LEGO will release themed sets inspired by Project Artemis

LEGO recently launched its first two LEGO City Space sets, inspired by upcoming NASA missions. The rocket launch center and lunar research base are scheduled to be delivered to stores (overseas) on March 1, 2022. Just in time for the launch of the Artemis 1 mission planned between March and April.

“The LEGO City Space Playset includes feature-rich models inspired by real NASA machines, vehicles and spacecraft, as well as creative, open-ended play-inspired astronaut characters based on real space missions,” LEGO wrote on its website.

The LEGO City Rocket Center has a movable launch turret and a Space Launch System (SLS)-like rocket that will make its maiden flight in Artemis One. Just like the real vehicle, the rocket features a modern NASA logo (the “meatball”) while the classic logo is red (“worm”) and measures about 42 cm high and 11 cm wide.

The kit also includes an observation dome and a launch control center, as well as a service vehicle and a drone. The minifigures (figures) included in the set include a scientist, technician, and two astronauts, similar to the four LEGO educational minifigures that flew in the Orion capsule during Artemis I.

The Rocket Launch Center (Set #60351) has 1,010 pieces and sells for $149.99 (~R$835).

LEGO City Rocket Launch Center. Image: Lego.

According to Box Art, the LEGO Urban Lunar Research Base was “inspired by the Artemis Mission Base Camp concept.” The set includes all 786 lunar module blocks, a dome habitat with a lab, garage, decompression chamber, and six mini-astronaut minifigures.

The lunar module vaguely resembles SpaceX’s spacecraft-based Human Landing System (HLS), which NASA has chosen to bring astronauts to the moon’s south pole. The set also includes parts for building the VIPER rover (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover). As part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, the real VIPER will be NASA’s first mobile lunar exploration robot, expected to be sent to the moon by Astrobotic’s Griffin spacecraft in late 2023.

When assembled, the Lunar Research Base (#60350) measures 13cm high, 40cm wide and 25cm deep. Priced at $119.99 (~R$670).

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LEGO City Lunar Research Base.Image: LEGO

The box art for the Lunar Research Base also hints at another set of upcoming rovers. A yet-to-be-announced suit (#60348) is shown to be able to connect directly to the base to facilitate the transfer of astronauts (minifigures) back and forth.

LEGO said the LEGO City Space Playset continues its partnership with NASA to advance the space agency’s exploration programs while sparking interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Previous LEGO sets celebrated NASA’s Apollo missions, space shuttle and space station programs, and future plans to land astronauts on Mars.

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