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LEGO Shuttle Expedition 10231

by LEGO
4.7 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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  • Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut as well as 1 service crew member
  • Separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets and deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels; open the cargo compartment to reveal the crane that can hold the satellite
  • Features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts and even a ground maintenance vehicle
  • Shuttle stands 17.5" (44cm) tall and measures 10" (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip and is ideal for building and display
  • 1,230 pieces
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Blast off on an outer space mission! Standing 17.5" (44cm) tall and 10" (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip, this detailed and realistic space shuttle is ready to count down and blast off on its next exciting mission into space! You can take off from the launch pad, separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets, and deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels. Shuttle model features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, an opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts, opening cargo compartment with a crane that can hold the satellite and a ground maintenance vehicle. Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut, as well as 1 service crew member.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.4 x 22.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: Andorra
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004ZWKWQQ
  • Item model number: 4657599
  • Our recommended age: 14 - 18 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 - 18 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,901 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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This is a partially redesigned version of set 10213 which Lego released in 2010. The set proved very popular, so after considering the feedback Lego received, they decided to redesign parts of it in order to make it a bit more durable for play. So 10231, released in the summer of 2011, is largely a strengthened 10213. The main changes are to the main fuel tank, landing gear, Canadarm, and cargo doors. Most of the changes are small, but the change to the main fuel tank is large, adding a long gray assembly between the SRBs and the main fuel tank. This makes the vehicle stronger but visually less realistic (if that is important to you).

If your child is a space enthusiast, this set really is a must. It is also a good deal considering the quantity and variety of parts included. Between this set and the other big space set this year, #3368 Space Center, both are very good, but the shuttle set is more intricate, a bit harder to build, and more historically significant. Both sets have very good playability. I would lean towards #3368 for younger builders, and #10231 for older builders.

As for the nuts and bolts, the landing gear retracts, the cargo doors open, you can access the cockpit and fit the two astronauts inside, you can separate the different parts of the rocket assembly (SRBs, main fuel tank), you can "launch" the satellite with the arm, and you have a modest launch pad for holding the entire package.

To get a really good sense of the product, look on Youtube for Lego's designer interview for set 10213 (keeping in mind there have been small changes to 10231). The set sells itself.
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Well, I bought this because I loved Legos as a kid & have been sick and grumpy all week. I was
as excited as Christmas morning when I opened it up on Saturday morning; the box was huge,
bigger than it looked in the Lego store at the mall. Inside the pieces were distributed between
a large number of stiff, crinkly clear plastic bags. I dumped a few of the smaller bags into some
bins (I'm way more organized than when I was little), left the larger bags closed until I needed
something out of them, and started building.

Hours passed. This set has probably three times the pieces of the most complex set I'd built before,
something like the Blacktron Alpha Centauri Outpost, and nearly five times the pieces of my favorite
set of all time, the amazing Blacktron Aerial Intruder. Saturday ended and I was halfway done!

The next morning I finished the orbiter, external tank, and baseplate/stand. My older sister built the
Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters, and then we assembled the components into the launch stack.
It was a lot more work than I expected, several evenings' worth for a patient teenager who also
has homework and such. The finished product is beautiful and, well, accurate enough to the real
shuttle. It's a satisfying build, and though I expect a few bits and pieces will break off if I ever try
to play with it (particularly the somewhat flimsy vertical tail), hunting down scattered pieces and
reattaching them is part of the fun.

Just like the real space shuttles, this model isn't headed into orbit. I work in a physics department,
and I intend to display it in my office to show my love of space travel, space technology, and the
complex and ambitous story of human attempts to engineer reusable things.
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I bought this for my husband as one of his birthday gifts since he loved Legos as a child. It is such fun and takes time to build but its still enjoyable even for an adult. It does have a lot of pieces and the manual is 2 books so it is time consuming but perfect now for the approaching winter months.
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I didn't buy this for a child, the box says ages 14 and up- I bought this for me, a 35 year old who used to love his Legos.

I am happy to report the model does not disappoint. I have a limited area in which to build this, not the entire table I may have used as a child so it took longer than I expected- about 15 hours or so of sorting and building over a couple days.

Happy to report no missing pieces. I made a couple mistakes by putting the wrong pieces in the wrong place- there are dark grey flat panels (2x1) that have a decoration on them (switches for use in the cockpit) that look a lot like black 2x1 "vents" in the booklet, so I had some of these reversed and didn't notice until the very last step when I was missing a vent but had an extra flat decorated piece. Luckily the cockpit is easy enough to get to.

Make sure you have plenty of light when building. In the dark, looking at the manual it is hard to tell light grey from dark grey and dark grey from black. Unless the step uses both black and dark grey for example I was never sure which color piece I was looking for until I found it.

Yes this is an expensive set but frankly I feel I got a lot more for my money than say a $30 set you complete in 15 minutes. That would be a waste, not this.
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I got this for Christmas and built it during the Christmas break. It was enjoyable to build and is a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Rather than putting it on the shelf, I plan to hang it from my ceiling so that the shuttle can be flying like it is meant to.
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