July 20, 2019, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. LEGO and NASA have teamed up to expose a whole new generation to this seminal event with the LEGO Creator Expert 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander building set.
This is the second time LEGO has offered a model of the lander, but this one is much bigger. This model of the Apollo 11 Eagle lunar module measures over 7 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and 7 inches deep when fully assembled. Not only does the set include enough parts to build the Lunar Lander, it also comes with a depiction of the lunar surface, complete with the crater and even footprints and a U.S. flag.
Just like the original mission featured two astronauts walking on the surface, this set comes with two astronaut minifigures with NASA decoration and gold helmets.
The set also features separate ascent and descent stages. New for 2019, the descent stage has gold-coloured landing pads and panels. Accessories include a brick-built camera and laser reflector.
The ascent portion separates from the landing gear and can be opened up to reveal the astronauts inside. As a final detail, there is even a plaque that matches the one left on the moon, with signatures from the Apollo 11 astronauts and then-president of the United States Richard Nixon.