As we reported recently, it seems two LEGO sets will be releasing this summer to celebrate LEGO's 90th Anniversary. Thanks to Promobricks.de 10497 will be a remaster of the LEGO Classic Space set of 497 Galaxy Explorer allowing a Castle set and a Space set to celebrate this iconic occasion. The 10497 set has been a mysterious set for a long time but as Stonewars.de realized recently, all the clues add up and the 497 in both set numbers.
With this brand new Galaxy Explorer, the main focus will be on the spaceship itself. No 3D moon baseplates will be included as these went out of production along with the small transmission tower which also won't be included. The spaceship of the Galaxy Explorer will take up the whole set measuring 32cm wide and 52.5cm long allowing it to be a suitable display model and playable.
For the cockpit and adjoining crew area, there will be two 12 x 6 x 2 windscreens in transparent yellow just like the colour of the original design's windscreen. In general, the new spaceship is a lot less bumpy with the edges of the wing fully tiled and a lot smoother. This can be reflected even more throughout the whole detailed design which gives off a more modern look.
The rest of the cockpit includes a lot of small details for controlling the ship along with other major accessories and sleeping arrangements for the crew. The rear of the ship can also be opened directly down the middle allowing further access to the cockpit. There's also a small rover hidden in here which allows one of the four LEGO Minifigure astronauts (two white and two red classic suits) to drive around.
Set Name - Galaxy Explorer
Set Number - 10497
Ages - 18+
Piece Count - 1254
Price - $99.99
Release Date - 1st August 2022