Name: 3367 Space Shuttle
Theme: LEGO City - Space
Piece Count: 231
Price: $39.99 CDN, $29.99 USD
Having released Shuttle Adventure last year, LEGO is back this year with another Space Shuttle. This time in the City Space theme.
The box is 10" x 15" X 2". It has pretty photos of the product and the real NASA Space Shuttle.
INSIDE THE BOX:
Inside the box contains 2 plastic bags of parts, 1 loose plate, 1 small sticker sheet and 1 instruction booket. The bags are numbered 1 and 2.
The set comes with 1 minifigure. A male astronaut. He looks kind of grumpy. Maybe he didn't get his coffee. Lets fix that with a number one standard grin head transplant (not included in the set).
The build was very straight forward with the numbered bags. The printed instructions were clear and easy to follow. It shouldn't be any trouble for little children to build by following the pictures.
The completed Space Shuttle front view. I opted not to sticker mine.
The back view.
In the cockpit. LEGO seems to like their coffee. I am not sure having an opened cup of coffee in the cockpit is a good idea.
Interesting parts. Printed nose cone, large one piece tail, extra helmet (Atlantis style?)
Here is a side by side comparison with Shuttle Adventure:
Inside both have a satellite cargo for deployment.
The Space Shuttle is a bit smaller than the Shuttle Adventure. It is not as detailed. It doesn't have retracting landing gear. On the other hand, it can stand up to more rough play than the Shuttle Adventure. There aren't as many small pieces to fall off and put back together.
Price: 7/10 (17 cents CAD/piece)
Lego has done a good job with the Space Shuttle in my opinion. It is quite playable and swooshing it around is fun. The bay doors open and a satellite can be deployed with the Canadian Arm. I think the target audience for this set are kids. AFOLs will probably opt for the Shuttle Adventure/Expedition.
The Canadian price per piece is 17 cents CAD. That's pretty high compared to the 10 cents CAD per piece on the Shuttle Adventure/Expedition. I don't know if LEGO has to pay a NASA licensing fee. The US price is better at 12 cents USD per piece. From a parent point of view, spending $40/$30 for a kid is easier than $100+.
If you are Space Shuttle fan or have kids who like the Space Shuttle, it is worth considering.
Prepared for launch:
Edited by Zorbas, 23 May 2011 - 02:21 PM.