Review: 60230 People Pack - Space Research and Development

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LEGO Space has traditionally focused exclusively upon astronauts and their spacecraft but 60230 People Pack - Space Research and Development contains a broad selection of minifigures. These include scientists, engineers and media staff, as well as the requisite astronauts!

However, previous People Packs have featured numerous exclusive parts which seem lacking by comparison here. Many of these elements are also available in the other new Space sets. Nevertheless, I appreciate the opportunity to expand my minifigure collection and hope this set will match the quality of its predecessors.

Minifigures

Seven astronauts are included, although they feature varied attire. My favourite is the exclusive bright light blue astronaut, whose uniform includes some metallic silver nozzles and a prominent emblem on the torso. The contrasting trans-orange visor looks wonderful and I love the new dual-moulded helmet, particularly when this piece is viewed from behind.

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The second minifigure is equipped with extravehicular activity so wears a considerably bulkier helmet with twin air tanks. This versatile component was initially created for the Atlantis theme but resembles modern spacesuits, incorporating a metallic gold visor beside a red lamp. Unfortunately, the torso and legs appear fairly plain but I do like the orange highlights and think orange gloves may have improved the colour scheme.

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Orange dominates the next two astronauts, both of whom feature intricately detailed attire. I appreciate the metallic silver details on their torso and legs and the subtle space exploration symbol is a delightful inclusion too. The same designs appear across the new Space subtheme but these bold colours work perfectly, striking an appropriate balance between realism and fantasy in my opinion.

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Furthermore, these two minifigures wear the same new helmet as the aforementioned blue astronaut, albeit with trans-light blue visors rather than trans-orange. The moulded detail is delightful and seems to contrast with the simple air tanks strapped to the back of each astronaut. Nevertheless, I think they look superb together and welcome an element from Classic Space in continued use, albeit with minor alterations.

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Hair pieces are provided for both astronauts and their respective double-sided heads are impressive, featuring smiles and cheeky expressions. However, the accessory is probably my favourite aspect of these minifigures, comprising a bright green alien head on the end of a stick! This rubbery piece was created for the Alien Trooper from the Collectable Minifigures and its return is pleasing.

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Three additional astronauts are dressed for training, sporting blue uniforms with the space exploration emblem and a satellite icon on their jacket. Blue is a good colour choice as similar flight suits are worn by modern astronauts and this torso is only otherwise available from 60227 Lunar Space Station so its inclusion here is pleasing.

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Astronaut training definitely seems exciting so the three minifigures include smiles. Unfortunately, the male characters are suffering the effects of considerable G-force exposure, hence one appears rather frightened while the other is evidently feeling unwell. Each hair piece remains tidy though, as one may expect of professional astronauts.

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The female minifigure seems particularly interesting in that regard as her hair component is only found in four other sets. A rigorous personal trainer accompanies the astronauts. Her torso was designed for medical staff but seems appropriate for this character as observing the health of astronauts is integral to the success of their training.

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Moreover, the trainer includes a combined hair and hat piece which looks brilliant, although this could have been decorated with the space exploration branding. The minifigure carries a black megaphone for directing the astronauts but her most interesting accessory is a whip with a printed pizza mounted on the end, seemingly to motivate the figures during their training programme!

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Countless scientific disciplines are involved in researching space, including botany. This set therefore contains a botanist, whose medium nougat hair element has previously been used for Captain Marvel minifigures. The double-sided head features two extremely similar expressions which seems odd but I like this detailed torso, even though its design is interrupted by the light bluish grey legs.

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Aerospace engineers work in sterile conditions while assembling spacecraft, hence this minifigure is dressed in clean room attire. I love her blue gloves and the torso decoration is great, including subtle creases across the front and back. The mask and wrinkled cap appear equally realistic and I am glad this excellent engineer is available outside 60229 Rocket Assembly & Transport.

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Two further mechanical engineers are also included. They include a new dark blue and orange torso which has been cleverly combined with legs from the Mining subtheme. I like this colour scheme and the printed badges look marvellous, although the emblem is tiny so its design is difficult to distinguish.

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Furthermore, each minifigure includes an exclusive part. The male engineer wears a pearl dark grey welding mask with a black visor, lacking the dark blue reflective details or any other decoration which has appeared previously. One side of the female engineer's head, meanwhile, is covered with soot. It would seem that something exploded in front of her but that her eyes were protected by goggles!

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Space exploration has frequently been accelerated by media interest, hence two such minifigures are included. The first is a news reporter and features a confident expression which seems appropriate for this character. Furthermore, I like his tousled hair piece and the sand blue suit is excellent, having only appeared in three other sets.

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A cameraman accompanies the news reporter and sports an attractive dark azure shirt with decorative leaf printing. His double-sided head includes a smile and a frightened expression which seems odd but works quite effectively with the alien head accessory! The cameraman is appropriately equipped with a large television camera while the reporter carries a black microphone.

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The Completed Model

While the minifigures are undoubtedly the highlight of the People Pack, it also contains several small models. Treadmills appear in remarkably few LEGO sets and I am quite impressed with this rendition, despite its simplicity. A printed 1x2 slope forms the console while the focal running surface comprises 2x2 plates with two studs, forming a lovely texture. A stack of pizza boxes is included too but only the uppermost box is decorated.

