Lego was already rockin’ out with wondrous things going all the way back to my childhood. The “Space” series sets were a staple of playtime. And now, if any of these fan-designed set proposals can be approved and licensed, I might go back to space with Lego…and turn it up loud.
Lego user Grobiebrix has suggested a new line of licensed Lego sets: Rock Band Spaceships. It’s funny how all of these are either from the 1970s or represent bands whose roots were planted in the ’70s – just another sign that the arrival of Star Wars made sci-fi cool enough for all walks of life, including rock music.
The Boston spaceship is crewed by a Tom Scholz minifigure, and preserves the UFO-shaped-suspiciously-like-a-guitar form seen on the 1976 cover of Boston’s debut album.
The Boston spaceship has graced all but one of the band’s album covers since then…and even the album cover that didn’t feature the ship (1986’s Third Stage) still sported a space theme.
Journey’s Escape album cover is commemorated in Lego form as well, with the “Scarab” spaceship that featured prominently on several of the band’s early ’80s album covers, and was even a central element of two Journey video games (one in the arcade, one for the Atari VCS) inspired by the same imagery.
Sticking with Grobiebrix’s theme of the axemen-as-spacemen, Neil Schon and his guitar would come with this proposed set.
But perhaps my favorite out of the bunch – and this is a purely personal bias, as it would be (if it was approved and made) a rare piece of merchandise involving my favorite band of all time – is the ELO spaceship, a Wurlitzer jukebox speaker-inspired beauty seen on the cover of 1977’s Out Of The Blue, the Flashback greatest hits box set (2000), and Alone In The Universe (2015).
This iconic, colorful flying saucer – one which a friend of mine once called the Flying Hamburger – naturally has the reclusive but brilliant Jeff Lynne in the pilot’s seat, complete with guitar.
I guess I’ll have to customize my own minifigures for the likes of Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Richard Tandy, and Bev Bevan.
(Has anyone noticed that two out of the three musicians featured in these proposed sets are reclusive mad musical scientists fully capable of assembling entire albums by themselves?)
All three projects have a following in the low hundreds, and time’s running out to hit the 1,000 supporter mark to keep these proposals alive in Lego’s system. If you, too, think we need to turn up the volume in space, lend your support as well.