Space Police – The Early Years

Our resident Space builder takes on the fondly remembered Space Police and gives the theme a fun twist in this sleek vignette

The LEGO Group has released many themes over the years and Classic Space was the benchmark for all subsequent space-based themes. While a lot of brick fanatics and collectors tend to favour Classic Space or Blacktron themes, the Space Police theme did produce a lot of varied sets across three periods released in the late 1980s, early 1990s and then a reboot in 2009.

I love the colour combinations of red, green and black in the second wave during the early 1990s and this build is built around two parts from this period – the Space Police 2×2 printed tile and the green canopy.

This was subtly influenced by Steampunk builds which, for those who don’t know, is a combination of science fiction and the 19th century (think H. G. Wells and Jules Verne). I’ve never braved building one myself, but I liked the idea of introducing a juxtaposition into the build and I chose the Space Police theme combined with British policing in the 1960s.


The build centres around a 16×16 plate which began with a border of 1×2 round bricks. Once in place I used some SNOT parts to fix the brick pavement horizontally which is made using 1×2 masonry bricks – you can never own enough off these.

I’ve used another favourite part of mine to produce the wall detail, the 1×2 Gold Ingot in medium stone grey. This is a wonderful part for providing detail on builds across many themes, I believe it was first introduced in grey in the set Brick Bank (10251) and I sourced a bunch of them for a version of this set which I re-imagined in the Classic Space theme.

I like to think that my build comes from a lost period of LEGO space themes or even an early prototype that didn’t quite make it into full production.


Check out more of Justin’s work on Flickr, where his handle is justin_m_winn.

Justin Winn

I'm long-time LEGO fan who fully emerged from my ‘dark age’ in 2014, after three children and a lot of LEGO building reignited my interest. My first love is Classic Space – they're the first sets I owned – and this passion is reflected in my creations as a recurring theme. You can see my LEGO builds on Flickr, where my handle is justin_m_winn.

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