A new interview with two of the designers of 10497 Galaxy Explorer has revealed that the LEGO ICONS set is staying faithful to its design roots. Speaking to Zusammengebaut, Mike Psiaki and Milan Madge discussed the lack of any stickers on the model, with only printed pieces being used when constructing the spaceship.
This will no doubt come as a huge relief to fans of the original 497 Galaxy Explorer set, which served as the inspiration for the slightly larger updated version. Both vehicles include printed elements such as control panels, the LL928 piece and the LEGO Classic Space logo. Many current LEGO sets include sticker sheets for creating specific pieces, a trend that plenty of fans and builders find slightly frustrating.
By just using printed pieces, 10497 Galaxy Explorer looks set to accurately echo the appearance of the original model. In what is a subtle upgrade, the LEGO Classic Space logo on the vehicle has now been printed with gold ink to make it even more unique. Interestingly, a previously printed white arrow piece featured on 497 Galaxy Explorer has been recreated in 10497 Galaxy Explorer using blue bricks to form a larger arrow outline, a visual touch we’ve previously reported on.