Brickology
Brickology

Episode 22 · 2 years ago

LEGO Time Cruisers

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

LegoLee329 travels back in time to learn more about the history of the mysterious LEGO Time Cruisers theme.

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever, wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Party. Might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee. Three, two, nine, from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patren, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick oology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you are having a fantastic day and an even better week. And when I say that I really mean it, because the world is in a crazy place right now. I've been struggling a lot and I think a lot of people have really been struggling. It just feels like we're kind of hitting rock bottom as a world, as a planet in total, and I really hope that you guys are at being able to stay positive during this increasingly dark time and I hope that brick Ology, even though it's a casual, Fun Lego podcast, I hope that this podcast can help spark some joy and you that you learn something and you enjoy listening to this podcast. And I've been getting so much feedback as of late, emails, direct messages, comments, you name it, you guys are really supporting at this podcast and that's what keeps me going. I'm over seventy five hundred streams and we finally hit one hundred followers on spotify. Now I still think that follower account seems really skewed, like if I have seventy five hundre hundred people listening but only one hundred people following them me. And come on, if you're listening to this podcast, if you listen to this podcast multiple times, just follow me on spotify. You'll get updated when I upload new episodes and it really helps me out. So find me on spotify. And before we get started, I have to throw in the shameless plugs from my other various accounts. You can follow me on instagram. I literally post daily content on instagram. I have like Elevenzero some odd followers over there. Check me out on instagram. I also have a facebook page you can like. You can follow me on my twitter account, you can subscribe to my Youtube Channel and if you really love me, if you really love the podcast, you love Lego, lie love brick Ology, you can maybe support me on Patreon. I have a pretty underwhelming amount of patreon supporters. I have a decent bit, but I make very little money, and little like one dollar, literally one dollar a month, will go a very long way to helping support this podcast and supporting what I do. So that would be a humongous help if you get to go support me on Patreon. But now it's time to get into today's episode of brick oology. Not Too many announcements for today. I just needed to kind of clarify what I talked about a little bit last week. So last week's episode of Brick Ology was my second consecutive episode of Brick Ology that was about a licensed Lego theme, and if you're a fan of the podcast you would know, but if you are a first time listener, I'll explain this real briefly. I had been alternating doing weeks where did a license theme like Lego Star Wars, and the next week could be an unlicensed theme like Lego Ninjago. The first episode of season three a couple weeks ago was about Solo, a star wars story, and then I immediately did a Lego Super Mario episode because I want to get that episode out as quickly as possible. As I did two straight license theme episodes, that is not going to be the new norm with bricology. I want to get that pattern back up and running. So, to make up for doing two license themes, the next two episodes, including today's, will be unlicensed themes. So this week is an unlicensed theme, next week will be an unlicensed theme and then episode five of this season will be a license theme and the pattern will continue from there and it should be continuing in that way for the foreseeable future. So those are all the announcements of today's episode out of the way. Let's jump into this week's theme. So this week we are traveling back in time, twenty four years to the past, to talk about the Lego theme known as Lego time cruisers. Now, if you're a fairly new fan of Lego or a younger fan of Lego, you might be like Lee, what the heck is...

