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:
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Word of God on the various space suit colours:
[T]he Red and White spacemen started as Cosmonauts and Astronauts. Later they became red pilots and white explorers, yellow were introduced as scientists, blue as security/soldiers, black as spies.
- Fan Sequel: "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 The LEGO Group even designed visors for minifigure helmets.
- ISO Standard Human Spaceship
- Long Runner: Lasted for a decade, with the sets and the minifigures that came with them becoming iconic, resulting in them getting referenced several times in later space-themed Lego sets.
- Space Plane: A good 60% of the sets were either spaceships or small personal flyers.
- Space Station
- SpaceX: Quite a few sets were simply called things along the lines of "Space X" (eg Space Scooter, Space Buggy, Space Digger). Parodied in The LEGO Movie's ''Behind The Bricks'' Featurette:
Benny, the 80s-something space guy: We've got, a space dog, space cat, space chair, space shelves, uh, I think there's some space food, ASTRONAUT ICE CREAM! We have astronaut milk, uh, sh-shelves, did I say shelves?
- Spacesuits 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 (although some sets are quite angular and utilitarian as typical of 70's sci-fi - this was one year after Star Wars after all).