42182. lego moon rover

Lego Moon Rover is as Innovative as the Real Thing

Just in time for the anniversary of the first moon landing this summer, Lego has released a whopper of a moon buggy. The new Technic Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle is a huge, over-1/18 scale model with an overall length of about 15.5 inches.

42182. lego moon rover

We would say it’s made up of 1,913 pieces, but that’s not quite accurate. The set also includes three other models that use up a few of those parts. Those models consist of equipment modules that can be attached to the rover or displayed separately. Each component comes with informative signage, also in brick form. Oh, and there are a few gray bits representing moon rock samples. This vehicle is for use with many accessories!

42182. lego moon rover

If that’s not enough, the rover has working steering including independent wheels that can make it spin in place. It also folds up in the shape that allowed it to be stuffed into the lunar lander. That is some remarkable engineering.

42182. lego moon rover

The wheels and fenders appear to be bespoke pieces, at least in their respective colors. Aside from those bits, the whole ethos of Lego looks great for what is in some ways one of the simplest motorized vehicles in existence. You may feel differently when you rip open those bags of bits.

42182. lego moon rover

Lego Set 42182 is available online now so you might be able to finish it by mid-July.

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