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
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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.
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|Item Dimensions||14.88 x 3.43 x 22.91 in||14.88 x 18.9 x 4.41 in||7.52 x 2.32 x 13.94 in||23 x 3.5 x 15 in||7.56 x 11.34 x 2.36 in||19 x 14.75 x 2.75 in|
|Item Weight||4.19 lbs||—||—||4.54 lbs||0.73 lb||3.03 lbs|
|Number of Pieces||1,230||1,969||285||1,202||178||494|
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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.
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.
A great set for display. From a distance it doesn't look like a LEGO set.
This set replaces the previous LEGO shuttle set 10213, because the prior set has some stability issues. This set is almost identical to the earlier set. It just has some additional braces, etc. And, the engines are a bit different.
Will take about 10-12 hours to build, based on how quickly you build LEGOS. There are 2 instruction books. The build is pretty fun. Building the two holding tanks is a bit redundant, but overall the build is great. Especially when you think about building a piece of history. It's not a difficult build, not like a Technic set
The shuttle program has been retired. Having this set is a great way to continue the memory. It is very realistic, has opening bay doors and some astronauts, one male, one female. Unfortunately, they aren't too scale with the shuttle. But, to make the shuttle to scale with a minifig it would have been too big, in my opinion.
We will definitely continue buying Lego sets from now on. These sets have gotten my kids off the computer, away from the TV, and engaged. The finished products are so impressive and gives them a true feeling of accomplishment.
The only negative I have is with the packaging and the difficulty of finding parts from time to time. What I mean about this is that opening the box I was
presented with a series of plastic bags of varying parts which fell apart with time. The only way to make sense of it all was to place all the items into separate plastic/glass containers. I remember when I got lego sets in the past and the kit came in nice and tidy compartmentalised box. Maybe with this many pieces it becomes difficult...
That aside I had great fun building the set and am looking forward to my Tower Bridge arriving (which I purchased direct from Lego.com as it was cheaper).
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