New LEGO Creator Expert Item 10497 Rumored as 90th Anniversary Space Set

For your friendly reminder, this year is the 90th anniversary of LEGO. That plucky Danish toy company turned global brand giant’s been a good part in the lives of children and collectors. And in celebration, LEGO’s been hyping up revivals of classic sets given fresh new design revamps. Cases in point: LEGO Classic 90 Years of Play (11021) and the upcoming Lion King’s Castle (10305). Of course, those aforementioned sets are just the beginning. In fact, there’s a rumor out regarding a possible 90th anniversary set in the vein of Castle (10305). That means a classic LEGO theme throwback: Space.

Brick Fanatics has it that a new LEGO set number’s been floating around for the Creator Expert line. According to the rumor, it’ll be a space-themed set that remakes a classic entry of that LEGO theme. Creator Expert set number 10497 will allegedly bring a new version of the Galaxy Explorer (497, US#). Released in 1979, Galaxy Explorer features a space shuttle, planetary outpost and rover, plus astronaut minifigs. You can see from the image how bare-bones the vehicle details were back in the day. It also means that if the rumor is true, a Creator Expert treatment of the set will look extremely fine.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This is a rumor, and until LEGO makes an official reveal we must treat it as such. There is after all the matter of the 90th anniversary LEGO Castle (10305). Both Castle and Space were among the chosen themes voted for an anniversary set in 2022. The Castle (10305) was announced first so one can assume it won. But maybe LEGO decided to give us more. You may be tired of hearing this by now, but it’s a matter of waiting once again.

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