To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the LEGO Group announced its own launch—of the LEGO CREATOR Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander.
The 1,087-piece building set was developed in cooperation with NASA to commemorate the Eagle lunar module which completed humanity’s first successful moon landing. The set will be exclusively available at LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com beginning June 1.
Coinciding with this announcement, LEGO unveiled seven new LEGO CITY Mars Exploration sets inspired by NASA’s recently announced ambitions around the next frontier—to return to the Moon and ultimately send astronauts to Mars. LEGO Group will also host hands-on space-themed activations and programming around the world beginning in June.
“We have a deep understanding of the ways in which play can have lifelong impact, and we have been champions of the awe and wonder of space exploration through playful building for almost as long as the world’s celebration of the first moon landing,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations, LEGO Systems. “There are countless stories of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and roboticists who point to their experiences with LEGO building as the reason they are engaged in their current careers. We hope that our ongoing commitment to space-themed play materials will inspire future generations to help us continue exploring.”