When I saw the opportunity to write about a new Lego set featuring the Space Shuttle Discovery and Hubble, I immediately went to my 7 year old son, who is obsessed with Legos, and asked him if he thought I should write about it. He immediately agreed, so now I have the pleasure of introducing UT’s audience to one of Lego’s newest sets – #10283 – NASA Space Shuttle Discovery.
The set is set to come out on Thursday April 1st – barring any comical last minute changes from the Danish toy company due to their choice of launch date. Priced at $199, it is certainly not the most expensive lego set released to the public, especially compared to another space-themed Lego set, the Millenium Falcon, with a current selling price of $1190 on Amazon.
Features of the new NASA set are much more down to Earth though. It includes a model Hubble, which Discovery actually launched 31 years ago in April 1990 as part of STS-31. Discovery itself has retractable landing gear, a robotic arm, and a removable cockpit that allows the builder to see the flight deck directly. Also included are a few business cards providing details of both Discovery and Hubble. Luckily, it also comes with a handy orange Lego separator piece, which has saved the fingernails of many parents roped into the almost impossible task of separating two Lego bricks by hand.
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The whole set comes in at 2354 pieces, and Discovery now gets to join other NASA Lego sets such as #92176 – The Saturn V Rocket, #21321 – The International Space Station, and #10266 – The Apollo Lunar Lander. Assumedly more NASA themed sets are in the works – maybe some announcements will accompany the release of Discovery on April 1st. Lego Lunar Gateway anyone?
LEGO.com – NASA Space Shuttle Discovery
PCMag – Lego’s NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Model Includes Hubble Telescope
CNet – Lego launches epic 2,354-piece NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set
Lego’s new Space Shuttle Discovery Set
Credit: The Lego Company