NASA’s Curiosity rover will receive one of the highest honors on New Year’s Day, forever being written into the annals of history by officially becoming a Lego set. Now kids and adults alike can discover new Martian secrets from the comfort of their living rooms, and maybe analyze a few soil samples while they’re at it. The 1:20 scale set comes by way of Lego’s Cuusoo website, which basically acts as a Kickstarter for the popular building blocks; Back to the Future and Minecraft sets both went through the Cuusoo project.
Fittingly, the Curiosity set was designed by mechanical engineer Stephen Pakbaz, who worked on Curiosity in real-life. The project was actually submitted way back in 2011 and, after receiving the requisite 10,000 votes, was approved by the Lego review board in June. The set looks charming, and the box art is just brilliant. For anyone who has followed Curiosity’s progress, the debut of this Lego set will be particularly exciting, especially since the rover is still actively exploring the Mars surface.
The set itself, which will cost $29.99 at Lego’s online store, features a 6-wheel rocker-bogie suspension, multiple camera sets, articulated robotic arm and a display plate.