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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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