Galactic Starship; also known as, Roboprobe Transporter; also known as, Orion II Hyperspace
As previously mentioned, Futuron is an outlier theme in that of the Golden Era Space Lego themes it was the only theme which had a strong continuous presence over the course of three years. Over this period of time the Lego system's part selection continued expanding; allowing for Futuron's design scheme to evolve with the parts available.
The only other Space themes to exceed this 3 year spread were Classic Space and Star Wars..
Recent Space themes e.g. Galaxy Squad, Space Police III, and Mars Mission have managed to replicate/exceed the size of Futuron's theme over two year or two wave releases, but none of them have as yet managed to match the three year/wave pattern.
All that aside here's the thoughts behind my construction; and results of my mashing these two sets together.
The design is reminiscent of Blacktron: Future Generation in the reverse.
I placed a pod at the back; developed to approximate said bubble cockpits from that toy range. After that I already had a general idea of the window at the front, and so I just had to develop the middle pod to bring the model together.
I really got underway once I decided to utilize the Octagon window frames.
I attached wings and engines to the door to fill out the middle pod design and gave it the old school aircraft running lights in the Classic town colors.
The car was assembled from available parts and snuggled inside the bubble. The robot was inspired heavily by the 6885 Crater Crawler robot. Though looking at it now I can see that the new result was actually quite removed from its source material.
And so I have created a space craft which could be described outside of Lego terms as three spherical pods attached end to end. I find the result to be quite pleasing, and I consider this to be my best Futuron alternate built to date. I've derived the name Tri-Orbital Transporter from a twist on the Latin translation for three spheres.
Overall I suspected that 6893 and 6850 would synergize well, but I'm actually blown away. They have proven to be a very compatible pair of sets.
While it is to the side, I have recently gotten a new camera...could you tell? I'm taking one or two pictures of each shot now, as opposed to fifteen. The old camera was lower resolution and exceedingly finicky with slight movements...which was frustrating. I hope you like the clearer images going forward...I certainly appreciate the reduced time needed to photograph and adjust the pictures. We're talking magnitudes of work flow improvement. I've probably cut two to three hours of work per blog post with the removal of reshoots, digging through gobs of pictures trying to find a useable image, editing said image, and then jotting down notes about which filenames to use. This should hopefully result in more consistent updates; since I've removed an evening's worth of work from my posts.
I don't even want to think about how much time I spent on 6990's pictures.
Until Next Time~CureAllPill