Clear your calendar and desk: Lego’s ISS-inspired set arrives on February 1

  • It exists, and Lego has already built it: the International
    Space Station kit arrives February 1. [credit: @LEGO on Instagram
    ]

Perhaps reinforcing the idea that waiting until the last minute
can be good for gift-seekers, Lego today announced it has
produced an International Space Station-inspired set that will be
available on February 1 for $69.99. (Outside of an Ars
subscription
, this is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any
Arsian in your life.)

Like prior Lego space releases such as
the Saturn V
, this ISS model looks robust. The set contains
850-plus pieces and when built stands over 7-inches (20cm) high,
12-inches (31cm) long, and 19-inches (49cm) wide. According to the

official company press release
, loving details include a
posable Canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight
adjustable solar panels. The set also comes with some delightful
extras, such as a pair of astronaut minifigs, a brick-built mini
space shuttle, and a 148-page booklet stuffed with info on the real
ISS.

Besides being a drool-worthy addition to any brickhead’s
collection, the Lego ISS doubles as a celebration of the Lego Ideas
initiative, which turns 10 this year. Ideas is a platform where
users can submit proposals for future sets, and those submissions
that garner enough support through votes can ultimately end up in
production. (See that awesome
Women of NASA set
from 2017 as just one example.) Lego
fan Christoph Ruge
submitted his ISS proposal more than three
years ago, but it resurfaced thanks to Lego revisiting popular
ideas that hadn’t been produced as a way of celebrating Ideas
turning 10.
Ruge’s Ideas page
is a nice collection of other space
proposals, by the way: can we get a Baikonur or Hubble set
sometime, too?

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Clear your calendar and desk: Lego’s ISS-inspired set arrives on February 1