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Power Miners
SubjectMining and underground monsters
Licensed fromThe Lego Group
Availability2009–2010
Total sets24[1]
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Lego Power Miners (stylized as LEGO Power Miners) was a product range of the construction toy Lego,[2] themed around a team of "Power Miners" who, while investigating the cause of a series of severe earthquakes, discover Rock Monsters and Energy Crystals.[3] The theme was originally released in 2009[4] after the discontinued Lego Rock Raiders theme. The product line was discontinued by the end of 2010.[5]

Overview

The Power Miners (Doc, Duke, Rex, and Brains) are sent underground by the government to investigate a series of earthquakes that have destroyed several cities on the surface of the Lego World. While underground, they discover Energy Crystals and the Rock Monsters (Meltrox, Boulderax, Glaciator, Sulfurix, Firox, Geolix and Tremorox). They attempt to collect and mine the crystals in order to stop the monsters from consuming them and causing the earthquakes on the surface. However, a bigger threat emerges in the form of the Crystal King, the undisputed ruler of all Rock Monsters underground.[6][7]

In January 2010, a new sub-theme called Power Miners: Core of the Underworld was introduced, with the plot having the Power Miners collapse to a lower level of caves while fighting the Crystal King with the Titanuim Command Rig, finding themselves in the inner core of the earth and encounter the Lava Monsters (Firax, Combustix, Infernox, and Eruptorr).[6]

Construction sets

According to Bricklink, The Lego Group released 24 playsets and promotional polybags as part of the Lego Power Miners theme.[1] The product line was eventually discontinued by the end of December 2010.[5]

Below is a list of Power Miners sets. The first two promotional sets were released in December 2008, but later in the year a few of the first wave sets were available at Toys "R" Us stores. Finally, in January 2009, the entire first wave was released. A second batch of sets was released in May 2009 and a third wave of sets in August 2009. All four new sets of 2010 were released in January 2010 to Europe, while sets 8190 and 8191 were not released to America until August 2010. Most of the sets were similar to the Lego Rock Raiders theme.[citation needed]

Reference Name Released Pieces Notes
8907 Rock Hacker 2008 29 Limited promotional release
8908 Monster Launcher 2008 12 Limited promotional release
8956 Stone Chopper 2009 31
8957 Mine Mech 2009 67
8958 Granite Grinder 2009 97
8959 Claw Digger 2009 197
8960 Thunder Driller 2009 235
8961 Crystal Sweeper 2009 474
8707 Boulder Blaster 2009 293 Limited edition
8962 Crystal King 2009 168
8963 Rock Wrecker 2009 225
8708 Cave Crusher 2009 259 Special edition
8964 Titanium Command Rig 2009 706
8709 Underground Mining Station 2009 637 Limited edition
8188 Fire Blaster 2010 67
8189 Magma Mech 2010 183
8190 Claw Catcher 2010 259
8191 Lavatraz 2010 381

Awards and nominations

In 2009, Titanium Command Rig was awarded "DreamToys" in the Construction category by the Toy Retailers Association.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Instructions provided by Lego on how to complete some of the constructions for this series are available here. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ LEGO Power Miners Teaser. 2 September 2009 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Mystery Monsters invade LEGO Magazine!". Archived from the original 6 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Power Miners LEGO Sets". BrickEconomy. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b Herman, Sarah (2012). Building a History: The Lego Group. Pen & Sword Books Ltd. p. 221.
  6. ^ Farshtey, Gregory; Lipkowitz, Daniel; Hugo, Simon (1 October 2020). LEGO® Minifigure A Visual History New Edition. Dorling Kindersley Limited. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-241-50202-0.
  7. ^ "2009 Construction". Toy Retailers Association. Retrieved 9 November 2022.