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Timebuster/Time Cruisers Comic

Image. Cartoony art of Tim, Dr. Cyber, and Ali the monkey in a lab. Tim is a short boy with black hair and glasses, a green shirt with a red 'T' on it, and a baseball cap. Ali is a thin monkey with a big muzzle and big eyes. Dr. Cyber is an elderly man with a pointed grey beard, spectacles, and Einstien-esque hair. He wears a long lab coat. Tim is standing on a round platform with his arms outstretched, laughing. Ali is sitting on top of his head with an identical expression (monkey see, monkey do!). Dr. Cyber is standing off to the side, holding a wrench. They are surrounded by technology and consoles that appear to be built from legos.

Image. Cartoon guy in a motorcycle helmet and shades, looking confident. If your screen reader has trouble proceeding past this image, try pressing the right arrow key before continuing.Image. A monkey with a very enthusiastic expression. Update 2021-3-28 Image. The monkey again.Image. The motorcycle guy again.

Jan/Feb and first half of Mar/Apr 1997 issues have been scanned from the French Klick by Phenix Dark on euro bricks, and I have added them. Also, official English translations of some issues! Scroll down to the 'Time Cruisers' section for more info. also 2, these arent new but i added Kim Hagen's version of the first issue of TimeBuster, the behind the scenes feature on the comic, and kim's weird blogspot. also 3 added [other stuff].



You might know about Time Cruisers, the cool new lego toys for 1996. But do you know where they come from? Time Cruisers actually goes back to 1994, and began.... as a comic!

Timebuster - 1995-1996

Sadie has spoken with some of the people who made the comic... here's what Annemette Allerup had to say. She was a copywriter for Klick, the lego magazine that published the comic initially.

Originally [Klick] was an assignment for testing in Switzerland in the 80s. Because Lego had realized that there was a decline of interest in Lego bricks with a great number of kids (boys mainly at that time) once they turned 6 or 7, started school and other activities, they wanted to create a kids’ magazine with some of the same educational values as Lego – a magazine that indirectly should support the different Lego universes. This became the Klick magazine which was marketed in Switzerland for a few years. Klick had stories about visiting a space centre in the US, about going on a boat ride (not many boat rides in Switzerland), about aeroplanes, cars and other things from real life that indirectly related to Lego universes of that time. We also had a small cartoon, I don’t remember the name, and a relative small part of promotion for new Lego products.

Klick was well received and tested fine but due to wrong marketing it never became the magazine success Lego had hoped for. They both asked for subscriptions and handed out free issues at events so naturally they did not reach the number of paying subscribers they had anticipated. The project was closed after I don’t remember how long, maybe 2 yrs.

4-5 years later however, a marketing man revived the idea of having a magazine that could keep the 6-8 yr old boys interested in their Lego, get the bricks clicking for a longer time in the kids’ rooms, make Lego stay on the wishing list for Christmas and birthdays. This time the project started in Austria and again, was intensely tested before launch. The editorial concept this time was far more clearly focused on Lego – the magazine was initially named Lego Explorers – for curious and creative Lego fans, and it brought storytelling about seasonal Lego launches as well as some educational background stories about i.e. ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, Underwater exploring etc. clearly linking to the different Lego products.

[Max] Timebuster was developed in the first part of this project – later developed into Time Cruisers. The idea was to be able to jump from one Lego universe to the next – suitable to the season’s launches og different products. [Max] and the story was developed by me and Kim Hagen.

The cool time machine in Timebuster was designed by a fan:

The Timebuster car was one Lego had received from a keen buileder and big fan – Ole Primdahl showed it to me and we decided to use it for a cartoon in the magazine because it made it possible to travel from one Lego universe to another in an exciting way. It also supported the idea of combining bricks from different universes. Together we described the opportunities of the concept, but the character and cartoon was creatively developed in cooperation with Kim Hagen whom I had hired for a free lance artist for the magazines.

All comics scanned and translated to english by me! The art and scripts are by Kim Hagen.

Bonus - Early Draft/Test Pages (???) photographed by Kim Hagen

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Jan/Feb 1995 - Pirates

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Mar/Apr 1995 - Pirates/Islanders

Content Warning for racist depiction of polynesian people.

