LEGO Life on Mars
was a short-lived LEGO theme
from 2001, and a subtheme of LEGO Space
. Basically, a small group of human astronauts crash-landed on Mars, discovered Martians, and sat down and observed them for a while. It is unusual among LEGO Space themes for its stronger focus on exploration and discovery over combat, the human astronauts had no interest in conquering the Martians and instead preferred to observe their lives.
This was the last true LEGO Space theme for several years, until its Spiritual Successor LEGO Mars Mission
turned up in 2007. Unrelated to the TV show Life On Mars
, though that would be awesome in its own right. Provides the Martians for Irregular Webcomic!
LEGO Life on Mars provides examples of:
- Ace Pilot: Mac.
- Action Girl: Cassiopeia.
- All There in the Manual: The majority of the theme's storyline could only be found the website. The LEGO Mania magazine also provided extra information, such as revealing that Cassiopeia is Riegel's daughter.
- All Myths Are True: Sort of. Remember all the panic that was caused by people who thought that a 1938 radio drama of The War of the Worlds was a true story? It was. Arcturus was leader of Mars at that time, and he actually did invade Earth and was forced to retreat after being exposed to Earth germs.
- Combining Mecha: A more unconventional example: all sets were designed to be consistently segmented and modular, and all instruction manuals point out that the modular segments are interchangeable between sets. Also, most of the Martians' sets are mecha.
- Cool Starship: The Solar Explorer, the humans' ship.
- In LEGO Racers 2, Life on Mars crosses over with LEGO Town, LEGO Adventurers, LEGO Arctic, and LEGO Racers.
- In the November/December 2001 issue of LEGO Mania, the Life on Mars team teams up with LEGO Alpha Team and the LEGO Studios crew to foil Ogel's plans to mind-control the LEGO Dinosaurs.
- LEGO Life on Mars participates in LEGO Soccer Mania alongside LEGO Soccer, LEGO Town, Knights' Kingdom, LEGO Adventurers, LEGO Arctic, LEGO Pirates, LEGO Wild West, LEGO Space Port, and LEGO Island.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: As it turns out that the events of The War of the Worlds are real, Arcturus's invasion of Earth was cut short by exposure to germs.
- The Engineer: Mac and Antares.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Assistant.
- Humanoid Aliens: Though, discounting Rock Monsters, the Martians were the first LEGO alien lifeforms to depart from the standard Minifigure design.
- Humans Are Special: Defied by Riegel, who seems unconvinced of the intelligence of highly-trained astronauts.
Riegel: "So you say you are Earthlings? Are you an intelligent species?"
Mac: "Of course we are! We built a rocket ship and came here, didn't we?"
Riegel: "You came here, but maybe you didn't build the ship. Maybe you are just test animals. After all, some Martians believe that creatures with - ugh! - hair on their heads must be stupid, since the sun never warms their brains enough."
- Humongous Mecha: Most of the Martians' vehicles are mecha, and almost all of them have some mechalike traits.
- Mineral MacGuffin: Biodium.
- The Mole: Arcturus was secretly providing information to the canyon Martians.
- Plot Coupon: Cassiopeia and the astronauts search Mars for three scrolls instructing how to create synthetic Biodium.
- Politically Active Princess: Cassiopeia.
- Power Crystal: The Martians were searching Mars for Biodium, a green type of crystal which creates a breathable atmosphere.
- The Professor: Doc.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Riegel.
- The Remnant: Seems to be the case with Arcturus, who still seems bitter about the failed Martian invasion of Earth, is the most distrusting of the human astronauts, and is ultimately revealed to be The Mole.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: The canyon Martians are rebelling against Riegel's peaceful Martian High Council and are plotting to steal all the Biodium and take over Mars.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Riegel and Cassiopeia.
- Shout-Out: Arcturus was leader of the Martians during the 1930s. As it turns out, a certain radio drama in 1938 retelling the events of a Martian invasion of Earth was actually telling the truth.
- Slice of Life: The LEGO sets, unburdened by the canyon Martian rebels of the online storyline, basically depict daily Martian life.
- The Smart Guy: Doc and Antares.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Riegel's name is frequently spelled as Reigel and Rigel. It's particularly erroneous on this page of LEGO Mania◊, where both the "Riegel" and "Rigel" spellings are used!
- Spiritual Successor: Many see LEGO Mars Mission as one to Life on Mars, especially seeing as the former is the only other line to reuse the latter's vacuum pump tube system... oh, and yeah, because they both take place on Mars.
- Stealth Sequel:
- To the 1999 "Space Port" sub-theme; Buzz Bailey from the Space Port line is the same character as BB from Life on Mars. The book Rocket Rescue even says that Buzz Bailey was training for a mission to Mars.
- LEGO Racers 2 implies that Life on Mars might also be a Stealth Sequel to the LEGO Arctic line, since the game identifies an identical-looking scientist on the Arctic team as "Doc".
- Stellar Name: Every Martian has one.
- Theme Naming: All the Martians were named after stars.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: Compared to most LEGO Space themes, Life on Mars is closest to modern technology. It certainly helps that it's a Stealth Sequel to the Space Port line, which appears to be set in present day.