Regrettably with Ehapa having thinned out their publishing schedule here in Germany we missed out on the issue with the polar bear, but at least here we are again with another space-themed edition.
The central theme of this particular issue is more or less NASA and their efforts with the space shuttle and various of their rockets being front and center. A lot of it is, however, explained based on the LEGO models, not actual photos of the real thing or illustrations. For the intended target audience that’s okay and especially the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery (10283) is pretty detailed, but of course more images depicting the genuine article would be welcome.
The comic likewise deals with the professor trying to reach new heights, but rather than rockets he does so with stacks of bricks and a balloon.
The poster is nice, even in a nerdy way. It has the landing locations of the various moon missions marked out. If it wasn’t for the LEGO stuff it could almost pass as a scientific poster.
The extra is a small version of the space shuttle including its launch package (i.e. the large fuel tank and boosters). It looks a bit odd since it has no vertical tail fin and of course the colors are wrong. The large tank would have needed to be Dark Orange and the boosters a mix of White, Light Bluish Grey and some Black bits. At the same time I’m of course not naive and didn’t expect them to manufacture the 2 x 2 round brick in Dark Orange just for this set along with the matching cone. Yes, it’s once again one of those weird things where a 50 year old element (!) has never been done in this specific color. Doing so would naturally have been supremely awesome.
On the whole this is is an acceptable issue, but my impression remains that they’re stretching out the content at every corner and it feels like the editorial stuff is literally just three people. Not even getting all issues on top of that is even more frustrating. C’mon, Ehapa, give it some love!