LEGO Releases Lunar Lander Module Set for Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary

LEGO
LEGO

Some of LEGO's most famous sets, like the Millennium Falcon and Hogwarts Castle, let builders recreate their favorite structures from pop culture in the real world. But the toy company also has some impressive sets based on real-life masterpieces of architecture and engineering. The latest product that falls in this vein, the LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander module, reimagines NASA's Apollo 11 mission as a 1087-piece kit.

The designers at LEGO designed this set in collaboration with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July. The interlocking brick model features many details from the original craft. The descent stage has gold panels, laser hatches, and a ladder, while the ascent stage comes with a detailed interior. When the two astronaut minifigures disembark, they can explore a lunar surface featuring footprints, a crater, and a United States flag.

The LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander
LEGO

LEGO has recreated famous spacecraft in the past. The Space Shuttle Discovery, the International Space Station, and a Mars Exploration Rover have all been sold as sets by the company. LEGO has even developed kits based on structures that haven't been built yet. In June, LEGO is releasing seven products inspired by future missions to Mars as part of its LEGO City Mars Exploration collection.

To add the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set to your LEGO collection for $100, look for it at LEGO stores and at the LEGO online shop starting June 1.

Jabba the Hutt Leaves Tatooine for Your Front Lawn

Amazon
Amazon

From life-sized Yoda LEGO sets to a pair of comfy Chewbacca slippers, Star Wars fans are always showing their love of the blockbuster franchise in unique ways. But now, you can outdo them all by decorating your lawn with a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt, which you can find on Amazon for $110.

Measuring 6 feet in height by 8 feet in length, this plasticized Jabba isn’t nearly as intimidating without Bib Fortuna by his side—nor as disgusting without a bowl full of Klatooine paddy frogs to snack on—but he lights up! He’s also got a built-in fan for easy inflation and comes with a set of stakes so that, just like in Return of the Jedi, he stays firmly planted. Unfortunately, digging your own Rancor pit for Jabba to lord over probably goes against most municipal building codes, but this intergalactic gangster works great as a solo act.

Think you know everything about Star Wars? Check out this list of 50 facts you might be surprised to learn.

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Naples, Florida, Resort’s Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar Costs $35 and Offers 48,000 Flavor Combinations

The Catch of The Pelican
The Catch of The Pelican

There's no limit to the snacks, garnishes, and full-fledged meals that can be served on top of a Bloody Mary. And at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, you don't have to edit yourself when assembling the cocktail. The bottomless Bloody Mary bar at the hotel's Catch of the Pelican restaurant has enough ingredients to make 48,000 possible combinations, and guests can access them all for $35, Travel + Leisure reports.

The drinks served at this bar start with either red or green Bloody Mary mix and vodka, or tequila if you want to make yours a Bloody Maria. You can dip the rim of your glass in one of the eight salt and spice mixtures created in house and up the heat factor with a dash of hot sauce—20 brands of which are available.

But the garnishes are where the bar gets serious. With 75 toppings to choose from, the spread looks more like a Vegas buffet than a Bloody Mary bar. Options include classics like olives and celery, as well as over-the-top indulgences like egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, and fried ravioli.

A single drink from the bar costs $14, but $35 for the bottomless option isn't bad if you think of the garnishes as all-you-can-eat brunch. The Catch of the Pelican also sells brunch items that aren't served on top of cocktail glasses. For diners looking for a more simple drink to go with their meal, there's a make your own mimosa bar.

The hotel restaurant serves brunch every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make it to Naples to try the Bloody Mary bar in person, you can experience the glory in the pictures below.

Bloody Mary Bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary.
The Catch of The Pelican

[h/t Travel + Liesure]

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