After my two M:Tron MOCs I decided to make a total theme review.
In contrast to my other reviews this one is not picture heavy. It's kind of text heavy.
But If you're younger than vintage 1985 (I hope I can say that) I really suggest you should read this
because IMHO the newer space themes like Life On Mars or Mars Mission will look pale in comparison with M:Tron and its friends. ;-)
Table of contents:
#1 overall information
#2 background information
#4 color scheme
#6 set and instruction pictures
#9 catalogue panorama pictures
#10 brickshelf finds / MOCs using the MTron theme
#13 final thoughts
#1 overall information:
The M:Tron theme started in 1990 with five sets. Two special sets came in 1991.
I made a Lego Space Timeline for 1989 to 1992 showing the releases:
M:Tron disappeared in the catalogues in 1993.
#2 background information:
A very short definition, taken from an European catalogue:
"Who's who in LEGO space?
M:Trons have the galaxies best computers and magnetic equipment."
Another one, taken from a german catalogue:
"Alles dreht sich um uns!
Klar - wir sind doch die großen Erfinder mit den coolen Computern und der Top-Magnet-Hardware!
Was immer im Weltraum passiert - wir helfen und retten mit unserer starken Ausrüstung.
Wir wären richtig gut drauf - gäbe es da nicht diese Blacktron Typen. Die sind immer hinter unseren Geräten
her und zapfen unsere Computer an. Die machen uns höllischen Ärger!" X-D X-D
I tried to translate it:
"The world revolves around us!
Yeah - we're the great inventors with cool computers and the best magnet technology!
Whatever may happen in space - we're helping and saving with our special equipment.
We'd really enjoy our lives - without those Blacktron suckers. They're stealing our equipment and hacking our computers.
They're giving us hell!"
I don't know where I've read it, but I do believe that M:Tron are running an haulage business in Space. Ah, I found it:
"The M:Tron forces utilize the power of magnets to locate and TRANSPORT vital resources.
They also rely on their super magnetic capabilities to remain out of harms way."
The catalogue / box / instructions logo:
And as printed on the bricks:
#4 color scheme:
Main color: red
Base color: black
Damn-cool color: trans-neon-green (glows heavily in the official LEGO pictures.)
Additional color: old light grey.
1478 Unnamed 1991 30 Parts 1 Minifig
According to Lugnet Guide this set was part of the 1476 5-Item Bonus Pack set.
6811 Pulsar Charger 1990 25 Parts 1 Minifig
Just a little flyer
6833 Beacon Tracer 1990 38 Parts 1 Minifig
A little space buggy
6862 Secret Space Voyager 1991 300 Parts 3 Minifigs
A "Super Model" you can build from 6877, 6896 and 6923.
The main ship can grab the ground vehicle and attach it using magnets.
Oh- and it also features a message from Jack the LEGO-Maniac!
6877 Vector Detector 1990 59 Parts 1 Minifig
Another small flyer.
6896 Celestial Forager 1990 87 Parts 1 Minifig
A middle sized ground vehicle.
This model features a nice articulating chassis and a "rear magnet arm" that can recline to grab the container box.
6923 Particle Ionizer 1990 187 Parts 1 Minifig
Drum roll...! my favorite.
This helicopter-like spacecraft comes with a little robot and a magnet arm that can be (nearly fully) moved.
The mounting of the rotor blades is also very interesting (but different than shown on the box / instruction picutres!).
6956 Stellar Recon Voyager 1990 221 Parts 2 Minifigs
The biggest (deep) space ship of this theme. The magnet arm only can lean out the vehicle to grab the box.
The little buggy can be attached at the front between the two antennae / antennas.
6989 Mega Core Magnetizer 1990 486 Parts 3 Minifigs
A really giant ground vehicle. This set rules because of the big trans-neon-green panel and the giant wheels.
It also got a steering like 6896 affecting only the rear axle. The crane can be rotated, extended and raised or lowered.
The bonus features: a mini flyer, two mini buggies and two boxes can all be attached (using the magnets) and stored in this model!
9401 M:Tron Team 1993
Whew. I don't know anything about this set. Peeron too.
The website, I've listed at the bottom of my review, says that it was just a double pack (?) of 6811 and 6833.
M:Tron Minifigs also came in 6704 Space Mini Figures.
#6 set and instruction pictures
Disclaimer: I don't own the instructions for 1478, 6833 and 6989.
I photoshopped them into the picture, so you have the whole theme.
By clicking the thumbs, 1024px pictures will open in a new window.
All M:Tron minifigs look alike:
Black hips with white legs, red Minifig Torso with M:Tron Logo Pattern, white arms and black hands,
black airtanks, yellow Minifig Head with Standard Grin Pattern and black modern helmet with trans-neon-green visor.
(taken from Bricklink)
Fortunately there's also a robot!
yeah- the robot.
Good news for some of you: the M:Tron theme doesn't have any stickers.
The M:Tron "M" adorns most of the patterns (on slopes, tiles or panels for instance).
There were also more complex patterns for the container box doors, or the hinge panels.
You can see them all on peeron:
But the M:Tron theme also used some of the "good old" patterns:
White tile 1x2 with Red and Yellow Controls (also in black)
Black Slope Brick 45 2x2 with Yellow Grille Pattern
Red Slope Brick 45 2x2 with Black Grille Pattern
White Tile 1x1 with Computer Display Pattern
White Tile 1x1 with Red and Black Buttons Pattern
White Tile 1x2 with Short Yellow Arrow with Black Border Pattern (also as Tile 2x2)
#9 catalogue panorama pictures:
You'll notice a few scars happened due to photoshopping.
Thumbs will open a bigger version in a new window!
#10 brickshelf finds / MOCs using the M:Tron theme:
M-Tron Galaxy Defender by Nabii
M-Tron Multi-Terrain Robotic Obliviator Nebulon by nevets-mcd
intruder, skeeter, speederbike, warhawk by SpacemanSpiff
M-Tron army by madoka X-O
M-Tron ISF Aries by matthew1980
M-Tron Monorail by Thekla
M-Tron-Base by figueifoto
...and these are just a few - and of course not mine.
M:Trons Wikipedia article
While I put the finishing touches to this text, I discovered a site with a nice review to M:Tron.
(and nope. I did not copy anything from this site.)
M-Tron is also a virtual vintage keyboard.
Unfortunately it doesn't have anything in common with the M:Tron theme. Not even the color scheme. |-/ :-P
Lugnet, Peeron, the Brickfactory, my M:Tron sets, Wikipedia, Everything2, BeoLingus online dictionary,
and last but not least TLG. Uh- I have to stop before it gets too romantic. X-D
#13 final thoughts:
First of all I really hope you did real the whole review. I mean, I hope that you survived AND enjoyed it.
Anyway: A really beautiful old-school theme. Great color scheme, creative spacecrafts and loads of magnets.
Honestly I have to note that M:Tron is not my only favorite LEGO space theme.
Space Police II, Blacktron II, Ice Planet 2002 and Spyrius are making a wonderful team / theme together - IMHO.
Why do I think this is old school? Because I grow up with it. It makes me remember the "good old time".
Sitting in a pile of LEGO bricks and pseudoMOCing. Being enthuse about so many sets, I'll buy 15 years later.
I hope you can understand me!
Thanks for reading!
Feel free to comment!
Edited by BerndDasBrot, 25 March 2008 - 05:32 PM.