Lego Lunar Research Base Review
Model number: 60350
Number of pieces: 786
Dimensions: Approximately 5 inches (13 cm) high, 15.5 inches (40 cm) wide and 10 inches (25 cm) deep.
Recommended age: 7+
NASA might have plans in place for a moon base, but Lego beat them with the recently released Lego Lunar Research Base. Released alongside three other kits as part of Lego’s SLS Artemis-inspired range, the Lunar Research Base kit is filled with authentic details based on real space vehicles and equipment such as the VIPER Lunar Rover.
With a recommended age of 7+, the Lego Lunar Research Base is definitely aimed at children, rather than adult collectors, but there’s plenty to enjoy here for both groups. It’s the second most expensive Lego Space set with an MSRP of $129.99 (opens in a new tab)making it one of the more expensive Lego City kits on the market, but you get what you pay for in terms of playability.
If you want to check out the rest of the Artemis-inspired Lego sets, head over to our best Lego space sets page for an overview of them all, alongside other NASA and space-inspired Lego kits. We also have our Lego space deals page to help you save money on intergalactic Legos as well.
But if the Lego Lunar Research Base sounds like your kind of thing, then read on for our full review. Is it worth the giant leap for your wallet, or should you take a small step back and get out of the Lego store?
Lego Lunar Research Base: Build
- 786 pieces
- Varied and interesting construction
- Lots of stickers
The Lego Lunar Research Base is a fun and diverse build thanks to the different sections. The base itself takes the majority of the build time, but there’s also the lunar lander, moon buggy, VIPER-inspired lunar rover, Skycrane drone, asteroid impact crater, and astronauts to also assemble. In total, we’d say it took us a few hours to build the set, but the different components make it easy to break it down into a few different build sessions if you want to get the most out of the experience with your kids. . There are even separate instruction manuals for each section.
Following the instructions provided, you will begin to assemble the astronauts, the crashed asteroid site, and the smaller vehicles – the drone (which has a working winch and grabber), the moon buggy, and the equipment trailer. Everything is quick and easy to make, giving your kids a sense of quick accomplishment and something to play with. From there, you will move onto the Lunar Lander Rocket. This section of the build is fairly simple, although there are plenty of stickers to attach here. The lander itself has a cold moving flame that descends from the rocket when you lift it off the ground.
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The lion’s share of construction is the moon base itself, and we were impressed with the variety of construction here. The two offshoots of the main structure are very different, so you don’t end up with too many repeats when you put them together. Once the two side labs are complete and attached to the vehicle garage, you can finish with the best section when you assemble the transparent habitat module. This section looks fantastic with tons of bright colors from the plants and crew quarters. The dome is also split into four hinged pieces, so you can retract it and play in that space without having to detach the roof.
One downside of the kit is the prevalence of the dreaded stickers – understandably they were used in this case, as they’re essentially all shiny metallic effects, which can’t be replicated with printed bricks. Still, it can be a pain to line up correctly, and it’s something we recommend adults supervise, or even do just to avoid mistakes.
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Lego Lunar Research Base: Design
- Incredibly large playset
- Lots of game variations and opportunities
Once complete, the Lego Lunar Research Base is an impressive piece of kit, both in size and design. There are plenty of cool little details throughout the build – we love the little microscope and the experiments in the science lab, but there are also the tool holders in the vehicle’s hanger and the colorful habitat module for catch the eye too. This is primarily a playset, but it also works great as a display piece, especially when paired with the Roving Lunar Vehicle. (opens in a new tab) that Lego sells separately.
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If you use it as a playset, it’s very stocked with moving parts and different play spaces. The habitat module has a collapsible dome design which means you can play in the top section without needing to move it. detach, but you can also lift the entire module to access the vehicle garage below. Likewise, the roof sections of the labs on either side can also be easily detached and reattached as needed.
Outside of the main structure, the buggy and rover both have working wheels for some lunar expeditions, and the lunar lander has an opening cockpit so you can easily access the minifigures inside. Our favorite feature has to be the Skydrone though – it has a working winch and a rubber band grab arm that’s perfect for picking up and moving the crashed meteorite.
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The Lego Lunar Research Base comes with six minifigures – three astronauts in spacesuits, two researchers and the lunar module pilot. The spacesuit figures also have head options with and without a helmet.
If we have one complaint, the Lunar Lander’s landing legs are a bit flimsy, and we had trouble distributing them evenly. It’s a minor concern, but it leaves the undercarriage a little more fragile than the rest of the kit.
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Should you buy the Lego Lunar Research Base?
This is a Lego set designed with kids in mind first, so if you’re young space fans (or looking to get them interested in the final frontier) we can highly recommend the Lunar Research Base Lego. It’s great fun to build, with various sections to never get bored of repeating the same steps and when it’s done, there’s tons of playability too. Just make sure you’re there to help with the stickers if you want to avoid any issues.
If you’re an adult looking for a show piece, the Lego Moon Research Base is still a decent choice. It’s not as fancy as the Discovery Shuttle or ISS kits, but it will still look fantastic on a shelf next to other space-themed kits.
Other Lego space sets to consider
If you want to complete the Artemis-inspired collection, you can consider a few kits. As we mentioned in the review, this kit pairs perfectly with the Lego Lunar Roving vehicle which you can pick up for $39.99. (opens in a new tab) – not too expensive for an addition to this kit. Along with that, there is also the Lego Lunar Space Station kit which costs $79.99 (opens in a new tab).
The star of the Artemis show, however, is the Lego Rocket Launch Center. This massive kit includes a rocket inspired by NASA’s Artemis 1 SLS rocket, plus a launch pad and mini launch control center. It’s the priciest of the sets in the line, costing $159.99 (opens in a new tab).
If you’re looking for something that’s more for display than play, there’s also a bunch of NASA kits to check out. The Lego Space Shuttle Discovery is a seriously impressive piece of kit, with an equally impressive price tag of $199.99 (opens in a new tab). There’s also the Lego International Space Station which costs $69.99 (opens in a new tab).