I may be a bit too young to have played with the space sets of the 80's, but
the Blacktron I series was always my favorite of the era.
This set is a UCS series scale redesign of the original Blacktron Renegade
set released in 1987. While staying true to the original design in terms of
shape and elements, I tried to utilize the more advanced building techniques
that were made available by new bricks and elements. Hence, the spacecraft kept
its original shape and colours, but I gave it a more detailed, stern and darker
look overall. The resulting model is a sinister but powerful looking attack
space-craft, loosely (and unintentionally) resembling the real-world A-10
The minifigures are based on the original Blacktron I minifigures with some
additional parts and details to give them a "space raider/pirate"
The cockpit canopy is connected to the body of the spacecraft by technic
pins, so it can be freely opened to reveal a detailed cockpit interior. The
ground personnel are carried to battle in the back section which is also easily
accessible: the ramp is connected via hinges, while the back element of the
roof slides on rails and the front part can be lifted via hinges. The belly pf the spacecraft can also be oppened with a turret with ion-rockets folding out, should you need additional firepower.
The target audience due to the large parts count (2195) and the advanced
building techniques and the general theme of the set would be adult collectors
and fans of Lego.