I voted Above Average- I think it's a cheap way to get a nifty space shuttle loaded with features. Sure it could use booster rockets and extra crew, but I know that would kick it up into the $40-50 price range. I rejoiced when I discovered the wings were real plates and not another giant piece. In fact, I felt like I was building Classic Space during the first few steps! All in all, a very nice set for the price. 100_0740.jpg
In case anyone was wondering, here's the shuttle riding in style on top of the CITY Passenger Jet. It is very secure- nice and swooshable. I can even turn it upsidedown without the shuttle falling off!
Is there any way to get this to fit with the solid rocket boosters and main fuel tank from the Shuttle Adventure? Despite a difference in detail, the two aren't vastly different in size.
We already know about the Space Station set coming out later this year (although we have no idea when it's due), and so there's still the possibility of City Space sets lasting into next year and potentially including more things for the shuttle, like the shuttle carrier aircraft (for that matter, LEGO could return to the Airport subtheme and throw one of those in, just like they have the Farm-branded grain boat in the Harbor subtheme this year). Since the shuttle is quickly becoming a thing of the past, I'm not totally sure whether LEGO would bother making more accessories to go with this shuttle, especially considering it's not likely to be as affordable to put the shuttle itself in so many sets like in the 90s (and without the shuttle, a carrier aircraft, mobile launching platform, or fuel tank would be pretty pointless-- LEGO doesn't like making sets that you have to own another large set to enjoy) Still, I'd love to see as much as possible come out of this LEGO-NASA partnership.