LEGO occasionally crowdsources its ideas through the appropriately named LEGO Ideas platform. There, Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL) can submit proposals for future sets, and the program has led to gems like the Doctor Who set, the Flintstones kit, and even a ship in a bottle. Now the latest $80 LEGO Ideas inspired set is ready to take us to space—specifically to the International Space Station (ISS).
Most of us probably wanted to be an astronaut for at least a few seconds when we were kids. But few get the privilege to go to space. That’s OK though, thanks to LEGO, you can live out the fantasy. The LEGO International Space Station features 864 pieces, a Space Shuttle, three mini cargo spacecraft, and two astronaut microfigures (which are like traditional minifigures, but smaller).
In its usual fashion, LEGO went for a high level of detail, so the ISS will also incorporate a posable robotic arm, eight adjustable solar arrays, and a docking station that works with the shuttle and cargo ships. The set includes a base meant to display the ISS when you’re finished building. It’s a more challenging build than the average LEGO set, and that shows in its 16+ age rating.
LEGO says you can purchase the Internation Space Station starting February 1st. If you can’t wait to get to LEGO space, you could jump on the Lunar Lander, the Apollo Saturn V rocket, or Women of NASA sets now.