In collaboration with NASA, Lego is releasing a new space shuttle discovery set to mark its 40th anniversary.
Discovery was not the first shuttle to take flight but was the shuttle that launched the Hubble Space Telescope, which is also included in the set.
The set has 2,354 pieces, including the newly designed pieces for the windscreen and payload bay, and 108 drum lacquered silver pieces. It will be made available on 1st April for $200.
On a scale of 1:70, the assembled shuttle is around 21 inches long, 8.5 inches high, and 13.5 inches wide. The set comes with two stands so that you can either display the shuttle and the telescope
Together or separately, as though the telescope is emerging from the payload bay.
The Discovery set is a step up from the previous Lego Space Shuttle 10231 and 7470 in terms of the number of pieces, its overall sleekness, and the level of detail.
“The elevons on the wings can be tilted up and down by turning the middle engine, the leading edges of the wings have gray pieces representing the reinforced carbon-carbon of a real shuttle, and pulling up the flight deck reveals a mid-deck for tiny astronauts.”