You can go to Mars and beyond with this new Lego space set.
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.
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).
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 (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace