski storage, a compact design, and a side magneto coupler for attachment to the rockets of Ice Planet 2002. * The sled is for small towing operations only, so all operators must be aware of the limitations of the craft in rocket towing operations.The rear end of the bay module bows outward with its octagonally shaped bay lights in an attractive space-age design. Two maneuvering jets per wing, two at the rear, and two larger jets on sloping frames at the top provide precise control over the positioning of the module in space. Two long antennae at the wing tips of the module provide the Deep Freeze Defender with its communication capabilities.
This ship is 928/497 Galaxy Explorer Class, which is to say that it's of the size and general shape of the LL928 Galaxy Explorer, the first grand LEGO ship. As such, it doesn't disappoint. With three astronauts to play with, and lots of skis for action, it's got high playability value. The modular design makes it two ships in one. You can take the two cockpits and attach one each to the other modules, and have two very effective ships, where neither looks terribly underpowered (one looking pretty sleek and maneuverable, the other bulky and powerful). The two ships apart are of the Space Cruiser (LL924) Class, perhaps even slightly larger. Add to that the little rocket sled for remote missions, and you have the makings of a winner.
I must admit to a feeling of dread after I finished the model, since the front of the bay mod has a connector peg hole, but the back of the rocket mod has no corresponding peg. It looks so logical for one to be there. A quick recheck reveals that no peg is meant for that location, and the center hole in the bay mod is for the peg on the back of a cockpit mod.
Another problem I had involved the rocket silo: it wouldn't open correctly. I eventually diagnosed the problem, narrowing it down to the rocket. Be careful how the #12 cross axle is placed in the middle of the rocket. Too far down into the base and the rocket won't sit all the way down in the silo, and then the silo won't open or close correctly.
Another attractiveness issue I immediately corrected has to do with
the alternating color scheme of the bay door: I connected all white
together in one block, and the neon-orange in the other. I truly wish
The LEGO Group had gone for one solid color (strong vote for white)
instead of the striping.
Another piece from that era is the 4x6 sloping cockpit piece with hinge connect. In the 6894 Invader, 6941 Battrax, and 6954 Renegade, the element was transparent yellow, while this is opaque blue and decorated; so it's more of a reminder of past glories in the Space line than a way to increase your count of Blacktron elements.
Also of note are the 3 sets of large 7x12 wing plates -- most often used in large airplane models -- and the garage door elements that are used in the rear of the ship (half, including the handle element, are white, the other four are neon-orange).
It's nice to see the return of the Technic Figure skis; they're used nicely for the models of Ice Planet to give them that (what else?) true 'Ice Planet' look.
The display tray shows a good selection of the elements used, but
doesn't display the female Mini-Figure, which is a little strange.
Fortunately, the three Mini-Figures in the set are shown together
in a group photo on the back of the box. A bit hidden from view,
but better than not showing up at all.
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