A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years

As consumers descend upon stores everywhere for the annual Black Friday sales, let's look back at what holiday shoppers of yore bought for the little science fiction fans in their lives: 20 years' worth of Lego Space toys.

From 1978 to 1999, Lego regularly released lines of toys themed around deep space exploration. Lego Space was discontinued to make way for a decade's worth of Lego Star Wars sets, although the theme made a comeback this year with its third incarnation of the Space Police line. (You can see its flagship, the Galactic Enforcer, up at the top.) But for more than two decades, Lego continuously released more than 200 sets in its Lego Space theme, and that's what we're here to honor. Here now are some of the highlights. And yes, I'm pretty sure I've bought, built, and disassembled a good 60% of these.

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years

Name: Space Rocket
Year: 1964
It's a little on the basic side, admittedly, but keep in mind people had only been sending real rockets into space for less than a decade. I'm willing to cut it some slack.

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Rocket Base
Year: 1973

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Moon Landing
Year: 1975

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Rocket Launcher
Year: 1978
Line: Classic Space
One of the first wave of toys in Lego's official Space line, the Rocket Launcher helped initiate two decades worth of space-themed sets.

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Mobile Tracking Station
Year: 1978
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Space Shuttle
Year: 1979
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Space Shuttle
Year: 1979
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Alpha-1 Rocket Base
Year: 1979
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Beta-1 Command Base
Year: 1980
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Starfleet Voyager
Year: 1981
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Mobile Rocket Transport
Year: 1982
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Galaxy Commander
Year: 1983
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Intergalactic Command Base
Year: 1984
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Cosmic Fleet Voyager
Year: 1986
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Polaris-1 Space Lab
Year: 1987
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Monorail Transport System
Year: 1987
Line: Classic Space

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Battrax
Year: 1987
Line: Blacktron

After nine years of general Space sets, Battrax helped kick off the new Blacktron line. The next decade would be dominated by a steady rotation of different variations on the Space theme.

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Invader
Year: 1987
Line: Blacktron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Renegade
Year: 1987
Line: Blacktron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Message Intercept Base
Year: 1988
Line: Blacktron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Alienator
Year: 1988
Line: Blacktron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Stardefender "200"
Year: 1987
Line: Futuron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Cosmic Laser Launcher
Year: 1987
Line: Futuron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Space Lock-up Isolation Base
Year: 1989
Line: Space Police I

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Mission Commander
Year: 1989
Line: Space Police I

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Stellar Recon Voyager
Year: 1990
Line: M:Tron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Mega Core Magnetizer
Year: 1990
Line: M:Tron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Aerial Intruder
Year: 1991
Line: Blacktron Future Generation

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Spectral Starguider
Year: 1991
Line: Blacktron Future Generation

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Alpha Centauri Outpost
Year: 1991
Line: Blacktron Future Generation

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Rebel Hunter
Year: 1992
Line: Space Police II

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Galactic Mediator
Year: 1992
Line: Space Police II

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Ice Station Odyssey
Year: 1993
Line: Ice Planet 2002

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Ice-Sat V
Year: 1993
Line: Ice Planet 2002

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Deep Freeze Defender
Year: 1993
Line: Ice Planet 2002

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Saucer Centurion
Year: 1994
Line: Spyrius

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Recon Robot
Year: 1994
Line: Spyrius

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Robo-Guardian
Year: 1994
Line: Spyrius

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Saucer Scout
Year: 1994
Line: Spyrius

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Lunar Launch Site
Year: 1994
Line: Spyrius

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Monorail Transport Base
Year: 1994
Line: Unitron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Star Hawk II
Year: 1995
Line: Unitron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Crater Cruiser
Year: 1995
Line: Unitron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Space Station Zenon
Year: 1995
Line: Unitron

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Explorien Starship
Year: 1996
Line: Exploriens

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Nebula Outpost
Year: 1996
Line: Exploriens

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Android Base
Year: 1996
Line: Exploriens

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Scorpion Detector
Year: 1996
Line: Exploriens

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Robo Stalker
Year: 1997
Line: Roboforce

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Robo Master
Year: 1997
Line: Roboforce

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Robo Raider
Year: 1997
Line: Roboforce

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Robo Raptor
Year: 1997
Line: Roboforce

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Warp Wing-Fighter
Year: 1997
Line: UFO

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Interstellar Starfighter
Year: 1997
Line: UFO

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Alien Avenger
Year: 1997
Line: UFO

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Arachnoid Starbase
Year: 1998
Line: Insectoids

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Celestial Stinger
Year: 1998
Line: Insectoids

A Black Friday Guide To Lego Space Toys Through The Years


Name: Bi-Wing Blaster
Year: 1998
Line: Insectoids