Lego’s continued drive to create impressively detailed replica sets geared toward older builders makes it harder to be a fiscally responsible adult. To help celebrate NASA’s latest success with another rover landing on Mars, Lego’s new Discovery space shuttle commemorates one of the space agency’s previous accomplishments: the launch of the Hubble Srhythm Telescope more than 30 years ago.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, which is why Lego appropriately chose Discovery for this set because no other spacecraft has made so many space flights and transported so many astronauts. Discovery was also NASA’s first space shuttle to retire, and while visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to see it in person remains a challenge during an active pandemic, the new Replica of 2,354 pieces of Lego is the best option.
Designed at 1:70 scale of the actual spaceship, the latest Lego version of Discovery (the toymaker has already produced some Discovery sets) is the largest to date, measuring almost 22 inches long with a wingspan over 13.5 inches. That scale allowed Lego designers to pack in many additional features this time around, including the retractable landing gear, the retractable Canadarm, a rudder that splits in two to serve as an air brake during landings, work lifts, and a spacious cargo bay where equally detailed model of the Hubble Space Telescope can hitchhike.
The Lego designers seemed to have worked so hard to make an accurate replica of the Hubble Tthe scope as the shuttle that carries it. It is covered in 108 silver items, most included in a single Lego set, and features an open and close door that reveals the optics inside, as well as solar panels that can be attached once the telescope is removed from Discovery’s cargo bay. The telescope even has a removable component for those who want to recreate the various service missions from 1993 to 2009 that helped give Hubble a second life.
As with many of its model sets geared towards adults, Lego includes stands that allow the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Hubble Space Telescope to be displayed separately, and a third stand that can be mounted inside the cargo bay of the vehicle. spaceship so that they can also be displayed together. . Availability is expected to start April 1, 2021, with a price tag of $ 200.