There are more Amazon Prime Day deals to be had before the day is over and there is a Deal of the Day item for the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader’s Castle (75251). It is priced at $89.99 which is $40 off the regular price and that equates to 31% off.
Today is the last day of Amazon Prime Day and they have a Lightning Deal for the LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311). It is currently on sale for $143.96 which is 20% off the normal price. As of this post, it has been 33% claimed so hurry it if you want to get in on this deal as it ends in about an hour and a half.
Earlier today, LEGO revealed their third and last life-sized model that will be displayed at San Diego Comic Con 2019 with Batman and a 3D mosaic of the Detective Comics #1000 variant comic book cover. Batman stands 6’5″ feet tall and uses 44,051 pieces to create. It took Master Builders 270 hours to design and build. The comic book mosaic uses 96,768 pieces and is over 10 feet tall.
Today on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch, The LEGO Group kicked off a month of worldwide events to help inspire the next generation of space exploration. You can read the events that are going on in the press release below.
LEGO GROUP KICKS OFF GLOBAL PROGRAM TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS AS NASA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF MOON LANDING
-Survey confirms 86% of kids are interested in space, 90% want to learn more-
-Company deepens commitment by sending children around the world to space camp-
WASHINGTON, DC (July 16, 2019) – To honor the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing on this day in 1969, the LEGO Group today kicked off a month of worldwide events to inspire the next chapter of space exploration, informed by the results of a global survey among children aged eight to 12 years old regarding space exploration. Additionally, the company partnered with Scholastic on an educational program that will send 50 children to NASA Space Camp in 2020. The program will reach teachers in Title I school districts across the United States.
Kids are Interested in Space
According to a Harris Poll/LEGO® survey conducted in the US, UK and China, 86% of children aged 8 to 12 say they are interested in space exploration, and 90% of them want to learn more. Interestingly, 83% of parents (averaged across the three countries) who participated in the survey believe their children are interested in space, yet only 53% of kids say their interest in space is fueled by their parents, citing teachers (79%) and the internet (71%) as primary learning sources.
Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 carried NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon, and today’s children are well-versed in the history of global space exploration. In a multiple choice question, most kids (85%) can identify Neil Armstrong as the first person to walk on the moon (88% in the US, 87% in UK, 79% in China). Today’s kids also could not be fooled, with only 2% believing it was Buzz Lightyear.
Nearly all children aged eight to 12 from China (97%), US (88%) and UK (87%) envision a human going to Mars in the future. In China, about a quarter (24%) of kids who think humans will go to Mars say it will happen either this year or next. Three-quarters of kids believe that humans will live in outer space or on a different planet, though kids from China are more likely to think so (96%) than are kids from the US (66%) and UK (62%). Similarly, when asked if they personally would like to go to outer space or a different planet, kids from China are more likely to say ‘yes’ (95%) than are kids from the US (68%) or UK (63%).
The survey also revealed that today’s children are three times more likely to aspire to be a YouTuber (29%) than an Astronaut (11%). When asked ‘which … careers are part of space exploration?’ Astronaut was the most chosen answer (90%), followed by Engineer (58%) and Computer Programmer (52%). Only seven percent of children see a role for a Farmer/Gardener in the space program, an indication that kids may not realize all of the different jobs required to support space travel.
Kids don’t understand the impact of space travel on their daily lives
Even with interest levels so high, many children do not realize the influence of space travel on their day-to-day routines. Only a quarter (25%) of kids say they’ve used something that was invented because of space travel (43% in China, 18% in US, 14% in UK), though a majority of kids (97%) say they have at least one of a variety of items (e.g. camera phone, ear thermometer, athletic sneakers, computer mouse) that were made possible, in part, by space travel.
“We are thrilled that children continue to be interested in space exploration and can’t wait to witness their ‘small steps’ and ‘giant leaps’ in decades to come,” said Michael McNally, senior director of brand relations, LEGO Systems, Inc. “For 40 years we have offered creative play opportunities designed to foster children’s interest in space exploration. We believe that play holds a crucial role in developing essential life skills such as confidence, creativity and communication, all of which are vital to raising the next generation of space explorers.”
“For nearly 20 years, NASA and LEGO Group have collaborated on projects to inspire the next generation to imagine and build their future in space. Our latest efforts celebrate the incredible feats we achieved during Apollo 50 years ago, and now with our accelerated plans to go forward to the Moon, we will continue to inspire children to dream about what’s possible and to grow up to pursue STEM careers,” said Bettina Inclán, associate administrator for communications, NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Under our new Artemis lunar exploration program, NASA will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024 and then we will get ready to take our next giant leap – human missions to Mars!”
