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LEGO City Space Port 60080 Spaceport Building Kit Review

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If you’re like us and you enjoy the thought of NASA’s Space Shuttle, love everything about outer space and have a knack for putting Legos together, then we have just the thing for you (something we personally enjoyed). It’s the Lego 60080 set, which is the iconic Space Shuttle orbiter. We first discovered this set while we were reading Lego news and ever since then, this one right here has captured out attention.

Back in 2011, with all that was going on with NASAS remaining Space Shuttles, we felt as if we were never going to see a new set featuring one of these Space Shuttles, then as part of the Lego City sets in 2015, the Lego 60080 Spaceport was announced.

Today, we are going to give you a run through of this set so that you can determine if it is something you would be interested in.

The Box

Stacking it up against the other Lego sets 2016, this one right here is pretty big. On the front of the box, you’ll see all of the contents that are inside of it. If you’re familiar with the 2011 set, you’ll probably realize that the City branding changed a little – the City skyline in the background is different.

Here’s a look at the box:

 

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As for the back of the box (you’ll find a picture of that below this paragraph), it highlights numerous play features of this set. There’s a panel that advertises a free Lego City online game and a panel that reinforces the modular nature behind the build. Personally, we’re glad for the advertisement on the Lego City online game, because before we saw this on the box, we didn’t even know it existed.

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The Contents in the Box

This box is packed full of a whole lot of fun! It contains eight bags of elements that you’re really going to enjoy putting together. The first seven bags are numbered, with the eighth one being unnumbered. With this set, you’ll have numerous instruction booklets. The instruction booklets are secured in a heat-sealed clear bag.

 

With the instruction manuals, you’ll find a sticker sheet. The sticker sheet contains 19 stickers in all.

The set is consistent with the modular nature of the build and contains no less than five instruction manuals. These manuals vary in size and contain instructions for the solid rocket boosters and the Space Shuttle’s external gas tank. For the ground support vehicle, radar tower and countdown display, there’s a booklet that is as small as a DVD case.

In the fifth instruction manual, you will find an inventory of the parts as well as an advertisement for the different City sub-themes, like the Construction and Space Port.

 

The Minifigures

Looking at the minifigures in this set, you’ll probably start to remember the Lego minifigures series 16. In total, there are five minifigures for you to enjoy. You can find the minifigures scattered throughout a number of different bags – you will encounter different ones during different stages of the build (don’t go peeking in the bags).

There’s two astronauts and we couldn’t help but to notice they have the same space suits, unprinted legs and helmets. They also have the same metallic gold visors they had when they appeared in the City Space sets back in 2011.

The astronauts have two faces – one male and one female. When the helmets have been removed, you will get a good look at the prints on their torso. Looking at the back of the two astronauts, you can’t tell the difference.

The ground crew consists of two Service Personnel and a Scientist. When you take a look at the Service Personnel, you’ll find new torso prints that feature a high visibility jacket, a medium blue shirt, and an I.D card, along with a red pen that is hanging from their necks. One of the guys has a neat head-print that features orange looking goggles.

As for the Scientist in this set, she truly is unique. Like the Service Personnel in this set, she has a new torso print. All of the members in the ground crew have back-printed torsos, but they do not have alternate face expressions like the astronauts.

In this picture, if you look closely, you will be able to see some of the minifigures that are included in this set:

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The Build

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Now that we got the minifigures out of the way, let’s take a look at the actual build. The build moves forward with the construction of the radar tower, ground support vehicle, and the countdown display.

This build features numerous elements that are new for this set, like the two black modified 2 x 4 bricks with wheel holder and a yellow 2 x 6 x 2 windscreen. There’s also a unique dark 3 x 2 x 1 1/3 bracket.

The number plate on the vehicle is stickers. The yellow windscreen as well as the countdown display is also stickers, but that isn’t that big of a deal. In fact, if you ask us, the stickers give it even more detail.

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Once you have the ground support put together, it is capable of accommodating two passengers and a drive. There are a couple of clips as the back that can carry the helmets for the astronauts.

When you open up Bags 2 and 3, you’ll find the parts you need in order to put the mobile launch platform together. This build is pretty cool due to the Technic-rich chassis. During this time, there are some pretty interesting elements, like the blue 1 x 4 x 3 window frame and a couple of blue 1 x 1 x 1 corner panels.

 

Once the vehicle build is down, it looks really nice.

Next, you’ll be working on the Space Shuttle orbiter and this build has two instruction booklets that you will need to follow. The contents for this build are in Bag 4, along with a couple of elements from that unnumbered bag. During this time, you’ll come face to face with a couple of uncommon elements, like the two black 10 x 10 cut corner wedge plates.

When it comes to Bag 5, you’ll find the parts that are needed in order to put the orbiter together. There’s six small 3 x 4 x 3 curved hinge panels that you will be using to complete the cargo bay doors.

After you have the cargo bay doors installed, you’ll attach the non-retractable landing gear and then the orbiter’s engines, followed by the sticker’s tail. You will then install the remote manipulator arm in the cargo bay, then you’ll be finishing off the front of the orbiter with the forward fuselage element. Lego did a pretty good job with this element and we have no regret with it- the shape is realistic and the nose is printed correctly.

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You’ll be wrapping up the orbiter build with the construction of a small satellite, which is really cute. This is complete with a round 2 x 2 dome top brick. You can place the satellite neatly in the cargo – it can clip to the end of the arm.

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During the final part of the build, you’ll be focusing on the twin solid rocket boosters as well as the big external fuel tank. The contents needed for this will come from bags 6 and 7 as well as the unnumbered bag.

The fuel tank has that realistic look and is orange in color. It features numerous new elements, like the 6x6 round bricks and the six 3 x 6 x 6 half cylinders. There’s an axle that skewers the fuel tank – this it to keep it together tightly.

The solid rocket booster and the external fuel tank assembly doesn’t have any problems with attaching to the underside of the shuttle.

 

Conclusion

This set right here is a real adventure and is super fun to put together – the instructions were easy to follow and we don’t have any complaints. If you are interested in this Lego set, you may also be interested in Lego 60051 and Lego 60047 as they’re also at the top of the list when it comes to the best Lego sets 2016.

Now, we’re going to leave you off with some additional pictures of this set:

 

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