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Ice Planet 2002: “The ice planet Krysto, with its vast network of frozen
tunnels and caves, is the capital of a remote part of the universe known as Ice
Planet 2002. It is from this snow-covered planet that rocket technicians are
conducting top-secret research. Their findings are coveted by the Blacktron
forces and even renegades within the Space Police.”
As a child, one of my most fond memories was discovering
that Lego was about to release their latest space theme in the 1993 LEGO catalog.
With its neon orange, blue, and white color scheme, its new planet location,
ski’s, visors, rockets, and its Minifigure with identity (Commander Cold with
his big mustache, the first female Space figure, and a cool dude that looked
like he just came from the ski slopes.) the Ice Planet 2002 theme stood out
from its predecessors in so many ways and inspired many new MOC’s in the years
After rediscovering some of my old sets and rebuilding them
with my 5-year-old son, I felt inspired to redesign the old classic series to
fit in with today's modern expectations but still keep the classic look and
playability of the classic sets. Envisioning it as more of a sequel than a
With 2023 approaching, The idea I am proposing is to release
a 30th Anniversary edition of one of the most memorable Lego Space themes, In my opinion, Ice Planet 2002.
To launch this campaign. I like to introduce you to my updated
version of my ultimate favorite space set as a kid, the Ice Planet 2002: Deep
The Rocket: With the Ice Planet theme based on rocket technicians and their
top-secret research. I made it a focal point to start with the design of the new
rocket first. I wanted the new rocket to look like it has evolved from the
technology of the classic Ice Planet rockets but still retain the look and feel
of the classic design. Basically, it is scaled up with more thrust to enter
Orbit. Once the final version of the
rocket was decided on, the main ship design was scaled up to ensure that the Rocket
could be housed within it as with the original Classic.
Research facility: As a kid, I envisioned the back section of the original Deep
Freeze Defender to be the mobile research facility of the spaceship. With the slight increase in scale there was ample space for the ice sled and its
launcher and to make my vision a reality with the inclusion of a command center
for the crew to do their top-secret rocket research.
The Minifigures: I did a slight update to the design of the Classic Ice
Planet Minifigures. They all got updated faces with actual hairpieces to fit
in with the modern Lego Minifig facial designs. New thermal space armor to
protect Commander Cold and his crew against the harsh sub-zero temperatures of
Planet Krysto. Actual saber handles for their chainsaws. They also acquire two
new recruits and a service bot to help them expand research and to accompany them
on their missions on this strange freezing planet.
After over two decades, Ice Planet 2002 still live close in
our memories, you just need to do a web search to see the thousands of fan-made
MOC’s, illustrated art, blogs, and YouTube reviews to appreciate the impact it had
on the imaginations of a generation of fans. And judging by the actions of my 5-year-old
replacing all his Lego sets from “a galaxy far far away” with my old classic
Ice Planet 2002 sets, it still has the ability to capture the imagination of
generations to come.