Pause Magazine's Lego Set Reference Guide - Aquazone


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Aquazone

In 1995, Aquazone became the first ever new theme to be introduced with more than one sub-theme. And it also became one of the hottest lines LEGO has produced, according to Shop at Home. Both the Aquanauts and Aquasharks were introduced in '95. The Aquaraiders were introduced in 1997. For 1998, two new sub-themes were introduced to replaced the discontinued Aquanauts and Aquasharks. They are the Hydronauts and the Stingrays.

The Aquanauts are the underwater good guys, searching endlessly for Hydrolator crystals and ways to harness their power.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1728 - Crystal Crawler 36k 96 92 / $13.25 1
1806 - Aquanaut Paravane 37k 96 13 / ? 1
1822 - Sea Claw 7 54k 95 183 / $19.99 2
6125 - Sea Sprint 9 17k 95 28 / $4.50 1
6175 - Crystal Explorer Sub 43k 95 160 / $33.00 1
6195 - Neptune Discovery Lab 77k 95 492 / $99.00 4

Nothing could make the Aquasharks happier than to steal all of the Hydrolator crystals from the Aquanauts to keep for themselves. For 1996, the Aquasharks get two new sets, including one with a small base.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6115 - Shark Scout 14k 95 25 / $3.50 1
6135 - Spy Shark 17k 96 57 / $8.75 1
6155 - Deep Sea Predator 36k 95 99 / $22.00 1
6190 - Shark's Crystal Cave 61k 96 253 / $54.00 2

Aquaraiders

This third sub-theme for AquaZone 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 Pieces / S@H$ Figs
2160 - Crystal Scavenger 40k 97 107 / $16.50 1
2161 - Aqua Dozer 59k 97 133 / $27.50 1
2162 - Hydro Reef Wrecker 61k 97 279 / $44.00 2

Hydronauts

Of the two new AquaZone sub themes for '98, these seem to be the good guys. The best thing about the Hydronauts is that they have a big base that is built on a raised baseplate, then raised further with the use of rock pieces. Both the Hydronauts and the Stingrays feature new pieces that allow the octagonal cockpit elements to be used at an angle.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6110 - Solo Sub 15k 98 22 / $3.99 1
6150 - Crystal Detector 46k 98 101 / $19.99 1
6180 - Hydro Search Sub 100k 98 289 / $49.99 4
6199 - Hydro Crystalation Station 89k 98 472 / $89.99 6

Stingrays

And then there are the Stingrays, or as some people have called it, "AquaZone meets Blacktron". These sets are very agressive and the largest of the Stingrays sets is downright huge, measuring about 45 by 55 studs (width & length, respectively).

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6107 - Recon Ray 14k 98 17 / $2.99 1
6109 - Sea Creeper 21k 98 ? / $9.99 1
6160 - Sea Scorpion 55k 98 292 / $34.99 3
6198 - Sting Ray Stormer 108k 98 398 / $69.99 4

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