LEGO minifigures become real astronauts

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The International Space Station (ISS) has taken aboard its most unusual crew members yet in the form of three painstakingly recreated LEGO astronauts.

The LEGO minifigures were custom made to look identical to the current crew of the ISS, right down to the correct patches and buckles, presumably as an attempt to blend in seamlessly without arousing suspicion.

The custom LEGO minifigs enjoying their new home aboard the ISS.

Sent by a colleague as a spacefaring gift over the New Year, the LEGO doppelgangers were privately commissioned from Earth-based LEGO customisers www.minifigs.me.

They recreated Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti and mission commander Anton Shkaplerov using photographs, but had no idea they would end up in space: “I’ve always been a huge space nerd”, says minifigs.me codirector Nick Savage. “I may never become an astronaut, but it’s amazing to think my little LEGO guys have. It’s wonderful to know that they’re up there right now, whizzing through space at over 17,000 mph. We’ve shipped all over the world before, but never off it.”

Preparing to go into space at the home base in England at www.minifigs.me

The three LEGO minifigures currently stand velcroed to the inside of the ISS, experiencing more than they could have ever imagined.

19 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Not the first Minifigs to go into space, there were promotions in 2001 and 2003, with Life on Mars martians and two astronaut figs tied into the Discovery Kids line of sets. The latter even had an online 'journal' regularly updated by the figures describing their experiences.

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By in United States,

Good for minifgs.me! Man I want one of those now...
I bet however they won't be mentioned as creating the figs by the regular news...

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By in United Kingdom,

These are the first ones designed by a brickset member in space though.

It would be cool if they sent a Santa one up too. So next time on Christmas Eve, when the kids are looking at the ISS passing by and being told by their parents that it is Santa in his sleigh, it will be almost true.

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By in United Kingdom,

People who thought they had the rarest of minifigures because they had one from Comic-Con or Mr Gold have just been trumped. How cool would it be to have an astronaut minifig that's actually been to the ISS?

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks guys! We're unbelievably happy about this.

We're going to do our very best to see if we can get hold of one of them for Fairy Bricks. Watch this space! (no pun intended!)

If you'd like to buy your own, we've just added them to the site:
http://minifigs.me/space

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By in United States,

So cool! Congrats to all

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By in United Kingdom,

@Savage_Steel: Might buy one, might not. Bit busy sorting my vast collection out ATM. :-)

But they look very tempting... :-0

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By in Belgium,

Cool! Well done! That must be so nice, having something you created flying in space!

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By in United Kingdom,

The rumoured Mars ones never made it into space; all that went up was a sticker depicting them. Also the LEGO shuttle and space station models that were assembled in the ISS were custom models and didn't include minifigs. So these are almost certainly the first minifigs in space. Congratulations!

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By in United States,

Very happy for Savage_Steel and minifigs.me! I've bought some very well done custom stuff from them before. I highly recommended them!

My childhood dream was to become an astronaut, and now as an AFOL I'm pursuing every space-related minifig for a wall display (I have a little over 80 right now).

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By in United States,

i heard they sent up Lego versions of three famous astronomers/physicists to Jupiter, i can only remember Galileo being one of them.

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By in United States,

I'm glad that Minifigs.me was highlighted as being Earth-based. After all, we don't want any confusion...

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By in United States,

That's the place where The Lego Movie needs to go in the sequel.

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By in United States,

^^^Exactly what I was thinking. A website ranking "Most Expensive Minifigs" put that at the top with a price of $22 billion (the approximate cost of flying out there to retrieve them...)

That's cool, though. I want a custom-printed LEGO minifigure of me...

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By in United States,

What a nice story.

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazing! Well done Nick and Caroline.

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By in United States,

I think technically there was a classic Spaceman that got launched to near space aboard a weather balloon with a GoPro camera attached.

But still sending this trio to orbit is too cool.

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