LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle

Last updated date: March 31, 2021

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7.7

LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle

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We looked at the top 6-Year-Old Boy Toys and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best 6-Year-Old Boy Toy you should buy.

Editor's Note March 19, 2021:
Checkout The Best 6-Year-Old Boy Toys for a detailed review of all the top 6-year-old boy toys.

Overall Take

This amazing Lego set builds a space shuttle model plus a Mars rover, and also includes a storage drone, helidrone and two miniature astronauts. It comes with 273 pieces, and it works with all other Lego building pieces.


In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the LEGO LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle placed 6th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Give young space adventurers a treat with a NASA-inspired research shuttle and rover toy set. This cool LEGO City 60226 Mars Research Shuttle playset features a space shuttle toy with opening cockpit, 2 opening cargo doors and space inside for the storage drone, rover with new-for-August-2019 articulated grappling arm, laser and tilting solar panels, storage drone with opening compartment and a helidrone with spinning rotor blade and scanner, plus a Mars scenery build with secret symbol. Give any LEGO builder an amazing building experience with Instructions PLUS, available in the LEGO Life app for smartphones and tablets. The easy-to-use, intuitive building instructions let them zoom, rotate and visualize their creation using the special ghost mode as they go. Instructions PLUS is also great for younger builders, guiding them through the building process for a greater sense of independence and achievement. This exciting exploration playset also includes 2 astronaut minifigures.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

6.6
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.8
9,816 user reviews

What experts liked

Aside from just nailing the shuttle’s overall appearance, there are some built-in features which take the creation up a notch. On the front of the ship there’s a furnished cockpit with controls, which leads into the shuttle’s cargo area. This portion adds space for yet another minifigure as well as a storage device for some of the included Martian rocks. For the pieces it has been allotted, this City space build perfectly executes a simplistic design. It also makes great use of several different LEGO elements and techniques.
- 9 to 5 Toys
The Mars Research Shuttle features two places for Minifigures to sit. You access the main cockpit by removing the roof. Opening the rear deployment hatch of the shuttle reveals the second seat, as well as a storage area for the sample collection drone included in the set. The controls in the rear compartment look good.
- True North Bricks
Our second bag consisted of parts to make the base of the shuttle. This included the cockpit, underside of the shuttle and the thrusters at the back. Along with an astronaut mini-figure. This was completed in no time. Time isn’t an issue with this build. It’s lovely and quick! Taking roughly 25 minutes to build this LEGO Mars Research Shuttle is certainly one of the easier LEGO models to complete.
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What experts didn't like

Only getting 273 pieces isn’t a fantastic statistic in its own right. After all, $0.14 per brick is much higher than we’d like to see, especially from an unlicensed theme like LEGO City.
- 9 to 5 Toys
The kit contains 273 pieces. As a result, the cost-per-brick for this set is $0.18. Given that my current average cost-per-brick is $0.14, the Mars Research Shuttle is actually on the expensive side.
- True North Bricks
Instead of the usual arrows guiding you on where to place the pieces the fittings are automatically added to the diagram. As the model gets more and more complicated it becomes more difficult to see just exactly where your pieces go. This coupled with a missing piece in the box wasn’t a great start.
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An Overview On 6-Year-Old Boy Toys

Just like other kids, six-year-old boys love toys. This is a good age to introduce toys that strengthen motor skills, build on learning basics and are stimulating and challenging. Toys that promote imaginative play and plenty of fun are generally the best kinds to buy.

Another important consideration when buying toys for young kids is whether an item is safe and appropriate for the child’s age group. You would not want to buy something with sharp parts, or something designed for ages 12 and up, for a boy who is six.

Look for toys that will use their small and large muscle groups, like Legos or foam rocket launchers, to help with fine motor control. Toys that fire up the imagination, like construction sets and “lab” kits are also great and provide kids with a sense of accomplishment.

 

The 6-Year-Old Boy Toy Buying Guide

  • When considering a toy for a six-year-old boy, try to picture his face when he is opening it. Does he look thrilled or disappointed? Go with whatever toy offers the first reaction.
  • You don’t have to spend a small fortune to buy a toy that your six-year-old will love.
  • Instead of getting him the same kinds of toys he already has, try something different. Rather than another foam football or soccer ball, for instance, try getting him an indoor toy. You might be surprised by how much he loves it.
  • If you get him a toy with a lot of small pieces, do not let him play with it in the car (or unattended anywhere), for safety.