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C.S.P.M.C Entry: Terra-Scanner and Space Hopper
About this creation
My entry to the Classic Space Pocket Money Contest.
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Main model: Terra-Scanner, equipment trailer and Space Hopper.
88 pieces
Would probably cost around $8-10


Space Hopper. It is driven by the astronaut and is used for short planetary trips. I think it has a nice simple Classic Space feel about it.

Back of Space Hopper.

Terra-Scanner. It is used to scan a planet or asteroid's surface for buried minerals. It is driven by a robot helper and has a radar dish, computer, controls and movable scanner on front.

Back of Terra-Scanner.

Other side.

Equipment trailer hooked up.

Equipment trailer. Is used for holding equipment. :P Has communication antenna, metal detector, walkie-talkie, wrench, another tool, and a compartment with a power cell.

Other side.

Compartment with power cell.

Astronaut and his robot helper at work.

The astronaut and robot helper.

Building with a limited number of parts really got my creative juices flowing! Even with no bricks and very few plates I came up with some great builds. Here are the alternative builds I came up with.

Alternate Build #1: Base CY-3, mini buggy and mini scooter
72 pieces


The base. It has a computer, a storage compartment, tools and a communications/sensor array.

Computer console.


Sensor and communication arrays, and storage box with power cell.

Small buggy with robot buddy.

Rover without robot.

Space Scooter with astronaut.

Without astronaut.

Alternate Build #2: Rocket Launcher
72 pieces


The launcher.

The rocket. This is some kind of satellite/sensor/something-or-other lifter, not a deadly missile. (Though they could fill it from their toilets to fend off Blacktron baddies.)

Securing arms lifted and rocket in launch position.

Driver's seat. There's a computer console, steering wheel, walkie-talkie and communications antenna.

Front of the launcher.

Robot helper with wrench and drill.

Alternate Build #3: Robo-Sampler and Base
64 pieces


Sampler and minerals. The sampler has a movable, extendable sampling arm with a light.

Side of sampler.

Rear of sampler.

Collection and Testing base.

Testing computer and metal detector.

Testing machine.


Communications array.

Storage box with samples.

Astronaut with remote control.

Alternate Build #4: Surface Scanner
56 pieces


The scanner. It has a light to show the rocks and twin movable scanners.

Left back view. Note the computer, communications antenna and tools.

Right back view.

Driver's seat.

Robot helper with hand-held scanner.

Alternate Build #5: Mobile Base NG-1
80 pieces

Alternate Build #6: Robo-Suit 3000
64 pieces

5 missing

Alternate Build #7: Launch Truck and Space Hopper
74 pieces


Alternate Build #8: Celestial Explorer
63 pieces

Alternate Build #9: Cargo Crane Truck, Cargo Scanner and Loader-Bot
83 pieces

Scanning the container.

Storage container with (yet another) power cell.

Just for Fun Build #10: Space Dragster
87 pieces


The dragster.


The pit. It has tools, a diagnostic computer, communications equipment, a bottle of oil and a storage container.

The starting light.

The wheel dolly.

The robot pittie with his tools.

After all that building, now it's time for a frosty treat from the space vending machine!

What to build next?

Parts: 88 counting minifig as 1 part and a wheel/rim as 1 part. Lots of minifigure accessories and cool parts. Definitely a set I would buy! Most of the parts were around in the classic space era, but there are some newer ones like the droid arms, cheese slopes and wings. With so many cool parts and so many different builds, this set has a ton of play value.

Good luck to the other contestants.

Please rate and comment.


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  February 14, 2013
Wow, that is alot of alternatives! They are all really great, the robot suit made me laugh. It looked really good/funny. Nice entry, good luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
A very functional and fast looking little space hopper. I like the big engine pods, with their fins and red bits. I like how the equipment trailer can be parked whilst the buggy goes exploring. The robot helper is a cute and useful addition to the team. I’m not sure if the spaceman is supposed to drive the buggy: it looks like it would be quite difficult. I do like all of the CS useful sensors on both the trailer and the buggy. 7 You really went town with the alternative builds. I think this is the biggest number and variety in the competition. I particularly like #7, with its space hopper and stabiliser legs on the trailer. #6, the Robo Suit is fun, if a bit flimsy. #4, the Surface Scanner, is redolent of the 6841 Mineral Detector. The last photo in #2, of the robot, is very cute indeed: he’s so helpful! I’m not sure that Lego would have made a box big enough to put all of these ideas on! 10 Having two vehicles must mean more play options. The robot helper is like having a second mini-fig in the set, giving the spaceman somebody to interact with. I like how the robot is small but strong and not too fiddly for children adjust. The sensors on the buggy aren’t too heavy for their hinges and give lots of opportunities for creating stories. My problem with the buggy is that it looks like it would need a bit of rebuilding if the spaceman wants to drive it. 7 The grey/dark grey is an interesting take on the CS theme. Would Lego have used both colours if they’d existed in 1979? I don’t know but I think that it works here and pushes the “grey only” for ground vehicles and small spacecraft of the first CS sets in an interesting direction. There are strange sensors and lots of non-military fun & adventures to be found here. 9 Total score 33.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Design: A build that captures a lot of detail and implied machinery (greebles to you and I). The function of scout and follow up robot driven rover is a nice idea. 8 Piece Selection: There is a real plethora of alternatives. The rocket launcher and mech suit being stand-outs. Careful piece selection pays dividends. 8 Playability: Great detachable trailer, bot and two vehicles provide a lot of solid play hours. 8 CS Factor: CS if the designers wanted to put greebling at the heart of their work. A nice take on the theme. 8
 I like it 
  January 13, 2013
Holy Cabooses... you've covered just about every alt build possible! I know.... you couldn't show us all the secret spy stuff! Nice! :)
 I like it 
  January 13, 2013
That's a great set idea with some cool alternatives. I'm glad you could finally upload the pics. Great job! :-))
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  January 13, 2013
Fantastic entry. Love the names and all the builds. My faves are the main model and alt. 7. I would have loved this set as a kid.
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  January 13, 2013
This is a fun little set with lots of versatile building options.
 I like it 
  January 12, 2013
A great variety of very detailed, cool space vehicles !
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  January 11, 2013
Nice assortment of builds here, Dude! Clever!
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  January 11, 2013
Great build, Superspy! Love the alternates. Good luck in the contest.
 I like it 
  January 10, 2013
Great job! Love it :)
 I like it 
  January 9, 2013
Looks good. Hope the rest of the pics come up soon :)
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