When I was a kid, one of my favorite sets was LEGO 1682: Space Shuttle. Now that I am back into buying LEGO sets, I knew that I eventually had to track down the newest take on the classic space shuttle, LEGO 60080: Spaceport.
Now, before I go any further in the review it must be stated that this set was originally priced at about $120 US. That's crazy expensive for what is only a 586 piece City set. However, I was able to nab this set for about $70 or so on discount - and so my opinion of the set is much more based on the lower price rather than the full sticker price!
The Spaceport set comes with five minifigures including a female scientist (and my favorite of the entire bunch of minifigs)! The blue shuttle tile is a printed piece which was also a pleasant surprise. And, of course, it wouldn't be a LEGO City set without a red coffee cup making an appearance.
Like most people, I built the set in the order of the instruction booklets - so I began with book 1 which had me construct the small transport car, the "countdown" clock, and the small radar tower. The countdown clock is fun for kids to simulate a launch - but the highlight of the first little bit for me is the car.
The car has three seats (one for the driver plus two passengers) AND it has hooks on the back to hold extra helmets. It's a small, simple build but it gets the job done.
Next up, the shuttle itself!
And finally, the finished product:
As I mentioned at the outset, this is a tough set to judge. If you can get it with a substantial discount (like I did), then I would recommend it. It was a fun set to build (though not particularly challenging as it is a LEGO City set after all). I do like the selection of minifigures and the shuttle looks quite nice given its relatively low piece count.
The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Play Value: 10
Kid Value: 2*
Adult Value: 2*
The above score is for the set at regular retail price. For the money, you could get many more pieces if you went for a different large LEGO set - and frankly, this set doesn't feel like it's worth $100+ dollars to me. Therefore, it gets hammered pretty hard for Kid and Adult value. That said, the play value is very high - two astronauts, a shuttle with removable fuel tanks, a shuttle launch vehicle, a small truck to cart the astronauts to the shuttle, and a countdown clock? I'm not sure what else could have been included to up the play value any more!
If you get the set for a steep discount, then obviously those value scores go up considerably. However, in the interest of fairness I try to rate all the sets I review based on the original price rather than relying on getting a deal somewhere!
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