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In 1978, LEGO first started producing space-themed playsets, and so what is today known as "Classic LEGO Space" was born. Stretching for a good decade from 1978 to 1988, this LEGO theme was a Twenty Minutes Into the Future type of adventure dealing with very simple exploration of the solar system, establishing moon bases and conducting research on the planets. The sets were known for their bright palettes; most craft and buildings were bright blue, with a small few instead being a bright grey.
Tropes present in the Classic LEGO Space period:
- Fan Sequel: Sort of. In recent years, "Neo-Classic Space" is a popular building trend in the LEGO community, devoted to taking the general bright aesthetic of classic Space and putting a more detailed modern twist on it.
- In Space Everyone Can See Your Face: This was before LEGO even designed visors for minifigure helmets.
- ISO Standard Human Spaceship
- Long Runner
- Recycled in Space: Quite a few sets were simply called things along the lines of "Space X" (eg Space Scooter, Space Buggy, Space Digger).
- Space Plane
- Space Station
- Space Suits Are Scuba Gear
- Standard Sci-Fi Fleet
- Trope Maker: This was the first space-themed LEGO line (though there were a small few space sets before the themes kicked in). It was also one of the first LEGO Themes outside of towns and cities (the first Classic LEGO Castle sets also debuted in 1978).
- Twenty Minutes Into the Future
- Zeerust: The overall aesthetic, especially in the astronaut figures, is reminiscent of 1950s science-fiction.