Brand new LEGO Friends NASA space shuttle set revealed

Images of LEGO Friends 41713 Olivia’s Space Academy have surfaced on LEGO.com, revealing the theme’s first NASA-branded space shuttle.

Friends has long taken its cues from CITY (and then often completely surpassed that theme) in the sheer variety of its sets, from shopping centres and jungle habitats to treehouses and vehicles. It’s now following in the footsteps of this year’s CITY space sets with its very own shuttle in 41713 Olivia’s Space Academy, as revealed on LEGO.com’s Kids hub.

There’s no product page for the set yet, so we don’t know exactly how much it’ll cost, how many pieces are included or when it’s due to launch. But we do know it will include four mini-dolls, with two characters in astronaut gear and two ground crew members. There’s also a three-storey space academy building, a telescope and a multi-axis trainer for the astronauts.

We also don’t know whether this is a one-off set for Friends, or part of a brand new wave of space-focused sets. The theme has delivered another expansive and varied range of products so far in 2022, from 41699 Pet Adoption Café and 41701 Street Food Market through to 41703 Friendship Tree House and 41704 Main Street Building.

41713 Olivia’s Space Academy doesn’t really fit in with any of those, but then such is the scope of Friends that plenty of its sets could be described as one-off adventures into new territory. We’ll hopefully find out one way or the other soon, as a full reveal of 41713 Olivia’s Space Academy is surely just around the corner.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

4 thoughts on “Brand new LEGO Friends NASA space shuttle set revealed

  • 01/04/2022 at 22:49
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    why the pink accents though.

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  • 01/04/2022 at 17:22
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    Further thoughts: This is a tricky day for revealing actual new products. Unfortunately some people will assume it is a joke, but it provides an opportunity to call those people out. Maybe that makes it the ideal day to launch the product. But it’s good to see that over the past decade the Friends theme has gone from reinforcing stereotypes to being willing to challenge them.

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  • 01/04/2022 at 13:13
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    What’s really funny is when you ask someone to explain why they think this is funny.

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