Lego Space Shuttle Discovery with Hubble Telescope set drops on April 1 for $199.99

Shawn Knight

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Recap: NASA’s STS-31 mission lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 24, 1990. A day later, the crew dropped the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, where it remains in operation to this day. One of its successors, the James Webb Space Telescope, is slated to go up in October 2021, and promises an unprecedented look at the universe.

The new Lego NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set, which was officially revealed by former astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan who was part of the mission that launched the Hubble Telescope more than 30 years ago, is a 2,354-piece kit aimed at adults.

It features the Discovery orbiter complete with working landing gear, elevons and rudder, with measurements of 21.78cm (8.57 inches) height x 34.60cm (13.62 inches) width x 55.46cm (21.83 inches) length.

Best yet, the payload bay doors can be opened, revealing the Hubble Space Telescope within. The telescope can either be stored in the payload bay or displayed separately with its solar array expanded. Both also include a plaque with facts from the mission.

Lego’s NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set will be available starting April 1 priced at $199.99. Interested parties can pick it up from Lego directly or via an authorized retail partner.

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NeoMorpheus

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QuantumPhysics

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The point of LEGO is NOT to sell you a kit so you can build a specific model.

The point of LEGO is to sell you pieces, randomly, so you can "use your imagination" and build things that look like the model you want to build.
 

Torrentius

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The point of LEGO is NOT to sell you a kit so you can build a specific model.

The point of LEGO is to sell you pieces, randomly, so you can "use your imagination" and build things that look like the model you want to build.
Even though my Tosho Daimos and Dark Souls Artorias build from 20+ years old bricks
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would like to high five you for that, I dare to disagree. The point of LEGO is to do both - let people have fun by building official models and/or let people have fun by building their very own creations. I prefer the latter (so I didn't buy any new bricks apart ones I got in my childhood, though I am tempted to try new parts), but my brother loves all the space models and I'm pretty sure this will be his next one after Saturn V.
 
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Tom Yum

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The point of LEGO is NOT to sell you a kit so you can build a specific model.

The point of LEGO is to sell you pieces, randomly, so you can "use your imagination" and build things that look like the model you want to build.

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The lifecycle of nearly all my lego (now the kids lego) is 1) Buy and build a cool set, 2) Play/present it for a few months, 3) inevitably drop it or knock bits off, 4) disassemble and add to the 'general lego bits' tub, 5) use those bits as part of some completely unrelated build. So the end result is both happen, and fun is had doing both.