If you recall back in May of last year, LEGO Ideas launched a particular contest that celebrates its 10th year anniversary as a LEGO theme. The LEGO Ideas 10th Year Anniversary Fan Vote sought to bring together some of the best unapproved LEGO Ideas projects that reached 10K fan support. Fans of these projects were given a chance once more to show their love and support for these would-be sets, for a chance to become the first official LEGO Ideas set to be launched in 2020. With a total of 46% fan votes and after almost 7 months of waiting, the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) is now on its way to a LEGO Store near you.
Now thanks to Promobricks, we now have our first look at this brick-built version of the Internatioanl Space Station. The announcement came via a store flyer promoting an in-store signing event together with the set’s fan designer Christoph Ruge (aka XCLD over at LEGO Ideas platform). The signing event will be held at the LEGO Store in Nuremberg, Germany. Check out the flyer below.
According to Promobricks, the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) will retail for 69.99 Euros and will be available on January 31st. There’s no confirmation yet if the release date of this first 2020 LEGO Ideas set will be the same for the rest of the world. But I guess an official announcement from LEGO is in order pretty soon.
Though there is no word yet regarding the number of pieces for this set, the price range may suggest that it may approximately consist of 900 to 1,000 pieces, with tons of solar panel tile pieces. It’s hard to figure out based on the flyer if these are printed pieces, but its equally baffling if these will turn out to be stickers. The horror of placing them on such a number of pieces! It may be wishful thinking on my part considering that LEGO still has to release an official printed tile piece to act as solar panels, but let’s wait and see. Traditionally, LEGO has only issued stickers for other related sets, especially prominent with the LEGO City Space sets that were released last year. I can just imagine the difficulty of aligning the stickers on these plate and flag pieces if they eventually turn out to be as such.
I also assume the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) will also come with a buildable stand for display purposes. And it will certainly look great beside LEGO City Space sets such as the Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control (60228) and Satellite Service Station (60224).
Be sure to stay tuned for more updates! Thanks also to Instagram user PicsLed for sharing this image.