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Centrifuges expose prospective astronauts to the considerable G-force experienced during spaceflight. The model captures some important details but appears comparatively bland in my opinion. However, I like the rotating function and the extended floor section is wonderful, allowing you to grip the centrifuge without obstructing its motion.

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The rocket testing stand shares the same white and blue colour scheme as the centrifuge. I appreciate such consistency but this rocket appears incredibly simple. Perhaps the cylindrical fuselage could have been decorated with an open access panel, revealing mechanical detail inside and introducing another splash of colour. Moreover, its ability to rotate on the stand seems decidedly unsafe!

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NASA is currently developing an innovative drone helicopter for Martian exploration, known as the JPL Mars Helicopter Scout. This small drone accordingly seems remarkably realistic, featuring four slender landing legs with a spinning rotor on top. A trans-red 1x1 round tile forms the camera underneath and the technician is equipped with a printed remote control, showing three points of exploratory interest.

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Another advanced robot, named Valkyrie, inspired the next structure. This humanoid machine appears on the packaging for 60230 People Pack - Space Research and Development and looks marvellous in LEGO form, incorporating the new space helmet, a golden minifigure head and chest armour from the Hero Factory theme. Its long arms appear slightly awkward but the docking station is excellent.

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Terrain varies dramatically between different astronomical bodies, hence astronauts must experience traversing rough surfaces while wearing their heavy space suits. This mound is fairly simple but looks reasonable, particularly since it includes a dark tan rock with some beautiful trans-pink crystals inside! The same geode appears in four new sets so a rarer example might have been preferable, although it looks good and I like the wheeled analysis station.

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Extended habitation missions will certainly involve the gathering of certain resources at our destination so developing plants for growth in space is extremely important. This botany pod includes a trans-clear dome which protects some vegetation and the colourful light bulbs look brilliant, experimenting with the effects of varied light wavelengths on the subject planet. In that regard, the pod is very realistic.

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Overall

LEGO has now produced five different People Packs, all of which are impressive. 60230 People Pack - Space Research and Development maintains the established high standard, although its limited range of exclusive elements seems rather disappointing. Furthermore, I think a Mission Control flight director should have been provided, perhaps wearing a white waistcoat in reference to Gene Kranz.

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However, this pack provides an excellent opportunity to experience the new Space subtheme without purchasing any larger sets and the minifigure selection is magnificent, despite lacking a flight director. The price of £34.99 or $39.99 matches past People Packs and feels reasonable given the quantity of minifigures included, although I would recommend 60234 People Pack - Fun Fair above this set.

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31 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review!

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By in United States,

Gotta love the odd inclusion of pizza in the pack, though the visual of a someone running on a treadmill to catch a pizza is pretty funny.

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By in United States,

I love the new helmets. I hate the old visors that many minifigure helmets had. Thanks for the great review and pictures.

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By in United States,

I picked this up over the weekend and I'm mostly happy with it. The robot model seems unwieldy to me and the pizza bit is kind of silly. Instead of putting the green alien head on the stick I put it directly on the astronaut torso. Could either be a human with a mask on or an actual alien in the suit. I like how Lego included hair pieces for when the astronauts don't have their helmets on.

Side note: I saw this in Target...only one on display and no shelf tag. I put it in my cart not thinking much about the price. Got to the check out and scanned it...$39.99. I had forgotten the price of the set and was shocked by it for a sec. Bought it anyway.

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By in United States,

This looks nice

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By in United States,

I love this. Now I want a classic space (with a modern twist) people pack. Like Benny’s space squad.

BUT MORE.

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By in Canada,

if Humans are going to do an old fashion alien autopsy on Zoidberg where are the deviled eggs Lego pieces?

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By in United States,

I have bought all of the previous three People Packs for my city and intend to buy the Fun Fair People Pack when it comes out later this summer. This one, however, does not interest me. The exploration sub-themes are too "out there" for my simple city so I never buy them. And space is even more out there than the other exploration sub-themes. That said, it is a cool set.

My two thoughts:
1) If one is of a more sadistic mindset, one can have the trainer use the whip alone (without the pizza on the end) as negative motivation for the astronaut to run faster. :-O

2) I get that LEGO is trying to promote STEM among girls and is therefore modeling women in these careers, but I would have much rather had the botanist be male and look like Matt Damon. Then you can put a reddish brown ice cream scoops element in his hand to represent... ummm… fertilizer. :-P

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By in New Zealand,

I think the treadmill setup is pure evil but I like. I like the fun fair more but this is also good. My full thoughts: https://youtu.be/zKLKVokRDqI

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By in United States,

For as much as I love space sets and grew up with that theme, I have zero interest in this people pack. The figures are alright - but I don't care for any of the small models at all. I'm far more excited for when the fair people pack becomes available. That seems much more interesting!

