2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 Moon Landing. It is an important milestone in the world of astrophysics and one that space nerds have been marking across the years. Understandably, these means a lot of Apollo 11 merchandise and collector’s items. However, there is one item that goes further than a static model or a basic commemorative plate. The NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander 10266 is 16+ Set from the LEGO Creator Expert range. The 1087 piece set brings a chance to build your very own NASA craft and simulate the moon landing.
Set the scene for this historic moon landing and recreate the moment with mini-figures
The main part of this build is obviously the landing craft itself. The set has separate ascent and descent stages that mimic those used on the mission. Builders can create a detailed landing area with the gold pads, laser hatches and a ladder. This gold pad is something completely new for 2019 so unique to this build. The ascent stage has an interior feature so that minifigures can get inside and navigate their way back here. The stages sit on a lunar surface to really give the impression of a successful landing. Add in the footprints and craters for finer detail.
Those minifigure astronauts are also an important part of this set. This is more than just a static model to keep on a shelf. The two figures can sit inside the landing craft, change the settings and observe the terrain and then make that all-important step out onto the surface of the moon. Carefully descend the ladder and conduct a moonwalk to plant the flag in the ground. There is also a brick-built video camera in the kit so that your astronauts can document their time on the surface. No chance of people claimed that this set was faked.
This Apollo set can entertain and educate many generations
This 16+ LEGO Expert set is a great way from generations to bond over the moon landing of 1969. Kids today may not know so much about the golden days of these moon voyages. But, with the help of parents and grandparents, they can learn more through creative play. You can either supervise them and build this set as a team. Or, you could keep it all to yourself as a special project. Either way, there is plenty to enjoy in this NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander 10266 set with lots of clever details.