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Your Complete Lego M-Tron Collector's Guide

Updated on January 30, 2015
My brother and I affectionately called him "Redtron."
My brother and I affectionately called him "Redtron."

The Power of Magnets

As the civilian faction of the Lego Space Era series, the M-Tron were not tied to a specific base or territory. Instead they roamed as a faction harvesting trilithium crystals for power and weapons consumption. They soon developed an enemy with the Blacktron over unauthorized mining on their territory.

The M-Tron or "Magnet Tron" was the very first Lego series to incorporate magnets into the designs of their craft. A marketing attempt by Lego to make their sets more interactive for the 90s children. The ploy was very successful and Lego still uses magnets in their current series. My brother received a smaller M-Tron set for his 6th birthday and we quickly made the redshirt an enemy of Blacktron.

Just as the storyline describes, the M-Tron had no base set available. Instead the series consisted of a variety of different sized spacecraft, culminating with the mothership, Mega Core Magnetizer. Each set came with magnetic pieces.

M-tron prep a large cache of mag-boxes for transport.
M-tron prep a large cache of mag-boxes for transport.

6811 - Pulsar Charger

Released: 1990
Original Price: $3.00

Current Value
Unopened: $10.00
Assembled: $1.00 - $8.00

A tiny scout ship for geological survey. Came with a long range transceiver for communicating with the mother ship.

6833 - Beacon Tracer

Released: 1990
Original Price: $3.00

Current Value
Unopened: $10.00
Assembled: $2.00 - $8.00

It's canopy with the M-Tron logo emblemed on it's center is the piece that made this vehicle desirable This rover was designed to trek across short distances for patrol or scientific research.

6877 - Vector Detector

Released: 1990
Original Price: ????

Current Value
Unopened: $15.00 - $20.00
Assembled: $5.00 - $11.00

The smallest set to have the M-Tron's signature magnetic piece, the Vector Detector was a cargo transport ship. It's magnet attachment allowed it to transport trillithium capsules safely and efficiently.

6896 - Celestial Forager

Released: 1990
Original Price: ????

Current Value
Unopened: $36.00 - $38.00
Assembled: $5.00 - $18.00

A mid-sized cargo vehicle designed to transport large quantities of mag boxes across vast distances.

6923 Particle Ionizer

Released: 1990
Original Price: $24.00

Current Value
Unopened: $26.00 - $75.00
Assembled: $14.00 - $26.00

The third largest set of M-Tron, the Particle Ionizer was heavily armed with multiple directional laser canons and had enough cargo space for several mag-boxes.

6956 - Stellar Recon Voyager

Released: 1990
Original Price: $36.00

Current Value
Unopened: $46.00 - $80.00
Assembled: $29.99 - $60.00

A scout ship designed for snatch and grab operations during mining.

6956 - Mega Core Magnetizer

Released: 1990
Original Price: $59.99

Current Value
Unopened: $120.00 - $150.00
Assembled: $54.00 - $130.00

The central mothership of the M-Tron faction, the Mega Core Magnetizer served as the principle cargo carrier and command center. The M-Tron were dependent on mobility for the success of their mining operation.

1478 - Mobile Satellite Uplink

Released: 1991
Original Price: ????

Current Value
Unopened: $10.00
Assembled: $7.50

Offered as part of a five set bonus pack. This was the final set released for M-Tron. The Mobile Uplink was intended to boost communications with basecamp and the mining consortium.

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