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1997 Catalog

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Last Updated: 6/17/97

It seems as though 1997 marks the first year that LEGO has gone to a two-year product cycle. Many sets from '95 have been cut from the lineup. There are no Paradisa or Trains sets shown at all (although our European friends do get some new Paradisa sets).

New Elements for 1997

Town

New sets for Town number one generic Town set, eight for what we're calling "Town Jr.", five for the new Outback sub-theme and nine for the new Divers sub-theme...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
2148 - Semi Truck 70k 97 ? / ? 1

Town Jr.

These new Town Jr. sets feature more simple building for younger LEGOmaniacs who are just starting to build according to instructions.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6407 - Fire Chief 16k 97 24 / $4.99 1
6486 - Fire Engine 74k 97 64 / $10.00 1
6548 - Octan Gas Station 72k 97 120 / $24.00 3
6549 - Roadblock Runners 47k 97 181 / $19.99 4
6554 - Blaze Brigade 66k 97 ? 3
6564 - Recycle Truck 32k 97 34 / $7.25 1
6565 - Construction Crew 29k 97 73 / $14.99 3
6566 - Bank 69k 97 96 / $16.50 2

Outback

This new Town sub-theme seems to include activities such as hunting, fishing, flying, off-roading and more...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6444 - Outback Airstrip 58k 97 157 / $19.99 3
6487 - Mountain Rescue 41k 97 67 / $5.99 1
6490 - Amazon Crossing 66k 97 117 / $14.99 1
6550 - Outback Racer 23k 97 48 / $3.99 1
6553 - Crisis News Crew 23k 97 133 / $11.99 3

Divers

The Divers sub-theme includes new marine life, new plants, and a new canopy plus some really big (non-floating) boats...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
1782 - Discovery Station 87k 97 316 / $49.99 5
6441 - Deep Reef Refuge 100k 97 433 / $59.99 5
6442 - Sting Ray Explorer 70k 97 147 / $19.99 3
6555 - Sea Hunter 27k 97 30 / $3.99 1
6556 - Scuba Squad 36k 97 72 / $7.99 2
6557 - Treasure Hunters 101k 97 139 / $22.00 (S@H Only) 3
6558 - Shark Cage Cove 111k 97 185 / $29.99 3
6559 - Deep Sea Bounty 88k 97 344 / $44.00 5
6560 - Diving Expedition Explorer 107k 97 464 / $79.00 (S@H Only) 7
6599 - Shark Attack 49k 97 55 / $9.99 2

Race

The Race sub-theme gets only a Polybag for '97...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6406 - Go Cart 60k 97 22 / $2.49 1

Pirates

While they only get three new sets and a new mini-fig collection, Pirates look great for '97. Two new sets make use of the log walls from the Wild West theme. There's a new small Pirate ship and a nice, big base...looks like there might be a Pirate King or Queen.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6204 - Buccaneers 27k 97 31 / $5.99 5
6249 - Pirate's Ambush 81k 97 155 / $19.99 3
6250 - Cross Bone Clipper 86k 97 151 / $29.99 3
6281 - Pirates Perilous Pitfall 98k 97 392 / $66.99 7

Fright Knights

New for '97 in the Castle line-up is the Fright Knights sub-theme, featuring witches, both black and green dragons, bat-wing helmets & bat staff tops, crystal balls and more! Look at those neat pieces which curve upwards...combined with arch pieces, you can now make big circle openings or windows... Here's a picture of the helmet & crest. Also, if you want to see more of a close-up of the witch, click here.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6007 - Bat Lord 93k 97 15 / $3.99 1
6027 - Bat Lord's Catapult 54k 97 51 / $5.99 2
6037 - Witch's Windship 68k 97 59 / $7.99 1
6087 - Witch's Magic Manor 92k 97 255 / $39.99 5
6097 - Night Lord's Castle 77k 97 598 / $79.99 7
6099 - Traitor Transport 48k 97 140 / $19.99 3

Time Twisters

Tim and Dr. Cyber have met their match...or have they? A new sub-theme for Town features more wacky vehicles and a few villains...not to mention skeleton heads bobbing up and down!

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6496 - Whirling Time Warper 64k 97 147 / ? 2
6497 - Twisted Time Train 73k 97 296 / $34.99 3
6499 - Time Tunnelator 43k 97 80 / $9.99 1

AquaRaiders

Wow! A third sub-theme for AquaZone!! AquaRaiders is sort of AquaZone meets Blacktron, with cool black & trans yellow / trans antifreeze color schemes and some menacing-looking sets. The AquaRaiders seem to enjoy bulldozing their way through the oceans...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
2160 - Crystal Scavenger 41k 97 107 / ? 1
2161 - Aqua Dozer 60k 97 133 / ? 1
2162 - Hydro Reef Wrecker 62k 97 279 / $39.99 2

U.F.O.

Space gets two new sub-themes for '97. First is U.F.O., which is probably the most radical sub-theme Space has ever had. Big, 1/4-saucer sections (in different sizes!) allow you to build real flying saucers! The helmets for the U.F.O. figs are decorated with a hideous creature's head. Here's a picture of the helmet and logo. There's even a Fiber Optics System ship!