Lego time cruisers, and I honestly I don't blame you if you're unfamiliar with this theme. This is the one and only Lego theme that focuses on time travel and of course this is an unlicensed, original inhouse lego theme. They have made stuff from, you know, like avengers in game back to the future doctor, who that deal with time travel, but this is the only original lego theme ever as this kind of gimmick for a storyline. And speaking of time travel, this is one of the oldest themes we've ever covered here on brick ology. Technically the oldest thing we did was pirate, to did towards the end of season one. Pirates started in nineteen eighty nine, but this is number two because this theme first came out in nineteen ninety six, which is before my time. I was born in nineteen ninety seven, so this theme is older than me and there's actually some weird backstory of how this time cruisers theme came to be, so will explain that here right now. The year is nineteen ninety four, two years before the theme. Is actually a fish you released, and a Lego fan built a model of a car that was also a time machine, kind of similar to the delorean from back to the future, but a little bit more on the Wacky side of things, and sent it to Lego magazine, and Lego love the concept of this car that they literally took that and developed a story with original characters around that, and those characters became the time cruisers comic in the Lego magazine in the Mid S. for those of you who grew up with like Lego Club magazine, I honestly don't even know if they do that anymore. My subscription ended years ago at least, but I used to really look forward to getting these magazines when I was a kid and they always had various comics food sort. So Time Cruiser was originally a comic Strip and the Lego magazine in the mid S, and the theme kind of spun off from that comic a couple years later. But it's super interesting that this theme first started off as a comic strick and then became a Lego theme. That's very odd, as that I haven't really heard of on brick alog before. Usually it's the other way around, but this one. That's how that started. And this is also the first ever Lego theme to have specifically named characters. I've mentioned this a couple times on brick ology with other themes like adventurers and rock raiders all those are some of the earlier themes to have named characters, but this is the first lego theme that has specifically named characters, which is super interesting. And what is the plot of time cruisers, you may ask? Well, let's jump into that right now. So the following plot description I've found on bricky PSS has comes from the lego catalog. It also was on legocom back in the day, and it reads as such. The lego time cruisers sets will give you a chance to travel through time anytime. Imagine navigating your vehicle to the deaths of time, visiting other places, past and present, to complete your top secret mission. Careful, though, as you never know who or what you'll meet. Most importantly, remember to get back home, or you could be trapped in time forever. So that's a little fun description of time cruisers. And the very interesting thing here is time cruisers is actually divided into two different factions. You have the good guys and the bad guys. The good guys are called the time cruisers, and here's a description of them. The time cruisers are the protagonists of the theme and we're introduced, and it's initial release a night one Heen and ninety six. Dr Cyber and his assistant timmy are the main characters and this faction and they visit other ages together knowledge and repair damage wrought by the time twisters which appeared the following year. I'll talk about them here just a second. They also have other members, a robot named Cranky and a monkey named Ingo. Their primary objective is to remain undercover and metal as little as possible with history. So those are the main time cruisers. And obviously you know doctor cyber and Timmy are probably a riff on Doc Brown and Marty mcfly from back to the future, but Lego kind of...

...made their own versions of those characters. Speaking of the bad guys, we have the time twisters. The description of time twisters is this the antagonist of the steamer called the time twisters. The time twisters are twins, Tony Twister and professor millennium, who are accompanied by the mysterious ghost and a skeleton that vehicles are powered by cylinders filled with valuable artifacts from the past. They travel through China's two objects of value to add to their cylinders and interfere with the past. So very interesting little descriptions here of the various storylines and characters throughout the time cruisers, such time twisters line, and we'll talk more about the difference in those names will be coming relating to the sets here in just a second. But the for their ADO. Let's actually talk about the sets from this theme. So, as I mentioned earlier, this theme began in one thousand nine hundred and ninety six and there is an additional wave in the year my birth, one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven, and the ways were actually divided it up and marketed as two different themes. And any six you had the time cruisers sets for the good guys, and the ninety seven you had the time twister set for the bad guys and they had a different logo and everything. And if you weren't, you know, the wiser to this, you think it actually were two different things, which is kind of interesting and I can't really think of Lego do anything anything quite like this before. It kind of reminds me, though, of like Lego bionicle back in the day, where they were released the Toa and then the bad guys in a separate waves. We have like this wave of six TOA and in the summer you might have a wave of six bad guys. That used to that. I'll do that a lot with Lego bionicle, which was kind of interesting. That's kind of the closest thing I can think of from Lego standpoint of completely dividing and segregating sets down the middle between the protagonist and the antagonist, with a full year in between their release, but the for their due. Let's actually start talking about the hundred and ninety six sets for the time cruisers. So the first time cruisers set will talk about here is called the rocket racer. This set retailed for four dollars and fifty cents, not rounded up or anything. That was the actual price of this set and had fifty eight pieces. The figure included with this set here is timmy, of course. The one of the main characters of this line and the build was the aforementioned rocket racer, which was a trike style vehicle that had three wheels and it had two jet engines on the side and the back section had another big engine with flame shooting out the back and it had a couple of small, quote unquote, propellers on the top of tour actually like the propellers, so very small, little propellers. And that all probably made no sense to you. And if you're listening to the Audio version of this podcast and you don't know what these sets actually look like in real life, I would seriously suggest going on either brick set google or briquette pedia and looking up these sets because all the bills in this series really don't make any sense. They're complete hodgepodge of just random stuff from completely different areas, which I guess kind of makes sense because it's time cruisers, but it also is just incredibly wacky. It literally just it doesn't make sense. So it's all pretty much crazy and I just ask you guys to roll with the craziness of this theme. So that's a very small set. Getting to some of the bigger sets, the twenty two dollar first off, the prices for this theme are all over the place and they're super weird and specific numbers. It's very odd. You know, I've seen fifteen lego sets. I seen twenty dollar Lego sets, I've seen twenty five dollar Lego sets. Twenty two dollars like that is so oddly specific. I don't know why this set costs twenty two bucks. I don't know why the last set costs four dollars and fifty cents and I just see there four or five dollars. It's very weird and almost seems like Lego just forgot to round numbers with the prices of these sets. But the twenty dollar set with one hundred and fifty seven pieces. Here is referred to as the hip no cruiser. This set included Timmy Dr Cyber and you also got Ingo, the Monkey, and the build of this set was a time traveling car, which I'm going to go ahead and guess was kind of an inspiration from that original car that had mentioned earlier on in this episode. And this car has almost a...

