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CAN WE TALK

Posted by Arpy , Mar 14 2013 · 155 views

ABOUT INSECTOIDS.

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I was reminded of these for the first time in a while owing to a comparison with the Chima energy pieces, and I nostalgia'd SO HARD. Mainly because I remember my eight-year-old self thinking they were the COOLEST THINGS EVER. Which they pretty well were. They were VEHICLES shaped like BUGS that had METALLIC CYBORG TYPES WITH WICKED HELMETS piloting them and WORKING MAGNETS to pick up ENERGY ORBS.

I owned all of the sets above (the first one was the second Lego set I ever got), and even looking back at them fourteen (oh wow) years later, I'm still struck by their singular aesthetic: the muted colors shot through with neon green, the crude imitation of organic forms with relatively industrial-looking pieces, the metallic circuitry and copper lightning bolts, and the distantly human echoes in the gray- and blue-skinned minifigures. Also, there was a robot in a clear helmet called Gigabot, which is hands-down the best name ever for a Lego minifigure.

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I HAVE A FEW INSECTOIDS PIECES SCATTERED AROUND.

Insectoids was a very good theme.

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Vorahk1Panrahk2
Mar 14 2013 05:20 PM

I nostalgia'd.

 

I wish I had owned more of these sets. The only one I have is the fly. The magnetic energy orbs were so cool, and the colors of these sets is just fantastic. Everything is blue and trans green and grey... I love it.

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ChocolateFrogs
Mar 14 2013 05:53 PM

I love Insectoids! My 2nd favorite 90s space theme behind the Exploriens. (3rd is Ice Planet 2002.)

 

I definitely have noticed the similar looks of the two energy crystals (even wishing that perhaps they brought the Insectoid crystals back for the mold), though admittedly haven't looked at the Chima storyline.

 

I even referenced Insectoids in my Galaxy Squad review with this picture at the end. Such fondness for a great theme.

 

-CF

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So awesome. :drool:

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UFOS WAS BEST Y'ALL.

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Princess Grr
Mar 15 2013 12:51 AM

UFOS WAS BEST Y'ALL.

 

I was about to post this exact thing and you stole the post from me :angry:

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Insectoids might just be the most underrated Space theme ever. It's definitely one of the highlights of the Dark Ages, I'd say. And I was happy to see they brought back the concept somewhat for Galaxy Squad. :)

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I wanted that big spider set so bad.
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