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May/Jun 1995 - Pirates/Imperial Guards/Aquazone

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Jul/Aug 1995 - Aquazone

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Sep/Oct 1995 - Aquazone/Dragon Knights

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Nov/Dec 1995 - Dragon Knights

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Jan/Feb 1996 - Dragon Knights/Exploriens

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March - December 1996: missing!!





Prinzenrolle

In 1996, a special Timebuster comic was made as a Prinzenrolle cookie promotion. Scans and translation by me again!

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Time Cruisers

As you can see, by Jan '96 they had changed things to integrate the time cruisers toys - changing max's name to tim, and giving him the flybo for a new time machine.

At the same time this was happening, Klick was rapidly expanding into other territories. More from Allerup:

The Austrian magazine was tested with regular intervals – group interviews with kids were done to adjust (rather few) editorial mistakes. Same procedure was carried out in the French speaking countries Switzerland and France – some local differences resulted in local adjustments.

But then Germany wanted to launch a proper club project and the magazine became front runner of the Lego World Club project which enhanced also visits to Legoland Germany and a number of direct selling and merchandising activities. Again intensive research was carried out regularly – and all showed that receiving and reading the magazine stimulated playing with own bricks and wishing new ones immensely.

The French Klick began in 1996, while the German World Club Magazin started in March 1997. Euro bricks user Phenix Dark scanned the first comic issue and a half for 1997 from the French version, and the rest of the issues beyond that were scanned from the German World Club Magazin by Dark_Turtle, starting from its premiere in 1997. They made a new intro with the flybo to introduce german kids to the series, but in austria, france, and switzerland they had the time twisters story instead.

Translations still by me! From fall 1998 on, World Club Magazine appeared in Australia, where Time Cruisers got an official english localization. PeabodySam has alerted me that there are scans of some of these issues online, uploaded by Phyoohrii on brick shelf. These are now linked underneath my translations of the respective issues, but note they are small images.

Bonus - German Intro.

This led right into the second half of Mar/Apr 1997 (Fright Knights).

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Jan/Feb + first two pages of Mar/Apr 1997 - Time Twisters

I have not recieved permission from Phenix Dark to make an English translation of their scans. You can see the French scans here, and my translation here.

second two pages of Mar/Apr 1997 - Fright Knights

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May/Jun 1997 - Fright Knights

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Jul/Aug 1997 - Fright Knights/UFO

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Sep/Oct 1997 - Fright Knights/UFO/Western

Content Warning for racist depiction of native american people.

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Nov/Dec 1997 - Western

Content Warning for racist depiction of native american people.

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Jan/Feb 1998 - Extreme Team

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Mar/Apr 1998 - Extreme Team/Adventurers

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May/Jun 1998 - Adventurers

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Jul/Aug 1998 - Insectoids

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Sep/Oct 1998 - Insectoids/Stingrays

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Nov/Dec 1998 - Stingrays/Hydronauts

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Jan/Feb 1999 - Ninja

Content Warning for racist depiction of japanese people.

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Mar/Apr 1999 - Ninja/Space Port

Content Warning for racist depiction of japanese people.

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May/Jun 1999 - Space Port

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Jul/Aug 1999 - Rock Raiders

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Sep/Oct 1999 - Rock Raiders/Trains

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Nov/Dec 1999 - Trains

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Jan/Feb 2000 - City

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Mar/Apr 2000 - City/Adventurers

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May/Jun 2000 - Adventurers

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Jul/Aug 2000 - Knights' Kingdom

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Sep/Oct 2000 - Knights' Kingdom/Arctic

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Nov/Dec 2000 - Arctic

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Jan/Feb 2001 - Studios

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Behind the Scenes

Image. Kim Hagen playing with some Aquazone sets.

Here is a short feature from the Lego World Club magazines in 1998. It includes our only glimpse of the first concept art of Tim, where he wears a purple shirt with an L on it.

German (scanned by Dark_Turtle): Page 1 ~ Page 2

English (scanned by Phyoohrii): Page 1 ~ Page 2

A long time ago i also found this blog that Kim pasted a Timebuster concept document into in 2002. It is dated 18-05-98 and seems to be articulating the retool that introduced the zapper to replace the flybo in the fall of that year.





Other Stuff

Here's where I put everything else.

How-to-Draws scanned by Dark_Turtle: Tim (Nov/Dec 1998) ~ Ali (Mar/Apr 1999) ~ Polar Bear (Sep/Oct 2000)

TimeBuster poster from Klick




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