The world's first spacecraft to collect samples from the surface of an asteroid and return them to Earth, Japan's Hayabusa mission probe, is now available as a LEGO toy thanks to a homemade model and its thousands of fans.
The Denmark-based LEGO Group announced today (March 2) that its Hayabusa 369-piece building set
is now on sale in Japan. A limited number of the sets will be made
available worldwide exclusively through LEGO's online store at a date to
be decided for later this year. The model retails for $49.
The LEGO asteroid probe began as a fan-made model that was then posted
to the LEGO CUUSOO website. Originally limited to Japan, LEGO CUUSOO
allows fans of LEGO to share their ideas for new products and to collect
votes to make those ideas become a reality. The site went global last
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