NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has landed in LEGO’s toy catalog and is now available for order.
The fifth in a line of fan-created, LEGO-produced building kits, the six-wheeled science laboratory could be followed by the now Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope, or other space-themed kits, if the public votes for them online.
The 295-piece “NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover” is now for sale for $29.95 through the Danish toy company’s webshop. Created and suggested by engineer Stephen Pakbaz, who worked on the real Curiosity before its launch to the Red Planet, the model faithfully recreates many of the actual car-size rover’s features, including its “rocker-bogie” suspension.
The Curiosity kit came to be through LEGO CUUSOO, the company’s social creation platform. “CUUSOO,” which in Japanese means “imagination” or “wish,” is a website that invites enthusiasts to share ideas for new LEGO products. Visitors to the site can vote for their favorite concepts and those that reach 10,000 supporters are then considered for production as an official LEGO kit.
The LEGO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover was designed by real Curiosity Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz. This amazing LEGO version of the highly advanced mobile laboratory features lots of great details, such as 6-wheel rocker-bogie suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets. This great model also comes with a fascinating booklet with building instructions and information about the history of Mars exploration and the Curiosity Rover, plus a display plate complete with LEGO brick Martian rocks – perfect for testing out the rover’s go-anywhere suspension!
– 6-wheel suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets
– Drive over tough obstacles with the 6-wheel suspension
– Includes white, grey and black bricks for a metallic look
– Includes building instructions and exclusive information booklet
– Rover measures over 3” (10cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide
– Robotic arm extends over 2” (7cm)