LEGO Shuttle Expedition 10231
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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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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.
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.
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.
Assembly wasn't difficult, but the wings are a bit thinner than I had expected. Still pretty sturdy though.
The only real complaint I'd have for this set is the booster rockets - they're held by three pins on each side, so they're not on there very tight, and wiggle loosely.
The landing gear is spring loaded so the gear comes down and is held by an overcentered pivot point. They raise and lower easily, the front with a small pivoting knob on both sides, and the rear is just done by pushing from above the wing to get them down, then pulling them fully extended. Just make sure the front whee, which can pivot side to side since it's the nose wheel and needs to move for "steering", is in the right position when you rotate it back up into the retracted position.
Other than the booster rockets, everything else holds pretty solidly.
I really love how it looks form a distance, the shuttle mounted on the external tank, in the stand. This is one of my favorites for how insanely good it just LOOKS sitting on display.
I got it before the pricing went through the roof, so if you get this at a price you are willing to pay, you'll definitely love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been saving up for this ever since I got my first real adult job after college and I don't care who knows it. This was awesome. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jakeupowens
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im jens son. i love to play with this.get this straight away.i am also the guy who reviewed blitzwing the transformer.Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Frankel
11 year old built it in one day, someone broke it before it was played with. It was never built again. This is what I don't like about Lego's. But it is a good quality product.Published 17 months ago by C