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The Complete 1978 Lego Classic Space Collector's Guide

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Nearly 40 years of Space Exploration

Nearly 40 years of Space Exploration

The Very First Space Theme

They would start a trend that has lasted nearly 40 years. In 1978, Lego released the very first space theme series. Simple by today's standards these four sets are perhaps the most desirable of any Lego series. They are also among the rarest. Let's step back in time and see how it all began.

Condition Key

While some sets are marked higher, the values in this guide are based on SUCCESSFUL eBay listings.

Unopened Condition: Any set that is still in its factory sealed box. Selling price may depend on the physical condition of the box itself, whether or not factory seals are still in place, and if the set is being paired up with any other series sets.

Assembled Condition: Any set that has been assembled, complete or incomplete, and is being sold as an assembled unit or partially assembled unit. May or may not be missing pieces.

Space. The Final Frontier.

Space. The Final Frontier.

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462 - Rocket Launcher

Release: 1978
Original Price: ????

Current Value
Unopened: $192.00
Assembled: $26.00 - $69.00

A simple white and black rocket, mobile launch pad and moon buggy. The set came with two minifigs, a white suit and a red suit. This set was only sold in the United States.

No doubt inspired by the Saturn V Rocket.

No doubt inspired by the Saturn V Rocket.

483 - Alpha-1 Rocket Base

Released: 1978
Original Price: ????

Current Value
Unopened: $82.00 - $350.00
Assembled: $49.99 - $150.00

A permanent launch installation on the moon, this set had a launch tower, launch control center and all the necessary fueling equipment.

So square!

So square!

487 - Space Cruiser

Released: 1978
Original Price: $10.00

Current Value
Unopened: $89.00 - $119.25
Assembled: $37.00 - $101.00

One of Lego's very first space shuttles. This two-seater vehicle was built entirely of general lego bricks, even the cockpit window glass. It's profile is so ridged and blocked by today's sleek designs yet it's fascinating to see the evolution of the Lego Space Shuttle with each subsequent generation.

"Attention all units"

"Attention all units"

493 - Command Center

Released: 1978
Original Price: ????

Current Value
Unopened: $155.00 - $175.00
Assembled: $75.00 - $125.00

The very first command center set! Simplistic yet set the standard for future generations of Lego base/stations to build upon over the years. It came with four minifigs, two moon buggies and a side display computer station.

Comments

Ralph Schwartz from Idaho Falls, Idaho on March 04, 2016:

I have all four of these sets, well played with, but all parts and directions too. I remember getting them as a kid and they were great to play with.

Jason Ponic (author) from Albuquerque on March 12, 2013:

They've always been my favorites!

Geekdom on March 12, 2013:

The Space LEGOs have always been some of my favorites.