New year, new LEGO 'Space' sets: Mars bases, rockets and rovers span themes (2024)

— LEGO is blasting off into 2024 with a slew of new space sets that for the first time span several of its most popular themes.

LEGO has introduced new "Space" branding that is shared across the packaging for several of its well-established product lines. Between City, Classic, Creator, DREAMZzz, DUPLO and Friends, more than a dozen building sets were released for sale on New Year's Day (Jan. 1), with another four Technic sets scheduled to follow in March.

Most of the new sets are themed around futuristic missions to Mars (or other planets), a subject LEGO has focused on before but also a departure from its most recent releases that were based on NASA missions, including the Perseverance rover, and the agency's Artemis Program aimed at returning humans to the moon.

The exception among the new-for-2024 products is the Creator Space Astronaut (item 31152; $54.99), which builds a spacesuit and maneuvering unit similar to (though not directly based on) the type worn by Bruce McCandless and other early space shuttle astronauts to demonstrate tether-less spacewalks.

Designed for boys and girls who are 9 years of age or older, the Space Astronaut is a "3in1" build, such that directions are included to reuse the same parts to also build a posable dog wearing a spacesuit and a futuristic "space viper jet." Even the astronaut has a slight sci-fi twist to it; rather than there being a person inside, lifting the helmet visor reveals a co*ckpit for a LEGO minifigure to sit inside, making the spacesuit a hidden a mech (or mechanical suit).

Space City

Seven of the new space sets are part of LEGO City line. Though LEGO City is mostly populated by the buildings and vehicles that you would expect from a sprawling urban center, it also has included some space-related sets, especially when themed to operating a launch facility or spaceport for the city's residents.

In 2022, LEGO worked with NASA to create a series of City sets that were based on the agency's Artemis program. Though not models, the builds shared enough details in common with actual and planned hardware to be marketed with NASA's logo and Artemis renderings on the boxes.

Artemis is launching astronauts to the moon in order to learn what is needed to eventually send crews to Mars and further out into deep space. So perhaps the 2024 City Space sets are an extension of that future.

The 2024 sets include a Space Construction Mech (item 60428; $10.99); a Spaceship and Asteroid Discovery (60429; $19.99); an Interstellar Spaceship (60430; $19.99); a Space Explorer Rover and Alien Life (60431; $34.99); a Command Rover and Crane Loader (60432; $84.99); a Modular Space Station (60433; $109.99; and a Space Base and Rocket Launchpad (60434; $134.99).

Though still solidly science fiction, the "alien life" included in some of the sets is more organic in appearance then previous LEGO aliens that tended to follow the classic little green (or grey) men approach.

Space for everyone

The City sets are recommended for children ages 6 to 8 and older, depending on the complexity of the build. For even younger space cadets, there is the new DUPLO Space Shuttle Adventure (10422; $59.99), aimed at toddlers as young as 3 years old.

The colorful kit includes a working winch and spinning propeller for little astronauts to encounter when repairing their rocket on a spacewalk.

LEGO Friends, which is intended primary for young girls, has two new space sets. The Mars Space Base and Rocket (42605; $79.99) features four rearrangeable "pods" dedicated to science, communications, growing food and relaxing, as well as an airlock. Mini-dolls Olivia, Julian and Aveline are also included, together with their "space cat" Jones.

Back on Earth, there is also the Friends Stargazing Camping Vehicle (42603; $29.99), which has a buildable toy telescope, a 4x4 vehicle with camping trailer and self-folding tent, two mini-dolls, a dog and a hedgehog. Kids can use to the set's backdrop to create constellations and position planets in the night sky.

The Jan. 1 sets are rounded out by a 450 piece Classic colorful brick kit, Creative Space Planets (11037; $34.99), which includes the parts for multiple small space-related builds, and Mr. Oz's Space Car (71475; $29.99), part of the LEGO DREAMZzz line that images what kids could build if they could harness the power of dreams.

The "space car" is the most fantastical model among the new sets, but shares the same "Space" branding as the others released on Monday.

More 'Space' to come

For those looking for even more space in 2024, LEGO has at least four additional "Space" sets coming in March.

Technic will join the collection with its first sci-fi-leaning builds, but with the twist that NASA helped designing the Mars Crew Exploration Rover (42180; $149.99), Surface Space Loader LT78 (42178; $34.99) and VTOL Heavy Cargo Spaceship LT81 (42181; $109.99) coming on March 1.

