Yesterday Lego teased the International Space Station set would be revealed later today, and it seems it's good on keeping those promises. Now we know that the latest lego Ideas set comes with 864 pieces, goes on sale on 1st February, and will cosy £65 - which isn't that bad considering.
£65 puts it at the cheapest end of the fancy Lego space set pricing range, considering the Saturn V and Apollo 11 Lander cost £110 and £85 respectively. In other words, it's not likely to break your bank when you add it to your collection - not like the Space Shuttle Expedition which I've just found for more than £700.
The ISS model itself is 20cm high, 31cm long, and 49cm wide, and comes with a display stand so you can show it off without damaging all those solar panels. There's also a posable Canadarm2, and eight adjustable solar panels that are all meant to replicate the complexity of operating the real ISS as it orbits the Earth. Oh and it comes with three cargo ships that look a lot like Soyuz capsules and a miniature space shuttle, which are nice little additions.
Sadly we don't know whether the solar panels involve stickers or printed pieces. Let's just hope it's the latter, because there are a lot of them.
Hasan Jensen, Engagement Manager at The LEGO Group, said:
“To celebrate 10 years of crowdsourcing and collaboration between LEGO Ideas (called LEGO CUUSOO until 2014) and LEGO fans around the world, we decided to dive into the archives of LEGO Ideas projects that had gathered 10,000 supporters but hadn’t quite made it into production.
“We decided that one of these great ideas should have a second chance, so we thought we would turn the LEGO Ideas process upside down. This time we started the internal review and came up with four exciting projects that we thought showed the greatest potential – and then it was up to the LEGO Ideas community to decide which of the four would be made into LEGO Ideas set number 29. It was great fun to follow the fan vote and we were excited to be able to finally welcome the International Space Station into the LEGO Ideas family.”
As mentioned before the set will arrive on 1st February, and like all Lego Ideas sets it will be available to buy from your nearest Lego store or the Lego website.