...hot rod type, you know, appearance of the front with an exposed engine, and then the back is where things get out of control. There's a couple of seats in the cockpit to fit figures, you've a big propeller in the middle and then there's some dragon wings at the back and they also have space to store all of these various headdress, helmet and hat accessories. Now, the importance of those is the various accessories like a night's hat or a Ninja mask or something. The reason they have all of these in these sets is because whatever hat you use is actually what powers the time machine to take you back to that specific time. So that's a weird little fun detail of how they, you know, time travel in this universe. This is a pretty cool set as a very unique look to it, but it is suitably wacky. The next set from this line here is the flying time vessel. This set is forty four dollars, again, so weird. Why wasn't it just forty five? I just don't understand the price points for these sets. This set had two hundred and thirty seven pieces and the figures were the exact same, literally the same figures, as the last set, which is pretty boring. Now the build of this set here is a flying boat that has a dragon head at the front and some dragon wings towards the back. Then it has like plane style wings in the middle, but it looks like a boat and it has a boat hole at a very modern style boat cockpit, kind of similar to like the shrimp boat style of cockpit we saw from the hidden side set last year. kind of that sort of boat boat cockpit something you'd see in a Lego city set. But they also has a big pirates masked in the middle, like it's a pirate ship. This is so bizarre and so out there. It's like a hodgepodge's of different kinds of boats throughout history, plus an airplane and it has wheels that it can land on. I mean, this thing makes absolutely no sense. And like again. Like I said, if you're just listening to the audio version of this podcast, look this up, because I don't know if my words are going to accurately explain how ludicrous this design is. An interestingly enough, this set was voted on by my fans on Instagram as the best time cruisers set. Now, when I say us set is voted on, I literally mean that. I Post a sticker on my instagram story before the episode, before I read the script for the episode, and I asked what is the best set from this theme, and normally I get dozens of responses. However, time cruisers is a pretty obscure theme. I think a lot of you guys are just unfamiliar with time cruisers in general. I literally got only five responses. One of the responses was blank. One response said time cruisers sucks, one response said what is time cruisers and the other two responses reference to this set. So, kind of by default, because it's the only stuff that actually got specific mentions, this one won the best time cruisers set. It's not my personal favorite time creatures said. Actually think my favorite set from this whole theme is in the time twisters wave, and we'll talk about that later on today's episode of Brick Ology. But kind of funny that this set did win, even though I'm not really sure that had, you know, earned that victory. Now the biggest set from the time cruisers line, and I hundred and ninety six, was the sixty four dollar again, which is the whack price points here, the five hundred and four piece sixty four dollar magic mountain time set. It's the only play set from this line. The figures in this set here the same ones that came with the last set. Plus you get that robot guy mentioned earlier in the theme. So yeah, pretty boring figure selection. They really didn't mix up the characters jour anything. And it's very strange to me that, because of the divide between the protagonist and the antagonist getting just completely separate waves of sets here, that if you got one of these sets and ninety six and the time twister sets weren't even out yet, like what do you do? Like, how do you play with them? You have nothing for them to fight. So that, I think, was kind...

