Will we ever stop exploring LEGO’s Galaxy Explorer?

When it first debuted in 1978, this most infamous LEGO theme was known as Space. But after a while, factions later, we started referring to it as Classic Space. And after the shade of light gray changed and more curves became available, it morphed into Neo-Classic Space. But now, after the Galaxy Explorer set has hit store shelves, I think we’ve hit the start of the Neo-Neo-Classic Space age. That’s certainly what it feels like in Alec Hole‘s stellar (and interstellar) Explorer Mk 4. Bursting with all kinds of sci-fi textures, this blue and gray starship represents yet another point in Space’s evolutionary timeline. The double cockpit, done up in the traditional trans-yellow, is a superb choice. And I quite like all the light gray gear bits worked in throughout the wings.

Explorer Mk 4

But the underside is where Alec’s greebling is really put on display. Sorry, technical term there: “greebling” is what we use to describe mechanical textures. Think the outside of the Death Star in Star Wars, or the interior of service tunnels but dialed up to 1000. The Explorer Mk 4‘s undercarriage is a masterclass in mechanical tubing and piping! While remaining a single color, all these dynamic surfaces create depth and interest, while still holding true to the intended space-worthiness of the model by providing almost an engineering story.

Explorer Mk 4 underside

True to previous versions of the Galaxy Explorer, the Mk 4 includes a space vehicle stowed in back, complete with trademark red wheels. Its shaping screams “ATV” much more than “rover.” But when operating in the Neo-Neo-Classic era, why build a Walkman when you can rock an iPhone! This particular angle also highlights the engine design, a highlight of the model for me. And don’t forget that iconic bumblebee striping!

Explorer Mk 4 – deployment ramp

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