In 1970, Jeff Lynne and friends formed the Electric Light Orchestra and fast became one of the most successful rock/pop acts of the 70’s and 80’s, with millions of records sold worldwide.
The band’s icon was originally based on a jukebox speaker design, but ELO’s interest in futuristic sounds and imagery soon turned the iconic red and yellow disc into a spaceship or space station which adorned the cover of many of their best-selling albums.
This LEGO version is a hand-held, “swooshable” version of that ship, complete with a cockpit that seats Jeff Lynne and his guitar! Thrusters on the bottom enable successful landings and takeoffs from any interplanetary surface! The Jeff Lynne minifigure sports his iconic large round sunglasses and shaggy mane.
To my utter amazement, this has more support than similar sets proposed for the iconic Journey “beetle ship” and the Boston UFO.