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Big, complex, and quirkily beautiful, just like the real Shuttle...,
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This review is from: LEGO Shuttle Expedition 10231 (Toy)
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.