Also, just in time for the total solar eclipse that will cross North America on April 8, LEGO Technic will also introduce the Planet Earth and Moon in Orbit (42179; $74.99), a working orrery perfect for demonstrating how and why eclipses occur.

Two poly-bagged sets are out now: the LEGO City Space Hoverbike (30663; $4.99) and a smaller, simplified version of the LEGO Technic NASA Mars Rover Perseverance (30682) that was released in 2023.

New year, new LEGO 'Space' sets: Mars bases, rockets and rovers span themes (2024)


What is the Lego Space theme for 2024? ›

The 2024 sets include a Space Construction Mech (item 60428; $10.99); a Spaceship and Asteroid Discovery (60429; $19.99); an Interstellar Spaceship (60430; $19.99); a Space Explorer Rover and Alien Life (60431; $34.99); a Command Rover and Crane Loader (60432; $84.99); a Modular Space Station (60433; $109.99; and a ...

How much is Lego 42605? ›

The price of US$79.99/ £79.99/ 89.99€/ AU$149.99 for 981 parts is good, and the array of new and rare parts is decent. I can recommend this friendly space adventure.

Why are legos so expensive? ›

The precision manufacturing process ensures that Legos fit together perfectly, enhancing the overall building experience for users. Additionally, the extensive research and development invested in designing innovative sets that cater to various themes and interests also adds to the cost.

When did the Lego space theme come out? ›

Lego Space is a Lego theme which focuses on astronauts, space colonization, spaceships, and extraterrestrial life. Introduced in 1978, it is one of the oldest and most extensive themes in Lego history, consisting of over 300 individual sets.

What LEGO themes are discontinued? ›

Discontinued themes
Lego GhostbustersGhostbusters2014–2016, 2018, 2020
Lego Hero FactoryHero Factory2010–2014
Lego Hidden SideGhosts, supernatural and mystery solving with interactive augmented reality2019–2020
Lego The HobbitThe Hobbit (film series)
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What is the largest LEGO theme? ›

LEGO® Art World Map

With over 11,000 pieces, the LEGO Art World Map was not only our biggest LEGO set (in terms of piece count), but also a beautiful piece of wall art.

Why is LEGO 10212 so expensive? ›

The hard parts of putting this set together are the rare elements and the sheer number of pieces. The average LEGO collector could probably get 25-33% of the way to completing this set. The rest would take a lot of time and money to buy in multiple lots.

How much does it cost per LEGO? ›

On average, one Lego piece costs 10.4 cents. Also, I think it's nice to notice that this data is fairly linear.

What is the price of LEGO per pound? ›

Any incomplete sets or bulk LEGO® is bought at $1-5 per pound(Average price is $3/lbs). minifigures would be $1/lbs. To reach $5/lbs bulk needs to be 100% LEGO®, is in good condition, and includes good minifigures.

Why is LEGO 18+? ›

Sets with the 18+ designation are more advanced than standard LEGO sets and are intended for adult builders.

Who owns LEGO? ›

The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”. It's our name and it's our ideal. The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.

Who is the CEO of LEGO? ›

Chief Executive Officer

Niels B. Christiansen is Chief Executive Officer & President of the LEGO Group. He joined the company in October 2017. As CEO, Niels manages the executive leadership team on the LEGO Group's mission to bring LEGO® play to children all over the world.

What is LEGO's oldest theme? ›

Reflecting the LEGO Group's focus on urban environments, one of the first LEGO play themes to be introduced in 1978 is LEGOLAND Town. The theme is inspired by the LEGO System in Play products from 1955 and in particular the Town Plan.

What happened to LEGO in 1978? ›

In 1978, LEGO owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen introduces a new business model: the “System within the System”. With the new model the LEGO Group starts to further differentiate its various products and for the first time introduces LEGO® play themes as we know them today.

What is the longest running original LEGO theme? ›

Ninjago, as the longest-lasting original Lego theme, with his own story and his 10 years!

What are Legos plans for the future? ›

In 2020, the toy giant announced its plans to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate its sustainability and social responsibility initiatives, which include converting to carbon-neutral operations and increasing business circularity.

What is the most popular LEGO theme in the world? ›

Globally, it's safe to say that Star Wars, City, and Ninjago are very popular, given that there's no end in sight for these themes and a lot is being invested in marketing and media tie-ins.

When did Lego Universe end? ›

LEGO Universe (commonly abbreviated "LU") was a Massively Multiplayer Online Game created by The LEGO Group and NetDevil, a Denver, Colorado based gaming company. LEGO Universe was launched on October 26th, 2010 and closed on January 30, 2012.

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