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Ice Planet 2002 Redux: Blizzard Baron VII


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 catalogue. With its neon orange, blue, and white colour scheme, its new planet location, ski’s, visors, rockets, and its Minifigure with identity (Commander Cold with his big moustache, 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 that followed.

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 reboot.

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.

I like to introduce you to my reimagined version of the Ice Planet 2002: Blizzard Baron

Blizzard Baron VII
As a kid, I played with the Classic Blizzard Baron as if it were a surveillance space plane, so with the new design, I wanted to incorporate the characteristics of modern Surveillances planes, such as the longer wingspan into the new design of the Blizzard Baron VII. The cockpit has been sealed off to prevent the pilot from freezing as appose to the classic design. The size has also been slightly scaled up and the previous hexagon and square shapes were replaced with more rounded curved shapes to align it with the design pattern of the Deep Freeze Defender II and Ice Sat IX but still with the main characteristics of the original classic. With added defence weapons to help them fend off those pesky Blacktron forces and Renegades within the Space Police.

Storage compartment

The new design also allows extra storage space behind the pilot seat for which can store satellites, additional supplies, and enough space to allow an additional passenger.  

The Minifigure

I did a slight update to the design of the Classic Ice Planet Minifigures. They got updated faces with actual hairpieces to fit in with the modern Lego Minifig facial designs. New thermal space armour to protect Lt Oakley (aka unnamed crewman with the white hair) against the harsh sub-zero temperatures of Planet Krysto.

Size, parts, and measurement:
Part count: 214
Studs:  L 40.2 x W 40.8 x H 12.5
cm:  L 32.2 x W 32.6 x H 10.0

Inch:  L 12.7 x W 12.8 x H 3.9

Why we should revisit Ice Planet 2002:
Ice planet had a unique charm to it, it was a good shift from the classic space themes that preceded it. It had a lot of first for its time, first female astronaut, first space minifigs with unique identifiable facial features, even the Neon Orange pieces (despite the mixed feeling amongst Lego fans) was a first and just worked for the theme. I also believe it to be the last of the memorable Classic Space themes. It set a new standard that space themes that followed, in my opinion, could not quite live up to.

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.

Shout out to all the Fans:

To all the old and new fans of the Classic Space themes. Your opinion on this project will be appreciated. We have an opportunity to get Classic Space themes back on the shelves, but that will only happen with your collective support and sharing of projects like this one. Please Support, follow and share and together we can make it a reality.

Thank you in advance.

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