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 Author: Proprietor View Messages Posted By Proprietor
 Posted: Jan 11, 2020 17:40
 Subject: Re: Unitron
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In LEGO, DeLuca writes:
  In LEGO, Teup writes:
  I was trying to find pictures of it in some US catalog, but couldn't find anything about it. Does anybody have any pictures?


I found one!
Go to: 1995, "North America - Full Line - 1995", Page 8: https://www.brickfactory.info/catalogi/index.html
 
 Author: SezaR View Messages Posted By SezaR
 Posted: Jan 11, 2020 16:22
 Subject: Re: Unitron
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In LEGO, Teup writes:
  Unitron is a mysterious subtheme - only released in the US for some reason, if
I'm not mistaken. Besides the monorail (by a nameless faction without any
backstory here), I only know it exists because of Bricklink.

I was trying to find pictures of it in some US catalog, but couldn't find
anything about it. Does anybody have any pictures? Also, what could've been
the reason why this was only released in the US?

Along with this question, I add the following ones:
12v trains were released in mid 1980 in Germany, Switzerlands, Nehterlands, Belgium,
Scandinavian countries but
- why it was sold only since summer 1981 in UK, Italy, France with 7725, 7740
- why the other set 7730 (from 1980) was only sold since summer 1982 in Italy,
UK, France
- why no 12v train was even sold on North of America (or elsewhere)? But we know,
for example, that 4.5v train 7722 from 1985 was very popular in US and Canada.

Why beautiful sets such as 6377, 6383, 6387, 6390, 6391, 6393 were US-only or
US&Canada-only?
And then how few of them were sold through third-party companies with European
boxes? For example 6377 was sold in France, 6387 was sold in the Netherlands
and UK, perhaps for a limited time and in limited copies.

I think there is one single general answer to all these question:
- TLG could not investigate more than certrain amount depending on its pocket
so they released some sets only in some country/ies in which they thought those
sets were excellent sellers. Times went on and some sets did not appear everywhere,
TLG became reacher and in the following years they could sell newere sets in
more countries. For example 9v sets were sold everywhere (but again, few smaller
9V cars were sold later in US...)
 Author: DallasBricks View Messages Posted By DallasBricks
 Posted: Jan 11, 2020 14:41
 Subject: Re: Mini RC Pink Cadillac Tank 10260 B Model
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 Topic: My Own Creation
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In My Own Creation, Maxbrixyt writes:
  Small scale lego R/C pink Cadillac tank. Borrowed from my daughters Lego Model
10260 Downtown Diner and customized with tank treads and remote control. It's
dimensions are 14cmX10cmX9cm.https://youtu.be/rcMXPFVG4I0

That is a lot of fun. Is this you snitching your daughters LEGO, or cool dad
maxing out her LEGO playtime. lol

Well done.

David
 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
 Posted: Jan 11, 2020 14:32
 Subject: Re: Unitron
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In LEGO, Teup writes:
  Unitron is a mysterious subtheme - only released in the US for some reason, if
I'm not mistaken. Besides the monorail (by a nameless faction without any
backstory here), I only know it exists because of Bricklink.

I was trying to find pictures of it in some US catalog, but couldn't find
anything about it. Does anybody have any pictures? Also, what could've been
the reason why this was only released in the US?


This explains sooo much.

I collect Unitron, and I long ago noticed that it just seems rarer than "normal"...
a limited release would explain than.

I have more unitron monorails than the other sets. I remember thinking it was
odd that I kept finding monorails (when in theory they should be "rare") but
not the other sets. Even in "space" collections.

The crater cruiser seems to be the most common of the smaller sets IME.

And just another personal story, I don't recall seeing these in the stores
as a kid at all.
 Author: Teup View Messages Posted By Teup
 Posted: Jan 11, 2020 13:39
 Subject: Re: Unitron
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In LEGO, DeLuca writes:
  In LEGO, DeLuca writes:
  In LEGO, Teup writes:
  In LEGO, DeLuca writes:
  In LEGO, Teup writes:
  I was trying to find pictures of it in some US catalog, but couldn't find anything about it. Does anybody have any pictures?


I found one!
Go to: 1995, "North America - Full Line - 1995", Page 8: https://www.brickfactory.info/catalogi/index.html

Cool, nice find! Still no description but nice to see them all there. Now they at least feel a little bit more "official" to me


More:

https://images.brickset.com/library/view/?f=catalogues/c96na2

https://images.brickset.com/library/view/?f=catalogues/c95na

https://lego.fandom.com/wiki/January_1996_LEGO_Shop_at_Home_Catalogue

https://lego.fandom.com/wiki/Summer_1996_LEGO_Shop_at_Home_Catalogue


It seems that the monorail was released worldwide in 1994, followed by the other
three sets in 1995 - albeit NA-only.

Awesome, thanks for these finds. Yes, I had the monorail as a kid, but the rest
of the sets together with the whole name "Unitron" never appeared here.

Seems a lot like the story of Unitron being the heroes that pops up in the wikis
is mostly AFOL imagination As far as I can see they just existed because Spyrius
needed a faction to cause trouble for. I guess Ice Planet was too cool to play
that role

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