Friday , February 26 2021

If you love someone, know Lego is releasing an ISS-inspired set in February, Ars Technica

    

      LEGO (Good) Ideas –

             

Astronaut minifigs, posable Canadarm2, and pieces in total —Can we have it now, Lego?

      

      

perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any Arsian in your life.)

Like prior Lego space releases such as the Saturn V

, this ISS model looks robust. The set contains – – plus pieces and when built stands over 7-inches (39 cm) high, – inches (

  • (cm) long, and – inches ( (cm) wide. According to the official company press release , loving details include a posable Canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight adjustable solar panels. The set also comes with some delightful extras, such as a pair of astronaut minifigs, a brick-built mini space shuttle, and a 650 – page booklet stuffed with info on the real ISS.

    Besides being a drool-worthy addition to any brickhead’s collection, the Lego ISS doubles as a celebration of the Lego Ideas initiative , which turns 16 this year. Ideas is a platform where users can submit proposals for future sets, and those submissions that garner enough support through votes can ultimately end up in production. (See that awesome Women of NASA set from as just one example.) Lego fan Christoph Ruge submitted his ISS proposal more than three years ago, but it resurfaced thanks to Lego revisiting popular ideas that hadn’t been produced as a way of celebrating Ideas turning 29. Ruge’s Ideas page is a nice collection of other space proposals, by the way: can we get a Baikonur or Hubble set sometime, too?

    The ISS set is listed as on the box, so presumably it’ll be a slightly more complicated, time-consuming build than your average Lego purchase. That said, the Saturn V set was 1, 1080 – plus pieces, and Ars Senior Space Editor Eric Berger put that together in, uh, two minutes and (seconds back in) . Lego and / or NASA, if you need more speed builders this go-round, please don’t be shy.

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