Eagle Transporter from Gerry Anderson's Space:1999
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Commander! It's going up!
With those fateful words, Moonbase Alpha and its crew were catapulted into deep space by an enormous explosion on the dark side of the Moon. Although able to sustain itself through visits to planets in solar systems it moved through, 20 years later the Alphans were inevitably running low on resources. Commander John Koenig decided to commission a smaller version of their versatile Eagle spacecraft, making it easier to maintain as they continued their search for a new home.
Why do I want you to hit the blue Support button? This is a set aimed at two generations. Did you ever have a toy that lasted forever, and was your go-to toy for adventuring? For me, that was my die cast Dinky Eagle. In fact, I had two! Commander Koenig and his crew are probably largely responsible for my love of realistic science fiction and coincidentally their TV series first aired in the year I was born! As we approach the 45th anniversary of the show, other Eagle projects here have shown there's still a lot of love for the show.
Nostalgia aside, my son's first comment when he saw the Eagle was that it looked like the underwater base they rescued in the first episode of the CGI Thunderbirds Are Go. He's spot on, of course! People of my generation would immediately have spotted that distinctive nose shape as a nod of the head to the Eagles. I also hope that his generation might actually get to use something like an Eagle on the Moon. It really is a great design, NASA!
Finally, on a personal note, designing this set gave me something positive to focus on after my father passed away.
This is my Goldilocks Eagle. I shall explain! Previous Eagle models here on Ideas have either been incredibly large and able to fit two minifigures in the cockpit (which is show accurate and brilliant!) or scaled down to microfigure proportions. At well under 1000 pieces, I've compromised by trying to produce a set which I hope is immediately recognisable as an Eagle, but which for play purposes can also take a single minifigure in its cockpit and in its pod without being too big to be played with. Not too big, not too small - Goldilocks! The set includes:
- The Eagle, with removable nose and engine section for ease of crashing, ah, maintenance!
- A removable transporter pod, with flip open hatches and removable roof with space for a passenger
- A small Moon buggy, capable of being stored in the pod when not in use
- Two Alphan astronauts with classic space style tanks (seems appropriate given the show's age!)
Brian Johnson designed the original Eagle, having worked on Thunderbirds - perhaps leading to the pods theme! They do make the Eagle very versatile, just like Thunderbird 2 of course, and I may add another if things go well. Brian Johnson went on to design ships for 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Feedback and sharing would be very welcome, here or via social media. Let's try and get a Gerry Anderson LEGO set out there for the first time! Please also consider supporting some of my other Anderson inspired projects, thank you!