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By in United Kingdom,

I notice that the blue/orange helmet visor and the gold lacquered visor have different part numbers, but does anybody know if they are interchangeable? I.e. will the gold visor fit on the new dual molded helmet? Thanks

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By in United States,

I love this people pack so much that I will probably get two. The inclusion of multiples of the orange space suits, dark blue ground crew, and the blue training suits are awesome to get without having to spend a large sum of cash. Granted some can be purchased in smaller sets but not all in one. I wish that there were more clean room suits included though, or a cheaper way to get more if that’s all someone wants.
@lamby750: Yes, they are absolutely interchangeable. However they don’t particularly look that good when done, IMO.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thankyou @Phathead, that’s good to know.

I was thinking about including the 40345 city space set (which includes a pair of dual molded helmets) if I get the Lunar Lander. I wondered what the NASA suits in the Lunar Lander would look like with the new helmets and gold or trans blue/orange visors and classic tanks. Probably worth a tenner to do a bit of experimenting, the joy of Lego!

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By in United States,

If only they didn’t print an I’d badge on the dark blue and orange suit they kinda look like the 2018 lost in space especially with the new helmet design

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By in United States,

How long before Lego pulls this set because of black face connotations?

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish they would do classic space again but more modern using the blue and grey colour scheme.

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By in United States,

Ha, this is brilliant! So many little details--I love the guy holding the alien head laughing!

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By in United States,

@librarian1976 Matt Daemon doesnt wear a white lab coat in the film, hes either in his white and orange space suit or blue shirt throughout most the movie. You'd probably be better off using the orange suited astronauts if that what you're looking to recreate. Also not sure what the "women in stem" comment has to do with anything you're talking about. Just say you wish they had created a Matt Daemon looking figure so you can do a Martian mock. Its odd you didn't wish that any of the already male figures be designed to look more like his character, the way your phrasing it makes it sound like you want the women replaced with men.

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By in Netherlands,

I built the 4-figure pack of this theme today and the astronaut suits and helmets are amazing.

Geodes are a nice piece as well.

Will get this one later.

Unsure about the 2 bigger sets yet as they are €100/€140 retail price, but I like that the theme provides more then just spacemen, but also researchers, generic construction workers (the dark blue suits), and some regular people.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This pack has some awesome contents.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brought this and need to pick it up to build.

Such a cool set. In fact all this space series is cool.

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By in Canada,

The 1 astronaut holding the alien head on a stick looks a dead ringer for real life astronaut Chris Hadfield. I wonder if that was intentional?

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By in United States,

Whats with the insane amount of pop up ads on the home page now?

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By in United States,

@Biff Superman: In general, I think it's pretty obvious here that the minifig in question is covered in soot rather than wearing blackface, particularly because of the exposed skin color around the eyes where the figure was wisely wearing their safety goggles.

Plus, it's not the first time LEGO has made soot-covered minifig faces like this: Duke from Power Miners had soot covering BOTH sides of his face except where protected by his goggles (https://brickset.com/parts/design-64877).

@Derp Riot: Ordinarily, pop-up ads are supposed to only show up for users who aren't logged in, so if you're seeing them when logged in I suspect it's probably a big. I hear from a lot of people that they're a nuisance and I wonder whether those sorts of inconveniences for guests are really effective at encouraging people to join as members, but I also know that it's hard to run a site like this without ad revenue and unfortunately in this day and age it's hard to weed out malicious ads when Google Ads or some other third party advertising network is supposed to be in charge of curating them.

Anyway, love this pack and ESPECIALLY love Valkyrie getting an appearance in a LEGO set! I got to meet her predecessor Robonaut 2 at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC several years ago, and it's so exciting to me that to see the torch being passed to a more advanced (not to mention amazing-looking) new robot astronaut!

I agree that her arms seem disproportionately long — I suspect the designers really wanted to highlight how rugged-looking they are, and these are the shortest clip-based arm pieces they had that would not be THINNER than regular minifig arms.

She honestly might have worked better with a regular minifig torso and legs, either unprinted or with printed robotic decorations (and saying that honestly makes me wish they HAD taken that approach, considering my nostalgia for the old-school Spyrius droid). But that wouldn't be too difficult a modification given how many regular torsos and legs there are to choose from after all these years.

Thanks for writing this review and for linking to pages on some of the real tech depicted here! I had not heard about this drone before so it's neat to see that the LEGO version looks more accurate than I honestly might have expected at such a small scale!

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By in New Zealand,

Another very informative review. Thank you.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think there's been a mix-up in Finland; the funfair people pack is available in shops, but this one isn't :\

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By in Latvia,

Imagine watching a live interview with astronauts who just returned from Mars and suddenly, you see an alien's head and the signal is lost because the cameraman ran away from the alien)

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By in United States,

I got this to go with the large 60229 Rocket Assembly & Transport to make a full factory.

I want to get a couple more clean suit and welders as well.

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By in Germany,

I love everything Space-themed, yet this people pack to me is the least interesting of all the ones released up to now. The fun fair one seems much more enticing to me. That said, I will of course get this one as well. Even though it is the least interesting of the bunch, it's still Space, and not a bad set of figures overall, just not as great as the others.

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By in Hungary,

I want it! A great starter set & figure pack.
With the help of this set, you can build an own topsecret space lab :D

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