Review: 30365 Satellite

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Minifigures have been exploring space for many years and their satellites evidently need periodic maintenance. 30365 Satellite depicts this crucial scene, including an astronaut minifigure with an impressive satellite that incorporates a selection of interesting elements.

The polybag is currently available with LEGO City purchases at LEGO stores in the UK and is starting to arrive at Target stores in North America.

Minifigure

Repairing satellites generally requires extravehicular activity and this astronaut is dressed accordingly, wearing a large helmet with air tanks and an attractive metallic gold visor. This component was initially created for the Atlantis theme during 2010 but has subsequently appeared in numerous Space sets. It captures the bulkiness of real space suits but a more detailed design would be preferable.

30365 Satellite

The torso and legs feature some attractive orange and metallic silver highlights which appear relatively consistent across the range, albeit with differing emphases upon orange. The head actually belongs to Chase McCain, perhaps adding another notable career to Chase's growing résumé! Unfortunately, the minifigure is therefore identical to that from 60224 Satellite Service Mission, except for the lamp on his helmet.

30365 Satellite

The Completed Model

Satellites vary considerably in appearance but this rendition looks superb, conforming to the standard design that one might imagine. Its prominent dish looks realistic and I love the printed solar panels on either flank. These elements were introduced for the microscale Hubble Space Telescope from 21312 Women of NASA but they appear equally attractive on this minifigure-scale model.

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Another printed tile depicts a control system between the solar panels and the surrounding mechanical detail looks superb. I am especially pleased with the integration of pearl silver and pearl gold elements that resemble insulating foil. Moreover, the solar panels can fold inwards which is reasonably effective, although it would be even better if the panels were segmented.

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Overall

30365 Satellite is an enjoyable polybag. The satellite only contains 27 pieces but includes remarkable detail, due in part to the presence of some lovely printed elements. In fact, this is among my favourite minifigure-scale satellites that LEGO has produced as previous examples have typically lacked colour or vital features, such as a communication antenna.

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The minifigure is less appealing, particularly given its ubiquity across the Space subtheme. Even so, it serves an important role here and I think the satellite alone is sufficient to justify interest in this tiny set. Hopefully the polybag will soon become more widely available around the world.

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25 comments on this article

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By in Puerto Rico,

LEGO made something similar in 1999 but the head of the Satellite was a dome golden piece if I am.not mistaken, awesome cut set, hope it is the GWP after the rest of the wave is available in the states.

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By in Italy,

Awesome polybag. Must-have!

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By in United States,

The satellite is cute and an appropriate choice for a polybag. Extra bonus points for *not* being a vehicle.

And extra extra bonus points for the printed tiles.

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By in Netherlands,

Don't get why Lego felt the need to give so many of the astronauts the same face. They have a huge range of generic yellow faces available, so they should've made use of that so that when you own the entire subtheme every astronaut is different. Of course, it's an easy fix, but it would've been better if it included different faces for each out of the box.

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By in United States,

Satellite maintenance trips are extremely rare. The only ship that to date has done it is the now retired Space Shuttle (the Soviet Buran theoretically should have been able to do it to, but that capability was never tested). While the shuttle did do a few visits to repair satellites, most famously to the Hubble Space Telescope; it never was cost effective. Most satellites launch on a one way trip, and once they are broken beyond use they either are boosted into a graveyard orbit, or de-orbited to crash into the Pacific Ocean near Point Nemo.

So while the scene in this set seems less of a promising realistic image of the modern space age, and more a tribute to a bygone and rarely effective shuttle era practice... I can totally understand why Lego went this route. Adding a minifigure makes it more fun and increases play value. Even if it stretches the plausibility of this theme's attempt to be realistic.

Am I reading to much into this? ;P

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By in United States,

^ Definitely, but automated satellite maintenance is a hot topic among emerging space companies. Wouldn't have been as much fun to include two satellites and no people, though!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review. I like the array of printed tiles.
I saw that the Chase McCain head is now under a new element number, have they changed the printing from the other Chase McCain head?

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review of a lovely little set! Snapped it up on eBay ASAP....

... and was subsequently disappointed when #60224 Satellite Service Mission had stickers for its satellite solar panels. Oh well.

It's been a while since a subtheme has enticed me to catch 'em all, bit this one is doing the trick! (Again, all Brickset's fault...)

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By in United Kingdom,

Being a 150 miles away from my 'local' Lego store, I made a Facebook group purchase of this to go with my lunar lander (10266), Saturn v (21309) and space shuttle (10213) I was not disappointed, a nice build, nice pieces and carries on the space theme very well

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By in United States,

I'm sure they have appeared in other sets, but having such a cheap way of getting a ton of solar panels is awesome! There's also just some generally nice greebling pieces in this set, I'm sure people will buy multiplies to help decorate their bases!

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By in United Kingdom,

The holes in part 87754 (Helmet w.Air Bottles) just above the shoulders has always bothered me as they were under used. The shoulder lamp/camera created here feels very appropriate and helps to finish off the look of the astronaut.
I wonder if the satellite fits into the cargo hold of any of the recently launched or announced space shuttles?
Nice review as usual.

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By in United States,

$3.99 for that? Really?!?!
No Shuttle! No one cares about anything but the darn Shuttle! Plus the astronaut figure is from the shuttle scene!

This is one of the greatest LEGO disappointments ever, probably since that famously bad 6 piece Duplo polybag.

:o)

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome review!!. I will be up tonight I'm watching 24h le mons yeah!!

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By in United States,

Chase McCain is so versatile. Next thing you know he’ll be one of the Ninjago heroes. What can’t he do??

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By in United States,

Nice review. I checked Bricklink to see if this is the head from Chase McCain because I thought he had diffrent eyebrows and it turns out this head is unique. The astronaut in 60224 has tan eyebrows and the print is slightly different.

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By in Australia,

I picked this guy up from an Australian eBay seller, last week, so clearly he's making his way around the world. There have been some good polybags for City, this year, and I like this one. Huge bonus points for the printed tiles (I thought they would've been stickers).

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By in United States,

Reminds me of the beginning of Gravity (the one with Sandra Bullock) for some reason.

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By in Latvia,

This is a good set, but I will more likely try to buy 60224

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By in United States,

Very nice polybag! The satellite itself is a lot better than the City Space Shuttle's satellite from several years back.

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By in Russian Federation,

New astronauts look super bland.

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By in Netherlands,

Now only if they'd sell this and other polybags at [email protected]

Polybags are really annoying to find otherwise.

Some other websites in my country have some polybags but they also have like €7 shipping at the same time...

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By in United States,

Time for a Gravity MOC!

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By in United States,

Put my family down for multiple multiples. We'll be using those printed panels for years to come. My brother is more planet base moc and I'm more generation ship moc, but we're both just generally sci fi af.

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By in United States,

I really like this polybag! The fact that it has a minifig makes up for the low pcs count overall. I really like that satellite build. Will def be picking up one when target starts stocking em.

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By in United States,

Got a couple of these yesterday and absolutely love it. Great build and minifigure for being a polybag set. Definitely recommend getting it.

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