The London-based company Minifigs.me created yellow and flesh-colored versions of Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, who were on board the journey to the moon in 1970. The trio were subsequently portrayed by Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton in the 1995 movie Apollo 13.
“We have discussed everything from the precise placement of the metal tabs on each valve to the minute and major differences between each spacesuit,” the company’s co-director Nick Savage said.
Apollo expert Chris Spain initially approached the figurine company with the idea of commemorating the anniversary somehow.
“He sent us a huge amount of research, designs and feedback,” Savage said in a statement. “His expertise and passion for the subject really is something to behold. We worked together for weeks to get them perfect, discussing everything from the precise placement of the metal tabs on suit valves to the way each astronaut wore their watches.”
The astronaut set comes with a special stand and a replica of the carbon dioxide scrubber that proved so crucial during the original mission, while the Gene Kranz set includes two Lego versions of the Apollo 13 flight plan.
One is a pretty faithful replica while the other takes some liberties, including the words “Options: success [or] failure,” with the word “failure” crossed out — a reference to the event’s second most famous line after “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
The Apollo 13 Astronauts Have Been Immortalized As Lego Figures.