Neo Time Cruisers . Who ever heard of neo-ing a non-space theme? . Do you remember Time Cruisers and Time Twisters? These two wacky themes were released in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and as the name suggests, were centered around time travel. The backstory of these themes has been lost in the annals of time-if you have any information, other than the obvious or what is listed here, or any pictures of catalogs/magazines with Time Cruisers in them, please send them to searingmage@DELETETHISSECTIONcomcast.net. Neither theme had new parts-they were mashups of previous themes, combining many cool things from many previous themes into odd-looking, time traveling vehicles.
The Time Cruisers were the protagonists in the dual-theme, and were released in 2006. Their wacky vehicles had many cool TECHNIC functions, often involving spinning propellers (that move when the wheels spun). Many people did not recognize that the theme did in fact have a color scheme-it was gray, with red and yellow, transparent orange, transparent yellow, and transparent blue windscreens. It's a very varied scheme, so it is easy to overlook. The larger sets all had hats from different themes in the sets. The sets were veritable parts packs, with tons of rare and specialized parts. However, the price was a bit high for these sets. The main characters were Timmy and Dr. Cyber-they also had a pet monkey who appeared in most of the sets. I plan to get the boat-it has almost everything needed to make a pirate ship, and Time Cruisers is cheaper on bricklink than it's old MSRP.
Time Twisters, in 1997, was a similar yet totally unique theme. It's vehicles were black and blue, with a bit of brown, trans neon orange, trans blue cockpits, and the occasional chrome gold. The aesthetics were much improved-the ships were sleeker and more evil-looking. They were parts packs as well-the variety of parts tended to be from a few themes, mostly Castle and Western, all from Bad Guy Factions (see Wolfpack, Soldiers, and Fright Knights). They had many functions as well-different sorts from the spinning propellers in the previous themes-one set has wings that flap when the wheels move, another has skulls in top hats that bob up and down when the wheels spin. The main characters were Tony Twister and Professor Millennium (they are brothers), who tried to steal from other times out of greed. Their main vehicle, the Twister Time Train, is arguably the best set to come out of the two themes-there's just some sort of perfection about the idea of an evil train traveling through time to steal artifacts. I'll most definitely get THAT.
And now onto the Neo Part:
Years after the original Time Cruisers, the assistant of Dr. Cyber became a professor as well, as did his assistant, James Temporal. Now that the Time Twisters have come back, Dr. Temporal and his assistant, Jacob, must race through time as did their teachers in order to stop the menace of these two irresponsible and greedy people. Their vehicles have been renovated over the years, with new time technology and modifications.
The Time Twister's descendants, Derek Twiser and Professor Millennium III, are once again attempting to steal treasures of the past. They've added much to their vehicles, and are ready to take those treasures that they deserve once and for all. Only the Neo Cruisers can stop them.
I've only made on MOC for Neo Time Cruisers so far (it's for the Neo Twisters)-
Warped Time Barracuda
The Warped Time Barracuda is a powerful masterpiece of Derek Twister's making. The ship is able to make time jumps faster than any previous ship, and has an impressive multi-mach maximum air speed. It is powered by large amounts of einsteinium (radioactive artificial element).
The Neo Twisters.
Derek Twister is the tough guy of the Twisters. He pilots the smaller, faster ships and is the one to nab the treasure on most occasions.
His powerful jetpack serves him well when it comes to fast escapes or rapid overland movement.
Professor Millennium III, inheriting the name from his forebears, is the brains of the operation. He designed the improved Time Travel mechanisms and found a way to create Einsteinium rather cheaply. His time freeze ray can freeze objects in time, and unfreeze them when he wishes it to. It's very useful for capturing moving objects.
Dr. Temporal and Jacob. They're the protagonists of the theme.
So here's the restrictions: vehicles should be similar in some ways to the old vehicles, but with a more neo look. All Time Twisters vehicles MUST have flames coming out from multiple places. No weaponry on Time Cruisers vehicles, and Time Twisters vehicles can only have very minimal weaponry. Most vehicles should have a way to transport things from the past.
How did this come about? Well, I was reading a discussion on what was weirder-Time Cruisers or Ninjago-on EB forums, and I thought of Time Cruisers. I hadn't thought about the theme for a while, but it was one of my favorite themes in 2009 (when I first discovered Brickipedia), not for the sets, but for the idea and parts. I was also intrigued by the mystery surrounding the theme-why did it come about? Why are the sets so randomly made? What is the story for this theme? I also thought that the Mandalorian Jetpack would be awesome on a Time Traveling Villain. I first made the characters, did some research on Google (and guess what-other than Brickipedia, I found NOTHING to help me-and I have already read/edited most pages on Brickipedia), and stared work on this. The back came first, and the front part last. I'd say it worked out rather well-I was stuck after finishing the back, but then I added a lower front, added the thing in front (is that a spoiler?), and finally the rest. So here it is. Please feel free to add to the theme, or to renovate an old Time Cruisers/Twisters set that you might have to make it more Neo-ish.