...of a weird missed opportunity on legos part. I mean like when they make a set for like a new action theme like Ninjago, were monkey kid, for example. Usually they throw in bad guys in the good guys sets or good guys in the bad guys sets so you have something in to fight, but these sets have absolutely none of that. Now this is the biggest set from the entire theme. I believe it's the only play set from the entire theme as well, and it's divided into a few separate sections. One section is a very medieval looking building. It looks very similar to things from lego castle throughout the even the s and it has a large turret on the top that I'm not sure if this turret supposed to be like a laser can or eat maybe just like a big light. It could just be like a lighthouse style light. The Middle Section here has a flying house that can be detached, because you know why not, and the background has a very islandy sort of thing, which I believed on the six was also the same year that the pirates subtheme for islanders came out, so leg it was really on those island kick in the mid S. and this had a lot of big ugly rock pieces making up kind of a mountainous landscape and you had a palm tree as well, and finally, the final section here had a very underwater base s type feel, similar to things like aquazone from Lego in the S and had these big transparent orange pieces and it had some like underwater gear and stuff. So very different things, but a pretty cool place set and a pretty cool big flagship, even though it was technically a base set for this time cruisers theme. To forward in time a year to the year nine ninety seven. I am now alive, and the follow up line to time cruisers time twisters, that sets for the antagonists of this theme are starting to come out, and the first set from this line is the ten dollar. Yes, a ten dollar set, a completely normal lego price, with eighty one pieces. This is the time tunnel later, very interesting word, and the figure included with this set here is the arch nemesis of the time cruisers, or one of the arch nemesiss of the time cruisers. You have Tony Twista. Now, when I hear the name Tony Twista, I feel the need to say that name with a very horrible, like mobster New York Italian style accent, and this marks the second episode of Brick Ology in a row that I'm doing a horrible impression of an Italian style accent. Hopefully that is not a recurring thing on this podcast. But the build for this set here was a flying vehicle. It had a couple of wheels at the front and it's very you know, it felt very inspired by the fright nights theme, which was a castle sub theme from the S that I'll probably do an episode of about on Brick Oology at some point in the future. It had these vinyl pieces for these wings. It looked kind of like a big bicycle or like an old style plane, but had like these kind of bat wing esthetic and you could push this vehicle on the ground, the wheels would spin and there is his gear mechanism of rubber bands. I would also make the propeller at the front spin and make the wings flap up and down. This is the only set from this entire line that I personally own myself. I don't remember why I purchase this set, but I definitely, like a randomly ordered this set off bricklink like ten years ago or something because I thought it look cool and I just ended up buying it off bricklink. I remember it being a very, very fun set when I was younger and I still wish I had it built this day. And you know what, after I'm you know, when I'm ending this episode, I'll probably end up going on Ebam bricklinking looking at some Lego time creatures sets for sales, because I would definitely love to have a couple more of these in my collection. Next up from the time twisters line for twenty two, back to the weird price points, another twenty two set with one hundred and forty seven pieces is the whirling time warper. This set includes professor millennium and Ghost. Very creative name for the ghost. His name is ghost. I really love that name. And this is a flying vehicle that has a bubble style cockpit at the front. There's a couple of bugle horns off of the side at that. That was kind of an interesting little touch of for Lego to include there. And the back has the cylinder,...

