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Lego Space deal: Get 25% off Mars research shuttle kit at Walmart, Amazon

Lego City space mars shuttle
Blast off into a great holiday deal for the Lego City Space Mars research space shuttle. Credit: The Lego Group (Image credit: Lego)

You can go to Mars and beyond with this new Lego space set.

The Lego City Space Mars Research Shuttle is on sale right now at Walmart for $31.99. We also spotted the same deal elsewhere, with the space shuttle on sale right now at Amazon for $31.99.

No matter which vendor you choose, you'll save 25% on a kit inspired by the real-life NASA space shuttle, which flew 135 missions for science and to build the International Space Station. Just act quickly before this deal jets off.

If you want to pick up some more space sets for your builder child, Lego has a wealth of options. You can take a look at its general space sets deal including Marvel and DC options, or your Lego Star Wars fan can use the Force on several discounted kits.

For other space-themed toy options, consider looking at space board games, stomp rockets or incredible kits emphasizing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Lego City Mars Research Shuttle

Lego City Space Mars Research Shuttle
$39.99 $31.99 at Walmart

Save $8 on the Lego City Space Mars research space shuttle. Inspired by the real thing, this set comes with working cargo bay doors, a rover with an articulated grappling arm (like Perseverance), and a helicopter drone with spinning rotors (like Ingenuity).

Lego City Mars Research Shuttle

Lego City Space Mars Research Shuttle
$39.99 $31.99 at Amazon

You can also save $8 on the Lego City Space Mars research shuttle at Amazon, so pick the vendor that works best for you and your space mission.

The Mars research shuttle is a satisfying interpretation of the vehicle that brought astronauts to Earth orbit for a generation, but with that wonderful Red Planet twist. The basic vehicle design includes an opening cockpit to put in your minifigures, 2 opening cargo doors, and a payload bay that includes plenty of space.

Your payloads are varied and will help your kids (to quote The Martian's Mark Watney) "science the shit" out of Mars. You'll get a Perseverance-like rover with a grappling arm and a laser (pew-pew!) a drone that looks like NASA's Ingenuity helicopter and a storage drone. Also make sure to put together the Mars scenery, which includes a secret symbol, and to find the two geodes with blue crystals.

As always, Lego has included some minifigures in the set, which in this case are two astronauts to assist the robots with their exploration. If your kids need a little extra help building this 273-piece set, there's a set of richly illustrated instructions, along with extra assistance on the Lego Life app (available for most major modern devices).

The assembled research shuttle measures roughly 3x9x8 inches (9x23x21 centimeters) and will be the heart of the set, although you'll have to make sure to leave some room in your kid's quarters for the Mars rover, helidrone and other items. 

This is a deal that will rocket away quickly, so be sure to get your copy of the Mars research shuttle before the discount disappears.

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Elizabeth Howell
Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a contributing writer for Space.com since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Her latest book, NASA Leadership Moments, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.