The LEGO Perseverance kit is a scale model of the real Perseverance rover, featuring a fully articulated, 360-degree boom arm, a functional six-wheel suspension for navigating uneven terrain, and even a detachable model of Perseverance’s helicopter sidekick, Ingenuity.
The kit is meant to be as accurate to the real deal as realistically possible, so that the kids who assemble it can get a proper picture of Perseverance’s functions and how they help it conduct its daring Martian research mission.
Alongside the model itself, the Perseverance kit includes a download for the Technic AR smartphone app. Using this app, kids can receive information about the Mars mission’s history and goals, and even get a live reading on the current weather on Mars from Perseverance itself.
The Perseverance kit was a major passion project for its creator, LEGO Designer Luke Cragin. “I’ve always felt passionate about space, and the design process let me explore my interest as I recreated the incredible engineering developed by the pioneering team at NASA,” he said in LEGO’s official press release. “We hope the model’s features and functions will help introduce young space lovers to the world of engineering and encourage them to reach for the stars in the future.”
The LEGO Technic Mars Rover Perseverance set will be available in stores starting June 1 for $99.99. The kit includes 1,132 pieces and is rated for kids ages 10 and up.