Starting on November 1, LEGO will be releasing a new promotional set with the LEGO Ideas Tribute to Galileo Galilei (40595). It has 307 pieces and you can get it with purchases of $130 or more, while supplies last. The set was part of the Ready, Set, Go STEM! building contest and was designed by Jessica Kiaei (Firecracker_).
The set does come with a minifigure of Galileo Galilei who wears a gray shirt with black pants. He does have a stern-faced expression hidden behind his gray beard. None of the parts are exclusive as they have been found for other minifigures.
For the build itself, you start with the platform that the reasearch room sits on. Hidden underneath is a simple gear mechanism that rotates the heliocentric model on the middle of the desk. Other things on the table include a pearl-gold sextant and a drawing of the moon which is a sticker.
On the back wall, the left side has a chest of drawers with some books on top. The middle section has a picture of the Tower of Pisa which is the city of Galileo’s hometown. I wonder if this could be a future reference to a LEGO Icons version of the landmark. The right side has a open view with a telescope.
The front of the desk also has some displays of his stone experiments as well as a printed map of the Earth on a minifigure head.
The front of the finished model has a nameplate for Galileo Galilei which is also a sticker.
LEGO has done a pretty good job with these smaller tribute type sets and the LEGO Ideas Tribute to Galileo Galilei (40595) is no exception. The minifigure isn’t too special but the little details throughout is nice.
With it having a general purchase requirement and not tied to any specific set or themes makes it a more attractive promotion as buyers aren’t locked into getting something they wouldn’t be getting otherwise.
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