The Space-themed niche of the LEGO world is dominated by the fantasy areas of space travel and extra-terrestrial worlds. Star Wars sets immediately come to mind. But, there is a new set from the LEGO ideas range to look to rectify this with one of the coolest NASA sets you will see. Now builders can enjoy the challenge of recreating the International Space Station.
The Ideas International Space Station 21321 LEGO Set is an intricate build with real attention to detail.
Don’t assume that this lego set for teens is going to be some cute model of any old space station that has been approximated for a LEGO audience. Instead, this model is impressively detailed with realistic parts. There are two key elements to this build: the main space station model, on its supportive base, and the solar panels on the sides.
Those solar panels are an important part of the system as there is no way that the astronauts will have power without them. Therefore, all builders must take care to assemble these small, realistic elements. All the panels sit on rotating arms to add to that sense of realism.
The space-travel theme of this set is finished off nicely with the inclusion of some playable elements. There a small brick-built space shuttle that will bring the next occupants to the station ready for their next missions on-board. Furthermore, there are 3 mini cargo spacecraft. Big kids can play with the two astronaut minifigures to act out little spacewalks and make repairs as needed to those solar panels.
Of course, because this is an Ideas set, there are plenty of additional nerdy details that NASA-geeks will appreciate.
The build was designed by a fan of both LEGO and space travel and his design has married the two together well. One of the additional benefits of this amount of care and knowledge is the amount of thought that went into the booklet. There are 148 pages of information, which ensure that this is a true collector's item.
The other knock-on effect of having someone with such attention to detail is that this is a large set. There are 864 pieces here that create a model that is 31cm long and 49 cm wide. It is going to look impressive out on display. This is why this Ideas International Space Station 21321 LEGO Set is a 16+ model for adults. This is a challenge, but one that many fans will enjoy.