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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. The only conflict takes place in the online story, where the human astronauts help the friendly Martians deal with a violent rebel faction.

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:

  • 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.
  • Ace Pilot: Mac is Earth's best space pilot, and Altair is one of the best pilots on Mars.
  • Action Girl: Cassiopeia is a female Martian who takes initiative in fighting the rebels.
  • 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.
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  • 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' rocket ship.
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  • 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 is the mission's top mechanic, and Antares is the inventor of the Aero Tube Hanger.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Assistant is only known as Assistant.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Martians are humanoid enough, with an upright posture, two arms, and two legs. 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.
  • Martians: It should be obvious from the theme's name, but Life on Mars is all about human astronauts discovering native inhabitants of Mars.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Biodium is a glowing mineral that is crucial for Martian survival, and the canyon rebels are out to seize it.
  • 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.


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