Among the universes of LEGO, space exploration is the new pirates. And the new castle too. Space has evolved like never before. Quite unique, LEGO not only looks at historical moments, but also gives us insight into the future of space travel; this is all that LEGO City Summer 2019 defines. The model consists of familiar concepts for ships and vehicles, but there is one set that is different from the others, 60230 People Pack – Space Research and Development . The set offers a stunning assembly of 14 mini-figurines along with a bunch of accessories and equipment. It consists of 209 pieces and a retail sale of US $ 39.99 CAN $ 49.99 | UK £ 34.99.
Box and packing
The set is in a plain box containing three plastic bags but only two building brochures. Since the mini-figurines are equally distributed among the bags, this is the most fun thing about assembling the set with several friends.
Although there are only about 200 pieces in the set, there are several geodesics among them. pieces that are brand new for 2019 sets. In the latest LEGO kits you will find rocks of three different colors. Dark brown and pink are the most common and you will find them in this kit. Honestly, no picture makes justice, as the mineral on the rock looks just gorgeous.
Several pieces can be placed side by side, forming a "solid" rock. Breaking the two is strangely satisfying; the contrast between the matte outer surface and the shimmering mineral in the rock is stunning.
Unlike other LEGO City packages (for example, 60202 Outdoor Adventures), the space research and development suite is dedicated to a specific profession – space engineering and space exploration. All 14 new minifigures present kids (and adults alike!) To the variety of NASA's careers, including rocket engineers, space biologists and, of course, astronauts.
The long road to the stars begins with a blue suit for an astronaut-candidate. There are three brave future pilots in the set that share the same torso design that you can find in other LEGO City Spaces. 19659012] Training is controlled by a strict coach who definitely knows how to motivate the team. Horse Pizza is one of the bizarre LEGO accessories I've ever assembled.
Although candidates for astronauts have to go through endless tests and exams, the kit introduces only a few of these studies. First comes a very simple but clean running trail. The printed slant with buttons and indicators seems a little overpriced for a treadmill, but it will be useful for the usual cockpits and spacecraft panels.
Centrifuge is one of the simplest operating devices you can build with LEGO pieces, and the set will not be completed without it. Even if you do not like his design, this mini-construction is valuable for a tile in a white and a huge circular plate 6 × 6.
While astronauts are fighting for a pizza slice, space engineers and mechanics are busy create and test new engines and engines. It's work for another female mini figurine with one of the best alternative facial expressions I've ever seen in LEGO. The disappointed look, as it is covered with dust and smoke, looks absolutely fantastic and gives this character a lot of character.
Engineers work consists of a model of engine and computer along with a cup of strong coffee. Like the equipment described above, these structures are small and similar to sketches. And, of course, the alternative expression of the engineer's face suggests a complete chaos scenario in the lab that is very easy to play!
Space is the perfect place for experiments in many areas, including biology, so we get a space biologist. The MiniFigure design resembles those of the LEGO City 60204 City Hospital, but the magnifying glass suggests she is a scientist or explorer.
While still on Earth, the biologist is busy with low-pressure dome experiments. NASA's researchers use similar planting equipment like lettuce, but the LEGO version includes some kind of flower under the glass.
This construction is fairly simple, but there is a decent game thanks to the opening dome, adjustable lights and pieces
I think the unmanned aircraft engineer is the coolest minifigurer of the set. A completely new face design with red protective goggles and a mask, a white protective lab shirt and a hat for hair (which first appeared in 2012!) Are responsible for another brilliant female mini-fist. The remote control has a printed track with trajectories and an indicator scheme that will suit the cockpit of each airplane. Obviously, the target price of the set does not allow for more sophisticated models. But thanks to many other accessories in the set, there are plenty of play scenarios for each minifigger.
The Space Robot and Its Mechanic
The Star Wars Droids are cool, but did you encounter Vulkyria, a NASA spacecraft? Here comes a version of LEGO of one of the most modern human robots ever created. Just like his real-life version, the figure has a light-blue circular circle in the center of his chest, but instead of a transparent visor there is a head with a chrome-gold micro-figure. from Series 11 of LEGO collector mini-figurines. Additionally, this kit is the cheapest way to get a mini-box of dark blue tools.
While still on Earth, the robot is pretty useless, so you have to use your imagination to play some scenes that use it.
Throughout the history of piloted space flights, astronauts have prepared numerous versions of suitcases. Depending on their purpose and function, the suitcases are painted in silver, orange, blue or white. This set introduces three different types of suitcases. The most unusual of the three are the blue ones. It looks retro and futuristic at the same time, reminding me of the old altitude costumes of the IV Navy. I'm not very happy with how the white helmet goes with a light blue body and dark blue gloves, but that's just my opinion.
The blue astronaut bears a flag. Fortunately, the kit includes a small part of an extraterrestrial landscape. Depending on how strong the gravity of the planet is, planting a flag can be very fun.
Then come some brave astronauts in "pumpkin suits." Unlike the blue ones, they have to be based on Advanced Crew Escape Suits (ACES) that NASA began to use in the mid-1990s. The costume looks fantastic with the new helmet and the clear-blue visor.
The female astronaut is very charming with her unhealthy face alternative and complementary hair. However, you have to take the air tanks from her neck to put your hair.
Her crew is the biggest comic in space. He brings a huge alien to the stick and, of course, his alternative face expression comes comfortably when the joke is successful.
Both astronauts are followed by a TV team ready to take their first impressions of their space travel. The reporter is a fairly simple LEGO City mini-suit in a suit and the operator is a very impressive man.
Television teams have always been part of the LEGO City game, and although they are not space scientists, they
Switch heads and any other miniature accessories allow you to play more scenarios, making everyone more fun than the last .
Finally, here comes a female astronaut in a classic white suit that looks like an extravagral mobility suit. Obviously, this is intended for outdoor work. If I had to choose an accessory for the mini figurine, the camera would not be my first choice for sure, but here we have one.
I have to admit that this version of the white suitcase looks really great and is a good massive helmet. Another recent example of astronaut minifigures carrying the same helmet parts is a few minifigures from LEGO Creator Expert 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander. The minifigure design is one of the weakest points of the expert set, so comparing the two sets to the suit design is especially interesting.
When in full set, the most noticeable difference between numbers is the lack of footprints on the astronaut's legs from the Moon Land kit. Although both torso have almost the same amount of detail, it is important to remember that one of the mini-fighters should be modeled after a true astronaut who participated in the historic event, while the other mini-figurine is just a generic character of modern space.
Conclusion and recommendation
LEGO City 60230 A set of people – space exploration and development set has so many strengths and functions that it almost feels stupid to criticize it for any reason. Of course, some constructions are a bit weak and the design team can include some additional accessories. But the purpose and idea of the set is so great that the set looks like a perfect set to launch a LEGO space collection. There is no doubt that you will build your own spaceport and spacecraft, and this brilliant collection of minifigures can easily give you inspiration.
LEGO City 60230 People Pack – Space Research and Development comes with 209 pieces and 14 mines and is available from LEGO online stores for US $ 39.99 | CAN $ 49.99 | UK £ 34.99, as well as from third-party vendors and Amazon and eBay
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