Christmas 2022A Closer Look at the LEGO Galaxy Explorer

A Closer Look at the LEGO Galaxy Explorer


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Celebrate 90 years of LEGO creations as you build this scaled-up anniversary tribute to the Classic 497 LEGO Galaxy set.

Join the celebrations to mark 90 years of LEGO creations with this nostalgic building project for adults. This anniversary collectible edition of the Classic 497 LEGO Galaxy Explorer model retains all the joy of the 1979 set but on a bigger scale.

Take your time crafting the features of this buildable model including the blended delta wing configuration of the original craft. The spaceship sits on 3 retractable landing legs and features opening rear doors and a retractable ramp to deploy the rover.

The rear of the ship houses the rover compartment with extra tools and an extendable ramp. The cockpit opens to reveal the interior of the spaceship where there are seats for all 4 astronauts as well as a living quarters with 2 beds, computers and storage compartments.

When I was a kid, a very long time ago, some of my favourite LEGO sets were the LEGO Space ones, I loved building the sets with my Dad and then playing with them, imaging all the adventures the astronauts were on. This was around the time of the first Space Shuttle launch, and all of that really interested me. Now here we are, 40 years (or so) later and I am building space themed sets with my son, and both of us loving it just as much as I did when I was kid, possibly even more now that I am sharing that with him.

This 1,254-piece set includes 4 astronauts and their robot helper, plus a surface rover and accessories and is available now priced around £89.99 and the set number is 10497 (which is a nice touch given the original set was number 497).

If you ever had a LEGO Space set as a kid, or you want to start building LEGO space sets with your kids (or you just want to revisit your youth), then you will want to pick this one up, it’s great! The set is aimed at 18 years old and above, but that didn’t stop us!

You can learn more from the LEGO website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
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