LEGO May Make Hubble Space Telescope Kit After Fans' 10,000 Votes
Geege Schuman stashed this in LEGO
This is freaking sweet:
Russo's replica captures many of the features of the real Hubble Space Telescope, including its solar panel wings, antenna booms, astronaut handrails and instrument bays. In response to fans' feedback, Russo reduced the size of his original model by 35 to 40 percent so that it would be to scale with LEGO's minifigures and he has included two spacewalking astronauts as part of his idea for the set.
"You have created a beautiful model, sure to inspire the young and old and have us all looking to the stars!" LEGO officials wrote when Russo's model passed 5,000 votes in July.
Having qualified for the review, Russo's Hubble will now be considered alongside other fan-created LEGO models that also received the requisite 10,000 votes over the past four months. These sets include a model of the Disney-Pixar robot WALL-E and LEGO replicas Darth Vader's and Luke Skywalker's lightsabers from "Star Wars."
The review board includes LEGO's professional designers and product managers.
"It is our job to determine whether your project meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product," LEGO officials wrote, describing the review process. "Our evaluation looks at factors including playability, safety and fit with the LEGO brand."
To date, LEGO Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) has resulted in eight LEGO kits being offered, including models based on the Hayabusa asteroid probe and NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.