In festival of the 40th commemoration of the main Space Shuttle dispatch, Lego is releasing a new Space Shuttle Discovery set in collaboration with NASA. Revelation was not the main transport to take off — that would be Columbia, which probably works up such a large number of tragic affections for a Lego set — yet it was the van that dispatched the Hubble Space Telescope, which is additionally remembered for the set.
Accessible April first for $200, the set has 2,354 pieces, including three recently planned pieces for the windscreen and payload inlet. It likewise incorporates 108 drum lacquered silver pieces, the majority of any Lego set at this point.
At 1:70 scale, the amassed transport comes in at around 8.5 inches high, 21 inches in length, and 13.5 inches wide. The set accompanies two stands so you can show the bus and telescope independently or together, like the telescope is rising up out of the payload cove.
This Discovery set is a major advance up from past Lego Space Shuttle sets like the Lego 10231 and 7470, in the quantity of pieces as well as in its general smoothness and level of detail. The elevons on the wings can be shifted here and there by turning the center motor, the main edges of the wings have dim pieces addressing the built up carbon-carbon of a genuine transport, and pulling up the flight deck uncovers a mid-deck for minuscule space travelers.
Considering I derived great joy as a child from my (in retrospect) very dinky “Space Shuttle with Satellite” Hess truck, I am fully convinced this set will cure my ever-present existential dread. Please join me in appreciating these detail shots while I set a calendar reminder for April 1st.