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6816 - Cyber Blaster 70k 97 19 / $2.49 1
6818 - Cyborg Scout 23k 97 35 / $2.99 1
6829 - Radon Rover 33k 97 52 / $5.99 1
6836 - V-Wing Fighter 29k 97 39 1
6915 - Warp Wing Fighter 61k 97 234 / $29.99 2
6975 - Alien Avenger 80k 97 361 / $59.99 3
6979 - Interstellar Starfighter 108k 97 289 / $79.99 3
6999 - Cyber Saucer 69k 97 113 / $19.99 1

RoboForce

The second Space sub-theme for '97 features mechs...two are sort of "humanoid" while the other two are more animalesque...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
2151 - Robo Raider 45k 97 135 / $11.99 1
2152 - Robo Raptor 51k 97 220 / $19.99 1
2153 - Robo Stalker 69k 97 270 / $33.00 2
2154 - Robo Master 101k 97 362 / $44.00 2

Wild West

The Wild West theme now includes Native Americans! And even better is that they prominantly feature female mini-figs! Here's a better view of her. Notice the headdresses, snakes, hollow tree stump, pinto horse and painted legs...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
5392 - Wild West Accessories N/A 97 31 / $5.00 0
6706 - Frontier Patrol 17k 97 26 / $5.99 3
6709 - Tribal Chief 71k 97 14 / $4.50 1
6718 - Rain Dance Ridge 93k 97 71 / $8.75 2
6746 - Chief's Teepee 105k 97 131 / $19.99 3
6748 - Boulder Cliff Canyon 83k 97 250 / $44.00 6
6766 - Rapid River Village 83k 97 343 / $59.99 7
6791 - Bandit's Wheelgun 65k 97 19 / $2.49 1
6799 - Showdown Canyon NA 97 69 / $9.99 4

Technic

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price
8205 & 2129 - Blast Off Dragsters 90k 97 64 / $6.99
8215 - Gyro Copter 79k 97 108 / $7.99
8216 - Turbo 1 32k 97 91 / $9.99
8222 - VTOL Nave Convertible 70k 97 141 / $14.99
8229 - Tread Trekker 92k 97 186 / $19.99
8232 - Chopper Force 33k 97 280 / $24.99
8250 - Search Sub 38k 97 376 / $49.50
8277 - Giant Model Set 117k 97 546 / $39.99
8408 - Desert Ranger 73k 97 284 / $27.99
8425 - Black Hawk 49k 97 470 / $49.50
8443 - Pneumatic Log Loader 62k 97 320 / $59.00 (S@H Only)
8456 - Fiber Optic Multi Set 104k 97 398 / $67.99
8459 - Pneumatic Front-End Loader 70k 97 582 / $79.00
8479 - Barcode Multi Set 141k 97 1263 / $164.00 (S@H Only)

Model Team

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price
5561 - Big Foot 4 X 4 82k 97 742 / $88.00

Watch System

Thanks to Peter Gustafsson for submitting this ad for the new LEGO Watch System (146k). Let's hope they sell these in the U.S.!


Discontinued Sets

Based on a comparison of the 1996 and 1997 catalogs, the following sets appear to be discontinued for '97...

6991 - Monorail Transport Base
6959 - Lunar Launch Site
6939 - Saucer Centurion
6949 - Robo Guardian
6889 - Recon Robot
6835 - Saucer Scout
6279 - Skull Island
6254 - Rocky Reef
6263 - Imperial Outpost
6562 - Gas Stop Shop
6639 - Raven Racer
6596 - Wave Master
6340 - Hook and Ladder
6525 - Blaze Commander
6338 - Hurricane Harbor
6665 - River Runners
6350 - Pizza to Go
6404 - Carriage Ride
6414 - Dolphin Point
6339 - Shuttle Launch Pad
6544 - Shuttle Transcon 2
6414 - Launch Evac 1
6336 - Launch Response Unit
6516 - Moon Walker

Really good sets worth looking into buying before they're all gone are 6279, 6562, 6340, 6665, 6350, 6414, 6339, 6544 and 6336.


European-Only Sets

The following sets are in Euro catalogs, but not in the U.S. catalogs for '97. Information will be added to this section as it becomes available.

Belville

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price
5821 - Pamela's Picnic Time 19k 97 ? / ?
5822 - Jennifer and Foal 20k 97 ? / ?
5853 - Lucinda and Cressida 20k 97 ? / ?
5854 - Pony Trekking 41k 97 ? / ?
5855 - Riding Stables 88k 97 ? / ?

Paradisa

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price Mini-Fig Count
6417 - Show Jumping Event 50k 97 ? / ? 1
6489 - Seaside Holiday Cottage 52k 97 ? / ? 2
6547 - Funfair 64k 97 ? / ? 5

Technic

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Piece Count / Price
8414 - Sierra Navada IV 62k 97 ? / ?

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