LEGO® Set Review: 6939 Saucer Centurion
Saucer Centurion (us)
Centurion de la Soucoupe Volante (fr)
Centurion Espacial (es)
Spyrius spionfly (da)
Mega Spy Ufo (de)
Space System / Spyrius
Ages 7-12 / 211 Pcs
20 page manual: 2 models, 8, 13 steps.
Price Range: $ 26.99 ($0.13 per element)
Review Written: 30 October 1996 by Joseph Gonzalez
Special Features / Compatibility
No Special Features
No Extra Elements
Scale: Mini-Figure Scale
For any space enthusiast, this set is a must-have. Even a town collector might want to pick it up for some cool “close encounters” with a real flying saucer.
6939 is a compact saucer-shaped two-man flying craft with black and red as principle colors and translucent blue highlighting. The craft is constructed to split down the middle from front to back and the two halves separate by a distance of one stud, but the style of the construction does not allow the ship to be completely pulled apart. With the ship pulled “open”, an eight wheel (separate model) vehicle drops from the craft to travel freely outside the ship. The model can be opened or closed with or without the car and once the ship is closed, the car remains snugly inside functioning as the seat area for one of the cockpits.
The model is of symmetrical shape (each half is identical to the other), but the right side of the ship sports an extending “grabbing” arm while the left side has two protruding antennas (lasers?).
I picked up the 6939 after a very long break from buying space sets. In catalogs, the color combination of black and red really caught my eye, and the shape of the craft was really unique [compared] to what I had seen previously (no wings, two parallel cockpits, and the detaching vehicle). I was hooked! This set started me buying space again!
Set Rating:Very-Good The set comes with numerous pieces that will be useful with other models. I had some difficulty coming up with alternate models because of the types of pieces included, but the back of the box had some great ideas.
Model Rating:Excellent This model was a blast to put together and quite honestly, it took me a long time to take it apart in order to try out alternate models. Being wingless may take away some of the “swooshability” for some, but I love racing it around the canyon and cliffs between my sofa and loveseat.
Playability Rating:Must-Have Having at least one Spyrius craft in your galaxy is a great idea because these rascals seem like corporate-spy kind of guys that could be hired by any other sub-theme. That being said, this is the coolest Spyrius craft currently available.
The colors are really cool. I like the inclusion of the Spyrius droid (my only one to date), and the detachable car is a great feature.
The long antenna pieces keep falling off.
Nose cones in red
Black extending arm brick and red housing piece
Red triple-tube-faced bricks
2x2 black flats with preprinted circuits/electronic stuff
2x2x1 black sloping brick with preprinted control panel
The droid and clear helmet were new elements to me.
Age (at review)
Castle, Wild West, Pirate (what can I say? I’m caught up in the past) and some Space.
I’ve been playing with LEGO Blocks since the seventies and collecting sets off and on since the early eighties. I don’t usually buy outside my favorite themes unless a particular model catches my eye. Really cool purchases stay separately in their own box while (what I consider) fair to medium sets get taken apart and “assimilated” into numerous categorized containers for use in making my own creations. This assimilation process initially started out as a way to save space, but I'm now kicking myself for destroying a lot of early ‘eighties models’ boxes.
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