The International Space Station Has Launched Into LEGO’s Orbit

While most of us won’t ever have the opportunity to go to space, our imagination has no limits. And LEGO, the Danish plastic brick and toy production company everyone but your feet loves, is all about that. LEGO’s no stranger to space. Last summer, they released several Mars mission-related sets, including the Rover Testing Drive and Mars Research Shuttle. LEGO released the NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set that summer as well, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. And of course, there are the popular Star Wars sets. I mean who in their right mind doesn’t want the $800, 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon set? If you’re still itching for another spacecraft build set, LEGO is back at it with a replica of the International Space Station (ISS).

Brick-by-brick build of a near-authentic replica

The ISS is a multi-nation construction project and an orbiting lab with NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA at its helm. It is the single largest man-made structure ever put into space and now you can build your own LEGO replica! Released in early February, LEGO celebrated the new set by sending it into the stratosphere using a giant weather balloon. They wanted to get it as close as possible to the actual ISS. The set’s release also comes in time to celebrate the ISS’s past 20 years of continuous occupancy. The ISS isn’t an entirely new endeavor for LEGO. This is the third time LEGO has produced an ISS set, but the second set to be sold to the public.

The 864-piece set features many authentic ISS details, including a posable Canadarm2, two rotating joints, and eight adjustable solar panels. It even comes with a space shuttle orbiter and three cargo vehicles. There are also two minifigs in spacesuits, perfect for when your astronauts have a spacewalk scheduled or need to perform repairs. Fan Designer Christoph Ruge brought this exclusive set to life. Ruge is a longtime LEGO fan and builder and has a strong passion for space. His ISS set was welcomed by the LEGO community and was selected to celebrate the 10th anniversary of LEGO Ideas. This set is recommended for builders 16 and up.

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