Denmark’s Lego Group began manufacturing the interlocking plastic toy bricks in 1949. Who among us hasn’t had at least one LEGO set while growing up? It’s such a ubiquitous toy, as of July 2015, 600 billion Lego parts had been produced. In February 2015, LEGO replaced Ferrari as Brand Finance’s “world’s most powerful brand”.
Some of LEGO’s most famous sets, like the Millennium Falcon and Hogwarts Castle, let builders recreate their favorite structures from pop culture in the real world. But the toy company also has some impressive sets based on real-life masterpieces of architecture and engineering.
The latest product that falls onto that category. The LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander module, re-imagines NASA’s Apollo 11 mission as a 1087-piece kit. The designers at LEGO designed this set in collaboration with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July.
The interlocking brick model features many details from the original craft. The descent stage has gold panels, laser hatches, and a ladder, while the ascent stage comes with a detailed interior. When the two astronaut minifigures disembark, they can explore a lunar surface featuring footprints, a crater, and a United States flag.
Look for it at LEGO stores and at the LEGO online shop. It retails for $139.99 (CAN).
Image sources: https://shop.lego.com/en-CA/product/NASA-Apollo-11