...which is what powers their time travel, with various artifacts inside of it. And the vehicle can roll on the ground and, similar to the last one, when you roll on the ground it activates a very unique play feature with gears and little shifts and things like that. So basically what this one did is when you roll it on the ground. It had these like kind of pipe cone designs or these skeleton heads wearing top hats would go up and down, very fun kind of like whackamole ish design. It would also spin around the cylinder and spin a propeller that was at the back of the vehicle. So he had again a really cool geared mechanism for this particular set. And now we have the biggest set from the time twisters line with the price point of thirty eight dollars and fifty cents. That's the winner. That is the weirdest price point I have ever seen on a Lego set. Why was this not just forty bucks? Like, seriously, I honestly wish it costs more so the price point made more sense. Thirty eight fifty is so utterly bizarre. I just do not understand that price point whatsoever. The figures included with this set where Tony Twista, professor, Millennium Ghost, and you also got the exclusive wizard skeleton, which is kind of a fun little character. was literally just a skeleton piece with a beard and a wizard's hat. And the build for this set is a flying train with three cars. This flying train, if you're familiar with the monster fighters line, which I will be doing episode of that around Halloween time, so look forward to that. But if you're familiar with the monster fighters line, the ghost train from that, I think, is kind of like a remake of this set. This is kind of like the original ghost train to me. So it had this flying train with three cars. Now the train was flying, but you could also still put it on a normal lego train track system. It would function and that regard as well, if you so chose choose to do that. So, of course you had the engine of the train, which had a couple of seats in the cockpit to be piloted and had a really big, like a comically oversize, smoke stack with flames flying out the top. I'm pretty sure if the smoke stack of your train has flames coming out of it, you probably need to get that checked out because I don't think trains are supposed to do that. But it's a fun little detail that Lego included here. You also had the next car, which is referred to on Brique Pedia as the observation car, which again is very frightened nights inspired. In fact, it was actually so frightened inspired that it literally included the frightened nights shield, which I think it's pretty interesting. I love it when Lego does these weird like interconnectivity things between things. I really do enjoy a little like Easter eggs of that sort. And this one was it had the kind of like a Western looking balcony section. It had, you know those like you know I'm talking about the Lego brick that kind of looks like the weird bread stick that comes with checks mix. Do you guys know what I'm talking about? It's like at like four little sections and it kind of looks like wood or Lincoln log style of texture. It had that kind of texture. And there's a balcony towards the back and there's also a tower that spins around on top when the train wheels are rolling. So a fun little gear mechanism as well. And finally, the back car of this train is referred to as the ghost car. Again very frightened nights inspired, and this one is just very castle inspired as well, because the whole thing kind of looks like a castle turret and it's has, you know, like the castle roof kind of design and it's completely black. So that's where the frighten nights inspiration kind of comes from. There's also an elevated platform on the back where a character can sit. And that is it, y'all. This is one of the been one of the shorter episodes are brick I'll do. There's not a ton to cover with this theme, but that is it. I really hope you learn something about time cruisers, time twisters, this very obscure lego theme and very odd to me how these sets were completely divided between good and bad guys. And would you guys like to see this sort of theme again? Like I said, this is the one and only original lego theme that can a taps on the whole time travel thing. They done so much other fantasy kind of stuff in...

...the past. I would love to see Lego give us tab at this sort of thing again. It's a trope and fantasy. They haven't really touched sense and I would love to see a remake of sorts and kind of a reimagining with more modern lego pieces, how this thing could look in modern day Lego. So that's all, guys. Thank you so much for listening today's episode of Brick Ology. Like I mentioned at the beginning the episode, to find me online if you have any questions for me, shoot me an email. Lego Lee, three to nine at gmailcom. I try to apply to any emails I get. Shoot me an email on there, or Gonn't want to email me, find on Instagram, facebook, twitter, whatever, Youtube. Even you can shoot me a direct message as well. I try to apply to everything that I get, as long as it's a pretty normal question. And remember next week will also be an unlicensed theme and then the pattern will return after that. Thank you all so much for listening today's episode or Brick Ology. I hope you had a great time listening and I hope you have a fantastic rest of your day and week. Piece out, y'all, but by.

In-Stream Audio Search

NEW

Search across all episodes within this podcast

Episodes (81)