From Galaxy Explorer to Galactic Enforcer: The Evolution of Lego Space
The early Space sets are reflective of this good-natured philosophy, exploration-focused and with a near-future appearance, rather than drawing directly from science fiction. Sets like 493 Space Command Center present an image of space exploration that seems within reach, even today. And though the included Spacemen minifigures were available in a number of different colored suits, there was nothing inherent to the sets to suggest that they were different factions. It could be coded as an example of international co-operation, or simply as a cosmetic choice—not everyone likes blue after all. Aliens were also absent, which largely removed issues of conflict and/or colonialism. In the world of Lego, humanity would remain alone among the stars until the 1990s.