Hands-on LEGO space events
To commemorate the milestone, a team of 10 designers and LEGO Master Builders spent nearly 300 hours designing and building a life-size LEGO model of an Apollo 11 lunar module pilot, inspired by the first humans to step on the moon. The model replicates the space suits worn on the moon in 1969, features 10 different colors, and is built from 30,000 LEGO bricks. The model will be unveiled to the public during the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum July 18-20. With the help of the visitors to the four-day celebration, LEGO Master Builders will construct a 20-foot tall replica of a critical component to the next phase of Mars exploration. Celebrants will also have a chance to participate in hands-on building activities and take photos with LEGO brick-built Mars and Moon mosaic backdrops.
Additionally, the LEGO Group honors the anniversary by building one of the tallest LEGO® Rockets ever displayed in Canada. From now through September 2, 2019, families can visit it at the Ontario Science Centre. Standing over 11-feet (3.3528 meters) tall, the rocket is built from more than 80,000 bricks, and built-in lights, sound and fog machine for smoke effect give the appearance of it “blasting off.”
LEGO Stores around the world are hosting activities during the month of July to engage families in creative play and to inspire their passion for space exploration. In the US and Canada, LEGO Stores will host new weekly Build & Display activities related to Mars exploration from July 1-30. For more information, visit www.LEGO.com/stores.
40 years of LEGO Space building continues with new building sets
For 40 years the LEGO Group has been providing creative inspiration for children around the world to build and imagine the landscapes, habitats, jobs and vehicles of space with themed building sets. A new collection of LEGO CITY Mars Exploration building sets, inspired by NASA’s future missions to explore the Moon and Mars, are available now. The new LEGO CITY People Pack – Space Research and Development features 14 minifigures that represent the many professions that make space exploration possible, including astronauts, a botanist, a personal trainer, a drone engineer and more. The new LEGO CREATOR Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander recreates the historic landing in LEGO form. LEGO Ideas Women of NASA celebrates groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V offers a three-foot tall LEGO brick replica of the rocket that powered Apollo missions.
“We’re honored that we have been collaborating with space agencies around the world to develop content and products that further nurture a child’s interest in space,” said McNally. “Ensuring that building sets, such as the new LEGO CITY Mars Exploration feature realistic details may further assist kids’ understanding of the influence that human space travel has had on their everyday lives, and to enable kids to see themselves playing a part in future missions.”
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If you’ve been to the LEGO booth at San Diego Comic Con, you’ll notice that there are life size models of characters that are brick-built for fans to take pictures with. There are two that have been revealed so far. One is the Iron Man in the Mark LXXXV suit that is holding the Infinity Stones. It took designers 255 hours to design and create using 35,119 bricks.
The other character is a brand new one to the Star Wars Universe and will be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which is the Red Sith Trooper. It stands at 6’2″ and designers took 259 hours to design and build using 34,307 pieces.
The models will be displayed at the LEGO Booth #2829.
Brick Fanatics Magazine marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing with NASA and the LEGO Group in an exclusive Issue 8
July marks half a century since the Apollo 11 lunar module touched down on the moon and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on to its surface.
To celebrate, Issue 8 of Brick Fanatics Magazine goes back to 1969 with the help of NASA historian Brian C. Odom to discover the details and the moments that made history, whilst Creator Expert Design Manager Specialist Jamie Berard reveals how those shaped the design of the LEGO Group’s 10266 Lunar Lander.
Celebrate design ingenuity with this unique cover feature in Issue 8, exclusively featuring NASA and the LEGO Group.
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Inside this issue we also sit down with the LEGO Jurassic World design team to find out exactly how the mini-series LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar came about and, why it opened up a number of creative possibilities for them. We also find out from Design Manager Marcos Bessa all about how a crazy concept became a unique LEGO set in the form of 75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle.
Issue 8 also goes from one Buzz to another, as we take a special look at the latest LEGO Buzz Lightyear, before heading back 20 years in time to discover just how innovative the Adventurers line was, with a look at the classic 5988 Temple of Anubis set.
Our packed How To section demonstrates the creative options that are open to building simple but effective displays and bases for your builds, before offering step-by-step instructions on a minifigure scale 2019 McLaren Formula 1 car.
Reaction to the upcoming LEGO Star Wars Skywalker Saga video game is also inside, as is a considered take on the LEGO Group’s progress – or not – towards plant-based LEGO bricks.
Not done talking to Brick Fanatics Magazine in Issue 8 is Jamie Berard, as the Creator Expert expert hangs around long enough to walk us through the key concepts and details built into the just announced 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy , alongside some beautiful, exclusive photography of the motorcycle.
If you’re still looking for some great LEGO deals going on for Amazon Prime Day, I stumbled upon the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) which is now 25% off. It is priced at $89.99 and that equates to $30 off. Again, this set is a LEGO D2C set so we normally don’t see any discounts on these sets unless you used VIP points.